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Howie Day

6-25-2017

Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. After sales of over a million albums and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road showcasing old favorites, as well as new material from his upcoming studio release.

With top 40 hits, including “Collide” and “She Says,” Howie’s skillful guitar chops and poignant lyrics have won him a legion of fans who adore the humor and charm speckled throughout his live performances. His songs have been featured on numerous TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Bones, Scrubs and One Tree Hill; as well as the promotional trailer of the new adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. After infiltrating the Boston Coffeehouse circuit at 17, developing a huge college fan base and opening for the likes of Sting, Sheryl Crow and Tori Amos, he exploded into the national conciousness.

This Bangor Maine native wrote, financed and released his first effort, "Australia," which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. The Boston Globe called Day “gorgeously seasoned, far beyond his years” with “a brave, beautiful singing voice.” He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of "Australia" as he navigated the independent music scene and continued to hone his craft.

After signing with Epic Records, Day released his major-label debut, "Stop All The World Now," and hit the road to support it. The constant promotion paid off: Stop was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned his two Top 10 radio hits. After three subsequent years of intense worldwide touring, Howie moved to L.A. and returned to the studio. His next release, "Sound the Alarm," built on the emotionally complex spirit of its predecessor and delved into Day’s journey from indie wunderkind to platinum-selling artist. It’s lead single, “Be There,” became a staple at modern AC radio.

After parting ways with Epic and relocating to New York City in 2010, he released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze. On April 14 Howie Day released his fourth studio album, "Lanterns," produced with the help of longtime friend and producer Mike Denneen. “There is a sense of inherent creativity and imagination to these sessions,” Day says. “Everything seems to be in perfect balance, and I want to capture that energy as it’s happening. Nothing is over or under thought, it’s just in the moment.”

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When: Jun 25, 2017 7:30PM in Shirley, MA

Melissa Ferrick- Jane Miller

Seating for dinner (amazing food!) is at 6pm show starts at 8pm with Jane Miller--an awesome guitar player and fellow colleague at Berklee College of Music where she is a faculty member of the Guitar department! I hit the stage at 8:45.

When: Jul 8, 2017 6pm in Shirley, MA

Walter Trout

7-13-2017

New album "ALIVE IN AMSTERDAM" to be released in June 2017, just in time for this show. Get your signed copy here.

Walter Trout, considered to be one of the finest blues guitarists in the world, was the lead guitarist for Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He formed his own band in 1989 and has since become a global mega star. If you’re a blues/rock fan and have yet to see/hear Walter and his band, don’t miss this, he is truly amazing.

Walter returned to stages across the globe in 2015 following a liver transplant and extensive rehabilitation. The esteemed Bluesman has revived his legendary career of fifty plus years. Trout shares, "The last year has been one where the blues truly came calling, and I came face to face with death more than once. My wife moved me to Nebraska to improve my chances of getting a life-saving liver transplant, and after a long wait, I got my new liver on May 26th, 2014. Since then I have been filled with immense gratitude. Gratitude for the fans who supported me via fundraisers, cards, messages, thoughts and prayers, for the donor and his or her family, for medical science, for my family, and for life itself. Everything matters more to me now. And now, 8 months after my transplant I feel like a new man. I have strength and energy. In some ways I feel like I am in my 20’s again! The past couple of years of playing I was getting dizzy spells, severe cramps in my hand and forearm and played many shows in severe pain. It turns out that was a result of my deteriorating liver. That is gone now! I am able to play better than I have in years. I feel reborn. I cannot wait to get back out on the road again and do what I love to do for my fans. The future looks great! To play my music for people has become even more important to me.  When I think about looking out into the crowds of people and connecting with everyone on a soul level, and sharing the experience of music with them, this is what keeps me fighting to get back: My family and my music is my lifeline.  These days, it means more to me than ever before.”

As Walter powers into his 27th year as a solo star, there’s no whiff of the creative autopilot that hobbles the later output of most veterans. On the contrary, there’s a sense of growing momentum, perhaps even of a little surprise. “It’s hard to believe I’m still alive, to be honest,” he smiles. “I should have been dead by 30, with the life I was leading. But I still have a career, and at 63, I’m still climbing the ladder, which keeps it exciting, instead of trying to rekindle past glories. I feel like I play with more fire than when I was 25. I’m still reaching, y’know…?”

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When: Jul 13, 2017 7:30PM in Shirley, MA

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About Shirley, MA
Shirley is a rural industrial town located on the lowlands of the Catacoonamaug River. A handful of colonists arrived in 1720 and settled on scattered farms throughout the town.

Early in its history Shirley was supported by its many farms and orchards. There was an increase in industrial activity around 1790 and the first paper mill was opened followed shortly after by a small iron works and nail factory.

The location of the water to power industries served to create an industrial village along the narrow valley where Shirley is located. Many of the period brick towered mills still survive and create an authentic period landscape.