Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Phantom Gourmet: The Flavor of Music and BBQ

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

The weekly event listing for all of you who love music as part of your nightlife may remember that I listed the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party as an event in last weeks Nightlife Nexus article. I don’t just write this stuff, pending my schedule; I often go to the events I list.

I love BBQ. So, thinking the food would trump the music; I went to get my grub on. I was ready for the real deal ribs and chicken. All set and ready, I arrived and started to get down … to the music!  I went Saturday night and caught the Felix Brown Band. One of several artists and bands who played throughout the weekend during the annual phantom Gourmet event held this year at City Hall Plaza.

Saturday was cool and rainy most of the day. As was Friday, as was Sunday. But it cleared up on Saturday night and the music from the Felix Brown Band warmed up the night with a well diverse play list of songs to perform they kept everyone dancing!

Also performing throughout the weekend was, Andy Grammer and Matt Nathanson on Friday. On Sunday, Larry and the Birds performed.

Boston offers a lot of fun choices for party people and Families. When you combine the mix of music and good food, you’re talkin’ about a Phantom Gourmet event.


Phantom Gourmet

Catch the Phantom Gourmet BBQ Beach Party Video


Andy Grammer

Felix Brown Band

Click the link for music and information about the Felix Brown Band.

Larry & The Birds

Matt Nathanson

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nightlife Nexus June 24, 25 and 26

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

This is the official first weekend of Summer. Let’s get out to a massive BBQ, Dance all night to this DJ, Get all that Jazz and Blues Too.


Phantom Gourmets BBQ Beach Party City Hall Plaza Boston, MA 12 Noon – 10:00 PM

Music: Mix 104.1 Artist Andy Grammer  4:30 PM
           Mix 104.1 Artist Matt Nathanson  7:00 PM

Visit for more information

Club Royal –
275 Tremont Street Boston, MA

Full on Friday: DJ Roonie G

Felt –
533 Washington Street Boston, MA

Duplex Friday: DJs Essam Gawtch and Tamer Malki

The Greatest Bar
262 Friend Street Boston, MA

Hype Nightlife Fridays DJ El Sid

The Paradise Rock Club –
967 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA

The Del Fuegos Reunion Concert to Benefit Right Turn with Lyres


Phantom Gourmets BBQ Beach Party City Hall Plaza Boston, MA 12 Noon – 10:00 PM

Music: Sailor Jerry’s Stage: Felix Brown Band 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Visit for more information

Club Royal –
275 Tremont Street Boston, MA

Hot Teacher

The Purple Shamrock –
1 Union Street Boston, MA

DJ Littles

Ryles Jazz Club –
212 Hampshire Street Cambridge
Street Boston, MA

Afro Brazilian Music with Samba Tremeterry


Phantom Gourmets BBQ Beach Party City Hall Plaza Boston, MA 12 Noon – 7:00 PM

Music: Sailor Jerry Stage: Larry and the Birds

Visit for more information

The Beehive –
541 Tremont Street Boston, MA

Sunday Night Blues

The District –
180 Lincoln Street Boston, MA

Sunday Groove: House Music            

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Automatically Excited About the Pointer Sisters Concert in Boston

Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

WODS radio in Boston offers a Free Summer Concert Series at the hatch shell on the esplanade park area off Boston’s famous Charles River. Last Saturday, WODS presented the first of three scheduled free summer concerts at the Hatch Shell. The first concert offered the Pointer Sisters.

Let me tell you, the Pointer Sisters took it to Chuch! Not, “Church” but an honest to goodness. “Chuch”! This was not a Gospel music concert. But all were able to rise to the strong voices the Pointer Sisters still have. The sweeping harmonies and vocals were so strong and so on pitch, everyone heard every word of every song. The vocals were so strong and harmonies so clear, that the audience cheered as if to rate the vocalists in a music appreciation class. 

Say what you will about Boston residence. You know, oldies driven, slow to change, no diversity and a God awful lack of rhythm. Well, it’s 2011 and the Pointer Sisters brought out the best in all the proper and the rest of us not – so – proper Bostonians.

The Pointer Sisters performed all their hits and then some. In addition, the vocalists took a moment to voice winning support for the Boston Bruins. Yes, “we got the cup” But that night, The Pointer Sisters filled the cup with song.


WODS Free Summer Concert Series

July 23’ 2011       Eddy Money
August 20’ 2011 –  KC and the Sunshine Band

All events take place at the Hatch Shell beginning at 7:00 PM.

Call 1 800 336-1033 or visit

The Pointer Sister

                                                       Music: By The Pointer Sisters .

Friday, June 17, 2011

Nightlife Nexus for June 17th 18th and 19th

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

The winning success of the Boston Bruins has area party people, and others who don’t get out much, ready to cease the opportunity to celebrate and catch the contagious buzz that has happily infected the entire greater Boston area.

Here are a few choices for the weekend.

-  Friday, June 17, 2011 -

Felt Nightclub -
533 Washington Street Boston

The One and Only DJ Todd Terry

Gypsy Bar
116 Boylston Street Boston

DJ Dera

Royal Nightclub 
279 Tremont Street Boston

Full on Friday: Direct from NYC, Suhel and an opening set by DJ NRG.

Rumer Nightclub
100 Warren Street Boston

Hush Fridays: DJ Hectik and DJ BK spin Top 40, Mash Up and Dance Music.
Oliver’s @ Cask and Flagon
62 Brookline Ave Boston

Full Count Fridays Top 40 + Dance from 10:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Paradise Rock Club
967 Commonwealth Ave Boston

(18 + Show) Los Lonely Boys

WBZ Free Friday Flix

All ages movies every Friday through August 26 at sunset on the Charles River Esplanade, Boston. Call 617 626-4970 for additional information.

