People’s Champs at Johnny D’s

October 17, 2014

Peoples Champs

October 2, 2014

Johnny D’s, Somerville, MA


Jimm O’D wanders into the jazz, blues and rock mecca of Somerville to check out an amazing band that he just couldn’t resist sampling.


Cocek! Brass Band

October 15, 2014

Cocek! Brass Band

October 2 2014

Johnny D’s Somerville MA


Jimm O’D goes to check out a highly unusual brass band with Balkun influences at one of the mainstays of jazz and funk in the Boston area, Johnny D’s.


Rhythm Inc O’s

October 9, 2014

Rhythm Inc The O’s Sunderland MA

September 20, 2014

The Buzz Issue release


Stephanie Jannicedottir takes her posse out for a ladies night to check out one of the most well loved reggae bands in the Pioneer Valley, Rhythm Incorporated!


The Predictable King Crimson: Something New (and Not) Colonial Theater, Boston 9/16

September 30, 2014

The Predictable King Crimson: Something New (and Not)

Colonial Theater

Boston 9/16/2014


King Crimson has always been nothing if not “out there.” Whether sonically, as they claim to be an “experiment in sound emerging from silence;” musically, with offbeat and often macabre lyrics and styles ranging from sweet to scarily metallic/industrial; or professionally, with sporadic but impressive output (often recognized after the fact) and infamous personnel changes such that the human resource pool and network has become seemingly limitless, the band has always kept listeners and critics guessing at what’s next. The current incarnation of the band has now underdone itself in a most distinguished way.


Old 78 Farm Fall Festival September 20 2014 Warwick MA

September 24, 2014

Old 78 Farm Fall Festival

September 20 2014

Warwick MA


The Old 78 Farm Fall festival was held in the “Right to Farm Community” of Warwick MA on September 20th and roughly 500 people attended the one day event. The band and entertainment lineup included music on two stages: Ashley Jordan, Jack Grace Band, Wildcat O’Halloran Band, Deadbeat, Afterfab, Lovewhip, Mr Noizy and the Sparkplugs, Adam Ezra Group, escape artist Jason Escape, and finally Flux Capacitor.


The Allman Brothers Band Peach fest 2014 Peach Festival Scranton PA August 16, 2014 by Bill Perrier

September 23, 2014

Peach Festival Allman Brothers Band

August 16 2014

Montage Mountain Scranton PA


Bill Perrier may be the biggest Allman Brothers Band fan you’ll ever meet, having seen more shows than he is years old. He is on a mission to see as many of the final Allman Brothers Band shows as possible, and to that end wandered over to Scranton PA to check out Peach Festival this summer.


Wormtown 2014

September 16, 2014

Wormtown Music Festival

September 11 – 14

Camp Kee Wa Nee Greenfield, MA


Another Wormfest in the books. A few hours of rain could not dampen what was otherwise an epic festival weekend.


Lindsey Labelle Band

September 11, 2014

Lindsey Labelle Band

Heritage Park, Holyoke

July 9 2014 by Jimm O’D


Our intrepid Northeast reviewer Jimm O’D expected a quiet night on the couch. What he got was a great community concert instead!


Doug Hewitt Group

August 28, 2014

Doug Hewitt Group

August 13, 2014

Amherst Chinese, Amherst, MA

New Monthly Jazz Jam “Inaugural Event”


First thought, as Doug Hewitt sings “You’d Be So Nice:” He sounds much more like an actual jazz singer than I expected (I’ll have to get my hands on Zen Cats someday). Listening to his two albums, the new (March 2013) “Roots in the Sky,” and the 2006 “Picasso Tomato,” one likely thinks that this is a jazzy pop singer, but listening live, it soon becomes apparent that his jazz roots go deeper than just leanings.


FAT at the Sunderland O’s

August 26, 2014


August 23, 2014

The Sunderland O’s, Sunderland, MA


Original members Peter Newland, Jim Kaminski, Guy DeVito, and William Benjamin, with guitarist Mark Pappas. Chet Pasek is here to play doubled drums, but they couldn’t fit ’em on the stage- so he’ll take over for Benji in the second set. “Black Sunday,” the fourth song they’ve done from their classic 1970 album and one of my big faves, has lost nothing over the years in terms of cool, clear, jazz-inflected leads and fills.


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