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Bees Deluxe live at the Bull Run

09-30-2020

Presented by Bees Deluxe at Bull Run, Shirley
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm

Bees Deluxe is an anything-but-basic blues band. They are hell-bent on a mission to drag the electric-analog blues of Chicago in the 60’s, the Blue Note catalog and the funk of New Orleans into the 21st century.

The band has won audiences from...

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Bees Deluxe is an anything-but-basic blues band. They are hell-bent on a mission to drag the electric-analog blues of Chicago in the 60’s, the Blue Note catalog and the funk of New Orleans into the 21st century.

The band has won audiences from Maine to the Mississippi with their arresting and highly danceable originals and their innovative interpretation of less-travelled tunes by artists like Etta James, Joe Zawinul, J.B. Lenoir, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Albert Collins and the three Kings.

On Wednesday September the 30th, Bees Deluxe return to play at their "home-from-home" the renowned Bull Run - rain or shine!

“...what might happen if Freddie King took a lot of acid then wrote a song with Pat Metheny and asked a strung-out Stevie Ray Vaughan to take a solo” — Blues Blast Magazine

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Kathy Mattea - "The Acoustic Living Room" w/ Bill Cooley POSTPONE 10/01

10-01-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 01 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed by The Washington Post as ‘one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,’ Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a...

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Hailed by The Washington Post as ‘one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,’ Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits).

Grammy Award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, have shared one of Nashville’s most musically rich partnerships for over two decades. The duo meets as old friends, welcoming you into The Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts — including Kathy’s beloved classics such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been?,” and many other hits, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, and a sprinkling of brand new material, all reinterpreted for the duo format. Her 18 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. A genuine storyteller, Kathy draws inspiration from her Appalachian roots and is a torchbearer for often overlooked musical legacies like those of Hazel Dickens and Jean Ritchie. Her most recent album, Calling Me Home, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that has always served as her artistic center.

web: www.mattea.com

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Big Smile Entertainment presents the Basin Street Bash at the Herter Amp!

10-02-2020

Presented by Herter Park Amphitheater at Herter Park Amphitheater, Allston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 02 @ 7:00 pm

Big Smile Entertainment presents  the Basin Street Bash!
Fri., October 2, 2020, 7:00 PM
FREE!  FREE!  FREE!
All ages show.  No reservations required.  Plenty of FREE parking.  

** Outdoor venue w/ capacity limited to 50 people. Social...

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Big Smile Entertainment presents  the Basin Street Bash!
Fri., October 2, 2020, 7:00 PM
FREE!  FREE!  FREE!
All ages show.  No reservations required.  Plenty of FREE parking.  

** Outdoor venue w/ capacity limited to 50 people. Social distance seating. Masks required. **

Enjoy the Carnival of New Orleans Big Smile style!  Celebrate New Orleans music, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras by dancing to Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz and all the best New Orleans style music with Big Smile Entertainment's funky junk band, the Basin Street Bash!  They sing all the great songs of Bourbon Street while playing the washboard and other classic New Orleans percussion instruments.  Lively and fun for the whole family!

Event will also be live streamed on the Friends of Herter Park Facebook page.

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A New View of Thelonious Monk with Dr. Lewis Porter

10-03-2020

Presented by Lexington Community Education at Via Zoom
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 03 @ 2:00 pm

Dr. Porter, known worldwide as a leading jazz historian and a professional performer, will present his overview of Monk’s music. He has published very little of his vast research on Monk, so participants will benefit from his treasure trove of...

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Dr. Porter, known worldwide as a leading jazz historian and a professional performer, will present his overview of Monk’s music. He has published very little of his vast research on Monk, so participants will benefit from his treasure trove of knowledge about the origins of Monk’s classics, drawing on rare recordings, new biographical information, and more. The topics to be discussed include an overview of Monk’s life and musical output, early recordings and best known compositions, including ‘Round Midnight. Dr. Porter will explain and demonstrate  the "secret" of playing the piano like Monk and will conclude with some thoughts about Monk the person and his legacy.
Lewis Porter, P.h.D., is a pianist and composer on over 30 albums. He has performed with Joe Lovano and Jerry Bergonzi,  and is a celebrated author, researcher, and educator. He has 7 books, the best-known being John Coltrane: His Life and Music. A long-time former music professor at Rutgers in Newark and at Tufts U, he also taught at The New School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, William Paterson, and Brandeis, as well as guest teaching throughout the USA and Europe.

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Blues and R&B Extravaganza at the Herter Amp - hosted by EDDIE SCHEER & THE LOVE DOGS

10-03-2020

Presented by Herter Park Amphitheater at Herter Park Amphitheater, Allston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 03 @ 7:00 pm

Blues and R&B Extravaganza hosted by  Eddie Scheer & The Love Dogs
Sat., October 3, 2020, 7:00 PM
FREE!  FREE!  FREE!
All ages show.  No reservations required.  Plenty of FREE parking. 

** Outdoor venue w/ capacity limited to 50...

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Blues and R&B Extravaganza hosted by  Eddie Scheer & The Love Dogs
Sat., October 3, 2020, 7:00 PM
FREE!  FREE!  FREE!
All ages show.  No reservations required.  Plenty of FREE parking. 

** Outdoor venue w/ capacity limited to 50 people. Social distance seating. Masks required. **

THE LOVE DOGS combine elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock 'n' roll into their own powerhouse sound.  Take one red-hot horn section (we're talkin' alto, tenor, baritone saxes - down and dirty.)  Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar.  Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called "the best in the business” and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around.  Season with a few years on the road tearing up juke joints, festivals and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic.  Sound tasty?  It's a recipe for music and mayhem, for intensity and irreverence; it's the Love Dogs. 

Event will also be live-streamed on the Friends of Herter Park Facebook page.

