Back by popular demand! Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, comedian Paula Poundstone is famous for her razor-sharp wit and spontaneity. The Boston Globe said, ‘Poundstone improvises with a crowd like a Jazz musician…swinging in unexpected directions without a plan, without a net.’ Paula is so quick and unassuming that audience members at her live shows often leave complaining that their cheeks hurt from laughter.
The Vespers are one of those lucky young bands who are becoming a word of mouth sensation though they’ve only quietly self-released one record. With two sisters on lead vocals and two brothers filling out the sound, the foursome are distinguished by an arsenal of instruments and the kind of harmony only siblings can create. They have toured from Boston to Austin, hitting everything from festivals to college campuses in between. On The Fourth Wall, out April 3rd, they create infectious folk-pop with both the buoyancy of youth and deeper spiritual themes. The lead vocalists Callie (21) and Phoebe Cryar (19) were brought up in a musical family in Nashville, honing their gifts as young kids singing background vocals on Music Row. While their pure harmonies are described as ‘ghostly and haunting’ and ‘honey sweet,’ they both have expansive characteristics to their vocal and instrumental abilities. It was a chance meeting at a campfire jam that brought the sisters an earthy grounding in brothers Bruno (20) and Taylor Jones (22), who were drawn to gritty southern rock and the depth of their father’s record collection that included soul music from the likes of Stevie Wonder.
Hard-rocking blues-soaked guitarist/vocalist/song-writer Tinsley Ellis sings and plays with the energy and soul of all the great Southern musicians who have come before him. Ellis attacks his music with rock power and blues feeling, following in the tradition of Deep South musical heroes Duane Allman, Freddie King, Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes. His live shows features extended fretwork filled with melodic and rhythmic experimentation, in the spirit of jam bands like his friends Widespread Panic and The Allman Brothers. Atlanta Magazine declared Ellis ‘the most significant blues artist to emerge from Atlanta since Blind Willie McTell.’
Joey Spampinato, a founding member of NRBQ, the legendary rock n’roll band for several decades where he served as bassist, vocalist, and songwriter. He played on several international artist’s releases including Keith Richards’ album ‘Talk Is Cheap,’ Bonnie Raitt’s ‘Fundamental,’ and was one of the bassists on Eric Clapton’s ’24 Nights: Live From Albert Hall’ in 1991. He appeared in the film ‘Hail, Hail Rock N’ Roll’, with the legendary Chuck Berry, Keith Richards and many more. Johnny Spampinato, the personable left-handed guitar slinger, continues to provide vocal & writing talents to the group as well as casting his contagious enthusiasm equally for his fishing excursions. He joined NRBQ in 1994 and is now a major contributor to the Spampinato Brothers. Johnny was part of the NRBQ lineup when they appeared on ‘The Simpsons’ as animated characters, and was the first band to perform as themselves, LIVE on the show. Today, Joey and Johnny, as The Spampinato Brothers, are writing, recording and touring prominent venues around the nation.
Brad Mastrangelo is a 20 year veteran of the comedy scene, playing Boston, New York, Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Hollywood and virtually every stop in between as well as having appeared on Comedy Central. Mastrangelo’s unique routine hits home with audiences of all backgrounds as he relates tales of family, marriage, fatherhood and countless other topics. A frequent writer for Jay Leno’s Tonight Show monologue, Mastrangelo’s observational comedy has earned him rave reviews and spots on the best comedy stages around the country. Artie Januario is one of Boston\\\’s premier comedians. A regular in Las Vegas he is also makes frequent appearances at the Comedy Connection of Boston, Nicks Comedy Stop, and Giggles in Saugus, MA. He’s opened for Dom Irrera, Richard Lewis, Lenny Clarke, and many other national headliners. He also recently hosted the prestigious Comics Come Home event in Boston. Relating stories of family, married life and the work place, Januario is able to relate to virtually everyone in his audience and has one of the funniest acts in the business.
Her most recent release ‘Bring it on Home’ was just nominated for a Grammy in the Best Blues album category. She is a charismatic performer and has one of the most soulful voices on the planet.
One of the first performers to ever play the Narrows, Slaid has a warm soulful voice and a boatload of great tunes. He’s funny, charming and puts on a great show. We look forward to his return.
Congratulations to Caroline Killian, the latest winner in our monthly drawing. She won two tickets and a table to the concert of her choice…and she is coming to Joan Osborne. To be eligible to win, just sign up for our weekly email blast by clicking on the Constant Contact icon located at the top of each page on our website and follow the prompt. We pick a winner monthly and maybe you can win two tickets and a reserved table to the show of your choice.
A two night run with the area’s finest tribute band.
Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles. The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen, Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin. A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle, with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn.