Week of Hit Shows at Tupelo in Londonderry

TICKET UPDATE
BLUE SKY RIDERS (with Kenny Loggins) – Only 3 tickets remain!
THE BODEANSSOLD OUT
SONNY LANDRETH – Only 25 tickets remain!
AL STEWARTSOLD OUT
MARIA MULDAUR – Only 40 tickets remain!
CARBON LEAF – Only 15 tickets remain!
“Live’” ED KOWALCZYK – Only 35 tickets remain!
JEFF PITCHELL – Selling Fast!
THE SMITHEREENS – Only 1 tickets remains!


CELEBRATIONS AT TUPELO - Notes from Keith

Hello music lovers. Hope you are all enjoying the last few weeks of summer. Labor Day is right around the corner. These past few weeks we have offered a number of different dishes, these included: Smoked Salmon dip & Crackers, Pasta Alfredo, Swedish meatballs & veggies, Southwest Pasta salad, Potato salad, Chicken Pasta salad, Franks & Beans, Warm Brie & Boursin cheese plate, Beef Brisket, Vegetable & Beef Kabobs, BBQ Ribs, Sliced Sirloin & vegetable plate, Prime Rib dinner, Home Fry potatoes, East/West Egg rolls, homemade Pecan Pie, along with the usual favorites—Keep an eye out for more upcoming specials.


This Week at Tupelo’s
September 6 TUPELO OPEN MIC NIGHT
Anna Dagmar is the featured performer for this open mic. The Tupelo Music Hall Open Mic is special. We have lots of great people on stage and many who just choose to sit back and watch. Either way you do it, for only $5, it’s the best deal out there!

September 7 AMY HELM
Amy Helm’s deep musical roots were enriched by a lifetime of exposure to the finest expressions of American musical tradition. Combined with her stunning vocal and other creative gifts, those roots have grown up to reveal a spellbinding artist who moves easily through a broad range of musical styles.

The daughter of music legend Levon Helm and singer/songwriter Libby Titus Fagen,Helm wields a powerful voice that can both stir and soothe, whether she is singing traditional gospel, blues standards or her own heartfelt compositions. She is a gifted musician on both mandolin and drums, and has clearly absorbed the lessons of the many other accomplished artists with whom she has shared stages, including Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, and Joan Osborne as well as other uniquely American performers like Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin.

A founding member of the roots band Ollabelle, with whom she has recorded three CDs, Helm has also performed live with scores of notable musicians like Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, and Donald Fagen, and her distinctive voice can be heard on recordings by artists ranging from Mercury Rev to Marc Cohn.

September 8 NEW RIDERS of THE PURPLE SAGE
The New Riders of the Purple Sage, signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis, released its eponymous first album in September 1971 to widespread acclaim. In the next 11 years the band toured and released over 12 albums, selling over 4 million records. NRPS began as a part-time spin-off from the Grateful Dead when Jerry Garcia (pedal steel guitar), Phil Lesh (bass) and Mickey Hart (drums) teamed up with John Dawson (guitar, vocals) and David Nelson (guitar). Although early live appearances were viewed as an informal warm-up to the main attraction, the group quickly established an independent identity through the strength of Dawson’s original songs. By 1970 Dave Torbert had replaced Lesh, and Spencer Dryden, formerly of Jefferson Airplane, had joined as the group’s permanent drummer. Garcia remained in both The Dead and The New Riders until he found himself overcommitted, at which time Buddy Cage replaced him and the classic NRPS lineup was born. Original NRPS bass player Dave Torbert and drummer Spencer Dryden have passed away, co-founder John Dawson passed away in 2009 due to ongoing health problems. His considerable talents will be missed but his songs and musical legacy will live on. Before he passed he had given his blessing and was excited to know his music is being heard live again by a whole new generation of fans. The new lineup vows to keep the NRPS spirit and tunes alive by taking them to fans everywhere. The band recently teamed up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and released its first CD in twenty years to rave reviews, Where I Come From

September 9 THE YARDBIRDS
The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including “For Your Love”, “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Heart Full of Soul”. The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone’s 100 Top Guitarists list. A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, The Yardbirds were pioneers in guitar innovations of the ’60s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification, etc. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that the Yardbirds were “the most impressive guitar band in rock music”. After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, their current lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin.

