Live Reviews

Laura Cortese

Irish Music Night at Chevalier was a huge success

Irish Music Night was a success on many levels. First, this latest offering from OnStage! Concert Series at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, Massachusetts was sold out. Second, each of the three acts were very strong. Finally, the variety of Irish and Celtic music offered was richly rangy. As usual, this kind of music, when played by the right musicians, can stir something deep inside of a listener.

Angel Chisholm, Deon Mose, Shun Ng

Shun Ng And The Shunettes dazzle OnStage audience

Shun Ng And The Shunettes can make it look easy to put on an impressive show of acoustic guitar virtuosity and complex vocal arrangements. Performing in the Onstage series at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, Massachusetts last Saturday night, Ng and his Shunettes received a few standing ovations before keeping their audience in a further […]

Susan Cattaneo, Jenny Goodspeed, Stephanie Marshall

The Boxcar Lilies displayed their rangy talents at Chevalier’s OnStage concert

The Boxcar Lilies have become a staple of the Americana and folk music scene after years of recording and touring. With new member Susan Cattaneo rounding out the trio, their lead vocals, harmonies, and melodies are as strong as they’ve ever been. Appearing at the OnStage series at the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, Massachusetts last Saturday night, they gave an appreciative audience a fine sample of their musical gifts.

Matt Stubbs & The Antiguas

Matt Stubbs & The Antiguas dominated The Sinclair

Matt Stubbs & The Antiguas opened with a bang their new Monday night residency at The Sinclair in Cambridge, Massachusetts last night. The Antiguas had a solid turn out for the end of a holiday weekend. The audience was fully engaged and enthusiastic about what this four piece instrumental band was laying down. Calling each Monday night’s event DownBeat Mondays, the band is sure to become as much a fixture there as they were at their last residency, which lasted over a year.

Steve Pelland wove vocal, guitar, songwriter magic at Bull Run Ballroom CD Release Party

Steve Pelland wove vocal, guitar, songwriter magic at Bull Run Ballroom CD Release Party

Steve Pelland’s CD Release Party in the Ballroom at The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, Massachusetts was a fine testament to Pelland’s emerging presence on the greater-Boston/New England singer-songwriter scene. Celebrating his recent These Days release, Pelland displayed plenty of guitar magic just during his sound check. He has a way of making his acoustic guitar waltz all over his fretboard.

Lady Pills bassist Alison Dooley

Boston Music Awards entertainers rocked House Of Blues last night

Last night’s Boston Music Awards at House Of Blues offered several good performances from local bands and hip hop artists. Hosted by Dorchester comedian Lamont Price, the show had a non stop feeling of energy emanating from the music makers and the laugh maker.

Doug Aicher

Souls Of Sabbath rocked Pete’s Bar & Grill last Saturday night

Souls Of Sabbath put on a fiercely successful show at Quincy’s Pete’s Bar & Grill last Saturday night. From their opening “War Pigs” to their closing “Paranoid,” this much above average Black Sabbath tribute band conjured the vibe of that kind of music as well as nailing the material note for note, dynamics, colors and tones.

Ruby Rose Fox

Ruby Rose Fox seduced a first time audience in Portsmouth NH

Ruby Rose Fox band won over several new fans at Portsmouth Music Hall Loft last Saturday night. Playing to an enthusiastic listening room crowd, Ruby Rose Fox and her backing singers, known as the Gloria Steinhams, and her five piece band had audience members expressing mucho applause before receiving standing ovations after the end of the second set as well as at the end of their encore. This wasn’t her four year old Boston fan base giving her mad love. These were music fans in another city an hour away from Boston who were seeing her for the first time.

KISS Forever rock and rolled all nite

KISS Forever rock and rolled all nite

There is nothing in rock and roll quite like a Kiss concert. There’s nothing quite like a Kiss concert but a few good tribute bands have come somewhat close to approximating the experience. Malden, Massachusetts based KISS Forever performed a fundraising concert at that city’s high school auditorium last Saturday night. The band offered plenty of lights, flash, and good costuming. More importantly, KISS Forever had the Kiss sound down pat. Aside from the show, they’re also good musicians who know what they’re doing, melodically and rhythmic.

Heather McKibben, local law enforcement

HeatherFest22 was a day of beautiful vibes and especially good blues

Escaping the rains that plagued last year’s event, HeatherFest22 went off with out a hitch last Sunday afternoon. With Racky Thomas again serving as Master Of Ceremonies and leading the side stage action, HF22 moved forward with a fantastic mix of blues, R&B, soul, and funk. The lineup of outstanding bands performed during that day of positive vibes that sprang from charitable giving and patriotic reflections on the anniversary of September 11 as well as from a stirring speech from a local police sergeant. HeatherFest, essentially, is a backyard barbeque with a stage set up for blues bands with representatives from local charities on hand to donate to.