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Live music for the coming week in the strange, wonderful town of Salem, Ma.

Have You Heard---


This week in History, Birthdays: Joni Mitchell 69, Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge) 67, Neil Young 67, Greg Lake 65, Bonnie Raitte 63, Rickie Lee Jones 58, Demi Moore  50 (WOWZA!!), Susan Tedeschi 42, Tonya Harding 42(WHY, WHY, WHY???)

In 1975, the “SS Edmund Fitzgerald” sank during a November gale, at Whitefish Bay, in Lake Superior. All aboard were lost. “as the great freighters go, she was bigger than most---“

In 1980, Steve McQueen died at age 50.

Well, last week was enough to prove that the Salem music scene is alive and well and will be thru the winter. I was a little worried at first that things were slowing down, but NOOOOO!!!  Check it out here.


Thursday, November 15

John Aruda Trio is performing at Howling Wolf.  

The Session returns to 43 Church with their weekly residency.  

Here we go now.  Dave Bailin and the Bailouts, the best Rock and Roll around (not just my opinion) are at Brodie’s Seaport Cafe. Come on by and kick out the jams Mo Fo! Yup, here it comes. This is my Pick of the Evening. Surprised?

The Lobster Shanty has Jeff Savlon.  

Finz has Henley Douglas and the Cool Times Trio doing their weekly gig.   

Lydia Harrell performs at In a Pigs Eye

Scratch Kitchen has Elijah Clark


Friday, November 16

Howling Wolf has Megan McKenzie and Jeff Buckridge. Now I caught these guys a few weeks back and loved them. You will too. See you there.

Cal Cali’s New Experience is at Brodie’s Seaport Café.  Are YOU Experienced? Haven’t heard this yet but I’ll fix that tonight.

The Weekly Blues Jam at In a Pigs Eye is at 4PM. I caught another great show here last Friday. Let me tell you, this is probably the longest running jam in town and it’s always a great take. This show was my first exposure to the fantastic music scene here. If you haven’t been here for this yet, what are you waiting for?

The Lobster Shanty has their house band Vein tonight and every Friday night.  

Rockafellas has Live Radio.  

Here’s something new to town. The Village Tavern is going to have music on a regular basis and tonight, it’s JT and the Hounds. Stop in for a listen and check the place out. If you don’t know where they are, they are across from the PEM, on the pedestrian mall. Welcome to town, guys.

Tonight, Gulu Gulu has Mark T. Small. He’s no relation to Rufus T. Firefly

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

Take Two are playing at Finz.

43 Church has Henley Douglas Jr with Soul Force V featuring Christina Mcghie.  I have to say that this is probably my fave of all the different bands that Henley plays with. They are all great, but this one shines. In my humble opinion--- My Pick of the Evening.


Saturday, November 17

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

Gulu Gulu has Pitch Black Ribbons tonight.    

In a Pigs Eye are featuring JAH NI Roots  

Howling Wolf has the So’Sol

43 Church has Mr Tim Pike

The Lobster Shanty has my favorite lady, Erinn (2N) Brown at 8 to 11PM tonight. Obviously, this will be my Pick of the Evening.

Ned and the Big Babbles are at Vics Boathouse

Rockafellas has Lisa Love

Brodies Seaport Café is featuring Boston’s 2010 finalist in the Boston Blues Challenge, Drivin Blind. You don’t get that far in the blues challenge unless “you got it”, and they do. This looks to be another Pick of the Evening.

The Village Tavern continues their entry in live music, tonight featuring Cool Change Band. I can’t wait to check out the sound and the vibe in this room.


Sunday, November 18

Sunday/Funday is the weekly jam at Brodie’s Seaport Café, starting around 4:15.  I’m putting this together early this week, so I don’t have info on special guests yet. This weekly event, hosted by the amazing 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.  

Steve Spungin is the featured artist at Howling Wolf tonight.

Cap’ts has Jazz Brunch at noon. Peter Kostopolous is on the bill.

Ross Livermore, Paul Dumas and Neil Taylor are at Vic’s Boathouse, 6-9PM

In a Pigs Eye has John Aruda to close out the weekend nicely for you. I don’t know why I keep ending up here on Sundays, but I do. Maybe cus they have Kick Butt Music? Well, HELLO!!!!! Show starts at 7PM this week.


Monday, November 19

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


Wednesday, November 21  Thanksgiving Eve, you TURKEYS.

Brodie’s Seaport Café is featuring Jazz every Wednesday with Zach Bridges and friends.  It is a special night but I’m hoping they are playing tonight.

In a Pig’s Eye has Alison Manion listed for this evening

Lynn Classical over Lynn English by 21 points.


Shows you may have missed:

Yes, I did get out of my shell last Friday and went to the Friday Blues Jam at In a Pigs Eye and it was fab, as expected. I followed that with The Merj down at Brodies Seaport Café. If you read this page, you know how much I love these guys, who showed tonight with the full band. HAPPY FEET!!!

Oh man. I told you. I hope you didn’t miss Juke Joint 5 at In a Pigs Eye last Saturday. I have said many times that these guys are the best I’ve heard in Salem all year, and I mean it. A friend corrected me and said she thought they were the best band she had EVER seen and heard anywhere. And I saw plenty of people who did listen to me and heard them for the first time. Don’t miss them next time. They have a regular gig here on the 2nd Saturday of each month. WOWZA!!!!

The weekly Sunday/Funday was excellent AGAIN last week. I know you are sick of hearing how much I love this but I do. If you haven’t caught this show, you are missing out. It’s my Pick of the Afternoon, EVERY WEEK.



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 is Silvertone Steve, from Juke Joint 5, playing a little slide guitar, with the help of a pepper shaker, back in September

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Bob Broderick November 14, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I forgot to mention. Most important. There is a fund raiser this saturday for maureen clark. STFU and go, or at least buy a ticket. Maureen is the salt of the earth. Nice person. Check it out here:http://www.facebook.com/events/477275482304961/
Bob Broderick November 14, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I'm just finding out about a fundraiser for the Salem Jazz and Soul Fest, Krypton Night, this sunday at Murphy's. Lois Lane and the Daily Planets. More info here: http://www.salemjazzsoul.com/index.html
John Andrews November 14, 2012 at 05:02 PM
One more in there this coming Tuesday Nov. 20th Finz Seafood and Grill and my company Social Palates are throwing a gala fundraiser for the American Red Cross's relief efforts from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy with performances by Big Ol' Dirty Bucket, Ross Livermore Band and friends and DJ TOne with Lights and sound by A curious production. Admittance is a $10. minimum donation! Food, drink, prizes more.http://socialpalates.com/hurricane-relief-fundraiser-at-finz-seafood-grill
Bob Broderick November 16, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Here is some info on a cool happening out of town but close. Girls, Guns And Glory, a roots rock, americana band, are performing tonight, Friday, at the Me and Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead. Sounds like it's "hardly out of the way" too. These guys come highly recommended and i can tell you, its a cool music room. More info here: http://meandthee.org/girls-guns-glory-11-16-12.html


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