This will be Shelby’s first full band show in over four years. She is a remarkable singer with an uncompromising and honest approach to her work. With the critical success and recognition of ‘I Am Shelby Lynne,’ she was awarded the Best New Artist GRAMMY?? in 2000 – after nearly 13 years in the business. ‘Love, Shelby’ was released in 2001, followed by a pair of intimate, self-produced albums – Identity Crisis (2003) and Suit Yourself (2005). She made her acting debut in 2005, playing Johnny Cash’s mother in the Fox Searchlight motion picture Walk the Line. ‘Just a Little Lovin’,’ her critically acclaimed tribute to Dusty Springfield, was released in 2008. Never one to go with the crowd, Shelby continues to stand apart from the mainstream music world. She recently founded her own label, EVERSO RECORDS. Lynne’s ‘Tears, Lies, And Alibis’, EVERSO’s first release, debuted at No. 16 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums chart in April of 2010. A Top 10 hit at Americana radio, it was hailed by Newsday as ‘her strongest album in a decade,’ a sentiment echoed by numerous critics. She will be touring in support of her new EP ‘Thanks.’
Only the finest musicians have the ability to capture the nuances of life in sound, which puts Johnny in a very exclusive group of six-stringers that includes Les Paul, Wes Montgomery, Jeff Beck, Chet Atkins, and Jimi Hendrix. The secret is his blend of melody, sonic definition, technique and that indefinable-yet-tangible quality called ‘soul.’ And he’s eloquently shared that secret on the CDs Sometime Tuesday Morning (2001), Get Inside (2004) and the instructional DVD Taste, Tone, Space (2006). All the virtues of Johnny A’s playing are in abundant display on One November Night. Johnny has shared the stage with B.B. King, Les Paul, Jeff Beck, JJ Cale, Etta James, Dr. John, Joe Satriani, Peter Frampton, Steve Vai, George Thorogood, Eric Johnson, Joe Bonamassa, Huey Lewis and the News, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Monte Montgomery, Duke Robillard and Coco Montoya, among others. Performances at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival and many more.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive.
Before they even hit a chord, Royal Southern Brotherhood has your attention. In the US South, where music is religion, two rock ‘n’ roll bloodlines tower above all others. In the saloon bars from Mississippi to Maryland, mere mention of the Allman and Neville Brothers casts a magic spell. Conversation falls silent. Pool balls stop rolling. Ten-gallon hats are tipped in respect and beer-bottles raised in salute. These aren’t just bands, they’re gods, and with a lineup comprising both the iconic Cyril Neville and Devon Allman, Royal Southern Brotherhood comes pre-loaded with expectations. Don’t worry: they can match them. The family tree might be auspicious, but this new band trades on talent, not genealogy. It’s not about rock history: it’s about the here-and-now.
While best known as a beloved ‘American Idol’ finalist, Crystal Bowersox has become a stand out singer/songwriter whose work spans many genres, from blues and country to folk and rock. Since her season of wowing audiences around the world on season nine of ‘American Idol,’ Bowersox has released two records, the most recent being the country/soul accented ‘All That for This’ in 2013, which opened to widespread critical acclaim. This past fall, she branched out into Broadway, playing the lead role in ‘Always, Patsy Cline.’ Combining her powerful and dynamic vocals with her remarkably mature songwriting, Bowersox is described as, ‘Bluesy and soulful, with a voice incapable of artifice…’ (The Washington Post). Add-On VIP Package includes meet & greet, VIP laminate, exclusive picture, question and answer time, photo op, and an acoustic song performed by Crystal. This will take place one hour before doors open. Limited tickets available.
Toronto roots rock band, Enter The Haggis, has proven itself to be a true grassroots success story, and never has this been more evident than with the group’s latest release, The Modest Revolution. Inspired entirely by the content of one Canadian newspaper, and funded entirely through the generous contributions of loyal fans, The Modest Revolution represents the latest step in the group’s exciting musical journey. Seven albums and a decade plus on the road have seen Enter The Haggis evolve from wildly popular local band to established international touring act, with a sound that lies somewhere between the fiercely creative and contemporary soundscapes of Radiohead, and the heartfelt story-telling and infectious grooves of The Band.
