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Blues Harmonica Blowout, Infinity Hall

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Norfolk CT
April 22, 2010
President Abraham Lincoln played one. The black migrants of the 1950s who traveled north to Chicago, Detroit, and New York, and south to St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans played them. Today, there are some who consider the harmonica to be more of a toy than a professional instrument.

But on a Thursday night in late April 2010, in a venue created for such a showcase of talent, the Infinity Music Hall & Bistro in Norfolk, CT hosted what’s come to be known as “The Blues Harmonica Blowout ” featuring old school blues aficionados: Mark Hummel, James Montgomery, Magic Dick, and Sugar Ray Norcia.

Mark Hummel, Photos by Nanci 2010 Back in 1991 Mark Hummel hosted a series of festivals focusing on the great sound produced by the harmonica, thus “The Blues Harmonica Blowout” was founded.

Hummel’s website states: ”The Blues Harmonica Blowout™ has grown to become an internationally recognized event, with performances at the Nottoden Blues Fest in Norway, the San Franci…

Peter Wolf Announces Tour Dates

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Peter Wolf , the front man for the J. Geils Band, announced some of his tour dates to promote his new CD “Midnight Souvenirs”. © 1982 Photos by Nanci

As a kid who grew up outside of Boston in the 70s, I cut my teeth on the Mighty J. Geils Band. Heck my high school science teacher’s band did Geils covers at our school dances. In college, at UMASS-Amherst, Geils played the FineArtsCenter because Stephen Joe Bladd’s son was attending the school. My “Blow Your Face Out” album won’t play unless the needle has a nickel taped to it! The chemistry of these guys was just amazing. Their studio albums could never touch their live performances. It’s cool that the J. Geils Band is backing Aerosmith at Fenway Park on August 14 (sorry it’s SOLD OUT) but I’m somewhat saddened that Wolf is out touring by himself. I’d love to see a full blown J.Geils reunion tour but I can absolutely derive pleasure from seeing Peter Wolf out on his own!
Wolf’s new CD, his first in eight years, goes back to his roots. It…

Daily Show Correspondent reveals all to Lebanon Opera House Crowd

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Aasif Mandvi brought his multi-media show to the Lebanon Opera House Saturday April 17, 2010. His show opened with a video clip of his first appearance on The Daily Show (TDS) with Jon Stewart. Mandvi was an actor in New York when he got the call to audition for TDS, after TDS writers, in 2006 came up with a bit for a Middle Eastern correspondent. He interviewed with Jon Stewart, who Mandvi says “smells like paprika”, performed his “best Stephen Colbert” and recited a piece from Henry IV. Stewart said “just read the piece.” He was hired on the spot and brought to the rehearsal at 4:30. The rehearsal consists of the writers and producers sitting in the audience while the troupe runs through the material for the day. Mandvi looked out into the audience and saw a guy in a baseball cap sitting with a teenager. He thought “My god, Bruce Springsteen works at The Daily show.”Mandvi shared with the audience a theater piece he wrote explaining his journey from Bombay to northern England to Ame…

Vermont Talent Celebrate Record Store Day in Maine

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Grace Potter and Scott Tournet

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Anais Mitchell performed free mini-concerts for a crowd of over 250 people at the Bull Moose Record Store in Scarborough, ME on Saturday April 17, 2009.
Record Store Day was the brain child of Chris Brown, an employee of the independent record store chain, Bull Moose, which has locations in Maine and New Hampshire. The day was conceived in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. Record Store Day is celebrated the third Saturday in April.Record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day, and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. When Tower Records closed in 2006, many saw it as a sign that record stores were dying out alto…

Double Play - Aerosmith & J. Geils Band To Rock Fenway Park August 14th

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Aerosmith & J. Geils Band Rock Fenway Park August 14th
GET YOUR WINGS and BLOW YOUR FACE OUT!!!