-          Saturday June 18, 2011 –

Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship Parade (All Ages)
The Parade begins at 11:00 AM in front of TD Bank North Stadium nacross from North station and will end up on
Boylston Street
Copley Square
Click here for additional information.

WODS Free Summer Concert Series (All Ages)
June 18th      - The Pointer Sisters
July 23rd      -  Eddy Money
August 20th  - KC and the Sunshine Band 

7:00 PM at the Hatch Shell at the Charles River on the Esplanade

House Of Blues
15 Lansdown Street Boston

Eddy Griffin (Call 800 693-2583 for tickets and additional information)

Royal Nightclub
279 Tremont Street Boston

Superheroes Invade

Mojitos Nightclub 48 Winter Street Boston

Latin Saturdays: DJ Juan Madrid and DJ Vega

-          Sunday June 19, 2011 –

Felt Nightclub
533 Washington Street

Sunday African Night

Paradise Rock Club
967 Commonwealth Ave Boston

(18 + Show) People Under The Stairs  Doors open 7:00 PM

Friday, June 10, 2011

Nightlife Nexus: Club Happenings for the weekend of June 10, 11 and 12

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

Looking for some great music to hear? Nightlife Nexus by the Boston Music Coalition is ready to help make your weekend a great one. This week, we have lots of music and pride on the block.

Here is a taste of what’s going on in Boston.

Club Royal

Friday June 10:          Full on Friday; Hector Barrows and Terry Yancey of the Funky Bunch
                                      Perform the hit single, “Good Vibrations”.

Saturday June 12:         Backstreet Boys official after party.                            

Felt Nightclub

 Friday June 10:          Duplex Fridays: DJ Bruno Spinning House and Dance, Top 40, $20 Cover
                                    DykeNight - Official Pride Party with DJ MaryAlice and a Special Aerialist Performance

Saturday June 11:    Select Saturdays: DJ BK Spinning Top 40 and Hip Hop, DJ Richard Fraioli Spinning House and Latin International on the 4th Floor, $20 cover

Sunday June 12:       African International Night

Machine Nightclub

Friday June 10:         Gay Pride 2011 with special guest Shayne Ward with DJ Darrin Friedman, Susan Esthera and Gay    

Saturday June 11:    Lush Pride Party; Boston’s Largest Women’s Pride Party. DJ Dena and DJ Super Squirrel

Sunday June 12:      Let It Ride …A Record Release Party for Graceful Exit. With DJ Walter Jones and DJ Jesse Allen.


Friday June 10:          DJ Michael Mercado

Saturday June 11:      DJ JR Vega 

Paradise Rock Club

Friday June 10:         The Dogmatics, The Meats and Band 19

Saturday June 11:      Infected Mushrooms with Randy Seidman, Mike Swells

Tequila Rain  

Saturday June 11:   NKTB / BS Pre Concert Party (2PM – 6 PM) 21 + sponsored by Kiss 108 FM.
                               3:00 PM Live band; Hot Chelle Rae. Special Guest Jordan Sparks and perhaps,  
                               A Very Special Guest.  

Monday, June 6, 2011

Become a BMCiReporter

By Doug Ruffin
President and Executive Producer
Boston Music Coalition

When you go out and have a good weekend or any night of the week for that matter; we would like to hear about it. Many of you go to major clubs in and around Boston. Still, others go to venues a little off path. No matter where you have gone to check out a DJ or catch a band, you are invited to become a reporter of sorts. That is, become an iReporter for the Boston Music Coalition. Simply put, become a BMCiReprter.

Anyone who has attended an evening out and would like to share a great music-related experience can become a BMCiReporter.

DJs, bands, promoters, and artist management can also write a blog as a BMCiReprter.

E mail your music-related blog with your name and contact information to .

Who knows … Your night out could turn a local band in to an international phenomena.  

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Nightlife Nexus By The Boston Music Coalition

Doug Ruffin
Boston Music coalition

A good friend, who is knowledgeable in business, often asks to be known as a DJ first before most anything else. He gave me three key suggestions through the years. First he told me, “Get my damn site up”. The second suggestion he offered? 80% of making it in business is showing up prepared and the third serving of food for thought was to provide a centralized update of club happenings in and around Boston. So, I got together with my team and created Nightlife Nexus to be the center of club happenings.

Once a week, Nightlife Nexus articles will appear hear on the Boston Music Coalition blog. In addition, we have launched our first music show, Nightlife Nexus by the Boston Music Coalition. The show is on is online now. Visit and click on Nightlife Nexus.

Club happenings? Nightlife Nexus by the Boston Music Coalition has got you covered. 

Boston Clubs This Weekend

Club Royale
279 Tremont Street Boston, MA
Friday:    Full On Friday Presents EDX
Saturday June 4th: This. Much. Fun.

Felt Night Club
533 Washington Street Boston, MA
Friday:     (1rst and 2nd Floor) DJ Cevin Fisher Plays Top 40 and Soulful House Music
                 (Venice Room) Dyke Night with DJ Mary Alice
Saturday: (1rst Floor) DJ BK Plays Top 40 / Hip Hop
                 (2nd Floor) DJ Fraoly Spins Dance / House Music
                 (4th Floor) Latin International Night
Sunday:    African Night  

Gypsy Bar
116 Boylston Street Boston, MA
Friday:     DJ Dera
Saturday: DJ Mario

House of Blues
15 Lansdowne Street Boston MA
Friday     June 3rd 8:00 PM: Get The Led Out
Saturday June 11th  10:00 PM Boston Pride @ Night Main event with DJ Adel  

Liquor Store
120 Boylston Street Boston, MA
Friday:     DJ Obie
Saturday: DJ Influence  

(Some tickets may be sold out. Dress codes and age admissions rules are to be followed by the attending public)