Thursday, December 20, 2012

Holiday Pops: From Symphony Hall to Faneuil Hall, Don't Miss the Extravaganza!  
By Doug Ruffin
      Boston Music Coalition
The Boston Pops experience is a tradition that continues to reemerge and dazzle Boston audiences. If you think the Boston Pops just dusts off the old sheet music every Fourth of July and Christmas season, well then, you're out of tune with the real meaning of tradition from the Boston Pops. Every year presents something new.
Thanks to the great people at the Faneuil Hall Merchants association, everyone can experience the Holiday pops in two ways this season. First, The Holiday pops perform live at Symphony hall now through December 23rd. Tickets are as hard to find as one of Santa's elves in a desert in December, but with a little magic, perhaps you may be able to score a seat or two before December 23rd. If not, fear not, because the second and new way to experience the Holiday Pops is at Blink! Brought to you by the Faneuil Hall Merchants Association, "Blink!" is a light and sound Extravaganza playing nightly now through New Years at Faneuil Hall. That means, Naughty or Nice, everyone can experience a sight and sound show that is sure to amaze and entertain just like Faneuil Halls' Restaurants, Retailers and Nightlife does all year long. But this is extra special and not to be missed. The light show is fascinating and the sound quality will amaze the most skeptical audiophile.
Hopefully, you can keep the Holiday nights from going too silent. Take some time and take some friends and Family out to experience the Holiday pops at Symphony Hall or, in the new tradition at Faneuil Hall.
Faneuil Hall Market Place
Holiday Pops
Mayors Holiday Special

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Natalie Cole: This is a Boston Music Coalition Live Music Revie

By Doug Ruffin
      Boston Music Coalition

Almost everything in life can have a musical accompaniment. For example, the musical story for the realities of the street is found in some Hip Hop. Youthful upbeat City life has a dance / pop rhythm. Many countries and regions around the world are often represented by the traditional music that accompanies their culture.   

What would then be the musical accompaniment of a celebration of fifty years of legendary service to the greater Boston Community from Action for Boston Community Development?

When you think of what is quality, who is legendary and a musical standard for the years; Natalie Cole is clearly the musical accompaniment to the Action for Boston Community Developments’ (ABCD) 50th Anniversary Gala held a few weeks ago in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriot at Copley Place in Boston.

Natalie Cole took the audience of over 1,200 dinner guests through a musical journey. Songs she learned as a little girl, the standards she loves and how the memory of her Father is truly, “unforgettable”. Natalie Cole was comfortable in the setting the Marriot Grand Ballroom provided. That ease of comfort translated to Natalie’s warm and soothing voice that covered the room like your favorite quilt. The live band performed well with Natalie Cole. The band played every note with the emotion that each song called for; as the band fell in tune with every song Natalie Cole sang. 

Natalie Cole and her band hit all the right notes and ABCD has the right keys for future success in the community.


Natalie Cole   


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Barry Mamilow Live! This is a Boston Music Coalition Live Music Review

 By Doug Ruffin
      Boston Music Coalition

Those who know me also understand my love for music. Be it live or pounding dance beats in a club I love it all. Barry Manilow delivered both on the final stop of his summer tour in Worcester Massachusetts last week.

Some guys have to get dragged to a Barry Manilow concert. Not me. He’s a great performer and you can admit it; you know the words to a lot of Barry Manilow songs. The Worcester audience was treated to an energetic concert starting with live upbeat dance music including a live remixed performance of “Could it Be Magic”. It seemed to reach out and command attention from the audience who stoop up and responded by dancing, cheering and waving glow sticks. As energetic as the concert was, the mix of upbeat hits, sing a longs, television clips and romantic ballads ended in less than two hours. He has enough material to sing through the night. In fact MR Manilow stated that fact when he opened the show. But the 7:30 show that started fifteen minutes late ended disappointingly at 9:30. Honestly, I don’t know about you, but never in my life have I left a major arena concert at 9:30. Have you? Still, most would agree that the one hour and forty odd minute performance was time well spent. Barry Manilow sings and performs from deep in his heart. He celebrates the joys of music and shares it with those who will take the time to listen. The sharing of music is not limited to his live stage performances. During the concert, Barry Manilow announced an initiative to bring music instruments to schools for students to use throughout the country. The Manilow Music Project ( invites fans to share old music instruments and donate them to a central location in Cities and towns throughout the US. MR Manilow leads by example and donated a piano to Worcester Public Schools.

