Stryper to perform at Tupelo Music Hall on Oct. 5th

7 Sep
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LONDONDERRY, N.H. – After celebrating their 30th anniversary last year, Christian rock band Stryper return for a short fall tour in support of their new live album “Live at the Whiskey.” The tour will make a stop at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH, on Oct. 5th where the band will perform a rare, full band, acoustic concert with the original lineup. It’s the only New England date on the tour. Click HERE to purchase tickets.!

Comprised of Michael Sweet (vocals/guitar), Oz Fox (guitar), Tim Gaines (bass), and Robert Sweet (drums), the members of Stryper initially bonded over their faith in God and their devotion to music in 1983. Originally named Roxx Regime, they signed to Enigma, and the label urged a name change. Nodding to a Bible scripture Isaiah 53:5, “By his stripes we are healed,” they adopted what would become their moniker as a reminder of Christ’s sacrifice.

Facing a close-minded musical climate not ready for “God in metal,” Stryper did the most rock ‘n’ roll thing possible and completely went against the grain. It worked too.

Over the past three decades, Stryper has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, garnered Grammy Award nominations, scored DOVE Awards, sold out arenas everywhere, and inspired one of the most diehard fan bases in history. They are responsible for such ‘80s classic albums as “Soldiers Under Command,” “To Hell with the Devil,” “In God We Trust,” and such MTV hit singles/videos as “Calling on You,” “Free,” and “Honestly.”

And it’s clear that time has only strengthened Stryper’s impact. In April 2013, they entered the studio to record their first original, full-length album, with all original members, since 1991′s “Against The Law,” and the process proved natural (including Michael Sweet’s production). As soon as “No More Hell to Pay” dropped, it soared to #1 on the iTunes Rock Albums Chart and garnered universal applause from mainstream and Christian press alike, with fans calling it their finest album to date.

For this special intimate show at Tupelo, Stryper will perform a rare, full band acoustic concert. Expect all the classic hits and songs from their most recent album “No More Hell To Pay.” This show is guaranteed to rock your soul.

Tupelo Music Hall is located at 2 Young Road, Londonderry. Remaining tickets are priced at $45. For more information, visit or call the box office at 603-437-5100.

Crystal Bowersox to play The Spire in Plymouth Nov. 12th

5 Aug
Crystal Bowersox

Crystal Bowersox


Season nine “American Idol” runner-up Crystal Bowersox will make her debut appearance at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, Mass., on November 12, 2014, at 8 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to experience her voice and incredible stage show up close in an intimate venue. Advance tickets can be purchased HERE.

Since wowing audience members and judges with original songs and covers of The Beatles, Sheryl Crow, and many others during the “American Idol” competition, Bowersox has become a stand out singer/songwriter whose work spans many genres, from blues and country to folk and rock.

She has released two records, the most recent being the country/soul accented All That for This in 2013, which opened to widespread critical acclaim and boasted a guest duet with Jakob Dylan. She is currently recording a new E.P. for release in early 2015. Combining her powerful and dynamic vocals with her remarkably mature songwriting, Bowersox is described as, “Bluesy and soulful, with a voice incapable of artifice…” (The Washington Post).

The Spire is located at 25 ½ Court Street in Plymouth. The venue features superior acoustics, custom state of the art lighting and sound systems and original period architectural details, offering patrons an exceptional performing arts experience.

Advance tickets are only available online through Tickets will go on-sale through the venue’s website,, on Friday, August 8th. Tickets will also be available on the day of the show at the venue unless it sells outs beforehand.

Rusted Root to perform in Fall River on Oct. 10th

24 Jul
Rusted Root

Rusted Root

With seven studio albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide, and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root will make their debut appearance at the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, Mass., on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online by clicking HERE.

Formed in the early 90’s by singer/guitarist Michael Glabicki, Rusted Root’s worldly style quickly charmed fans of roots music and world rock. After debuting in 1992 with the self-released Cruel Sun, Rusted Root signed with Mercury Records and released the 1994 platinum selling breakthrough When I Woke, which featured the massive hits “Send Me On My Way,” “Ecstasy,” and “Martyr.” Their success allowed the band to tour with Santana, The Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, and perhaps most notably, the highly coveted support role on the landmark Jimmy Page/Robert Plant reunion tour.

In 1996, the hard-touring Rusted Root returned with Remember, which was followed by Rusted Root (1998), Welcome To My Party (2002), Rusted Root Live (2004), Stereo Rodeo (2009) and The Movement (2012). Along the way, Rusted Root has also issued three EPs, a home video and had songs placed in film and TV soundtracks such as Twister, Mathilda, Home For the Holidays, Party of Five, Charmed, Homicide, and Ice Age. What was indubitably a first for Rusted Root was that NASA engineers chose “Send Me On My Way” as “wake-up” music for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, for Sol 21. “Send Me On My Way” was also used in a set of Enterprise Rental Car commercials in 2011 and 2012.

The band is currently in the studio recording a new album that will be released in 2015, marking the group’s 25th anniversary year. In the meantime, they are looking forward to their performance on Oct. 10th.

The Narrows Center for the Arts is located at 16 Anawan Street in Fall River, Mass. Tickets are available online by clicking HERE or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926.

Howie Day to perform with Ayla Brown in Plymouth

10 Jul
Howie Day

Howie Day

Singer-songwriter Howie Day, who is best known for his top 40 hits “Collide” and “She Says,” will be making his debut performance at the Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, Mass., on Saturday, October 11, 2014. Ayla Brown, who placed 13th on the fifth season of “American Idol,” will open the show. Purchase tickets HERE or through the venue’s website HERE.

In late 2004 and early 2005, Day was everywhere. Stop the World Now, his second album, went gold and the hit song from that record, “Collide”, became Epic Record’s first platinum single with 1.5 million downloads. For several months, “Collide” was ubiquitous, appearing on the soundtracks of popular television shows, Cold Case, Scrubs, Grey’s Anatomy, Bones and One Tree Hill, as well as the promotional trailer of new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Day, who infiltrated the Boston Coffeehouse circuit at 17, developed a huge college fan base and opened for the likes of Sting, Sheryl Crow, and Tori Amos, exploded into the national consciousness.

But of course, there’s more to Day than that. Known for his powerful one-man shows, Day connects with audiences through his charm, humor, and warm tenor voice that “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. Now with a third album under his belt and even more new material recorded since its 2009 release, Day has a lot more to listen to. Come see what he’s been up to!

Ayla Brown (Photo by Michael Sparks Keegan)

Ayla Brown (Photo by Michael Sparks Keegan)

Like Day, Brown is a singer-song-writer who has accomplished many things in her young life. After placing 13th on season 5 of American Idol she made hundreds of personal appearances in the New England area and developed a very strong musical fan base. She is a supporter of a Massachusetts-based military non-profit, called, Hugs for Heroes, Inc., and gave a portion of the proceeds from her seven-song EP, Heroes & Hometowns, to the non-profit. Brown also serves as spokesperson for the Songs of Love Foundation, an organization that creates free, personalized, original songs to uplift children and teens who are facing tough medical conditions. Sponsored by Hilton Hotels, Brown is currently traveling all over the country performing for local morning TV shows and ‘staying in style’. She is also busy writing for her next album, and is excited to be performing at The Spire.

The Spire is located at 25 ½ Court Street in Plymouth. The venue features superior acoustics, custom state of the art lighting and sound systems and original period architectural details, offering patrons an exceptional performing arts experience. Tickets will also be available on the day of the show at the venue.

The October Accord gearing up for Vans Warped gig

8 Jul
The October Accord

The October Accord


Hailing from Blackstone, Mass., The October Accord is an alternative/pop-punk band consisting of founding members Kerri Gross (vocals) and Holly Desautels (guitar), as well as Josh Remillard (guitars), Austin Eskeli (bass) and Taydon Kennett (drums). The band was founded in 2010 and has established itself as an “energetic” live act with a loyal following throughout New England. They were semi-finalists in this year’s annual WBRU Rock Hunt and will be performing this Thursday, July 10th, on the Break Thru Music Stage at the Vans Warped Tour in Mansfield, Mass. We recently caught up with Holly Desautels who was kind enough to answer questions for us on behalf of the band.

