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.
Last Monday’s Sharefest & Bar-B-q was a hip, interpersonal event that took place at the headquarters of a Construction company in Newton, New Hampshire. There was no better place to celebrate Labor Day than one that represents people who work hard. Organized and hosted by Sweet Willie D, ShareFest saw several talented local bands take the stage while attendees were treated to the Sho Nuf BBQ offerings. Sho Nuf belongs to Sweet Willie D, making him a BBQ vendor as well as a blues man.
Last Sunday was a great day for local blues fans. Under the managerial baton of founder John Hall, the 19th annual North River Blues Festival at the Marshfield Fair went on without a hitch last Sunday afternoon. Basic Black with guest singer/harmonica player Brian Templeton was a very capable side stage band, putting on fine sets of their own in between the other five bands. On air blues personality Peter Black, from WATD 95.9 FM emceed the event, asking each band to come back for an encore song. Junkyard Dogs, ThrowDown Band, Ladies Of The Blues, 2 Rays And The Bluestones, and national act Trampled Under Foot each put on memorable sets.