Thursday, April 28, 2011

Music Scores at the Independent Film Festival in Boston

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

In years gone by, fans of independent film had to search far and wide to find that small art house movie theatre willing to present the latest independent film. Today, Independent film has grown. It has a larger fan base and improved distribution. Since this is a music blog, why would the Boston Music Coalition want to present a blog about film? Independent film … no less.

Usher in the 2011 independent film festival running now through May 4’2011 throughout Boston. Attendees will find several films and documentaries to screen throughout the week. The Independent Film Festival or easily remembered as the IFF did not forget the music this year.

In all, four independent documentaries scale the issues and love of music.

Here are the information links to the four music documentaries being screened during iFF Boston.

Who Took The Dump: Le Tigre On Tour

Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story

Color Me Obsessed


For film schedules and a free iFF personalized planner, Go to

A Few of The Theatres Showing Independent Films

Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline MA 02446

Kendall Square Cinema

The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge MA 02138

Summerville Theatre

55 Davis Squarem, Summerville MA 02144  


Music:  American Association of Independent Music:

Film:     Independent Film Organization Directory, Planet Indie: 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Music, Art and Technology get “Together” in Boston

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

Boston has a unique diversity in music. Name a genre and you can find it on the radio, in a club venue or the many live performances found throughout greater Boston. This week, now through April 24th, electronic / dance music, art and technology converge to create one of the best music festivals in the region if not the country. It’s called, “Together”.

If you love music, want to perform music or would rather remix it, the Together festival is for you. Daytime events such as panel discussions ranging in topics from the creative economy to live instrumentation will bring world class music industry professionals together with the public to discuss, learn and network. In addition to that, Music Studio Direct will present, “The Together Remix and DJ Awards”. Every night during the Together Festival, ticket holders can gain admission to several venues and events throughout Boston. In all, More than 75 events will take place this week during Together.

This is the second year for “Together”. The festival has area businesses, educators and media participating with them. Companies like Bacardi, SoniVox and Zipcar, educators such as MassArt and Northeastern University along with top major market media including the Boston Herald newspaper and WZBC radio.

All of this excitement has once again caught the attention of the Mayor of Boston who wrote a letter in support of the Together Festival last year. This year, Mayor Thomas M Menino went all out and wrote a proclamation for the festival. David Day, the creative director for Together said, “Last year, we received a letter of support from Mayor Menino, but this year, we are even more humbled by his designation of Together Boston Day, being the Sunday before the festival from here on out.” While happy about the Proclamation, MR Day expressed gratitude towards his hard working staff, “It is most special for the people behind the scenes of the festival. From the steering committee to the street team to the panelists, the technologists and the participating promoters, this proclamation should be considered theirs and theirs alone! They should surely show it to their moms.” For tickets, schedules and more information; visit



Together music and videos:
Together Artists:          


Together Festival Schedule:
Together Festival Photos:

From the Mayors’ office

Mayor Thomas M Menino Proclamation

Bio: Mayor Thomas M Menino:

Contact the Mayors’ Office:

City of Boston: Arts, Tourism and Special Events

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rock Rumbles Boston

By Doug Ruffin
      Boston Music Coalition
      BMC iReporter, Anngelle Wood from WZLX Radio  
You can feel it in the air. You can hear it. You can’t help but notice it. The rumbling going on grows louder every minute. Some people know all too well what this means. Others … well … they had just better hold on tight.

It’s April and time for the Rock “n” Roll Rumble!  

BMC iReporter WZLX / CBS Radio on air host of Boston Emissions, Anngelle Wood submitted information about the Rock “n” Roll Rumble event.

Boston Emissions can be heard on Sundays at 10:00 PM on 100.7 FM WZLX. Angelle can also be heard on Internet radio, WBCN. on Mondays at 7:00 PM and Thursdays at 8:00 PM.   Send Your Happenings to BNCiReporter

The head bangin’ from this years rock “n” Roll Rumble has already started. Preliminaries began on April 3rd and the entire rumble runs through Friday, April 22nd. The Semifinals are happening now. April 14 and 15th. at T.T. The Bear’s Place 10 Brookline Street Cambridge MA. If you want to see the rumble, you'll have to get tickets. Visit

Here are the semifinal bands and schedules for this years Rock “n” Roll Rumble.

