February News

Greetings All,

 

 

NEWS:

 

*** This week, Mon.2/6 & Wed 2/8... Bob Marley's Birthday / Reggae Open Mic!!!

Come to Porter Belly's on Monday in Brighton, and/or Ward 4 on Wednesday in Newton. Bring your best Bob song, or any Reggae, (or just bring your regular material and enjoy the night!). Bob Marley is an underrated songwriter. If you don't know his stuff, take some time for a deep dive. He's got great lyrics, song structure, hooks and melodies. If you can't "get into" reggae, try focussing on the bass lines over the guitar parts. It's good stuff. Jah!!!

 

*** FAT Tuesday at Tommy Doyle's with TIMKO's Mojo Jubilee Swamp Band at 7pm, w/ open mic to follow.

?What? yes. It's back!!!! For several years before covid, we did a Fat Tuesday jam at Tommy Doyle's in Newton, followed by the open mic. We're bringing it back on Tues. Feb. 21st for a one night only jamboree. Band starts at 7pm. This will be the fattest of them all!!!  The full band will feature Timko on electric guitar, Michael O'Keefe on drums/guitar/vocs, Micki Dupnik on keys/vocs and featured guest stars melting faces. Keep up to date about it on our socials... and a shout out to our our friend in Heaven, Brian Reilly, who was the Mojo bass player for many years. We miss you, Brian!

 

*** Ward 4 One Year Anniversary!!!

Wednesday, Feb 22nd, join us for a special open mic celebrating a full year at the new venue. We love Ward 4 and they love us!!! Music begins at 7pm. Also, please keep your ear to the ground... we are discucssing starting the weekly open mic earlier but have not yet committed. If so, we'll announce on the website and socials.

 

*** My last name is 'Kochanski', which in Polish means 'loving'. Happy Valentine's Day!!!

 

 

UPCOMING SHOWS:

 

Cold Car

- Feb 4th/ Raven's Nest, Walpole, 8-11 PM w/ Ken Carter & Timko

 

TIMKO & Co. ( www.facebook.com/timkomotion )

- Jan 13th / Tommy Doyle's, Newton, 9pm - 12

- Feb 3 / City Streets, Waltham, 9-12

- Feb 4 / Raven's Nest, Walpole, 8-11, playing w/ Cold Car

- Feb 5 / Devlins, Brighton, 12-3 Sunday Brunch

- Feb 5 / Donohue's, Watertown, 7-10pm, Sunday Funday

- Feb 10 / Tommy Doyle's, Newton, 9pm - 12

- Feb 18 / Biltmore, Newton, 8-11pm

- Feb 21 / Tommy Doyle's, Newton, 7 til? Fat Tuesday Jam

- Mar 2 / Ward 4/ Newton, 6-9, Timko & Co.

 

Micki & Michael

- Feb 16th / Ward 4, Auburndale, 6:30 - 9:30

 

The Nick Haddad Trio (an Acemakers spin-off)

- Feb 18th / Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St., South Natick, 6-8 PM

 

NEW RELEASES:

 

*** George Woods celebrates the release of his new single, "Wanted Man"

He is a local open mic host, Professor of Songwriting at Berklee, Admin for the EBASS Facebook Group, and more... check out the single here:

https://www.georgewoodsmusic.com/

 

*** Crowes Pasture celebrate the release of their latest single, "Agree On"

Monique Byrne and Andy Rogovin perform moving and inspirational songs that are sometimes joyful, sometimes wistful, and oftentimes, poignant, and that reflect a mutual passion for life, family and humanity.... find their single here:

https://crowespastureduo.com/

 

 

(Special thanks to Ace Productions for helping compile the Upcoming Shows list)

 

 

 

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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: 8:00pm

Open Mic starts: 8:30pm

Ends at 12:00am

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

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

 

WEDNESDAYS

at Ward 4

277 Auburn St, Newton, MA 02466

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

Sign up starts at 7pm

Open Mic starts: 7:30pm

Ends at 10pm

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

Details: 2 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables, keyboard upon request. 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 & Friends

 

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

 

 

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January News

TONIGHT, Jan. 23rd,

Open Mic CANCELLED  due to snow BUT Porter Belly's Pub is still open until 2am! 

See you next week. 


