Friday, July 29, 2011

Nightlife Nexus: Weekend of July 29, 30 & 31st

Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

Now that it’s the last weekend in July; The Summer is half over. Right?  No! The hot season of the Party People has just begun! You are invited to a Film Festival, DJ Chachi, A free Latin Concert and some Special K … at night.

Friday July 29, 2011

THE EVENT:  13th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival

The Locations: Museum of Fine Arts, Mass Collage of Arts, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, The Roxbury Center of The Arts at Hibernian Hall and the Coolidge Corner Theatre.

The Dates: July 28,29,30 and 31

For schedule and information Visit:  

The Location: The Estate –
1 Boylston Place, Boston
The Music: DJ Chachi

The Location: Felt Nightclub –
533 Washington Street, Boston
The Music: Asho / Audioprophecy / DJ Bruno

The Location: Greatest Bar –
262 Friend Street, Boston
The Music: Aries Onasis CD Release Party

The Location: Lizard Lounge –
1667 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge
The Music: Girls Guns and Glory

Saturday July 30, 2011

THE MUSIC: Callente: Latin Music Concert With Emmy Winner, Milly Quezada. 

The Location: City Hall Plaza, Boston

The Date: July 30 (7:00 – 9:00 PM)

For information, Visit www.CityOfBoston.Gov/Arts 

The Location: Church –
69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston
The Music: Murphy’s Law / The Skels

The Location: Club Royal –
279 Tremont Street, Boston
The Music: Brek.One vs Bruan Daper

The Location: Great Scott =
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
The Music: El Ten Eleven

The Location: Tommy Doyle’s – 96 Winthrop /street, Cambridge
The Music: MC Kabir & Friends / DJ Special K  

Sunday July 31, 2011

The Location: Ryles –
212 Hampshire Street Cambridge
The Music – Jazz Brunch with Harvey Finstein (10 AM – 3:00 PM)

The Location: Bank Of America Pavilion – 290 Northern Avenue, Boston
The Music: All Time Low

Sunday, July 24, 2011


By BMCiReporter
Nick Christophers

Sometimes when life hits you with a curve you come back with a fast ball. That would be the case  
for upcoming recording artist Ciara Corr. Ciara the stunning bright eyed brunette struggled most
of her young life to find her place in the world. Being raised predominantly by her mother
and then living apart from her from one foster home to another it was incredible she did not end up
on the wrong side of the street. Ciara stayed true to her love for music which helped guide her on a
positive path. She currently resides in Brooklyn but was raised on Long Island.

She was inspired as a young girl by the talented Mariah Carey who by her own right is an amazing
story. Besides Mariah her mother was also a big inspiration since she was also a singer. “In my home
I was surrounded by music. My mom would play music from Barbara Streisand and sing it note for
note. I wanted to be like my mom and sing, Mariah just sealed it for me.”

If she was to choose a song to perform from Mariah it would be either “Butterfly” or “Hero”. Ciara
has worked with various producers but her first project was engineered by Mark Wilson (The
Professor). Her first project was the hot single “Get My Way”.  Mark was also apart of her
following two singles “Our Little Secret” and “Struggle Is My Necklace”. Mark was involved
with key recording artists in the industry like; Destiny’s Child, Will Smith, Beyonce, Brandy and
more. Ciara also worked with vocal producer Sean Varo on these projects. Her music can be found
on iTunes and her on her website

Mark Wilson came to Ciara through NBA legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, who runs Reverse
Spin Entertainment. They ended up working together on the single “Get My Way” which became the
primary track to promote. It turned out to become a strong single which is getting a buzz here and
overseas. Soon the video for the single will be released. The director for the video is Alistair
Christopher who was nominated for an Emmy twice.

She soon signed on with Reverse Spin Entertainment who are currently on a determined promotional
campaign. They shot two videos for the singles “Get My Way” and “Our Little Secret”.  The videos
were shot entirely in one weekend. The videos were shot in Brooklyn on
Myrtle Avenue
and Manhattan
at a tattoo parlor called “Hood. Ink” and Taj Lounge. “The video shoots were great and we had a great
time doing it even though we only got about three hours of sleep. You can catch the video at .”

