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Jim Messina

Jim Messina’s legendary career spans five decades, three acclaimed rock super groups, a solo career and a dizzying array of producing and engineering credits. He is an indisputable expert in the fine art of making hit music.

Starting out as producer and recording engineer for Buffalo Springfield, Messina later joined the band as bassist. After Buffalo Springfield split up in 1968, Messina’s friendship with group founder Richie Furay led to the creation of Poco. Jim switched to playing lead guitar and the band went on to define a new musical genre that came to be known as country­-rock. After two studio and one live album with Poco, Messina left the group to devote his time to record producing. That fateful decision led to his 1971 collaboration with newcomer Kenny Loggins. The resulting duo, Loggins and Messina, went on to record nine albums over a period of seven years, amassing sixteen million in sales.
“Poco had been some real good-time music,” reflects Messina. “Loggins & Messina just took that a step further and made it more sophisticated and attainable. Through the years, the Loggins & Messina period yielded the stuff I’m most proud of.”

During the 1980s, Messina released three solo albums, as well as recording and touring with the original Poco for its 1989 reunion album Legacy, and two highly successful reunion tours for Loggins and Messina in 2005 and 2009. After a series of acclaimed solo acoustic tours, Messina has now formed a dynamic new band, featuring Poco alum Rusty Young, which features selected hits from all three of his past bands, as well as some new material. With this band and a new album in the works, Messina says, he’s enjoying discovering who he is, where he’s been, and most significantly, where he’s going – all worthy destinations to be revered and celebrated.


When: Feb 24, 2017 8pm in Shirley, MA
Cost: $60 advance; $65 day of show

Claudia Schmidt

2-25-2017 (Ballroom)

More than 4 decades as a touring professional have found Michigan native Claudia Schmidt traversing North America as well as Europe in venues ranging from intimate clubs to 4,000 seat theatres, and festival stages in front of 25,000 rapt listeners. She has recorded nineteen albums of mostly original songs, exploring folk, blues, and jazz idioms featuring her acclaimed 12-string guitar and mountain dulcimer playing.

Schmidt weaves her way through her concert in much the same manner as a jester. Interwoven anecdotes, revealing her past and present. Her concerts are an endless display of self-realization through humor and longing, leaving audience members yearning to become an integral part of her world. She has that rare ability to remain fresh and enjoy her talent to entertain as much as the audience enjoys being entertained.

Claudia has a new CD out with Sally Rogers called "We Are Welcomed." This is their fourth collaboration and it's a whole different sonic experience. Their amazing vocals are front and center, but surrounded with wonderful textures and rhythm and the lively accompaniment of Duke Levine, Richard Gates and Dave Mattacks, with piano and strings, oboe, reed organ and even a Hammond B3 organ. Get a signed copy at this show.

When: Feb 25, 2017 8pm in Shirley, MA
Cost: $16 advance; $20 day of show



The Fools
barged their way onto the Boston music scene with their first single "She Looks All Right in the Dark". Known for their outrageous live performances the band quickly gathered a loyal and ever-growing audience. Their first national (and then international) hit record, "Psycho Chicken," was a parody of Talking Heads' Psycho Killer.
With the signing of the band to EMI Records came the first two albums "Sold Out" and "Heavy Mental". A second single "Its a Night (For Beautiful Girls)" then charted, followed by a cover of Roy Orbison's "Running Scared". Touring North America first with The Knack and then with Van Halen helped to place the band firmly on the national stage. European tours including shows with Cheap Trick and Journey resulted in huge overseas record sales. Back home again The Fools released their biggest album "World Dance Party". The band then enjoyed MTV video success with their remake of Manfred Mann's "Doo Wah Diddy" and the title track video "World Dance Party". The album also racked up four big radio songs: "Doo Wah Diddy", "World Dance Party", "Life Sucks...Then You Die" and "She Makes Me Feel Big"
The mix of great music performed by uniquely talented musicians with a hefty helping of fun comes together in an unmatched charm that has been lighting up millions of smiles over the years. Be a fool - smile for yourself.

In 2010, front man Mike Gerard published the book "Psycho Chicken & Other Foolish Tales". Take a front row seat to their circus-like high jinks as the band suffers the trials and tribulations of being the opening act for an egotistical rocker who thinks they're trying to copy his pep squad stage moves, a business manager who doesn't quite get their comedy shtick, drunken adventures with English rock stars and maybe even an encounter with Bigfoot along the way...oh, and there were monkeys, lots of dammed monkeys...and live adult penguins. Fans of The Fools and eighties rock aficionados alike will love this tale of one of America's most enduring bands as told by irreverent front man Mike Girard.
Check out the book HERE

When: Feb 25, 2017 8pm in Shirley, MA
Cost: $20 advance; $24 day of show

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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.