American Idol Winner Kris Allen Saturday! Stryper and Richie Kotzen Just Booked!

NEW HAMPSHIRE TICKET UPDATE
ENGLISH BEAT- SOLD OUT!
JOHN MAYALL- SOLD OUT!
MIKE PETERS- Only 20 tickets remain!
JON BUTCHER AXIS- SOLD OUT!
THE TUBES- Selling Fast!
THE SMITHEREENS- Selling Fast!
ROBIN TROWER- SOLD OUT!
ANA NALICK- Selling Fast!
RENAISSANCE- Selling Fast!
ERIC JOHNSON- Both Shows SOLD OUT!
CARL PALMER- Selling Fast!
LIVING COLOUR- Only 10 tickets remain!
CARBON LEAF- SOLD OUT!
STEPHEN KELLOGG- Selling Fast!

OUR NEXT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOWS
September 4 TEPLO OPEN MIC NIGHT
Another great Open Mic Night is in store for us as host Robert Haigh brings featured performer The Joe Young Trio and others on stage for some great music and camaraderie. Still only $5, this is the best value for a night of music that you will find anywhere!

September 5 TUPELO NIGHT OF COMEDY
This comedy night features Mark Scalia, Linda Belt, and Steve Halligan. ALWAYS a ton of fun and a night full of laughs, our comedy nights are a hit. Get your tickets NOW because they always sell out!

September 6 KRIS ALLEN
Don’t miss Kris Allen’s hook-filled pop melodies and heartfelt lyrics. Since skyrocketing to stardom as the winner of the 2009 season of American Idol, Kris Allen has enjoyed five singles on the Billboard charts. His self-titled debut album featured the hit single “Live Like We’re Dying” which has a combined digital sale of over 1.7 million. Since the release of his album he has toured with Keith Urban, Maroon 5, Barenaked Ladies, Lifehouse as well as headlining his own tour. (Listen)

NEW BOOKING
October 5 STRYPER
Stryper remain one of rock’s best-kept secrets. The iconic band, featuring Michael Sweet (vocals, guitar), Robert Sweet (drums), Oz Fox (guitar), and Tim Gaines (bass), built a formidable catalog since first forming in 1983. They’ve sold over 10 million albums worldwide, garnered Grammy Award nominations, scored DOVE Awards, sold out arenas everywhere, and inspired one of the most diehard fan bases in history. They are responsible for such ‘80s classic albums as “Soldiers Under Command,” “To Hell with the Devil,” “In God We Trust,” and such MTV hit singles/videos as “Calling on You,” “Free,” and “Honestly.” (Listen)

November 3 RICHIE KOTZEN
Richie Kotzen began playing piano at the age of five. At the age of seven he was inspired by the band KISS to learn the electric guitar. Kotzen recorded his first solo album by the age of 19. He created the video Rock Chops for REH video in 1989, highlighting many of his formative techniques, including using wide-intervals and fluid sweeping.

In 1991, at age 21, Kotzen joined glam-metal band Poison, co-writing and performing on the album Native Tongue. This album produced two top twenty singles which Kotzen co-wrote, “Stand” and “Until You Suffer Some (Fire & Ice)”.
In 1999 Kotzen replaced Paul Gilbert as guitarist in the mainstream rock band Mr. Big, performing on their album Get Over It. He also contributed guitars to their subsequent release Actual Size. The record included the Kotzen song Shine, which debuted at number one on Japanese radio charts. After Mr. Big disbanded, Kotzen released the solo album Change, in 2003. The title track and the song Get a Life were featured in TV commercials throughout Japan.

In 2002 Kotzen bought a commercial building in Los Angeles and established a recording studio and production company. He has since produced acclaimed solo albums and collaborated with various figures in rock (Gene Simmons), jazz and fusion, including jazz legend Stanley Clarke.

In 2006 Kotzen was the opening act for The Rolling Stones in Japan on their Bigger Bang tour. He is also a member of the rock super group, The Winery Dogs. (Listen)

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Carbon Leaf, Stephen Kellogg, and The Mystix just booked! GREAT COMEDY this weekend!

