JANUARY NEWS

Happy New Year everyone.

*** Special shoutout and thank you to Danny Pepper for covering for me at several open mics. My oldest son is a senior in high school and in his final wrestling season. Many of his matches have fallen on open mic nights, and I truly am grateful for Danny holding the wheel and you all still enjoying the stage and community.


COMMUNITY

*** See below for Zack's EP release, but first I want to share a bit about the credits... I met Zack (Zack Bolles Band), Ken Carter (Cold Car) and Eric (Just Another Guru), all separately many (10-12?) years ago at the old Mick Morgan's open mic in Newton, MA. They didn't know each other then, but look at the way our fantastic music community unfolds. All connecting to help ZB create an album, which also includes the infamously hard working, Abe Dewing. It's a wonderful thing.

*** There is a new open mic happening in Wellesley at Lockheart Restaurant. Um, it's a big deal. Lockheart is currently the only place in this historically 'dry' town that is licensed to host live entertainment! It is a new program, and the local music community is excited for its future. Check it out!

details:

Acoustic Style Open Mic every 1st & 3rd Wednesday

7pm - 10pm

hosted by : Steve Robb

details: sign up at door, 2 song sets.

Lockheart Restaurant, 102 Central St., Wellesley, MA

https://lockheartwellesley.com/events/


MUSIC BIZ

*** N.E.R.F.A. 2024

This is for those of us who work on building our career and footprint as singer/songwriters. The new 2024 location for the North East Regional Folk Alliance conference has been announced. It will be held in Portland, ME, Nov. 21-24. Nice and close to Boston!. Links to register for the NERFA conference and book your hotel room will be live by January 16th. Here is a link for programming suggestions and to stay in the know: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Y81zSVoC3he4eWV4OPKg3-I_1Csfvh3jnily9Iq4h4c/viewform?edit_requested=true

*** Spotify: While it is not the best streaming app for paying out to musicians, it does seem to be the most popular and most geared towards allowing musicians to promote themselves. That being said, I recall at a NERFA convention I went to in 2022, a panelist stressing the importance of getting 'likes' in Spotify for the algorithm. So, if you're ever listening to someone local and unsigned, please remember to give them a like. It goes a long way.


NEW RELEASES

*** Zack Bolles Band - "Boatload of Whiskey"

A 5 song EP featuring original songs by Zack Bolles. Credits include Abe Dewing - fiddle. Ed Cardenas - percussion.  Zack Bolles - guitar, vocals. Eric Arnold - Bass. Recorded in one day at Ken and Jocelyn Carter's dance studio. Self mixed by Zack using his car speakers. what? yep!

Anyone recognize where the cover art was taken? Hint: a Wednesday night open mic.

This link should take you to your preferred streaming service:

https://songwhip.com/zackbollesband/boatload-of-whiskey

More info at:

www.zackbolles.com

 

*** TIMKO & Co. - "Live 2020"

Since we've been mentioning Zack, here's refresher... Zack held a house concert in Feb. of 2020, featuring 2 artists: Timko, and Lady Malory. It was a warm evening, and I was able to record my performance and release it during Covid. The concert was held just a few weeks before the shut down! The album also features our friend, Leah Lodato, on vocals for the song, "Coup d' etat".

This link should take you to your preferred streaming service:

https://songwhip.com/timkoandco/live-2020

 

*** Dante - "The American Gene"

Credits: Dante Conti: guitar, lead vocal, 6 and 12 string guitars, sitar, percussion. Jim Detore: lead guitar, pedal steel guitar. Pete Abajoli: bass and backing vocal. Mark Thill: drums, Justin Klosek: keyboards. Heather Grunwald: harmonica. Recorded at Home in Boston by Dante Conti. Mixed and mastered at Earthling Studios by Mike Kamoo, El Cajon, CA

This link should take you to your preferred streaming service:

https://songwhip.com/dante1704546356419/the-american-gene


UPCOMING SHOWS:

>>> If you have an upcoming show beyond this month, and want it listed in the next email blast, follow the next link to fill out the form.