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Friedland & Friends LIVE Jazz: Brian Friedland, Shaw Pong Liu & Dave Cordes

10-11-2020

Presented by Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts at Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 11 @ 4:00 pm

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard, Shaw Pong Liu on violin and Dave Cordes on bass. Advance reservations required. Bring your...

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Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard, Shaw Pong Liu on violin and Dave Cordes on bass. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

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Friedland & Friends LIVE Jazz: Brian Friedland & Steve Fell

10-18-2020

Presented by Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts at Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard with Steve Fell on guitar. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard with Steve Fell on guitar. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

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Celebrity Series at Home: Chucho Valdés, jazz pianist

10-18-2020

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm

Winner of six Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. In a rich career spanning sixty years, Chucho has pushed boundaries in pursuit...

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Winner of six Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. In a rich career spanning sixty years, Chucho has pushed boundaries in pursuit of new expressions in Afro-Cuban music. His influence in the genre is immeasurable, his work establishing the standard by which younger generations set out to create their own. This master of Afro-Cuban jazz plays a solo concert exclusively for Celebrity Series audiences from Miami’s New World Center.

Sponsored by Leslie & Howard Appleby.

Tickets: $20

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Friedland & Friends LIVE Jazz: Brian Friedland & Rob Flax

10-25-2020

Presented by Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts at Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard with multi-instrumentalist Rob Flax. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard with multi-instrumentalist Rob Flax. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

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Mary Gauthier with Jaimee Harris POSTPONED 10/29

10-29-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm

The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Amy Helm and Candi...

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The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Amy Helm and Candi Staton, and have appeared extensively in Film and Television, most recently on Yellowstone, ABC’s Nashville, HBO’s Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater’s Case Histories.

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Dana Fuchs

11-05-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Nov 05 @ 8:00 pm

Dana Fuchs has never dealt in nostalgia. For this questing artist, it’s not about the rear-view but the road ahead. The next song. The next session. Tonight’s show and tomorrow’s bus ride. But as Dana sheds her musical skin with her...

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Dana Fuchs has never dealt in nostalgia. For this questing artist, it’s not about the rear-view but the road ahead. The next song. The next session. Tonight’s show and tomorrow’s bus ride. But as Dana sheds her musical skin with her triumphant fourth album Love Lives On, it seems a fitting juncture to rewind the reels and thumb a backstory as compelling as any in rock ‘n’ roll.

Singer-Songwriter Ashley Jordan will be opening the show with her acoustic trio.-

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Shemekia Copeland

11-06-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Nov 06 @ 8:00 pm

Mark T. Small opens the show. At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous...

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Mark T. Small opens the show. At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic, shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring—delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute musical and lyrical approach. With her new Alligator Records album, America’s Child, Copeland confidently announces an electrifying new chapter in her constantly evolving story. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, America’s Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise.

America’s Child is by far Copeland’s most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country. From America’s Child’s anthemic opening track, Ain’t Got Time For Hate, to the closing lullaby, the traditional Go To Sleepy Little Baby, Shemekia sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her.

With guests including John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes, Al Perkins and members of the Time Jumpers, America’s Child bursts with Copeland’s bravado and embraces with her tenderness. Gauthier and songwriter/executive producer John Hahn wrote two striking songs for the project. Smoked Ham And Peaches is a search for truth and tranquility in America, featuring Giddens on African banjo. Americans celebrates our collective diversity in all its forms and colors. American music legend Prine joins Shemekia for a stirring duet on his own Great Rain. Guitar great Cropper adds his scorching playing to the ballad Promised Myself, written by Shemekia’s father, the late bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland. And her version of I’m Not Like Everybody Else transforms the Kinks song into a blues-fueled declaration of independence.

web: www.shemekiacopeland.com

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Grits & Groceries Orchestra

11-07-2020

Presented by GimmeLive at 9 Wallis, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Nov 07 @ 8:00 pm

The 2016 Boston Blues Challenge Winners Grits & Groceries Orchestra led by Beverly's own Kemp Dunn (Formerly of Paul & Kemp) are releasing their long-awaited new record at 9 Wallis!

Based out of Boston, Grits & Groceries Orchestra and their...

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The 2016 Boston Blues Challenge Winners Grits & Groceries Orchestra led by Beverly's own Kemp Dunn (Formerly of Paul & Kemp) are releasing their long-awaited new record at 9 Wallis!

Based out of Boston, Grits & Groceries Orchestra and their performance is a tour de force. "These guys are TIGHT!" John Anthony plays one hell of a melodic bass also lending some extremely strong lead vocals. Robert Lyons delivers some insanely great tenor saxophone, whose sound pierces the atmosphere with mind-boggling ease. Rare to hear sax of this quality. Charlie O'Neal on guitar plays as if everything he did so well in his performance, was simply an epic warm-up to what he proceeds to do now. John Cooke on keyboards and Kemp Dunn on drums easily equals the flawless talent of the rest of the band.

Last year's show sold out. Don't miss your chance to party with the guys this year!

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Mile Twelve POSTPONED 11/12

11-12-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm

Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that...

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Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant.

“Original bluegrass music, written and played by young people, is very much alive,” says band member Evan Murphy. “I hope people take away that songwriting and arranging really matter. It’s about the material and playing it in a way that feels honest. This album isn’t political in the sense that we’re beating people over the head with anything, we just tried to tell stories that feel authentic.”

The album title alludes to the idealized imagery of a shining city on a hill – a historical phrase that has often been applied to Boston, where the band got its start. Murphy adds, “We realized that many of the characters in these songs were in crisis, had been failed in some way, or were failing themselves. It’s an unintentional theme but it came out in the songwriting.”

The Mile Twelve lineup offers five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass: David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Evan Murphy (guitar, lead vocals), and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals). All are credited as songwriters because everyone in the band helped shape the material throughout the writing and arranging process. Murphy and Sabat initiated most of the lyrical ideas for City on a Hill while Benedict wrote the instrumental track, “Rialto.”