Dan Bern is best known for his prolific songwriting and electric live persona. He has released eighteen albums since 1997 and built a loyal following based on prodigious touring and output of songs in all forms. Since 2007, Bern has also focused his talent and sharp wit on writing songs for movies and other projects. He composed over a dozen songs for the Jake Kasdan/Judd Apatow spoof-biopic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and composed songs included in Apatow’s Get Him to the Greek, starring Russell Brand. Bern’s song One Dance was also included in Kasdan’s first film Zero Effect starring Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, and Ryan O’Neal. Bern wrote a number of the songs in Walk Hard and Get Him to the Greek with fellow songsmith Mike Viola. He has also written with Marshall Crenshaw, Peter Himmelman, Greg Prestopino and many others. Bern wrote Swing Set, a duet with Emmylou Harris, for the off-Broadway production of Family Week directed by Jonathan Demme and wrote the title song for Demme’s documentary Jimmy Carter: Man From Plains. Grant Peeples is dubbed a ‘guitar-slinging poet’ by Music News Nashville. A voice No Depression says ‘sounds like a ’57 Chevy with glass mufflers.’ Songs that Routes & Branches deemed ‘smart, strong lyrics that mean something, and say it in a way that you haven’t heard before.’ This finger-in-your-eye styled songwriter and 7th generation Floridian is a former expatriate. He spent 11 years on a tiny island off the coast of Nicaragua, where he installed the island’s first flushing toilet. He returned in 2006 to a very different homeland. Much of his songwriting is a response to what he found when he returned. His latest release, Prior Convictions (2012) was produced by legendary roots icon Gurf Morlix. John Conquest of 3rd Coast Music reviewed the record: ‘Unusually literate, unusually honest. He’s the only songwriter I’ve ever called ruthless.’
Pete is a singer-songwriter based in New York City. He began his career with the band Dispatch. For almost ten years, the three members of Dispatch released four studio albums, a live CD, and a DVD under their own label, Bomber Records. They gained dedicated fans without the assistance of a major record company and became pioneers in the music industry, playing to capacity at major venues across the country and selling more than 600,000 albums. In 2004 Dispatch celebrated a remarkable eight-year run by performing a farewell show in Boston, MA. Over 110,000 fans were in attendance, making it the largest independent music event in history. Three years later, the band reunited at Madison Square Garden in New York City playing three sold-out nights benefiting charities to combat famine, disease, and social injustice in Zimbabwe. They made history once again as the first independent band to headline the Garden. The music did not stop there. Pete Francis has created a soulful catalogue of solo music as well. In his songs a poetic tension exists between textured imagery and pure improvised rock and roll. A Pete Francis record feels like a ride from New York City to the coast of Maine. Sometimes his songs are weightless abstractions. Sometimes they tell the story of experience.
Comedy, Commentary and Conversation with comedian Jimmy Tingle The Cambridge, Mass.-born Tingle has a career spanning three decades, as a comedian, writer, actor, activist and entrepreneur. He rose up from the Boston comedy boom of the ’80s, the scene that spawned Denis Leary, Bobcat Goldthwait and Paula Poundstone. He did two seasons of ”60 Minutes II’ on CBS in the ‘Andy Rooney’ spot. Tingle was less curmudgeonly journalist and more exasperated, wry comic. ‘Some cities are using money from parking tickets to fund the schools,’ Tingle told ’60 Minutes II’ viewers. ‘Why is the quality of a child’s education being influenced by their parent’s inability to park? ‘Dad, the school needs a computer! ‘Don’t worry, son, I’ll leave the car in front of the hydrant.” Tingle also worked as a contributor and satirist for MSNBC and has appeared on The Tonight Show, CNN, ‘Larry King’s Weekend,’ ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien,’ ‘The American Comedy Awards,’ as well as his own HBO half-hour comedy special. He has also been a guest on NPR’s ‘Fresh Air with Terry Gross’ and appeared regularly on ‘Heat’ with John Hockenberry.
New England’s favorite party band rips it up the annual pre-Thanksgiving blow out. A great night to dance the blues away.