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TRINARY SYSTEM Store 54, Allston, MA  5/30/14 The skies are spittin’ tonight outside the coolest second-hand store in Allston, run by Wayne Podworny… I mean Wayne Viens, no, make that Wayne Valdez. Anyway, Wayne steps up to the mic and gives a little history of Store 54 that includes naming the first musician to play there about 25 years ago—Roger Miller. Roger is the leader of Trinary System—a band that unfolded out of the piano/drum duo—Binary System. Adding one digit to … Read More >>

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HAYLEY SABELLA   CD Release Party  The Spire, Plymouth, MA   4/18/14 Hayley Sabella celebrates the release of her first full-length album, King Solomon, on Friday night, April 18, but to call it a celebration is an understatement. The night starts off with a full 30-minute Hollywood-worthy video of The Making of King Solomon, which segues seamlessly to a performance that the crowd of nearly two hundred will not soon forget. The “cast” includes some of the most prolific singer/songwriters around ,including Jake … Read More >>

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JIM TRICK (opening for SUSAN WERNER) me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead MA  3/28/14 I met this character named Jim Trick when I played a Beatles Benefit where each performer did one or two songs, and I made a mental note to check him out when I could see his whole set. So, what happens on the day off Jim’s show—I end up running late, and miss his first two songs. To make up for the songs I missed, I’ll tell you what happened at … Read More >>

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THE JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND with BARRY GOUDREAU/  GARY HOEY Rock-N-Blues Guitar Summit The Larcom Theatre,  Beverly MA            3/15/14 This North Shore venue is an old movie theater and has a great sound system; I always enjoy seeing a show at the cool club and tonight is no exception. A good description of Gary Hoey, solo for tonight only, is “one man, one acoustic guitar, and 20 guitar pedals.” This Lowell legend CAN PLAY. His set contains a nice mix of covers from his new CD Deja … Read More >>

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CHRIS SMITHER/  JONAH TOLCHIN me&thee coffeehouse, Marblehead, MA  1/24/14 The coffeehouse that once seemed so hard to find is as easy as a straight line. It’s cold as the dickens outside and inside is nice and toasty. Host Phillip Murphy reminds us that February 20 marks the 44th birthday of this coffeehouse and then his evil twin brother barges in to drops some rhymes about the fire exits. This is not the place you expect to hear NYC rap but … Read More >>

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RANDY BLACK & THE HEATHCROPPERS/  WILLIE ALEXANDER/  KINGDOM OF LOVE T.T. the Bear’s, Cambridge MA             12/7/13 I get to T.T.’s nice and early for what is billed as a 6:00 show, and as I enter Kingdom of Love is playing to an empty room. Turns out it’s just their soundcheck—the show doesn’t start ’til 7:00. Being that it’s a record release party for Randy Black & the Heathcroppers, T.T.’s owner Bonney Bouley lays out a spread … Read More >>

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HEATHER MALONEY/  DARLINGSIDE Me & Thee Coffeehouse, Marblehead MA                           11/1/13 Back at the 43-year-old coffeehouse (which they tell you is the oldest active coffeehouse in Marblehead on Mugford Street) that never ceases to wow me with the acts that they book… thank you Kathy Sands-Boehmer. And tonight I already know the headliner, Heather Maloney, has some charming skills to share. After Phillip Murphy’s haiku (with audience participation) concerning … Read More >>

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TIM GEARAN &THE TUESDAY LOOP Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge MA            9/24/13 Having just finished our regular Tuesday night running club at Courtside Tavern down the street, we head over to Atwood’s to catch some great tunes as well as devour some tasty craft beers, steamed mussels, loaded fries and a Charcuterie plate. I guess so much for burning calories, right? The staff at Atwood’s warns me not to be too loud, as the legendary Tim Gearan … Read More >>