Paul Bielatowicz & Dave Bainbridge 10/8/19

PAUL BIELATOWICZ (OF CARL PALMER’S ELP LEGACY) & DAVE BAINBRIDGE (OF STRAWBS)

UK guitarist Paul Bielatowicz and multi-instrumentalist Dave Bainbridge are best known for their virtuoso work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock. Collectively they’ve played, recorded and toured the world with Carl Palmer (ELP), The Strawbs, Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic), Lifesigns, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and Iona… Continue reading

Justin Hayward 10/9/19

The Moody Blues’ Justin Hayward – ‘All The Way and More!’

With Special Guest Michael Dawes

Having chalked up over fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over.  Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for The Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked. Over the last forty-five years the band has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards. Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists.  Justin is honoured with the Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard and this year the band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Continue reading

The Fabulous Thunderbird 9/19/19

For over 30 years, The Fabulous Thunderbirds have been the quintessential American band. The group’s distinctive and powerful sound, influenced by a diversity of musical styles, manifested itself into a unique musical hybrid via such barnburners as “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap It Up”. Co-founder Kim Wilson, the sole original member, still spearheads the group as it evolves into its newest incarnation.

“We started as a straight blues band”, vocalist and harmonica player Wilson says. “We now incorporate a mixture of a lot of different styles. We’re an American music band and we’re much higher energy than we were before.”

In addition to Wilson, the current Thunderbirds line-up features Johnny Moeller on guitar, Steve Gomes on bass, Kevin Anker on keyboards, and Wes Watkins on drums.

“To be in the T-Birds, you need to understand the different styles of music and different ways of playing,” Wilson comments. “You have to be willing to adopt a more contemporary style. The guys we have now are able to do that.”

The band continues to tour extensively, in both the U.S. and Europe. Wilson is currently writing songs on his own, with band members and other writers.

“I’ve primarily been a solo songwriter, but I’m looking forward to experimenting with the guys in the band,” Wilson says.

The thread throughout the T-Birds career has been the respect the group commanded for its peerless musicianship and devotion to the sounds of blues, R & B and rock ‘n roll. In fact, Muddy Waters called Wilson his favorite harmonica player and vocalist. “Muddy Waters was very good to me,” Wilson says. “He almost adopted me. I’ll never forget him.”

For Kim Wilson, the musical journey started in Goleta, California. At 17 he began playing the harmonica. His influences included Little Walter, George “Harmonica” Smith, Lazy Lester and James Cotton. At the same time, Wilson began singing and was deeply impacted by Bobby “Blue” Bland, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rodgers and Muddy Waters. In search of other musicians who shared his love of the blues, Wilson headed to Minneapolis. He stayed there for a year and a half, playing locally, before moving to the burgeoning music scene of Austin, Texas. It was there that he met Jimmie Vaughan and they founded the T-Birds in 1974. The band developed a reputation as a compelling live act and subsequently signed a record deal with CBS/Epic Records.

In 1979, The Fabulous Thunderbirds released their first self-titled album. Primarily blues influenced, it became a cult classic. “Things were wide open back then,” Wilson recalls. “There were hundreds of stages where bands could show what they had.”

In subsequent releases, the band started to incorporate more Cajun, rock ‘n roll and soul influences. The album “T-Bird Rhythm” marked a creative turning point for the group as it collaborated with noted producer Nick Lowe. In 1986, The Fabulous Thunderbirds reached a commercial peak with the album, “Tuff Enuff”. The single of the same title as well as the singles “Wrap It Up” and “Look At That”, all went top 40. The song, “Tuff Enuff” was featured in the film “Gung Ho” starring Michael Keaton.

For the remainder of the ’80s, the band continued to record and tour, and released the album, “Powerful Stuff”. Jimmie Vaughn left in 1989 but Wilson kept the group going, incorporating keyboards into the guitar-driven sound. Kim moved back to California in 1996, continuing to cultivate the T-Birds music.

“The thing about the T-Birds is that we can play both blues festival and rock venues,” Wilson comments. “We’re a diversified band now and everybody’s on the same page.”

As a side project Wilson formed Kim Wilson’s Blues Revue, a traditional blues band. He also owns a blues label, Blue Collar Music, that has released three albums – one by Kim, one by “Big Al” Blake and one by Fred Kaplan. Wilson has also recorded and written with noted session guitarist Danny Kortchmar and drummer Steve Jordan and may tour with them at some point. However his current focus remains The Fabulous Thunderbirds. “This is a great time for this band,” he says. “We’re looking forward to the future.”

6th Annual Comedy Night ft. Jimmy Dunn 8/15/19

This is the 6th Annual Comedy Night Fundraiser to benefit the Angie Dolan Memorial Foundation.

Jimmy Dunn is an actor and comedian who is most recognized from the CBS sitcom, The McCarthys, where he co-starred as Sean McCarthy.

He got his start in the comedy world performing stand-up at a bar in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he was paid in beer and fried clams. Since then, Jimmy has gone on to perform on some of the comedy world’s biggest stages, including Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, The Late Show with David Letterman, CONAN, and Comics Come Home with Denis Leary. Continue reading

Robert Earl Keen 8/14/19

“The road goes on forever…”

It’s not always easy to sum up a career — let alone a life’s ambition — so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card anthem just about do it.

You can complete the lyric with the next five words — the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night (“and the party never ends!”) — just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it’s the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible. Continue reading

A Roomful of Looms

Amending the Past: “Teaching through Textiles,” the history of our nation

In the Spring of 2019, Artist Rhonda M Fazio, Art Specialist Karen Graca and her textile students from Kuss Middle School began a conversation to express thoughts on the 13th and 19th Amendments of the United States America. Continue reading

Digits

I use systems and mathematical patterns to make work about space, optics, and perception. I want to create spaces that embody a sense of the something sacred; spaces that transport. I’m searching for a sense of liminality, for spaces in flux that are questionable or invite questions about the real, the physical, and the metaphysical. In these spaces I gain a better understanding of materials, movement, and myself. I think a lot about balance, equilibrium, and harmony. These are impossible ideals to attain, yet I attempt it again and again and fail. I think these failures teach me the most about how to be a better artist and a better person. Continue reading

Chris Smither 2/22/20

CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman.

CALL ME LUCKY is the new record from Chris Smither and is his first set of brand new originals in six years (release date: March 2018 on Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert). Recorded at the gorgeous Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills, CALL ME LUCKY features longtime producer and multi instrumentalist David Goodrich, drummer Billy Conway (Morphine), Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), Mike Meadows, and engineer Keith Gary. The new record features Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye and pulls from deep in the soul. To complete the project are a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris’ deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own. Continue reading

The 2019 Ultimate Original Tour 10/26/19

The 2019 Ultimate Original Tour with The Dan Lawson Band & Special Guest The Grab Brothers Band

Dan Lawson’s reputation as one of America’s Premier guitar players speaks for itself. He and his style have evolved into a charismatic rock sound like no other! He is a singer-songwriter of stylistic depth and emotional resonance. An award-winning songwriter, producer. Dan’s latest album “Soldiers of Fortune” received Album of the Year (Group) at the 2015 Limelight Music Awards. In March 2018 they were inducted into The Music Museum of New England. Continue reading