What’s next?  A new single, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” and CD, “15 Minutes”, of course. The Single is an upbeat dance / pop number designed either to keep Barry Manilow relevant Or, to confuse the living hell out of every radio music director on the face of the earth. Whatever the case, Barry Manilow will continue to write the songs that make the whole world sing and perform live for many years to come.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Hugh Laurie Entertains with a Music Appreciation Lesson. This a Boston Music Coalition Live Music Review

By Doug Ruffin
     Boston Music Coalition

By now, many students are settled in to classes with the start of the new school year. The audience for Hugh Laurie in Boston, last week, also settled in for a fantastic musical Journey guided by Hugh Laurie and his band with back up singers that also includes Jean McClain. Great Jazz and Blues performances were complimented with Hugh’s sense of humor and his knowledge of song writers and music performers. Hugh Laurie, in fact, complimented the Boston based audience for its recognition of the Jazz and Blues greats he mentioned that were greeted with applause throughout the two hour plus show.   

The Hugh Laurie Music Tour is not instructional, but it leaves audiences ravaness for more of the music Hugh Laurie supports. I wanted to go deeper in to the history of Jazz, Blues and all sorts of music genres to expand my interest in music. All thanks to the lessons learned at Hugh Laurie’s concert.

As for the performance, everyone on stage gave it their all. Upbeat and engaging selections had the audience tapping foot and standing on their feet clapping, cheering and begging for more at the end of the performance.

Live music uniquely celebrates and informs in all genres. Hugh Laurie is one live music performer who truly knows how to guide and entertain as well.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; this is a BMC Live Music Review.

Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

August 21, 2012

Last May, I attended a great fundraiser. During the event, a silent auction took place. Several choices abound, my law of attraction for live music sent me bidding for an August 18th Bruce Springsteen Concert at Gillette Stadium. Without breaking the bank, I won a pair of Tickets to a music experience.

Saturday night arrives. My girlfriend lookin’ hot as always, Limo service on time and great eats at, “Toby Keith’s I love this Bar and Grill”. Our seats for the concert were not just good; they were what I would call, a privilege!

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are the embodiment of what popular live music strives to accomplish. The Wrecking Ball Tour Roared in to Foxborough MA Busting out on stage with high voltage and sustaining that energy throughout the four hour concert. Bruce Springsteen welcomed back repeat concert attendees and introduced him self and the E Street Band to those of us who joined the experience for the first time. He stated on stage that he welcomes new and younger fans because he has another forty years in him to perform. The Boss truly ruled. But he achieves that honor to rule without manipulating the audience. Instead, The Boss employed a relentless driving musical force with the E Street Band, amazing interaction with the audience while rockin’ a non stop spiritual vibe that some of today’s younger R&B or Gospel singers have yet to achieve. It’s no wonder why Bruce Springsteen’s 50,000 strong audiences left the concert up lifted and sanctified!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Message from the President: The Future of Jazz Radio effects the Future of Live Jazz Music.

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

I have been a friend with the folks at JazzBoston for some time now. So when the call was made to attend a gathering outside of the WGBH studios in Boston because of a programming change that canceled weeknight Jazz programming after many years of sustaining ratings and contributions from listeners, I knew I had to attend. In a large radio market like Boston, Radio formats are likely to change. ‘FNX flipped to a “Jack” format, ‘ODS flipped to the Amp (dance / Pop) format. The change at ‘GBH Radio is not a format change but instead, a cultural change. And they did it with “our” money! Weeknight Jazz programming is relegated to limited hours on weekend nights in favor of a News / Talk format. The market already has News / Talk at WBUR, WRKO  WTTK not to mention WBZ All news during the day and talk at night. So ‘GBH cried poverty, changed culture and went out to purchase PRI. No, Not channel 10 in Providence; bigger! (Public Radio International). You’ve got to be kidding!

Music formats have a direct effect on live music in any market. Want to know if Lady GaGa is coming to town? Kiss 108 is here to tell you. Want to know when that rock or alternative band is hitting the stage? ‘AAF is here to tell you. And when you want to know about live Jazz performances, Jazz greats, Local Jazz artists and jazz history? Sorry Bud! You’re out of luck. ‘GBH doesn’t want to play anymore. Remember that local donation you made to ‘GBH to keep local programming going? It was used to purchase PRI.

