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

NEW HAMPSHIRE TICKET UPDATE
JOHNNY A – Selling Fast!
CRACKER – Selling Fast!
ALBERT CUMMINGS – Only 17 tickets remain!
THE FIXX- Selling Fast!
MARC COHN
SOLD OUT!
ANA POPOVIC – Only 2 tickets remain!
KINGS X- SOLD OUT!
DANA FUCHS – Selling Fast!
BILLY COBHAM- Selling Fast!
JOHN MAYALL - Only 2 tickets remain!
MIKE PETERS – Selling Fast!
JON BUTCHER AXIS- SOLD OUT!
ROBIN TROWER – SOLD OUT!
ERIC JOHNSON – Only 28 tickets remain for second show!

OUR NEXT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOWS
July 3 OPEN MIC NIGHT
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)

July 12 TUPELO NIGHT of COMEDY
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.


NEW BOOKINGS
August 21 MARTHA DAVIS and THE MOTELS
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)

November 23 CHERYL WHEELER
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)

November 29 LIVING COLOUR
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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The Young Dubliners and Sergei Novikov just booked!

NEW HAMPSHIRE TICKET UPDATE
THE ENGLISH BEATSOLD OUT!
DAVID BROMBERGSOLD OUT!
JOHNNY A – Selling Fast!
CRACKER – Selling Fast!
ALBERT CUMMINGS – Only 29 tickets remain!
THE FIXX- Selling Fast!
MARC COHN
– Only 1 ticket remains!
ANA POPOVIC – Only 8 tickets remain!
KINGS X- SOLD OUT!
DANA FUCHS – Selling Fast!
JOHN MAYALL - Only 19 tickets remain!
MIKE PETERS – Selling Fast!
JON BUTCHER AXIS- Only 4 tickets remain!
ROBIN TROWER – SOLD OUT!
ERIC JOHNSON – Only 50 tickets remain for second show!

OUR NEXT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOWS
June 19 THE ENGLISH BEAT
This show is SOLD OUT!

June 20 JANDEE LEE PORTER CD Release show
(Opening sets by Ayla Brown and Ryan Brooks Kelly w/ Jilly Martin)
Americana, Folk, Country, Pop and Rock would be just some of the ways to describe the Jandee Lee Porter Band. Through original music, this band has fused the above styles into a sound that is not like the rest. They stand out, they defy convention and push themselves to create a sound that is unique, complex and will leaving you wanting more.

Jandee, lead vocalist and face of the band has spent the better part of her life crafting words and melodies that say something out of the ordinary. There are hooks and fun loving lyrics but there are also words that express pain, loss, confusion, growth and change. You can sing along with some but others will make you think; a very difficult thing for any artist to do.

The band is comprised of 5 highly talented musicians who not only excel at their instruments, but are song writers with years of experience playing a variety of styles and performing in dozens of situations. This group can bash away on the biggest stages but can also deliver an intimate performance in the smallest of places. Not bad for a 6 piece band! (Listen)


NEW BOOKINGS
September 12 THE YOUNG DUBLINERS
The Young Dubliners are quite possibly Celtic rock’s hardest working band, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans across the US and Europe every year. In recent years they have twice appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, had songs featured in TV shows (Sons Of Anarchy, Human Target) and toured extensively as a headliner and as the opener for such a diverse list of artists as The Flaming Lips, Collective Soul, Jethro Tull, Johnny Lang and many more.

Although the Young Dubliners sound is most commonly called ‘Celtic Rock’, that label, as labels often can be, is misleading. The Irish influence is there, certainly, but it’s not the only influence that rears its head on their albums, or in live shows. After all, several of the band members have no Irish roots of any kind. “That was always the idea”, Keith Roberts, lead singer for the band explains. “The sound was always intended to be a hybrid because we all come from different backgrounds. Even though two of us are from Ireland, a lot of the music we listened to growing up wasn’t Irish at all, but when we got here, we got homesick and developed a new appreciation for Irish Music. In truth the Celtic riffs can just as easily come from the American band members. (Listen)

December 21 SERGEI NOVIKOV
Christmas Piano Magic is a special show comprising selections of holiday, popular and original music performed in 12 different styles. Classical, Jazz, Ragtime, Latin, Russian folk, Waltz, boogie-woogie, Gospel, Country, Blues, Pop, and Electronica. (Listen)

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Malabar to Perform on Londonderry Common

Londonderry Concerts on the Common features Malabar on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Malabar, a seven-piece band, began as Malabar Mambo in New York City in 2004. The original concept was to play funky and soulful world music that kept people moving. And the musical concept is unchanged: Malabar remains a world music band with influences of various Island music genres. The name Malabar refers to the tropical, multicultural southwest coast of India, which is also the land of band leader Rho’s heritage.