Her debut single which was released in September 2009 was also coupled with the sultry “Candy” and
the ballad “Our Little Secret”.  Ciara has a great combination of a smooth seductive voice and the talent
to electrify any crowd.  Earl Monroe was very touched by the single “Struggle Is A Necklace” which is
an illustration of her life and the trials and tribulations she went through. The single was the lasso that
drew Earl to sign Ciara and begin developing this diverse and talented artist.

Ciara who is not only a singer but the songwriter behind these catchy tracks is always inventing other
ways to enhance her career. She has appeared and performed at various events like “Fashion For
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & National Network), Dance Times Square Benefit for Cancer, Harlem Week,
Pulse Lounge, Mob Candy Magazine Release Party and recently at the World Bar at Trump Towers.
Ciara has always managed to draw the crowd and keep people dancing any where she performs.

Ciara has placed some key goals in front of her to accomplish. One of her main goals is to write for
other artists. She is also big into traveling and one day she would love to maybe even open a school.
“I do not want to lose track of where I came from and that I want to do positive things with my life.
Many artists get caught up in the hype and lose touch with reality.”

Ciara is a determined individual who will stop at nothing to accomplish what most merely dream

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Nightlife Nexus: Weekend music in and Around Boston July 22 and 23

Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

The Heat index was up to 109 in many areas in and around Boston on Friday. This is the kind of weekend where you may just want some cool Jazz, an Island Breeze or a Glitch Mob.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Location:  Felt -
533 Washington Street, Boston
The Music:      OhZee! Greg Schneider: A night of New York Deep House

The Location:  Ryles –
212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge MA
The Music:      Viernes De Vaciton Latin Dance Party

The Location:  Scullers Jazz Club –
400 Soldiers Field Road, Cambridge MA
The Music:      Marcia Ball

Saturday, July 23, 2011

All Ages Music Event

The Location:  Georges Island
The Music:       Berklee Music Fest: Catch the breeze of good music on Georges Island.    
                         Featuring The Hook, Will Maker and the Red Line, Mario Jose and      
                         a Latin / Folk Artist, Sharin Toribio.

The Location:  The Beehive –
541 Tremont Street, Boston
The Music:       Deva Mahal and Bella Kalolo  

The Location:  Club Royal –
279 Tremont Street, Boston
The Music:       Itsy Bitsy Spider

The Location:  Paradise Nightclub –
964 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
The Music:      The Glitch Mob

The Location:  Regattabar – ( at the Charles Hotel )
One Bennett Street
. Cambridge MA
The Music:      Gregory Porter

The Location:  Ryles –
212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge MA
The Music:      Brazilian Music With Samba Tremeterra    

Monday, July 18, 2011

GospelFest at City Hall Plaza Sunday, July 17 2011. This is a Boston Music Coalition; Live Music Review

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

The Boston Music Coalition Publicizes Live Music. We do this for all genres of music. On Friday, in my weekly Nightlife Nexus blog, (see below) I offered a choice of live music on Sunday in the Boston area. One of the choices was the GospelFest. ... I went.

First, let me say how happy I am with Boston’s Mayor Thomas M Menino for not just attending GospelFest, But Staying there for the show and speaking twice on stage. He was well engaged with the receptive audience.

GospelFest is a thirteen year tradition in Boston. Past performers included Kirk Franklin and Karen Clark Sheard. This year, headliner Marvin Sapp joined many popular gospel music artists including Ashley Nicole, Bobby Perry & RAIN, E2VG and a more.

Gospel music; particularly when it’s live, drives the spirit of the individuals in the audience. The collective spirit of the audience fast becomes addictive. Everyone has a great time. All the performers made every effort to make the entire audience welcome. Passers by were invited to stop, grab a seat, tap some toes and clap some hands. Trust me, I did!


Boston Events:

Summer Performing Arts:
Calendar Of Events:
Boston City Guide:

Gospel Music:

Gospel Music Association
American Gospel Music Directory:
Billboard Magazine: Top Gospel Songs:

                              Marvin Sapp: Number 6 on Billboard Gospel Songs This Week.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nightlife Nexus July 15, 16 and 17

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music

A Hot Weekend with DJ’s Kaper and Peter Presta. The News about Heuy Lewis and a, “Problem Child” at the Hard Rock. On Sunday you have a choice between, Hivemaster, Lil Wayne and a Gospel Concert. ... You decide.