JazzBoston Stepped up to the plate and invited the public, musicians, radio professionals and educators to an open community meeting Tuesday night at the Boston Public Library where anyone can share positive ideas to help Jazz music survive on traditional radio as well as alternative media. Without Jazz media, fans cannot get current information on Jazz artists, local jazz performers or where Live Jazz music is being performed in greater Boston. Jazz is rich in history and culture and announcers like Eric Jackson bring that history to life so that any 15 year old can appreciate something a little bit more than Lady Gaga.

The well attended community meeting was moderated by JazzBoston Board Members’ Jose Masso and Emmett Price.  Everyone who wanted to speak got the chance to do so. Attendees came prepared with short statements and questions that stayed on topic without a single drifting speech or long over the top commentary. WICN in Worcester was in attendance. That opened the idea to get “repeaters or “Feed” to a Boston area station so Jazz can be heard on the radio again from Worcester to Boston. Many New media ideas were expressed and with a proactive follow up commitment from JazzBoston and the attendees to participate in committees, Jazz could be back on the air. Live Jazz Music will sustain and grow throughout greater Boston. But the follow up has to be just as energetic as the community meeting was on Tuesday. If not, a vital part of music culture will die.


Take Action! Get Involved! Find out How You Can Help! Send Questions and Suggestions Regarding the Future of Jazz Radio in Boston to:


WICN Radio Worcester:

WGBH Radio Boston:

Scullers Jazz Club:


MAJE (Massachusetts Association for Jazz Educators)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


All of us at the Boston Music Coalition want to hear your voice. That's why we invite you to become a BMCiReporter. Send us information on the music performer or well planned live music event you are excited about via e-mail to; . This week, Nick Christopher tells us who's dropping a bomb on the music industry. 


by Nick Christophers

In 2012 the landscape of the music industry has changed drastically in every facet of the business. From the swift shift from CD to digital music the only prayer for recording artists to earn is to perform constantly. Unless you are a house hold name like Bruce Springsteen or Lady Gaga making a profit just from record sales in nearly impossible. Even stars like them have a hard time breaking even.

Many individuals in the business have unwillingly depended on iTunes, Amazon or Beatport to generate sales. In addition the music industry has become so saturated with anyone who thinks they can sing is digitally putting out music. But there are those who still go about the business the “old fashion” way, by utilizing real instruments. One such band is the punk rock band “Drop Tank”.

The band hails from the land “down under”, Australia. The band is a female fronted group that has a cutting edge “in your face” approach. The leader Zebidy Tank is the driving force behind this edgy band. As a teenager growing up she had a strong punk rock influence which led her to experiment with heavy rock and metal. Both of these genres are reflected in her music.

Zebidy, whose real name is Phillipa, is an attractive blonde with a slim figure. But don’t let the pretty look fool you, on stage she is a force that delivers a strong performance that can leave you stunned. The band’s popularity in Australia is very solid and is going global. When it comes to developing lyrics Zebidy has an odd way of coming up with concepts for her music. She gave us a breakdown.

“The best songs always write themselves. In a stressful or frustrating situation a riff or melody can hit you in the side of the head. I have gotten better at capturing these ideas as they happen immediately. For example, singing into my phone or writing something down. Spontaneous ideas are usually the most fun and interesting and when you exercise your writing muscle on top of it creating songs becomes easier as you have more tricks to use.” 

The band was formed in 2008 after the first group Zebidy was involved with dissolved. To produce a new band she  would frequent various venues and listened to bands and see if she can find one to build on. After a few visits she found the right “chemistry” and formed the group. Her bass player at the time came up with the name “Drop Tank” which seemed fitting for her. Especially, since it signified the reserve fuel tank for a “muscle car”, the type of car that she prefers.

zebidy2.jpgBeing the only female in the band and the front – woman, most would think it would be a demanding task. Yet Zebidy honestly confides that it’s not as difficult as it may seem. Zebidy grew up attending an all girl school and was tired of the “cliquey” attitudes and actually welcomed male friends. She did perform with some great female musicians during her time but still preferred to work with an all male group. Because of their stage presence Zebidy admits that they are viewed more seriously in the music world. The band has been together for the past five years.

