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May 2024 

Greetings All!

*** Happy Mother's Day to all those that apply. A little known fact: the Guild D-25 I'm most often found playing is actually my Mother's guitar... she let me take it to college and it's been in my hands ever since. Most of my early learning came from playing that Guild every week in the church choir alongside my Mom.

*** Memorial Day Weekend

Let's remember to keep in mind those who have served our country with the ultimate sacrifice. In 1868, "General John A. Logan's General Orders No. 11 urged the nation to never forget the Civil War's human cost: ...Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic." ~ from cem.VA.Gov

*** 37,000 Flags on Boston Common

"A sea of 37,000 U.S. flags adorn the Common, one for each of the service members from the Bay State who died in action since the Revolutionary War." - from WBUR . This is a wonderful place to visit and a site to see on during the holiday weekend.

*** GoFundMe for my friend/neighbor with Brain Cancer.

Our neighbors have set up a GoFundMe page for the family. If you're able to donate, your generosity will of course be greatly appreciated.

Contribute here:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/sf4n7-fighting-chance?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer

~ Happy Spring! ~ Tim

 

> REVIEWS

*** Zedervan/ Blue Our Show

A full house and a ton of our open mic community mobbed the Rockwood Music Hall on April 12th. Blue Our, featuring Ben Cooper and Ace Kelly played a great acoustic-y set with harmonies and instrument switching. The audience was cozy-warm by the time Zedervan walked on.  The band led by Sam Little, exploded with a mix of roots rock and harmonies ala Alabama Shakes, featuring Micki Dupnik, Michael O'Keefe, and Mike Pertell. The sound guy did a fantastic job.

On a sad note, the Rockwood has announced it is closing-its-doors. The sister venue of NYC's version said the bar couldn't cover the costs, and that they'd pay their "outstanding balances". This is too bad. It was a really nice room with very tall ceilings making a small room seem big. Our friend, Kai Wilson, had a show there on 5/3 that has now been moved to the Cantab. See the 'Upcoming Shows' section for more info.

 

> ALBUM RELEASES

*** Kai Wilson

Debut album ‘Old School Simple Love’ drops on all streaming platforms, Friday, May 3rd!

https://linktr.ee/kaiwilson_official

 

> VENUE RECOMMENDATION

The PORCH Southern Fair and Juke Joint

175 Rivers Edge Dr, Medford, MA 02155

Why I like it... Great live music in the roots/blues/country vibe. No Cover Charge for the early shows or weekend afternoon music. Sunday has the blues jam. The late shows will have touring acts and local big names for a reasonable cover charge. Delicious BBQ style cooking. $2 PBR draft special. One side has 2 nice pool tables, a few video games, pub tables, the other side has plenty of tables, the bar and the joint also has outdoor seating.

 

> UPCOMING SHOWS

*** Boston Calling Music Festival - an annual Memorial Day Weekend three day, multi-stage concert.

May 24 - 26, "More than 50 artists are part of the Boston Calling 2024 lineup, including 20+ local to New England. Among the local acts and artists who originated from the area are indie pop outfit Beach Weather, hip-hop artist kei, singer-songwriter Kieran Rhodes, and R&B/soul band Bad Rabbits, who were the very first act to take the stage at the first Boston Calling back in 2013." ~Boston,com

 

*** Porchfests in May featuring many of our open mic community.

Sat. May 11, 12-6pm. Somerville Porchfest.

More Info: https://somervilleartscouncil.org/porchfest

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 12pm - 7pm, Malden Porchfest

More Info: https://www.maldenporchfest.org/

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 12-5pm, Watertown Porchfest

More Info: https://watertownporchfest.org/

 

*** "Dirtbag Dreams" - A super send off to our longtime open mic friend, Danny Pepper and his gal + awesome open mic singer/guitarist, Ryan Helen Dorsey. These Rockers are headed to the Rockies!

Thursday, June 13th

at American Legion Nonantum Post 440

295 California St, Newton, MA 02458

Doors at 6pm., show 7-11pm.

FREE ENTRY (donations accepted, bar is cash only, atm at venue)

The night will feature musical performances by Danny, Ryan, and a slew of their friends! Don't miss it.

 

 

Artist Name Gig Date Venue Name Venue City Start Time End Time Cover Charge Price, or FREE? (ex. $10, or ex. FREE) Additional info, if needed
Aaron Bear 05/01/2024 Midway Cafe Jamaica Plain 7:30pm 11:30 $10.00  
Aaron Bear 05/02/2024 Ward 4 Newton 6:30pm 9:30pm free  
Kai Wilson 05/03/2024 Cantab Lounge Cambridge 7pm 10pm $15.00 with Virginia Man
The Allertones Trio 05/03/2024 Waterfall Bar & Grill Canton 8 pm 11 pm No cover Plenty of parking and a killer chicken pot pie!
The  Allertones Trio 05/04/2024 Jimmy D’s Bar Franklin 8 pm 11pm No cover Classic, rockin’ roadhouse!
The Nick Haddad Trio 05/04/2024 The Chieftain Pub Plaineville 8 pm 11 pm No cover Super friendly vibe, just like your favorite Irish pub.
The Nick Haddad Trio 05/04/2024 The Chieftian Pub & Restaurant Plainville 9 pm Midnight Free  
TIMKO 05/05/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm Free BRUNCH
The Nick Haddad Trio 05/09/2024 The Villa Wayland 6 pm 9 pm No cover  
The Nick Haddad Trio 05/09/2024 The Villa Restaurant Wayland 6 pm 9 pm Free  
Ace Kelly and Friends 05/11/2024 Somerville Porchfest Somerville, MA 4 6 free 21 Lewis St. https://www.instagram.com/ace_kellyc/
TIMKO 05/11/2024 Tommy Doyle's Newton, MA 9pm 12am free Fundraiser for Caty Maloney's Team
Double Bill / The Side Hustle Band and The Acemakers 05/18/2024 American Legion - Nonantum / Post 440 Newton 8 pm 11:30 Free  
Tokyo Tramps 05/18/2024 Malden Porchfest Malden 4pm 5pm Free 53 Goldcliffe Rd., Malden
Shadows on the Mountain 05/18/2024 Malden Porchfest Malden 6pm 7pm free 42 First St.
Leon Rich 05/18/2024 Malden Porchfest Malden 4pm 5pm Free 36 Glen St.
Three At Home 05/18/2024 Malden Porchfest - Idle Hands Brewery Malden 5pm 6pm Free Idle Hands Brewing, 89 Commercial St.
TIMKO 05/19/2024 Donohue's Watertown 7pm 10pm free  
DIGIT PARKA 05/25/2024 The Jungle Sommerville, MA 4 pm 7 pm 5-10 dollars suggested www.digitparka.com
Bob Greenman 06/01/2024 Newton Porchfest Newton, MA 1 2:30pm free 21 Grayson Ln
Antartica 06/01/2024 Newton Porchfest Newton, MA 1pm 3pm free 12554 Grove St.
Chris Steele 06/01/2024 Newton Porchfest Newton, MA 4pm 6pm Free 119 Windermere Rd.
Junko Ogawa and Frank Albani 06/01/2024 Newton Porchfest Newton, MA 2pm 4pm free 62 Hancock St
Jam Sandwich 06/01/2024 Newton Porchfest Newton, MA 2pm 4pm free 4230 Kerry Ct.
Tom Crea 06/01/2024 Newton Porchfest Newton, MA 4 4:30 free 30 Kerry Ct.
Marilyn Kirby and Friends 06/01/2024 Newton Porchfest Newton, MA 4pm 6pm free 33 Hancock St., with TIMKO
Tokyo Tramps 06/01/2024 Newton Porchfest Newton, MA 2pm 3pm Free 39 Holman Rd.
Danny Pepper, Ryan Helen Dorsey 06/13/2024 American Legion Nonantum Post 440 Newton 6 11 Free "Dirtbag Dreams" - A super send off party. Doors 6, Music 7.

 

>>> If you have a show next month or beyond, and want it listed in a future email blast, follow the next link to fill out the form. This form is available only to those who are in the TIMKO open mic community.

Gig Submission Form:

https://bostonlovesmusic.com/gig-submissions

 

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

 

 

> OPEN MICs, (Hosted by TIMKO)

*** Mondays

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

*** Wednesdays

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

*** Thursdays

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

 

 

 

 

 

April 2024 

Greetings All!

 

*** Save the Date

"Dirtbag Dreams" - A super send off to our longtime open mic friend, Danny Pepper and his gal + awesome open mic singer/guitarist, Ryan Helen Dorsey. These Rockers are headed to the Rockies!

Thursday, June 13th

at American Legion Nonantum Post 440

295 California St, Newton, MA 02458

Doors at 6pm., show 7-11pm.

FREE ENTRY (donations accepted, bar is cash only, atm at venue)

The night will feature musical performances by Danny, Ryan, and a slew of their friends! Don't miss it.