“We all inspire each other and recognize that everyone has different strengths,” Murphy says. “What makes this band so collaborative is that everyone in the band can do something at a really high level. That’s the balance. We’re all challenging each other.”

Produced by Bryan Sutton and engineered by Ben Surratt, City on a Hill begins with a lively rendition of Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Down Where the Drunkards Roll.” From there, the album explores a number of unexpected perspectives, such as a modern war veteran with PTSD (“Jericho”), a Jewish immigrant fleeing war (“Liberty”), and a man who cannot escape the stigma of the penal system (“Innocent Again”). As the album winds down, the light-hearted power waltz “Barefoot in Jail” and the ethereal, old-time dream sequence “Journey’s End” leads to the poignant “Where We Started,” a portrait of small-town life written by John Cloyd Miller.

City on a Hill follows multiple IBMA Momentum Awards, presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association to emerging bluegrass artists. Mile Twelve won the band category in 2017, shortly before releasing their debut album, Onwards. The following year, Keith-Hynes and Benedict secured IBMA Momentum Awards in instrumental categories, while the band earned two major IBMA Award nominations for Emerging Artist and Instrumental Performance of the Year in 2018.

Those kind of accomplishments were far from anyone’s minds when Murphy, Sabat, Keith-Hynes, and Bowness started crossing paths at house parties and pick-up gigs in Boston. In time, they recognized each other as regulars at a Cambridge dive bar called The Cantab Lounge during Tuesday night bluegrass jams. In 2014, they decided to start their own band. By gathering grassroots and industry support, they were well on their way when Benedict, who was living in Nashville at the time, relocated to Boston to join the band in 2016.

Bryan Sutton observes, “I’m a fan of bands who strive for a balance of being musically unique and individualized, while at the same time working to include time-honored traditions found in this music. This blend is not an easy thing to accomplish. Mile Twelve does this with well-honed and refreshingly honest songwriting, along with powerful playing, singing, and performing. Not only did I have the privilege of producing this album, but I also got a chance to know the band better. I’m impressed with how much they bring out the best in each other.”

The band takes their name from the mile marker that sits at Boston’s southern border on route 93, the city’s main artery. It’s a road sign they’ve passed countless times while heading out on tour. Through an active social media audience and radio support from terrestrial stations and Sirius XM, the band has found receptive audiences across the globe, touring all over North America as well as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Asked about the band’s influences, Murphy cites Alison Krauss & Union Station for their precise arrangements and execution, the Del McCoury Band for their grit and groove, and the Punch Brothers for their genre-bending virtuosity. As for writing, Murphy praises the mastery of Gillian Welch and Jason Isbell for their ability to tell a fully-realized story within the confines of a three-minute song.

These influences shine through in City on a Hill, but at the core the album is a representation of the band’s emerging voice. “We decided to record this album as live and authentically as possible,” Murphy says. “There was no metronome, no filler material, no smoke and mirrors. It was very real, you know? We all feel that the end result is an honest statement of who we are.”

web: www.miletwelvebluegrass.com

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Anthony Gomes - #1 Billboard Blues Artist

11-14-2020

Presented by GimmeLive at 9 Wallis, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Nov 14 @ 8:00 pm

#1 Billboard Blues Artist with the #1 Blues/Rock album Anthony Gomes triumphantly returns to 9 Wallis after 2 sold-out shows! Don't miss his only New England stop on his Fall 2019 tour!

"A very talented guitarist ... and where did that voice...

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#1 Billboard Blues Artist with the #1 Blues/Rock album Anthony Gomes triumphantly returns to 9 Wallis after 2 sold-out shows! Don't miss his only New England stop on his Fall 2019 tour!

"A very talented guitarist ... and where did that voice come from?" - B.B. KING

"Passion with a musical intelligence that places him way ahead of the other hellions igniting the Fender fretboard."
DOWNBEAT Magazine

"Gomes' authentic voice and the formidable guitar chops place him in the forefront of modern blues."
Blues Music Magazine

"#1 Album of 2018...Hendrix on crank guitar phrasing... all the soul of Otis Redding and the swagger of Steven Tyler."
Blues Rock Review

Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, makes him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today.

Gomes’ new record Peace, Love & Loud Guitars, named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Review and SoundGuardian Magazine, is the culmination of a life spent honoring Blues traditions while never losing sight of his own identity. The Toronto born guitar slinger stands his ground as a creative artist and is eager to push the Blues back into the mainstream.

“My goal is to keep the Blues fresh, exciting and even dangerous," says Gomes. "I want to bring back the thrill longtime Bluesmen created in their day. At the same time, I think it’s very important for the music to grow and evolve.

Anthony Gomes has nothing left to prove while leaving all his passion on the table. Nonetheless, he continues striving to not only find the legendary “lost chord,” but the ultimate combinations of words, notes, and performance. Looking for an actual 21st Century guitar hero? Here he is.

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Albert Cummings

11-19-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Nov 19 @ 8:00 pm

It's been said that you don't seek out the blues – it seeks out you. For guitar virtuoso Albert Cummings, no words could ring more true. Cummings' masterful guitar wizardry has drawn comparisons to iconic axe legends Albert King, Freddie King,...

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It's been said that you don't seek out the blues – it seeks out you. For guitar virtuoso Albert Cummings, no words could ring more true. Cummings' masterful guitar wizardry has drawn comparisons to iconic axe legends Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix and even his own musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has graced the stage with such esteemed luminaries as Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, and B.B. King, who called Cummings “a great guitarist.”

Freshly signed to Provogue Records, a division of Mascot Label Group, Cummings joins the elite ranks of such guitar virtuosos as Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout and Eric Gales. “It’s such an honor to be part of a label that has helped shape the careers of the greatest guitar players our world has ever known,” states Cummings. “I’m confident that Provogue is the right home for me and I look forward to working with them and getting some new music to the loyal supporters that I have.”

