February offers Black History Month, Valentines Day, and hot New England music to fight off bitter cold weather

Professor Harp; blues man, survivor of Boston’s racial discord

Happy February gentle readers, This is the month of Black History, bitter cold, and, of course, Valentine’s Day. All three of those things tie into music. A dinner dance is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, especially if there is live band featured. Bitter cold nights could be spent inside a warm venue with a New England craft beer to warm you further. Black History Month, though, is the most obvious. Much of the music we listen to today can find its history in blues, jazz, R&B, and soul music which was, initially, the product of clever minds of the African-Americans who were telling the story of their unique American experience through their music. Below, are some offerings for everyone with a taste for the finer things in life, like live music.

February 1: Hilton Park; Elements; Biddeford, Maine. 7:00 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/224747791777487/

February 1: Beyond the Blur, Bolton Street Tavern, Marlboro Massachusetts. 9pm

February 1: Radio Roulette; Scoreboard; Woburn, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

February 1: Hit the Bus Band Michael’s Cigar Bar Worcester, Massachusetts. 10:00 p.m.

February 1: Rick Drost, Colette O’Connor, Nate Taylor, The Hearing Room, Lowell, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m.

February 1: Tony Soul Project; Old Millbury Old Time Inn Millbury, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m.

February 1: Johnny Hoy & The Bluesfish; The Narrows, Fall River, Massachusetts. 8:00

Ken Macy

February 2: Ken Macy Music Railers Sports Tavern Worcester Masschusetts.

February 2: Down Cellah; Salisbury Sports Pub; Salisbury, Massachusetts.

February 2: Tokyo Tramps at Gardner Ale House; Gardner, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

February 2: Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish; Feb 2, O’ Shea’s, West Dennis, Massachusetts. 8:30 p.m.

Shari “Shazz” Richardson; singer-Hit Squad

February 2: Hitsquad at TJ Callhans in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

February 2: Hit the Bus duo Hunter’s Grille & Tap at The Grafton Inn Grafton, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m.

February 2: Jennifer Mitchell Band; Halcyon Club; Derry, New Hampshire. 8:00 p.m.

February 2: Stomp N’ Holler’s Country Night at Padavano’s Place, 358 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.

February 2: Tony Soul Project; Owen O’learys Southboro 9:00 p.m.

February 2: Riverside Blues Band Weekly Saturday Afternoon Jam; Dolly Shakers; Nashua, New Hampshire. 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Zoe Knight; of Mythical Beasts

February 3: Zoe Knight’s Mythical Beasts; Sundays at The Plough and Stars, Cambridge, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m..

February 4: Linda Marks and CiCi Eberle; Stormy Monday at The Hearing Room; Lowell, Massachusetts.

February 5: Kim Riley; :Fratellos in Nashua, New Hampshire. 6:00 p.m.

February 5: Every Tuesday Night; Stomp N” Holler’s Songwriters-in-the-Round with featured artists at Padavano’s Place, 358 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, Massachusetts. 7:00 p.m.

Craig Farrington; hosts Riverside Blues Band jam

February 6: Riverside Blues Band; Wednesday Night Jam American Legion, Middleton, Massachusetts. 7:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

February 7: Tony Soul Project; Pepperoncini’s Milford acoustic 7:00 p.m.

February 8: Tony Soul Project; SKYBOKX 109 Natick, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m.

February 8: Nicole Knox Murphy Charmingfare Farm in Candia, New Hampshire Outside by the Fire from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

February 8: Ken Macy Music The Tavern On Central Ashburnham, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m.

February 8: Radio Roulette; The Skybox Restaurant and Sports Bar Tewksbury, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

February 8: Zoë Knight’s Mythical Beasts residencies: Second Fridays at Bull McCabe’s, Somerville, Massachusetts. 10:00 p.m.

February 8: Radio Roulette; Skybox Tewkbury, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

February 8: Any Givin Day; The Last Shot in Stoughton, Massachusetts.

Crowes Pasture CD cover

February 8: Crowes Pasture, The Hearing Room, Lowell, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m.

February 9: Rob Duquette Children’s music with Amanda Panda, Chocolate Church, Bath Maine. 3:00 p.m.

February 9: Duquette; Chocolate Church, Bath, Maine. 7:30pm – featuring Dave Gutter.

Hunter Stamas

February 9: Hunter Stamas Paddy Murphy’s; 26 Main St, Bangor, Maine 04401 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

February 9: Nicole Knox Murphy; Auburn Pitts Auburn, New Hampshire. 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

February 9: American WHO presents Adam N. Signore‘s Birthday Bash; Central Tavern; Milford, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

February 9: Tony Soul Project; Brodies Seaport 9:00 p.m.

February 9: Down Cellah; The Claddagh in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

February 9: The Hipshot Band LLC; 140 Pub & Club; Bellingham, Massachusetts.

