Thursday, February 18, 2010

HEY MAMA in Hanover NH Friday

HEY MAMA featuring Avi & Celia
Salt hill Pub, Hanover NH
Friday February 19, 2010 9PM

From Salt hill Twitter:
Salt hill Pub in Hanover is proud to introduce HEY MAMA featuring Avi and Celia. In two short years this Portsmouth blues/rock outfit has taken New England by storm, and is slated to play Austin’s South By Southwest Music Festival in March. Don’t miss your chance to see them on their first trip to Salt hill Pub!
More Avi & Celia photos on my site:

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Grace for Haiti Concert review

Grace For Haiti

Big Picture Theater

Waitsfield, VT February 15, 2010

Waitsfield resident Grace Potter, of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, performed a benefit for Amurtel’s disaster relief in Haiti. Just over one month ago a magnitude 7.0 earthquake tore apart the Haitian capital, Port au Prince and left over 230,000 dead, 300,000 injured and an estimated 1,000,000 homeless. Joani Zweig of Amurtel reported that the “Grace for Haiti” show raised over $10,000 for Haitian relief. Zweig told the audience of 225 that Amurtel has had a presence in Haiti for the last 18 years; they were on the ground when the earthquake hit.

“I have never seen any amount of devastation that I have seen after the quake in Port au Prince” Zweig told the crowd. She explained that Amurtel has two teams in the Haitian capital: one short term group for distributing food, water and medical supplies and a second long term group for recovery and “what’s next.” She said the “next” is really critical now because the spring rains have come early and with 100,000 living in the open air in and around the capital, shelter is needed immediately. “Music and dance are the heart and soul of Haiti. The Haitian people are strong and resilient, (they) refuse to bow (to disaster); we have to refuse to bow to complacency” Zweig said. “Don’t turn your backs on Haiti!” she shouted to the crowd. She said she was driving down the road and saw a kid hitch-hiking with a guitar and gave her a ride, she told the kid she was just back from Haiti and as a musician would she do a benefit? Grace said YES.

Grace Potter took the stage before the screaming crowd of mostly people from the Mad River Valley but some as far away as Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island and for one hour and forty-five minutes had the crowd eating out of her hand.

She opened with “Nothing but the Water”, “Ah Mary”, “Colors” which she wrote right after Obama was elected President, and “Low Road.” She was joined on stage by Benny Yurco and Matt Burr for “Medicine”, “Paris”, “Tiny Lights”, “Ain’t No Time”, “One Short Night” and “Treat Me Right.” She soloed on the Hammond B3 for “Apologies” and “Big White Gate”, and was again joined by Yurco and Burr on “Things I Never Needed”, which she dedicated to the people of Haiti.

The Eames Brothers (with Matt Burr), Ralph and Seth, who opened for Potter joined her, Yurco and Burr for “2:22”, and for some “easy shimmying, no hip breaking shit” on Otis Redding’s “Dock of the Bay.”

Potter moved back to the B3 and said she was going to play a song that “brought me down and lifted me up at the same time” she slowly started “I Shall be Released.” During the second verse she was joined by the Eames brothers, Yurco and Burr to close out the song.

The show was closed with “Down By the River” that lasted a good 20 minutes featuring solos by Seth Eames and Benny Yurco on guitars.

More photos from the show and the Meet and Greet may be viewed at:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Grace Potter SOLO for Haitian Relief--TONIGHT

Grace Potter Performs SOLO For Haitian Relief with The Eames Brothers featuring Matt Burr
Waitsfield’s own Grace Potter will perform a rare solo set at the Big Picture Theatre on Monday, February 15th. All proceeds for the event will be donated to Amurtel’s disaster relief efforts in Haiti.
Local favorites The Eames Brothers will open the show and feature Matthew Burr, drummer for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.
Tickets are the following;

$50 (general)
$75 (w/ an autographed poster)
$100 (includes a meet and greet with Grace Potter)

