Alan Arena hosts Hugs forLizbeth, with a little help from his musical friends

Alan Arena hosts Hugs forLizbeth, with a little help from his musical friends

Tomorrow afternoon, blues musician Alan Arena will host a benefit to raise funds for his wife, Lizbeth. Lizbeth is living with the progressive, incurable genetic disorder known as Huntington’s disease. Funds will go to offset the expenses to cover her care.

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Holiday gift suggestions for fans of the New England music scene; buy these CDs right away

Holiday gift suggestions for fans of the New England music scene; buy these CDs right away

It’s that time of year where you’re scrambling to find gifts for the ones you love. If your loved ones are fans of the local New England music scene, you may wish to purchase CDs by their or your favorite local artists to stuff inside their Christmas stockings. Being one of New England’s more prolific music journalists, I happen to know of many bands whose CDs might make great gift ideas. Here are a few:

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Jennifer Truesdale, Marcia Macres

Chick Singer Night teams with Burren for unplugged show; Robin Lane headlines

Marcia Macres and her Chick Singer Night co-director Jennifer Truesdale offer a whole different ballgame for this Fall’s Chick Singer Night/Boston presentation. Last spring, CSN presented their selection of notable female singers in a concert format at a local theatre. Their Fall presentation finds Chick Singer Night presenting as the lineup for the Sunday Night Acoustic Series at The Burren in Somerville, this Sunday night coming up, November 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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Dave Bailin & The Bailouts play to receptive Pig's Eye crowd in Salem, MA

Dave Bailin & The Bailouts play to receptive Pig’s Eye crowd in Salem, MA

Dave Bailin & The Bailouts appeared at the well liked restaurant and pub called In A Pig’s Eye in Salem, Massachusetts last Sunday night. A strong turnout was par for the course at that room, and the band played to it well. Dave Bailin & The Bailouts draw a lot of their influences from classic rock, especially late 1960s and early 1970s bands that incorporated country music styles. This gives the Bailouts plenty to work with, keeping their guitar lines pretty and their rhythm section shuffling.

Sunday Funday jam proves a fun time for all at Brodie's in Salem, Massachusetts

Sunday Funday jam proves a fun time for all at Brodie’s in Salem, Massachusetts

Blues guitarist-vocalist Chris Fitz and blues-rock drummer-singer Steven Peabody have had an exceptionally successful run with their Sunday Funday jam at Salem, Massachusetts’ Brodie’s Seaport Bar & Grill. While Fitz couldn’t make it to yesterday’s jam, featured guest musician Robert Leger filled in on guitar and sex appeal. Proving he still has it, Leger unleashed some mighty fine guitar phrases throughout the jam, serving each song well by injecting fire and brimstone when needed.