Since Malabar moved to the Boston area, the band has enjoyed residencies at the well-known Middle East Corner in Cambridge, and Darryl’s Corner Bar and Kitchen in Boston. This is going to be one reggae, soul, Latin, and world music-infused night of funky music!

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Londonderry High School Cafeteria.

Concerts on the Common are provided by the Londonderry Arts Council whose mission is to enrich Londonderry’s quality of life by promoting cultural arts in the community – and made possible by the generous support of Premier Sponsors including Londonderry Freezer Warehouse, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Corporate Cost Control, Lindt Chocolate of Londonderry, Shady Hill Greenhouses, Ford of Londonderry, Solomon Law Office, Granite Ridge Energy, Wirebelt, and Backwoods Landscaping. Also, contributions from our Gold Sponsors Mark Oswald (Re/MAX Realtor), Market Basket, and Spectrum Gymnastics Academy. For a complete list of our sponsors and this summer’s schedule of concerts, visit our website.

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Second Eric Johnson show added! Kim Simmonds/Savoy Brown just booked! Special 10 Year Anniversary show this September!

NEW HAMPSHIRE TICKET UPDATE
JUNE 13 COMEDY NIGHT – Only 25 tickets remain!
THE ENGLISH BEATSOLD OUT!
DAVID BROMBERG – Only 1 ticket remain!
JOHNNY A – Selling Fast!
CRACKER – Selling Fast!
ALBERT CUMMINGS – Only 38 tickets remain!
MARC COHN – Only 1 ticket remain!
ANA POPOVIC – Only 12 tickets remain!
KINGS X- SOLD OUT!
DANA FUCHS – Selling Fast!
JOHN MAYALL - Only 27 tickets remain!
MIKE PETERS – Selling Fast!
JON BUTCHER AXIS- Only 6 tickets remain!
ROBIN TROWER – SOLD OUT!
ERIC JOHNSON – SOLD OUT!


OUR NEXT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOWS
June 11 LIVE AT FRANK’S PLACE
This month’s FREE show with FRANK FM features The Four Legged Faithful. If you want to attend, simply call the box office and we will put you on the guest list!

June 12 TRISTAN OMAND CD Release show
There are dark horses in everyone’s life. But existence isn’t steeped solely in the shadows. There is light around every corner. Whether or not one decides to walk toward that light is entirely up to the individual.

Finding light in today’s music scene is hard. A lot of the tunes released are watered down. They’re contrived. They’re soulless. There’s no appreciation for “what came before.”  Self-entitlement looms large, which is not a positive thing. This sentiment is the dark horse of our society.

Tristan Omand is the opposite of this. His progression as a songwriter gets better each time he puts pen to paper, and voice to tape. His latest record, “Eleven Dark Horses,” is his most impressive effort to date. This is a man that appreciates music history. This is a man that knows the roots. This is a man that studies the past, learns from it, and betters his own being by channeling the lessons he’s acquired. Through this education he is becoming one of the absolute best voices on the roots/folk circuit. And when I say absolute, I mean absolute. He’s worked hard to get where he his.

Omand’s voice is timeless. His guitar picking – grin worthy. His lyrical dialogue – humbly (and sharply) intuitive. He’s pulling experiences from a contemporary world, and framing them in a soundtrack suffused brilliantly in the days of yore. (Listen)

June 13 TUPELO NIGHT OF COMEDY
What’s better than a night of laughs? One that includes Tupelo! This comedy night features Jim Colliton, Derek Richards, & Mark Bedard. As usual, it’s almost sold out so get tickets now if you want to attend!

June 14 WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT FUNDRAISER
Featuring Invizzible, the Pat Benetar Experience and ZZ TAWP, ZZ Top Tribute band, this is a fun night for a great cause!