Limelight Magazine (LM): The October Accord is going to be performing on the Break Thru Music Stage at the Vans Warped Tour in Mansfield, Mass., on July 10th. How excited are you about being able to play this highly coveted concert?
Holly Desautels (HD): We are beyond excited to be playing the Warped Tour this year in Mansfield! When we got the news that we were invited, we basically went crazy for a few days. We had to keep it a secret for about six months. That was hard [because] we just wanted to tell everyone! It’s so amazing to be playing alongside of some of our favorite bands!

LM: Earlier this year, you were selected as a semi-finalist in WBRU’s annual Rock Hunt. Although you didn’t end up winning, what was that experience like for everyone in the band?
HD: WBRU Rock Hunt was such an honor to perform in. It was so cool for us knowing that we were chosen out of so many bands because people genuinely liked our music. I think that was probably the biggest thing for us, knowing that we were playing a show where we had earned a spot through the hard work we put into making our songs as likeable as possible. It was awesome to be able to meet [WBRU Program Director] Wendell Gee and the rest of the BRU crew and also the other bands playing! They are all such great people.

LM: While we haven’t seen the band perform live yet, we’ve heard the word “energetic” used a couple of times to describe The October Accord. What sets your live performances apart from other local bands?
HD: We try to be really fun on stage. That way the crowd wants to have fun with us. Our drummer Taydon really helps us out with that because he plays with such energy. It really lets us and everyone else feel the beat. We also have some really cool new effects that we will be using on stage starting at our next few shows, but everyone has to be there to find out what they are!

LM: What do you like most about performing live?
HD: Performing live is just really fun over all. The best part though is when the crowd shows us that they like what we are doing and they sing, or dance, or jump along with us. It really makes it worth the energy we put into it ourselves.

LM: The band has been together for a few years now. How did the band originate and why did you decide to call yourselves The October Accord?
HD: Kerri and I had talked about starting a band ever since middle school when we used to take guitar lessons at the same place. It all really started when we found out our friend Jesse could play drums. For a while we just played in my basement with either Jesse and I while Kerri was away on vacation or all three of us. Sometimes we would invite other people to play too. Eventually we found two other people who we really liked to play with, and they stuck around for a pretty long time. We had our first show in October (2010) at a Halloween party in my back yard and that was when we finally decided to be more serious about being a band. We all agreed that we all wanted to see where we could go with it, hence, The October Accord!

LM: You’ve had a few line-up changes, but things seem to be consistent now. What makes this line-up of musicians work?
HD: This line-up has been so good for us because we are all so similar and we are all really good friends. That’s honestly probably the biggest thing that makes this line-up so perfect for us. Being close friends makes it easy.

LM: You released a video on Jan. 1, 2014, for the song “Better Off Without You.” Why was that song selected for a music video? How long did it take to make? Did you have fun making it?
HD: We chose “Better Off Without You” because we had just recorded it as a single at No Boundaries Studios with Chris Piquette. We loved the song so much that we decided to release it in the form of a music video, as well as on iTunes, Spotify, and many other websites. The video was really fun to make. We worked with Mitch Gamache, who I met during my first week of college. He was so fun and friendly to work with. Overall, the music video was very fun to shoot and only took us a day to film. Mitch stayed up the entire night and had the whole thing put together for us the next day!

LM: What are some of the band’s immediate plans after the gig on July 10th?
HD: Two days after Warped tour we are playing an acoustic set at The Middle East with The Stolen! Then we will be at the Lucky Dog in Worcester on July 24th and we also have some really cool shows coming in August too, like Cumberland Fest. We’re finishing up our EP the two days before Warped Tour, so we will be releasing that soon after as well!

