Tupelo Books Two New Shows in Londonderry

Oct 29, 2011 No Comments by

Hi Everyone,

Good Morning (or good afternoon, depending on when you read this). I’ve locked the cats out of my office so there won’t be any more shenanigans while I’m writing this.

I was thrilled to see that 140 people attended our children’s performance with Steve Blunt this past weekend. I think we will be doing more children’s shows. We still have tickets for Average White Band and Guitar Masters this weekend. Both shows are going to be GREAT!

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.

JON ANDERSON and RICK WAKEMAN of YES at The Capitol Center November 1
Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman (the key members of the classic lineup of legendary and pioneering progressive rock band YES ) join forces for a limited US Tour following the release of the duo’s debut album, 2010’s The Living Tree. Don’t miss this intimate evening featuring superb classic YES tunes and performances of jointly composed Anderson/Wakeman songs, all intertwined with hilarious anecdotes from the two legendary ambassadors of progressive rock. This is a great show and there are still good seats available.

The Indigo Girls show that we produced for the city of Nashua this past Saturday raised about $100,000 for the Elm Street School Theatre! Thanks to those of you who attended. The show sold out and the performance was great. It was truly a community effort that resulted in a very successful event.

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

We’ve booked TWO new Shows this week!

January 8 Little Feat
February 17 Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers

As always, thanks for supporting Tupelo Music Hall and helping us do what we do!
“It’s All About the Music!”


Ticket Update
ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY – Only 30 tickets remain!
RIK EMMETT – Only 2 tickets remain!
ENGLISH BEAT – Only 26 tickets remain!
JUDY COLLINS – Only 26 tickets remain!
RONNIE EARL – Selling fast!
MARC COHN – Selling fast!

This Week
This Show is SOLD OUT.

AWB are widely regarded as one of the best soul and funk bands in the history of music. Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit ‘Pick Up the Pieces’ the band’s strength actually lay in their consistently accomplished song-writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi- grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records. Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six piece took the influences of their R&B heroes – people like Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others – and developed their own ‘authentic’ sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the US and elsewhere.
The current line-up of the band – this time with noted US recruits augmenting founding members Alan Gorrie and Onnie McIntyre – continues to record and tour around the world to ongoing critical and audience acclaim. All this and more is perfectly illustrated in the band’s latest release Soul And The City which showcases the breadth and depth of the band’s material, all captured within the excitement of a 2006 live performance.

ANDY McKEE is considered one of the world’s finest acoustic guitar soloists. Hailing from Topeka Kansas, the self-taught McKee, first garnered international attention as one of the top finalists at the prestigious National Finger Style Guitar Championships in Windfield, Kansas. Since 2001, McKee has released five albums independently selling upwards of 50,000. Andy also had the honor of playing guitar on Josh Groban’s Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum Christmas album, NOEL.
STEPHEN BENNETT Whether playing his great-grandfather’s harp guitar, his 1930 National Steel or a standard 6-string, Stephen Bennett is a musician to hear. His playing has won awards and critical praise. In live performance and on record, his diverse musical influences and interests are joined with a lifelong love affair with the sound of guitar strings.
ANTOINE DuFOUR With now five albums of original material released to critical acclaim, two live performance DVDs, and more than 25 million views on YouTube, Antoine Dufour has emerged as a young star of fingerstyle acoustic guitar, building a worldwide reputation for innovation and creativity.

November 1 THE TUBES
This show is SOLD OUT!

New Bookings
In his preface to a recent Little Feat retrospective compilation, the band’s Paul Barrere wrote, ”It’s almost 33 years ago exactly since Mr. [Lowell] George came to the front door of the Laurel Canyon house I was livin’ in, with that beautiful white ”p“ bass in hand, and asked if I wanted to try out as bass player for his new band. As most who know the story’s end can tell you, as a bassist I make an excellent guitarist, and 3 years later– when I finally began my stint in Little Feat– I would never have guessed that I would be here writing these liner notes to yet another chapter in the now storied life of a band that has been my life, and a true labor of love.“
Truth is, there really is no story’s end yet, and Little Feat have indeed led a storied life ever since they formed in 1969. From then on, their unconventional signature of earthy, organic appeal and polished, first-rate musicianship wrapped around eclectic and memorable songs–clearly delivered as an authentic labor of love–has been a lasting fixture on the musical landscape. As American as apple pie–and rock ‘n roll itself–Feat’s music transcends boundaries, a freewheeling fusion of California rock and Dixie-inflected funk-boogie. In the mix as well are strains of folk, blues, rockabilly, country and jazz, inventing a hybrid sound that is truly Little Feat’s own.
That story is about to add a major new chapter – the 2008 release of Join the Band, a very special project in Feat’s history. Keyboardist Bill Payne came up with the idea of a CD that included many things, but featured major Little Feat hit songs as played by a band that included Feat and some very special friends. When you have friends like Jimmy Buffett, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris, Bob Seger, Bela Fleck, Brooks and Dunn, Chris Robinson (Black Crowes), Vince Gill, Mike Gordon (Phish), and Inara George (band founder Lowell’s daughter) – you have musical treasure in your hands. Join the Band is going to make some noise.

Look no further than the title track of their album “The Bear” to understand Stephen Kellogg and The Sixers. As the band sings passionately, “Sometimes you get the bear, sometimes the bear gets you. Sometimes you’re gonna win, sometimes you’re gonna lose but you know in the end there’s no apologies!”
Many bands talk about “keeping it real” but in The Sixers’s case, they mean it. “We’re not up there projecting a personality we can’t believe in. I think it’s important to go with the feel of each moment and take chances. If that means we get out of synch or sing out of key once in a while, so be it.

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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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