With mesmerizing extended guitar jams, Cummings’ Fender Strat sings while he takes you on a twisting, turning blues roller coaster. Featuring a tight, pristine tone and strong vocals to match, the seasoned entertainer has incorporated the influence of his musical idols while maintaining a distinct, genre-bending style and sound all his own. With six studio albums, two live records and a new label, Albert Cummings is back and better than ever with his latest release slated for early next year.

Raised in Massachusetts and trained as a master builder, Cummings learned basic guitar chords from his father but then became intrigued with banjo and bluegrass when he was 12. As a teenager, however, he discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan’s early material and was astounded by his mastery. After attending a 1987 Stevie Ray Vaughan/Double Trouble concert during college, Cummings’ entire world exploded as he turned his attention back to guitar, and he never looked back.

It wasn’t until he was 27 that Cummings publicly played with a band for the first time – and that was all it took. He was off and running with his band, Swamp Yankee, serving up the blues throughout the Northeast. After a stunning display of his guitar prowess at a Northeast Blues Society open jam, Cummings qualified to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. A year later, he released his first album with Swamp Yankee, The Long Way, an astonishing, critically acclaimed debut. Cummings’ skill and intensity garnered attention from Double Trouble members Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, who were so impressed with this relative newcomer that they produced and performed on his first solo record, From the Heart (2003). Reese Wynans also appeared on the record, and it was the first time that Double Trouble recorded an entire album since Vaughan’s untimely passing.

After signing a multi-record deal with Blind Pig Records, Tommy Shannon would go on to work with Cummings on his 2004 inaugural release for the label, True To Yourself. Cummings recorded three more stellar albums on the Blind Pig Records label, Working Man (2006), Feel So Good: Albert Cummings Live (2008) and Someone Like You (2015). In 2012, he also self-released the country-rock-blues flavored winner, No Regrets, incorporating multiple musical categories and highlighting his unique versatility.

Following the success of his first live record, a second was self-released in 2017, Live At The ’62 Center. It was recorded in his hometown of Willamstown, Massachusetts, and its incredible reception garnered Cummings a Blues Music Award nomination for Blues Rock Album.

web: albertcummings.com

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An Intimate Evening with Bettye LaVette POSTPONED 12/3

12-03-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 03 @ 8:30 pm

Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey...

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Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. To quote the late, great George Jones: \"Bettye is truly a \'singer\'s singer\' \".

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Folsom ‘68: A Johnny Cash Tribute

12-05-2020

Presented by Regent Theatre at Regent Theatre, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 05 @ 8:00 pm

The show is made for those who enjoy authenticity and features songs that span his epic career from 1954 through 1972. It also features many songs from Cash’s seminal live prison albums Folsom Prison (1968) and San Quentin (1969), what we like...

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The show is made for those who enjoy authenticity and features songs that span his epic career from 1954 through 1972. It also features many songs from Cash’s seminal live prison albums Folsom Prison (1968) and San Quentin (1969), what we like to refer to as the greatest concerts in which you couldn’t buy a ticket.
They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be more accurate for this one-of-a-kind Johnny Cash tribute band. Composed of a group of Cash-inspired musicians and skillful performers, the artists behind “Folsom ’68: A Johnny Cash tribute” have earned their reputation as a talented band. From live gigs to studio sessions and more, they continue to touch fans around the world with their distinct and enjoyable musical style.
Folsom ’68 also has the distinct honor of working with Johnny Cash’s original and only drummer, W.S. “Fluke” Holland!

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Red Molly

12-10-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm

Red Molly combines the forces of three songwriters with unique character and style, creating a show that is larger than the sum of its parts. Known for their 3-part harmony, their songs and arrangements lay bare a love of vocal blend. The band...

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Red Molly combines the forces of three songwriters with unique character and style, creating a show that is larger than the sum of its parts. Known for their 3-part harmony, their songs and arrangements lay bare a love of vocal blend. The band weaves together threads of American music—from country & blues to folk & bluegrass.

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An Evening with the David Bromberg Quintet

12-17-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 17 @ 8:30 pm

For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes - but is not limited to - adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons...

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For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes - but is not limited to - adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son.

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The Laszlo Gardony Trio

01-22-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm

Back to the Spire Center by popular demand, Laszlo Gardony celebrates his new solo piano CD, “La Marseillaise” on Sunnyside Records. In addition to performing solo pieces from his new release, Laszlo will also be performing with his trio...

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Back to the Spire Center by popular demand, Laszlo Gardony celebrates his new solo piano CD, “La Marseillaise” on Sunnyside Records. In addition to performing solo pieces from his new release, Laszlo will also be performing with his trio which includes John Lockwood on bass and Yoron Israel on drums. Hailed by JazzTimes as “one of contemporary music’s truly original voices,” Laszlo’s performances convey the joy of inspired creation, audience connection, and moving spontaneous improvisations.

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Bees Deluxe live at the Bull Run

09-30-2020

Presented by Bees Deluxe at Bull Run, Shirley
Upcoming Dates: Wed, Sep 30 @ 6:00 pm

Bees Deluxe is an anything-but-basic blues band. They are hell-bent on a mission to drag the electric-analog blues of Chicago in the 60’s, the Blue Note catalog and the funk of New Orleans into the 21st century.

The band has won audiences from...

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Bees Deluxe is an anything-but-basic blues band. They are hell-bent on a mission to drag the electric-analog blues of Chicago in the 60’s, the Blue Note catalog and the funk of New Orleans into the 21st century.

The band has won audiences from Maine to the Mississippi with their arresting and highly danceable originals and their innovative interpretation of less-travelled tunes by artists like Etta James, Joe Zawinul, J.B. Lenoir, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Albert Collins and the three Kings.

On Wednesday September the 30th, Bees Deluxe return to play at their "home-from-home" the renowned Bull Run - rain or shine!

