Duke Levine & The Super Sweet Sounds of the 70s, November 30, 2019

Duke Levine photo

Duke Levine and his band mates return to John Henry’s Hammer for two concerts on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The first show will be 4:00 p.m. and the second at 7:00 p.m. All tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4426961

Seventy tickets are available online and a very limited number at the door should online sales reach the maximum quota. Get your tickets early. We turned people away at the door last year.

Take a stroll down the bong-lined sidewalks of Duke Levine’s musical youth. Some of his favorite musicians will help him travel back to a time when The Lord’s Prayer, Strauss and Charlie Daniels were all on the Top 40. They’ll do a bunch you know, some you never heard, and some you may have wanted to forget! All instrumental! And all fantastic!
For the uninitiated, the covered songs include inventive takes on some of the decade’s hits you might expect, such as Argent’s “Hold Your Head Up,” the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady,” and Jeff Beck’s “You Know What I Mean,” and some unexpected treats in “Also Sprach” by Strauss, also known as the “2001: A Space Odyssey” theme, and “The Streetbeater,” better known as the Quincy Jones-penned theme for the iconic 1970s TV show “Sanford and Son.”

The reinvented songs sound entirely fresh but compellingly familiar. Amid the capacity crowds, you can see heads nodding along, with others tilted quizzically before the revelation dawns and that smile spreads ear-to-ear.

Duke Levine & The Super Sweet Sounds of The 70s
The Band: Duke Levine – Guitar; Kevin Barry – Lap Steel; Mike Rivard – Bass; Dean Johnston – Drums; Paul Schultheis – Keys; Yahuba Garcia-Torres – Congas

Brooks Williams in concert Nov. 2, 2019

Brooks Williams

7:30 p.m. Doors open @ 7:00 p.m. $20

Students w/id-$10

Brooks Williams hails from Statesboro, Georgia, the town made famous by country-blues legend Blind Willie McTell. Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, he’s a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Not one easy to pigeon-hole, Brooks’ music is the love-child of country-blues and Americana. fRoots says, “Soulful Americana, full-on blues and tasty rootsy grooves. He really rocks!”

Williams got his start in the clubs and bars around Boston, the same music scene that years earlier sparked the careers of Bonnie Raitt and Chris Smither. There, playing 5-6 nights a week, he developed his signature sound: laid-back low-country vocals floating over Resonator riffs, Piedmont picking, and cigar box slide. No wonder friend and fellow guitar wizard Martin Simpson calls Brooks the “Real Thing!”

His massive repertoire reads like a roots music Hall Of Fame. Classic blues ranging from Bessie Smith to Memphis Slim. Compelling covers from the likes of Dave Alvin, Buddy Miller and Mose Allison. “On top of all this,” writes American Roots UK, “is his songwriting which stands comparison with virtually any of his peers.” Rooted in tradition his songs are timeless. Utterly contemporary they are wryly observed and relevant.

With twenty-eight albums to his name, including his latest, “Lucky Star”, plus “Brooks’ Blues” (2017), “My Turn Now” (2016) and “Shreveport Sessions” (2014), and a vigorous touring schedule, Williams is one of acoustic roots music’s guiding lights. From festival stages to listening rooms, from Newport to Philly, Boston to Glasgow, Cambridge to Belfast, London to Detroit, Brooks Williams is, says the San Antonio Light, “a fret monster who has to be seen to be believed!”

“With “Lucky Star,” Brooks Williams showcases his recent forays into a bluesier sound with a most excellent set of songs that blend country blues and traditional folk sounds.  Hey y’all—Brooks Williams rides again!”   Don and Sheryl Crow, Nashville Blues Society


Mamma’s Marmalade in concert October 26, 2019


With a fresh take on traditional American music, Northampton, MA-based newgrass band Mamma’s Marmalade transforms the conventional bluegrass experience into a raucous barnyard party that refuses to let you sit. Since their formation in 2014, the five-piece string band has been fusing diverse musical backgrounds into a sound that bursts at the seams with energy, exuding a pure joy for creating music. Mamma’s honest lyrics and warm, acoustic tones invite listeners back to a time when wooden instruments and sweet vocal harmonies captivated the hearts of America. Experimenting with intricate instrumentals and lively covers, their music brings the genre to new and unexpected place

Offering a fresh narrative to traditional acoustic music, Mamma’s Marmalade provides a window to the future of bluegrass while keeping the flavor of Americana and Rock n’ Roll alive. Experimenting with songs from classic hitmakers such as The Grateful Dead and Jimi Hendrix, these scrappy musicians weave technical ability and a rowdy spirit to create a sound laced with a touch of mischief. The band’s high energy shows belie a universal spirit that compels fans to dance and revel in the love of authentic music.

Doors open at 7:00, show starts at 7:30

Cosy Sheridan in concert September 21, 2019

CosySheridan  Tickets available @ http://www.brownpapertickets.com

Cosy Sheridan first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at The Kerrville Folk Festival and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival. The Boston Globe wrote: ”she is now being called one of the best new singer/songwriters”.

She has been on the road ever since, playing clubs, concert halls and coffeehouses across the country. “You can’t make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you’re doing, and do it well,” said The Chicago Examiner.

She continues to be one of the most prolific songwriters in the folk scene. My Fence & My Neighbor was number four on the folk radio charts in 2018. Pretty Bird was was listed in Sing Out Magazine’s Great CDs of 2014.

She was a voice student at Berklee College of Music, and a guitar student of legendary finger style players Eric Schoenberg and Guy Van Duser. She has played at Carnegie Hall, The Cowgirl Hall of Fame and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon.

Backed by the strong rhythms and harmonies of her bass player Charlie Koch, she plays a percussive bluesy guitar style, often in open tunings and occasionally with two capos on the guitar neck.

She teaches classes in songwriting, performance and guitar at workshops and adult music camps across the country. She is the director of Moab Folk Camp in Moab, Utah.

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. , doors open @ 7:00 p.m.  $20    (Students w/id $10)


Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio in concert April 27, 2019

Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio

Worcester’s Promise Is Hope will open  at 7:00 pm, followed by the Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio at 7:30. Doors will open at 6:30 pm, with tickets at $15.

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio is a rare bunch — three musicians from diverse backgrounds. Their songs bring to life the sounds of New Orleans and Appalachia. Heather Pierson (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, piano) is an award-winning singer, pianist, songwriter, and performer. She has an angelic voice and composes songs wise-beyond-her-years.

Davy Sturtevant (cornet, dobro, fiddle, mandolin, harmony vocals) is a veteran touring artist, producer, engineer, song-writer, and performer. He has a gorgeous tenor voice. He has a witty, thoughtful, engaging musical presence.

Shawn Nadeau (bass, harmony vocals) brings a wide spectrum of unique rhythmic and melodic sensibilities ranging from rockabilly, reggae, and jazz.


Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli in Concert April 6, 2019


On Sat. April 6 at John Henry’s, Lori and Fred will be joined by Kim Jennings, with special guest Joe Armanetti opening.

Bostonian Lori Diamond and New Yorker Fred Abatelli, have been creating and performing music together since their “destined” meeting on Myspace in 2007. These two seasoned players have put the time in, supporting other successful musical acts, but have now emerged to the forefront – and not a moment too soon! Lori, an award winning songwriter (finalist, Great American Songwriting Contest 2010, Best Female Vocalist, Pulse Magazine 2011, 2012), combines alluring, soulful vocals and seasoned piano playing with Fred’s solid finger work and clever phrasing on both bass and guitar. Their songs explore the many facets of the human condition with hope and an esoteric sensibility. Fans of Norah Jones, Sarah MacLachlan and Joni Mitchell, quickly become fans of Lori & Fred as they explore Jazz, Acoustic, Folk, Pop, Gospel and blues influences and gently infuse them into their own fresh and original style.

Lori & Fred have been showcased on the main stage of the legendary, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and have also headlined at many prominent music festivals. Sometimes as openers and other times as accompanists, Lori & Fred have performed alongside John Gorka, Peter Yarrow, Joan Osborne, Amy Ray, David Wilcox, Michael Johnson, Susan Werner, Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul, Tracy Grammer, Brother Sun, Brooks Williams, Jimmy Lafave, Mary Gauthier and more!

With two highly acclaimed CDs under their belts, “LIFTED” is the title of the third, newest collection of their complex, heartfelt songs. The duo has crafted exquisite melodies that employ everything from retro jazz stylings to hypnotic meditations. Songs of eternal love, self-acceptance, and powerful life lessons will soothe, excite and uplift simultaneously! Lori & Fred’s “Lifted” tour is happening right now throughout the North East and you can find ever – evolving news as well as music samples at http://www.LDFAmusic.com.