NEW HAMPSHIRE TICKET UPDATE
MARTHA DAVISSOLD OUT!
AUGUST 15 COMEDY- Only 30 tickets remain!
DANA FUCHS- Only 6 tickets remain!
BILLY COBHAM- Selling Fast!
CINDERELLA’S TOM KEIFER- Selling Fast!
ENGLISH BEAT – Only 24 tickets remain!
JOHN MAYALL - SOLD OUT!
MIKE PETERS – Only 30 tickets remain!
JON BUTCHER AXIS- SOLD OUT!
THE TUBES- Selling Fast!
THE SMITHEREENS – Selling Fast!
ROBIN TROWER – SOLD OUT!
RENAISSANCE- Selling Fast!
ERIC JOHNSON – Both Shows SOLD OUT!
CARL PALMER – Selling Fast!
LIVING COLOUR – Only 35 tickets remain!

OUR NEXT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOWS
August 13 FRANK FM’S “LIVE at FRANK’S PLACE”
This special “Live at Frank’s Place” show features TRUFFLE. If you want to go to the FREE show, it’s as simple as calling the box office and giving us your name!

August 14 OPEN MIC NIGHT
This month’s open mic night features Amanda Cote. Whether you want to come play a couple of tunes or just sit back and enjoy the show, Tupelo music Hall has the best, most professional open mic night around.

August 15 TUPELO NIGHT of COMEDY
Friday’s comedy night features Paul Gilligan, Ryan Gartley, and Smokin Joe Holden.
Only a handful of tickets remain for this show.

August 16 TUPELO NIGHT of COMEDY
Saturday’s comedy night features Steve Bjork, Bob Seibel, and Nick Tocco.
OMG, these guys are a riot! This is going to be a great show!


NEW BOOKING
October 3 THE MYSTIX
The Mystix are back on the road and, if you haven’t been to a Mystix show, you NEED to get tickets for this one!! The Mystix  are Jo Lily, Guitars, Vocals, Marty Richards, Drums, Marty Ballou, Bass, Bobby B. Keyes, Guitars, Tom West Piano.

Boston roots supergroup” -The Boston Phoenix

Boston’s best roots players get into the spotlight” -Boston Herald

Boston has always had a knack for creating bands that blend old and new. Put The Mystix at the top of that list”.
-Blues Revue Magazine (Listen)

December 6 CARBON LEAF
Irish folk and Gaelic influences have always peppered the band’s songs and albums for years – not to mention their energetic live shows – but GHOST DRAGON fully embraces those traditional roots from start to finish, giving the Carbon Leaf fan who loves the band’s Celtic-influenced songs (“The Boxer”, ”Desperation Song”, “American Tale”, “Toy Soldiers”, “Home”—) a new, full-blown album of all-original Celtic folk, rock and instrumental dance tunes to celebrate and sink their teeth into. (Listen – scroll down on right)

December 27 STEPHEN KELLOGG
Stephen Kellogg has performed more than 1500 concerts in the last decade or so. Most recently he’s traveled Europe with Josh Ritter and landed on an aircraftcarrier in the middle east to perform for the Armed Forces. Though his songs are in the tradition of classic artists like Jackson Browne and John Prine, he’s been called “the best live act you’ve never seen” by CBS Radio. Additionally, Stephen Kellogg has well publicized affection for his role as father to four daughters and husband to a high school sweetheart which would almost be enough to make you not like the guy if he wasn’t so, well —likable. For an evening of uplifting songs about life, love and the pursuit (and sometimes failure) of obtaining happiness, catch Kellogg on this intimate tour. He will be performing with an acoustic trio and doing different songs each night spanning the last 10 years of his career. (Listen)


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RYAN MONTBLEAU just Booked!

