February 2024 



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



*** 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



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



*** 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!




>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. 



...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!

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>OPEN MICs, (Hosted by TIMKO)


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


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


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



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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