Drop Tank has so far released two albums, the first was self-titled and the second was titled “Vice”. Zebidy admits that there are two singles that stand out most for her, “White Lady” and “Saw Nothing”. The titles of most of the band’s tracks have an edgy relentless image invoking a “no hold’s bar” attitude.

“Lyrics are written to suit the song. They are based on creative ideas and nothing more.  I have never set out to shock or offend. I have only written ideas for the lyrics to suit the riff or music. I

feel if you become too conscious of your material it can hinder the creative process.  So I guess it is purely entertainment. Lyrics always come last when writing. If you look closely there are good messages in there too.”

Currently, Zebidy is in the process of searching for a producer to work with them on some new tracks they have recently laid down, and is hoping to release these to the public soon. To search for information on the band you can visit

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hugh Laurie and my friend Jean McClain a/k/a Pepper Mashay, on tour and on Jay Leno Tonight!

A Message from the President

By Doug Ruffin
     Boston Music Coalition

Music has been my life for all of my life but I have not been active in the music industry until the day I set foot in Miami’s Winter Music Conference, back in’05. It changed my life. I met a lot of great people and most are still great friends now. One of them is Jean McClain a/k/a Pepper MaShay. She has introduced me to a lot of people and continues to be a motivating force behind all of my music business activity. A year or so before that, I experienced a heart attack and the first night I could sit up and watch TV, Hugh Laurie was on as DR House and the episode was about, among all things, a heart attack. That episode changed my life and moved me from an ordinary positive person with a dream to the winning grown up most of you know today. So you’ll excuse the life bias interest in the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, 11:35 PM EST on NBC. My friend, Jean McClain joins Hugh Laurie a/k/a Dr House, as they launch on a tour that will take them though many parts of the world and yes, the US. TV has a long tradition of live music performances and live music events. So it’s fitting that just before the tour starts, everyone with a TV can access a taste of some good ol’ hot, swampy Louisiana blues music they’re likely to perform tonight.

So stay up tonight and catch a short tease of the music, then click a mouse and find the tour. You never know, it could change your life.


The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

Hugh Laurie Music, Tour and information:   


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Want to dress up to dine out and waltz to the music? Then you’d better not plan on hangin’ out with me at Dick’s Last Resort!

By Doug Ruffin
     Boston Music Coalition

Sorry bud; but if ya’ want to go to a proper place to dine out don’t come lookin’ for me when I’m on my way to Dick’s Last Resort. My girl friend and I went to the Big Apple Circus this past weekend and we were in the mood to clown around and grab some grub in Boston’s Faneuil Hall area. Dick’s Last Resort was the perfect choice for us. Why? For one thing, we are not proper or stuffy. Oh, we know how to be proper but we just were not in the mood for it. Two; we don’t have a negative attitude and dumped our ego’s in the Charles River some fifty odd years ago. If ya’ have not dumped your ego and that stuffy high horse attitude you’ll probably not make it at Dick’s Last Resort. And three? Well…, we just came from the Big Apple Circus. Where the hell else are we gonna go?   

When we got there we were greeted by smiling Dick’s last Resort staff who welcomed us while the fun pulsating music opened the doors to an energetic atmosphere. Since we can take a good joke, we were able to take our waiter, Jason, and laugh throughout the night. I’m not sure what I liked more. Our waiter, Jason’s fun style or the reactions to his style. Our table was next to a large party of twenty somethings who thought they were to cool for school. Oh yeah, They had the perfect clothes and the trending phones. But they sat around with their backs all arched back nibbling on salad and not saying too much to one another. Jason reminded them what kind of place Dick’s Last Resort is; But did they listen?  We did, and we watched and we laughed some more. Sorry, but the whole scene was funny. J  Jason made a big paper hat for me and wrote  that I was, “Turned on by Betty White” Gee, How’d he know that? He mad another hat for my girl friend and wrote on it that she was a, “retired pole dancer”. Again I ask, How’d they know that? Obviously, we, at least, can take a joke. J 

What’s great is that the entertainment didn’t stop there. Keep in mind this is in fact a music blog. I like pointing out places to find live music. Well it’s just your luck that Dick’s Last Resort is one of them. On the night we were there, a group called, “Classic Traxx” kept the party rockin’ through the night. Live Music is offered on most weekend nights ( Friday, Saturday and occasionally on Sundays starting around 8:00 PM.) This weekend, check out live music at Dick’s Last Resort. On Friday Nate Walkins performs and on Saturday, Party with Radio Daze. Any time ya’ want to party down and grab some grub; loose the stuffy attitude, stop arching your back and when you are ready to talk and laugh about anything that isn’t trending, You be sure to give me a call and I’ll meet ya a Dick’s Last Resort.       


