A case for Case

Peter Case plays the Narrows on Thursday May 2. Peter is one of the most under rated and under appreciated singer songwriters on the planet. He is great storyteller, guitar player and performer. I will post some videos this week of Peter hoping to get some of you to come to his show and witness the magic that is Peter Case. Here’s a great video of Ain’t Gonna Worry No more recorded in December 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nLBFx3fdLo

Richie Havens: Patron saint of the Narrows

In 2003, Richie Havens was the first act to sell out at the Narrows. It was Narrows’ founder Bert Harlow’s idea to bring the man of peace and love to our venue. It was a big risk for us back then but it paid off in spades.  He put us on the map as a legitimate venue. He played the Narrows 5 more times and we hosted two different art shows of Richie’s work. Richie’s concerts were magical, he poured every ounce of life into his shows. He even bought the fountain that stood in our gallery for over two years. Richie cared about everyone he met. He tried to make the world a better place and he succeeded big time. We love you Richie, you will be missed but your music and soul will live forever. Here is a great video of Richie doing Dylan’s License to Kill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JltNLkh03ME

James Hunter Six

James Hunter is little more than the sum of his influences, but when those are Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson and James Brown, who could ask for more? The British blue-eyed soul singer, praised by Van Morrison as one of music’s best voices and best kept secrets. He’s got a skin tight band and bucketful of great tunes.

Howie Day

Singer/songwriter Howie Day has become known for his stellar live performances, connecting with audiences through his charm, humor and the strength of his songwriting. He has also recorded a number of hit singles, including ‘Collide’ and ‘She Says,’ from his commercial breakthrough album ‘Stop All The World Now.’ Don’t miss Howie’s debut performance at the Narrows.

Janiva Magness

2013 Blues Music Award nominee for the BB King Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year, Janiva Magness is among the premier blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty and beauty born from her life experience. A charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows, Magness is a gutsy and dynamic musical powerhouse. Already a winner of the coveted 2009 Blues Music Awards for B.B. King Entertainer of the Year (she is only the second woman to ever win this award, Koko Taylor being the first) and for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, an honor she also received in 2006 and 2007. She has received eleven previous Blues Music Award nominations. USA Today declared, ‘Magness is a blues star,’ and The Philadelphia Inquirer said, ‘Magness sings superb, potent soul-blues with a scorching intensity.’ SPECIAL EVENT Wine Tasting featuring Blackstone Sauvignon Blanc and Blackstone Pinot Noir from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. sponsored by Globe Liquors, 180 President Ave., Fall River, MA. ‘Where we love to enhance your wine shopping experience.’

Caravan of Thieves

Like many families, this one started with a married couple – Fuzz and Carrie Sangiovanni, (guitar, vocals, various percussive ‘instruments’) writing and performing as a duo. ‘It started as a romantic, bohemian vision of a couple making music, performing on the road, in parks, venues, traveling around and avoiding responsibility as much as possible,’ says Fuzz. ‘The first thing we discovered was we loved singing together, harmonizing our voices. Just seemed to click right away.’ In the spring of 2008, Fuzz and Carrie extended their family to include fiery violinist Ben Dean and double bass madman, Brian Anderson completing their colorful vision. Since then, the four of them ran away from home and never looked back.

Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys and Girls, Guns and Glory

Two Narrows favorites for one night of rocking music. Twenty-five years, fourteen albums & hundreds of thousands of miles. What a dream it’s been. When I first got together for a garage rehearsal with a group of musician friends in the spring of 1988 in Anaheim, California, I never dreamed that I would someday be celebrating the silver anniversary of the rocking little band that formed that afternoon. Yet here I am, looking back over a wild ride that has taken us around the world countless times, that has put us in front of national television audiences, and – most importantly – that has given me the opportunity to play the music that I grew up having such a passion for – Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Honky-Tonk, Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Doo-Wop… and now with the release of our new all-acoustic album ‘What A Dream It’s Been,’ even a touch of Jamaican Rocksteady. Putting together the new record for Cow Island Music has brought back a flood of memories; we went through our entire catalogue of LP’s, picked out some of our favorite original numbers, and gave them fresh new arrangements, rhythms, and instrumentations. In many ways, it was our way of looking back at everything that has led us to where we are now, while looking forward towards new musical horizons. Happy 25th Anniversary Fly-Rite Boys! Here’s to 25 more! Cheers, Big Sandy Girls, Guns and Glory is one of the pre-eminent Americana bands in New England. Great vocals, stinging guitar and a swinging rhythm section make these guys a band to watch.