                                             Thursday, April 14, 2011 Semifinal night #1

Spirit Kid (Wildcard)
9:30 PM

                                                                 Sidewalk Driver
                                                                      10:15 PM


                                                    Do Not Forsake me Oh My Darling
                                                                       11:00 PM


                                                                    Mellow Bravo
                                                                       11:45 PM


                                               Friday, April 15, 2011 Semifinal night #2

                                                             Black Thai (Wildcard)
                                                                       9:30 PM


                                                       Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents
                                                                        10:15 PM

                                              Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys
                                                                     11:00 PM   

  John Powhida International Airport
11:45 PM


Here are a Few of the Many Rock Venues in and Around Boston

  • Dick’s
    Last Resort      Faneuil Hall Market Place
  • Hard Rock CafĂ©          22-24 Clinton Street, Boston  



WAAF     97.7 FM

WFBX   101.7 FM  

WPXC   102.9 FM

WZLX   100.7 FM


Want your well planned Event, Venue Happening our Band Tour promoted on the Boston Music Coalition Blog? Become a BMC iReporter and submit your band or happenings   

Thursday, April 7, 2011

CD Release and a Stop in Boston for DJ Tiesto

By Doug Ruffin

In case you didn’t know, dance music and DJ culture continues to grow in popularity all over Boston and throughout the world. Hip hop, pop and alternative music artists including U2 are reaching out to dance music producers and are successfully cranking out hits faster than the beats per minute rhythmic pace of most dance music songs. Today’s top DJ brings a culture of world class stardom with major tours and a long with it, an even busier production schedule. DJs not only spin records but artistically blend the songs together and alter the speed of the song to allow one record to blend in with the next. That artistry has made it near mandatory for a top DJ to produce hits for other music talent or use the electronic energy from other music sources to “Remix” an existing song and make it, “danceable”.

That said, the most popular DJ in the world is Tiesto. And This Grammy-nominated DJ / Producer was here in Boston at Club Royale, 279 Tremont Street Boston, (April 5-6) in conjunction with the release of his latest Mix CD and to rave-up the dance scene in Boston. At a time when economics can challenge ticket sales for many performers in all music genres, DJ Tiesto sold out Club Royale not just once but two
consecutive nights … quickly.    

Tiesto was born, Tijs Verwest in Holland on January 17, 1969. In the 90s, Tiesto gained popularity while DJing at a Dutch dance club called, “Spock”. He also perfected his music production skills and began working with the now legendary dance music record lable, “Black Hole Recordings”. In 2003, Tiesto broke DJ barriers and performed to sell out stadiums throughout the world. That following year, Tiesto DJed the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympics.

Tiesto continues to perfect his craft and spins in clubs, stadiums and produces for him self and others. You’ll excuse the plug, but Tiesto’s latest CD, “ClubLife Las Vegas Volume one” is available in stores and online now.

Get a taste of the “ClubLife” on Tiesto’s official YouTube Channel


Resources: Tiesto

Music:              Get Tiesto’s Latest CD
Bio:                  Learn More about Tiesto    
Tour Dates:      Get the Latest Tour Dates  
Discography:    Look Back on Tiesto’s Music

Dance Music Links

Billboard: Dance / Club Play Songs         Billboard: Dance / Electronic Albums

Just a Few of the Many Dance Clubs in Boston

Estate                                   Felt                                     Gypsy Bar                  
1 Boylston Place                   533 Washington Street         116 Boylston Street 
Boston, MA 02116                Boston, MA 02111               Boston, MA 02116
(617) 351-7000                     (617) 350-5555                     (617) 482-7799

Royal                                   Rumor                                 Underbar
279 Tremont Street               100 Warrenton Street           275 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116                Boston, MA 02116               Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-7699                     (617) 422-0045                    (617) 292-0080

Now it's your turn! Become a BMC iReporter. Tell us about a band you think people should know about. Or, a trendy venue you found. Send your ideas with your contact information to  

Monday, April 4, 2011

Welcome to the Boston Music Coalition Blog.

All of us at the Boston Music Coalition want to welcome you to this exciting music blog. Follow us as we take you through the musical diversity of Boston and New England. We’ll find well known and exciting new music talent. We’ll seek out cool and unique venue and entertainment options you may not know about.

This blog is an interactive experience. You are invited to follow us, make comments and let us know about the music experiences you had this weekend. Become a BMC iReporter. Share your nightlife with us. If you are a sustaining music talent, this is your platform to let the entire region know about you and your next gig. Event planners, club promoters and local media can use the Boston Music Coalition blog as a marketing tool to make your project a hit! Send us your well planned music events, professional music clips, news stories and your contact information to  

Who are we? The Boston Music Coalition is the center of live music. Our job is to publicize live music. We work on several platforms such as TV, Internet and social networking to successfully publicize events with artists such as Livingston Taylor and Juanito Pascual. We work with major Boston events including Boston GreenFest, Together and The Boston Music Conference.

As President of the Boston Music Coalition, I am thrilled to share this musical journey with you.

To get us started on our journey, take a few minutes to enjoy some flamenco guitar music with Juanito Pascual, with a video from his latest CD. This one is called, “ Viaje (The Journey) Bulerias”

Resources: Juanito Pascual

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Doug Ruffin  
Boston Music Coalition