Tupelo in Londonderry Only Three Tickets left for Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Raiders

Sep 05, 2012 No Comments by

BLUE SKY RIDERS (with Kenny Loggins) – Only 3 tickets remain!
SONNY LANDRETH – Only 25 tickets remain!
MARIA MULDAUR – Only 40 tickets remain!
CARBON LEAF – Only 15 tickets remain!
“Live’” ED KOWALCZYK – Only 35 tickets remain!
JEFF PITCHELL – Selling Fast!
THE SMITHEREENS– Only 1 tickets remains!


Hello music lovers. Hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Labor Day is right around the corner. These past few weeks we have offered a number of different dishes, these included: Smoked Salmon dip & Crackers, Pasta Alfredo, Swedish meatballs & veggies, Southwest Pasta salad, Potato salad, Chicken Pasta salad, Franks & Beans, Warm Brie & Boursin cheese plate, Beef Brisket, Vegetable & Beef Kabobs, BBQ Ribs, Sliced Sirloin & vegetable plate, Prime Rib dinner, Home Fry potatoes, East/West Egg rolls, homemade Pecan Pie, along with the usual favorites—Keep an eye out for more upcoming specials.

This Week at Tupelo’s
Anna Dagmar is the featured performer for this open mic. The Tupelo Music Hall Open Mic is special. We have lots of great people on stage and many who just choose to sit back and watch. Either way you do it, for only $5, it’s the best deal out there!

September 7 AMY HELM
Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.

The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen,Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.

A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle, with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn.

The New Riders of the Purple Sage, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). Although early live appearances were viewed as an informal warm-up to the main attraction, the group quickly established an independent identity through the strength of Dawson’s original songs. By 1970 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group’s permanent drummer. Garcia remained in both The Dead and The New Riders until he found himself overcommitted, at which time Buddy Cage replaced him and the classic NRPS lineup was born. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert and drummer Spencer Dryden have passed away, co-founder John Dawson passed away in 2009 due to ongoing health problems. His considerable talents will be missed but his songs and musical legacy will live on. Before he passed he had given his blessing and was excited to know his music is being heard live again by a whole new generation of fans. The new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. The band recently teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and released its first CD in twenty years to rave reviews, Where I Come From

The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including “For Your Love”, “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Heart Full of Soul”. The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone’s 100 Top Guitarists list. A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, The Yardbirds were pioneers in guitar innovations of the ’60s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification, etc. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that the Yardbirds were “the most impressive guitar band in rock music”. After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, their current lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin.

The current band lineup is Andy Mitchell- lead vocals, harmonica, Ben King – lead guitar, Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, David Smale- bass guitar, Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals.


September 29 LOS LOBOS
We are bringing Los Lobos to The Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy in Derry to perform Kiko, the band’s most critically acclaimed album, in its entirety, including songs like “Kiko and the Lavender Moon,” “Angels With Dirty Faces,” and “When The Circle Comes.” They will also be playing hits from other albums. This is a very special show at a very special theatre. Listen

What do you get when you fuse the sounds of jazz and folk? Eric Hutchinson, of course! This singer-songwriter is making waves across the States and the only way to find out what everyone’s buzzing about is to get tickets to see him live! So hurry up and get tickets to see Eric Hutchinson live while there are still some left! Listen

The Blues Project is a band from the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City that was formed in 1965 and originally split up in 1967. While their songs drew from a wide array of musical styles, they are most remembered as one of the earliest practitioners of psychedelic rock, as well as one of the world’s first jam bands, along with the Grateful Dead. Current Lineup– ORIGINAL MEMBERS: Danny Kalb (guitar), Steve Katz (guitar), Roy Blumenfeld (drums) plus Dave Richards (Bass) Listen

December 9 TOM RUSH
Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration—a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47 concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations. Listen

February 9 GANDALF MURPHY & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called “the hillbilly Pink Floyd,” which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well. Upon returning recently from the U.K. this fall where they spread their contagious brand of quirky Americana from Glasgow to Penzance, the band completed work on their fourth studio album, “The Grand Slambovians”.

Together since the late 90’s where they met in art school, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are shedding their skin and come out boldly as ‘The Grand Slambovians’ in 2011 touring the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. in support of their latest creative effort. Unleashing their hauntingly signature songs on the world once again, the new album is getting rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Manically melodic, the bold, new songs knit into the band’s classics like an old paisley quilt wrapped around a very large family. Known for electrifying live performances and great original music, they have a devoted and growing international fan base. Listen

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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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