December 2023


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.


***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.


***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.


***"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.


***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.


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.
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.

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Hosted by TIMKO (unless otherwise noted)

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

  • 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

  • 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)


***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


***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!

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