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Future Performances
Saturday May 9, 2020:
Comedy Night
Friday June 12, 2020:
Comedy Night



Harper
Friday April 24, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission: BYOB:
Harper
Award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Peter D. Harper -- known in the music world, as "Harper" brings forth his latest release “RISE UP’ featuring 10 original tunes due to be released on February 11th 2020 . “RISE UP” profoundly expresses Harper’s creative use of the harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo with underlying meaningful lyrics, which reflect the divisive times, we currently live in.

Harper is known for his powerful soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to the roots genre. This new release is an expansive musical and lyrical journey, stirred up with masterful harp and the deep, woody, percussive tones of the didgeridoo. “RISE UP” follows the highly acclaimed “Show Your Love” (2016), which reached # 3 on the Billboard Blues Charts and stayed in the top ten for 6 months
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The Mallett Brothers Band
Friday March 20, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission: BYOB:
The Mallett Brothers Band is an independent rock and roll / Americana / country band from Maine. Their busy tour schedule since forming in 2009 has helped them to build a dedicated fanbase across the U.S. and beyond while still calling the state of Maine their home. With a style that ranges from alt-country to Americana, country, jam and roots rock, theirs is a musical melting pot that’s influenced equally by the singer/songwriter tradition as by harder rock, classic country and psychedelic sounds.

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Steve Sweeney
Saturday April 18, 2020 8:00 PM
Admission $25.00: BYOB
Steve Sweeney
Born in Charlestown, Steve Sweeney is a legendary Boston comedian known as a master of dialects and character voices. With his famous Boston accent and great insight into human nature, Steve is so thoroughly Bostonian that he merits his own stop on the MBTA Green Line.

Steve learned his craft at the world famous Ding Ho Comedy Club, where he performed with Lenny Clarke, Denis Leary, Jay Leno, and more. Well-rounded and seasoned, Steve has kept audiences laughing for years. He won his status, the old-fashioned way – he earned it!

He has been a featured on major television shows including David Letterman, Evening at the Improv, Comics Come Home, and Comedy Central, and starred in his own Boston-based sitcom, Park Street Under.

Steve’s trademark political satire has earned him top host spots on Boston radio stations 100.7FM WZLX (Sweeney’s Neighborhood) and 95.9FM WATD (Jay Mohr and Opie & Anthony.) In addition, Steve is an elite Master of Ceremonies selected by many charitable and political organizations (of both parties, but separately, of course!)

  Steve is a successful actor and has appeared in many Hollywood films, which include:

  • Sweeney Killing Sweeney [2018]
  • The Forger [2014]
  • The Equalizer [2014]
  • Me, Myself & Irene [2000]
  • There’s Something About Mary [1998]
  • Next Stop Wonderland [1998]
  • Southie [1998]
  • Celtic Pride [1996]
  • Back to School [1986]

Steve lives just outside his hometown of Boston and when not working loves to spend quiet time with his dogs and friends.

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Saturday May 16, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission: BYOB.
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Burlesque
Saturday, February 29, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission: BYOB:
Burlesque
“Comedy! Musical Numbers! Dancing Girls! Burlesque Night Live is an ever changing musical comedy variety show with roots in vaudeville and burlesque. Join us as we start off the 20’s with a bang!”
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Neil and the Vipers
Saturday, May 30, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission: BYOB:
Neal and the Vipers
"Neal & the Vipers" are a Rhode Island based band, playing American Roots Music encompassing blues, rock & roll, rockabilly, and surf, entertaining their fans for over 30 years! You can feel the chemistry between all of them as they play original hits songs from their multiple CD's as well as covering classic songs. The Vipers add their unique arrangement on these classic songs, always making them their own. You can see NEAL & THE VIPERS at music festivals and clubs dates.

Neal Vitullo as well as the Vipers have shared the stage with many music legends such as B.B. King, Roy Buchanan, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Albert Collins, Greg Allman, Jimmy Vaughan, Willie Dixon, Johnny Copeland and Robert Plant.
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Tas Cru
Friday April 10, 2020
$20.00 Admission BYOB
Tas Cru
Raucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru's songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen playing his trade today. As Downbeat magazine noted, "His songs are blues poetry - crafted with rare verbal flair and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical!" Live, these songs are performed with power and passion as observed by Living Blues magazine, "The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating!"

Tas Cru is based out of upstate New York and performs in multiple formats ranging from solo acoustic to a 7 piece-backing band. He sings and plays a wide variety of guitars  - at home on either electric, acoustic, resonator or cigar box.

His first foray into the blues came after leaving the US Navy when he was asked to join a band formed by a former shipmate named Delray Streeter, an Arkansas-raised bluesman with boundless bravado and attitude. This partnership, though short-lived, proved to be very influential as Streeter's repertoire tended toward the older, rough-hewn country blues. Cru's schooling in country blues later served him well and is heard in his original songs along with the Sun Records and, of course his rock-blues influences.

His latest album, Memphis Song completes a trifecta of Tas Cru’s creativity that began with his breakthrough effort, You Keep the Money (2014) and followed by the award-winning Simmered and Stewed. Released this June, Memphis Song showcases Cru’s talents as an acclaimed songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. This album’s title track features long time friend Victor Wainwright on piano along with Victor’s guitar player, Pat Harrington putting down some soulful slide work.

You Keep the Money grabbed the attention of blues radio worldwide, debuting on the prestigious Living Blues Radio Chart at #2 and, quite noteworthy, debuting #1 on the Roots Music Report Blues Radio Chart. Simmered & Stewed also enjoyed wide airplay including being featured as a BB King's Bluesville "Pick to Click" on SiriusXM radio. Likewise it made its way on to the highly regarded Living Blues Chart and resided at or near the top of the Roots Music Report’s Blues Chart for most of 2017. Simmered and Stewed earned Cru consideration for several prestigious awards (Syracuse Area Music Awards - best blues album / Independent Blues Awards - best contemporary artist, best song Grizzle n’ Bone, best band /International Blues Foundation Blues Music Awards – best emerging artist). On the strength of these two albums Tas has since performed at several major blues festivals and notable venues and now is bringing music from these great albums and Memphis Song to these stages in 2019.

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Reggie Sears
Friday June 19, 2020
$20.00 Admission BYOB: Air Conditioned
Reggie Sears
“Reggie Sears is so young to be the great musician he is... Never have I met such a dynamic artist/musician... He's hell on the guitar with a voice of pure soul. I'm extremely hard to impress... But I must admit I'm an instant fan of this kid.”
Sky Keeton, 7-time Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer.

“I've followed Reggie's career with interest for years. He's a consummate musician with such natural talents. Put me down as a big fan!"
Phil Thornalley, Award-winning Songwriter, Record Producer, Musician (The Cure, Paul McCartney, Duran Duran, XTC, The Psychedelic Furs, Johnny Hates Jazz)

“In my humble opinion Reggie Sears is one of the outstanding young artists we have today in Black music.”
Bob Davis, CEO of Soul Patrol

"Reggie is a great talent. I'm awaiting his new album and seeing his progression as an artist."
Roland Orzabal, lead singer/leader of legendary multi-platinum Rock/Pop duo Tears For Fears

​“As a guitar player I wish I could play the mistakes Reggie makes. He is a great guitarist.
Noodles, lead guitarist for multi-platinum Rock band The Offspring

"Reggie Sears is the future. I dub him the godson of Rock'n'Soul. If my prayers are answered, I will see Reggie Sears be a big star."
Solomon Burke, Grammy award winning Rock Roll Hall of Fame-inductee

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Tony V
Friday March 6, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission: BYOB:
Tony V
Tony V started his stand-up comedy career in 1982 after attending several shows at Boston’s prestigious Comedy Connection. He wandered in one night, quite by accident, looking for a little stress relief from a high pressure job as a case worker at the Somerville Mental Health Center. Tony was working his way toward a Masters degree in social work having graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B. S. in Psychology. It was not long after that he took to the stage himself. Tony’s street wise humor tempered with a genuine feel for the human condition quickly propelled him to headliner status on the national comedy club circuit.

In 1986 Tony V was named “Funniest Person in Massachusetts” by Showtime television. He followed this achievement with several performances on HBO, the Arts and Entertainment Network, Comedy Central and MTV. Network television was next on list for this Boston native. Spending time in New York and L. A. paid off with multiple highly acclaimed appearances on Late Night w/ Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central’s Tough Crowd w/ Colin Quinn and several sit-coms including Seinfeld, Boston Common, The Single Guy and Dr. Katz Professional Therapist. Having proven himself a solid comic actor Tony then tackled dramatic roles on television working with such notable actors as Eric Roberts, Ice T and James McDaniels from NYPD Blue. Along with being a popular headliner at clubs and colleges all over the free world, Tony V has worked with Jay Leno, Dennis Miller, Bobcat Goldthwait, Steven Wright, Adam Sandler and countless other friends and nationally known acts. Tony has opened for Kenny Rogers, The Temptations, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Beach Boys and Joan Jett.
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Blues Project
Saturday April 4, 2020: 8:00 PM
$25.00 Admission: BYOB:
Michael Antunes
Jon Butcher
As founder of The Jon Butcher Axis, Grammy nominated Jon Butcher is one of a select handful of influential recording artists comprising the legendary Boston blues music scene.

The MTV videos “Life Takes A Life,” “Wishes,” “Holy War” and “Goodbye Saving Grace” were the beginnings of Jon Butcher’s recording/touring and television career that continues to this day. In addition to touring with J. Geils Band in 1982, Butcher’s media music production company, Electric Factory Music has provided film music score, soundtrack and music licensing for television and film companies looking for something unique since 1993. The Jon Butcher Axis album, “Jon Butcher Axis,” reached number 21 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and the Jon Butcher Axis’ video “Life Takes a Life” became one of the first videos by a black rock artist featured on MTV.
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Cheryl Arena Blues Band
Friday March 27, 2018: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission: BYOB:
Cheryl Arena
Three time winner of "Most Outstanding Harmonica Player" in The New Hampshire Blues Audience Magazine’s Reader's Poll, Cheryl is a veteran of the New England Blues scene since the late 80’s. She is a triple threat – singer, songwriter and blows the harp like there is no tomorrow. A top-notch entertainer that loves what she does and shares that love and excitement with her bandmates and audiences.

The Blues was born to lift your spirits and The Cheryl Arena band carries on that tradition and delivers that message with every performance! When this band hits the stage you are in for some good time swingin‘, rockin‘ and funky music!
 
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Rackey Thomas
Friday June 26, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission: BYOB: Air Conditioned
Rakey Thomas
The Racky Thomas Band has been a torchbearer for the blues since its formation in 1995, when Racky Thomas collaborated with bassist Todd Carson, guitarist Nick Adams, and drummer Ted Larkin to make a demo cd, and do some gigs around the Boston area. Racky Thomas has a vast repertoire of tunes – blues from world-class bluesmen, plantation gospel (the original blues), rocking electric blues, classic and obscure blues, and Racky Thomas blues! including “Matchbox Blues”, “Biscuit-Bakin’ Woman”, “Mona”, “Sugar-coated Love”, “Big Road Blues”, “Hoochie-Coochie Man”, and “Mojo Workin’” (to name a few).

Gutsy vocals, down and dirty harmonica, smoking guitar, a killer rhythm section delivering pure unadulterated blues, and you've got the Racky Thomas Band. Twice nominated for Boston Music Awards, and winners of the 1997 Battle of the Blues bands you've only got to experience them once to become a believer.
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Craig Jaster Trio
Thursday July 23, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission: BYOB: Air Conditioned
Craig Jasper
Pianist, singer & songwriter Craig Jaster is no stranger to the Freight Room, having gained attention performing with jazz artists including Delfeayo Marsalis, Philip Hamilton and New Hampshire’s Tall Granite Big Band, though he is best known for his work with Americana band The Buskers, with whom he has recorded four albums and performed here several times, as well as throughout New England.

He leads his new trio (Brendan Dowd on bass and longtime collaborator Tim Gilmore on drums) with an unpretentious, contagious sense of fun. Thegroup ranges freely from rollicking blues and funky, New Orleans-influenced jazz to Jaster’s inventive, emotionally honest, often funny original material, as well as offering unique interpretations of songs from the American songbook and artists like The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.
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Alexis P. Souter Band
Friday July 31, 2020: 8:00 PM
$25.00 Admission: BYOB: Air Conditioned
Alexis P. Suter
International Recording Artist's The Alexis P Suter Band is a powerful and unique 5 piece ensemble fronted by a vocalist who transcends styles and genres. When the great Bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis P. Suter sing, he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening set for him at BB Kings NYC. Shaking his head in wonder in his characteristic way, he remarked: “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.”

Alexis was nominated for Best Soul Blues Female Artist at the 33rd Annual Blues Music Awards held in Memphis, Tennessee! The Alexis P. Suter Band have contributed a song to the Songs After Sandy (songsaftersandy.com) project and Restore Red Hook. This is a 3 CD compilation of some of the biggest artists in music today. APSB are proud and honored to be on the Second Volume along with Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) with their song “In The City”.

Along with Suter’s extraordinary bass/baritone voice and amazing and powerful stage presence, her real secret weapon is The Alexis P. Suter Band! At every show audiences show their whistling, clapping and cheering appreciation for the APSB with drummer Ray Grappone’s dynamic beats, guitarist Jimmy Bennett’s searing leads, Peter Bennett on down home solid bass and the very talented backing vocalist Vicki Bell. The firepower of this exciting band has captured the attention of some of the best players around, and they are considered by their peers as one of the best LIVE Bands on the scene today!
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James Mongomery
Saturday March 7, 2020: 8:00 PM
$25.00 Admission BYOB:
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James Mongomery
When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home". Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary "Chessmate." Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.

In 1970, while attending Boston University, Montgomery formed the James Montgomery Band. His inimitable (oh yeah, he majored in English) harmonica playing combined with his incredibly energetic live shows led to the band's quick ascension on the New England music scene. Within two years, the James Montgomery band was among the hottest acts in Boston along with J. Geils and Aerosmith, and they were quickly signed to a multi-album deal with Capricorn Records.

David Hull (the new bassist for Aerosmith and Fahrenheit), George McCann (guitarist for the new Blues Brothers and Steven Tylers country band and Chuck Farrell on guitarx
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Diane Blue
Saturday, June 20, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission BYOB: Air Conditioned
Diane Blue
Boston's DIANE BLUE is the newest member of Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters, touring as lead singer with the legendary band. Ms. Blue is a soul-stirring vocalist, skillful harmonica player and a crowd-pleasing entertainer. Voted "Outstanding Female Singer" in The Blues Audience 2015 and 2011 Readers' Polls, Ms. Blue is a soulful and sassy performer with a strong and energetic delivery, serving up her own spin on soul, blues and R&B. Ms. Blue and her band won the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge, earning the honor of competing at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. She was nominated "Best Blues/R&B Act" and "Best Female Vocalist" in 2007 by the Providence Phoenix and also nominated "Best Local Blues Act" by Motif Magazine in 2007.  Diane has played harmonica and/or sung with guitarist extraordinaire Ronnie Earl, as well as international performers Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson (former sideman for Muddy Waters), Big Jack Johnson (of Clarksdale, Mississippi) and Irma Thomas (the Soul Queen of New Orleans), among others. Ms. Blue tours in the U.S. and abroad as a featured performer, in addition to her duties with the Broadcasters.
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AManda Fish
Saturday June 6, 2020: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission BYOB:
Amanda Fish
Amanda Fish began as a singer songwriter in late 2012, refining her original material as a solo act for 2 years before she formed her band in early 2014, a Roots Rock and Soul project featuring  Amanda's signature gritty lyrics belted out with her 'from-the-gut' vocals.

In 2015, she released her first all-original LP, "Down In The Dirt", on VizzTone Label Group, for which she was awarded the 2016 "Sean Costello Rising Star" Blues Blast Music Award. Amanda became a semifinalist in the 2017 International Blues Challenge where she garnered acclaim from new fans and industry professionals alike. From her performance at the IBC, she was able to start touring the US and Canada.

In 2018, Amanda released her second all original studio album, "Free", on VizzTone Label Group, debuting at #6 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart and nabbing a 2019 Blues Music Award for Best Emerging Artist Album.
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Joe Moss
Friday, February 28, 2020: 8:00 PM
$25.00 Admission BYOB:
Joe Moss
Few blues performers walk the walk to the degree of Chicago based guitarist/bandleader Joe Moss.  Not just an imitator of the music's glorious past, he strives to find his own sound and material within the styles he chooses to play. This year, Moss will have the honor of being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. The band is tight, featuring some of Chicago's finest blues musicians. A talented singer, writer, and guitarist, Joe is a consistent and entertaining performer with a monster groove.

A guitarist since the age of 10, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed Moss at a jam session at Rosa's Blues Lounge in Chicago. Soon, Moss was a regular member of Buddy's Rib Tip band. Moss' guitar skills quickly became notorious on the local scene and made him an in-demand sideman. In 1996 Joe started his own band and has recorded and toured constantly to date. He has performed with: Buddy Guy,  Zora Young, Charles Wilson, Lil' Smokey Smothers, Syl Johnson, Magic Slim, A.C. Reed, Billy Branch,Walter Scott, Hollywood Scott,Mike Wheeler, James Wheeler and Little Mack Simmons. Joe has backed these artists all over the world.
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