https://bostonlovesmusic.com/gig-submissions

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Artist Name Gig Date Venue Name Venue City Start Time End Time $ ? Additional info, if needed
TIMKO 01/01/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE Pajama Party and Brunch at Devlin's on New Year's Day. Walk-ins and reservations accepted.
TOKYO TRAMPS 01/05/2024 East Regiment Beer Company Salem 6 9 free acoustic duo
The Nick Haddad Trio 01/05/2024 Cook Restaurant Needham 6 pm 9 pm Free Friendly neighborhood grille serving super fresh food at reasonable prices, with a complimentary side of rock ‘n roll!
The Nick Haddad Trri 01/05/2024 Waterfall Canton 8 pm 11 pm Free Friendly neighborhood grille serving super, fresh food, at a reasonable price, with a complimentary side of rock ‘n roll!
TIMKO 01/07/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE Brunch!
The Nick Haddad Trio 01/11/2024 Cook Restaurant Needham 6 pm 9 pm Free Friendly spot for inventive, New American comfort food, wood-fired pizza & cocktails.
Stan Lyness 01/12/2024 Sally O'Brien's Somerville 7:30pm 9:30 $10.00 Join me Friday 7:30 at Sally O'Brien's in Somerville MA for the wonderful Patsy Hamel Band!  I'll be singing some songs during the set break.
TOKYO TRAMPS 01/14/2024 Hard Rock Cafe at Foxwoods Casino Mashantucket, CT 11:30 3 Free electric duo
TOKYO TRAMPW 01/19/2024 The Red House Restaurant Cambridge, MA 6 8 Free acoustic duo
Sudden Relic Band 01/20/2024 Cantab Lounge Cambridge,  MA 9:00 pm 12:30 $5.00  
TIMKO 01/21/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE Brunch!
TIMKO 01/26/2024 Lockheart Tavern Wellesley 8:00pm 11pm FREE The FIRST restaurant to be allowed to host live music in Wellesley! (six degrees of Kevin Bacon?) This is a brand new program. Check it out! The food is awesome, as is the staff and atmosphere (and music).
The Nick Haddad Trio 01/27/2024 City Streets Waltham 8 pm 11 pm Free  
The Nick Haddad Trio 01/27/2024 City Streets Waltham 8 11 No Cover  
Cold Car 01/27/2024 Raven's Nest Walpole 8pm 11pm FREE Ken Carter, TIMKO, & guests. Great local pub. Playing a mix of ear-candy original tunes and fun covers.
TIMKO 01/28/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE Brunch!
The Acemakers 02/03/2024 Morse Tavern Natick 9:00 12:00 Free  
The Nick Haddad Trio 02/08/2024 Cook Restaurant Needham 6:00 9:00 Free Fantastic food!
The Nick Haddad Trio 02/17/2024 The Red House Restaurant Cambridge / Harvard Sq 6:00 8:00 Free  
The Nick Haddad Trio 02/22/2024 Hearth Pizzeria Needham 6:00 8:00 Free  
Acemakers 03/30/2024 J&G Hillside Grill Stoughton 8:00 pm 11:00 pm Free  

 

(I welcome any feedback on if this process was easy and if you felt it added value to your gig promotions. Thanks in advance!)


*** Acoustic Open Mics, Hosted by TIMKO.

Mondays

  • Porter Belly's Pub, 338 Washington St., Brighton, MA 02135

Wednesdays

  • Ward 4, 277 Auburn St, Newton, MA 02466

Thursdays

  • KofC (Knights of Columbus) 23 W. Foster St., Melrose, Hosted by TIMKO (3rd & 5th), Mark T (1st) ., Johnny O.(2nd & 4th)

***For further details and more area open mics, visit: https://bostonlovesmusic.com/open-mics


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ABOUT

This newsletter is intended to connect our evolving Boston area open mic community, including 6 degrees of separation. Compiled by Tim Kochanski, aka, TIMKO . www.timkomusic.com

 

 

December News

*** HOLIDAY PARTY OPEN MICS.

Bring your cheer, Santa hats, Holiday songs, etc etc. These nights are always warm!

Mon. Dec 18 at Porter Belly's, Brighton

Wed. Dec 20 at Ward 4, Newton

Thurs. Dec 21 at Knights of Columbus, Melrose

(all hosted by yours truly)

 

Also, No open mic on Christmas but yes open mic on New Year's day at Porter Belly's.

Happy Holidays to y'all.

~Timmy K.

 

*** COMMUNITY

Mark Gawlak, the Open Mic bartender extraordinaire at Porters, has opened, with his partners a brewery called Courthouse Brew Co.! Currently on tap at Porters you can find their beer, "Strict Scrutiny", a Red Ale - 5.2% ABV. Smooth and crushable. Roasted malt with notes of brioche and toffee.

https://courthousebrewcompany.com/

 

*** COTTON MOUTH BOOT MILL FLAVOR

Praise be to those who bore Witness to Cotton Mouth of Lowell on the day of Eleven-Eleven. Hark, for they have heard the glorious song, relished in the strings there plucked upon, and bathed in the waves of thine crashing percussion. May they go forth and spread the Boot Mill Flavor to the ends of the Earth. In other words, it was great to see so many of you at my high school/college band's 30 year reunion. I'm so glad you could be a part of it! We celebrated the re-release of 2 of our albums on the streaming services. Search it up and enjoy.

