NEW HAMPSHIRE TICKET UPDATE
CARBON LEAF – SOLD OUT
“Live’” ED KOWALCZYK – SOLD OUT
Nov 9 Comedy – Only 30 tickets remain
HOWIE DAY – Only 6 tickets remain
EILEN JEWELL – Only 30 tickets remain
RYAN MONTBLEAU – Selling Fast!
STEVE EARLE – SOLD OUT
JEFF PITCHELL – Only 18 tickets remain
THE SMITHEREENS – SOLD OUT
OUR NEXT NEW HAMPSHIRE SHOWS
November 1 OPEN MIC NIGHT
This month’s Open Mic Night features WT “Snake” Miller.
Always a great night out, the performers who play our open mic night series will surprise you. For only a $5.00 cover charge, you can’t go wrong.
November 2 CARBON LEAF
This Show is SOLD OUT
November 3 GARY LOURIS OF THE JAYHAWKS
This show has been cancelled by the artist for health reasons
November 4 ED KOWALCZYK
This show is SOLD OUT
NEW HAMPSHIRE NEW BOOKINGS
December 5 SISTER HAZEL
Sister hazel is of the most revered American alternative rock bands ever. Their unique sound is characterized by an infectious blend of folk rock, pop, classic rock ‘n’ roll and southern rock. Best known for the mega radio hit “All for You”, their music is defined by highly melodic tunes, prominent harmonies and optimistic lyrics. The band’s instrumentation often features abrupt shifts among electric, acoustic and a cappella, with a striking use of tacets.
Sister Hazel’s creative train just keeps rolling. Last year’s well-received “Release” reached the band’s highest ever spot (#37) on the Billboard Album Charts, topping even their platinum disc “Somewhere More Familiar,” and they are keeping the momentum going with “Heartland Highway” (Oct. 12, 2010, Rock Ridge Music), marking the band’s quickest album-to-album turnaround in their 15-plus-year career.
According to bassist Jett Beres, “Release” “sparked a creativity” in the Gainesville, FL-bred band (vocalist Ken Block, guitarist/vocalist Drew Copeland, lead guitarist Ryan Newell, drummer Mark Trojanowski and Beres) that led to “Heartland Highway,” a collection that they all agree is their most diverse-sounding disc. “All of us like a lot of different music,” says Trojanowski, “but we have a vibe together, one that helps to create the Sister Hazel signature mix of Southern pop hooks and country rock harmonies. “There are a lot of moments that have never been in Sister Hazel songs before,” notes Newell, adding, “We strive to give our audience something different each time.”
The group’s 8th full-length, “Heartland Highway” reflects a rootsy journey for both the band and the listeners. Beres describes the album as “American road trip music” while Copeland suggests, “It’s one of those discs you can put on and listen to front to back.” The disc ebbs and flows between rockin’ tracks (Block’s “Great Escape” and Copeland’s “She’s Got A Hold On Me” and “Where You’re Going”) and more poignant numbers (Newell’s “Far Away” and Block’s “Saddest Song [Not Coming Home]“). Listen
December 27 THE JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND
When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he “brings it on home”. Whether it’s recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters – James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells – at the legendary “Chessmate.” Over the years, he’s carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.
Montgomery has toured with many major artists, including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. He has jammed on stage with B.B.King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Laverne Baker, Patti LaBelle, and Peter Wolf among others, including an impromptu session with Mick Jagger at New York’s “Trax”. Listen
December 29 STEPHEN KELLOGG
Stephen Kellogg claims that when he was growing up, his musical interests were divided between his father’s record collection, devoted to ’70s singer/songwriters like Jim Croce and Cat Stevens, and his sister’s rock & roll discs, dominated by hair metal acts such as Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe. In a curious way, Kellogg’s music represents a meeting point between these two styles, with songs that delve deep into the personal, but make room for a sense of fun, while the music, which is intelligent and intimate, is also full of passion and electricity. This holiday season, the beloved frontman of Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers strikes out on his own headed for Londonderry for an intimate solo appearance. Listen
February 8 KATHLEEN EDWARDS
Voyageur is less of a departure than it is a journey, and like any transforming trip, it demands that we let go of any preconceptions about the destination. These songs are the perfect travel companions to their own haunted landscape. Edwards guides us through a house full of empty rooms, revealing the sadness behind a public smile and the numbness that follows broken expectations and the casual cruelties of love, until we find ourselves softly drifting down to hell with her. And yet, this isn’t a bummer ride at all – it’s elevating. The Romantic poet William Wordsworth said that poetry is born in “emotion recollected in tranquility,” and Voyageur evokes a spectrum of overwhelming feelings within the atmosphere of a lucid dream. Edward’s characters speak to the grief, loneliness, shock, and confusion that come with endings as well as the hope and irrepressible joy that accompany new beginnings, but the stories are told with a seductively quiet strength. The album celebrates the many pleasures of survival and reinvention, suggesting that an acceptance of life’s changeability is what will allow us to face the hardest of hard times – as well as the exhilarating longing and dislocation of the unknown – head on, with grace. Listen
March 3 THE SAW DOCTORS
The Saw Doctors is a group of songwriting musicians from the West of Ireland, hell-bent on celebrating, observing, recording and sometimes poking fun at their own locality, accent and idiomatic use of language whilst dressing their songs up in their favourite sounds and styles from their years of musical fandom.
Loved and revered by their loyal fans, many of whom have been recruited by already fan friends, or friends of friends of fans, if you know what I mean, and often reviled by haughty urban-based media style council as being too rural (Tuam!), painting pictures that the begrudgers believe, from their lofty perspective, don’t exist in the real world, The Saw Doctors continue with a resilience and an effervescent energy that has them lined-up for a six week coast to coast adventure across North America this Spring.
In their own words—
‘Born into a repressed, catholic, conservative, small-town, agrarian, angst-ridden and showband infested society we’re trying to preserve the positive elements of our background and marry them to the sounds which have culturally invaded our milieu through TV, radio, 45′s, fast food restaurants, 24 hour petrol stations and electric blankets.’ Listen
April 25 LAURENCE JUBER
Laurence Juber is a two-time Grammy award-winning fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, also known for his electric work as lead guitarist in Paul McCartney’s Wings. Juber has released 15 critically acclaimed solo albums which feature his celebrated arrangements of popular tunes and genre-crossing compositions. In fall 2010, he released the highly anticipated “LJ Plays the Beatles Vol. 2.” He was voted “Guitarist of the Year” by the readers of Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and named one of the top acoustic guitar players of all time by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. A dynamic, entertaining performer and an accomplished clinician, LJ brings his passion for the guitar to venues around the world, creating a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one instrument. Listen
May 5 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 story teller 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