Strunz and Farah Just Booked, 5 shows This Week

Dec 07, 2011 No Comments by

Hi Everyone,

Good morning! I trust everyone had a great weekend. I actually had a chance to get my Christmas lights up this weekend, which is kinda miraculous. It usually happens a week before Christmas when I’m outside freezing my fingers off. I love this warm weather we’re having. It’s so easy to catch up on everything that still needs to get done before we get snow (again).

This is yet another big week of music for us. We have 5 shows in a row, beginning tonight with VANILLA FUDGE and ending on Sunday with one of my favorites, AMBER RUBARTH.

VANILLA FUDGE tonight! Beginning in 1967, Vanilla Fudge rocked the world with a new sound, influencing a generation of musicians and creating a legion of loyal fans. is now in its fourteenth year celebrating this ever popular and influential band, and its original members. Currently, three of the four original members; Mark Stein, Vince Martell and Carmine Appice, with Pete Bremy on bass, are touring.

GIFT CERTIFICATES – We are getting many calls about gift certificates. If you would like to purchase one, call the office at 437-5100. We take the order over the phone and mail it to you. Gift certificates are available in increments of $25.

We’ve booked TWO New Shows this week!


As always, thanks for supporting Tupelo Music Hall!

“It’s All About the Music!”


Ticket Update
COMEDY NIGHT – Only 16 tickets remain!
BELLEVUE CADILLAC – Only 19 tickets remain!
GUITAR MASTER – Only 15 tickets remain!
LITTLE FEAT – Both shows selling fast!
GANDALF MURPHY – Selling fast!
STEPHEN KELLOGG– Only 34 tickets remain!

This Week
Beginning in 1967, Vanilla Fudge rocked the world with a new sound, influencing a generation of musicians and creating a legion of loyal fans. Amazingly, this very special tour features 3 of the four original members: Mark Stein, Carmine Appice, and Vince Martell! This band has been cited as, “one of the few American links between psychedelia and what soon became heavy metal.”
They had a number of popular songs, their biggest being their hit cover of “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”, a slowed-down, hard rocking version of the song originally recorded by The Supremes. This version also featured Appice’s energetic drumming. One follow-up to this hit, “Take Me For A Little While”, had a quite different lyric message from the former.
The members of Vanilla Fudge were great admirers of The Beatles, and covered several of their songs including “Ticket to Ride”, as well as “Eleanor Rigby”. The self-titled debut album quotes “Strawberry Fields Forever” at the end, with the line “there’s nothing to get hung about”. Their rendition of “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” was featured in the 2007 film Zodiac.

Another great night of music whether you are playing or just watching. Still only $5 cover charge for an entire night of entertainment. Sign-ups start at 6:00. The show starts at 7:00.

Here is what they are saying about Chad Perrone’s “Wake”—
Alternative Addiction Top 20 records of 2008 “The only album by an unsigned artist on this chart comes from Boston’s Chad Perrone. This outstanding collection of songs showcases Perrone’s incredible songwriting skills and unforgettable melodies. Wake, Perrone’s second solo release, solidifies his reputation as one of the country’s premier unsigned acts.” ***** (Five Star Review)
Perrone has played shows all over New England, selling out clubs like the Paradise in Boston and garnering praise as both a performer and a songwriter in well respected newspapers and magazines.”

December 10 RONNIE EARL
This show is SOLD OUT

Amber Rubarth won the Grand Prize in the 2010 NewSong Mountain Stage Contest with her song “Letter From My Lonelier Self.” The prize included recording with Grammy Award winning producer Jacquire King (Norah Jones, Kings of Leon, Tom Waits) and a performance on NPR’s Mountain Stage. Amber Rubarth’s song “Washing Day” (co-written with Adam Levy) won 1st Place in the 2006 International Songwriting Competition in the ‘Lyrics only’ category, judged by Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and Robert Smith. The music video screened at the 2007 SXSW Festival in Austin. On May 8, 2008, Bob Boilen chose Rubarth’s song “You Will Love This Song” from her second album New Green Lines for his NPR show All Things Considered. He said he was “attracted by her honesty and humor”. On August 26, 2009, Tom Robinson featured the song on his BBC Radio show Fresh On the Net in the UK. She was recently listed as #16 in the UK “Music to Die For’s Top 100 Favourite Female Vocalists of the Decade” between #17 Gillian Welch and #15 Tori Amos.
Many of her fans have discovered her music on MySpace where she has over 1.7 million plays and was featured in the Top 100 Independent Artists.

New Bookings
Only a Sophomore in College, Bluegrass Phenomenon Sarah Jarosz is taking the music industry by storm. In the two years since Sarah Jarosz’s first album came out, the wider world has discovered what plenty of old-time and bluegrass luminaries and festival-going fans already knew- that she is a formidable talent. There have already been GRAMMY and Americana Music Award nominations, a trio of Austin Music Awards, invitations to perform on “Austin City Limits” and “A Prairie Home Companion” and at Bonnaroo, Newport and Telluride.

April 12  STRUNZ & FARAH
Performing together since 1979, Strunz & Farah are the innovators of an entirely new expression for the acoustic guitar. Decades ahead of their time, they originated an exotic style that now is widely followed. From Costa Rica and Iran respectively, Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah have brought the cultural riches of their native lands into their highly virtuosic, rhythmic, and improvisation-rich original instrumental compositions, profoundly influencing guitarists worldwide. Their meeting in 1979 marked the first time that Latin American and Middle Eastern music came together on the guitar. They remain the undisputed masters of the form they created.
Jorge Strunz was born in Costa Rica to a family with lineage that includes a past Costa Rican president on one side and one of Simón Bolívar’s favorite lieutenants on the other. Given his first guitar at age 6, he grew up also in Colombia, Mexico, Spain, England and Canada, studying and playing flamenco and classical guitar. He performed flamenco guitar professionally as a teenager, accompanying Spanish dancers and singers. He then turned to focus more on his own Latin American roots, Caribbean and Latin folk, and later, jazz. Jorge single handedly invented a new style of Latin guitar playing that is an original synthesis of hand techniques from flamenco, Latin folk and classical guitar with state-of-the art high-speed linear plectrum playing.
Ardeshir Farah was raised in a beautiful old house in Iran that echoed with the sounds of the violin of his uncle, who performed with the Teheran Symphony. Later, he moved to England for schooling. He played guitar since childhood, focusing on popular music and improvisation. He has performed and recorded extensively with many of the top expatriate Persian singers and musicians in the US who fled Iran after the Revolution. Ardeshir was the first to use Middle Eastern inflections in a contemporary guitar setting. His style has a unique exoticism.

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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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