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.


*** 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



*** 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.


*** 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.

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*** 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".

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*** 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

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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!)


***Hosted by TIMKO (unless otherwise noted)


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


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


  • 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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***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



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