Monday, April 2, 2012

A Message from the President: Live from Together Boston in Cambridge

By Doug Ruffin
     Boston Music Coalition

This is an exciting time for me. While all of us at the Boston Music Coalition support all genres of music, I have a strong passion for dance / electronic music. Think disco for the new millennium. Or, listen to the direction of most pop music these days, Alternative music, Hip Hop and acid jazz and yeah, you pretty much can see and hear that dance is what’s happening today. It’s not a passing fad as the trend has been strong in the mainstream for three years now with no end in sight.

Music people have just come from SXSW in Austin and the Winter Music Conference in Miami. Enter in the third regional music extravaganza of the season and its here in the Cambridge / Boston Area. It’s Together Boston. Combining music, art and technology, my friend, David Day, is celebrating the third year of Together Boston. This time, with central headquarters on 579A
Massachusetts Avenue
, in
Central Square, Cambridge
, I attended Monday’s press conference to launch the Together Boston week long festival April 2nd through April 8th. Each year gets bigger and this year is the best. A well planned out and organized launch event with good food, networking and music. Plus a panel that included Cambridge City Government, Boston Press and Music Professionals moderated by David Day him self.

The easy way out would be to promo the Together Boston events that are to take place this week. Instead, the panel at the launch event Monday, went far beyond promotional opportunities and discussed how the City of Cambridge embraced the Together Boston Festival and hopes to work with Boston to make Together Boston the regions SXSW event of New England. The location, the talent, and solid economics are in place. Everyone agreed that a regional music conference can be the future of Together Boston in a few short years.

The Boston Music Coalition will be live in
Central Square, Cambridge
all this week at the Together Headquarters to bring you the panels, the music, the art and technology that combine to make Together Boston a spectacular event! Did I mention that I have a strong passion for dance / electronic music?

For tickets and schedule of events visit:   

Follow us on Twiiter: @BostMusCoalition     

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Nightlife Nexus by the Boston Music Coalition

                                           Greater Boston's Official
                                         Live Music Happenings List

Mega Millions Friday is here! And with it, a guarantee of live music throughout greater Boston, all weekend long.

Mega Millions Friday, March 30, 2012

The Location: Brighton Music Hall,
158 Brighton Avenue Boston
The Music:     Bearstronaut, Bad Rabbits

The Location: C and S Tavern,
380 Warren Street, Boston
The Music:     Athene Wilson

The Location: Café 939 at Berklee.
939 Boylston Street, Boston
The Music:     Rosie Thomas

The Location: Cantab Lounge,
738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Nicky Click, Kristen Ford

The Location: Church,
69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston
The Music:     ASN, Greenstreet

The Location: Green Briar,
304 Washington Street
, Brighton / Boston
The Music:     The Hype

The Location: House of Blues,
36 Lansdowne Street, Boston
The Music:     Nerve, DJ Shadow

The Location: Johnny D’s,
17 Holland Street, Summerville , MA
The Music:     MAMADOU, Loose Change 

The Location: Mad Raven,
847 Main Street, Waltham, MA
The Music:     Typhoon Ferri

The Location: McGanns Pub,
197 Portland Street, Boston
The Music:     Milkbread, Pat Hull

The Location: Me and Three Coffeehouse,
28 Mugford Street, Marblehead, MA
The Music:     Jesse Winchester, RJ Cowdery

The Location: Middle East,
472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Wobblesouce, Pete Kilpatrick Band, Driftless Pony Club

The Location: Midway Café, 3496 Washington Street, Jamaica Plain / Boston
The Music:     The Grrass Gypsy’s

The Location: Next Page Café,
550 Broad Street, East Weymouth
. MA
The Music:     Track 44

The Location: O’Brien’s Pub,
3 Harvard Avenue, Boston
The Music:     Nenakata

The Location: Paradise Rock Club,
969 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
The Music:     
A Place
to Bury Strangers, The Joy Formidable

The Location: Precinct, 70 union Square, Somerville, MA 
The Music:     Goldenboy

The Location: Stone Church,
5 Granite Street, Newmarket, MA
The Music:     Jeff Conley Band, Rock Spring