 

Greetings All,

 

*** TONIGHT ~ TIMKO & Co. at Tommy Doyle's Pub (First time since Feb 28th 2020)

This is interesting! (I'm sure there's a better word.) If you don't know, Tommy Doyle's in Newton is where I first started hosting open mics, thanks to our friend, Brian Burrill, who passed me the torch, and then manager, Tricia Medias, who liked what I did. She eventually got me into several other restaurants, Mick Morgan's, Devlin's, all the way up to most recently, Porter Belly's. Eleven years ago, I wasn't playing any music at all whatsoever... just caught up in career work, family life etc. etc., and I was frustrated! Hosting that open mic at Tommy Doyle's changed my world for the better.  At Tommy Doyle's, we also hosted many "Acoustic Showcases" which would feature one or two open mics acts for their own 45 min. set, plus compensation. T'was grand! And then I would also play covers solo or with groups and great friends. Cold Car, Bourbon Chasers, The Lucky Fun, Mojo Jubilee Swamp Band, and the Boston version of The Almighty Buck all grew from there. Tonight will be a normal gig I imagine, but the memories will come rushing back! 9 - Midnight

 

***A stellar 2023 to you all,  ~ TIMKO

 

*** Upcoming Shows to check out:

 

Micki & Michael

- Jan 19th / Ward 4, Auburndale, 6:30 - 9:30

 

The Nick Haddad Trio (an Acemakers spin-off)

- Dec 17th / The Biltmore, Newton Upper Falls, 8:30-11pm

 

Cold Car

- Feb 4th/ Raven's Nest, Walpole, 8-11 PM

 

Sam Little & Mike P as ZEDERVAN

- Jan 18th/ Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge, 8:30 - 11pm with Stacking Turtles.

https://www.ticketweb.com/event/zedervan-stacking-turtles-middle-east-upstairs-tickets/12837265

 

Jadon and Emi 

- Jan 20 & 21/ Punchbowl, Brookline

 

The Nick Haddad Trio (an Acemakers spin-off)

- Jan 14 / Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St., South Natick, 6-8 PM

- Jan 19th / Biltmore Bar & Grill, Newton, 8:30-11:30 PM

 

 

The Acemakers

- Jan 28/ J&G Hillside Grill at the Cedar Hill Golf Course, Stoughton, 8:30-11:00 PM

 

TIMKO & Co. ( www.facebook.com/timkomotion )

- Jan 13th / Tommy Doyle's, Newton, 9pm - 12

- Feb 3 / City Streets, Waltham, 9-12

- Feb 5 / Devlins, Brighton, 12-3 Sunday Brunch

- Feb 10th / Tommy Doyle's, Newton, 9pm - 12

 

(Special thanks to Ace Productions for helping compile the Upcoming Shows list)

 

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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: 8:00pm

Open Mic starts: 8:30pm

Ends at 12:00am

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

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

 

WEDNESDAYS

at Ward 4

277 Auburn St, Newton, MA 02466

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

Sign up starts at 7pm

Open Mic starts: 7:30pm

Ends at 10pm

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

Details: 2 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables, keyboard upon request. 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 & Friends

 

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

 

 

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December News

*** Year's End.

What a year it's been?!?! Looking back, there was still very little music going on. Porter Belly's was the lone open mic for us. Then came Ward 4's open mic at the end of February, then April began the KoC open mic in Melrose. And all of a sudden, the summer blew up with gigs... many gigs for many people at many places, along with evermore porchfest opportunities. Live music exploded! What a thing, after being gone for so long. Amen and Halleluia!

 

*** Holiday parties and tunes.

The week Dec 19th, please bring your Holiday tunes & cheer for all open mics that week. It's always a warm occasion.
 

***  Goodbye Gafft

The Gafft in Waltham had been a long running open mic, with Trevor as host pre-pandemic, and then this past year, run by Lady Malory. Just a few weeks ago, the Gafft closed. The last night was a who's who of the open mic scene and a real hoot. We thank Lady Malory for running such a fun open mic in its final stretch!!! We'll also miss doubling up 2 open mics in a night, from the early Ward 4 to the late Gafft. Much fun.

 

*** Pavilions and Performance Spaces?

My town often ponders and dreams of having a public performance space, indoor or outdoor. If you know of any good examples in your town or such, please feel free to message me with the intel. It would be much appreciated!


 

***Happy Holidays to you all,  ~ TIMKO


 

*** Upcoming Shows to check out:


 

Tom Anderson EP Release

- Dec 15 / The Burren, Somerville, 7 - 9pm

http://tomandersonpunkfolk.com/

Featuring:

•Ethan Mackler, a bass guitarist from Boston. He performs all around the city and online with different musicians and bands - and poets. At the best open mics he a solo performer, as well as the go-to collaborator for the hosts and songwriters.

•Yulia Price, a violinist from Boston by way of North Carolina and Japan and New England Conservatory. Mozart let her off for a night of punk folk. She knows the best restaurants in Jamaica Plain

•Pat Guilin, a Jesuit-trained drummer, also Berklee and Scullers and New Orleans. Leads a Jazz trio, mainly, but does it all, and punk folk. 

GET TIX here:  https://24hourconcerts.showare.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=950

 

Arron Bear and the Forest Collective

- Dec 22 / Ward 4, Auburndale, 6:30 - 9:30

 

Conor Ryan Hennessy

- Dec 12 / The Silhouette, Allston, 8pm with Tiffy, The Calendars, Tiny the Bear. Bring unwrapped toys for tots.

 

Micki & Michael

- Dec 15th / Ward 4, Auburndale, 6:30 - 9:30

- Dec 11th / Trillium Canton Winter Market, 12 - 2pm

 

The Nick Haddad Trio (an Acemakers spin-off)

- Dec 17th / The Biltmore, Newton Upper Falls, 8:30-11pm

 

Cold Car, The Acemakers, The Haymakers,

- Dec 10th / The Square Root, Roslindale, 8-11 PM / Triple Bill $10

 

Andrew Geano

- Dec 11 / Donahue's Pub, Holbrook, 3-6pm

 

Brian Burrill

- Dec 9th / Tessie's, Waltham, 8 - 11pm

 

TIMKO & Co. ( www.facebook.com/timkomotion )

- Dec 23rd / Tessie's, Waltham, 8 - 11pm

- Dec 26th / Brunch at Devlin's, Brighton, 12 - 3pm

- Jan 13th / Tommy Doyle's, Newton, 9pm - 12.

 

(Special thanks to Ace Productions for helping compile the Upcoming Shows list)

November News

*** NERFA review. 

The North East Regional Folk Alliance held its annual conference in Asbury Park, NJ. I had to go, I mean, come on?!?!? It's Asbury Park?!?!?  But, I could only make one day : (  I'll try for more next time. If you've never been, NERFA is four days of music awesomeness. Imagine hundreds of open mic'rs converging to one hotel for a humungous hootenanny. They had business/career focussed workshops during the morning/afternoons, and short open mic style performances all through out the day, including late night performances in several hotel rooms that were like mini showcases running until 2:00am (or later!). 

 

Here are some key takeaways from my perspective:

- I really enjoyed and appreciated the mini mentorships. You sign up for a 20min time-slot, and chat with a veteran industry pro. Ask them anything and get experienced feedback. Very cool.

- From the co-writing workshop, I'll note two things. 1. just split the writing credits, don't bother trying to split hairs. 2. don't be a bull, if you don't like an idea, find a gentle way to say it, so your partner remains engaged.

- From the "Lifecycle of Record Production", the most driven home point was the importance of a musician's social media accounts. Oh man, I HATE doing social, but alas, it is the current vehicle for which all things grow. They also spoke a ton about Spotify numbers! I was surprised at that. 

 

 

*** Pavilions and Performance Spaces?

My town often ponders and dreams of having a public performance space, indoor or outdoor. If you know of any good examples in your town or such, please feel free to message me with the intel. It would be much appreciated!

 

 

***Happy Thanksgiving to you all,  ~ TIMKO

 

 

*** Upcoming Shows to check out:

 

 

Micki & Michael

- Nov 26th / The Biltmore, Newton Upper Falls, 9-11:30

- Dec 3rd / City Streets, Waltham, 9-Midnight

 

The Nick Haddad Trio (an Acemakers spin-off)

- Nov 19th / The Biltmore, Newton Upper Falls, 9-11:30

- Dec 4th / The Square Root, Roslindale, 8-11 PM / Triple Bill: Cold Car, The Acemakers, The Haymakers

 

Brian Burrill

- Nov 18th / Trillium Brewery, Canton, 6:30-9:30

- Nov 19th / Lookout Farm, Natick, 6-8pm

 

TIMKO & Co. ( www.facebook.com/timkomotion )

- Nov 19th / Trillium Brewery, Canton, 6:00-9:00

- Nov 20th / Melrose Kindness Day, YMCA, 10 - 10:30am

- Dec 23rd / Tessie's, Waltham, 8 - 11pm

 

 

(Special thanks to Ace Productions for helping compiles the Upcoming Shows list)

 

 

 

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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: 8:00pm

Open Mic starts: 8:30pm

Ends at 12:00am

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

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

 

WEDNESDAYS

at Ward 4

277 Auburn St, Newton, MA 02466

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

Sign up starts at 7pm

Open Mic starts: 7:30pm

Ends at 10pm

Music Only!

Hosted by TIMKO

Details: 2 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables, keyboard upon request. 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 & Friends

 

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

 

 

count the typos:______

October News

Greetings All, 

 

*** Halloween Open Mic at Porter Belly's Pub!!! 

Costumes encouraged as well as Songs by Dead Folks, Grateful Dead, or just Spooky songs in general, led by the ever spooky, Danny Pepper!

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

 

*** Tony & Kylie's THE END OF THE ROAD SHOW at Tommy Doyle's in Newton.

Saturday, October 15th

4-7pm at Tommy Doyle's, 349 Watertown St., Newton, MA.

A message from Tony: "An afternoon of great music, followed by some cheers and revelry before Kylie and I embark on our next adventure, Vermont! At the open mics, on the Facebooks, in the bars and in the clubs, the porches and the houses. The music in this town is a force to be reckoned with and I am so grateful to have been a small part of it.   And while I've had the pleasure of working some great venues with some amazing people, Tommy Doyle's might be the most special. So we gotta send it off here!  As they used to say in 80s, be there or be square!  "

 

*** Announcing a New Open Mic, hosted by Ben Shparber, in Waltham.

Check out Ben's Facebook page for questions and updates: 

 https://www.facebook.com/OpenM1cN1ght

Thursdays at Brewer's Tap and Table

256 Moody St., Waltham, MA 02453

7-10PM

Details: Music and Poetry, provided is a house guitar, small drum set, 2 microphones. There is parking on the street as well as behind the bar in a free garage. Ben's Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/OpenM1cN1ght

 

*** Fashion and Timko's Hand?!

(My hand was used as an Elmer's glue mold which will be used in the fashion show!  ; -)

About it: "Shredded Beauty: Transforming Trauma Through Fashion" Free event open to all. Experience a night of storytelling through fashion depicting the journey of trauma and recovery. Presented by local designer and Foundation Trust Emerging Artist, Stephanie Couchell.  

November 30, 2022

7:00PM

Greater Boston Stage Company

395 Main St., Stoneham, MA 02180

 

*** New England Music Awards. 

Voting closes October 12th. Awards held on Sunday Nov. 13th at Six String Grill & Stage in Foxborough. Here are a few in our greater open mic circle that have been nominated:

The Q-Tip Bandits, Crooked Coast, Aaron Bear, Andrew Geano, Peter Parcek, GA-20, The Gravel Project, Tyler Morris, Andrea Gillis Band, Crowes Pasture, Lisa Bastoni, Jen Kearney, Jay Psaros, Jeff Rosen, to mention a few.

Vote here! https://nemusicawards.com/

 

 

 

*** Upcoming Shows to check out:

 

Thurs., Oct. 13th - TIMKO & Co. at Ward 4, Auburndale, MA, 6:30-9:30pm, https://www.ward-4.com/

 

Thurs., Oct. 20th - Micki and Michael, “Thirsty Third Thursday’s” at Ward 4, Auburndale, MA, 6:30-9:30pm, https://www.ward-4.com/  -Every 3rd Thursday of the month.

 

New music programs are starting up at the following venues, head's up! City Streets - Waltham, The Biltmore - Newton, Porter Belly's - Brighton.

 

 

 

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