LM: What are some of the band’s long-range plans?
HD: In a few months, everyone will be heading back to college, but we still plan on keeping up with the band. We will travel from school to play any bigger show opportunities that we get. We still plan on working to get the band to keep moving forward and getting our music as “out there” as possible, even if it takes a bit longer.

LM: Lastly, what’s the best part about being in this band?
HD: The best part about being in this band is definitely who I’m in it with. Whenever we are together, I can always count on many laughs and a good time. I couldn’t ask for better friends to be doing this with.


New England to perform first full-length concert since 1983

1 Jul

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New England is a four-piece rock band from Boston, Mass. The lineup includes John Fannon (guitar and vocals), Hirsh Gardner (drums and vocals), Gary Shea (bass), and Jimmy Waldo (keyboards and vocals). The band released their self-titled debut album, New England, on Infinity/MCA Records in 1979. It was produced by Mike Stone and Paul Stanley of KISS and contained the Top 40 single “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya.” After touring throughout most of 1979, they released their second album Explorer Suite in 1980 and their third album Waking Wild in 1981. The band also spent a lot of time on the road, touring with bands such as AC/DC, Journey, Kiss, Rush, among others. They eventually broke up due to a lack of support from their record label. While the band reunited for a few short sets since then, New England is reuniting for their first full length concert since 1983 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, Mass., on August 15, 2014. We recently caught up with the band during rehearsals for this show in Boston. We’re very grateful that every band member answered all of our questions and we look forward to catching the show on August 15th. For tickets, click HERE.

Limelight Magazine (LM): New England is performing its first full length show since 1983 with all four original members at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, MA, on August 15. How did this reunion concert come about?
John Fannon: Although this will be our first full headline show in over 30 years, we did a charity event last year playing about six songs and it was like we were frozen in time. Rocking like it was 1979! We knew we had to play more and here we are.
Hirsch Gardner: We’ve done a couple of shows over the years, usually just a short set of some of our most popular tunes. We had such a great time playing together and hanging out that we thought a full show would be great for us and the fans.
Gary Shea: We had played a few benefit shows over the past few years the most recent one being last summer at The Cafe Royal. We decided it was time to have fun playing more than the occasional gig.
Jimmy Waldo: We have actually been playing every year since 2005 in Boston, but not a full show.

LM: Did you ever expect to perform again with all four original members?
John Fannon: Yes, I always knew we would. It took a long time traveling down many individual, artistic paths but we have come full circle and are having a great time hanging out together and most important playing music!
Hirsch Gardner: Yeah…it was inevitable. Not only do we love playing together but the comments from the fans on the social media sites were inspiring.
Gary Shea: There has never been talk of performing with anyone else. It would never be the same. We are lucky that we all are very involved in the music business live as well as in the studio.
Jimmy Waldo: Yes, we have always been good friends and worked on each other’s projects. It was always in our minds to get together and start playing again.

LM: This past week you’ve been rehearsing in Boston. How have rehearsals been going?
John Fannon: Rehearsals were great. We could feel that same energy we always had. Playing these songs I think we all felt, “wow we were pretty dam good!”
Hirsch Gardner: Once we stopped laughing, joking and horsing around, rehearsals went great. It takes a lot of work to get some of that muscle memory back in shape, and just getting in shape physically is a challenge. New England is a very powerful and intense musical endeavor.
Gary Shea: Again this is not our first get together, that was back in 2005. The rehearsals went very well and this concert is the first time we will be headlining again and doing our whole show and we are very excited about that.
Jimmy Waldo: These rehearsals have gone great. We’ve had a blast playing songs from all three albums. The chemistry we’ve always had was there.

LM: What can fans expect from New England at this show?
John Fannon: Everything they remember and more. Playing live, New England has always sounded just like the “record” coming through a giant stereo.
Hirsch Gardner: Like I said, it is very powerful and intense. We play the same now as we did back in the day. This ain’t no mamby pamby cover band and we ain’t taking any prisoners.
Gary Shea: We are going to perform some material that was recorded on our albums but never done live in concert. It`s going to be a blast for us musically and hopefully our fans will really enjoy it. Also, it’s a very audience friendly venue where we will all be up close and in person. No bad seats or sound.
Jimmy Waldo: A lot of energy. The songs we have picked for this show are really rockin’ and we will be doing some totally acoustic songs as well.