NEW HAMPSHIRE TICKET UPDATE
ANA POPOVICSOLD OUT!
MARTHA DAVISSOLD OUT!
DANA FUCHS- Only 12 tickets remain!
KINGS X- SOLD OUT!
BILLY COBHAM- Selling Fast!
ENGLISH BEAT – Selling Fast!
JOHN MAYALL - SOLD OUT!
MIKE PETERS – Only 35 tickets remain!
JON BUTCHER AXIS- SOLD OUT!
THE TUBES- Selling Fast!
THE SMITHEREENS – Selling Fast!
ROBIN TROWERSOLD OUT!
ERIC JOHNSON – Both Shows SOLD OUT!
CARL PALMER – Selling Fast!
LIVING COLOUR – Only 40 tickets remain!

OUR NEXT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOWS
August 7 ANA POPOVIC
This show is SOLD OUT!

August 10 KING’S X
This show is SOLD OUT!


NEW BOOKING
October 10 RYAN MONTBLEAU
How do I describe a Ryan Montbleau show? It’s difficult. At times, Ryan writing and word play reminds me of Jason Mraz but that’s not a fair comparison because Ryan is clearly doing his own thing. What I can tell you is that this is a super fun, excellent show that you will love.

At 34, he’s a late-bloomer who’s right on time. Montbleau didn’t start singing and playing guitar in earnest until he was in college, at Villanova. Later, working at the House of Blues in Boston, he began playing solo sets there as a warm-up act. His band — there’s now six of them — came together naturally, over time, planting strong roots in coffee shops, folk venues and rock clubs before converting audiences on an outdoor festival circuit that now stretches across the country. Through word of mouth and repeat visits, the band has built a devoted following from the Northeast to Chicago, Seattle and Austin. “It’s like watching the grass grow,” says the easygoing Montbleau.

When the crowds are dancing, the band digs deeper in the pocket. But Montbleau, who still performs solo, is constantly looking to strike a balance between the contagious energy of moving bodies and making a closer connection. (Listen)


September 21 GREGG ROLIE
(at Pinkerton Academy)
This is a rare opportunity to see Rock N Roll giant, vocalist and keyboard player Gregg Rolie with a FULL BAND. Gregg Rolie is responsible for co-founding and providing lead vocals for legendary supergroups SANTANA and JOURNEY. Launching- along with Carlos Santana – the now legendary act, Rolie also co-produced Santana’s first four groundbreaking albums. His unforgettable lead vocals on many Santana hits including “Black Magic Woman” “Evil Ways” and “Oye Como Va” helped skyrocket the band to the top of the charts. After Santana, Rolie went on to establish Journey with fellow ex-Santana mate, guitarist Neal Schon. In addition to lending his considerable keyboard prowess to the endeavor, he also provided lead vocals on the band’s first 3 albums and co-lead vocals on “the next 3. Rolie co-wrote and co-produced the band’s first seven albums, including the hugely successful 1981 live double album “Captured.”

The Gregg Rolie Band is composed of 4 musicians from Santana (2 of them now in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame) and 3 other highly accomplished players. Having worked with some of the biggest names in music over the years and having toured the world many times over, these musicians have the skills to interpret this music in the way it is meant to be interpreted, as Gregg so intimately knows. (Listen)
October 23 DAVID KNOPFLER
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, David Knopfler grew up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the North of England. By fourteen, David was performing his own songs in folk clubs and having learned guitar, piano and drums in his childhood, it’s not surprising to find he’s mastered many of the instruments he uses on his recordings. Despite a college degree, he can’t recall any other aspirations beyond composing and playing music.

David founded Dire Straits alongside his brother Mark, and recorded three albums, touring the stadium circuit extensively, before resigning three years later to follow his own path of independent, singer-songwriter. For more than two decades has faithfully pursued his musical vision, writing and producing his own music on nine solo CDs to date.

David creates songs of substance. They are by turns deep and captivating, elegant and thought provoking, with clever, gripping lyrics, his exquisite sense of melody blending effortlessly. More attentive listeners might even find themselves decoding the frequent buried references David includes. An example is found in “Jericho” (from his 2002 album Wishbones), the words to which conceal titles of previous albums and songs.

