Heather McKibben never would have guessed 20 years ago that she’d be hosting HeatherFest20 this September 7th. What started it as a backyard party with a single blues band at her then Canton, Massachusetts home has become a mini festival, eventually named after her, in her backyard in Norton, Massachusetts. HeatherFest has been known to draw up to 3,000 people over the course of the day. A $25 donation goes towards charities supported by HeatherFest.
Drummer-producer Hirsh Gardner has been a very busy man these days. Aside from his Cambridge studio chores, he‘s been organizing a reunion concert for his once nationally famous band New England. “Don’t Ever Want To Lose Ya” and many other New England originals will come alive. Gardner and his original three band mates will perform a full concert at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Massachusetts on Friday, August 15, at 8:00 p.m. New England is one of those bands that have been kept alive on the internet and in the memories of fans.
What a night. Greedy Geezer has been hosting his Garage Nite one Saturday evening a month for some time now. Hosted at Granite Rail Tavern in Quincy, last weekend, Geezer held it on an unusual Friday night. Yet, the scheduling didn’t matter. He had many of his usual lineup performing this past weekend, and the variety was impressive as the quality. Where else could a music fan find Real Real Bayou Boy Band, Preacher Jack, Uncle Joey Fingers, Tokyo Tramps, Cal Cali Band, and Stow Away String Band all under one roof on the same night?
Lee Hawkins started his Backs Against The Wall Blues Jam a year ago, and in that time it has grown exponentially in popularity and in quality. Held every Thursday evening at Capone’s in Peabody, Massachusetts, the jam never ceases to amaze attendees with the high caliber guests who appear to strut their stuff at the microphone and on their instruments. It was no surprise that last night’s first anniversary jam was a lively event with numerous, exciting musicians showing up to perform.