 

*** Porchfests:

Check out the updated list of Porchfests HERE: https://bostonlovesmusic.com/porchfests

note: If you're booked to play a porchfest, please let us know by filling out this form and we'll include it in our next email blast. HERE: https://bostonlovesmusic.com/gig-submissions

 

*** GoFundMe for my friend/neighbor with Brain Cancer.

Friends, I am sharing this with you. If you've been to my house for a Porchfest/block party years ago, you've rubbed elbows with my friend/neighbor, Tim Hillios and his family. As well, his smiling face has been the opening image on my iPad for the past 2 1/2years, ever since he was diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma, a vicious brain tumor. Tim H has a wonderful wife and two awesome daughters, plus a couple of sweet dogs. At this time, his prognosis is poor and time is limited. Our neighbors have set up a GoFundMe page for the family. If you're able to donate, your generosity will of course be greatly appreciated.

Contribute here:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/sf4n7-fighting-chance?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer

 

*** LEGO-LOCAL-LOCO!!!

 

Here's a super fun success story & message from our community member, Jennifer Tefft: "Breaking News: LEGO has announced its Rock & Roll Playset series, with bands from around the country getting LEGO-fied to accompany the new line of summer festivals and live music venues. Incredibly, Jennifer Tefft & The Strange have been selected to be the Massachusetts representative (!!!), and we just received the mini-figure prototypes. We are so honored to be included in this!" ~ Jennifer Tefft

https://jennifertefft.com/

 

 

> RESIDENCY SPOT LIGHT, Here's two things very cool worth putting on your radar.

***Josh Lederman and the Cambridge-Somerville All-Stars

Plough and Stars

4-6pm, check calendar... he usually plays once or twice a month on a Sat. or Sun.

It is such a cool scene. He sings and plays acoustic on a lot of creole songs and as the show goes on, musicians in his circle start joining in with a variety of horns fiddles banjos guitars and what not. It is one of my favorite musicals experiences to check out in our Boston area. -TK

***Entire Robot

Here, seasoned Boston musician, 'Cowboy' Ben Alman creates a whacky infusion of keys, synth, bass, and more.  As well, he'll get together to improvise in numerous ways with the alien-talented Jeremy Parker (he played keys on Cold Car's song, "Rolling Along") Entire Robot is funky, groovy, jazzy and fun.

https://www.facebook.com/TheEntireRobot?mibextid=LQQJ4d

stream live

www.twitch.tv/theentirerobot

 

>UPCOMING SHOWS

***Local Music Night at Ward 4

Thursday, April 25th

Featured Performer, Ryan Kim & Friends. Hosted by TIMKO

at Ward 4, Auburndale

Ryan Kim plays a great mix of classic rock including the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, & Neil Young. He has been coming to our open mics since long before Covid, but much more often 'after' covid! The night will feature TIMKO 6:30 -7:45, Ryan Kim 8:00 - 8:30, Friends Jam 8:45 - 9:30pm

- Ward 4 has an inviting, warm atmosphere, delicious contemporary food, and live music on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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

 

 

*** Zedervan, Blue Our

Friday, April 12th,

at Rockwood Music Hall

https://www.rockwoodboston.com/

88 Van Ness Street, Boston, MA, 02215

Zedervan: (Sam Little, Micki Dupnik, Mike Pertell, Michael O'Keefe)

Blue Our: (Ben Cooper, Ace Kelly)

Doors: 6:30PM | Show: 7:00PM

Tix Here: https://www.seetickets.us/event/zedervan/592661

note: these 2 groups are familiar faces at our open mics scenes, good people, and fantastic musicians!

 

*** Jazz Fest in Melrose

Sunday, April 28th, 4-8pm

at Follow Your Art Community Studios

647 Main St., Melrose, MA

https://www.fyamelrose.org/

... A first time community even put on by FYACS and Oren Santillo.

 

*** More Shows

Artist Name Gig Date Venue Name Venue City Start Time End Time Price Additional info, if needed
TIMKO 04/05/2024 Lockheart Tavern Wellesley 8:00pm 11pm free  
TIMKO 04/07/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm free BRUNCH
Zedervan, Blue Our 04/12/2024 Rockwood Music Hall Boston 7 9 12 Tix Here: https://www.seetickets.us/event/zedervan/592661  - Doors open 6:30
TIMKO 04/14/2024 Donohue's Watertown 7pm 10pm free Jamming with friends, local watering hole, great pub food /sports.
TIMKO 04/14/2024 Tommy Doyle's Brighton 12pm 3pm free BRUNCH!
TIMKO 04/19/2024 Tommy Doyle's Newton, MA 8:30pm 11:30pm free  
TIMKO 04/25/2024 Ward 4 Auburndale-Newton, MA 6:30 9:30 free Featured Guest: Ryan Kim
TIMKO 04/28/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm free BRUNCH!
Danny Pepper, Ryan Helen Dorsey 06/13/2024 American Legion Nonantum Post 440 Newton 6 11 Free "Dirtbag Dreams" - A super send off party. Doors 6, Music 7.

