Four New Bookings at Londonderry Music Venue

Oct 21, 2011 No Comments by

Hi Everyone,

One of my cats is running all over my desk as I write this so I can’t really be held accountableeeee for mistakes. Ha! He keeps stepping on my keyboard. Bad Kitty! Yikes—guess I should have had more coffee before writing this. Oh well. You should be used to it by now.

I saw the John Hiatt show this past weekend at the Wilbur Theatre. Those of you who have tickets to our November 7 show with John are in for a treat! Unlike our show a few years ago, this tour is with his band and his band ROCKS!

I am psyched that we have another date with MARC COHN. Marc is one of my top 5 performers to see live. Don’t know his songs? “Walking in Memphis” “True Companion” and “Silver Thunderbird” were three of his hits that received a lot of radio attention.

MARTIN SEXTON this Friday and Saturday! We still have a fair amount of tickets available for the Friday show. Saturday is nearly sold out. Martin’s shows are arguably the best live shows you will ever see!

THE WAILERS – How cool is this new booking?  We got lucky because they had an open last minute date. Tickets are only $32. Come on—can’t beat that with a stick!

The show with Lindsay Buckingham that we are promoting at the Portsmouth Music Hall is nearly sold out. This is going to be killer. Get tickets soon if you want to go because they’re going, going—almost gone.

We’ve booked FOUR great new shows this week!

November 22 The Wailers
January 10 Debbie Davies Band
January 13 Gandalf Murphy and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
January 19 Marc Cohn

I hope you are all having a spectacular week! As always, thanks for supporting Tupelo Music Hall and helping us do what we do!

“It’s All About the Music!”


Ticket Update
CARL PALMER – Only 25 tickets remain!
MARTIN SEXTON – Only 38 tickets remain for his Saturday show
ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY – Only 42 tickets remain!
RUSTED ROOT – Only 9 tickets remain!
RIK EMMETT – Only 11 tickets remain!
ENGLISH BEAT – Only 50 tickets remain!
BRETT DENNEN – Only 30 tickets remain!
JUDY COLLINS – Only 35 tickets remain!

This Week
October 21/22 MARTIN SEXTON
“The real thing, people, a star with potential to permanently affect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come.” – Billboard
In 2007/08 Sexton logged his most successful years to date with the release of his latest studio offering, Seeds. The album debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart, and the Los Angeles Times writes, “Call him a soul shouter, a road poet, a folkie or a rocker and you wouldn’t be wrong.” On the heels of Seeds, the cd/dvd set Solo released October 08. Documenting a series of recent unaccompanied live appearances, the album captures Martin’s critically acclaimed incendiary live set in theatres coast-to-coast.
“The best live performer I’ve ever seen.” – John Mayer

October 22 STEVE BLUNT (children’s matinee show)
This is a great show with local musician Steve Blunt. Bring the kids. The fun starts at 12:00 noon.

New Bookings
November 22 THE WAILERS
Together with Bob Marley, the Wailers have sold in excess of 250 million albums worldwide. In England alone, they’ve notched up over twenty chart hits, including seven Top 10 entries. Outside of their groundbreaking work with Marley, the Wailers have also played or performed with international acts like Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, and Alpha Blondy, as well as reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, and Burning Spear. As the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition, the Wailers have completed innumerable other tours, playing to an estimated 24 million people across the globe. They have also been the first reggae band to tour new territories on many occasions, including Africa and the Far East.
Reggae music has never stopped evolving but for millions of people from around the world it’s still defined by the songs of Bob Marley and the Wailers. It’s been their heartbeat rhythms that have inspired so much of what’s followed since, as evidenced by the enduring popularity of the “one-drop” reggae sound.

Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, Debbie Davies immersed herself in classic blues and R&B and became captivated by the sounds of the British blues-rock bands, particularly the electric guitar of Eric Clapton. She picked up an electric guitar and pursued her dream with the passion of an artist and the soul of a rebel. Debbie cut her teeth playing in blues and rock’n’roll bands in the San Francisco Bay area before returning to Los Angeles in 1984, where she landed the lead guitar spot in an all-female band led by wife of British blues pioneer John Mayall. In 1988 she was recruited by Albert Collins to join the Ice Breakers and for the next three years she was a featured guitarist performing behind one of the most innovative bluesmen of all time. “I stepped through a door into the real blues world when I joined Albert’s band,” Davies says. Since leaving Albert’s band in 1991, Debbie has struck out on her own, earning the love and respect of her peers and a worldwide fan base. She has released 11 CDs, been honored with countless nominations and a Blues Music (WC Handy) Award, and continues to grow as one of the world’s outstanding blues players.

January 13 GANDALF MURPHY and The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
With a name like this, how can you go wrong?
The music of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams has been variously described as “hillbilly-Floyd,” “folk-pop,” “alt-country, roots-rock,” and “surreal Americana;” a clear indicator of its singularly indescribable uniqueness. Dancing freely between all existing religious and philosophical mythologies, the music is uplifting, empowering, and a lot of fun.
“The Slambovians cast a wide net— (their) music seems to energize anyone who hears it.” – Relix Magazine

January 19 MARC COHN
Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn has been obsessed with pop music for as long as he can remember. As a songwriter and singer, Cohn combines the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He’s a natural storyteller, balancing the exuberant with the poignant, and able to distill universal truth out of his often romantic, drawn-from-life tales. He similarly finds the emotional essence in the vintage songs he’s just recorded, even as he brilliantly reshapes his source material. Cohn’s own career took off at the turn of another decade, in 1990, with the recording of his critically acclaimed, self-titled debut disc, which yielded such classics in their own right as “Walking In Memphis,” “Silver Thunderbird,” and the lovely “True Companion.”

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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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