New Bookings and Great Shows in Londonderry this Week

May 03, 2012 No Comments by

Hi Everyone,

We had a big weekend with five great shows last week. I hope you had a chance to see one of them. I got a chance to see James McMurtry on Sunday and received rave reviews from patrons about the other shows we had last week.

There’s lots of music in store for you this week as well! From Men At Work’s front man COLIN HAY, to the Lovin’ Spoonful’s JOHN SEBASTIAN. If you want some indie rock, check out our Saturday show with MELISSA FERRICK. If it’s Gypsy Jazz that you’re after, I’d suggest The CARAVAN OF THIEVES show on Sunday. This week we truly have something for everyone!

Of note this week is the newly added MINDY SMITH date. Mindy has a new record out so I expect this to be a blockbuster show!

We have TWO New Bookings to announce

July 11 The English Beat
July 28 Mindy Smith

As always, thanks for supporting Tupelo Music Hall!

“It’s All About the Music!”


Ticket Update
COMEDY NIGHT (May 11) – Only 11 tickets remain!
ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION – Only 12 tickets remain!
JOHN GORKA – Only 30 tickets remain!
TAB BENOIT – Selling fast!
PAULA POUNDSTONE – Selling fast!
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY – Only 30 tickets remain!
THE BODEANS – Only 30 tickets remain!

This Week
This show is SOLD OUT.

Over four decades the contributions of John Sebastian have become a permanent part of our American musical fabric. His group The Lovin’ Spoonful played a major role in the mid-’60s rock revolution— You know the songs by heart: “Do You Believe In Magic?” “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice.” “Daydream.” “Younger Girl.” “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” “Summer In The City.” “Rain On The Roof.” “Nashville Cats.” “Six O’Clock.” “Darling Be Home Soon.” “Younger Generation.”
The Lovin’ Spoonful was not his first act, and it certainly wasn’t its last. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s he continued to record and tour, pleasing old fans and winning new ones. The ’90s also saw John return to the group format with the J-Band, a contemporary celebration of his jug band heritage.
Perhaps because it has been the product of heart and soul and history, the oldest song in the Sebastian catalog is as fresh and vital as the song he’s about to write tomorrow. That’s why you still hear his music everywhere – in movies, on television, in cover versions and samples – and why it’s always welcome.

Singer/songwriter Melissa Ferrick emerged in 1994 as part of a group of new female alternative singer/songwriters, much in the vein of Liz Phair. Ferrick began singing in coffeehouses after dropping out of college, eventually winding up in Boston. Her major breakthrough arrived one night when she replaced Morrissey’s opening act less than an hour before showtime. Ferrick’s performance impressed Morrissey and he invited her to open for him during the rest of the tour. The tour earned her a small cult following as well as a contract with Atlantic Records.

For the past three years, this Caravan of Thieves has roamed the North American continent recruiting a family of avid thrill seekers at their high-energy shows. Driving gypsy jazz rhythms, acoustic guitars, upright bass and violin lay the foundation for mesmerizing vocal harmonies and fantastic stories. It’s theatrical and humorous. It’s musical and intense. It entertains, dazzles and defies classification while welcoming the spectator to join the band throughout the performance in momentary fits of claps, snaps and sing-alongs. If Django Reinhardt, the cast of Stomp and the Beatles all had a party at Tim Burton’s house, Caravan of Thieves would be the band they hired.

New Bookings
Formed in Birmingham (UK) in 1978, this much loved multi-racial sextet (Dave Wakeling, guitar/vocals; Rankin’ Roger, vocals; Andy Cox, guitar; Dave Steel, bass; Everett Moreton, drums; Saxa, saxophone) took the Specials’ blueprint and added high-spirited pop appeal, all spiced up with a ska authenticity provided by legendary blue-beat saxophonist Saxa.
February 2003 saw a dream come true for many Beat fans as the band reunited for a mini-tour in the UK, which culminated in their acclaimed, sold out command performance at the Royal Festival Hall! It was a magical homecoming for the band and for the fans, with band members and fans gathering from around the globe for a night or irie, ska-ful rock-steady Beat!
Being the hard driving ska legend that he is, however, Dave was not content to rest on his laurels after the RFH reunion. Dave continues to tour the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the UK with an amazing all-star ska backing band playing the hits of The Beat, General Public, and his new songs.

Every once in a while the arrival of a remarkable talent gets the reception it deserves. Before releasing her debut album, One Moment More, Smith had already performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She appeared with a list of superstars on the Lifetime Network’s Women Rock special. She had a video in top rotation on CMT. And she had the lead-off single on the acclaimed Dolly Parton tribute album, Just Because I’m a Woman, which also had contributions from Norah Jones, Sinéad O’Connor, Melissa Etheridge, Alison Krauss and others. “My head’s spinning,” Smith says. “It’s all been so far beyond my expectations. It’s been unbelievable, really. I feel blessed.” Mindy has a new record out so I expect this to be a blockbuster show!

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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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