The Location: Toad,
1920 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents 

The Location: Tsongas Center at UMass,
300 Arcand Drive, Lowell, MA
The Music:      J. Cole

The Location: T.T. The Bears,
10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Young Adults, Soccer Mom, Autochrome, Night Fruit

Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Location: Blue Ocean Music Hall, Frnt N, 4 Ocean Salisbury, MA
The Music:     The Fools

The Location: Brighton Music Hall,
158 Brighton Avenue, Boston
The Music:     Metronomy, Friends

The Location: Café 393 at Berklee,
393 Boylston Street, Boston
The Music:     Ben Howard

The Location: Charles River School,
6 Old Meadow Road, Dover, MA
The Music:     Dar William

The Location: Church, 69 Kilmarnock /street, Boston
The Music:     Catch Wild

The Location: Great Scott,
1222 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
The Music:     Casey Desmond, Stereo Telescope

The Location: Hard Rock Café,
22 – 24 Clinton Street, Boston
The Music:     Playin’ Dead

The Location: House of Blues,
36 Lansdowne Street, Boston

The Location: Johnny D’s,
17 Holland Street, Somerville, MA
The Music:     The Love Dogs, The Delta Generators, The Peacheaters

The Location: Latitude 43,
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA
The Music:     The Gary Backstrom Band

The Location: Middle East,
472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Kingsley Flood, Falling Skyward, Tallahassee, Thick as Thieves

The Location: O’Brien’s,
829 Boston Street, Lynn, MA
The Music:     Ten Foot Polecats

The Location: Paradise Rock Club,
969 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
The Music:     Wild Flag

The Location: Peabody Essex Museum,
161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
The Music:     DJ Rekha

The Location: Ryles Jazz Club,
212 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Christelle Durandy

The Location: Sally O’Brien’s,
335 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA
The Music:     Les Sampou

The Location: Showcase Live,
23 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA
The Music:     Ryan Montbleau Band

The Location: T.T. The
Bears Place
10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Foxy Shazam, Maniac 

The Location: Western Front.
343 Western Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Rush

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Message from the President: Live Music and More at The Arsenal Arts Center

By Doug Ruffin
      Boston Music Coalition

You may have noticed the Boston Music Coalition paid some attention to a big band event last week at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown. I attended that event on Saturday night and was surprised by the show and the Arsenal Arts Center it self. This was, you see, my first time attending the arts center. Then again, why should I be surprise to find quality performances at a terrific theatre and reception area at the Arsenal Arts Center? 

Just outside of Boston, in Watertown Massachusetts. is the Arsenal Arts Center big enough to support several areas of the arts and personal enough for anyone to attend a show or, participate in a program for kids and adults alike.

On Saturday, I attended the Arsenal Arts Centers’ fund raising event, “Big Band meets Hollywood”. Singer, Donna McElroy and Sax player, Larry Monroe along with an 18 piece big band had the audience cheering, clapping and “tappin’ foot” as the music and history swung throughout the night! But it was even more than that. A reception was held prior to the event. It gave people a chance to grab a glimpse of the Arsenal Arts Center and to meet members of the board. When Joyce Kulhawik made a presentation, she mentioned that she finds her self attending events at the Arsenal Arts Center every other week. I can see why and will probably do the same. The Boston Music Coalition is a strong supporter of the Arts and Live Music.

To learn more about the Arsenal Arts Center, Visit

Friday, March 23, 2012

Nightlife Nexus by the Boston Music Coalition

                                    Nightlife Nexus                
                                   Greater Boston’s Official
                                          Live Music Happenings List  

Last weekend was ST. Patrick’s Day weekend. Here we are back one week later and another Friday. Are you actually in any condition to go out and party? I am!