“...what might happen if Freddie King took a lot of acid then wrote a song with Pat Metheny and asked a strung-out Stevie Ray Vaughan to take a solo” — Blues Blast Magazine

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Kathy Mattea - "The Acoustic Living Room" w/ Bill Cooley POSTPONE 10/01

10-01-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 01 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed by The Washington Post as ‘one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,’ Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a...

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Hailed by The Washington Post as ‘one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters,’ Kathy Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits).

Grammy Award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, have shared one of Nashville’s most musically rich partnerships for over two decades. The duo meets as old friends, welcoming you into The Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts — including Kathy’s beloved classics such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been?,” and many other hits, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, and a sprinkling of brand new material, all reinterpreted for the duo format. Her 18 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. A genuine storyteller, Kathy draws inspiration from her Appalachian roots and is a torchbearer for often overlooked musical legacies like those of Hazel Dickens and Jean Ritchie. Her most recent album, Calling Me Home, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that has always served as her artistic center.

web: www.mattea.com

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Big Smile Entertainment presents the Basin Street Bash at the Herter Amp!

10-02-2020

Presented by Herter Park Amphitheater at Herter Park Amphitheater, Allston
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Oct 02 @ 7:00 pm

Big Smile Entertainment presents  the Basin Street Bash!
Fri., October 2, 2020, 7:00 PM
FREE!  FREE!  FREE!
All ages show.  No reservations required.  Plenty of FREE parking.  

** Outdoor venue w/ capacity limited to 50 people. Social...

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Big Smile Entertainment presents  the Basin Street Bash!
Fri., October 2, 2020, 7:00 PM
FREE!  FREE!  FREE!
All ages show.  No reservations required.  Plenty of FREE parking.  

** Outdoor venue w/ capacity limited to 50 people. Social distance seating. Masks required. **

Enjoy the Carnival of New Orleans Big Smile style!  Celebrate New Orleans music, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras by dancing to Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Jazz and all the best New Orleans style music with Big Smile Entertainment's funky junk band, the Basin Street Bash!  They sing all the great songs of Bourbon Street while playing the washboard and other classic New Orleans percussion instruments.  Lively and fun for the whole family!

Event will also be live streamed on the Friends of Herter Park Facebook page.

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A New View of Thelonious Monk with Dr. Lewis Porter

10-03-2020

Presented by Lexington Community Education at Via Zoom
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 03 @ 2:00 pm

Dr. Porter, known worldwide as a leading jazz historian and a professional performer, will present his overview of Monk’s music. He has published very little of his vast research on Monk, so participants will benefit from his treasure trove of...

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Dr. Porter, known worldwide as a leading jazz historian and a professional performer, will present his overview of Monk’s music. He has published very little of his vast research on Monk, so participants will benefit from his treasure trove of knowledge about the origins of Monk’s classics, drawing on rare recordings, new biographical information, and more. The topics to be discussed include an overview of Monk’s life and musical output, early recordings and best known compositions, including ‘Round Midnight. Dr. Porter will explain and demonstrate  the "secret" of playing the piano like Monk and will conclude with some thoughts about Monk the person and his legacy.
Lewis Porter, P.h.D., is a pianist and composer on over 30 albums. He has performed with Joe Lovano and Jerry Bergonzi,  and is a celebrated author, researcher, and educator. He has 7 books, the best-known being John Coltrane: His Life and Music. A long-time former music professor at Rutgers in Newark and at Tufts U, he also taught at The New School, Manhattan School of Music, NYU, William Paterson, and Brandeis, as well as guest teaching throughout the USA and Europe.

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Blues and R&B Extravaganza at the Herter Amp - hosted by EDDIE SCHEER & THE LOVE DOGS

10-03-2020

Presented by Herter Park Amphitheater at Herter Park Amphitheater, Allston
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Oct 03 @ 7:00 pm

Blues and R&B Extravaganza hosted by  Eddie Scheer & The Love Dogs
Sat., October 3, 2020, 7:00 PM
FREE!  FREE!  FREE!
All ages show.  No reservations required.  Plenty of FREE parking. 

** Outdoor venue w/ capacity limited to 50...

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Blues and R&B Extravaganza hosted by  Eddie Scheer & The Love Dogs
Sat., October 3, 2020, 7:00 PM
FREE!  FREE!  FREE!
All ages show.  No reservations required.  Plenty of FREE parking. 

** Outdoor venue w/ capacity limited to 50 people. Social distance seating. Masks required. **

THE LOVE DOGS combine elements of jump blues, New Orleans R&B and early rock 'n' roll into their own powerhouse sound.  Take one red-hot horn section (we're talkin' alto, tenor, baritone saxes - down and dirty.)  Add liberal amounts of barrelhouse boogie-woogie piano and stinging Fender guitar.  Pour over a funky and swinging rhythm section that Blues Review magazine called "the best in the business” and top it all off with a crazy and charismatic front man with one of the biggest blues voices around.  Season with a few years on the road tearing up juke joints, festivals and concert halls across the U.S. and Canada and on both sides of the Atlantic.  Sound tasty?  It's a recipe for music and mayhem, for intensity and irreverence; it's the Love Dogs. 

Event will also be live-streamed on the Friends of Herter Park Facebook page.

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Friedland & Friends LIVE Jazz: Brian Friedland, Shaw Pong Liu & Dave Cordes

10-11-2020

Presented by Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts at Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 11 @ 4:00 pm

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard, Shaw Pong Liu on violin and Dave Cordes on bass. Advance reservations required. Bring your...

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Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard, Shaw Pong Liu on violin and Dave Cordes on bass. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

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Friedland & Friends LIVE Jazz: Brian Friedland & Steve Fell

10-18-2020

Presented by Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts at Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard with Steve Fell on guitar. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard with Steve Fell on guitar. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

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Celebrity Series at Home: Chucho Valdés, jazz pianist

10-18-2020

Presented by Celebrity Series of Boston at Online/Virtual Space
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm

Winner of six Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. In a rich career spanning sixty years, Chucho has pushed boundaries in pursuit...