David Knopfler has been fortunate enough to reach a wide audience without compromising his art. While he’s enjoyed the respect and admiration of his musical peers, widespread critical acclaim, international awards and worldwide chart successes, he’s managed, in his own country, Britain, to keep a profile so low as to be nearly invisible. He lives quietly in the English countryside, notching up an impressive list of writing credits.

An understated integrity and honesty define Knopfler in both his work and private life. A family man and a lifelong member of organizations like Greenpeace, Amnesty International and Adopt a Minefield, David has always made uncompromising life choices. “I don’t regard what I do as remotely glamorous. I write and record music because I completely love doing it, despite any so called “celebrity status” that sometimes comes with the job.” (Listen)

November 30 QUINN SULLIVAN
15 year old Quinn Sullivan is quickly gaining quite a reputation among today’s most respected guitar players and musical artists. He has been touring the world with his mentor and friend, Buddy Guy, promoting his latest CD, “Getting There,” produced in Nashville with multi-Grammy winner Tom Hambridge.

Since the age of 7, Quinn has been sharing stages with legendary players like Eric Clapton, BB King and Buddy Guy at iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and Red Rocks. He has also performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Montreux Jazz, Austin City Limits, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

In 2006, Quinn made his national television debut on the Ellen DeGeneres show and brought the crowd to its feet with his rendition of the Beatles classic, “Twist and Shout.” Then, in 2007, Quinn had an encounter that changed his life forever. He met blues legend Buddy Guy at a theater in his hometown. Buddy invited Quinn on stage that night after witnessing his ability during a backstage visit. Shortly thereafter, Buddy asked Quinn to record some guitar tracks on his album “Skin Deep,” released in 2009.
In 2011, Quinn released his debut CD, “Cyclone,” which peaked at #7 on the Billboard blues album chart. He performed the title track on Jimmy Kimmel Live in March of that year and continued to tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, gaining thousands of new fans and followers along the way. Quinn released his second CD, “Getting There,” in June of 2013. He continued touring and exploded onto the national television scene making appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, before returning to the Ellen DeGeneres show a second time in January of 2014. (Listen)


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Ryan Montbleau just Booked at Tupelo Music Hall

NEW HAMPSHIRE TICKET UPDATE
THE SMITHEREENS- Selling Fast!
MARTHA DAVIS- SOLD OUT!
DANA FUCHS- Only 12 tickets remain!
ANA POPOVIC- SOLD OUT!
KINGS X- SOLD OUT!
BILLY COBHAM- Selling Fast!
ENGLISH BEAT – Selling Fast!
JOHN MAYALL - SOLD OUT!
MIKE PETERS – Only 35 tickets remain!
JON BUTCHER AXIS- SOLD OUT!
ROBIN TROWER - SOLD OUT!
ERIC JOHNSON – Both shows SOLD OUT!
LIVING COLOUR – Only 40 tickets remain!
CARL PALMER – Selling Fast!
THE TUBES- Selling Fast!

OUR NEXT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOWS
August 7 ANA POPOVIC
This show is SOLD OUT!

August 10 KING’S X
This show is SOLD OUT!

NEW BOOKINGS
October 10 RYAN MONTBLEAU
How do I describe a Ryan Montbleau show? It’s difficult. At times, Ryan writing and word play reminds me of Jason Mraz but that’s not a fair comparison because Ryan is clearly doing his own thing. What I can tell you is that this is a super fun, excellent show that you will love.

At 34, he’s a late-bloomer who’s right on time. Montbleau didn’t start singing and playing guitar in earnest until he was in college, at Villanova. Later, working at the House of Blues in Boston, he began playing solo sets there as a warm-up act. His band — there’s now six of them — came together naturally, over time, planting strong roots in coffee shops, folk venues and rock clubs before converting audiences on an outdoor festival circuit that now stretches across the country. Through word of mouth and repeat visits, the band has built a devoted following from the Northeast to Chicago, Seattle and Austin. “It’s like watching the grass grow,” says the easygoing Montbleau.

When the crowds are dancing, the band digs deeper in the pocket. But Montbleau, who still performs solo, is constantly looking to strike a balance between the contagious energy of moving bodies and making a closer connection. (Listen)

September 21 GREGG ROLIE (at Pinkerton Academy)
This is a rare opportunity to see Rock N Roll giant, vocalist and keyboard player Gregg Rolie with a FULL BAND. Gregg Rolie is responsible for co-founding and providing lead vocals for legendary supergroups SANTANA and JOURNEY. Launching- along with Carlos Santana – the now legendary act, Rolie also co-produced Santana’s first four groundbreaking albums. His unforgettable lead vocals on many Santana hits including “Black Magic Woman” “Evil Ways” and “Oye Como Va” helped skyrocket the band to the top of the charts. After Santana, Rolie went on to establish Journey with fellow ex-Santana mate, guitarist Neal Schon. In addition to lending his considerable keyboard prowess to the endeavor, he also provided lead vocals on the band’s first 3 albums and co-lead vocals on “the next 3. Rolie co-wrote and co-produced the band’s first seven albums, including the hugely successful 1981 live double album “Captured.”

The Gregg Rolie Band is composed of 4 musicians from Santana (2 of them now in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame) and 3 other highly accomplished players. Having worked with some of the biggest names in music over the years and having toured the world many times over, these musicians have the skills to interpret this music in the way it is meant to be interpreted, as Gregg so intimately knows. (Listen)

October 23 DAVID KNOPFLER
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, David Knopfler grew up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the North of England. By fourteen, David was performing his own songs in folk clubs and having learned guitar, piano and drums in his childhood, it’s not surprising to find he’s mastered many of the instruments he uses on his recordings. Despite a college degree, he can’t recall any other aspirations beyond composing and playing music.

David founded Dire Straits alongside his brother Mark, and recorded three albums, touring the stadium circuit extensively, before resigning three years later to follow his own path of independent, singer-songwriter. For more than two decades has faithfully pursued his musical vision, writing and producing his own music on nine solo CDs to date.

David creates songs of substance. They are by turns deep and captivating, elegant and thought provoking, with clever, gripping lyrics, his exquisite sense of melody blending effortlessly. More attentive listeners might even find themselves decoding the frequent buried references David includes. An example is found in “Jericho” (from his 2002 album Wishbones), the words to which conceal titles of previous albums and songs.

David Knopfler has been fortunate enough to reach a wide audience without compromising his art. While he’s enjoyed the respect and admiration of his musical peers, widespread critical acclaim, international awards and worldwide chart successes, he’s managed, in his own country, Britain, to keep a profile so low as to be nearly invisible. He lives quietly in the English countryside, notching up an impressive list of writing credits.

An understated integrity and honesty define Knopfler in both his work and private life. A family man and a lifelong member of organizations like Greenpeace, Amnesty International and Adopt a Minefield, David has always made uncompromising life choices. “I don’t regard what I do as remotely glamorous. I write and record music because I completely love doing it, despite any so called “celebrity status” that sometimes comes with the job.” (Listen)

November 30 QUINN SULLIVAN
15 year old Quinn Sullivan is quickly gaining quite a reputation among today’s most respected guitar players and musical artists. He has been touring the world with his mentor and friend, Buddy Guy, promoting his latest CD, “Getting There,” produced in Nashville with multi-Grammy winner Tom Hambridge.

Since the age of 7, Quinn has been sharing stages with legendary players like Eric Clapton, BB King and Buddy Guy at iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and Red Rocks. He has also performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Montreux Jazz, Austin City Limits, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

In 2006, Quinn made his national television debut on the Ellen DeGeneres show and brought the crowd to its feet with his rendition of the Beatles classic, “Twist and Shout.” Then, in 2007, Quinn had an encounter that changed his life forever. He met blues legend Buddy Guy at a theater in his hometown. Buddy invited Quinn on stage that night after witnessing his ability during a backstage visit. Shortly thereafter, Buddy asked Quinn to record some guitar tracks on his album “Skin Deep,” released in 2009.
In 2011, Quinn released his debut CD, “Cyclone,” which peaked at #7 on the Billboard blues album chart. He performed the title track on Jimmy Kimmel Live in March of that year and continued to tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, gaining thousands of new fans and followers along the way. Quinn released his second CD, “Getting There,” in June of 2013. He continued touring and exploded onto the national television scene making appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, before returning to the Ellen DeGeneres show a second time in January of 2014. (Listen)

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33rd Annual Pittsfield Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally is this weekend

It’s that time of year again. The time when hot air balloons fill the skies above Drake Field in Pittsfield, NH. 18 hot air balloons are scheduled to fly this weekend starting Friday, August 1st through Sunday, August 3rd. Pilots and their balloons will be traveling from all over New England and as far away as Dayton, OH to participate in this years rally.

