Annie Brobst is on a roll. She’s been nominated for and has won several music awards in the past few years. Her Annie Brobst Band plays several name venues in greater-Boston and throughout New England. How did Brobst get to where she is now? It took her several carefully considered steps to reach a point of being recognized as a major regional artist.
Mike Gacek has been on a roll since he released his The Music To The Words I Write album earlier this year. The Lowell, Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter received favorable responses to his CD from both his music fans and the music press. He’s currently putting a band together so he can play out in support of the recording. He’s been playing out as a solo acoustic artist in support of the new disc while continuing his solo acoustic covers job.
Where can you find blues, classic rock, comedy, and drag queens underneath one room? The Salon. The Salon @ 9 Wallis in Beverly, Massachusetts is the latest brain child from GimmeLive producers Peter and Vickie Van Ness. The husband and wife team obtained a long term lease for the building, insuring greater flexibility and freedom than previous venues which they produced at but never owned.
Jon Butcher proved a good fit for Parker Wheeler’s 27 year old Sunday Night Blue Party at the Grog in Newburyport, Massachusetts last night. Butch fired off plenty of old school rock and blues licks, bluesy phrases, and even some of his modern takes on everything.
It’s hard to pinpoint what makes a MoGuitar show so successful. Is it all of the busy guitar techniques utilized by Gordy Pettipas? Is it his assertive vocalizing? Is it the flexibility and variety of grooves coming from the rhythm section of bassist Mike Berkowitz and drummer Garrett Cameron? The trio’s gig last Saturday night at DC’s Tavern in Hooksett, New Hampshire found them rocking the room with tremendous blues power.