February 9: Professor Harp-THE STOMPING GROUND, Putnam, Connecticut.

February 9: Radio Roulette; Salisbury Sports Pub; Salisbury, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

February 9: Fellowship of The King: Elvis Presley Tribute Point Breeze, Webster Lake 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. $10

February 9: Radio Roulette; Salisbury Sports Pub Salisbury, Massachusetts. 9: 00 p.m.

February 9: Hit the Bus Band Foggy Goggle Newry, Maine. 3:00 p.m.

Yamica Peterson Cain, Family Affair; Sun Nite Grog

February 10: Parker Wheeler’s Sunday Nite Blues Party at The Grog; Family Affair w/ Yamica Peterson & Pete Peterson $7

February 11: Rick Drost feature at Roslindale Open Mic, Roslindale Massachusetts. 6.30 p.m.

February 13: Kim Riley; Acoustic Open Mic Dolly Shakers Nashua, New Hampshire. 7:00 p.m.

February 13: Beyond The Blur; Buzz at the Barn, podcast, 8:00 p.m.

February 14: Susan Cattaneo, Valentine’s Day show with Kirtsen Maxwell and Sophie Buskin at The Burren; Somerville, Massachusetts.

Nicole Knox Murphy will serenade your VD date.

February 14: Nicole Knox Murphy; Valentine’s Day Dinner & Music at Main Street Grill and Bar In Pittsfield, New Hampshire. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

February 15: Jennifer Mitchell Band; Broken Spoken Saloon Laconia New Hampshire. 8:00 p.m.

February 15: Kim Riley; Markoh’s on Main; Ayer, Massachusetts. 7:00 p.m.

February 15: Nicole Knox Murphy; Granite Tapas & Cocktail Lounge in Hooksett, New Hampshire.

Tony Soul Project, featuring bassist Matt “Lazarus” Sambito

February 15: Tony Soul Project; Padavano’s Place Worcester, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

February 15: Beyond The Blur; 4s Sports Pub, Framingham Ma, 8:30 p.m.

February 15: Crazy Steve and Friends at Chantilly’s in Hooksett, New Hampshire. 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

February 15 Hit The Bus Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co. Natick, Massachusetts. 6:00 p.m.

February 15: Wildcat O’Halloran Band with Sugar Ray and the Bluetones; Hawks and Reed in Greenfield, Massachusetts.

Cara Here, lead vocalist of Down Cellah

February 15: Down Cellah; Uncle Eddie’s; Salisbury Beach; Salisbury, Massachusetts.

February 15: Johnny Hoy And The Bluefish; Chan’s, Woonsocket, Rhode Island. 8:00 p.m.

February 15: Woodland Protocol; Haluwa in Nashua New Hampshire. 9:00 to 1:00 a.m.

Feb 16 Woodland Protocol; Haluwa in Nashua, New Hampshire. 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

February 16: Tony Soul Project; Battle Road Brew House Maynard, Massachusetts. 8:30 p.m.

February 16: JADIECAT; Hebert’s in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 9:00 p.m.

Kim Riley

February 16: Kim Riley; NoLo Tyngsboro, Massachusetts. 7:00 p.m.

February 16: Alison Keslow Group(Alison keslow bass, Rick Stone sax, Mark Jodice guitar, Sai Ghose drums) Exhibit A Brewery in Framingham, Massachusetts. 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

February 16: Radio Roulette; Dos Lobos North Reading, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

February 16: Baba James featured band at Pub On Park at Baba James‘ Blues/Rock Jam.

February 16: newly wed Wendy Glick;
The Colonial Inn in the Forge Tavern
48 Monument Square, Concord, MA
978-369-9200. 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

February 16: The Devil’s Twins; Diablogato; and Salem Wolves at Opus in Salem, Massachusetts.

February 16: Sirens Women in Music -Flight of Fire*Oziem*AjDIO*Circus Trees ; Koto 90 Washington Street; Salem, Massachusetts. 9:30 p.m. https://www.facebook.com/events/524754511363114/

Devious Intentions; Thunder Road in Somerville, MA

February 16:Devious Intentions is playing Thunder Road in Somerville Massachusetts https://www.facebook.com/events/806652013007851/?ti=cl

February 16: Professor Harp-THEODORE’S Springfield, Massachusetts.

February 16: Johnny Hoy And The Bluefish; Grumpy’s Falmouth, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m.

February 16: The Lied To’s; Not Just Another Coffeehouse, Sharon, Massachusetts. 7:00 p.m.

Radio Roulette

February 16: Radio Roulette; Dos Lobos North Reading, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

February 17: Parker Wheeler’s Sunday Nite Blues Party at The Grog; February 17 Mardi Gras special! Henri Smith, The Black Rose Brothers $7

February 17: Tony Soul Project; Blues,bikes and Burgers at B-Man’s 140 Tavern Sterling, Massachusetts. 4:00 p.m.