*** PRODUCT SUGGESTIONS

"These are a few of my fav-o-rite strings!" . Folks, eons ago, I deep dived into finding acoustic guitar strings that I could rely on. Upon much research I came across Martin's SP Phosphor Bronze, now rebranded as their "Authentic Acoustic" line. Because of all the bar chords I like to play, I use the custom-light 11-52. They're perfect for my 1976 Guild D-25. Since committing to these strings, I have at times had to restring with what was locally available... reputable strings of other brands, but none of them have held up to my Martin SP's. Now, it is possible there has been a string introduced post my research that could be better, but I'm so happy with these, I could care less. I love them and they have proven their worth for over 15 years. Here are some links to see for yourself.

 

at Martin: https://www.martinguitar.com/strings/acoustic/martin-authentic-acoustic-sp-92-8-phosphor-bronze.html

at Guitar Center: https://www.guitarcenter.com/Martin/Authentic-Acoustic-SP-Custom-Light-Phosphor-Bronze-Guitar-Strings-3-Pack-11-52-1500000391853.gc?storeCode=&source=4WWRWXGL&gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiAyKurBhD5ARIsALamXaEOiFX17Hunm57P0Pnwi2B9JEnDy5tmI21WIbe8iDsnecylQJjwYEUaApcnEALw_wcB

 

***NEW RELEASES

Luxury Deathtrap - They just released a 5 song EP called "Strung Together". They reinterpreted some of their material with a cello player and a string quartet. It was produced by New Alliance in Somerville. Featuring: Eric Hochwald - cello, Andy Hansen-Dvoracek - electric guitar, Nick McGowan - vocals & acoustic guitar, Rich Otero - drums & percussion, Kat - violin and viola.

Check it out here: linktr.ee/luxurydeathtrap

 

***UPCOMING SHOWS:

The Nick Haddad Trio 12/02/2023 Trillium Brewery - Canton Canton 11am 5 pm Free. . Annual, Winter Market celebration. Local craftspeople will be on site offering their handmade, holiday decorations and cool, festive nicknacks!
The Ukuladies (w/ members of Sonic Honey) 12/02/2023 The Porch Southern Fare & Juke Joint Medford 1pm 4pm FREE The Ukuladies will pair with members of Sonic Honey to bring you a variety of instruments, voices, and songs. Come have some great Southern food and hear some tunes!
TIMKO 12/03/2023 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm free BRUNCH!!!! Yummy
TIMKO 12/08/2023 Lockheart Tavern Wellesley 8:00pm 11:00pm FREE Lower pub.
The Allertones (Thom Griffin and Larissa Glass) 12/09/2023 The Biltmore Bar and Grill Newton 8 pm 11 pm FREE  
The Acemakers 12/09/2023 Skybokx 109 Natick 8 pm 11 pm No Cover Skybokx 109 at the Hampton Inn Hotel on Rt 9, Natick
TIMKO 12/10/2023 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE Brunch!
TIMKO & Co. 12/10/2023 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE  
Micki and Michael 12/15/2023 Distraction Brewery Roslindale, MA 6pm 9pm Free!  
Side Hustle, The Acemakers, Zedervan 12/16/2023 The Square Root Roslindale 8 pm 11:30 $10.00 Three Bands rock the Root! Intimate venue with a great sound system. Tasty eats and a wide selection of hard to find craft beers.
TIMKO 12/17/2023 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE Brunch! Best Bloody Mary's.
Micki and Michael 12/21/2023 Thirst Third Thursday at Ward 4 Newton 6:30pm 9:30pm Free!  
TIMKO 12/23/2023 Warp & Weft Lowell 8:30pm 10:30pm FREE Playing solo acoustic originals, opening and in between sets of the fantastic blues rockin' band, Daemon Chili. https://www.daemonchili.rocks/
TIMKO 01/01/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE Pajama Party and Brunch at Devlin's on New Year's Day. Walk-ins and reservations accepted.
               

>>> If you have a show in January or beyond, and want it listed in the next email blast, follow the next link to fill out the form.

https://bostonlovesmusic.com/gig-submissions

I welcome any feedback on if this process was easy and if you felt it added value to your gig promotions. Thanks in advance!

 

*** Acoustic Open Mics, Hosted by TIMKO…

MONDAYS

at Porter Belly's Pub

338 Washington St., Brighton, MA 02135

https://porterbellyspub.com/

Sign-up starts: 7:30pm

Open Mic starts: 8:00pm

Ends at 12:00am

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

Details: 2 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables. Percussion welcome.