The current band lineup is Andy Mitchell- lead vocals, harmonica, Ben King – lead guitar, Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, David Smale- bass guitar, Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals.


NEW BOOKINGS
September 29 LOS LOBOS
We are bringing Los Lobos to The Stockbridge Theatre at Pinkerton Academy in Derry to perform Kiko, the band’s most critically acclaimed album, in its entirety, including songs like “Kiko and the Lavender Moon,” “Angels With Dirty Faces,” and “When The Circle Comes.” They will also be playing hits from other albums. This is a very special show at a very special theatre. Listen

October 26 ERIC HUTCHINSON
What do you get when you fuse the sounds of jazz and folk? Eric Hutchinson, of course! This singer-songwriter is making waves across the States and the only way to find out what everyone’s buzzing about is to get tickets to see him live! So hurry up and get tickets to see Eric Hutchinson live while there are still some left! Listen

November 15 BLUES PROJECT
The Blues Project is a band from the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City that was formed in 1965 and originally split up in 1967. While their songs drew from a wide array of musical styles, they are most remembered as one of the earliest practitioners of psychedelic rock, as well as one of the world’s first jam bands, along with the Grateful Dead. Current Lineup– ORIGINAL MEMBERS: Danny Kalb (guitar), Steve Katz (guitar), Roy Blumenfeld (drums) plus Dave Richards (Bass) Listen

December 9 TOM RUSH
Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration—a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

Rush’s impact on the American music scene has been profound. He helped shape the folk revival in the ’60s and the renaissance of the ’80s and ’90s, his music having left its stamp on generations of artists. James Taylor told Rolling Stone, “Tom was not only one of my early heroes, but also one of my main influences.” Country music star Garth Brooks has credited Rush with being one of his top five musical influences. Rush has long championed emerging artists. His early recordings introduced the world to the work of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor, and in more recent years his Club 47 concerts have brought artists such as Nanci Griffith and Shawn Colvin to wider audiences when they were just beginning to build their own reputations. Listen

February 9 GANDALF MURPHY & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams
Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams have been called “the hillbilly Pink Floyd,” which is an apt description, particularly if you throw in elements of Incredible String Band, Neil Young, The Band, Dylan, and maybe even some Frank Zappa as well. Upon returning recently from the U.K. this fall where they spread their contagious brand of quirky Americana from Glasgow to Penzance, the band completed work on their fourth studio album, “The Grand Slambovians”.

Together since the late 90′s where they met in art school, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams are shedding their skin and come out boldly as ‘The Grand Slambovians’ in 2011 touring the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. in support of their latest creative effort. Unleashing their hauntingly signature songs on the world once again, the new album is getting rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Manically melodic, the bold, new songs knit into the band’s classics like an old paisley quilt wrapped around a very large family. Known for electrifying live performances and great original music, they have a devoted and growing international fan base. Listen

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New Shows Night of Comedy with Kenny Rogerson and Jim McCue also The Fools and Entrain

Tupelo 2011 Labor Day Shows

LONDONDERRY TICKET UPDATE
THE YARDBIRDS – Only 40 tickets remain!
LEO KOTTKE – Only 40 tickets remain!
RENAISSANCE- Only 6 tickets remain!
CRASH TEST DUMMIES – Only 42 tickets remain!
THE ZOMBIES- SOLD OUT
PETER WOLF Both Shows – SOLD OUT
SHAWN MULLINS – Only 30 tickets remain!
JOHN HIATT – SOLD OUT
CARBON LEAF- Selling Fast!
GEORGE WINSTON- Only 20 tickets remain!

Celebrations at Tupelo- Notes from Keith
Hello Music Lovers! I guess we can all sing “Good Night Irene” Sorry, bad pun! Believe it or not, another storm might threaten in about 2 weeks. Until then, Labor Day is right around the corner. We’ll be featuring some of our favorites along with some new specials. The upcoming weeks we’ll be featuring more of our weekend specials. These past weeks we’ve offered Steak & Chicken Chimichangas, Hummus, Burgers among others. This week we plan to offer the Con Queso, after a summer hiatus. Keep an eye out for more upcoming weekend specials.

This Week!
Thursday, September 1 OPEN MIC NIGHT
The Tupelo open mic is one of the most popular open mic series around. The people who come to play will often surprise you, they’re well-attended, and tickets are only $5 whether you decide to play or just sit back and watch.