February 17: Nicole Knox Murphy for Breakfast & Bloody Mary Bar; Laconia Broken Spoke Saloon in Laconia, New Hampshire.10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Boathouse 10th Anniversary

February 17: Boathouse 10 Year Anniversary featuring Last Laugh, Over 6, G4D, Left For Better, and The Far; Boathouse Bar.  294 Tyngsboro Road, Dracut, Massachusetts 01826 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

February 20: Kim Riley; Fratellos Manchester, New Hampshire. 6:00 p.m.

February 21: Ken Macy; Blueprint New American Bar and Grill Westminster, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m.

Dave Birkin, mighty sax player; Dave B & The Hot Shots

February 21: Dave B & the Hot Shots host a jam at Pete’s Grille in Quincy, Massachusetts.

February 22: Kim Riley; Country Tavern; Nashua, New Hampshire. 7:30 p.m.

February 22: Nicole Knox Murphy; Auburn Tavern in Auburn, New Hampshire. 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Amoricans; tribute to The Black Crowes

February 22: Amoricans @ the Skybox in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

Tokyo Trams CD cover

February 22: Tokyo Tramps; at Newburyport Brewing Company; Newburyport, Massachusetts. 5:00 p.m.

February 22: The Hipshot Band LLC; Players Sports Bar & Grill; Rockland, Massachusetts.

February 22 Amoricans return to the SkyBox W Special Guests Edz Zeppelin Tewksbury, Massachusetts.

February 23: Tony Soul Project; Valley Pub Whitinsville, Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m.

February 23: Beyond the Blur, Hanto, Ashland, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

February 23: Crazy Steve; Auburn Pitts; Auburn, New Hampshire. 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Daemon Child CD cover

February 23: Daemon Chili at Warp and Weft, Lowell, MA, 10:00pm.

February 23: Ken Macy; Barbers Crossing North Sterling, Massachusetts. 7:00 p.m.

February 23:The American WHO, The Simple Man , Clinton, Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

February 23: Woodland Protocol; Penuche’s Music Hall Manchester, New Hampshire. 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

February 23 Hit the Bus Band British Beer Company Franklin Massachusetts. 9:00 p.m.

Linda Marks; photo credit: Bob Bond

February 23: Linda Marks with Woody Carpinella and Jackie Damsky. Rick Drost will Open; playing at 19 Chapel St in Berlin, Massachusetts.

February 23: Jordan TW Trio at New England College Concord, Concord, New Hampshire; 7:30 pm. Details at www.jordantwmusic.com

February 23: John Schindler, with special guest TBA, The Hearing Room, Lowell, MA, 8pm

February 23: Daemon Chili at Warp and Weft, Lowell, MA, 10:00pm

Professor Harp CD cover; They Call Me The Professor

February 23: Professor Harp; POUR JUDGMENT-Newport, Rhode Island.

February 24: Tony Soul Project; Dance2Swing; Leominster Elks; Leominster, Massachusetts. 7:30 p.m.

February 24: Wendy Glick;
The Cabaret Cafe at the Chelmsford Center For the Arts
1A North Road, Chelmsford, MA
978-250-3780. 7:00 p.m.

February 24: Brian Larney/ OSOB; Cafe 9. New Haven CT – https://www.facebook.com/events/769364860083973/

John Juxo CD cover; Juxo, Lisa Marie join Sunday Nite Blues Party

February 24: Parker Wheeler’s Sunday Nite Blues Party at The Grog; Lisa Marie, Johnny Juxo & Chris “Stovall” Brown, Black Rose Blues Review. $7

February 27: Ken Macy; Legends Grille & Sports Bar Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 7:00 p.m. (all solo shows).

February 28: Kim Riley; Homestead Merrimack, New Hampshire. 6:00 p.m

February 28: Alison Keslow Trio, Aeronaut Brewery, Somerville , Massachusetts. 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

February 28: Roberta Lamb, Colette O’Connor, Linda Marks and Woody Carpinella and Kenny Selcer perform st the Loop at the Armory In Somerville 7 pm

February 28: Ilene Springer; Stonewood Tavern; Peabody, Massachusetts. 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

February 28: Professor Harp; THE SANDBAR, Taunton, Massachusetts.

Well, that’s it for now, folks. I’m going to sit back, relax, and finish reading James Baldwin’s novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Other suggestions would be the novels Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, Native Son by Richard Wright, The Color Purple by Alice Walker; Beloved by Toni Morrison, and The Autobiography Of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley, or, the movies 12 Years A Slave, In The Heat Of The Night, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, and Hidden Figures. Enjoy Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and please try to stay warm. Spring will be here sooner than you think. Hey, where’s Punxsutawney Phil?



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