Willy Porter Coming to Londonderry Tonight!

Sep 29, 2011 No Comments by

Hi Everyone,

I’m writing this email from Prince Edward Island on a scouting excursion for new artists. What a beautiful place this is! So far, I’ve heard some great music. After this trip, I’m headed to New Orleans. I rarely travel but when I do, I get to hear some crazy good music! Gee—I hope my neighbor remembers to feed the cats—

Last night, this guy named John Smith blew me away with his acoustic set. Check him out. Really different voice and guitar style. He’s from the UK but will be touring the States at some point. When he does—I see a Tupelo show on his schedule! There’s nothing better than hearing a new artist you’ve never been exposed to and feeling like you’ve missed something because you haven’t heard of him before. Wow—that was a weird sentence.

This week is the one-year anniversary of the new Vermont venue! We have Shawn Colvin playing our anniversary show this Sunday in Vermont. Come celebrate with us! It’s an early 7:00 show. No opener.

I’m psyched to finally have WILLY PORTER on our schedule again. Willy’s shows are always memorable. His writing is amazing. His guitar playing is ridiculously good. I’m working on some big shows that, with any luck, I will be able to announce soon.

We’ve booked ONE great new show this week!

March 25 Willy Porter

I hope you are all having a spectacular week!

“It’s All About the Music!”


Ticket Update
THE TUBES – Only 20 tickets remain!
RUSTED ROOT – Selling Fast!
BRETT DENNEN – Selling fast!

This Week
Jon Herington is the veteran touring and recording guitarist for Steely Dan, a position he continues to hold after 11 years.
The Jon Herington Band is currently the hard-hitting, stripped-down guitar, bass, drums power trio version of the band which is specifically designed for the club and theatre concert scene, with a blues/rock/pop vibe and an emphasis on the songs and the guitar playing. There is plenty of killer guitar for fans of Jon’s playing, and the lyrics are often funny in addition to being clever and compelling. Great support is supplied by a no-nonsense, take-care-of-business band featuring Dennis Espantman on bass and Frank Pagano on drums. All three band members sing, providing a much bigger sound than a typical trio.

September 30 DIRK HAMILTON
Legendary rock/folk songwriter Dirk Hamilton’s first record on ABC “You Can Sing on the Left or Bark on the Right “was produced by Gary Katz of Steely Dan fame and his “Meet Me at the Crux” on Elektra Records is considered by many to have pointed the way for Seattle’s “Grunge Movement” and was listed in Rolling Stone as “One of the overlooked gems of the seventies”. A long time cult favorite, Dirk Hamilton has released 15 albums in Europe and the United States.
The New York Press called him “The original Anti-folkie— always one of the few true poets on the scene.” The L.A. Times called him “One of rock’s best kept secrets— a gripping live performer” and The Austin Chronicle; “Lucid, intelligent and distinctive songs, with a throaty howl that resembles Van Morrison and John Hiatt; he’s also an emotive, evocative singer and a winning presence on stage.”

October 1 THE FOOLS
The Fools barged onto the Boston music scene with their first single “She Looks All Right in the Dark”. Known for their outrageous live performances the band quickly gathered a loyal and ever-growing audience. Their first national (and then international) hit record, “Psycho Chicken,” was a parody of Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer. With the signing of the band to EMI Records came the first two albums “Sold Out” and “Heavy Mental”. Touring North America first with The Knack and then with Van Halen helped to place the band firmly on the national stage. European tours, including shows with Cheap Trick and Journey, resulted in huge overseas record sales. Back home again The Fools released their biggest album, “World Dance Party”.
Do not miss catching the legendary Fools live. The mix of great music performed by uniquely talented musicians with a hefty helping of comedy comes together in an unmatched charm that has been lighting up millions of smiles over the years. And it all keeps getting better with time. Experience The Fools and smile for yourself.

New Bookings

Willy Porter is one of my favorite touring musicians. His writing is impeccable, His guitar skills mesmerizing. Seriously—don’t miss this show.
“Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever.” – Tori Amos
“Willy Porter is perhaps best known as a down tuned six string wonder, but as a singer and a writer, and as a showman, he merits equal regard.” – Puremusic.com
“Thank goodness he doesn’t play the flute.” – Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

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About the author

Scott Hayward is a Derry native who graduated from Pinkerton Academy and Wake Forest University, where he majored in English. While working as a financial planner and looking for investment property in 2004, he came across a building for sale in Londonderry. Then called The Muse, Hayward attended a performance and knew immediately what he wanted to do. After purchasing and doing a major remodeling of the facility, while learning as much as possible about the music business, he opened Tupelo Music Hall on September 11, 2004. Tupelo has since become a huge hit with both music lovers and the many artists who take the stage. The venue has received much critical acclaim and has grown each year in number of performances, attendance, and revenue. Hayward credits the success of the venue to the guiding principles of the business; to present top-flight artists in an intimate and comfortable environment with excellent acoustics and first-class sound reproduction, and to provide a memorable experience for the audience and for the artist. In October 2010, Hayward opened a second Tupelo Music Hall in White River Junction, Vermont, using the Londonderry model. He also operates Tupelo Venue Management, a company providing consulting, booking, and management services to other music venues.
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