Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Years Eve Live Music! The Love Dogs, Cherrie Bomb and the The Felix Brown Band!

New Years Eve Live Music! The Love Dogs, Cherrie Bomb and The Felix Brown Band!

By: Doug Ruffin
      Boston Music Coalition

Get Ready! Grab that Special Someone or a friend or whomever, pick a designated Driver, and get your Christmas Dollars 'cause its time for the biggest party of the year! New Years Eve, 

Live Music is at the heartbeat of the New Years Eve Celebration! Here are just a few of the many live bands playing on New Years Eve in Boston. 

                                                                   The Love Dogs 

THE LOVE DOGS Are dogs for Live Music. That's not their tagline; I just made that up. But when you see them, hear them and dance to this bands music, you will get what I mean. New Orleans Style, R&B or Rock n' Roll and Top 40 Dance Hits; The Love Dogs just Go, Go Go!  So, go ahead, Just try to keep up with them. The Love Dogs Play Live at the Back Bay Gala Event in Boston New Years Eve.

The Music:     The Love Dogs
The Venue:     Back Bay Gala Event st the Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 31 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM  

Many of us will be counting down to 2014. Why not Countdown To The 80? Get your 80s atire .. Oh God no! ... Really? Yes Really! It'll be great! What was your favorite MTV video?

The Music:   Cherie Bomb
The Venue:   Countdown To The 80s @ the Constitutional Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel, Dalton Street, Boston
Date & Time: Tuesday, December 31 8:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Tix & Info:

Did you make your New Years Resolution Yet? If you have not done so, no worries. You still have time. But do make a plan to attend the The Resolution Ball on New Years Eve. The Felix Brown Band will be there Live!. You'll want to be there too.

                                A short tease of the, "Felix Brown Band". Want More? See 'em Live!

The Felix Brown Band will perform Live on New Years Eve at the Resolution Ball. in Boston. Powerful, Strong and engaging without being too loud. This band Rocks and Hip Hops all over the stage. If you have not seen this band; You probably heard about them. If this will be your fist, "Felix Brown Band" Experience, you're gonna wonder what took you so long to see this band! Make the New Years Resolution to see this band on New Years Eve at the Resolution Ball

The Music:     The Felix Brown Band
The Venue:     Resolution Ball at the Sheraton Hotel, 39 Dalton Street, Boston, MA 02199
Date & Time:  Tuesday, December 31, 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Tix & Info: 

New Years Eve around Boston offers an abundance of fun and Live Music. Enjoy, play safe and oh yes, See You in the New Year! 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Live Music Experience

By Doug Ruffin
    Boston Music Coalition

You know those people who have their tree and holiday lights up and have nearly completed Christmas shopping? I know, they make you sick. Don't they? Even worse, I'm one of them. I am almost done with my Christmas shopping. As proud as I am about that; many options still remain for the rest of my Christmas list.

A good business friend once told me that sometimes, the best gifts don't have to be wrapped in a box. Instead, consider giving an experience. If you love live music. This way of thinking will come easy.

Live music during and beyond the holidays offers an amazing experience. And unlike that ugly sweater, its likely to create a positive memory never to be forgotten. 

Keep in mind the style of music and / or bands the person you are getting tickets for as a gift actually likes. For example. Just because someone like country music, doesn't mean they like Taylor Swift. Make sure the gift is age appropriate. Your 18 year old may love to catch that new electronic dance music band, but will be too young to attend a venue that only admits people over the age of 21. Last but not least, keep the location in mind. If the people you are planning this magnificent music experience for depend on public transportation and do not drive a car; Perhaps a venue local and easy to get to by public transportation would be a better fit. 

With that in mind. Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

Live Jazz and more at the Arsenal Center for the Arts. (T Accessible) in Watertown, MA. Our friends at the Arsenal Center for the Arts tell us that the 2013 - 2014 season is on. The American Songbook: The Jazz view is going on now. But the center offers more. including family activities and music events in several genres throughout the year.

Symphony Hall (T Accessible) in Boston offers the best in classical music and more. How about a little swing? The Boston Pops Swing Orchestra plays New Years Eve Night. Other music events can be gifted in a three ticket flex plan to keep enchantment of the holiday season alive all year around.

How about some dinner and dancing to go a long with that live music experience? To gift this one, look to the top. The Top of the Hub offers dining gift certificates. It's fun, classy and offers a great view of Boston and beyond. Many nights are filled with great music for listening, tappin' your foot at the bar and dancing. "T" And Elevator accessible.

Right outside North Station on the Orange, Green and Purple line of the T is The TD Garden, offering everything from sports to live music concerts. Beyonce performs Live in Concert on December 30th. Since the Holidays are a, "season"; Why not start gifting early? Beyond the Holiday season, The stage lights up for Jay Z, Lady Antebellum, Paul Simon and Sting. 

The Berklee performance Center, also T accessible, in Boston, is a powerhouse of name and student performances a like. For the holiday, catch Jim Brickman perform in his, "Magic of Christmas" concert later this week. After the Holidays, catch the spirit with, "The Clark Sisters" Gospel music concert. Just on of many musical events at the Berklee performance center going on in every season of the year.

Give your self an early Christmas present and enjoy, "A Christmas Carol" at the Boston Center for the Arts. the show for the entire family is running now through December 21 with live theatre, music events and learning opportunities throughout the year Thank Goodness the Boston Center for the arts is also T Accessible. Because just like all of these ideas listed. You may find your self living the live music experience all year 'round.


Arsenal Center for the Arts: 

Boston Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall:

Top of the Hub:

TD Garden: 

Berklee Performance Center 

Boston Center for the Arts

Monday, December 2, 2013

How About, "Music Tuesday"?

By Doug Ruffin
    Boston Music Coalition 

Was all that cybering on Monday as good for you as it was for me? I am, of course, referring to "Cyber Monday" and all that on line shopping people did on Monday. but lets not forget, "Black Friday", "Small Business Saturday" And; What's all this talk about a, "Brown Thursday" on Thanksgiving Day? 

All these days and colors have got me thinking about what could be missing. How about, "Music Tuesday"? It could be the day after Cyber Monday and offers blockbuster savings on Music CDs / Downloads, Tickets for live bands, Live Musical Theatre and the Arts. 

Launching a yearly, "Music Tuesday" could be a win win for all. Retail can sell quality surround sound systems, Musical Instruments and more; Bands, venues and promoters can sell tickets to performances and music-related events for shows coming up during and after the holiday season. Technology can sell the music benefits of the latest mobile device and individual musicians can even sell Music lessen packages to those who made a new years resolution to learn to play an instrument in the year ahead.

Music and the arts win because instead of preaching to the same audience choir, The arts can be introduced to those who love music but have not attend a performance in the arts with this new kind of gift under the tree.

Consumers would win with low cost saving on the examples above, And music? Well then ... Music Tuesday is the song everyone in music industry would want to hear. Right? 

Honestly, I'm not too sure about the answer to that questions. Business, consumers and the music industry would win. But with all the harmonizing, jamming, mixing and remixing that goes on in music; When it comes to ideas like "Music Tuesday", The cooperation it would take for the music industry to actually work together would only render ... the sound of silence.

On that note, Let's hope I'm wrong.