Friday, September 2 THE TARTAN TERRORS
Taking the Celtic scene by storm, the Tartan Terrors, North America’s premiere Celtic Event, features the best in music, comedy and dance. Bolstered by the blistering piping of a Two Time World Champion Bagpiper, the driving tones of drums from around the world, and a guitar played unlike any you’ve ever heard, standing room only audiences understand why Dig This Magazine declares “(The Terrors) one act to keep an eye on!” Combine this musical prowess with championship caliber Highland Dancers and internationally recognized comedic performers and this Celtic Group goes beyond the ordinary. Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on four different continents, in some of the most prestigious Festivals, Highland Games and Theatres of North America. Join the phenomenon of the Tartan Terrors and see why Celtic Beat Magazine hails them as “the heirs apparent to the [Celtic] mayhem.” Listen

Saturday, September 3 THE AMAZING KRESKIN
For 50 years Kreskin has been baffling his audiences with his accurate predictions, his mentalist effects, and for a large percentage of his audience, telling them things about themselves that only they, a close friend, or their family would know! He does read minds! There’s a good reason why 10 million people visited the AOL web site New Years weekend to view his predictions for 2011. Watch

Sunday, September 4 THE YARDBIRDS
The Yardbirds are an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including “For Your Love”, “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Heart Full of Soul”. The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone’s 100 Top Guitarists list. A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, The Yardbirds were pioneers in guitar innovations of the ’60s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification, etc. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that the Yardbirds were “the most impressive guitar band in rock music”. After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, their current lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin. Listen

New Londonderry Bookings
September 23 TUPELO NIGHT of COMEDY featuring Kenny Rogerson and Jim McCue
Our comedy nights are great because the comedians are amazing. These guys all work nationally and are commonly on shows such as Conan, Letterman, and Leno.

October 1 THE FOOLS
Those mischievous musicians are back for a night of their own crazy brand of Rock that only they can provide. The Fools barged onto the Boston music scene with their first single “She Looks All Right in the Dark”. Known for their outrageous live performances the band quickly gathered a loyal and ever-growing audience. Their first national (and then international) hit record, “Psycho Chicken,” was a parody of Talking Heads’ Psycho Killer. Listen

December 9 ENTRAIN
Epic in sound and kaleidoscopic in vision, the eclectic Martha’s Vineyard-based six-piece Entrain has been thrilling critics and fans alike since its inception. Entrain has recorded seven albums, all of which have been praised for their ability to shift effortlessly between musical styles – from rock, blues, calypso and ska, to zydeco, jazz and funk – often within the same song. “The whole Entrain concept is based around the drums and infectious rhythms. Once we’ve got that…. anything goes, everything goes,” explains Tom Major ( drummer). As Sam Holmstock (conga/djembe/trombonist) says, “The most important thing that we try to do with our music is bring everybody together in the spirit of peace, love, fun and a ton of drums!” Listen

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Taj Mahal and A Flock of Seagulls Coming to Londonderry!

Ticket Update
AL DiMEOLA – SOLD OUT
ERIC JOHNSON – SOLD OUT
THE YARDBIRDS – Selling Fast!
RENAISSANCE- Only 38 tickets remain!
THE ZOMBIES- Only 36 tickets remain!
PETER WOLF 10/9 – SOLD OUT
PETER WOLF 10/10 – Only 23 tickets remain!

This Week
August 4 OPEN MIC NIGHT
Another night at Tupelo of seasoned and newbie musicians honing their skills.
This week’s feature artist is Seth Connolly. That alone is worth the $5 admission!

August 5 AL DIMEOLA
This show is SOLD OUT

August 7 CALIFORNIA TRANSIT AUTHORITY
This is going to be a killer big band show celebrating the music of legendry band CHICAGO with founding member and drummer Danny Seraphine. If that’s not enough, we are having a drum clinic with Danny at 5:00 pm before the show. Anyone with a ticket to the show can attend the drum clinic.

August 10 “STRAY CAT ” LEE ROCKER
Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. Grammy-nominated, The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts.
The Stray Cat Lee Rocker’ concerts promise to have him performing Stray Cats hits including “Rock this Town”, “Stray Cat Strut”, “Sexy and 17′ as well as slamming renditions of songs from his many solo albums. Rockers band consists of guitarist Buzz Campbell, guitarist/slide player Brophy Dale, and San Francisco’s maestro session drummer Jimmy Sage, The Stray Cat Lee Rocker delivers an incredible concert experience for all.

