Mama don't allow no guitar playing in here--- from "Mama Don't" by JJ Cale

weekly blathering from a hard working music lover

Have You Heard---


Warm weather returns to the Salem area. Enjoy it while you can cus you KNOW what’s coming

Birthdays this week: Arnold Palmer is 83. Maria Muldaur is 70, Mickey Hart is 69, Chrissie Hynde is 61, Aimee Mann is 51. I am old as DIRT.

In 1897 the first arrest for drunk driving happened this week in London

In 2001, terrorists attacked the Twin Towers in New York and The Pentagon in Washington.

Thursday, September 13

Salem Farmers Market has Bob and Ren performing at 5PM.  Also today, Hawthorne Hotel is having a cooking demonstration. Check it out.

In a Pigs Eye is hosting Lisa Marie, the hardest working woman on the New England blues scene. Don’t miss this chance to catch this amazing, talented woman

System Soul is on the bill at Howling Wolf.  

The Session returns to 43 Church tonight with their weekly residency. I can’t make it tonight because of work but maybe next week----

Rockafellas is having Hot Like Fire, the cool, reggae band.  Always a good choice.

Dave Bailin and the Bailouts return to Seaport Café tonight. These guys are going to Rock your Sox off. As always, my Pick of the Evening. See you there.

The Lobster Shanty has Release The Hounds. Stop on down after the farmers market and enjoy what we have left of summer weather. It’s going to be beautiful tonight.

Scratch Kitchen continues their live music series, tonight featuring Mile Portage. This is a great food and drink venue also. Check them out.

Gulu Gulu has The Minor Three. I am not familiar with these guys but Gulu has a cool vibe. You gotta check it out some time. Why not tonight? And they have a HUGE beer selection. Don’t ask how I know that.


Friday, September 14

Howling Wolf has The Dejas. If you’ve read this column before, you know I love these guys, who are also involved with Thursday nights “The Session” at 43 Church.  My Pick of the Evening.  See you there.

The weekly blues jam at In a Pigs Eye with Jackleg Preachers.  

The Lobster Shanty has their house band Vein tonight and every Friday night. I’m meeting some friends for din din and drinks here tonight so see you there too.

Rockafellas has Fighting Friday. Calm down now ladies and don’t take the name literally.

Tonight, Gulu Gulu has Froggy and the Friendship. FROGGY!!!!!!

O’Neill’s has Irish Session from 6-9PM tonight and every Friday.   

Soul Review Project is playing at Finz tonight.

The Transistors are at Seaport Café. My brother Dan heard these guys and gave them 2 thumbs up. Good enough for me.



Saturday, September 15

O’Neill’s has Irish music from 6-9PM tonight and every Saturday.  

Seaport Café has Jazzport with Maureen Benson. Cool jazz vibe here and I think a pleasant night to sit on their patio. Check out their new menu too.

Rockafellas has DIEzAL. That’s the way it’s spelled on rocks website so I’m continuing it here.

Gulu Gulu has Brad Byrd. Show starts at 8.

The Lobster Shanty has Ronnie and Company of JT and the Hounds fame.  Stop on by for a listen.

Reunion rock the waterfront down at Vic’s Boathouse.

In a Pigs Eye are featuring  Jahn I Roots.

Howling Wolf has Noe Socha Trio. I have seen and heard Noe and he’s not to be missed. A native of Italy, he is just amazing on guitar.

Soul Rebel Project rock the waterfront down at The Black Lobster. Get out and enjoy the nice weather while you can. Makes for nice memories during those January blizzards. Showtime at 8PM.


Sunday, September 16

Sunday/Funday is the weekly jam at Seaport Café, starting around 4:00.  Todays featured guests are Julie Dougherty and Woody Woodward. AND, a very special guest in the house today, who’s been missing most of the summer cus of work, Yours Truly.  As always, my Pick of the  Afternoon. Haven’t been able to say this for too long but see you there.

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

The Lobster Shanty has The Willows this afternoon at 3.

Steve Spungin is the featured artist at Howling Wolf tonight.

Field Trip is at In a Pigs Eye tonight.



Monday, September 17

Orville Giddings hosts the weekly open mic tonight at In a Pigs Eye.




Shows you may have missed last week

Dave Bailin and the Bailouts kicked butt at in a Pigs Eye last Thursday

I made it back for the weekly Blues Jam at In a Pigs Eye last Friday, 2nd week in a row. This show was followed by a harbor cruise on the Hannah Glover with the same guys, the Jackleg Preachers. A perfect night on the water for this sold out show. Don’t say I didn’t tell you. Nice job putting it all together, Dr. P.

I went to Cranes Beach Saturday afternoon and snoozed thru the Bird Mancini show at In a Pigs Eye. Sorry to miss the show but after hounding him for the last year to check them out, local radio phenom and mixologist, Dave Babcock finally heard them and gave them 2 thumbs up. Glad you liked them. And again, I TOLD you.

I was out of town Sunday, attending the annual Blues Blast down in Norton, HEATHERFEST. My friend Heather has been running this classy fest 18 years running. Nice job, Miss Fest. Make your plans for next year, always the Sunday after Labor Day. Lots of local celebs in the house that you know too.


This list was put together with much help from 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!

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Nick DiFranco September 13, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Also playing on Friday night at Gulu is Fishing The Sky - http://fishingtheskyband.bandcamp.com/
Bob Broderick September 13, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thanks nick. I don't see that on gulu sight thou.,i'm sure you are correct


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