As always the hot air balloons are the main attraction at this event but there are plenty of things to do between launches. From a pancake breakfast, a midway carnival, craft and vendor fair, tethered hot air balloon rides, helicopter rides (Provided by JBI Helicopters), various food vendors, live acts and music, a 5K memorial road race, fireworks, and a spectacular hot air balloon night glow. You won’t be bored at this great event.

Picture of hot air balloons inflating on Drake Field.
Last year I went up in JBI’s Bell 206-B III Jet Ranger (N803JB) to see if I could get some pictures of the field with balloons inflating. Unlike 2012, last year I had much better luck getting shots of balloons from the air as you can see above. The view from the helicopter is great you can see breathtaking views of Drake’s Field, the Suncook Valley and surrounding area. For a $25.00 per person donation it’s one of the best rides you can go on. If you are adventurous ask for a “HOT Ride” which will give you more of the roller coaster feel.

View of Drake's Field in Pittsfield from JBI Helicopter's N808JB


I have found the best times to view the balloons is during the early AM launches. The balloons typically take off around 5:30AM which means you probably want to leave around 4:00AM from Londonderry so you can stake out your spot as it’s just under an hour to get there. I’ve taken some spectacular shots on that super calm Suncook River where it’s like a mirror reflecting the balloons. Unfortunately the kayaks disturb the usually mirror like water with their wake.

When many balloons are in the air at once it makes for a dramatic picture. This is why I get up at 3:00AM on a Saturday in August. The peacefulness of seeing these balloons glide over the water and through the air is amazing.

The night glows on Friday and Saturday nights are a sight to be seen. The balloons are inflated but do not leave the ground. The burners which put out 7 to 10 million BTU’s an hour are put into a special mode to produce more light into the envelope instead of heat to generate lift. This makes for a unique sight. The balloon can look dramatically different during a night glow than it does during the day.
Balloon Night Glow

Saturday night is capped off by a spectacular fireworks show!

    ***Full Schedule***

Friday, August 1
3:00PM – Midway Carnival Rides Open
* 4:00PM – 6:00PM – Helicopter & Tethered Balloon Rides
* 5:30PM – Hot Air Balloons Liftoff (weather permitting)
6:00PM – Live Entertainment on Main Stage
* 8:30PM – Hot Air Balloon Night Glow (weather permitting)
7:00PM – 9:00PM – Live Entertainment on Main Stage

Saturday, August 2
* 5:30AM – Balloons Liftoff
5:30AM – Pancake Breakfast
10:00AM – 3:00PM – Antique & Classic Car Show
10:00AM – 8:00PM – Craft & Artisans Show
11:00AM – 9:00PM – Midway Vendors & Carnival Rides
* 2:00PM – 8:00PM – Helicopter Rides
* 4:00PM – Tethered Balloon Rides Begin
* 5:30PM – Hot Air Balloons Launch
6:00PM – 9:00PM – Live Entertainment on Main Stage
* 8:30PM – Hot Air Balloon Night Glow!
9:30PM – Fireworks Extravaganza!!! (Fireworks sponsored by Rotary & Corporate Sponsors)

Sunday, August 3
* 5:30AM – Hot Air Balloons Final Liftoff
5:45AM – Rotary Scrambled Egg & Bacon Breakfast
9:00AM – Frank Donovan Memorial 5K Road Race
* Weather Permitting

***LOCATION***
Drake’s Field Pittsfield New Hampshire via Google Maps

Click HERE for a larger Map of Pittsfield including Drake’s Field and parking locations

***FEES***
Entrance: FREE ($5.00 suggested donation)
Parking: FREE
Shuttles between parking lots and field: $1/Person (Each Ride)
Food, Beverages, Carnival Amusements, Helicopter Rides, & Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides all have separate charges.

