Comedy Night and Many New Bookings!

Mar 07, 2012 No Comments by

Hi Everyone,

Howdy, howdy, howdy. I hope all of you with kids in the school system had a good break last week. I brought my boys to Mexico and we had a blast. I think the hardest part of vacation is coming back and trying to get back in to”work mode”. I’m in the zone now and really looking forward to SPRING!

We have some GREAT shows this week! JIM MESSINA, GALLAGHER, MELANIE, and ENTER THE HAGGIS. Damn, whoever books this venue is a genius (just kidding).

JIM MESSINA
For some reason, we still have tickets available for JIM MESSINA this Thursday. Jim Messina was in three of the most iconic Americana folk rock bands of all time: Rock n Roll Hall of Famers Buffalo Springfield (performed in and produced last album featuring the Richie Furay classic ‘Kind Woman”); co-formed Poco with Rusty Young and Richie (produced first albums plus wrote signature song “You Better Think Twice”) and went on to produce and partner with Kenny Loggins (released nine albums amassing over 14 million record sales featuring hits Jim penned or co-wrote “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “My Music” and “Thinking Of You”). Jim Messina also made several critically acclaimed solo albums so expect a musical cross section of his entire career. This is one of those ‘landmark’ Tupelo shows that people are going to be talking about for a long time!

We have many shows on the verge of selling out. Check our schedule if you want to get tickets. The Spring is always a big time for us.

We booked FIVE new shows this week!

May 11 COMEDY NIGHT
May 22 THE WOOD BROTHERS
July 21 LIZ LONGLEY
August 17 SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and THE POOR FOOLS
Novembe6 16 EILEN JEWELL

As always, thanks for supporting Tupelo Music Hall!

“It’s All About the Music!”

Scott

Ticket Update
JIM MESSINA – Only 30 tickets remain!
MELANIE – SOLD OUT
ENTER THE HAGGIS – Only 28 tickets remain!
JEFFERSON STARSHIP – SOLD OUT
MAKEM & SPAIN BROTHERS – Only 17 tickets remain!
STEPHEN KELLOGG – SOLD OUT
KARLA BONOFF – Only 5 tickets remain!
PSYCHEDELIC FURS – SOLD OUT
JOAN OSBORNE – Only 19 tickets remain!
JOHNNY WINTER – SOLD OUT
HOWIE DAY – First show SOLD OUT
COLIN HAY – SOLD OUT

This Week
March 8 JIM MESSINA
Jim Messina was in three of the most iconic Americana folk rock bands of all time: Rock n Roll Hall of Famers Buffalo Springfield (performed in and produced last album featuring the Richie Furay classic ‘Kind Woman”); co-formed Poco with Rusty Young and Richie (produced first albums plus wrote signature song “You Better Think Twice”) and went on to produce and partner with Kenny Loggins (released nine albums amassing over 14 million record sales featuring hits Jim penned or co-wrote “Your Mama Don’t Dance,” “My Music” and “Thinking Of You”). Jim Messina also made several critically acclaimed solo albums so expect a musical cross section of his entire career. This is one of those ‘landmark’ Tupelo shows that people are going to be talking about for a long time!

March 9 GALLAGHER
World-Famous comedian Gallagher became a household name by smashing watermelons during his highly rated HBO specials. But millions of comedy fans around the world were already in love with his razor-sharp observations, hilarious dead-on insights, and incredibly creative word play. One need only see that he has joined the exalted pantheon of the “one-name-only” celebrities (such as Oprah, Madonna, and “The Donald”) to know how beloved Gallagher’s comedy is. With a following built upon countless sold-out concert halls, uproarious HBO specials, and bestselling CDs, videos, and DVDs, Gallagher’s immense talent and broad appeal make him a “first ballot” Hall of Fame comedian. Gallagher is not coasting nor is he slowing down, however! To the delight of audiences across America, Gallagher is still making us fall out of our chairs with laughter.

March 10 MELANIE
This show is SOLD OUT

March 11 ENTER THE HAGGIS
Over the past three albums and five years, Toronto’s Celtic rock band Enter The Haggis has found itself at the center of a grassroots success story ever teetering on the brink of mainstream success. From playing Celtic festivals to headlining them, and from the festival circuit to selling out multiple nights in rock venues, ETH has blazed a path with heavy and almost constant touring up and down the East Coast, to Canada, the West Coast and back again, winning over success one fan, one town, one region at a time.
The band has made waves in the genre, landing high Billboard and iTunes World Music chart positions as well as major television appearances on shows like Live With Regis And Kelly, A&E Breakfast With the Arts andPB’ popular program Out of Ireland, with its multi-influence style of Celtic rock.It’s the kind of overall sound and devotion package that has created not only die-hard fans, but “Haggis Heads” that follow the band from gig to gig.

