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Tribute To Mighty Sam McClain And Benefit for Homelessness – Be There!

Mighty Sam McClain was a fixture on the Boston (and national) music scene for many years, and it was a great loss when he died five months ago. A tribute to his life with performances by many who knew him well is being presented at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 28th. This is a wonderful way to give thanks over Thanksgiving weekend. The information you need to order tickets is contained in the press release by Callanan & Klein Communications. I took none of the photos and credited the photographer if I know who took the shot.

Sam McClain

Sam McClain

A Mighty Love—A Tribute to Mighty Sam McClain is an evening to remember and celebrate the life and music of Mighty Sam McClain, who died at age 71 in June 2015. The fundraiser to benefit homelessness (an issue near and dear to Sam’s heart) is set for the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA on Saturday, Nov 28 at 7:00 PM, the Sat. after Thanksgiving. An all-star line-up includes artists from blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll who are coming to honor Sam from multiple cities and countries (see full list below).  There will also be video messages from other famous friends that worked with Sam. The event honors the life and music of Mighty Sam McClain, with his friends and those who have been deeply affected by the life and death of this great pillar of American music.

Sam McClain

Sam McClain

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The NightOwls Were A Hoot (Sorry, Couldn’t Resist)

The NightOwls, a soul/Motown/R&B band from Austin, filled the stage at The Extended Play Sessions recently and brought their A game to us.  They graciously fit us into their tight schedule and delivered a terrific performance.

The NighOwls

The NightOwls

I missed the first couple of songs because traffic was atrocious (and this show started earlier than usual because the band had to be in Cambridge for a show later in the evening), but luckily for me they had to re-record one of them so I did not miss much.

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Lake Street Dive Thrilled And Amazed The Huge Audience In Lowell

I am unsure that my words – or anyone’s words, if truth be told – can adequately describe the incredible performance by Lake Street Dive at the penultimate show of the 26th season of the Lowell Summer Music Series.

Rachael Price

Rachael Price

This band is on a meteoric rise and I am thankful that I have seen them at reasonable sized venues where the sound is good and the audiences well-behaved and appreciative.

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What Is Hip? Tower Of Power, That’s What!

I am sure it was with reluctance that the first appearance of Tower of Power at the Lowell Summer Music Series was moved indoors due to inclement weather. TOP, as they are known, is a dance band and the indoor space is not as conducive to dancing as Boarding House Park.

Ray Greene

Ray Greene

Still, TOP brought much so energy and talent to the stage that evening that, in the long run, nobody minded sitting in a high school auditorium.

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Come Hear Sweet Soul Music At The NEW Extended Play Sessions

The first show at the NEW Extended Play Sessions at the Fallout Shelter is on Friday, August 7th, 2015! It’s Gedeon Luke and The People!

Hailing from the streets of Memphis, soul music flows through Gedeon Luke’s veins in rainbow-colored hues. Weaned on the gospel infused sounds of Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and Al Green and inspired by the rock ‘n roll passion of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Gedeon combines the greatest elements of the rich history of a musical upbringing to create a sound that is completely his own.

Gedeon Luke and The People (Official Poster)

Gedeon Luke and The People (Official Poster)

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Impressive Show By Modern Vintage Song Writer KaiL Baxley

Click here to read my review of this superb show by KaiL Baxley on No Depression.

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

Aodhan O'Reilly

Aodhan O’Reilly

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

Aodhan O'Reilly

Aodhan O’Reilly

KaiL Baxley and Aodhan O'Reilly

KaiL Baxley and Aodhan O’Reilly

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

Aodhan O'Reill

Aodhan O’Reill

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

Aodhan O'Reilly

Aodhan O’Reilly

KaiL Baxley and Aodhan O'Reilly

KaiL Baxley and Aodhan O’Reilly

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley and Aodhan O'Reilly

KaiL Baxley and Aodhan O’Reilly

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

KaiL Baxley

Mally Smith

Mally Smith

Mally Smith

Mally Smith

Mally Smith

Mally Smith

Fine Entertainment At The Hands Of Garland Jeffreys

My review of this superb Garland Jeffreys show appears on No Depression.

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys band

Garland Jeffreys band

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Charly Roth

Charly Roth

Brian Stanley

Brian Stanley

Joe 'Italian Stallion' Curiano

Joe ‘Italian Stallion’ Curiano

JJ Jordan

JJ Jordan

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Charly Roth

Charly Roth

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Joe Curiano

Joe Curiano

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys singing from the audience

Garland Jeffreys singing from the audience

Garland Jeffreys

Garland Jeffreys

Bettye LaVette Is Definitely Worthy

Bettye LaVette delivers some of the most emotional performances I have been privileged to see, and her show last night at Regattabar was no exception.

Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette

You could have heard a pin drop in the club; everyone was wrapped in her aura. I think there were probably more than a few tears shed during some of the more soulful songs.

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Hometown Audience Loves Its Native Son

Here’s the link to my review on No Depression of this marvelous folk/Americana/soul show by Ryan Montbleau at Club Passim on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Ryan Montbleau

Michael Tarbox

Michael Tarbox

Michael Tarbox

Michael Tarbox

 

 

The Extended Play Sessions Continue With Soul and Jazz by WeAreBaker

The Extended Play Sessions American Roots Music Television announced that soul/jazz act WeAreBaker will be in the studio for a Session on Friday, January 23rd at 7 pm. This Session sounds like it will be one not to miss!

WeAreBaker (Official Poster)

WeAreBaker (Official Poster)

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