Michelle Willson Brought A Little Bit Of Evil (Gal) To Lowell

It has been a long time, other than on a new year’s eve, since I have stayed out until almost 2 a.m. to hear music. I did just that over the weekend and heard the wonderful Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson perform with some of The Usual Suspects at the Back Page in Lowell.

Michelle 'Evil Gal' Willson

Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson

What a high energy show Willson delivered! I have seen her perform a number of times and this show was one of the best.

Michelle 'Evil Gal' Willson

Michelle ‘Evil Gal’ Willson

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Magic Emanated From The Indian Ranch Stage

I have seen Buddy Guy perform on enough occasions to know that he always delivers his ‘A’ game, but Sunday’s performance at Indian Ranch was spectacular! The weather even cooperated by not raining until the show ended!

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

Buddy, who recently turned 79 years old, shows no sign of slowing down or losing his touch. He is still one of the finest players in the blues world.

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy

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Blues The Way Blues Is Supposed To Be At The Extended Play Sessions

There have been many wonderful bands and memorable occasions at The Extended Play Sessions at The Fallout Shelter, and the next event will add to the list. HowellDevine is bringing their brand of Delta blues to the Sessions on Thursday, September 3rd.

HowellDevine (Official Poster)

HowellDevine (Official Poster)

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The Black Lillies Brought Heat To The Fallout Shelter

On a fairly hot night, the Extended Play Sessions at the Fallout Shelter presented The Black Lillies, a wonderful Americana/blues/soul/rock band hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Cruz Contreras

Cruz Contreras

While their music may take several words to define, it can be summed up in one word – terrific!

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A Sojourn Through Celtic Lands

Brian O’Donovan, the curator/radio personality of the weekly WGBH radio show A Celtic Sojourncame to the Lowell Summer Music Series with a number of Celtic musicians to present A Celtic Sojourn Roots & Branches Festival. This turned out to be a fine evening at Boarding House Park as the rain never arrived.

Jason Oremus (leaping)

Initially the show was to be moved indoors, but an improving forecast caused the Series to hold it outdoors and we were glad for it.

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‘Waitress’ Serves Something Scrumptious

The scent of ‘sugar… butter… flour… love…’ was in the air as I entered the American Repertory Theater last night.

'Waitress' marquee

I first read about ‘Waitress’, a musical based on the 2007 film of the same title, early last winter when it was announced that Diane Paulus would direct, Sara Bareilles would compose the music and lyrics, and Jessie Nelson would write the book.

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A Rare Solo Acoustic (!) Performance By Mr. Warren Haynes

It was a treat to know that the Lowell Summer Music Series would host the only solo appearance by Warren Haynes on the current tour, and even more of a treat to be in the audience for this show.

Warren Haynes

Warren Haynes

Haynes is widely regarded as one of the finest guitarists ever (number 23 on one of  Rolling Stone‘s top 100 lists), and it is well deserved.

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Fabulous Americana Musician Rod Picott At The Extended Play Sessions

We are honored to host one of America’s true hidden gems and a songwriter of extraordinary talent Rod Picott on Sunday, August 23rd.

Rod Picott (Official Poster)

Rod Picott (Official Poster)

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Trombone Shorty Brought The Funk To Lowell

I have now seen Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue enough times (at least eight) to know that the band delivers a fantastic high-energy show, but this show at the Lowell Summer Music Series surpassed any expectations I had.

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty

It was a gorgeous night in Boarding House Park – not humid, not hot (at least not after the sun passed behind the buildings), and, most important, not raining – and the crowd was ready to par-tay!

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Dom Flemons, The American Songster, Captivated The Full House

I cannot say I have seen Dom Flemons perform ‘many’ times, but I have seen him enough to recognize that he is one of the most engaging, knowledgeable, and talented musicians touring today.  The show this week at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts was as good a show of Dom’s as the others I have seen.

Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons

One could not have requested a more perfect evening. The temperature was perfect, the breeze slight, and the humidity almost non-existent. Oh yeah, and the music was sublime.

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