New Bookings
May 11 COMEDY NIGHT
This comedy night features Brad Mastrangelo, Will Noonan and Carolyn Plummer. Always a lot of fun. Always great comedians. And still a great bargain.

May 22 THE WOOD BROTHERS
Two brothers decide to form a band, adapting the blues, folk and other roots-music sounds they loved as kids into their own evocative sound and twining their voices in the sort of high-lonesome harmony blend for which sibling singers are often renowned. While that’s not a terribly unusual story, Oliver Wood (guitar, vocals) and Chris Wood (bass, vocals, harmonica) took a twisty path to their ultimate collaboration.
Indeed, The Wood Brothers pursued separate projects for some 15 years before joining forces.
Originally hailing from Boulder, Colorado, Chris and Oliver imbibed the heady tones and stories of American roots music – notably folk, blues, bluegrass and country – at the feet of their father, a molecular biologist with a passion for music and performing. Their mother, a poet, meanwhile, taught them a deep appreciation for storytelling and turn of phrase.
Oliver ended up in Atlanta, soaking up the roots of blues, the soul of the south and founded his band, King Johnson. Chris ended up in New York City and formed the hugely influential, instrumental trio Medeski Martin & Wood. In 2004, the brothers seized the opportunity presented by a family reunion andrecorded some material together. 2006 saw the release of their debut album, Ways Not to Lose, which was named top pick in folk by Amazon.com’s editors that year. “Modern folk and blues rarely sounds as inventive and colorful,” declared Amazon reviewers. The brothers’ sophomore release, Loaded (2008), was heralded as one of NPR’s “Overlooked 11.” Both albums were produced by Chris’ MMW bandmate, John Medeski.
In August, 2011, The Wood Brothers released their third full-length studio album, titled Smoke Ring Halo, on Zac Brown’s independent record label, Southern Ground Artists. Produced and engineered by Jim Scott (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams), Smoke Ring Halo has received critical praise. Paste Magazine lauds “Smoke Ring Halo only further cements the pair’s reputation as masters of soulful folk.” And Nate Chien of the New York Times exclaims, “This band has been working at something and it shows.”

July 21 LIZ LONGLEY
A recent Berklee College of Music graduate, Liz Longley is already showing signs of becoming the next acoustic breakout artist. In 2010, Liz received first prize in the BMI John Lennon Scholarship competition, grand prize in the International Acoustic Music Award contest (among 9,000 entries) as well as the Chris Austin Songwriting Award. She also appeared at the Newport and Rocky Mountain folk festivals. In 2009, Liz garnered first place in the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriter Showcase, and was co-winner of the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, among several other honors.

August 17 SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY and THE POOR FOOLS
Billed as Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools, each evening’s set list will consist of a wide cross section of music, described as Southside Johnny Lyon’s “eclectic version of the Great American Songbook,” with the Poor Fools playing everything from Bob Dylan tunes to NRBQ and songs from Muddy Waters, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, The Band, George Jones, Mose Allison as well as a few Jukes standards.
Who are the Poor Fools? Featuring a couple of Asbury Jukes members – Jeff Kazee and John Conte – the band also includes Tommy Byrnes who has worked with Billy Joel for a number of years, and E Street Band violinist Soozie Tyrell.
“It will be a loose mix of songs, stories and banter between the musicians and – hopefully – the audience,” Southside Johnny said in a statement. “Just lookin’ to have a good time. It’ll be a little side trip between the usual Asbury Jukes touring and our next recording.”

November 16 EILEN JEWELL
It is the battered cassette jammed in the tape deck of the getaway car, the music Ida Lupino cues up on the roadhouse jukebox as she counts the till after close. This is Queen of the Minor Key by Eilen Jewell, a smart cookie with a heart of burnished gold and enough stories to keep even the rowdiest crowd hanging on her every word. Though its long shadows and dark corners make her kingdom feel intimate, her sovereign domain stretches as far as the imagination. Its denizens seek refuge in padded rooms, abandoned automobiles— and strong spirits. They defend their territory by any means necessary: weird voodoo, sawed-off shotguns, broken bottles.
But beware, savvy observer. There is more to Eilen Jewell than meets the ear. Do not confuse the singer and her songs. The drama and darkness that give Queen of the Minor Key its gritty texture are in short supply in the Boston-based songwriter’s personal life. And in a curious twist, these fourteen originals actually took shape in a sunny, idyllic location that contrasts strikingly with the album’s moody, film noir atmosphere.

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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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