 

WEDNESDAYS

at Ward 4

277 Auburn St, Newton, MA 02466

https://www.ward-4.com/

Sign up starts at 6:30pm

Open Mic starts: 7:00pm

Ends at 10pm

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

Details: 2 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables. Percussion welcome.

 

THURSDAYS

at KoC (Knights of Columbus)

23 W. Foster St., Melrose

Second Floor

Sign up starts at 7pm

Open Mic starts: 7:30pm

Ends at 10:30pm

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO (3rd & 5th), Mark T (1st) ., Johnny O.(2nd & 4th)

 

Details: 3 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables, keyboard upon request. Percussion welcome.

 

***WHO'S MISSING?

If you know of someone from our open mics who'd appreciate getting these community-building emails, please suggest to them to sign up on our website. www.BostonLovesMusic.com

 

*** 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. Thanks to Unicorn Joe for compiling all this for us!

Check them out here:

https://www.instagram.com/porterbellyunicorn/

 

 

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count the typos:______

 

 

November News

*** COSTUME PARTY.

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.

 

*** WOOF!

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!

 

*** COMMUNITY

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:

https://www.instagram.com/porterbellyunicorn/

 

...And into the holidays, we go! ~ TIMKO

 

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***UPCOMING SHOWS:

 

>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.

www.BostonLovesMusic.com/CottonMouth

Facebook Event link:

https://fb.me/e/3vwBnLF5D

 

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.

Tix: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alex-the-people-jabbering-trout-and-aldous-collins-tickets-722771508037?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

 

>TIMKO & Co.

Thurs 11/2, Ward 4, Auburndale, 6:30-9:30pm

Sun 11/5, Devlin's Brunch, Brighton, MA 12-3pm

Sat 11/11, Taffeta, Lowell, MA w/ Cotton Mouth Boot Mill Flavor, 7:30pm $25 tix at www.BostonLovesMusic.com/cottonmouth

Wed 11/22, Tommy Doyle's Turkey Day Pre-Party, Newton, MA 8-11pm

 

>Hey all, I'm experimenting with a new way for you to promote your shows in our email blast. If you have a show in December or beyond, and want it listed in the next email blast, follow the next link to fill out the form. I welcome any feedback on if this process was easy and if you felt it added value to your gig promotions. Thanks in advance!

https://bostonlovesmusic.com/gig-submissions

It would potentially look like this:

TIMKO & Co. 11/26/2023 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE Brunch
TIMKO & Co. 11/15/2023 Tommy Doyle's Newton 8pm 11pm FREE  
Cotton Mouth Boot Mill Flavor 11/11/2023 Taffeta Lowell 5 11   Full night of music, Cotton Mouth/BMF goes on about 8:30pm. Get tickets, listen to the music, and find more event info here: www.bostonlovesmusic.com/cottonmouth
TIMKO & Co. 11/05/2023 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm FREE Brunch
TIMKO & Co. 11/02/2023 Ward 4 Auburndale 6:30 9:30 FREE  
               

 

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WHO'S MISSING?

If you know of someone from our open mics who'd appreciate getting these community-building emails, please suggest to them to sign up on our website. www.BostonLovesMusic.com

 

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*** Acoustic Open Mics, Hosted by TIMKO...

 

MONDAYS

at Porter Belly's Pub

338 Washington St., Brighton, MA 02135

https://porterbellyspub.com/

Sign-up starts: 7:30pm

Open Mic starts: 8:00pm

Ends at 12:00am

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

Details: 2 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables. Percussion welcome.

 

WEDNESDAYS

at Ward 4

277 Auburn St, Newton, MA 02466

https://www.ward-4.com/

Sign up starts at 6:30pm

Open Mic starts: 7:00pm

Ends at 10pm

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

Details: 2 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables. Percussion welcome.

 

THURSDAYS

at KoC (Knights of Columbus)

23 W. Foster St., Melrose

Second Floor

Sign up starts at 7pm

Open Mic starts: 7:30pm

Ends at 10:30pm

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO (3rd & 5th), Mark T (1st) ., Johnny O.(2nd & 4th)

 

Details: 3 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables, keyboard upon request. Percussion welcome.

October News

Hold on to your hats!

September News

Previous events

Peter Parcek Band in Melrose with The Emersons, TIMKO

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Mexico Lindo, 449 Main St, Melrose, MA 02176

Free Show!!! 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) https://www.peterparcekband.com/index.html

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 https://bostonlovesmusic.com/emersons

TIMKO & Co. (2:45pm) A mish mash of music, friends, and good times, focussing on classic rock styled music with rootsy modern twists. www.timkomusic.com

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.

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