New Bookings
September 3 THE AMAZING KRESKIN
For 50 years Kreskin has been baffling his audiences with his accurate predictions, his mentalist effects, and for a large percentage of his audience, telling them things about themselves that only they, a close friend, or their family would know! He does read minds! There’s a good reason why 10 million people visited the AOL web site New Years weekend to view his predictions for 2011.
March of last year, Tom Hanks produced and starred with John Malkovich in “The Great Buck Howard” which was fashioned after the Amazing Kreskin’s life.

September 18 TAJ MAHAL
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Taj Mahal is one of the most prominent and influential figures in late 20th century blues and roots music. Though his career began more than four decades ago with American blues, he has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the world – west Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, the Hawaiian islands and so much more. What ties it all together is his insatiable interest in musical discovery. Over the years, his passion and curiosity have led him around the world, and the resulting global perspective is reflected in his music.
In addition to piano, the young musician learned to play the clarinet, trombone and harmonica, and he loved to sing. He discovered his stepfather’s guitar and became serious about it in his early teens when a guitarist from North Carolina moved in next door and taught him the various styles of Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker and Jimmy Reed and other titans of Delta and Chicago blues.

October 12 A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS
The 80′s New Wave band that started it all!
A Flock of Seagulls (also known as Flock of Seagulls) is a British Grammy Award-winning band originally formed by brothers Michael “Mike” Score (keyboards, vocals) and Alister “Ali” James Score (drums), with Frank Maudsley (bass) and Paul Reynolds (guitar).
The group had a string of international hit singles including:
“I Ran (So Far Away)”
“Space Age Love Song,”
“Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)”
“The More You Live, the More You Love”

October 15 DAVID BROMBERG
Bromberg’s live show remains as unique as ever. As the NY Times noted “He has such control of his audience that he can, at one moment, hold it in his hand with a tender, touching yet funny anecdotal song, and then set it romping and stomping with a raucous bit of raunch. He is electrifying.”
He is also impossible to classify: As one critic perceptively wrote, “David Bromberg fits no pigeonholes. He is part of everything contemporarily musical. He is a product of blues, country, jazz, folk, and classical music. From his early success as a guitar virtuoso, Mr. Bromberg has developed into a brilliant entertainer.”

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Five New Shows Booked in Londonderry!

Ticket Update
NATALIE MACMASTER – SOLD OUT
AL STEWART- SOLD OUT
AL DiMEOLA – SOLD OUT
ERIC JOHNSON – SOLD OUT
THE YARDBIRDS – Selling Fast!
RENAISSANCE- Selling Fast!
THE ZOMBIES- Selling Fast!

This Week
July 27 NATALIE MACMASTER
This show is SOLD OUT.

July 28 LES DUDEK
Les Dudek is a Southern Blues/Rock Guitar Legend who delivers big on stage with soulful singing and staggering guitar work. Since 1976, he has recorded numerous critically acclaimed albums, many for Columbia Records, scoring radio hits with “City Magic” and “Old Judge Jones.” Les is also known as one of the greatest collaborators and sidemen in the history of Rock’ n’ Roll. He co-wrote and performed on the the Allman Brother’s two biggest hits (“Ramblin’ Man” & “Jessica”) and also wrote, recorded, and toured with Boz Scaggs (“Silk Degrees” Album) and the Steve Miller Band (“Fly Like an Eagle”, “Book of Dreams” & “Living in the 20th Century” albums). Other collaborators include Cher, Stevie Nicks, Hall & Oates, among others. As a power trio Les continues touring the US and overseas, performing a mix of his classic hits and new material.

July 29 TUPELO NIGHT OF COMEDY
(Featuring Paul Nardizzi and Tom Hayes)
Paul Nardizzi began his comedy career in 1990, quickly becoming a Boston area favorite and a national headliner within four years. He has made numerous appearances on Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central, won the Boston Comedy Festival Competition and is one of the most requested acts on XM Satellite Radio. He is now one of the top stand up comedians in Boston and the New England Area, and is known nationally for his rapid-fire comedy style.
Tom Hayes is a first rate comedian. He’s quick, articulate, clean, animated and just plain FUNNY! As an executive with a multi-national manufacturing and marketing organization with over 20 years of sales and management experience, Tom Hayes can instinctively judge the persona of an audience, perceive their psyche, and determine their mind set by gauging and honing his material directly to that group. His playful approach involves audience participation, and he is adept at custom tailoring his act to please any audience.

