The Englishtown Project 1/18/20

Featuring the music of The Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Marshall Tucker Band.

Performed by an all-star jam band featuring members of New Riders of the Purple Sage, Zen Tricksters, and Max Creek.

On September 3rd, 1977, the Grateful Dead headlined one of the largest and most musically successful concerts of all time at Raceway Park in Englishtown N.J. In addition to the Dead, who had just completed its legendary Spring / Summer 1977 tour featuring a batch of new material from Terrapin Station, the show also included the Dead family’s New Riders of the Purple Sage and the good-time, southern rock Marshall Tucker Band. This tribute extravaganza will feature healthy “doses” of selections from each band’s sets that day with a relaxed, festival style program.

Entrain 2/21/20

“Entrain . . . merges funk, rock, reggae, swamp, and worldbeat rhythm into a sweaty good time . . .” – The Boston Herald

Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based six-piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since its inception.

Formed by drummer Tom Major in 1993, Entrain is also lead singer/guitar wiz Brian Alex.  Joining them is bassist M’Talewa, saxophonist/keys/percussionist Rob Loyot,  saxophonist/percussionist Hilary Noble and Trombone/keys Lennie Peterson  Veterans all, their collective resume includes stints with such diverse players as Bo Diddley, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Southside Johnny, James Montgomery, Flor De Cana, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Continue reading

Richard Marx: An Acoustic Evening of Love Songs 2/18/20

As a performer, songwriter and producer, Richard Marx’s nearly three-decade-long career has had innumerable of highlights. The Chicago native has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, starting with his self-titled debut which went to #8 and spawned four Top 5 singles, including the chart-topping “Hold on to the Nights,” with “Don’t Mean Nothing” earning him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. The follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, was even more successful, hitting #1 and going quadruple-platinum with two #1 singles in “Satisfied” and “Right Here Waiting.” When both Rush Street (with two #1 AC hits in “Keep Coming Back” and “Hazard”) and Paid Vacation (with its #1 AC hit, “Now and Forever”) went platinum, Marx achieved a seven-year string of triumphs that rivaled any in pop-rock music history. To this day, he is the only male artist in history to have his first seven singles reach the Top 5 on the Billboard charts. Continue reading

Robbie Fulks 3/13/20

Robbie Fulks is a singer, recording artist, instrumentalist, composer, and songwriter. His most recent release, 2017’s Upland Stories, earned year’s-best recognition from NPR and Rolling Stone among many others, as well as two Grammy® nominations, for folk album and American roots song (“Alabama At Night”).

Fulks was born in York, Pennsylvania, and grew up in a half-dozen small towns in southeast Pennsylvania, the North Carolina Piedmont, and the Blue Ridge area of Virginia. He learned guitar from his dad, banjo from Earl Scruggs and John Hartford records, and fiddle (long since laid down in disgrace) on his own. He attended Columbia College in New York City in 1980 and dropped out in 1982 to focus on the Greenwich Village songwriter scene and other ill-advised pursuits. Continue reading

An Evening With Jonathan Edwards 4/25/20

Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night – songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

This is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic. These days Jonathan is likely to be found on the road. I’ve been…doing what I do best, which is playing live in front of people. I’ve been concentrating on that and loving it,” he says. Continue reading

An Evening With Tom Rush 2/1/20

Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration and journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues. Continue reading

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters 1/25/20

Legendary Blues guitarist RONNIE EARL is a four-time Blues Music Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year (1997, 1999, 2014, 2018) most recently receiving the award on May 10, 2018 in Memphis. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music and has taught at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut. Known for his clean clear tone Ronnie has been called more than once “The John Coltrane of the guitar.” (Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine)

In 1995 Ronnie released Ronnie Earl: Blues Guitar with Soul, an instructional VHS tape that was then rereleased in DVD format in 2005. Earl’s discography includes acclaimed albums on Stony Plain Records, Black Top, Bullseye Blues, Verve, and Telarc. His 1996 Bullseye Blues release, Grateful Heart: Blues and Ballads, won Downbeat Magazine’s Blues Album of the Year, and in 2004 Earl’s Hey José won the Best Blues/R&B Song at the 3rd Annual Independent Music Awards. In 2014, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters celebrated 26 years as a band. The last six releases by Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, Spread the Love (2010), Just for Today (2013), Good News (2014), Father’s Day (2015), Maxwell Street (2016), and The Luckiest Man (2017) all debuted on the top ten Billboard Blues charts and received wide critical acclaim. Continue reading

Big Al Anderson 12/26/19

He’s been known as one of rock n’ roll’s greatest guitar players. Listed as one of the top 100 guitar players of the 20th century by Musician Magazine and with over 900 cuts internationally, Big Al’s music career was destined. Raised by his piano teacher mother and a radio that would get WWVA in Wheeling West Virginia late at night, he would devour all genres of music from Hank Williams, The Everly Brothers, The Ventures, Chet Atkins, Elvis, Little Richard, Ray Charles, Motown and Stax paving the way for what would be a giant life in music.

While Al loves to tell people, “…my junior year in high school were the worst three years of my life,” his real education was coming up in the black clubs in the north end of Hartford. Continue reading

Session Americana 12/13/19

Session Americana (Boston) is a rock band in a teacup, or possibly a folk band in a whiskey bottle. This band/collective of talented musicians craft an musical experience unlike any other. On stage is a collapsible bar table wired with microphones, a vintage suitcase recast as a kick drum, an old Estey field organ, a pre-war parlor guitar, a mandocello and all of its smaller siblings, a harmonica case fire damaged when Jack’s bar went up in flames and graffitied by Depeche Mode roadies, and an assortment of other instruments that get passed around in this freewheeling modern hootenanny. The anything-could-happen feel of a Session show depends on craft that’s not accidental or easily won; they bring a kind of ease and genuineness to this timeless music, sometimes presenting the latest batch of original songs, sometimes reaching back into depths of the American “song bag.”

Trinity: A Tribute to Crosby, Still, Nash & Young 1/10/20

Trinity is comprised of five vocalists with decades of experience in the music industry. As a vocal/acoustic act Trinity is in a class all its own. Specializing in performing a tribute to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young their soaring harmonies will remind you of CSNY in their prime. With Joe’s intricate fingerstyle guitar work, Fred’s driving rhythm guitar along with Eric’s electronic hand percussion, Eric Leffingwell’s fluid bass lines and Mike Crabtree’s keyboard & guitar support Trinity is unlike any other acoustic multimedia tribute act.