The Sizzler

***RULES***
No Smoking, NO PETS, except service animals (due to food being served) . Bags, coolers, backpacks and other containers except for childcare and medical needs are not allowed. No: cans, glass, alcohol, skateboards, bikes or weapons. are allowed. All bags subject to inspection.

Morning Launch over the Suncook River

Morning Launch over the Suncook River

***Hot Air Balloon Launch Schedule: (Weather Permitting)***
Friday: 5:00 – 6:00 pm Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Liftoff
Saturday: 5:30 – 6:00 am Dawn Hot Air Balloon Liftoff
Saturday: 5:00 – 6:00 pm Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Liftoff
Saturday: 8:30 pm Night Glow (Hot Air Balloons Light Up On Ground, No Launch)
Sunday: 5:30 – 6:00 am Dawn Farewell Mass Ascension Balloon Liftoff

About JBI Helicopters
Located in Pembroke, NH, JBI Helicopter Services has been providing reliable, safe, professional services to customers in the Northeast and throughout the country since 1983. Their fleet includes 5 Bell 206 B-III Jet Rangers and a Garlick OH-58A. They also manage, maintain and operate other privately owned aircraft.

JBI is a Bell Certified Customer Service Facility and an FAA Certified Repair Station. Their professional, factory trained technicians perform high quality maintenance on a variety of Bell airframes at their on site state-of-the-art repair and maintenance facility.

All JBI pilots are FAA certified, instrument rated and are OAS / USFS carded. Each pilot completes Bell Factory Recurrent Training annually.

Here are some previous articles on the Pittsfield Rally with other pictures.
2011 Article
2012 Article
2013 Article

Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and two children. Pete’s day job is in information technology as a systems administrator. He is an accomplished photographer and loves to shoot at air shows and balloon festivals. He also enjoys shooting waterfalls, nature and macro photography. You can view and purchase his outstanding images on his website http://www.petelanglois.net

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The Fixx this Weekend at Tupelo! Gregg Rolie, David Knopfler, and Quinn Sullivan just booked!

NEW HAMPSHIRE TICKET UPDATE
THE SMITHEREENS- Selling Fast!
THE FIXX- Selling Fast!
MARTHA DAVIS
- SOLD OUT!
DANA FUCHS- Only 32 tickets remain!
ANA POPOVIC- SOLD OUT!
KINGS X- SOLD OUT!
BILLY COBHAM- Selling Fast!
ENGLISH BEAT – Selling Fast!
JOHN MAYALL - SOLD OUT!
MIKE PETERS – Only 38 tickets remain!
JON BUTCHER AXIS- SOLD OUT!
ROBIN TROWER - SOLD OUT!
ERIC JOHNSON – Both shows SOLD OUT!
LIVING COLOUR – Only 50 tickets remain!
CARL PALMER – Selling Fast!
THE TUBES- Selling Fast!

OUR NEXT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOWS

July 31 THE FIXX
They’re ready to hit the road this summer—and they want YOU to choose what they play live!! It’s “The FIXX – By Request” just get a hold of them via email at thefixx.com, on Twitter at #FIXXSONGS or at facebook.com/thefixx and tell them your city and what FIXX song you want us to play live.
They’ll tally up the votes each night—and play the songs YOU DECIDE!!

Hits include
“One Thing Leads To Another”
“Red Skies”
“Saved by Zero”

August 1 THE FIXX
This show is almost SOLD OUT. Same format as show description above.

