"I love rock and roll So come and take your time and dance with me" Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

mid winter happenings to get the chill off

Have You Heard---

It’s FREEZING out there today. It was 9 degrees when I got up. Spring is 2 months away. BRRRRRRFFFFFFTTTT!!!!

This week in History, Birthdays:  Richie Havens 72, Muhammad Ali 71, Mick Taylor 65, Geena Davis 57 (HUBA HUBA), Susanna Hoffs 54.

Ok, one more week of this and I’m off on a 2 month sojourn to the Motherland. I’m headed out February 1st for Ireland and will return on March 29. In the meantime, John Andrews is going to entertain you with his take on happenings around town. John is in touch with the music scene and promotes several of the bands you read about here. Besides that, I always have a link at the bottom of this blog for Stanslist, which is where I get most of my info. I will do a blog next week but then, April at the earliest. Have fun and GET UP and DANCE.


Wednesday, January 23

The Village Tavern continues their Wednesday night series with Jazz and Blues Night. Take my word, this is a good take.

Rockafellas has the Latin Dance Party.   

In a Pigs Eye has Count Down, featuring Paul Carr.  


Thursday, January 24

Gulu Gulu has the Jay Kustka.  

Henley Douglas Jr continues his cool jazz at Finz tonight.  

43 Church has the weekly show, The Dejas present The Session.

Lois Lane and the Dailey Planets perform tonight at In a Pigs Eye. I’ve said it before that these guys and gals are a DO NOT MISS band. Tonight is sure to shake the rafters and wake the neighbors. I know I want to be part of that. See you there. My Pick of the Evening.

System Soul are playing Howling Wolf


Friday, January 25

The Weekly Blues Jam at In a Pigs Eye is around 4:15ish. This is some of the most fun you can have in town. It’s always good music and a great crowd.  See you there.

Later, at 9PM, The Pig continues their Friday night extravaganza’s with Colony Vegetable. Sounds like it could be a Frank Zappa cover song

The Transistors are playing down at Brodie’s Seaport Café.   

Rockafella’s has Lucky 13 for your dancing pleasure  

The Gravel Project are playing at Finz.  

Howling Wolf is featuring North Shore Acoustic Project  

Gulu Gulu has Plumerai  

43 Church has Soul Review Project Featuring Qwill every Friday

The Village Tavern are featuring  The Mystic River Band, doing covers and getting down with some FUNK!


Saturday, January 26

The Village Tavern has The Jackleg Preachers at 4PM today.  I hope this Saturday gig continues because this is a cool, comfortable room. And, they have COLD BEER.

The Tavern follow’s that at 9 with Close to Home, an ‘80’s. ‘90’s and ‘00’s rock cover band.

Gulu Gulu has Glass Onion, a very cool Beatles cover band for all you Nowhere Men.

Rockafellas has the return of Midnight Goggles

The Merj are playing down at Brodies Seaport Café.  

YOW!!!! Lois Lane and the Dailey Planets  AGAIN this week??? See this great band a 2nd time  in 2 days, this time at  Howling Wolf. Now that’s a cool thing.

Soul Rebel Project play at Vic’s Boathouse.

Oh Boy! Bird Mancini, are at In a Pigs Eye tonight. This talented duo are a must see, every time they come to town. They do a lot of original stuff and some covers too. My Pick of the Evening.


Sunday, January 27

Capt’s has Jazz Brunch at noon. Peter Kostopolous is on the bill.

Something new is happening down at The Grapevine on Congress Street.  Barrence Whitfield is playing their Sunday Brunch from 11:30AM to 2:30PM. You gotta love that. You heard it right, BARRENCE WHITFIELD.   

Sunday/Funday is the weekly jam at Brodie’s Seaport Café, starting around 4:15. This weekly event, hosted by the amazing talents of Steve Peabody (PBD) and Chris Fitz is always my Pick of the Afternoon.  

O’Neill’s has their weekly Irish Session starting around 4 today. Bring the kids. It’s that kind of show.  

In a Pigs Eye has Eric Reardon and Friends, returning for their monthly Sunday show. Looks like a late walk across Salem Common again tonight.

Howling Wolf has Steve Spungin.


Monday, January 28

In a Pigs Eye has Dave Bailin doing the open mic tonight.


Shows you may have missed:

I’m really not a big fan of open mic’s but I stopped into Murphy’s last Wednesday, where Dave Bailin was running one. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I missed the names of some performers, but a standout, from behind the bar comes this very attractive bartender, singing the Beatles “I wanna hold your hand” she got a standing ovation from all in the room. I’ll catch your name next time. I sure hope there is a next time.

Thursday, I finally made it over to 43 Church to hear the Dejas present The Session I love seeing and hearing The Dejas but this is different. Again, I missed the names of several performers, but I have met Jacyn Tremblay, and was very impressed with her bluesy voice when I first heard her a few months back at the Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert  (Which BTW was promoted by John Andrews, among others). Anyway, I stayed for the entire show. I’ll be back.

The weekly Jam at In a Pigs Eye. What can I say? It’s a do not miss show!!!

Sorry to say, Joe Mack called in sick for last Friday’s show at Howling Wolf. Hope you’re feeling better Joe.

The weekly Jam at The Village Tavern on Saturdays is turning out to be a very good take. If we all support it, I think they will continue. See you there at 4.

Sunday/Funday at Brodies Seaport Café, with Rusty Scott on B-3 Organ.  What a great show.



This list was put together with much help from STANSLIST. See his site here:  http://www.stanslist.com  Thanks Stan.  

Please excuse any incorrect spelling and omissions.

Go out and listen to some great LIVE music in the wonderful, strange, hip town of Salem.

And tip your bartenders and servers.  

And always check with the venue as times and schedules change. (and I sometimes mess up)

Hope to see you out there!

Today’s picture was taken last Sunday morning at sunrise at Singing Beach in Manchester. It was a beautiful morning and I got a free breakfast after with a beautiful woman.

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Bob Broderick January 23, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Murphy's JUST announced that Vein will be playing Saturday afternoon, 4-7.
Bob Broderick January 24, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Last minute update for brodies seaport cafe on friday evening. The erinn brown band is now playing in place of the transistors
Nancpants January 25, 2013 at 02:44 AM
What is your pick on Friday? I'm playing hooky!
Bob Broderick January 25, 2013 at 12:10 PM
Hey nancpance. The jam is always a good choice and erinn brown just announced for seaport. Have fun.


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