Great Shows and New Bookings in Londonderry!

Feb 23, 2012 No Comments by

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a great weekend. If you live in New Hampshire and are taking the kids away on February vacation this next week, I hope you have a great sunny trip. Unless you are going skiing, in which case I hope your days are overcast and snowing.

I got to see a GREAT show this weekend in Foxboro. Johnny Lang was playing there and it was absolutely one of the best shows I have ever seen in my life! Seriously—I’ve seen a lot of shows. We gotta get Johnny at Tupelo. That would be insanely awesome. I’ve got goose bumps just thinking about it.

We have two great shows this week that aren’t yet sold out. The Celtic band SOLAS show on Thursday still has tickets available and JILL SOBULE (“I kissed a girl” song) on Saturday is available. John Mayall is sold out.

The show that we announced with HOWIE DAY last week is almost sold out. There are only about 20 tickets left. By the time you get this email, it might even be sold out. Get tickets now if you want to see Howie Day on April 21.

I am very excited about the newly added show with FRANCINE REED. Francine is the singer with Lyle Lovett who bangs out vocals like nobody’s business. Read more about her below in our New Bookings section.

We booked TWO new shows this week!


As always, thanks for supporting Tupelo Music Hall!

“It’s All About the Music!”


Ticket Update
JIM MESSINA – Only 40 tickets remain!
MELANIE – Only 26 tickets remain!
ENTER THE HAGGIS – Only 50 tickets remain!
JEFFERSON STARSHIP – Only 27 tickets remain!
MAKEM & SPAIN BROTHERS – Only 40 tickets remain!
KARLA BONOFF – Only 11 tickets remain!
JOAN OSBORNE – Selling Fast!
HOWIE DAY – Only 20 tickets remain!

This Week
February 23 SOLAS
Since its birth in 1996, Solas has been loudly proclaimed as the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic band to ever emerge from the United States. Even before the release of its first Shanachie CD, the Boston Herald trumpeted the quartet as “the first truly great Irish band to arise from America,” and the Irish Echo ranked Solas among the “most exciting bands anywhere in the world.” Since then, the praise has only grown louder. The Philadelphia Inquirer said they make “mind-blowing Irish folk music, maybe the world’s best.” The New York Times praised their “unbridled vitality“, the Washington Post dubbed them one of the “world’s finest Celtic-folk ensembles” and the Austin American-Statesman called them “the standard by which contemporary Celtic groups are judged.”

February 24 JOHN MAYALL
This show is SOLD OUT!

February 25 JILL SOBULE
Perhaps best known for her hit song “I Kissed a Girl”, Jill Sobule belongs to a rare breed of artists. Her work is at once deeply personal and socially conscious, seriously funny and derisively tragic. Over five albums and a decade of recording, the Denver-born songwriter/ guitarist/singer has tackled such topics as the death penalty, anorexia, shoplifting, reproduction, the French resistance movement, adolescence, and the Christian right. Did we mention love? Love found, love lost, love wished for and love taken away.
While her songs cover a huge amount of ground, they all have benefit greatly from Jill’s subtle intelligence and skillful light-handedness. No sloganeering flag-and-fist waving here, but rather story songs about human beings, real and imagined, which allow us to step back from the issue, be it personal or social, and relate to it as we would a close friend.
To see Jill live and in concert is a rare treat. It is on stage that she is most comfortable, most powerful, and where the delicacy and range of her work can be best appreciated. She entertains, amuses, provokes, and more often then not, takes her audiences on an emotional roller coaster, from comedy to pathos in a few bars of music.

New Bookings
Francine Reed is just as happy down home in the juke joint as she is in the world’s finest concert halls – and always singing with class, distinction and soul. A W.C. Handy nominee for her solo recording I Want You to Love Me, the widely recognized larger than life voice in Lyle Lovett’s Large Band has also collaborated with many of the most respected names in gospel, country, rhythm and blues, including Delbert McClinton and Willie Nelson.

Smither taps his foot to keep the rhythm, much like the late blues legend John Lee Hooker. His finger-picked guitar lines are sleek, unhurried and insistent. And then there’s the voice-equal parts gravel and molasses. Smither’s singing sounds like a distillation of the folk and blues heroes he grew up listening to in New Orleans. Bathed in the flickering glow of passing headlights and neon bar signs, Smither’s roots are as blue as they come. There is plenty of misty Louisiana and Lightnin’ Hopkins in Smither’s weathered singing and unhurried picking.
The masterful combination of pure folk songwriting and intricate guitar blues are tangible signs of the singer-songwriter’s vigorous genius.
“Love Me Like a Man” – rather, “Love You Like a Man” – was written by Chris Smither when he was a mere twenty-three. Although the Bonnie Raitt version is admittedly amazing, there is nothing like hearing Smither do it himself.


About the author

Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
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