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Winner of six Grammy and three Latin Grammy Awards, the Cuban pianist, composer and arranger Chucho Valdés is the most influential figure in modern Afro-Cuban jazz. In a rich career spanning sixty years, Chucho has pushed boundaries in pursuit of new expressions in Afro-Cuban music. His influence in the genre is immeasurable, his work establishing the standard by which younger generations set out to create their own. This master of Afro-Cuban jazz plays a solo concert exclusively for Celebrity Series audiences from Miami’s New World Center.

Sponsored by Leslie & Howard Appleby.

Tickets: $20

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Friedland & Friends LIVE Jazz: Brian Friedland & Rob Flax

10-25-2020

Presented by Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts at Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston
Upcoming Dates: Sun, Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard with multi-instrumentalist Rob Flax. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

Jazz pianist/composer Brian Friedland performs live duos & trios this fall, Sundays, 4pm outdoors at the Eliot Schoolyard. Today, Friedland on keyboard with multi-instrumentalist Rob Flax. Advance reservations required. Bring your own seating.

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Mary Gauthier with Jaimee Harris POSTPONED 10/29

10-29-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm

The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Amy Helm and Candi...

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The Associated Press named Mary Gauthier as one of the best songwriters of her generation. Her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Bettye Lavette, Mike Farris, Amy Helm and Candi Staton, and have appeared extensively in Film and Television, most recently on Yellowstone, ABC’s Nashville, HBO’s Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater’s Case Histories.

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Dana Fuchs

11-05-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Nov 05 @ 8:00 pm

Dana Fuchs has never dealt in nostalgia. For this questing artist, it’s not about the rear-view but the road ahead. The next song. The next session. Tonight’s show and tomorrow’s bus ride. But as Dana sheds her musical skin with her...

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Dana Fuchs has never dealt in nostalgia. For this questing artist, it’s not about the rear-view but the road ahead. The next song. The next session. Tonight’s show and tomorrow’s bus ride. But as Dana sheds her musical skin with her triumphant fourth album Love Lives On, it seems a fitting juncture to rewind the reels and thumb a backstory as compelling as any in rock ‘n’ roll.

Singer-Songwriter Ashley Jordan will be opening the show with her acoustic trio.-

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Shemekia Copeland

11-06-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Nov 06 @ 8:00 pm

Mark T. Small opens the show. At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous...

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Mark T. Small opens the show. At a young age, Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. While only in her early 30’s, she’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival and numerous festivals around the world, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic, shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring—delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute musical and lyrical approach. With her new Alligator Records album, America’s Child, Copeland confidently announces an electrifying new chapter in her constantly evolving story. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, America’s Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise.

America’s Child is by far Copeland’s most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country. From America’s Child’s anthemic opening track, Ain’t Got Time For Hate, to the closing lullaby, the traditional Go To Sleepy Little Baby, Shemekia sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her.

With guests including John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes, Al Perkins and members of the Time Jumpers, America’s Child bursts with Copeland’s bravado and embraces with her tenderness. Gauthier and songwriter/executive producer John Hahn wrote two striking songs for the project. Smoked Ham And Peaches is a search for truth and tranquility in America, featuring Giddens on African banjo. Americans celebrates our collective diversity in all its forms and colors. American music legend Prine joins Shemekia for a stirring duet on his own Great Rain. Guitar great Cropper adds his scorching playing to the ballad Promised Myself, written by Shemekia’s father, the late bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland. And her version of I’m Not Like Everybody Else transforms the Kinks song into a blues-fueled declaration of independence.

web: www.shemekiacopeland.com

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Grits & Groceries Orchestra

11-07-2020

Presented by GimmeLive at 9 Wallis, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Nov 07 @ 8:00 pm

The 2016 Boston Blues Challenge Winners Grits & Groceries Orchestra led by Beverly's own Kemp Dunn (Formerly of Paul & Kemp) are releasing their long-awaited new record at 9 Wallis!

Based out of Boston, Grits & Groceries Orchestra and their...

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The 2016 Boston Blues Challenge Winners Grits & Groceries Orchestra led by Beverly's own Kemp Dunn (Formerly of Paul & Kemp) are releasing their long-awaited new record at 9 Wallis!

Based out of Boston, Grits & Groceries Orchestra and their performance is a tour de force. "These guys are TIGHT!" John Anthony plays one hell of a melodic bass also lending some extremely strong lead vocals. Robert Lyons delivers some insanely great tenor saxophone, whose sound pierces the atmosphere with mind-boggling ease. Rare to hear sax of this quality. Charlie O'Neal on guitar plays as if everything he did so well in his performance, was simply an epic warm-up to what he proceeds to do now. John Cooke on keyboards and Kemp Dunn on drums easily equals the flawless talent of the rest of the band.

Last year's show sold out. Don't miss your chance to party with the guys this year!

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Mile Twelve POSTPONED 11/12

11-12-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm

Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that...

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Although their sound is rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader landscape on their newest album, City on a Hill. All five band members bring their own influences and observations into the music, resulting in a project that feels contemporary, thoughtfully crafted, and relevant.

“Original bluegrass music, written and played by young people, is very much alive,” says band member Evan Murphy. “I hope people take away that songwriting and arranging really matter. It’s about the material and playing it in a way that feels honest. This album isn’t political in the sense that we’re beating people over the head with anything, we just tried to tell stories that feel authentic.”

The album title alludes to the idealized imagery of a shining city on a hill – a historical phrase that has often been applied to Boston, where the band got its start. Murphy adds, “We realized that many of the characters in these songs were in crisis, had been failed in some way, or were failing themselves. It’s an unintentional theme but it came out in the songwriting.”

The Mile Twelve lineup offers five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass: David Benedict (mandolin), Catherine “BB” Bowness (banjo), Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (fiddle), Evan Murphy (guitar, lead vocals), and Nate Sabat (bass, lead vocals). All are credited as songwriters because everyone in the band helped shape the material throughout the writing and arranging process. Murphy and Sabat initiated most of the lyrical ideas for City on a Hill while Benedict wrote the instrumental track, “Rialto.”

“We all inspire each other and recognize that everyone has different strengths,” Murphy says. “What makes this band so collaborative is that everyone in the band can do something at a really high level. That’s the balance. We’re all challenging each other.”

Produced by Bryan Sutton and engineered by Ben Surratt, City on a Hill begins with a lively rendition of Richard and Linda Thompson’s “Down Where the Drunkards Roll.” From there, the album explores a number of unexpected perspectives, such as a modern war veteran with PTSD (“Jericho”), a Jewish immigrant fleeing war (“Liberty”), and a man who cannot escape the stigma of the penal system (“Innocent Again”). As the album winds down, the light-hearted power waltz “Barefoot in Jail” and the ethereal, old-time dream sequence “Journey’s End” leads to the poignant “Where We Started,” a portrait of small-town life written by John Cloyd Miller.

City on a Hill follows multiple IBMA Momentum Awards, presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association to emerging bluegrass artists. Mile Twelve won the band category in 2017, shortly before releasing their debut album, Onwards. The following year, Keith-Hynes and Benedict secured IBMA Momentum Awards in instrumental categories, while the band earned two major IBMA Award nominations for Emerging Artist and Instrumental Performance of the Year in 2018.

Those kind of accomplishments were far from anyone’s minds when Murphy, Sabat, Keith-Hynes, and Bowness started crossing paths at house parties and pick-up gigs in Boston. In time, they recognized each other as regulars at a Cambridge dive bar called The Cantab Lounge during Tuesday night bluegrass jams. In 2014, they decided to start their own band. By gathering grassroots and industry support, they were well on their way when Benedict, who was living in Nashville at the time, relocated to Boston to join the band in 2016.

Bryan Sutton observes, “I’m a fan of bands who strive for a balance of being musically unique and individualized, while at the same time working to include time-honored traditions found in this music. This blend is not an easy thing to accomplish. Mile Twelve does this with well-honed and refreshingly honest songwriting, along with powerful playing, singing, and performing. Not only did I have the privilege of producing this album, but I also got a chance to know the band better. I’m impressed with how much they bring out the best in each other.”

The band takes their name from the mile marker that sits at Boston’s southern border on route 93, the city’s main artery. It’s a road sign they’ve passed countless times while heading out on tour. Through an active social media audience and radio support from terrestrial stations and Sirius XM, the band has found receptive audiences across the globe, touring all over North America as well as Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan.

Asked about the band’s influences, Murphy cites Alison Krauss & Union Station for their precise arrangements and execution, the Del McCoury Band for their grit and groove, and the Punch Brothers for their genre-bending virtuosity. As for writing, Murphy praises the mastery of Gillian Welch and Jason Isbell for their ability to tell a fully-realized story within the confines of a three-minute song.

These influences shine through in City on a Hill, but at the core the album is a representation of the band’s emerging voice. “We decided to record this album as live and authentically as possible,” Murphy says. “There was no metronome, no filler material, no smoke and mirrors. It was very real, you know? We all feel that the end result is an honest statement of who we are.”

web: www.miletwelvebluegrass.com

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Anthony Gomes - #1 Billboard Blues Artist

11-14-2020

Presented by GimmeLive at 9 Wallis, Beverly
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Nov 14 @ 8:00 pm

#1 Billboard Blues Artist with the #1 Blues/Rock album Anthony Gomes triumphantly returns to 9 Wallis after 2 sold-out shows! Don't miss his only New England stop on his Fall 2019 tour!

"A very talented guitarist ... and where did that voice...

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#1 Billboard Blues Artist with the #1 Blues/Rock album Anthony Gomes triumphantly returns to 9 Wallis after 2 sold-out shows! Don't miss his only New England stop on his Fall 2019 tour!

"A very talented guitarist ... and where did that voice come from?" - B.B. KING

"Passion with a musical intelligence that places him way ahead of the other hellions igniting the Fender fretboard."
DOWNBEAT Magazine

"Gomes' authentic voice and the formidable guitar chops place him in the forefront of modern blues."
Blues Music Magazine

"#1 Album of 2018...Hendrix on crank guitar phrasing... all the soul of Otis Redding and the swagger of Steven Tyler."
Blues Rock Review

Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, makes him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today.

Gomes’ new record Peace, Love & Loud Guitars, named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Review and SoundGuardian Magazine, is the culmination of a life spent honoring Blues traditions while never losing sight of his own identity. The Toronto born guitar slinger stands his ground as a creative artist and is eager to push the Blues back into the mainstream.

“My goal is to keep the Blues fresh, exciting and even dangerous," says Gomes. "I want to bring back the thrill longtime Bluesmen created in their day. At the same time, I think it’s very important for the music to grow and evolve.

Anthony Gomes has nothing left to prove while leaving all his passion on the table. Nonetheless, he continues striving to not only find the legendary “lost chord,” but the ultimate combinations of words, notes, and performance. Looking for an actual 21st Century guitar hero? Here he is.

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Albert Cummings

11-19-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Nov 19 @ 8:00 pm

It's been said that you don't seek out the blues – it seeks out you. For guitar virtuoso Albert Cummings, no words could ring more true. Cummings' masterful guitar wizardry has drawn comparisons to iconic axe legends Albert King, Freddie King,...

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It's been said that you don't seek out the blues – it seeks out you. For guitar virtuoso Albert Cummings, no words could ring more true. Cummings' masterful guitar wizardry has drawn comparisons to iconic axe legends Albert King, Freddie King, Jimi Hendrix and even his own musical inspiration, Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has graced the stage with such esteemed luminaries as Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Susan Tedeschi, Sheryl Crow, and B.B. King, who called Cummings “a great guitarist.”

Freshly signed to Provogue Records, a division of Mascot Label Group, Cummings joins the elite ranks of such guitar virtuosos as Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout and Eric Gales. “It’s such an honor to be part of a label that has helped shape the careers of the greatest guitar players our world has ever known,” states Cummings. “I’m confident that Provogue is the right home for me and I look forward to working with them and getting some new music to the loyal supporters that I have.”

With mesmerizing extended guitar jams, Cummings’ Fender Strat sings while he takes you on a twisting, turning blues roller coaster. Featuring a tight, pristine tone and strong vocals to match, the seasoned entertainer has incorporated the influence of his musical idols while maintaining a distinct, genre-bending style and sound all his own. With six studio albums, two live records and a new label, Albert Cummings is back and better than ever with his latest release slated for early next year.

Raised in Massachusetts and trained as a master builder, Cummings learned basic guitar chords from his father but then became intrigued with banjo and bluegrass when he was 12. As a teenager, however, he discovered Stevie Ray Vaughan’s early material and was astounded by his mastery. After attending a 1987 Stevie Ray Vaughan/Double Trouble concert during college, Cummings’ entire world exploded as he turned his attention back to guitar, and he never looked back.

It wasn’t until he was 27 that Cummings publicly played with a band for the first time – and that was all it took. He was off and running with his band, Swamp Yankee, serving up the blues throughout the Northeast. After a stunning display of his guitar prowess at a Northeast Blues Society open jam, Cummings qualified to compete in the Blues Foundation’s 1999 International Blues Challenge. A year later, he released his first album with Swamp Yankee, The Long Way, an astonishing, critically acclaimed debut. Cummings’ skill and intensity garnered attention from Double Trouble members Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon, who were so impressed with this relative newcomer that they produced and performed on his first solo record, From the Heart (2003). Reese Wynans also appeared on the record, and it was the first time that Double Trouble recorded an entire album since Vaughan’s untimely passing.

After signing a multi-record deal with Blind Pig Records, Tommy Shannon would go on to work with Cummings on his 2004 inaugural release for the label, True To Yourself. Cummings recorded three more stellar albums on the Blind Pig Records label, Working Man (2006), Feel So Good: Albert Cummings Live (2008) and Someone Like You (2015). In 2012, he also self-released the country-rock-blues flavored winner, No Regrets, incorporating multiple musical categories and highlighting his unique versatility.

Following the success of his first live record, a second was self-released in 2017, Live At The ’62 Center. It was recorded in his hometown of Willamstown, Massachusetts, and its incredible reception garnered Cummings a Blues Music Award nomination for Blues Rock Album.

web: albertcummings.com

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An Intimate Evening with Bettye LaVette POSTPONED 12/3

12-03-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 03 @ 8:30 pm

Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey...

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Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. To quote the late, great George Jones: \"Bettye is truly a \'singer\'s singer\' \".

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Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Folsom ‘68: A Johnny Cash Tribute

12-05-2020

Presented by Regent Theatre at Regent Theatre, Arlington
Upcoming Dates: Sat, Dec 05 @ 8:00 pm

The show is made for those who enjoy authenticity and features songs that span his epic career from 1954 through 1972. It also features many songs from Cash’s seminal live prison albums Folsom Prison (1968) and San Quentin (1969), what we like...

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The show is made for those who enjoy authenticity and features songs that span his epic career from 1954 through 1972. It also features many songs from Cash’s seminal live prison albums Folsom Prison (1968) and San Quentin (1969), what we like to refer to as the greatest concerts in which you couldn’t buy a ticket.
They say that music is the language of the soul, and nothing could be more accurate for this one-of-a-kind Johnny Cash tribute band. Composed of a group of Cash-inspired musicians and skillful performers, the artists behind “Folsom ’68: A Johnny Cash tribute” have earned their reputation as a talented band. From live gigs to studio sessions and more, they continue to touch fans around the world with their distinct and enjoyable musical style.
Folsom ’68 also has the distinct honor of working with Johnny Cash’s original and only drummer, W.S. “Fluke” Holland!

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Tags:  Jazz / Blues

Red Molly

12-10-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 10 @ 8:00 pm

Red Molly combines the forces of three songwriters with unique character and style, creating a show that is larger than the sum of its parts. Known for their 3-part harmony, their songs and arrangements lay bare a love of vocal blend. The band...

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Red Molly combines the forces of three songwriters with unique character and style, creating a show that is larger than the sum of its parts. Known for their 3-part harmony, their songs and arrangements lay bare a love of vocal blend. The band weaves together threads of American music—from country & blues to folk & bluegrass.

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Tags:  Jazz / Blues

An Evening with the David Bromberg Quintet

12-17-2020

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Thu, Dec 17 @ 8:30 pm

For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes - but is not limited to - adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons...

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For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes - but is not limited to - adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son.

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The Laszlo Gardony Trio

01-22-2021

Presented by The Spire Center for Performing Arts at Spire Center for the Performing Arts, Plymouth
Upcoming Dates: Fri, Jan 22 @ 8:00 pm

Back to the Spire Center by popular demand, Laszlo Gardony celebrates his new solo piano CD, “La Marseillaise” on Sunnyside Records. In addition to performing solo pieces from his new release, Laszlo will also be performing with his trio...

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Back to the Spire Center by popular demand, Laszlo Gardony celebrates his new solo piano CD, “La Marseillaise” on Sunnyside Records. In addition to performing solo pieces from his new release, Laszlo will also be performing with his trio which includes John Lockwood on bass and Yoron Israel on drums. Hailed by JazzTimes as “one of contemporary music’s truly original voices,” Laszlo’s performances convey the joy of inspired creation, audience connection, and moving spontaneous improvisations.

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Tags:  Jazz / Blues