The Scene-Local music listing Feb. 6 - Feb 11th

"We're just a million little gods causin' rain storms, turnin' every good thing to rust. I guess we'll just have to adjust!..." ~Arcade Fire

The Scene 

Apparently we are going to be seeing a little bit of  snow this weekend. But that is NO reason to not support your local artists! They drag their gear through the rain/wind and snow and perform as consistently as the ladies and gentleman at the post office! 

This week in music history

1958, George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon's school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.


1982, George Harrison presented UNICEF with a cheque for $9 million (£5.3 million), ten years after the fundraising concert for Bangladesh


2009, Ringo Starr became the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the attraction. The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998.


2005, Prince topped Rolling Stone magazine's annual list of the years biggest money earners after his 2004 tour grossed over $90 million (£53 million). Madonna came in second place after earning $54.9 million (£34.3 million) and Metallica came third with $43 million (£25.3 million).


Got some awfully big shoes to fill with Mr. Bob being over in Ireland, however he asked and how could I say no to Big Daddy Yum Yum. And everyone that knows me knows how much I love the local music scene.”Oh It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.” ~Faith No More


Wednesday, February 6th

The Village Tavern has come on the scene strong as a place to check out live music, watch games and even enjoy some karaoke. Every Wednesday they feature Jazz and Blues night, this week with the Dan Searl Group

Rockafellas has their weekly Latin Dance Party with Salsa lessons

In a Pigs Eye has Mike Mele and Marty Rowen

Gulu Gulu Cafe has their hugely successful Open Mic night


Thursday, February 7th

Gulu Gulu has the Mike Stockbridge

Finz Seafood and Grill has Henley Douglas and the Cool Times Trio (A little secret, Finz also offers half price oysters during this performance. 

43 Church has the weekly show, The Dejas present The Session featuring special guest performers Cilla Bonnie and Michael Feingold and artwork by local art aficionado Maggie Armstrong.

In  a Pig’s Eye will have local legends Dave Bailin’ and the Bailouts, I know this is one of Bob’s favorite bands and I have caught them a couple times myself and they are a ton of fun to watch. 

Victoria Station/Vic’s Boathouse has their weekly Open Mic hosted by a super talented young musician Nick Consone. (This open mic is usually pretty packed, if you want to perform get their early)


Friday,February 8th

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.

At night, In a Pig’s Eye will be featuring the boys from The Gravel Project, if you didn’t get to see them aboard the high seas on the Mahi Mahi cruise this past summer you should check them out, great times

Brodie’s Seaport Cafe will be having the Strungout Playboys...UMMM that just sounds fantastic! 

Rockafella’s has the band Mugsy for you to shake your tail feathers too.

Finz will be featuring the Paul Speidel Trio, Paul is quite the guitarist if you haven’t checked him out yet. 

Howling Wolf will be featuring the band version of Mr. Nick Consone (Good friend, great musician, this is my pick of the night)

Gulu Gulu Cafe will be featuring the band Lowman which I have heard has some cool Elvis Costello vibes

43 Church has Qwill featuring The Soul Review Project, this is always a great show and Qwill always brings in some surprise guests from around the state.

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


Saturday, February 9th

The Village Tavern has The Jackleg Preachers at 4PM today. These guys have long been one of my favorite local jam bands 

On the later in the evening agenda for The Village Tavern is JT and the Hounds.. A really great band to just have some drinks and have a good time with friends.

Gulu Gulu has The Rationales performing

Rockafellas has the Lisa Love Experience

Brodies Seaport Cafe will be hosting Mrs. Natalie Flanagan

Howling Wolf will be having Cool Change performing

Over at Victoria Station/Vic’s Boathouse Ned and the Big Babies will be rocking out..Rumor is it is impossible to not move your back sides when these guys play.

In a Pigs Eye will be showcasing Juke Joint 5, another shake your money maker type of gig.

43 Church has a special night as they welcome The Boston Horns for the first time! 


Sunday, February 10th

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

The Grapevine will be featuring Barrence Whitfield for brunch once again, this is getting popular, make reservations.

Brodies Seaport Cafe plows through the winter and brings the heat with their weekly Sunday Funday Blues Jam! 

Victoria Station/ Vic’s Boathouse is also hosting a new band this week with El Ranchero..HMMMM interesting.

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 the Ervin Dhimo Trio

Howling Wolf has Steve Spungin.


Monday, January 28

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


Some special events to check out as well:

Salem So Sweet: Colonial Hall at Rockafella’s on Friday night. Chocolate, wine and desserts from the areas finest purveyors.

McIntire and Mardi Gras: A Winter Festival to Support the Restoration of the McIntire Arch   This should be a really great event with a live performance by the band Rockspring on Saturday night!


Also on Saturday night Salsa for the Schools at Rockafellas to support The Salem Education Foundation featuring the music of Greg Coles and the Picante Soul Band 



 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! 

Who I am:

My name is John Andrews and I am the owner of Social Palates, a local photography and marketing company and I was fortunate enough to bump into Bob at a bunch of fantastic shows in the past year and am honored that he asked me to take up this task for him while he is on vacation!

All the photos posted are one’s I have taken over the past year in and around Salem. This week's is Qwill performing at 43 Church

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Stan February 08, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Hey John, I put a link on Stanslist to here. Thanks for schedule. See you where the Music plays! ~Stan
Bob Broderick February 09, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Good job john. Maybe you can take over permanent. Just kidding. Keith just said I should write about shows I may have missed because of the Jameson.
Brian Donnelly February 09, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Hey John, thanks for mentioning The Gulu-Gulu Open-mic Shindig. I appreciate it.


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