John Hall is a very busy man this time of year. Hall is the creator and director of the hugely popular Green Harbor Roots Festival and North River Blues Festival at The Marshfield Fair. It runs the third and fourth weekend of August. Hall has quite a story to tell about his festival, the history behind it, and his multitude of other jobs, past and present, in the local music industry.
Professor Harp has been on the greater-Boston/New England scene for about four decades. Facing down the trials and tribulations of the music business has earned him the moniker Undaunted Professor Harp. Sticking with it for as long as he has has earned him a lot of respect from his fellow blues and R&B music scene-sters. He still plays all over New England.
Mark Huzar has got his Tore Down House band humming like an eight cylinder engine. TDH is booked solidly through September. Working with the Not So Costley booking agency, the guitarist-singer-songwriter picked up a lot of rooms to showcase his band’s skillful handling of music by Gov’t Mule, The Allman Brothers, and Led Zeppelin. As his TDH trio became more well known throughout southern New Hampshire, Huzar worked video footage and social networking into his marketing plan.
Classic rock never really goes away. It just goes into niche marketing corners until the more courageous young bands take it out and unwrap it. Love In Stockholm played a solid set of originals and classic rock covers to a very receptive crowd at The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge last night. After a lovely opening set by the exceptionally strong voiced singer-songwriter Sarah Blacker, Love In Stockholm hit the ground running, beginning with a respectable version of The Beatles’ masterpiece “A Day In The Life.” Most bands wouldn’t have the courage to rearrange The Beatles, yet this band fearlessly began their set with their own rendition. Their solid musicianship and tight chemistry announced itself with every note and chord.
Dan Lawson Band found a receptive audience at Uncle Eddies on Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts last Saturday night. Lawson’s high octane guitar work went over big with regulars, bikers, tourists, and anybody out looking to have a good time. Lawson and his rhythm section came up with a lot of sound for a three piece and the acoustics at Uncle Eddies are superb for an outfit like this. Low, tiled ceiling, carpeted floor, and a spacious area that runs directly from stage to the front of the venue couldn’t be beat for the sound to travel.