Charlie Quintal & Talk of the Town

Travel back to the days when rock’n’roll was fun, and music was fun, with a classic dance party starring Fall River native Charlie Quintal and Talk Of The Town. A longtime staple at the Warwick Musical Theater, dance halls, and venues throughout the Northeast, Charlie has been entertaining music fans for six decades with classic rock’n’roll (‘Shake, Rattle and Roll,’ ‘Tequila’), doo wop harmonies (‘Take Me As I Am,’ ‘Lovely Lies’) and mainstream pop (‘Georgia On My Mind,’ ‘Baby’) and has reunited his high-energy act for this special charity event, the Bristol Elder Services Emergency Assistance Fundraiser.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Tomorrow night (Tuesday), the oh so fun and always rocking Big Bad Voodoo Daddy bring horns a plenty to the Narrows Center for the Arts. Here is a sneak peek of what to expect

SOLD OUT Johnny Winter

Voted one of the top 100 guitarists of all time in Rolling Stone Magazine Johnny Winter is a guitar hero without equal. Signing with Columbia Records in 1969, he immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues with a powerful combination of authentic Texas funk and his own high energy interpretation for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between primal country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson to scorching electric slide guitar, Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and influential guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues rock and American Southern rock. Today Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments such as a triumphant appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival with Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy and Clapton that has been immortalized on the Emmy award winning DVD.

SOLD OUT Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive have been performing for nearly a decade after meeting as fellow students at the New England Conservatory in Boston. The band was hand picked by Minneapolis trumpet/guitar player Mike Olson and named after an actual neighborhood of seedy bars in his hometown. Vocalist Rachael Price came from outside Nashville, Tennessee, stand-up bassist Bridget Kearney was an Iowa native, while drummer Mike Calabrese called Philadelphia home. ‘I wasn’t only impressed with their musicianship,’ says Olson, who acquired the nickname ‘McDuck’ while at the conservatory for his reclusive ways. ‘They were also a lot of fun just to hang out with. The first four years of rehearsals were more like glorified dinner parties.’ The new album, Bad Self Portraits, which is being released by the Northampton, Massachusetts indie label Signature Sounds Recording as the follow-up to a self- titled debut and subsequent EP, is a microcosm of Lake Street Dive’s evolution of the band from ‘a weird alt-country jazz group to a pop-soul juggernaut, that turns ’60s influences like Brill Building girl groups (‘Stop Your Crying’), British Invasion rock (‘Bobby Tanqueray’), horn-driven Stax R&B (‘You Go Down Smooth’), Motown soul (‘Use Me Up’) and even The Band-like gospel blues (‘What About Me’). ‘Our musical development has been like Google Earth,’ explains Olson, ‘going from the entire universe to a specific place. That’s how we’ve honed in on our sound. We had the whole world of music at our fingertips, and we were unsure of what direction to take, but now we’re zeroing in a little closer.’ And as things are rapidly growing for Lake Street Dive, the nine years that they spent focusing on their musical development has left them with one constant to strive for. ‘We are named in homage to dive bar bands,’ says Calabrese, ‘we were, are and always will be a dive bar band. Whether we’re playing for 10 people or 10,000 we want them to have that feeling.’

Chris Smither

Back in the old days,’ muses resilient troubadour Chris Smither, ‘writing new songs and making new albums were just chores. My priority was, and still is, performing live. I guess I still write the songs and make the records so that I can go out and play ‘ except that now I actually look forward to it. I’ve learned how to do it, and I’m very eager to get stuff recorded once I’ve written it.’ Chris’ newest CD Hundred Dollar Valentine has been recognized by MOJO as the Number 1 Americana CD of 2012.