July 15, 16 and 17

The Location:   Villa Victoria Center For The Arts –
85 West Newton Street, Boston
The Music:       38th Festival Betances 2011: Combine the diversity of Latin Cultures and  
                        Family Activity, dance and International Performer and you have the                           
                        Perfect mix of music and Family fun in Boston.  

Friday, July 15 ‘2011

The Location:   Felt Nightclub –
533 Washington Street
. Boston
The Music:       Celebrating Bastille Day and US Independence Month with DJ Bruno

The Location:  The Greatest Bar –
262 Friend Street, Boston
The Music:       Hype Nightlife’s 1rst Anniversary at The Greatest Bar

The Location:  House Of Blues –
36 Lansdowne St, Boston
The Music:      Stephen Marley

The Location:  South Shore Music Circus –
130 Sohier Street
, Cohasset MA
The Music:      Happy Together Tour with, “The Association”.

Saturday, July 16 ‘2011

The Location:  Bank Of America Pavilion – 290 Northern Avenue, Boston
The Music:      Entrain, Bank Of America VIP Party Box, Huey Lewis

The Location:  Club Royal –
279 Tremont Street, Boston
The Music:      Save a Horse, Ride a Bear

The Location:  Comcast Center -   
885 South Main Street, Mansfield MA
The Music:      Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton

The Location:  The Greatest Bar –
262 Friend Street, Boston
The Music:       Special Guest DJ. UK’s Number 1 Female DJ Kayper

The Location:  Hard Rock Café –
22-24 Clinton Street, Boston
The Music:      Problem Child

The Location:  South Shore Music Circus –
130 Sohier Street
, Cohasset MA
The Music:      Bowzers’ Ultermate Doo Wop Party

The Location: Underbar –
275 Tremont Street, Boston
The Music:     DJ Peter Presta

Sunday, July 17 '2011

The Location:  City Hall Plaza (Government Center) Boston
The Music:      Gospel Fest with Headliner, Marvin Sapp including Soloists Choirs

The Location:  Comcast Center - 885 South Main Street, Mansfield MA
The Music:      Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Far East Movement,Keri Hilson, Lloyd

The Location:  Common Ground - 83 Harvard Avenue, Allston
The Music:      Hivemaster  

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A DJ Saved My Life with Grand Marnier and a Song … in Jail?

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

Remember in the 80s when the Fat Boys were “phat” with that hip hop song, “We’re in jail … with no bail”? The liberty Hotel in Boston was, in fact, a former jail. They locked down the jail theme and the lobby reminds you of that HBO prison show, “Oz”.

Enter the great people from Stuff @ night, Grand Marnier, and music from WFNX, you to be confined to the court yard of the Liberty Hotel on a warm summer night.

Grand Marnier smashed up some great mixers. Adding Soda with a squeeze of lemon, Cranberry with a squeeze of Lime, you can add some grapefruit or, have some Grand Marnier chilled. I had it with ginger with a squeeze of lemon.

Just like Nightlife Nexus by the Boston Music Coalition; The Stuff @ night people are  always current with nightlife happenings. When I found out stuff @ Night with involved, I knew I had to be there!

WFNX was on hand with a DJ. He mixed up the music like the bartenders mixed up the drinks.


Grand Marnier:

Liberty Hotel:

Stuff @ Night:

WFNX Radio:

Monday, July 11, 2011

And Now, the News. Adele has the Number 1 Album!

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

The Boston Music Coalition publicizes live music. We want you to know the who, what, when and where to find your favorite music performed live. In addition, many of you told us that you want relevant music news. So, we went out to the hardware store and built our selves a news room. Take a listen. You can just hear the buzz of the news room. Assignment editors assigning reporters out to Tanglewood. Another reporter assigned to find out, “What happened with that guy on the way to the Comcast Center?”

