Monday, December 11, 2017

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Led Zeppelin Night! Feat. Chris Ball @ The Harp Irish Pub
Dec 12 @ 8:30 pm – Dec 13 @ 12:00 am

This week Beast Mode is pulling out some Zeppelin to heat things up! Our friend Chris Ball will be helping us out on bass for extra head banging power! This is our first theme night at The Harp Irish Pub and we have plenty more coming! 8:30-midnight free!
Chris Ball – bass
Nate Outer Stylie Martel – guitar, vox
Darby Wolf – keys
Ted Sullivan – drums
Special Guests…

Open Mic Night At Brew Practitioners With Host F. Alex Johnson
Dec 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Come on out to the area’s best all ages open mic night right in downtown Florence at Brew Practitioners, LLC.

The night is open to anyone with a song, a story, a poem, or even a joke. Bring something to share with the crowd or just sit back and enjoy listening.

Alex will begin the night with a short set of his tunes and then open the mic and PA up to the house. Feel free to bring a guitar, keyboard, bass or anything you need to showcase your talent.

FYI we will have a working keyboard and acoustic guitar for anyone to use.

Sign up begins at 6:15 and the slots fill up fast. Open mic 7-10pm. There are ten twelve minute slots for performers (with a couple minutes on each side for setup). I like to make sure everybody who wants to play gets to but lately the list has been getting filled by about 8pm. So make sure to come early to put your name down and grab a slot!

Here’s some pics (more added each week).

Or just search for #bpomn

Some recent press on the Open Mic Night:

This is from Republican:

Here’s something from the Daily Hampshire Gazette:

And an interview with me (mostly Open Mic-related) here:

Some wonderful photos by a friend:

Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day
Dec 13 @ 10:00 pm – Dec 14 @ 1:30 am
Open Mic ~ Wednesday Friends Day

EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT Any style music, original or cover songs welcome. No matter what instrument you play, come on down and jam. A house band is there for back up. If you’re in a band, are part of a band, or a soloist, come on down for a great night! | 10pm-1.30am

You can play any of our instruments as a participant. We provide the entire music equipment setup (we encourage people to bring their own drum sticks, guitars & bass, but it is not required). Anyone can sign up and then play away, no purchase required!

Our Open Mic is run a little differently than most other Open Mics. Each participant is able to sign up for his/her desired slot and then choose which of the house band musicians that they want backing their set. (ex: Joe signs up for 11pm-11.20pm. Joe plays acoustic guitar. Joe chooses to have the entire house band backing him on his entire set so he lets us know and we make it happen.) When we have that information it makes it easier to call everyone from the audience to get them up on the stage as quickly as possible so we keep the excitement in the air.

As a musician, this night of music is worth checking out and taking part in. Any and all musicians are welcome!

Listen through the archives:

Amy Fairchild Trio returns to Luthier’s Co-op! @ Luthier's Co-op
Dec 14 @ 8:45 pm – 10:00 pm

Trio featuring Thomas Juliano on guitar and Jeff St. Pierre on bass

Heavy Necker Immolators The Uncomfortables @ The Sierra Grille
Dec 14 @ 9:35 pm – Dec 15 @ 12:35 am

More info soon

Butterfly Swing Dance Event @ Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Come dance with Butterfly Swing Band and enjoy great music and rhythms and take a Lindy Hop or East Coast dance lesson from 7 to 8:00 with Emily Fox, Christine LeBel and Mark!

Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


Third annual friends Christmas party!! @ Marchegiano Club
Dec 15 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Downstairs / bring an appetizer or dessert if you’d like. Donate a bathroom item ( toothpaste, soap, TP, etc) for those less fortunate.

New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular @ Shea Theater Arts Center
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm – Dec 16 @ 9:30 pm

What happens when you take an entire ARTS festival & jam it into one amazing show with performers of all kinds who create upon the theme of COMMUNION? A crazy wonderful New Vaudeville Holiday Spectacular! Tickets at are $15 with all children under 15 FREE.
Hosted by Joe Dulude II with Katherine Adler, movement artist.

Here are the delights that await you in no particular order yet:
1. Excerpts from Savage — a new musical in development. Savage is based on the true story of Wanda Savage, a Native American sharpshooter who rose out of Oklahoma poverty to perform in circuses and vaudeville before taking on Hollywood as a stunt woman and actress in silent films. With Nicolette Blount (Producer, Writer, Composer), John Waynelovich (Musical Director, Composer, Arranger) and Lindel Hart (Writer, Editor).

2. The Ballet Belles: Myah Grant and Madalyn Lilly, perform three excerpts from La Boutique Fantasque – the Overture, Tarantella, and Waltz – using the Rossini-Respighi score. The two young dancers take on the role of dolls who come to life when the shop is closed. The Ballet Belles are directed, and work choreographed, by Karen Shulda, Artistic Director Ballet Renverse, ret.

3. Emma Ayres, The Water Project Folk Opera is Emma Ayres’ reimagining of her original play: The Water Project. Set in a rural Western-Mass dreamscape of the Great Depression, the story illuminates the archetypal conflict of big business interest and political corruption versus the working-class poor. In the Swift River Valley during the year 1938, a clock struck midnight, ringing in disincorporation, heartbreak and loss of place, all in the name of progress. “Newspaper headlines read: 4 towns flooded, 2,500 people relocated, houses moved on the backs of trucks, 7,500 graves dug up and reburied on higher ground, memories drowned, and little know…” the water is rising.

4. Alex DeMelo: The Concluding speech of The Great Dictator with Violet Walker on the saw.

5. Ellen Villani: Stand Up Comedy.”So I gave up Holy Communion for Lent about 18 years ago and it stuck!!!! I figured none of us in truly worthy anyway. In place of that I’ve BECOME communion. I’m communing all over the place. I’ve got full blown relationships with grocery clerks, gas station attendants, and anyone elderly!

6. Jack Golden: premiere of movement performance, 13 Ways To Be A Black Dog. Just back from a successful run at the Charm City Fringe Festival in Baltimore, Jack received this review:”a very personal performance piece, reflecting on Golden’s life and relationships through words, music and movement. It’s refreshing to see a work based on the real life of the performer that refuses to shy away from the vulnerability attendant to such an endeavor. Rather than covering any discomfort with sarcasm, cynicism, or any of the other shields we use when we feel exposed, Golden goes with the truth. He admits the unscripted, improvisational component of the show scares him; he owns his feelings about family and loss. The result is a refreshingly honest, unironic look at the life of a kind man who has spent the last few decades touring the country, educating kids, making folks smile, and getting to know Jack better.”

7. Jeremy Geragotelis: John Berryman Reads My Poems, Feat. A Bottle of Whiskey is a close character study that mythologizes the suicide of renowned poet of the 20th-century John Berryman. This piece of theater considers the boundary between the artist’s practice and the ghosts of historic influence: how can we make our artistic context dangerous and forward-reaching?

8. Maureen McElligott sings.

9. Phoebe Lloyd and Michayla Robertson Pine, who brought the immersive work The City to the Full Disclosure Festival last month, offer an original devised theater piece with music called The Blue Room.

Blue Room personifies a conversation between one’s inner and outer self, exploring the difficult road to communion with your own fractured thoughts. There is strength and honesty to be found between the voices in your head, but fostering that relationship can often be as destructive as it is cathartic.

10. John Lentz – Vocal Jazz and Bass. John Lentz sings jazz stories. He is accompanied by Michael Suter on double bass.

11. Violet Walker clown extraordinaire plays the saw!

Dub Apocalypse with Soultree and I-Ganic Sound System @ The Root Cellar
Dec 15 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 1:00 am

Boston’s Dub Apocalypse brings the heavy Roots and Dubwise to The Root Cellar for our first appearance there. Special guests Soultree and I-Ganic Sound System making things nice!



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