note:  If you have a show in May or beyond, and want it listed in the next email blast, follow the next link to fill out the form. This form is available only to those who are in the TIMKO open mic circle.

https://bostonlovesmusic.com/gig-submissions

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

 

>OPEN MICs, (Hosted by TIMKO)

 

*** Mondays

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

 

*** Wednesdays

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

 

*** Thursdays

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

 

March 2024 

Greetings All,

 

> PORCHFESTS

 

Porchfest season is upon us! We've listed some of them that have a closing deadline by March 31st! As more info comes in, we'll list it on our site, here: https://bostonlovesmusic.com/porchfests

(Porchfests are community events featuring local love music in neighborhoods.)

 

Malden Porchfest on Saturday, May 18th, 12pm - 7pm, Rain date: Sun. May 19th

Registration is open from Feb. 1 - Mar 31st

Apply / More Info: https://www.maldenporchfest.org/

 

Watertown Porchfest on Saturday, May 18th 12-5pm, Rain Date Sunday, May 19th

Registration is open from March 1st - April 28th

https://watertownporchfest.org/

 

Franklin PorchFest 2024 on Saturday, June 1, 12:00 - 6:00 pm, Rain date Sunday June 2nd

Registration is open February 15 through March 31, 2024.

https://franklin.porchfest.info/

 

Newton Porchfest 2024 on June 1st 2024 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm, Rain date Sunday June 2nd

Signups are open through March 31

Auburndale | Lower Falls | Waban Center

https://newton.porchfest.info/

 

Dorchfest 2024, (Dorchester), June 1st 2024 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

Rain date and registration deadline are not listed at the time of this posting.

Note: This is not a Porchfest for "everyone", as the committee choice picks the acts. Still, there is a link to throw your hat in the ring.

Quote from Dorchfest: "Preference will be given to ...help us achieve our mission of representation and diversity...", "We pay our performers. ...high quality, diverse and enjoyable for the audience."

https://dorchfest.com/apply-to-perform/

 

West Concord Porchfest 2024 on Saturday, June 8th, 1-5pm, rain date, Sun., June 9th

No registration deadline as of this posting, sign up currently open.

Follow:  https://www.facebook.com/westconcordporchfest/

Apply: https://www.westconcordporchfest.org/sign-up

 

Arlington Porchfest

Saturday June 15, 2024

Registration will open March 7, 2024!

https://arlingtonporchfest.org/

 

 

> RESIDENCY SPOT LIGHT

 

Every 2nd Thursday of the month.

A funky, groovy Big Band. Holy brass, Batman! This is a very unique experience. Not sure where or how you'll ever find this again. A full big band horn section, also with keys, percussion, drums, bass, guitars, and the occasional guest star rapper. The band is so big, the place looses table space. So cool. So rare. Highly recommended. Sally's has a small but delicious pub menu, as well as all the yummy drafts and cocktails anyone would need.

Quote: "reminiscent of Duke Ellington and Count Basie while infusing funk, soul and hip hop, BT ALC Big Band has created an undeniably unique sound they dub Big Band Funk."

 

BT/ALC Big Band

https://www.btalc.com/

Every 2nd Thursday of the month.

at Sally O'Brien's in Union Square, Somerville, MA. 7:30pm. 2 sets. $15

https://www.sallyobriensbar.com/music/

 

> PODCAST SPOT LIGHT

Above the Basement

Check out this awesome podcast by Above the Basement. It features discussions with a slew of local musicians. Lots of interesting stuff!!

https://abovethebasement.com/episodes

 

 

> RELEASES

 

***Lisa Bastoni

"On The Water " album release date, March 8th, 2024.

"Produced by Sean Staples, On The Water was recorded live over the course of three days at Zachariah Hickman’s Greedy Beast Studios in Watertown MA. The album features Sean Staples, Rich Hinman, James Rohr, and Chris Anzalone, with special guest vocalists Mark Erelli, Kris Delmhorst, and Rose Cousins. On The Water is Bastoni's first full-length release since 2019's How We Want to Live. From salt water to sink water, from a cup of tea to the whole entire ocean, Lisa Bastoni’s latest album, On The Water, is a cycle of twelve vivid songs exploring observations of daily life and memories washed ashore."

 

*** Bam Boo

...from Melissa Mao, one of our fine Porter Belly open mic'rs.