O’kay, maybe not all that buzz, in fact, it’s just some news feeds about music on our web site. But what great news; And from so many genres of music. Get local music news and trends from around the world. Check out our music news with the latest music headlines on the home page and much more from “The Big 24 Hour News Room!” ah …that is … on the music news pages here on the Boston Music Coalition web site. Click on the music news link above. Get some music news and stay informed. You can is if, “Adele” has the number one album this week. Just like the week before that … and the week before that ……

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nightlife Nexus: Weekend of July 7th & 8th

Stars Light Up the Summer Nights

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

Boston experienced more than a day or two without cold and rain. Pop went the 4th ; And this weekend, the stars are here to make your summer nights sizzle like a back yard grill with a serving refreshing great music! I know … You thought I’d say, “beer” instead of music  … Gotcha!  

Catch the stars this weekend: Jennifer Hudson, Cheryl Crow, Kid Rock, and DJ Vicious in the mix. Just to name a few!

Friday, July 8

The Location: Bank Of America Pavilion – 290 Northan Avenue, Boston
The Music:     R&B with Jennifer Hudson

The Location: Felt Nightclub –
533 Washington Street, Boston
The Music:     Duplex Fridays – Top Club Music DJs; Nico from Privalidge, Raphael Lacava and DJ Bruno on the first level.

The Location: Greatest
Bar    Friend Street, Boston
The Music:     Dance Music with 3 DJs! Resident DJ: Josh Carl; DJ El Sid and DJ D’Can.

The Location: Gypsy Bar – 116 Boylston Street, Boston
The Music:     DJ Dera

The Location: Hard Rock Café -   
The Music:     Screw Rush Hour With Grey Sanford from 5 – 9 PM

The Location: Paris
250 Faneuil Hall Market Place
The Music:     Cina Smash

The Location: Royal Nightclub –
279 Tremont Street, Boston
The Music:     Full On Fridays; Dance Music; And at midnight, the lights go out. Free Flashlights for all!

The Location: TD Bank Garden – 100 Legends Way
The Music:     Country Music with Keith Urban

Saturday, July 9

The Location: Comcast Center
885 S. Main Street, Boston
The Music:     Popular Music with Kid Rock and Cheryl Crow

The Location: Indian Ranch –
200 Gore Road
, Webster
The Music:     Los Lobos

The Location: Underbar – 275 Tremont Street, Boston
The Music:     Dance Music with Special Guest DJ Johnny Vicious

The Location: House of Blues –
106 Boylston Street, Boston
The Music:     Hip Hop Music with KRS One

Check out the NEW Nightlife Nexus TV Show. Click on the Nightlife Nexus link on the top of the page. It’s all from the Boston Music Coalition. We Publicize Live Music!  

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Celebrating Independents Day … For Musicians (Just A Thought)

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

Boston earns its stripes throughout this weekend with events to celebrate Independents Day weekend. Rich in history, Boston is bursting with music and events to light up the sky and the eyes of everyone in the Family.

But that’s not what this article is about. Instead, let me take a minute to pay tribute to the Millions of independent musicians who light up the night, entertain your day and who would rather eat spam than to sacrifice the integrity of the writing or performing of a good song.

Indie artists who strive to DIY (Do It Yourself) are found in all music genres. They too work hard and succeed. In fact, when you think about it, every artists starts out independent. The Concept of a record label continues to change and technology combined with the Internet has given birth to the truth we always knew. A good song and great performances trumps a marketing team who has little or no knowledge of music. Any day! Independent artists create their own marketing plans and take the grass routes approach to capture the attention of a targeted audience. Technology makes it easier and the quantified success shows up immediately and not twisted to show half truths in a marketing report. Not to imply that anyone lies, but to identify that when a song gets “x” amount of plays and an app or site gets “x” amount of hits, no one can deny the numbers and potential for that independent artist to succeed.

As America celebrates it’s independents, remember the history and the values we all love … for the independent artist who made you dance that night, who introduced you to something new and who is eating spam while most of us have burgers this weekend.

Show a little support, buy the CD or get the download. Put a dollar in the jar at the piano bar or small venue where the musicians cheerfully work hard to make your night special.


For information of Indie Artists, visit:

Get a list of Boston Area arts organizations: