Blues Brunch featuring Erin Harpe and The Delta Swingers 11/1/15

This is the 3rd time around for this event. We sold out the last time and expect to do the same again. We will feature a scrumptious brunch provided by the excellent Pranzi Catering with a heavy dose of smokin’ blues. A great way to spend a Sunday morning/afternoon. The event will be limited to 140 people with table seating for everyone. Tickets must be purchased in advance and sales will stop on Friday October 30 at 3 pm. The brunch will be an all you can eat buffet with Fresh Fruit Salad, Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes with warm maple syrup, Baked Virginia Ham, Breakfast Sausage, Chicken Francaise, Sweet Potatoes and Red Bliss Potatoes Home Fries, Assorted Breakfast Pastries and Bagels, Juice, Coffee and Tea. We will have a cash bar with Mimosa’s, Bloody Mary’s and Beer and Wine. Charismatic singer and guitarist Erin Harpe, along with her band The Delta Swingers, have become favorites around New England, with a growing fan base around the world. Their unique brand of dance music is rooted in vintage 1930’s Mississippi delta blues, then shaken and stirred with other genres like soul, funk, and reggae, evoking a wild southern juke joint where the whiskey and gin are flowing and everybody’s dancing!

James McMurtry 12/17/15

AUSTIN, Texas: James McMurtry spins stories with a poet’s pen (‘Long Island Sound’) and a painter’s precision (‘She Loves Me’). Proof: The acclaimed songwriter’s new Complicated Game. McMurtry’s first collection in six years spotlights a craftsman in absolutely peak form as he turns from political toward personal (‘These Things I’ve Come to Know,’ ‘You Got to Me’). ‘The lyrical theme is mostly about relationships,’ McMurtry says. ‘It’s also a little about the big old world verses the poor little farmer or fisherman. I never make a conscious decision about what to write about.’ Complicated Game delivers McMurtry’s trademark story songs time and again (‘Copper Canteen,’ ‘Deaver’s Crossing’), but the record brings a new (and certainly no less energetic) sonic approach. Simply put: McMurtry brings forth another new masterpiece. ‘How’m I Gonna Find You Now,’ the record’s lead single boasts buoyant banjos and driving drums endlessly energetic. Whiplash vocals further frenzy the beat. ‘I’ve got a cup of black coffee so I don’t get lazy/I’ve got a rattle in the dashboard driving me crazy,’ McMurtry effectively raps. ‘If I hit it with my fist, it’ll quit for a little while/Gonna have to stop to smoke in another mile/Headed into town gonna meet you at the mercantile/Take you to the Sonic get you grinning like a crocodile.’ Such vibrant vignettes consistently turn heads. They have for a quarter century now. Clearly, he’s only improving with time. ‘James McMurtry is one of my very few favorite songwriters on Earth and these days he’s working at the top of his game,’ says Americana all-star Jason Isbell. ‘He has that rare gift of being able to make a listener laugh out loud at one line and choke up at the next. I don’t think anybody writes better lyrics.’ ‘James writes like he’s lived a lifetime,’ echoes iconic roots rocker John Mellencamp. Yes. Spin ‘South Dakota.’ You’ll hear.

The Security Project plays Peter Gabriel 12/11/15

The timeless music of PETER GABRIEL has found new life through The Security Project. Featuring former members of Peter Gabriel Band, King Crimson, Shriekback and Sky Cries Mary, The Security Project not only recreates these masterpieces live, but gives them new musical wings for the 21st century. The reviews have been glowing: ‘Scary Good Show!’ raves Progression Magazine after their premiere in New York City. Noted musicians also have given a thumbs up, including Tony Levin, Larry Fast (both from Gabriel’s band) Steve Hackett (Genesis), Jon Anderson (Yes), Gabriel Mixer/Producer Tom Lord-Alge and Gabriel analyst Lilywhite Leigh. With Gabriel now a double-inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (both with Genesis as well as his solo career) The Security Project specializes in the most adventurous, often un-played, music from his first five solo albums ‘ Car (1), Scratch (2), Melting Face (3), Security and Plays Live. Founding member Jerry Marotta says: ‘Peter was always great at setting the table for us as musicians; he always got us started with great ideas’ As we were creating SECURITY we had no idea we were making something so unique’ I’m proud that with Security Project we’re able to deliver the deepest of those songs, and do it with real conviction ‘ playing them live.’

Martha Davis and The Motels 12/3/15

Whether you were there when The Motels first burst onto the music scene, or are just discovering them now, 2014 became a year of rediscovery for this iconic artist, which saw more Motels shows than in any year since 1985. Martha began writing songs at the age of 15 and has always known that the songs she writes are her mark. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, she moved to Los Angeles in the early ’70s, along with the first incarnation of The Motels. The band reformed in 1978 and was immediately signed to Capitol Records. In 1982, the Motels released ‘All Four One.’ The smash single ‘Only The Lonely’ rocketed into the Top 10, immediately propelling the album to gold status and breaking The Motels wide open in the United States. The group dominated the music scene and was voted Best Performance for ‘Only The Lonely’ at the 1982 American Music Awards. Her voice is unique, unmistakable and timeless ‘ The Los Angeles Times’ Robert Hilburn called her ‘arguably the most charismatic female performer in rock.’ And about the Hollywood Bowl concert just a few months ago, The Hollywood Reporter wrote, ‘Martha Davis, of the Motels, was still strong in voice and admirably delivered hits like ‘Only The Lonely’ and ‘Suddenly Last Summer.”

Robyn Hitchcock 11/21/15

Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration). Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in ‘Storefront Hitchcock’ an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme. Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. His most recent album THE MAN UPSTAIRS is a bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world. Produced by legendary folk-rock svengali Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) the album was critically acclaimed by MOJO, UNCUT and THE QUIETUS. ‘A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings” ‘ Rolling Stone ‘As a performer, he’s as much a wandering bard as a rock star.’ ‘ The Believer