NEW BOOKINGS
September 11 ENGLISH BEAT (Special Anniversary show)
What better way to celebrate our ten-year anniversary than with an iconic 80’s band that has played more shows at Tupelo than any other band! Price includes cookout before the show. (Listen)

September 20 KIM SIMMONDS and SAVOY BROWN
Legendary—a blues/rock institution—true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty years by music critics and fans. One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today. From London’s Soho night clubs in 1966 to headlining the world’s most famous venues (Carnegie Hall, Fillmore’s East and West, Cobo Hall, etc) Savoy Brown has done it all and as the band continues to tour worldwide they give a glimpse into the past and also inspire new listeners with their personal brand of rocking boogie, blues and rock. (Listen)

November 14 ERIC JOHNSON and MIKE STERN
Eric Johnson’s stature as one of the premier guitar players in contemporary music is his artistic trump card, backed by a Grammy Award and five nominations, platinum album, Top 10 hits like “Cliffs Of Dover,” praise from critics and the esteem of his peers. But the full hand of his talents marks him as well as a gifted songwriter, dynamic live performer, singer, pianist, song interpreter, and creator of a rich and diverse musical legacy. His many achievements include being enshrined in Guitar Player’s Gallery of Greats and named one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician magazine alongside numerous other awards. He also enjoys the admiration of many of his fellow players and has performed and/or recorded with such notables as Chet Atkins, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and others, and followed the release of Up Close with an acoustic Guitar Masters tour sharing the stage with six-string masters Peppino D’Agostino and Andy McKee. (Listen)

Six-time GRAMMY nominee Mike Stern has established himself as one of the premier jazz (and jazz-fusion) guitarists and composers of his generation. His acclaimed 1993 release, Standards (And Other Songs), earned him the pick of Best Jazz Guitarist of the Year by the readers and critics of Guitar Player magazine. In 1997, he recorded Give And Take which helped Stern earn the Orville W. Gibson Award for Best Jazz Guitarist that year. At the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal in June 2007, Stern was honored with the Miles Davis Award. To celebrate DownBeat’s 75th anniversary, Stern was named to the venerable jazz magazine’s list of 75 all time great jazz, blues and beyond guitarists. On January 21, 2012, Stern was awarded Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award. All Over the Place is Stern’s latest recording on Heads Up International. (Listen)

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FAME, Jr. Opens at the Derry Opera House

Opening number of FAME, Jr.

FAME, Jr. opened at the Derry Opera House tonight. A STEPs production, the show follows a group of teenagers who want to learn the art of singing, dancing and acting at the Performing Arts School in the Bronx, NY in the 1980′s. Lead by four teachers: Ellen Kester as Ms. Sherman, the English teacher who recognizes that one of her students, talented dancer Tyrone played by Ryan Reid, has a learning disability; Sarah Rodgers as Mrs. Myers, the acting teacher who recognizes that there is more than meets the eye with fame obsessed Carmen, played by Rachel Hansen; Ms. Greta Bell, the dance teacher, played by Stephanie Conti who fights to keep Tyrone in school to nurture his talent and Ms. Sheinkopf, the music teacher played by Keira Fitzmaurice. Together with an ensemble cast that sing and dance as though they, too, are destined for Broadway, the teachers lead the students though their four years, each year the class gets smaller as, in life, not everyone gets their dream. The show will be performed again tomorrow at 1pm and 7pm. Don’t miss it! The area’s new theatre company is making a name for themselves and for them, there will be FAME!

 

 

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Concerts on the Common 2014

Photo by Judy Hayes

This Monday night is the start of the Annual 2014 Concerts on the Common season in Londonderry. The concert series is normally held on Wednesday nights, but the tradition begins each year on a Monday. Concerts on the Common take place at the Londonderry Town Common. Guests are invited to bring blankets and chairs. Each concert begins at 7 PM and lasts until 8:30 PM. For inclement weather, the concerts will be moved to either the Londonderry High School cafeteria or the Matthew Thornton gymnasium.

Concerts on the Common always features some of Londonderry’s finest high school musicians. With that being said, on Monday, June 2, the first concert features the high school’s Jazz Lab, Rock Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble groups. This is the last concert the seniors will play, the evening is guaranteed to be fun for all.

More artists expected to perform include:

  • The Jandee Lee Porter Band on June 11th
  • Malabar on June 18th
  • Manchuka on June 25th
  • Evan Goodrow on July 9th
  • The Jon Abrams Band on July 16th
  • Blues Brothers Next Generation on July 23rd
  • and more!

For more information or a complete lineup of the bands for the summer, click here.

 

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