July 30 AL STEWART
This show is SOLD OUT

July 31 TIM ROBBINS and the ROGUE GALLERY BAND
Everyone knows Tim Robbins as an actor, screenwriter, director, producer and activist. He is widely known for his roles as Nuke in Bull Durham, Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, and as Dave Boyle in Mystic River, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Who knows him for having a budding musical career with his band The Rogues Gallery?

New Bookings
August 21 THE SHAW BROTHERS
New Hampshire’s ambassadors of Folk Music are coming to play a show full of classic folk songs that defined a genre. This show is also a fundraiser for the Bedford Historical Society.

October 9 and 10 PETER WOLF
Peter Wolf was born in the Bronx, New York. He planned a career as an artist, but he got a job in the late 1960s as a disc jockey on then-cutting edge Boston FM radio station WBCN and began exploring his interest in blues and rhythm and blues music, giving himself the nickname “the Wolfa Goofa”, sometimes expanded to “the Wolfa Goofa with the Green Teeth” (as mentioned in the intro to “Must of Got Lost” on the Blow Your Face Out album). Later as solo artist he called himself Woofa Goofa Mama Toofa. He formed a group called the Hallucinations who performed with The Velvet Underground, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, and Sun Ra. He then saw the J. Geils Blues Band in concert and quickly joined. He was the vocalist and frontman, and often acted as a sort of manager. Wolf was known for his charismatic stage antics of fast-talking quips and “pole-vaulting” with the mic stand. He and keyboard player Seth Justman were responsible for most of the song writing. Creative differences followed their Freeze-Frame album, causing the J. Geils Band and Peter Wolf to part ways in 1983.

October 27 SHAWN MULLINS
Since we last heard from Shawn Mullins on 2008′s honeydew, the Atlanta-based singer/ songwriter and bandleader has undergone a series of transformative experiences, leading to a second coming for the veteran artist. Evidence of Mullins’ newfound level of musical and lyrical ambition courses comes through with Light You Up (Vanguard Records, Oct. 12). This captivating new song cycle will likely be viewed as a flat-out revelation even by Mullins’ most fervent fans.
His experiences included an indoctrination into the collaborative creative process by numerous bouts of intensive co-writing, in one instance putting him atop of the country charts via a key contribution to the Zac Brown Band’s “Toes,” marking his third #1 single, following 1999′s “Lullaby” and the 2006 Triple A/Americana chart-topper “Beautiful Wreck.” Further co-writing yielded nine of the 11 songs on the new album, which Mullins believes represents the strongest, most expressive writing of his distinguished career. All of this creative activity was topped off by the birth of Shawn’s first child, Murphy, in August of 2009.

November 19 JOHNNY A
For Johnny A., the guitar has held a lifelong fascination, her six strings exerting a powerful influence and addictive beauty since the first time he held them. He is widely regarded as one of America’s finest contemporary guitarists. Gibson thinks so – their Custom Shop designed a Signature Edition guitar per his specific requests which, when it was marketed in 2003, placed him in an exclusive club that included legends like BB King, Wes Montgomery, Chet Atkins, Joe Perry, Pat Martino and Les Paul himself.
Johnny was a 2010 Boston Music Award Winner: Blues Artist of the Year.

December 17 BELLEVUE CADILLAC
Bellevue Cadillac is celebrating its 16th year playing various stages around the world— Moscow, Russia— Shanghai, China (Olympic Opening Ceremonies) and all across the United States— You’ve heard Bellevue Cadillac’s music in major motion pictures like Shallow Hal, and numerous TV shows including The Sopranos, Brotherhood, Crossing Jordan, Las Vegas, Ed, Sex and the City, Touched by an Angel, Brimstone, Good and Evil, Promised Land, and All My Children. Bellevue Cadillac performances have been seen on Access Hollywood, CNN Showbiz, Hard Copy, and VH1.There have also been numerous positive reviews throughout the years in Rolling Stone, Jazziz, Blues Review, and People magazines.

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