TGIF! March 23, 2012

The Location: Barretts Ale House,
425 Bedford Street, Bridgewater, MA
The Music:     Never in Vegas

The Location: Berklee Collage of Music,
1140 Boylston Street, Boston
The Music:     The Blind Boys of Alabama

The Location: Brighton Music Hall,
The Music:     The Wedding Present, The Jet Age  

The Location: Chicken Bone, 358 Waverly, Framingham, MA  
The Music:     Blushing Bride

The Location: Church,
69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston
The Music:     The Beat Horizon, Miss Fairchild

The Location: Club Passim,
47 Palmer Street, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Sarah Jarosz

The Location: Dog Bar,
65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
The Music:     What Time is MR Fox

The Location: Green Land Café,
87 Washington Street, Salem, MA
The Music:     The DeJa’s

The Location: Hardcover Restaurant,
15 Newbury Street, Danvers, MA
The Music:     Katie O’Brien

The Location: Howling Wolf Taqueria, 76 Lafayette, Street, Salem, MA
The Music:     Tokyo Tramps

The Location: Jacques Underground, 79 Broadway, Boston
The Music:     Plumerai

The Location: Jockey Club, 115 Route 44, Raynham
The Music:     The Hype

The Location: Johnny Ds,
17 Holland Street, Somerville, MA
The Music:     Joe Knows Trio

The Location: Kitty O’Shea’s,
298 Cabot Street
, Beverly MA  
The Music:     Ol’ Brown Shoe

The Location: Latitude 43.
25 Rogers Street, Gloucester, MA
The Music:     Big Ol’ Dirty Bucket

The Location: Liberty Hotel,
215 Charles Street, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Brooks Young Band

The Location: Lizard Lounge,
1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Club D Elf

The Location: Me and Three Coffeehouse,
28 Mugford Street, Marblehead, MA
The Music:     Willy Porter, Ryan Fitzsimmons

The Location: Middle East,
472 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     16bit, Perpetual Groove  

The Location: Pa’s Lounge,
345 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, MA
The Music:     The Diamond Mines

The Location: Paradise Rock Club,
969 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
The Music:     Kweller, Sleeper Agent, The Dig

The Location: Pickled Onion,
355 Rantoul Street, Beverly, MA
The Music:     Bar Flyz

The Location: Regattabar,
1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Karla Bonoff

The Location: Scullers Jazz Club,
400 Soldiers Field Road, Boston, MA
The Music:     Lee Ritenour

The Location: Showcase Live,
23 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA
The Music:     The Fools

The Location: Toad,
1920 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:      Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents

The Location: T.T. The
Bears Place
10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Ribs, Moving Mountains

Special Event:

Get Ready To Swing on a Saturday Night!  

The Date:       Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Location: Arsenal Center for the Arts,
321 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA

The Music:     Larry Monroe and Donna McElroy head up a 16 Member Swingin’ Big
                       Band. Joyce Kulhawik Make a Presentation During the Event!

The Time:      Food and Wine served at 6:45 Music starts Swingin’ at 8:00 PM

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Location: All Asia Bar,
332 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Max Pela

The Location: Brighton Music Hall, Boston
The Music:     The Chang Gang of 1974, Geographer, Miniature Tigers, Pretty and Nice

The Location: Cantab Lounge,
738 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     The McGunks

The Location: Centre Bar,
1664 Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA
The Music:     The Locals

The Location: Chit Chat Lounge,
103 Washington Street, Haverhill, MA
The Music:     Orange Television

The Location: Church,
69 Kilmarnock Street, Boston
The Music:     Ellis Ashbrook

The Location: Copperfields,
98 Brookline Avenue, Boston
The Music:     Doug Ratner and the Watchmen

The Location: Dog Bar ,
65 Main Street, Gloucester, MA
The Music:     Joe Mack

The Location: Great Scott,
1222 Commonwealth Ave, Boston
The Music:     Stephie Coplan and the Pedestrians, Lost Romance, Mattison, The Four

The Location: House of Blues,
36 Lansdowne Street, Boston
The Music:     Martin Sexton, Stephen Kellogg

The Location: Johnny Ds,
17 Holland Street, Somerville, MA
The Music:     Dayna Kurtz, RACK ‘EM UP LETS GO, Pipeline Riot

The Location: Lily Pad,
1353 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Cirkestra

The Location: McGanns Irish Pub,
197 Portland Street, Boston
The Music:     Public Beach, Under The Influence

The Location: Narrows Center for the Arts,
16 Anawan Street, Fall River, MA
The Music:     Shelby Lynne

The Location: O’Brien’s Pub,
3 Harvard Avenue, Boston
The Music:     Hivesmasher

The Location: Paradise Rock Club,
969 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
The Music:     Bowerbirds, Dry The River

The Location: Showcase Live,
23 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA
The Music:     Rock Steady

The Location: T.T. The
Bears Place
10 Brookline Street, Cambridge, MA
The Music:     Lauren Flaherty, Grace Woodroofe  

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