Doors: 7pm
Show: 8pm

Tickets on sale NOW and can only be purchased by calling or visiting the Big Picture Theatre and Cafe in Waitsfield,
VT. 802.496.8994

More Grace Potter Photos by Nanci can be viewed at:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Guitar Night WOWs Opera House Audience

Concert Review

International Guitar Night

Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH

February 13, 2010

Having seen a lot of bands with a lot of talented guitar players, I wasn’t expecting to be WOW’d by these four men Saturday night at the Lebanon Opera House. International Guitar Night rolled into the opera house a show that was sponsored by the local eatery, Three Tomatoes . The festival was founded 10 years ago by Brian Gore. The current tour ended Saturday in Lebanon NH after spending one month in the UK, one month in Canada and one month in the US.

The concert opened with Gore and his composition “Fringe Hinge ” after which he explained to the intimate audience was played using a Spider Capo that allows a guitarist to tune each individual string. He followed this melody up with “Behind the Blinds.” He then introduced Israeli classically trained musician and composer, Itamar Erez.

Erez opened with his composition of “Omara” which he explained means “To Omar”, a tribute to Omar Faruk Tekbilek. He explained to the crowd that he had to modify his guitar to play the traditional Middle Eastern music which consists of ¼ tones so Erez added a few frets to perform this complex music style. He then played a composition dedicated to his friend and fellow International Guitar Night mate Lulo Reinhardt, “Choro for Lulo”, these will be on his new CD “Homage” out soon.

Erez introduced the “Jedi Master of the Acoustic Guitar” Stephen Bennett . Bennett began with his “WMD” on slide guitar then brought out “the heavy artillery” and said “that sometimes, size does matter”--his Harp Guitar, which he told the audience belong to his great grandfather (the instrument is 101 years old). This harp guitar was once used on the “Hoot Owl Radio Hour” in Oregon by his great grandfather. He explained that basically “it’s a regular guitar” with and extra set of strings to “play the base notes.” Then he joked “I don’t actually play it, I just bring it along to show people…just kidding” and proceeded to play “Sea Rose Beach” about a beach off the coast of Oregon. Bennett asked the audience to be the “ocean” as the song was recorded with the sounds of the Pacific Ocean closing out the tune.

Bennett then introduced the great nephew, Lulo Reinhardt ( of one the 21st century's best gypsy jazz guitarists and composers Django Reinhardt. Lulo performed a couple of songs then was joined on stage by the other three for a performance of his composition “Mar e Sol.” The quartet then closed out the first half of the show with a rendition of Bennett’s “Perestroika.”

During the intermission the audience was invited to purchase goodies and flowers for their Valentine that were being sold by the Lebanon High School Girl’s Choir. In addition the audience could purchase the live CD and DVD of the International Guitar Festival which was autographed by the four guitarists.

The quartet returned to the stage for the second set and performed:

“Brimar” with all four members; “African Dreams” with Erez and Bennett (on the harp guitar); “Tears”, a 1930s Django Reinhardt tune with Reinhardt and Bennett; “Que Pasa” with Erez and Reinhardt.

With all four on stage the International Guitar Night came to close with the quartet performing their extended version of “Green sleeves” which Gore said is “actually a German Folk Song, most believe its English but its from the land of lederhosen, and one of the first songs learned by Lulo” to which Bennett jibed “only the chosen, wear lederhosen!”

If this festival returns to the Opera House next year, for what Gore described as “the second annual 10th Anniversary show" and you have any kind of love for amazing guitar players, you should not miss this event.

More photos can be viewed at:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Evanovich "One for the Money" FINALLY in the Works!

TriStar (now Columbia) has signed on Katherine Heigl to play the part of Stephanie Plum in the movie of One For the Money. We are not involved in the casting process, but if we hear of any other actors being signed on we will post the news ASAP. There is no word yet on when the movie might go into actual production. More info on

This Day in Rock History

1973 – Elton John had his first UK No.1 album when ‘Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player’ started a six-week run at the top of the charts.
More EJ photos by nanci at:

1977 – The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England.
1978 – Dire Straits release their signature single “Sultans of Swing.”
1990 – Guitarist Eric Clapton finishes an 18-show stand at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The performances, which began Jan. 18, included three different bands, a 60-piece orchestra and blues jams with Robert Cray.
2003 – The Rolling Stones play a free show in Los Angeles to raise awareness of global warming. Their support act is former sax player (and president) Bill Clinton.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

GPN Plays MassMoCA

Grace Potter and the Noctunals
March 11, 2010
Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
Tickets on SALE NOW: BUY
$18 adv/$22 day of show/ Members 10% discount (All Tickets Standing Room Only)
Member tickets are not available via the internet.
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, A Waitsfield VT band about to make the BIG TIME, will be appearing at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass on March 11, showtime 8PM General admission.

International Guitar Night-Lebanon Opera House

International Guitar Night
Saturday February 13 at the Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH
From the Opera House Website:
The world's premier touring guitar festival, International Guitar Night brings together the most interesting and innovative acoustic guitarists to exchange musical ideas. In this tenth anniversary tour, IGN founder Brian Gore is joined by guitar luminaries Lulo Reinhardt, Itamar Erez and Stephen Bennett for special evenings of solos, duets and quartets that highlight the virtuosity and diversity within the world of acoustic guitar.

Section A: $24
Section B: $24
Section C: $19
Discounts available for Seniors & Kids
For tickets: BUY

Part of LOH Cheap Seats Series

Sponsor: Three Tomatoes Trattoria

This Day in Rock History

1970 – The No. 1 LP in the U.K. today is Led Zeppelin II.
2005 – The Who’s Roger Daltrey is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace. The rock gnome jokes the Queen would “probably fall off her podium if she heard The Who’s songs.”

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Show Review-Marc Cohn and Suzanne Vega-Together

Show Review-Marc Cohn and Suzanne Vega-Together

Lebanon Opera House

Lebanon, NH February 5, 2010

Marc Cohn and Suzanne Vega co-headlined a show Friday evening February 5, 2010 at the Lebanon Opera House in Lebanon NH. The two each performed for 75 minutes with a brief intermission between the sets.

Suzanne Vega opened. She highlighted many of the new songs on her soon to be released CD (on her own label Suzanne Vega Amanuensis Productions): “Caramel”, “Marlene on the Wall”, “(I’ll Never Be) Your Maggie May”-which she prefaced with a story about the Rod Stewart song Maggie May, saying what ever did happen to Maggie May? Her set included two of Vega's most popular songs (both from her second album Solitude Standing, 1987): "Luka" and "Tom's Diner. The latter was originally an a capella version on Vega's album, which was then remade in 1990 as a dance track produced by the British dance production team DNA. "Tom's Diner" takes place in Tom's Restaurant at 112th Street and Broadway in New York City. Exterior shots of the same restaurant appear in the television Seinfeld as the eatery where Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer hang out. The DNA remix of the track was so popular that it inspired many cover versions—the best of which were eventually collected by Vega on an album titled Tom's Album.

Following her set Vega appeared in the lobby signing early copies of her yet to be released CD for some lucky Opera House Fans.

Marc Cohn, of the “Walking in Memphis” Cohn followed Vega and also played a 75 minute set. Cohn the 1991 Grammy Award recipient for “Best New Artist” has continued to tour and perform for his fans.

According to his website: “A chance encounter in an Mississippi honky tonk with a 70-year-old black pianist and singer named Muriel Davis Wilkins inspired the song that launched Marc Cohn’s career.

“Walking in Memphis” became the breakout hit from Marc’s self-titled Atlantic debut album, released February 1991.” At Friday night’s performance Cohn explained to the audience that while reading an interview with James Taylor in Musician Magazine, Taylor’s cure for writer’s block was taken to heart by Cohn. Taylor said he would travel to some place new and write about what he felt and saw. Cohn booked a few trips—one being to Memphis.