On Saturday, August 14th Aerosmith & The J. Geils Band will descend upon Fenway Park to deliver the grandest slam to their hometown crowd. For the first time ever, the Bad Boys of Boston will be bringing their brand of major league rock straight to Fenway Park.

During last Wednesday's Red Sox-Yankees game, Steven Tyler from Aerosmith and Peter Wolf representing the J. Geils Band appeared in the booth alongside Jerry Remy and Don Orsillo in the bottom of the fourth to announce the event.

AF1 VIP ticket package pre-sales began Monday, April 12th at 10am EDT. THEY ARE SOLD OUT! There are still a few Party Passes remaining.
AEROSMITH PARTY PASSES get you into the rockin’ pre-show party where you can compare Notes, News, and Stories with other Aero Fans from across the land – and Oh, Yeah – Joey Kramer and Brad Whitford will stop by the party to share up-close and personal Aerosmith…

Two new songs from Blues and Lasers

Richard Marx at the Lebanon Opera House May 28

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Richard Marx
May 28 Friday 7:30 PM
With over 30 million records sold and 13 number one hits, Richard Marx has consistently and powerfully made his mark on the music industry for the past 20 years. Now he performs those hits and more in an intimate acoustic concert at Lebanon Opera House.

His debut single “Don’t Mean Nothing” and self-titled debut album kicked off his career as a solo artist in 1987 and went on to sell 3 million copies.

His 1989 follow-up CD, “Repeat Offender,” became even more successful, selling over 7 million copies worldwide. From 1987 to 1990, he became the first male solo artist in history to have his first 7 singles reach the top 5 on Billboard’s singles chart, including the 1 hits “Hold On to the Nights,” “Satisfied” and the worldwide classic, “Right Here Waiting.” This feat remains unchallenged.Pricing: All seats: $28
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Hey folks it's the night before Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the Opera House for Concerts for a Cause...make it a weekend of…

Cover Home Repair Benefit--The Wailin' Jennys

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A benefit for COVER Home Repair.
April 24 7:30 PM
Lebanon Opera House

Frequent guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse - three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. All established singer-songwriters in their own right, The Jennys are winning fast fans all over the world with their powerful singing and thoughtful rootsy songwriting.

Pricing:
Section A: $28
Section B: $28
Section C: $28
Discounts available for Seniors & Kids

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Sponsor:The Point

Aasif Mandvi at the Lebanon Opera House April 17

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April 17
Lebanon Opera House, Lebanon NH
From the Opera House Website:
Known for his entertaining and insightful "on-location" reporting, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart correspondent Aasif Mandvibrings Upper Valley audiences behind the scenes of the hit primetime news satire. Mandvi offers his insight on how the writers and correspondents analyze the best and worst of each day's news to provide hilarious insight into the often ridiculous world of politics and international relations.

Pricing:
Section A: $25
Section B: $25
Section C: $25
Discounts available for Seniors & Kids
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Notes:
Part of the LOH Cheap Seat Series
Similar Artists: Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert

Sponsors:The Point | Hubert's Family Outfitters

Little Cayman Diving, The Best in the Caribbean

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Just back from a week diving in the clear waters off Little Cayman Island. We always stay at Little Cayman Beach Resort; this trip was our 11th visit!
Little Cayman is one of the two Sister Islands of the Caymans, the other is Cayman Brac. Grand Cayman is the largest island and Little is the smallest, only 10 mi long. But is has the BEST diving. The Northside has the famous Bloody Bay Wall which begins at about 20 feet and descends to about 6000 feet.
Just east of Bloody Bay is Jackson Bight, which boasts a mini-wall, a sandy boulevard where one can find Southern Stingrays, garden eels and if you're lucky Eagle Rays (pictures above); and the outer wall.
The reefs are lush with beautiful corals, hard and soft and lots of fishes. From the smallest Pipe Horses to the occasional Whale Shark.
Life on the reef was good until the Lionfish moved in...
Sure it looks beautiful, all those colors and feathers but this critter can decimate a reef very quickly. They have no predators, reproduce quic…