The Scene-Local music listings Feb 20 through Feb 25

A little bird, he told me so-He said come on, get on the go-Open your eyes the sky is full of butterflies-The blossoms on the trees stir up the honey bees-Spring makes my fever right ~Elvis Presley

The Scene 

What a fantastic weekend this past one was! So many people out and about in Salem even with the less than desirable New England conditions. The Ice sculptures, the Chocolate and Wine festival and all that is this wonderful winter in Salem! 

Random moments in history

It's time now for a Great Moment in the History of Flying Cows. Elm Farm Ollie was the first cow to fly in an airplane and the first cow to be milked in an airplane Feb. 18, 1930, because flying makes you thirsty. Notice that's the same day Pluto was discovered. I no longer think Pluto should be a planet, because it just occurred to me that Pluto is most likely a cow. I'm sure I read that somewhere. It might have been in a science textbook.

Snow fell in the Sahara Desert on Feb. 18, 1979, giving rise to the question just how freaking cold was it in 1979? I could never have lived back then. Calvin Coolidge became the first president to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House on Feb. 22, 1924. This was a big moment because it means Coolidge actually said something.

Scientology was founded Feb. 18, 1954, which happens to be the same day prominent Scientologist John Travolta was born. If I was one of those people who think the Illuminati are behind everything, I would draw some ridiculous parallel between Xenu and John Travolta's pilot's license. I don't know enough about Scientology to make such parallels, so I'll just move on.

The Gregorian calendar was announced Feb. 24, 1582, making this column possible. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth Feb. 20, 1962, and in a Great Moment in Alcoholism the 21st Amendment was presented to Congress on Feb. 20, 1933. (Please, drink responsibly.)

The first telephone book was issued Feb. 21, 1878, in New Haven, CT. Forty years later, the last Carolina Parakeet died, but the species was not declared extinct until 1939. It was an additional 40 years later that the peace sign was designed. Mississippi was readmitted to the Union on Feb. 23, 1870. That's where I grew up, and I know a lot of good people there, so it can stay.


And now for this weeks music!

 Wednesday, February 20th

43 Church launches Wednesday night music with Blues, Brews and BBQ this week featuring Andrew “Hacksaw” Harney and Blues Haven

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 Bright Moments

Rockafellas has their weekly Latin Dance Party with Salsa lessons

In a Pigs Eye has Countdown featuring Paul Carr

Gulu Gulu Cafe has their hugely successful Open Mic night, this is always a line out the door type of night..Get in early


Thursday, February 21st

Gulu Gulu has Guy Zaccardi performing, this should be a great time.

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

In  a Pig’s Eye will have Lydia Harrell

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!)


Friday,February 22nd

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 Zeke Martin

Brodie’s Seaport Cafe will be having The Transistor’s, word is these guys are a ton of fun!

Rockafella’s has the band Lucky 13 to keep you moving on the dancefloor

Finz will be featuring the band Pocket Radio..THese guys bring a following and from what I have heard online really put on a good show

Howling Wolf will be featuring a soon to be famous musician, Mr. Ross Livermore..If you go in and see him tell him your #dudestoked! 

Gulu Gulu Cafe will be featuring the Marina Evans..It is nice seeing some really talented women performers out there! 

43 Church has A special event tonight with Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket and Qwill with the Soul Review Project..More details below

The Village Tavern is featuring The Mystic River Band..Saw these guys awhile ago and they are great to dance to.        

Saturday, February 23rd

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 Brittanica..These guys have been around for awhile but are some of the best local musicians around.

Gulu Gulu has Underwater Airport..Gulu bands always have the best names

Rockafellas has Midnight Goggles, another just “Have a blast” band.

Brodies Seaport Cafe will be hosting Drivin’ Blind

Howling Wolf will be having Noe Socha

Over at Victoria Station/Vic’s Boathouse The Reunion Band will be rocking and Rolling on the wharf

In a Pigs Eye will be showcasing Cannibal Ramblers (Giving Gulu a run for their money with the cool band name)

43 Church has a special night as they welcome Soul Rebel Project for the first time..Hearing fantastic things out of the North Shore about these guys


Sunday, February 24th

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

The Village Tavern has Jazz on Sundays too with the Bright Horizons Band

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 Eric Reardon and Friends..Mr. Reardon always puts on a rocking show at his second home! 

Howling Wolf has Steve Spungin.


Monday, February 25th

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


Some special events to check out as well:

Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket World Premiere Video Release and Concert. Join the kings and queen of funk as they have the world premiere video launch with a special funktastic performance on the upper level of 43 Church (Lyceum Hall) This is a ticketed event ($10 minimum donation) with all proceeds going to Raw Artworks in Lynn MA. This event is put on by 43 Church restaurant and Social Palates (That’s me!!)

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. 


This weeks pictures are form the filming of the Big Ol' Dirty Bucket video which will be world premiered on Friday night! 

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