The Strawbs and Other Great New Bookings in Londonderry!

May 31, 2012 No Comments by

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend. Mine was awesome! I went to the beach, took the boys up North, had a cookout—it doesn’t get better than that. And the weather—fuggetaboutit! It was perfect all weekend!

This has been a great year for Tupelo Music Hall when it comes to Recognition. We were recently cited as a “Best Music Venue in New England” in the most recent edition of Yankee Magazine, voted “Best Music Venue in NH” in the Hippo Magazine and for the 8th year in a row, recently voted “Best Small Music Venue” by New Hampshire Magazine. Since we won the “Best of NH” award again this year, I am working on another free concert for you as promised. Hopefully, I will have an announcement in the next week or two regarding that. I’m working hard to secure a great band for this special appreciation show.

I know I probably say this a lot but THANK YOU for supporting Tupelo Music Hall and helping make our Londonderry venue such a success!

We have TWO New Bookings to announce


I hope you have a great week!

“It’s All About the Music!”


Ticket Update
FARREN/BUTCHER, INC. – Only 40 tickets remain!
JOHN GORKA – Only 24 tickets remain!
HOWARD JONES – Selling fast!
ENGLISH BEAT – Only 34 tickets remain!
TAB BENOIT – Only 17 tickets remain!
PAULA POUNDSTONE – Only 48 tickets remain!
SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY – Only 18 tickets remain!
THE BODEANS – Only 2 tickets remain!

This Week
Cotton has always been known for having one of the best bands in the business. The members are: Slam Allen, guitar, vocals; Tom Holland, guitar, vocals; Noel Neal, bass; Kenny Neal, Jr., drums; and, of course, Superharp, James Cotton. His eyes light up when he talks about his band, “My audience always tells me how I’m doing. If I look out there and don’t like what I see, I work harder.” His audiences are still on their feet, they enjoy themselves as much as he does, and there are still standing ovations night after night. You will have a memorable evening with an international treasure and a true Living Legend of the Blues.

While his gravelly baritone and omnipresent fedora, dark glasses and Groucho Marx moustache made him one of the more distinct and recognizable characters in popular music, little is known about the neo-vaudeville crooner Leon Redbone. Throughout his career, he steadfastly refused to divulge any information about his background or personal life—
Because Redbone first emerged as a performer in Toronto during the 1970s, he was believed to be Canadian; his work, a revival of pre-World War II ragtime, jazz and blues sounds, recalled the work of performers ranging from Jelly Roll Morton and Bing Crosby to blackface star Emmett Miller—

New Bookings
The Strawbs are an English rock band founded in 1964. Although the band started out as a bluegrass group they eventually moved on to other styles such as folk rock, glam rock and progressive rock. They are best known for their hit Part of the Union, which reached number two in the UK charts in February 1973, and for touring with Supertramp in their Crime of the Century Tour, doing their Hero and Heroine Tour, which drew musical similarities and themes.
John Wesley Harding has released 17 albums, ranging from traditional folk to full-on pop music. His album The Sound Of His Own Voice (Yep Roc, October 2011) was recorded in Portland in November 2010. The album features 13 new songs, backed by an all star band, The King Charles Trio, featuring members of The Decemberists, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Rosanne Cash, Laura Veirs, and John Roderick. John Wesley Harding has been joined onstage by Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, John Prine, Bruce Springsteen (with whom he recorded a duet on his album Awake), Joan Baez, Evan Dando, David Baddiel, Rick Moody, Tanya Donelly, Josh Ritter, Andrew Bird, Rosanne Cash, Colin Meloy, Scott MacCaughey and Robyn Hitchcock, among others. He has appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His songs have been featured in films (including High Fidelity) and covered by other artists.

The nine-time Grammy winning kings of Texas Swing!
Asleep at the Wheel, the famed western-swing, boogie, and roots-music outfit is, amazingly, still on the upswing. That’s saying something, too, considering the group’s been around for nearly 40 years, turning out an incredible 25+ albums while playing an unrelenting schedule of one-nighters that would make a vaudevillian dizzy.

Arts & Entertainment

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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