Single: In Arms

Available here! https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/bamboomelissamao/in-arms

About: "In Arms" is a song that mourns failed friendships—the kind where late-night talks about white picket fences turn into, well, no talks at all. The breadth of distorted guitars and heavy-hearted vocals communicate that some relationships just can't be fixed.

BAM BOO is a new project started by Tim Ye and Melissa Mao

 

> UPCOMING SHOWS

Many of you who are regulars from Devlin's and Porter Belly's open mic will remember visits from the touring duo, Jamie and the Guarded heart, who travel up to the Boston area a few times a year. They'll be around again this March. See you there!

Jamie and the Guarded Heart

Sunday, March 24th

at Midway Cafe

Jamaica Plain, MA

doors at 3pm. Band at 4:30pm. $10.

 

Artist Name Gig Date Venue Name Venue City Start Time End Time Cover Charge Price, or FREE? (ex. $10, or ex. FREE) Additional info, if needed
TIMKO 03/01/2024 Tessie's Waltham 8pm 11pm FREE  
The Nick Haddad Trio 03/02/2024 Trillium Brewery Canton 6 pm 9 pm No Cover  
TIMKO 03/03/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm free BRUNCH
TIMKO 03/08/2024 Lockheart Tavern Wellesley 8:00pm 11pm free  
TIMKO 03/15/2024 Tommy Doyle's Newton, MA 8:30pm 11:30pm free  
TIMKO and the Lucky Fun 03/16/2024 Mick Morgan's Sharon, MA 7pm 9pm free St. Patty's Celebration!
TIMKO and the Lucky Fun 03/17/2024 Black Rose Boston 9am 10am ?

First Pint! Presented by Indie617 - St. Patty's Celebration!

https://offthedialmedia.com/

TIMKO and the Lucky Fun 03/17/2024 Devlin's Brighton 11am 2pm free St. Patty's Celebration!
TIMKO and the Lucky Fun 03/17/2024 Mick Morgan's Sharon, MA 7pm 9pm free St. Patty's Celebration!
The Nick Haddad Trio 03/22/2024 Waterfall Bar & Grill Canton 8 pm 11 pm No Cover These folks know how to pour a proper Guinness!
TIMKO 03/24/2024 Donohue's Watertown 7pm 10pm free Sunday Funday!
TIMKO 03/24/2024 Devlin's Brighton 12pm 3pm free BRUNCH
The Allertones Trio 03/28/2024 The Lodge Bar & Grill Randolph 8 pm 11 pm Free The wings are killer!
The Allertones Trio 03/30/2024 The Biltmore Bar & Grill Newton Upper Falls 8 pm 11 pm Free The bourbon steak tips are the bomb!
Acemakers 03/30/2024 J&G Hillside Grill Stoughton 8:00 pm 11:00 pm Free  
The Acemakers 04/26/2024 Horse Thieves Tavern Dedham 8 pm 11 pm Free located in historic Dedham Square.
The Acemakers 04/27/2024 The Lodge Bar & Grill Randolph 8 pm 11 pm Free  
The Nick Haddad Trio 05/04/2024 The Chieftian Pub & Restaurant Plainville 9 pm Midnight Free  
The Nick Haddad Trio 05/09/2024 The Villa Restaurant Wayland 6 pm 9 pm Free  
The Side Hustle Band / The Acemakers 05/18/2024 American Legion - Nonantum / Post 440 Newton 8 pm 11:30 Free  

 

>>> If you have a show in April 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

 

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

 

 

 

>OPEN MICs, (Hosted by TIMKO)

 

*** Mondays

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

 

*** Wednesdays

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

 

*** Thursdays

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

 

February 2024  

>GREETINGS ALL!

 

*** Here's a Valentine's song I'd like to share with you again. 

https://bostonlovesmusic.com/track/2577941/st-valentine-live

 

*** This February 14th, Valentine's Day, Paramount Pictures releases "One Love", a Bob Marley biopic. When I first saw this ad on TV, I thought, "It's about time!". I can't wait. Hopefully it's good, but usually these picts are meh. I'm still going to try to see it!

 

*** 2 Special Open Mics for February

Mon. Feb 5th at Porter Belly's, feel welcome to bring your Bob Marley covers to celebrate his birthday on 2/6.  On Wed., Feb 14th, Val. day, come to Ward 4 to celebrate Valentines Day, or the lack of, or lean it towards Bob's reggae again, since that's the day the movie is released!