NEW BOOKINGS
September 21  GREGG ROLIE (at Pinkerton Academy)
This is a rare opportunity to see Rock N Roll giant, vocalist and keyboard player Gregg Rolie with a FULL BAND. Gregg Rolie is responsible for co-founding and providing lead vocals for legendary supergroups SANTANA and JOURNEY. Launching- along with Carlos Santana – the now legendary act, Rolie also co-produced Santana’s first four groundbreaking albums. His unforgettable lead vocals on many Santana hits including “Black Magic Woman” “Evil Ways” and “Oye Como Va” helped skyrocket the band to the top of the charts. After Santana, Rolie went on to establish Journey with fellow ex-Santana mate, guitarist Neal Schon. In addition to lending his considerable keyboard prowess to the endeavor, he also provided lead vocals on the band’s first 3 albums and co-lead vocals on “the next 3. Rolie co-wrote and co-produced the band’s first seven albums, including the hugely successful 1981 live double album “Captured.”

The Gregg Rolie Band is composed of 4 musicians from Santana (2 of them now in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame) and 3 other highly accomplished players. Having worked with some of the biggest names in music over the years and having toured the world many times over, these musicians have the skills to interpret this music in the way it is meant to be interpreted, as Gregg so intimately knows. (Listen)

October 23 DAVID KNOPFLER
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, David Knopfler grew up in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in the North of England. By fourteen, David was performing his own songs in folk clubs and having learned guitar, piano and drums in his childhood, it’s not surprising to find he’s mastered many of the instruments he uses on his recordings. Despite a college degree, he can’t recall any other aspirations beyond composing and playing music.

David founded Dire Straits alongside his brother Mark, and recorded three albums, touring the stadium circuit extensively, before resigning three years later to follow his own path of independent, singer-songwriter. For more than two decades has faithfully pursued his musical vision, writing and producing his own music on nine solo CDs to date.

David creates songs of substance. They are by turns deep and captivating, elegant and thought provoking, with clever, gripping lyrics, his exquisite sense of melody blending effortlessly. More attentive listeners might even find themselves decoding the frequent buried references David includes. An example is found in “Jericho” (from his 2002 album Wishbones), the words to which conceal titles of previous albums and songs.

David Knopfler has been fortunate enough to reach a wide audience without compromising his art. While he’s enjoyed the respect and admiration of his musical peers, widespread critical acclaim, international awards and worldwide chart successes, he’s managed, in his own country, Britain, to keep a profile so low as to be nearly invisible. He lives quietly in the English countryside, notching up an impressive list of writing credits.

An understated integrity and honesty define Knopfler in both his work and private life. A family man and a lifelong member of organizations like Greenpeace, Amnesty International and Adopt a Minefield, David has always made uncompromising life choices. “I don’t regard what I do as remotely glamorous. I write and record music because I completely love doing it, despite any so called “celebrity status” that sometimes comes with the job.” (Listen)

November 30 QUINN SULLIVAN
15 year old Quinn Sullivan is quickly gaining quite a reputation among today’s most respected guitar players and musical artists. He has been touring the world with his mentor and friend, Buddy Guy, promoting his latest CD, “Getting There,” produced in Nashville with multi-Grammy winner Tom Hambridge.

Since the age of 7, Quinn has been sharing stages with legendary players like Eric Clapton, BB King and Buddy Guy at iconic venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, and Red Rocks. He has also performed at some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Montreux Jazz, Austin City Limits, and Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival.

In 2006, Quinn made his national television debut on the Ellen DeGeneres show and brought the crowd to its feet with his rendition of the Beatles classic, “Twist and Shout.” Then, in 2007, Quinn had an encounter that changed his life forever. He met blues legend Buddy Guy at a theater in his hometown. Buddy invited Quinn on stage that night after witnessing his ability during a backstage visit. Shortly thereafter, Buddy asked Quinn to record some guitar tracks on his album “Skin Deep,” released in 2009.
In 2011, Quinn released his debut CD, “Cyclone,” which peaked at #7 on the Billboard blues album chart. He performed the title track on Jimmy Kimmel Live in March of that year and continued to tour throughout the U.S. and Canada, gaining thousands of new fans and followers along the way. Quinn released his second CD, “Getting There,” in June of 2013. He continued touring and exploded onto the national television scene making appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, before returning to the Ellen DeGeneres show a second time in January of 2014. (Listen)

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