Glad to see everyone survived super storm NEMO! It was also nice to see some of our favorite venues do their best to stay open and even still host some music! A quick Happy Valentine’s to you all and wishing you a fantastic weekend full of friends and fantastic live local music!
This week in music history
February 12, 1967: Rolling Stones Witchhunt Begins
The most hated people in Britain (by the stodgy establishment, at least), the Rolling Stones, experience what will be one of many run-ins with the law in the coming years when Keith Richards gets busted for drugs. In a raid on Richards' home police find "various substances of a suspicious nature" and charge Richards and Mick Jagger with drug offenses.
February 14, 1970: RIAA Declares War on Music Pirates
This war between communal, sharing-minded music fans and Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) didn't begin in 2000 with the organization's fight against Napster and mp3 file trading. No, as far back as 30 years ago RIAA was fighting the exact same battle against the industry-destroying devil known as the cassette tape. And in a Billboard Magazine article on this day RIAA declared they were "Mounting Total War Against Tape Pirating of Prerecorded Music." It's shocking that anyone survived that bloody battle.
Word from the Emerald Isle is Mr. Bob is having a great time and continuing to check out the local music scene over in Ireland. There are some really fantastic events/shows coming up before spring even hits!
Wednesday, February 13th
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 Ryan Johnson Group
Rockafellas has their weekly Latin Dance Party with Salsa lessons
In a Pigs Eye has Brian Cogger Band with Eric Reardon
Gulu Gulu Cafe has their hugely successful Open Mic night
Thursday, February 14th
Gulu Gulu has Matt Pert and Erin Murphy with the gallery opening of Meredith Turcotte
43 Church has the weekly show The Dejas present The Session...With A Valentine’s twist...THe music moves upstairs giving even more room to dance the night away. For a $10. admission you get a special live performance, free chocolate dipped fruits and champagne as well as some live “LOVE” painting by Maggie Armstrong. Admission is waved if you dine at 43 for Valentine’s Dinner
Howling Wolf has a special Valentine’s dinner performance by Steve Spungin
In a Pig’s Eye will have Betty Bounce (Couldn’t find any info but the name sounds intriguing)
Victoria Station/Vic’s Boathouse has their weekly Open Mic hosted by a super talented young musician Nick Consone. One of the special things Nick does is record all the performances and upload them to youtube!)
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 Henley Douglas Jr. and 2 Base Hit, heard these guys had another club in town hopping a couple weeks ago..It’s amazing watching the different iterations of this Jazz legend.
Brodie’s Seaport Cafe will be having the Erinn Brown Band, always a good time when these guys play out.
Rockafella’s has the band Spike The Punch, one of the most fun cover bands around! Usually a good sized line for this one.
Finz will be featuring the Joe Young, hearing fantastic things about Joe including comparisons to Ryan Adams and Ray LaMontagne
Howling Wolf will be featuring local good time musician David Bailin
Gulu Gulu Cafe will be featuring the Clay Venture and The Bond Girls, checked them out a few times this summer and they put on a good show
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 Lois Lane and The Daily Planets, these guys seem to be taking the area by storm with a ton of great live shows
Saturday, February 16th
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 the band Model Citizens
Gulu Gulu has The Jazz Navigators
Rockafellas has Radio Edit
Brodies Seaport Cafe will be hosting The Fugly Ducklings..What a fantastic band name
Howling Wolf will be having Tokyo Tramps
Over at Victoria Station/Vic’s Boathouse The Lee Hawkins Band will be rocking and Rolling on the wharf
In a Pigs Eye will be showcasing JAH-N-I Roots, this sounds interesting!
43 Church has a special night as they welcome the Latin flavor of Los Sugar Kings..Wear your dancing shoes to this one!
Sunday, February 17th
Capt’s has Jazz Brunch at noon. Peter Kostopolous is on the bill.
The Village Tavern has Jazz on Sundays too with the Jazz Writer’s Collective
The Grapevine will be featuring Andrew Hacksaw Harney and Blues Haven for brunch, this is getting popular, make reservations.
Brodies Seaport Cafe plows through the winter and brings the heat with their weekly Sunday Funday Blues Jam!
O’Neill’s has their weekly Irish Session starting around 4 today. Bring the kids. It’s that kind of show and really is a great way to spend Sunday afternoon
In a Pigs Eye has the Adria Smith
Howling Wolf has Steve Spungin.
Monday, February 18th
In a Pigs Eye has Orville Giddings 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.
Keep an eye out during your travels day or night for all the ice sculptures! Another delay from the blizzard but they will be ready to see by Saturday!
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 os on vacation!
All the photos posted are one’s I have taken over the past year in and around Salem.
Pictured this week is Callie Lipton of The Dejas