 

***Here's my quick little Bob Marley story... When I was 17, I severely disobeyed my mother by sneaking out on a school night to drive to Giants Stadium to see the Grateful Dead. I had tried to lie and say I was sleeping over a friend's house, but it didn't work. She grounded me for the whole summer to not see any concerts, AND I had to paint the bottom exterior of our two story home, all summer! Well, when I was painting my penance, I decided to see what this Bob Marley guy was all about. I had a small boom box and purchased the cassette, "Talkin' Blues". I'll tell you now that this is a fantastic album, but at the time, I felt it was a tough listen because I didn't know how to listen to reggae! I had it on repeat, but never got the bug until a few years later when a college friend told me that I needed to focus on the bass. A-ha! As a kid growing up playing guitar, and radio being so guitar focussed, I initially found reggae to be boring... until that moment when I let my ears begin with the bass as the focal point, and then sense all the other instruments surrounding it. Amazing. As well, the Talkin' Blues album is the epitomy of a tight band. It consists of live recordings at a radio station during their early 70's tours. Impressive.

*** Some new open mics have popped up in our area.

Check it out: https://bostonlovesmusic.com/open-mics

 

Have a great February. Punxsutawney Phil suggests an early spring!!!

~ Tim

 

>UPCOMING

Lowell Winter Fest, Feb. 16 & 17

Lowell WinterFest returns to Downtown Lowell on February 16th & 17th! This beloved annual event will feature two days of exciting activities and attractions for all ages, including live music, performances, art and, of course, the soup competition. * Bands include: xtine and the intents, the evolutionists, sons lunaris, old rochelle, alligator wine, the funrazors, dis-n-dat, deamon chilli

More information will be posted on the Lowell WinterFest Facebook page, and www.LowellWinterFest.com

 

>MUSIC BIZ

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

Registrations are now open for the conference. November 20-24, 2024 at the beautiful Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine! Early bird prices through February are $275!

https://tickets.nerfaconference.org/e/nerfa-2024


 

 

>RELEASES (from our scene)

Check out these new releases by our Porter Bellys Open Mic'rs.

 

...from "Heavy Metal Joe"

Artist: Closeline

Song: Rust

About: Boston based Post-Hardcore band with heavy pop-punk influences. We met on Craigslist. Sometimes we're heavy, sometimes we're not. Our first single "Rust" now streaming on Spotify and Apple Music. 

https://open.spotify.com/track/4aSBbY8lqK8ho1lAoCxhUe?si=dJcGI5OQRyeqHVSadGAb5Q

 

...from Melissa Mao

Artist: BAM BOO

Song: In Arms

Release date: February 16 (2024), on all streaming platforms

Pre-save on Spotify: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/bamboomelissamao/in-arms

About: "In Arms" is a song that mourns failed friendships—the kind where late-night talks about white picket fences turn into, well, no talks at all. The breadth of distorted guitars and heavy-hearted vocals communicate that some relationships just can't be fixed.

BAM BOO is a new project started by Tim Ye and Melissa Mao

 

...from Tom Anderson

Punk folk dream song inspired by Keats poem, “The Eve of St. Agnes".

Thanks to Yulia Price on violin, Ethan Mackler on bass, Patrick Gaulin on drums. And thanks to Cynthia White for her cover art (Artwork used with permission ©Cynthia White).  Lyrics and music ©2023 Tom Anderson

 

>UPCOMING SHOWS (from our scene)