A heckler in the audience asked Cohn if he walked to Memphis, Cohn, in good humor replied he flew to Memphis (if one listens to the opening of the song…” Put on my blue suede shoes And I boarded the plane…”)

Cohn also performed his tribute to the great Levon Helm (of The Band fame) with “Listening to Levon” saying it was about a teenage boy in the car with his girlfriend who was completely distracted when a Levon Helm song came on the radio. Cohn said the boy was either a musician or gay—“Though there’s nothing wrong with that, the being gay part…but the being the musician part, that's another issue.”

Cohn has a new CD coming out late April that is a compilation of his interpretations of songs that were released in the year 1970. He said he Wikipedia’d the year 1970 for songs and there “were some really great songs out that year” and he proceeded to ramble of some. Then treated the audience to a few of these “covers”; first was “The Letter” made famous by Joe Cocker; followed by Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long as I Can See the Light”.

After a standing ovation, Shane Fontayne, Cohn’s guitarist, and Cohn returned to the stage with another song from 1970 that he said he made a “little jazzy, bluesy” Cat Steven’s “Wild World.” Fontayne had a nice solo during the song and at the conclusion Cohn said “Great song, right…run right out and get that thing”; although Cohn said the release date may be delayed because he’s lining up a “few guest” artists to lend their vocals his “Cover” CD.

More info on these artists can be found on their sites:

More photos can be viewed at:

Friday, February 5, 2010

This Day in Rock History

2006 – The Rolling Stones perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XL. However, TV producers use a “dump button” to edit salacious lyrics from their songs “Start Me Up” and “Rough Justice”.

2004 – Janet Jackson’s right breast became the most searched-for image in net history, Jackson’s breast was seen by millions on TV after Justin Timberlake pulled at her bodice during a duet. Search engines reported a big jump in searches for Janet Jackson and Super Bowl, as people turned to the web for images of the event.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

This Day in Rock History

1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” is released. The album shoots to the top of Chart Toppers’s chart staying there for 31 weeks. More than 17 million copies have been sold in the U.S.
1967 – The Monkees self-titled debut album started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK chart.

1948 – Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) is born in Detroit, the son of a minister. Although he sells millions of records, his only No. 1 album is “Billion Dollar Babies” in 1973.
1951 – Born on this day, Phil Ehart, Kansas, (1978 US No.3 single ‘Dust In The Wind’, UK No.59 single ‘Carry On Wayward Son’).
1952 – Born on this day, Jerry Shirley, drums, Humble Pie, (1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’).
1962 – Country Crooner Clint Black is born in Long Branch, N.J.

More photos of Fleetwood Mac may be viewed at:

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Winter Warm-Up Presented by The Upper Valley Community Band

A Winter Warm-Up

Presented by The Upper Valley Community Band

January 30, 2010 Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH

On a very cold Saturday night the Upper Valley Community Band presented its “A Winter Warm-Up at the Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH. The 70 + piece band, composed of people from all over the Upper Valley and points beyond, under the able direction of Carole Blake and Assistant Director Cynthia Boehm-Patenaude, performed for some brave souls who ventured out on a cold winter’s night to hear a little music.

The group opened with “Star Spangled Banner” and continued on for over 1.5 hours (with a 15 minute intermission) performing tunes ranging from Sousa to Strauss. The selections included songs from “West Side Story” directed by guest conductor, Ralph Bowie. Also included was a “Salute to Bob Hope”, a selection of tunes from his “On the Road” movies, which was quite snappy and entertaining. The group closed with some signature Big Band tunes that had the audience on its feet and clapping.

Since the 1860’s there has been a community band presence in the Upper Valley, the first being the Norwich Militia Band. In the 1970s the band reactivated at the Hanover-Norwich Community Band and performed on the lawn of the Dartmouth Hill and the Norwich bandstand. In 1990, the band changed its name to the Upper Valley Community Band. The band has performed at many festivals in Burlington VT and Boston MA but they have also traveled internationally to Germany in 1997 and France in 2007. Their next performance, locally, their Spring Concert is scheduled for May 8, 2010 at the Lebanon Opera House.

For more information about the band, please visit their website: