Friday, September 11, 2015: 8:00 PM
$15.00 Admission BYOB: BYOF: Air Conditioned
Ben Knight
Pitman’s Freight Room presents Ben Knight who has been banging on instruments since he was a kid. He started with the pots and pans until his parents broke down and bought him a drum set. In high school, he started playing piano, but he still slammed on it like he was playing drums. Today, he performs classic hits from the early days of rock and roll and he's playing harder than ever, in addition to writing and recording his own material. He released an EP in 2013 titled "Breaking the Keys" that was completely funded by teaching piano lessons and street performing in Boston, and has just recently released a second EP called "Any Strand of Hope." Both were recorded in Syracuse NY and feature full band arrangements and horn sections. He is currently focused on writing the best rock and roll songs ever made and creating the best live show ever seen.
Bruce Katz Band
Saturday, October 10, 2015: 8:00 PM
$20.00 in Advance: $25.00 at the Door BYOB: Air Conditioned
Bruce Katz
Pitman’s Freight Room and House Rockin’ Productions are proud to present the Bruce Katz Blues Band. Bruce was nominated for the Blues Music Award’s Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year Award for 2015, the fourth time he’s been nominated for that prestigious title! Bruce occupys a unique space where blues, soul-jazz, jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana Music collide into a style of original music all his own.

Besides leading the Bruce Katz Band, Bruce performs regularly with the Delbert McClinton Band, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, John Hammond, Maria Muldaur, and other artists as well. He was a member of the Gregg Allman Band from 2007- 2013. Over the past twenty five years, Bruce has been an in-demand sideman as well as leading his own band. He has played and recorded with many of the leading names in blues and roots music, appearing on over 70 albums with artists such as Ronnie Earl, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Gregg Allman, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, Little Milton, Maria Muldaur, Jimmy Witherspoon, Paul Rishell, Mighty Sam McClain, Debbie Davies, David “Fathead” Newman. He’s also been known to sit in with the Allman Brothers Band.
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Cheryl Arena with Danielle Miraglia
Friday, September 18, 2015: 8:00 PM
$15.00 Admission BYOB: Air Conditioned
Cheryl Arena / Danielle Miraglia
Cheryl sizzles with excitement as she mesmerizes audiences with her sultry voice and powerhouse energy. She is a triple threat- a great songwriter, vocalist and blows harp like there's no tomorrow...

Hailing from Boston, she began playing harmonica and immersing herself into the Blues in 1987 She has recorded on several cds with her most recent one, being her 1st solo effort, "Blues Got Me" including 7 original songs, backed by a stellar 7 piece band and produced by Duke Robillard, who also plays on a few cuts.

Cheryl will be teaming up with Danielle Miraglia who comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica with tunes ranging from heart-felt to socially conscious that will move both your heart and hips. On her latest "Glory Junkies" she's joined by a killer cast of musicians blending the classic rock vibe of The Rolling Stones and Janis Joplin with Danielle's signature lyrical ability to explore human nature at its best and worst.

The Buskers
Thursday, September 17, 2015: 8:00 PM
$15.00 Admission BYOB: Air Conditioned
The Buskers
Refreshingly original songwriters and seasoned, engaging performers, The Buskers have befriended audiences at opera houses and folk festivals, house concerts, bandstands, cafés and farmers’ markets across New England since 1993.  The trio deftly and joyfully weaves violin, mandolin, guitar, accordion, bass, keyboard, banjo, harmonica and tambourine into their arrangements, somehow fitting all their instruments comfortably onstage in even the smallest venue, and at many shows they also play with a jazz drummer.  Their influences range equally as wide as their instrumentation, but their sound is always defined by a shared respect for the crafts of songwriting and arranging and a shared love for the inventive possibilities of improvisation.

The band is based in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire. The three original Buskers met at an open mic in Bristol, NH.  Guitarist and singer/songwriter Paul Hubert joined in 2003, just in time to go into the studio for the band’s second album, Ray’s Vacation.  In 2007 violinist Kathy (KZ) Sommer married and moved close to her roots in Northern New York State, but there was no question of splitting up; the obvious solution was to tour more widely and more often.  The group now happily includes the Adirondacks and West in their touring range, and have since produced two more albums, Spank That Tambourine (2009) and Every Day We play A New Song (2012).

Dance Night With the Brickyard Blues Band
Friday, September 4, 2015: 8:00 PM
$15.00 Admission BYOB: Air Conditioned
Brickyard Blues Band
Come join us for a great night of music, dancing and socializing. Since 1997, Brickyard Blues has been evolving its sound and building a following on stages in New England. We mix influences including Texas & Chicago Blues, Stax-era soul music, old-school R&B, with some roots & rockabilly thrown in. 2006 marked the release of the bands 9 original song CD “Naughty”. In addition to getting airplay on radio stations throughout New England, their original song, Alabama Blues Man, was picked as the Favorite Blues Song at radio stations in Orlando Florida, and Warsaw, Indiana, and has even been featured on a radio station in Belgium that showcases American roots-rock music. It's R&B plus a whole lot more. Brian James on Guitar & vocals, Tom Hoctor on sax, Rachel Green on bass, and Reed Dieffenbach on drums.

Delfeayo Marsalis with Tall Granite Big Band
Friday, September 25, 2015: 8:00 PM
$20.00 Admission BYOB: Air Conditioned
Delfeayo Marsalis / Tall Granite Big Band
Jazz Great Delfeayo Marsalis will perform at Pitman’s with the Tall Granite Big Band. Delfeayo Marsalis is one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Known for his technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor, he is one of the best, most imaginative and musical of the trombonists of his generation. In January 2011, Delfeayo and the Marsalis family (father Ellis and brothers Branford, Wynton and Jason) earned the nation’s highest jazz honor – a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award.

The Tall Granite Big Band’s sound is a spirited homage to Chicago-style "Hot" jazz from the Roaring 1920s, into the Swing jazz of the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and even ‘70s! Our influences range from King Oliver to Oliver Nelson, with stops at Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Miles Davis, Cole Porter, Louis Jordan, Van Morrison, and even Hank Williams! which is a 17-piece Swing band plus a vocalist.

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
Saturday, October 10, 2015: 8:00 PM
$20.00 in advance: $25.00 at the door:
BYOB: Air Conditioned
Reverend Raven
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Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings. Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers. Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz, Rod Piazza, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healy, Trampled Underfoot, Mike Zito, Nick Moss, Tommy Castro and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy’s Legends where he has been on rotation as a headliner for 16 years.
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Brad Mastrangelo: Comedy Night
Saturday, Setember 26, 2015: 9:00 PM
$!5.00 at the door:
BYOB: Air Conditioned
Brad Mastrangelo
Since Brad Mastrangelo was first pushed on the stage from a dare in 1991, he has been in constant demand from Boston to Las Vegas. The ultimate story teller, Brad's unique routine never fails to hit home with audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The following rave reviews attest to his talent.  "Brad's high energy makes the crowd feel like they are on a carnival ride that they wish would never end" The Salem Evening News.

As a frequent writer for Jay Leno's Tonight Show monologue, Brad has held his own on the comedy circuit with such luminaries as; Lenny Clark, Kevin James, Ray Ramano and the legendary Pat Cooper, who said "Brad is a throwback to the old days. A gifted storyteller who doesn't have to use four letter words to get laughs.

Brad's high energy brand of family and observational comedy has earned him rave reviews from the top comedy clubs in Boston, Hollywood, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas comedy clubs. He is a favorite on many cruise lines and at corporate events.

Brad Mastrangelo is truly one of the best comedians in the country. He genuinely loves to make people laugh. What more can you ask for from a comedian?

George Hamm and Matt Barry: Comedy
Saturday, September 26, 2015: 9:00 PM
$15.00 Admission BYOB: Air Conditioned
George Hamm:  Matt Berry
Pitman’s Freight Room is pleased to announce that our September Comedy Night will feature George Hamm. and Matt Barry.

George Hamm is well known to Maine audiences as a frequent visitor to Portland’s Comedy Connection. Hamm has performed his comedy routines across the U.S. including the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the Improv in Los Angeles, The Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory in Hollywood and the Laugh Factory in Hawaii. In the past few years George has taken his act international, performing comedy tours in China and Mexico. In August of 2007 one of George’s lifelong dreams became a reality when he performed on Broadway, under the big bright lights of Times Square in New York City! A local comic headliner, Hamm has opened for the bands Cheap Trick, Tower of Power and blues legend Leon Redbone and for comedians Jay Mohr, Robert Schimmel, Bob Marley, Kevin Nealon, Anthony Clark and Harland Williams. Hamm has appeared in three independent films over the past several years Sundowning, Open-Mic, and Pennyweight, all of which are available on DVD!

Matt Barry is one of New England’s fastest rising stars in comedy. A mischievous, post-grad stoner, Matt’s act centers around a transition into adulthood he isn’t ready to make. Applying to jobs, rolling joints, and living with his parents – it’s all part of Matt’s everyday struggle to grow up.
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Dance Night w/ Tall Granite Big Band
Saturday, September 12, 2015: 8:00 PM
$15.00 Admission BYOB: Air Conditioned
Tall Granite Big Band
If it can swing, Tall Granite will play it! Remember how music used to be, before live bands needed an electrician and a forklift? Back when a piano, some horns, a doghouse bass, and a drummer beating swing-time used to be enough to rouse a room? We do! From the syncopated heart of New Hampshire, the Tall Granite Jazz Band sound is a spirited homage to Chicago-style "Hot" jazz from the Roaring 1920s, into the Swing jazz of the ‘30s, ‘40s, ‘50s and even ‘70s! Our influences range from King Oliver to Oliver Nelson, with stops at Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, Miles Davis, Cole Porter, Louis Jordan, Van Morrison, and even Hank Williams which is a 17-piece Swing band plus a vocalist. Check out our Facebook page (TALL GRANITE BIG BAND) for lots of pictures and some video clips from our unique repertoire of Swing.

So if you're done with dueling banjos, screaming guitars, or amorphous sonic navel-gazing, grab your two-tone shoes, slick back that hair, turn back the clock and and stomp or just relaxto the Tall Granite Jazz Band's smokey horns and good-time jazz!

Free Swing Dance Lesson before the show from 7 – 8pm