Artist Name Gig Date Venue Name Venue City Start Time End Time Cover Charge Price, or FREE? (ex. $10, or ex. FREE) Additional info, if needed
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!
Digit Parka 02/12/2024 The Jungle Somerville, MA 7pm 10 Free / suggested $5 Doors at 6pm. With The Slackademics | Digit Parka | Will DePiano
The Nick Haddad Trio 02/15/2024 Lookout Farm Natick 6 pm 9 pm No Cover Family friendly farm with newly renovated Taproom, featuring their own, farm brewed beers and hard ciders that go great with all their dishes,  like the popular, Honey Butter Fried Chicken Sandwich, or their mouthwatering BBQ Plates. And don't forget their signature Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie!
TIMKO 02/16/2024 Tommy Doyle's Newton, MA 8:30pm 11:30pm FREE  
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  
TIMKO 02/25/2024 Donohue's Watertown 7pm 10pm FREE  
The Allertones Trio 02/26/2024 Waterfall Bar & Grill Canton 8 pm 11 pm No Cover Ward 4 regulars Larissa Glass, Thom G. and Scott Feldman
The Nick Haddad Trio 03/02/2024 Trillium Brewery Canton 6 pm 9 pm No Cover Plenty of free parking, super fresh beers and wood fired pizzas in a spacious, super chill venue!
The Nick Haddad Trio 03/22/2024 Waterfall Bar & Grill Canton 8 pm 11 pm No Cover These folks know how to pour a proper Guinness!
The Allertones Trio 03/28/2024 The Lodge Bar & Grill Randolph 8 pm 11 pm Free The wings are killer!
The Allertones Trio 03/30/2024 The Biltmore Bar & Grill Newton Upper Falls 8 pm 11 pm Free The bourbon steak tips are the bomb!
Acemakers 03/30/2024 J&G Hillside Grill Stoughton 8:00 pm 11:00 pm Free  
The Acemakers 04/26/2024 Horse Thieves Tavern Dedham 8 pm 11 pm Free Horse Thieves Tavern is "a modern interpretation on a traditional New England tavern – located in historic Dedham Square. It is a place where locals and travelers mix in a warm and inviting atmosphere that serves hearty and healthy regional food and drinks."
The Acemakers 04/27/2024 The Lodge Bar & Grill Randolph 8 pm 11 pm Free The Lodge Bar and Grill is a cozy neighborhood tavern with a large, 34 seat bar with multiple, high top tables, perfect for watching live music.  The menu consists of traditional New England fare from fried clams, lobster rolls and mouthwatering steak tips and burgers. Their Buffalo Chicken Mac 'n Cheese is a favorite, not to mention the Sweet and Salty Wings!
The Nick Haddad Trio 05/04/2024 The Chieftian Pub & Restaurant Plainville 9 pm Midnight Free The Chieftain is fashioned after a traditional, Irish Pub and features an outstanding menu of Irish and American dishes. Their seafood plates are the house specialty, along with “Mary’s Irish Bread”. You'll be served an award winning Pint of Guinness and if the stout is not what you’re looking for,  there are 16 other draughts, along with a selection of bottle beers, well priced good wine and delicious cocktails.
The Nick Haddad Trio 05/09/2024 The Villa Restaurant Wayland 6 pm 9 pm Free The Villa's "Bar Door Pizza" is a concept based on the long-standing restaurant, The Villa in the village of Cochituate. Bar Door Pizza offers the same square pizza many rave about and their 15" subs will leave most diners with left overs! The topping options are endless and the ingredients are always fresh and made in-house. The Villa has been serving prime, Italian dishes for over 70 years, and their homemade Clam Chowder is always on the menu!
Double Bill / The Side Hustle Band and The Acemakers 05/18/2024 American Legion - Nonantum / Post 440 Newton 8 pm 11:30 Free Multiple pool tables and inexpensive beers and drinks, along with a large dance area. If you've ever been to the Post's Wednesday night, Blues Jam, you know this downstairs room is the perfect place to rock!

>>> 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!

 

>OPEN MICs, (Hosted by TIMKO)

Mondays…

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

Wednesdays…

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

Thursdays…

at 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

 

***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

January 2024 

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!

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

 


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:

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:

*** 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:


UPCOMING SHOWS

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

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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 (unless otherwise noted)

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 2023 

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.


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.


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.


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, click this 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!


ACOUSTIC OPEN MICS

Hosted by TIMKO (unless otherwise noted)

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

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

***THURSDAYS, 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!
  • Details: 3 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables, keyboard upon request. Percussion welcome.
  • Hosted by TIMKO (3rd & 5th), Mark T (1st) ., Johnny O.(2nd & 4th)

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


PICTURES FROM PORT BELLY'S, ALA UNICORN ROCK

***Unicorn Joe has been snapping awesome, creative pics of performers at Porter's Monday open mic and posting them to Instagram. Thanks to Unicorn Joe for compiling all this for us!

count the typos:______

 

November 2023 

***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!

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


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 recent ONES 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!

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.


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 this 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!

Facebook Event link

***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


OTHER HAPPENINGS

***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  
               

WEBSITE?

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Are you interested in creating your own musician's website and/or landing page for all your socials?

Try Bandzoogle. I've been very happy with Bandzoogle as a website service full of features for independent musicians and great customer support. Use this link to check it out! (note: I get a small kickback if you decide to join)

https://bandzoogle.com/?memref=r25533


ACOUSTIC OPEN MICS

Hosted by TIMKO (unless otherwise noted)

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

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

***THURSDAYS, 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!
  • Details: 3 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables, keyboard upon request. Percussion welcome.
  • Hosted by TIMKO (3rd & 5th), Mark T (1st) ., Johnny O.(2nd & 4th)

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

 

September 2023 

EVENTS

***Peter Parcek Band in Melrose with The Emersons, TIMKO

Sun, Sep 24, 2023 @ 2:30PM — 6:00PM

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

Doors at 2:30pm, Show starts 2:45pm Ends 6:00pm

Peter Parcek Band in Melrose with The Emersons, TIMKO

 

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. More details here.

  • 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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PREVIOUS EVENTS

***Cotton Mouth/ Boot Mill Flavor, 30yr Reunion and Friends Fest

Sat, Nov 11, 2023 @ 5:00PM — 11:00PM

Taffeta, 122 Western Avenue, Lowell

Cotton Mouth / Boot Mill Flavor, 30yr Reunion and Friends Music Fest

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! More info here.

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

$25 advanced ticket

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August 2023 

*** 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.

*** Steam Kettle Music Fest at Hale

Saturday, September 9 · 12 - 7pm EDT

An outdoor, multi-stage music fest set in the woods of Hale Reservation in Westwood. Beer Garden & Food Trucks on site. (Bring your camping chairs)

featuring: David Wax Museum, Sympli Whitney, Zili Misik, The Acemakers, ADDIE, Gerneration Gap, Portrait in Jazz, Three at Home, Tokyo Tramps, Mass Appeal.

at Hale Education, Inc. 80 Carby Street Westwood, MA 02090 United States

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/steam-kettle-music-festival-tickets-616487349257

*** Summer Reading

Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/born-to-run-bruce-springsteen/1103357345?ean=2940170567294

Get the audio version where Bruce narrates it himself. I don't think you need to be a Bruce fan to appreciate the many amazing stories, and his personal inflections are awesome.

Stretch the summer! ~ TIMKO


UPCOMING SHOWS

***Bob Greenman

Sat 8/19, Jamaica Plain Porchfest, "The Haven Scottish Tavern", 284 Amory Street, 4-5 PM

***Kai Wilson 

Fri 8/25, Rockwood Music Hall in Boston, Doors at 7 PM

Ticket/Event Link:

***The Nick Haddad Trio

Fri., 9/15, Lookout Farm, Natick, 6-8 pm

Sat., 9/23, Trillium Brewery, Canton, 6-9 pm,

***The Acemakers

Sat., 9/9, Steam Kettle at Hale, Westwood

***Micki & Michael

Thurs., 8/17, Ward 4, Newton, 6:30-9:30pm

***Tokyo Tramps

Sat., 9/9, Steam Kettle at Hale, Westwood

***Leandro & Steve Duo

Sat., 9/2, UNO’s, Dedham, 7-10 pm

Sat. 9/9, Raven's Nest, Walpole, 8-11pm

***Larissa Glass & Side Hustle and The Acemakers

Fri 9/8, J&G Grill, Stoughton, 8-11 pm

***Thom Griffin

Sat 8/26, Jungle, Somerville

Sat 9/23, Biltmore, Newton 8pm

Sat 10/7,  Biltmore, Newton 8pm

***TIMKO & Co.

Fri 8/18, Hemlock Grille at Brookline Golf Club, 5:30-7:30pm

Sat 8/19, Tommy Doyle's Beach Party, Newton, MA 8-11pm

Sun 8/20, Devlin's Brunch, Brighton, MA 12-3PM

Sun., 8/20, Donohue's Sunday Funday, Watertown, 7-10pm

Thurs 8/21, Tessie's, Waltham, 8-11pm

Fri 8/25, Hemlock Grille at Brookline Golf Club, 5:30-7:30pm

Sun 8/27, Devlin's Brunch, Brighton, MA 12-3pm

Thurs 9/7, Ward 4, Auburndale, 6:30-9:30pm

Fri 9/15, Hemlock Grille at Brookline Golf Club, 5:30-7:30pm


PORCHFEST

www.Porchfest.info compiled by guru Kirk Israel.

(Likely) New England 2023 Porchfests:

   
Aug 19 Jamaica Plain
Aug 26 Wellfleet
Sep 9 Belmont
Sep 9 Milton
  Brookline
Sep 16 Plum Island
  Swampscott
  Sharon
  Natick
Sep 23 Melrose
Sep 23 Hull
Sep 23 Roslindale
Sep 23 West Concord

 

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!

Follow us here: https://www.facebook.com/cottonmouthbootmillflavor/


OTHER HAPPENINGS

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!
  • Early Childhood Classes!

Business Text Line for questions: 617-903-0944

https://www.instagram.com/highlands_conservatory/?hl=en

http://www.highlandsconservatory.com/


ACOUSTIC OPEN MICS

Hosted by TIMKO...

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

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

***THURSDAYS, 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, Mark T., Johnny O.
  • Details: 3 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables, keyboard upon request. Percussion welcome.

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