Great Shows and Several New Bookings this Week!

Jul 18, 2012 No Comments by

Hi Everyone,

Happy hot day to you! Yikes—we have certainly had our share of SUN this summer. Not complaining—just sayin’. At least it’s humid. (ok—now I’m complaining). Seriously, though, it’s been a great Summer so far, but you know that because you live here. God, I need more coffee. OK—enough of my mindless ramblings, let’s talk about the music. It is, after all “All About The Music”.

We have some really wonderful shows this week, starting tonight when BEN TAYLOR takes the stage with his band. Jason Spooner opens the show, which is a special treat for us all! This weekend we have CHRIS SMITHER (awesome show!), LIZ LONGLEY, and a co-bill on Sunday with GUTHRIE GOVAN and JON FINN. If you are a guitar player, this show is a must see! This is a great schedule, folks, especially for July!

PAULA POUNDSTONE – Our two shows in August are filling up. Paula’s shows are always different because much of the night she works off the crowd, asking questions and engaging in witty banter. It’s never the same show twice and always consistently funny.

Because so many people have been on vacation, I am listing our most recent bookings for you.

November 2 CARBON LEAF

I hope you have a great week!

“It’s All About the Music!”


Ticket Update
PAULA POUNDSTONE – Only 30 tickets remain!
BLUE SKY RIDERS (with Kenny Loggins) – Only 40 tickets remain!
SONNY LANDRETH – Selling fast!
AL STEWART – Only 40 tickets remain!
SONNY LANDRETH – Selling fast!

This Week
July 18 BEN TAYLOR (Jason Spooner opens the show)
The celebrated son of Carly Simon and James Taylor, Ben has the best musical attributes of both. His new album out “Listening” is getting rave reviews from many people, come see why.

Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for over 40 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. A profound songwriter, Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America’s most distinctive acoustic performers, Chris Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. He has always traveled his own road, eschewing sophisticated studio tricks and staying true to his musical vision. He has developed and maintained loyal friendships over the years with kindred-spirited musicians like Bonnie Raitt and the late Stephen Bruton while at the same time throughout his career been inspired by and inspiring to today’s next-generation of musicians. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. Chris will release his new CD “Hundred Dollar Valentine” on June 19, 2012.

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.
Liz is highly regarded for her personal, emotionally engaging songwriting. John Mayer has called her music “gorgeous— just gorgeous” and the Washington Post has said “This voice won’t stay small (for) long.” She is actively touring, selling out venues like Tupelo Music Hall in NH, Club Passim and the Shalin Liu Performance Center in MA, Chaplin’s Music Café in PA, and Night Cat in MD. Liz has opened for Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Nanci Griffith, Amos Lee, Colin Hay, Crowded House, Jesse Colin Young, Jonathan Edwards, Lori McKenna and Livingston Taylor.

Guthrie Govan, hailing from Chelmsford, UK, is arguably the most exciting and significant new guitarist to emerge in the rock/fusion guitar scene in many years. A brilliant virtuoso who is at home in a variety of musical genres and styles, Govan combines astonishing technique with vast theoretical knowledge, down-to-earth feel, sophisticated harmonic vocabulary, superb improvisation abilities with a penchant for memorable melodies, and woody organic tone. Whether it’s mainstream shred rock a la G3, fusion jazz, chicken-picking country, groove-driven funk, down-home blues, or whatever other style you could think of, Guthrie does ’em all and does so extremely well.
Jon Finn is an American rock musician and guitarist. He is the founder and leader of the Jon Finn Group and a professor at the Berklee College of Music. He is also the author of several books on the guitar, and was an instructional columnist for Guitar magazine for three years. Finn has been a guest performer with the Boston Pops, recording several albums with them, including the Grammy-nominated The Celtic Album (1997) and The Latin Album (1999). He has also performed with John Petrucci of Dream Theater, Carl Verheyen, Vinnie Moore, Andy Timmons, Steve Morse of the Dixie Dregs, New York Voices, Collin Raye, Dweezil Zappa, and Debbie Reynolds, among others. In addition he has toured with musical theater productions such as: Rent, Mamma Mia!, Aida, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Copacabana and others. In his 1999 publication, Advanced Modern Rock Guitar Improvisation, Jon introduced the Warp Refraction Principal.

New Bookings
Jeff LeBlanc – Sirius/XM “Discovery of the Year” nominee Jeff LeBlanc is using his college degree a little differently than he first envisioned. His immediately familiar-sounding blend of pop and acoustic rock quickly took him from dorm room concerts at Sacred Heart University to a 60-date tour of colleges across the country, where he was praised as everything from “the new John Mayer” to an artist “perfectly in tune with his audience.” Jeff’s latest album, “Worth Holding On To”, was self-released in August of 2011 and quickly reached #3 on the iTunes Top 200 Singer/Songwriter Chart. He’s spent most of the past few years on the road, headlining shows across the country and opening for the Goo Goo Dolls, Matt Nathanson, Ingrid Michaelson, David Archuleta, Augustana and many more.
Brooks Hubbard’s voice, stage presence, and original songwriting are what make him unique as an artist. He is genuine and plays from the heart and his audience connects with him on a personal level. The success of his early career has already brought recognition on many music blogs including, as well as strong support from listeners all over. He hopes to pursue a life of music and offers to “share all the love I can give”.

Breaking every cliché associated with the blues while producing some of the most powerful music of the 21st century comes as natural to Albert Cummings as swinging a hammer while constructing one of his award-winning custom-built homes.

Maria Muldaur went platinum just two years after her first solo album and was forever enshrined in the minds of baby boomers the world over. “Midnight at the Oasis” remains to this day a staple song on multi-format radio. Four albums on Warner Brothers followed including her acclaimed second disc, Waitress in a Donut Shop, which contained her next hit single, a remake of “I’m A Woman.”

November 2 CARBON LEAF
As Carbon Leaf approaches their 20th year of award-winning recording and touring, the band’s rigorous path of independence continues, focusing on writing, producing and releasing new material directly to their fans for 2012.
The Richmond, Virginia-based group began as an independent act in 1992, later signing on with Vanguard Records for a three-album stint in 2004. Along the way, Carbon Leaf scored hit singles at both AAA and Hot AC Radio with “Life Less Ordinary” and “The Boxer,” placed first in the International Songwriting Competition, won an American Music Award, and recorded the music for Universal’s Curious George II soundtrack in 2010.
With ten albums under their belt, Carbon Leaf continues to distill the essence of what truly matters most to them: A fierce DIY approach to making music and a direct connection and commitment to their fans.

Ryan Montbleau is a pure soul singer. Not in the traditional sense. His voice – although a sweet, passionate instrument – isn’t packed with Memphis clay like Al Green’s or greased with urban sophistication like R. Kelly’s. Instead, Montbleau sings purely from his soul in a voice every bit as honest, open hearted and original as the stories he tells in his songs.

Ronnie is a two-time W.C. Handy Blues Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music, taught for five years at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut, and has given private lessons. In 1995 Ronnie released Ronnie Earl: Blues Guitar with Soul, an instructional VHS tape that was then rereleased in DVD format in 2005. Ronnie Earl has played alongside such greats as B. B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, the Allman Brothers Band, Muddy Waters, Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush, Earl King, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy, as well as gifted young blues guitarists who he just might pull up on stage at a moment’s notice.

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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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