Mon. Oct 30th at Porter Belly's. Open mic as usual, except... unusual. If you've got a costume, wear it! I'll be celebrating my Halloween birthday at midnight.
The past months have been whacked out busy, so I'm just catching up. I've missed communicating with you all and hope your Autumn has been musical. There were so many great local shows to attend, including area wide porchfests!
Here's a quick shout out to all of you who have grouped together from our open mics into the greater music scene. So many musical relationships have formed and it's wonderful to see! Here's just a few recents to mention....
- Lindsay and Ace Kelly had a huge turn out at their Midway Cafe show recently.
- Thom G teamed up with members of Larissa's band
- Leandro and Steve are kickin' keisters and just put up a new website! check it out! https://leandroandsteveduo.com/
- Ace Brown has been keepin' tabs and planting flags on our extended scene and venues.
- Zedervan is a hot new band led by Sam Little, featuring Micki Dupnik, Michael O'Keefe, & Mike P. ...They're solidly rockin'.
- Bassist, Ethan Mackler is the genius behind "Bards of Brawl", a sort of bass driven pile drive body slam poetry creation in the vein of WWF featuring Danny Pepper, Thom Griffin, and many other Porter Belly open mic'rs as guest stars, including, Burger on trumpet, and Julia singing Opera!
*** Pictures from Porter Belly's, ala Unicorn Rock
Unicorn Joe has been snapping awesome, creative picts of performers at Porter's Monday open mic and posting them to Instagram. Picts include such performers as Stan, Joey, Ace K, Abe, Pepper, Matt, Lindsay, Steve, Charlotte, Thom, Leandro, Hadar, Emily, Andrew, Julia, Ryan Helen, Coupe Deville, TIMKO, the Knives, Ben Cooper, Lizifer, Ethan, Metal Joe, Unicorn Mother, Micki, Mark, and many more. Thanks to Unicorn Joe for compiling all this for us!
Check them out here:
...And into the holidays, we go! ~ TIMKO
>Cotton Mouth Boot Mill Flavor - Reunion Show
Saturday, Nov. 11th at Taffeta in Lowell, MA.
Hey all, my high school-turned-college band had some pretty great success locally at UMASS Lowell. We didn't get signed, but we did have regular line-out-the-door shows in our home base of Lowell, Mass. Tons of great memories with friends and fans!
We are celebrating the remastered releases of 2 of our albums. They are on all streaming services under the name 'Cotton Mouth Boot Mill Flavor'. You can also listen/download/share the releases at the following link, plus see further info about the band and show.
Note: The show starts at 5pm with a friends reunion open to all, but it is suggested for those coming to see just Cotton Mouth/BMF to arrive by 7:30. There will be other great groups opening for us!
>Alex and the People
Terrance Reeves, former open mic co-host of the infamous Terry O'Reilly's, is celebrating an album release for one of his groups, Alex and the People! He produced, mixed and engineered it, as well as playing the bass. Check it out!
Fri., Nov. 3, 'Alex & the People' album release show at the Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA, 8pm, with Jabbering Trout, Aldous Collins. $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
Wed 11/22, Tommy Doyle's Turkey Day Pre-Party, Newton, MA 8-11pm
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Courtesy of the Melrose Cultural Council at Mexico Lindo's el Porche, Melrose, MA
449 Main St, Melrose, MA 02176
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023
Doors at 2:30pm, Show starts 2:45pm Ends 6:00pm
Due to the rained out Melrose Porchfest, Mexico Lindo has graciously allowed this event to happen in their covered back deck, "el porche". Enjoy amazing music, delicious food and drink. See host stand for seats.
Peter Parcek Band (4:30pm)
Parcek's unique "soul guitar" style blends the very best of blues, both ancient & modern. Parcek’s guitar work has been compared to Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton & Peter Green! “You’re as bad as Eric Clapton & I know Eric Clapton” remarked Buddy Guy. > The band will feature Tom West (Peter Wolf, Bettye LaVette), Chris Rivelli (Kim Wilson, Lurrie Bell) & Marc Hickox (Bettye LaVette)
The Emersons (3:15pm)
A Melrose, MA based band covering the sweetest hits from modern crunchin' to classic rockin'. Featuring Mark, Julie, Tim, Jason, Dave, Jill
TIMKO & Co. (2:45pm)
A mish mash of music, friends, and good times, focussing on classic rock styled music with rootsy modern twists.
There is parking available on Main St as well as in a municipal lot
at the rear of the building. There is no cover charge. Please see host desk to acquire a table and chairs, or standing room.
This is a combined UMass Lowell College Friends Reunion and Cotton Mouth/Boot Mill Flavor melt your face rock n roll show. One night. One Night Only!!!
College Reunion portion starts at 5pm and includes snacks, hugs, and live music, plus an epic blues/jazz/funk jam. Message us for more details about the jam. More bands to be announced soon!
About: Popular 90’s grunge/groove/jam band, Cotton Mouth, aka Boot Mill Flavor, celebrate a 30yr reunion with friends from Lowell, UMass and beyond. Several bands and musicians take the stage starting at 5pm. The band also celebrates the remastering and streaming availability of their catalog. Stay up-to-date at www.BostonLovesMusic.com/CottonMouth
*** A special thank you to our friend, Danny Pepper, for hosting both Porter Belly's and Ward 4 open mics while I'm on family vacation!!!
*** Seeking individual or group music lessons in the Newton Highlands area?
Our friend, Dave Carroll, is not only a great sax player, multi-instrumentalist, clutch impromptu band member for hire, but he has also has been successfully running a great music school in Newton called, Conservatory at the Highlands. They're excited to announce new programming and new teachers... scroll further down to find out more info.
Kirk Israel of Porchfest.info created and runs the websites for six of these events, and has consulted on several others.
*** Save the Date
Cotton Mouth Reunion Show,
Hey all, my high school turned college band, Cotton Mouth aka The Boot Mill Flavor, is having a huge reunion show on Sat. Nov 11th in Lowell, MA. It will be awesome and we'd love to see you there. More details to come. Please save the date!
*** Conservatory at the Highlands New Things to Look Forward to at The Conservatory This Year:
In Home Lessons: The Conservatory on Wheels at your door!
Instrument Rentals, Music Supplies (Strings, Reeds, Tuners, Books, Etc.), and Instrument Repairs/Guitar Set-Ups! (Let us know what you need to get this year started off great.)
New Faculty! We have the most incredible faculty at The Conservatory and this year we are welcoming new piano, voice, guitar, woodwind and early childhood teachers! The Conservatory now has over 40 teachers. The best teachers in New England.
More Bands and Ensembles! This year we are adding more bands and ensembles (Student Rock Bands, String Groups, Jazz Bands, All-Age Ensembles, Adult Groups, Mom/Dad Rock Bands) It is incredibly beneficial to supplement your music lessons with small group ensembles! And it's a lot of fun.
More Performances! We have additional performance opportunities through our community events such as Village Days, Chestnut Hill Mall Performances, Open Mics, and More!