Livin Colour, Martha Davis and The Motels, and Cheryl Wheeler Just Booked!

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JOHNNY A – Selling Fast!
CRACKER – Selling Fast!
ALBERT CUMMINGS – Only 17 tickets remain!
THE FIXX– Selling Fast!
ANA POPOVIC – Only 2 tickets remain!
DANA FUCHS – Selling Fast!
BILLY COBHAM– Selling Fast!
JOHN MAYALL – Only 2 tickets remain!
MIKE PETERS – Selling Fast!
ERIC JOHNSON – Only 28 tickets remain for second show!

This week brings another great night of various musicians on the Tupelo stage. For only $5, you can come by and play a couple of songs or simply sit back and enjoy the show. This week’s open mic feature is Cara Brindisi.

July 11 JOHNNY A
Johnny A. – His debut “Sometime Tuesday Morning” did something an instrumental guitar record never does- it became a major hit at radio. Aggressive touring and several critically acclaimed releases gained the admiration of the world’s top guitarists from Jeff Beck to BB King and led to a myriad of major appearances including Eric Clapton’s Crossroads, the Montreal Jazz Festival and Tokyo’s Fuji Rock Festival.
Although an instrumentalist, Johnny thinks like a singer as he plays, composes and improvises. “I’m always interested in dynamics and tone far more than the amount of notes played,” Johnny explains. That attention to detail lewd to a Gibson Johnny A. Signature Model guitar that has become one of the company’s most successful and popular models. (Listen)

Featuring George Hamm, Johnny Cail, and Ken Richard, this is going to be a great comedy night! Tupelo comedy nights are two hours of exceptional talent and lots of laughs.

Whether you were there when The Motels first burst onto the music scene, or just
discovering them now, 2013 became a year of rediscovery for this iconic artist. Martha began writing songs at the age of 15 and has always known the songs she writes are her mark. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, she moved to Los Angeles in the early ‘70s, along with the first incarnation of The Motels. The band reformed in 1978 and was immediately signed to Capitol Records in 1979.

The Motels recorded six records for Capitol. Their self titled debut was greeted with positive critical reviews in 1979 and exploded in Australia on the strength of the #2 Pop single, “Total Control” (which was later covered by Tina Turner for the We Are The World album). 1981, their sophomore effort, “Careful” went Top 50. Then, in 1982, the Motels released “All Four One”; the smash single “Only The Lonely” rocketed into the Top 10, immediately propelled the album to gold status, which broke The Motels wide open in the United States. The group dominated the music scene and was voted Best Performance for “Only The Lonely” at the 1982 American Music Awards. In 1983, the “Little Robbers” album went gold do to the Top 10 single “Suddenly Last
Summer”, as well as their Top 40 hit “Remember The Nights.” In 1985, the “Shock” album yielded the Top 20 hit, “Shame” and 1987 saw the release of Martha’s first solo effort, “Policy”. (Listen)

You may not be familiar with Cheryl, but you have probably heard her music. She is very respected as a songwriter by her peers, which can be seen by how many of them record her songs. Chery’s songs have been covered by artists as diverse as Dan Seals, Peter Paul and Mary, Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Melanie, Bette Midler, Maura O’Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. If they think she is great, then you owe it to yourself to learn more if you aren’t familiar with her.

From her albums you can tell that she is a gifted songwriter with a beautiful voice. From other people’s comments about her you can learn that she is a natural storyteller with a fantastic sense of humor. But until you see her in person, you never really believe what you’ve been told about her. Besides, almost half of the songs she does during her shows haven’t been recorded! If you have never seen her do a live concert, then by all means do so! I get e-mail from people all the time thanking me for spreading the word about Cheryl. They go to the concert knowing they will enjoy it, and often find it even better than they had thought it would be. If she doesn’t ever perform near you, then try to find a copy of her video and see what you are missing. You can find some clips of her on YouTube, but they are usually only the songs, and not the stories. If she ever performs near you, do what you can to attend. If you don’t, you will kick yourself later for missing a great show. (Listen)

Living Colour is an American funk metal band from New York City, formed in 1983. Stylistically, the band’s music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, and hip-hop. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America. The band were prominent members of the Black Rock Coalition during the late 1980s and early 1990s (a movement which also featured Fishbone, and 24-7 Spyz).

Living Colour rose to fame with their debut album Vivid in 1988. Although the band scored a number of hits, they are best remembered for their anthemic single “Cult of Personality”, which won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1989, and their highest charting single “Type”. They were also named Best New Artist at the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards. After disbanding in 1995, Living Colour reunited in late 2000. (Listen)

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Ashley has been a resident of Derry since she was seven years old. Although she didn't grow up in Londonderry, Ashley has visited many times throughout the years. She has enjoyed what Londonderry has to offer with all of the fun events that take place throughout the year.
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