John Hall, known for producing blues festivals at the Marshfield Fair these last 21 years, will present the New England Blues Summit at Cape Cod’s Resort And Conference Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts on May 13, May 14, and May 15. Judging by the activities and artists lined up, this could be the year’s biggest blues event in our six state region.
Many music fans have seen John Juxo supporting other roots and blues musicians at shows in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Juxo stands out for his keyboard work as well as his distinguished appearance. Many present might be uncertain who he is. The only thing they know is he showed up to play. So, who is this mysterious man with the white hair and sideburns who plays piano, organ, and accordion and often sings with some of the biggest names in the New England music scene? Let’s go back to Juxo’s childhood, where it all began.
Johnny Hoy And The Bluefish are on a released CD The Dance finds the boys at the top of their game, and they’ve been moving numerous copies at their gigs and on Spotify. Bluefish keyboardist and musical director Jeremy Berlin discussed the Bluefish sound and the band’s evolution over the last 25 years.roll.
Frank Viele Band played a lively set at the Spot Underground in Providence, Rhode Island last Saturday night. Coming off of two wins in the New England Music Awards the previous week, Viele and company seemed emboldened by their latest recognition. They play several songs from their latest full length CD, Fall You Way, which, incidentally, won a Producer Of The Year award for their producer Vic Steffens at the same awards show.
The fifth annual New England Music Awards was a tedious affair. The sounds system at Blue Ocean Music Hall was terrible, often dropping singers or instruments out of the mix or having them too low. The hosts were boring as hell, unless you don’t mind a pseudo-island Rastafarian with dreadlocks lecturing you on how you need to enjoy your life. Yeah, it got that bad.