LM: Is this a one-off show or is there a possibility of additional tour dates in the future?
John Fannon: There will definitely be more dates coming. We are committed to playing new and old music together into the future and beyond!
Hirsch Gardner: We’ll play as opportunities arise.
Gary Shea: We have been back together for a few years and logistics are now prevailing that allow us to play together much more than before. We are very excited about that. We hope to get around the country again, as well as Europe and Japan where we also have fans.
Jimmy Waldo: We will be doing more shows as well as some European and Japanese shows.

LM: Has there been any consideration yet to recording new music?
John Fannon: Yes we are working on some new material and will be playing a new song at the show.
Hirsch Gardner: We have and hope to release some by the time we gig.
Gary Shea: Yes, we have been working on new music over the years and may do a new tune live. Playing a new song live before recording it always hones the arrangement and content.
Jimmy Waldo: Yes, we have been working on new material for the last year or so. We all have studios which makes it very easy to collaborate on new material.

Photo - New England debut album

New England’s self-titled debut album

LM: Your debut album, New England, contained the Top 40 single “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya,” which is the song most people associate with the band. What was it like for the band having success right from the start?
John Fannon: It was a dream come true…I remember our caravan of truck, cars and tour bus driving to one of our first headline shows in Denver and “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya” came on the radio. We all stopped on the side of the road, got out and were dancing in the streets. It was such an awesome feeling. We knew “Don’t Ever Wanna Lose Ya” was playing all around the world and there it was in real life!
Hirsch Gardner: Dream come true. Touring with the likes of ACDC, Journey, Rush, Cheap Trick, Kiss and headlining venues like Santa Monica Civic, The Fox Theater in Atlanta. It couldn’t have been more fun.
Gary Shea: Ha! This band was together for 10 years under a few different names, playing all over the Northeast, Canada and the Midwest. There was no overnight success. We actually broke up in 1975 and reformed in recording only mode for three years to get a record deal. That`s when we had six major label presidents and managers coming to our studio in Braintree, Mass. It was then that we chose to call ourselves New England, for musical influences and knowing that if any band around here dared to use that name the had better be damn good. It was very exciting to tour all the arenas in North America and be accepted as a peer to many of the great bands of the time. Very rewarding and humbling. We also made some amazing fans over the years that are coming across the country to this show.
Jimmy Waldo: It was amazing. We grew into it very quickly with all the touring we did following that record. Our first 20 or 30 shows were all headline shows in 2,000 to 4,000 seaters.

LM: That album was produced by Mike Stone (Queen, Asia) and Paul Stanley of KISS. What was it like working with both producers?
John Fannon: It was awesome! Mike was recommended to us by Brian May and we all loved how the Queen records sounded so we obviously said “bring him on” and he did not disappoint. Mike was not only an incredible engineer, but also a wonderful person to be around. We became great friends. Paul Stanley brought star power and confidence to the project. Even though our music was 99 percent developed and arranged going into the recording sessions, his input and presence was invaluable! Paul also gave us a taste of celebrity status just hanging out with him in L.A., NYC, and London. It was a magical time for the band.
Hirsch Gardner: Mike was a genius at the board. The sound of our first two albums still stands up with some of the best productions today. Paul was also great to work with.
Gary Shea: It was very inspirational to have a team with major experience recording and a successful track record making heavy rock music. We had other offers but we chose Mike and Paul for their commitment and love of our music. We had a great time recording in L.A. New York, and London. When the album came out, it was very rewarding after so much sweat, tribulations, vision, and hard work to see it do well for us.
Jimmy Waldo: Mike was an amazing engineer who had done some of the best bands on the planet. Paul came from a more musical place as a writer and performer.

LM: Does anyone in the band still keep in touch with Paul Stanley?
John Fannon: No, we don’t. I wish we could.
Hirsch Gardner: I stayed in touch with the KISS guys after New England for a short while. Jimmy, Gary and I put together a band with Vinnie Vincent when Gene (Simmons) suggested we get together with him. Other than that there has been no contact.
Gary Shea: Over the years we have seen each other on and off. I last saw Paul last summer in Detroit on the Kiss/Motley Crue tour. We share the pride in knowing we all did a great job together and made some enduring music.
Jimmy Waldo: Not really.

New England's second album Explorer Suite

New England’s second album Explorer Suite

LM: When bands have success right out of the gate, there’s usually pressure from the record label to create another hit single. How much pressure was placed on the band when you recorded your sophomore effort, Explorer Suite?
John Fannon: I wouldn’t say we felt any pressure. I think the timing was a bit sudden and surprising because we were having so much success touring. Once we were home we just continued to do what we loved to do. Create new music. I will say with great regrets, I don’t think the record or management company knew what they had with Explorer Suite. It went right over their heads and yet this is still critically acclaimed as one of the best classic albums of all time. Kind of bitter sweet.
Hirsch Gardner: Well if there was pressure from the record company there was as much amongst the band but not pressure in a negative way. We wanted a hit single and worked very hard to achieve that.
Gary Shea: Every band is faced with the second album pressure. We were lucky in that we had a lot of material plus new songs we were working on at that time. Of course the label wants success again, we all do. Our problem was never the music. It was the roller coaster of the music business itself.
Jimmy Waldo: Elektra wasn’t as involved in the process as much as we would have liked. They really liked and accepted the record that we delivered and decided on “Explorer Suite” as a single, based on Queen’s success with “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

New England's third album Waking Wild

New England’s third album Waking Wild

LM: Your third album, Walking Wild, was produced by another big name musician, Todd Rundgren, who stripped the layered production of the first two albums. Was this a conscious effort by him and the band to go in a “leaner” direction or did it just evolve during the recording process?
John Fannon: That was a conscious effort of Todd’s. He had a very different style of production and sound. He did have some great musical ideas and direction for the songs especially vocal harmonies and string parts. We made this record in two weeks. Pretty amazing! I remember him telling me, “This is a great record. Don’t let Elektra F. it up.”
Hirsch Gardner: We had always loved Todd’s production and songwriting skills so I think that is what brought us to him. The album reflects all of that: his production style, songwriting and arrangements.
Gary Shea: We hired Todd because we were all big Nazz fans and having a very musical producer really appealed to us. There was no leaner decision, it was just how that music at that time needed to be built. There are still big vocal parts and strings bit like you say, it was just the evolution of the recording. That whole album by the way was written in two weeks at Todd`s Utopia Warehouse and recorded and mixed in under two weeks at his home studio in Woodstock. We are very proud of our achievement in pulling that off. The band had been playing together every day, all day, for over six years at that point and we were very tight musically.
Jimmy Waldo: I think it was a bit of both. We did a few songs, which had a more layered production on that record, which Todd really liked. But we also did songs like “Holdin’ Out on Me” and “Be My Dirty Dream,” which were basic rock and roll. They just didn’t need as much of a heavy layered approach as our first two records.

LM: Sadly, New England didn’t get much label support after your debut album. How much of an influence did that have on the band’s breakup at the time?
John Fannon: I think it had everything to do with the breakup.
Hirsch Gardner: By the end of the third album and tour we had played together since 1973. I think we were all pretty beat at that point.
Gary Shea: It was a huge factor. On both the second and third albums that were released on Elektra Records, the label picked singles that were not what we had envisioned. We chose “Conversation” on our second album for a single, but they said they wanted to showcase our musicality with “Explorer Suite.” Along with Todd on our third album, Walking Wild, we chose “Don`t Ever Let Me Go” which also featured Todd playing a guitar solo harmony with John. They chose “DDT” instead and a lot of female radio people didn`t like the humor and refused to play it.
Jimmy Waldo: We couldn’t continue making records and touring without a label’s financial support, so we decided to all pursue other projects. We didn’t stop working together because of personal issues – we had no way to make records or tour anymore. In those days there was no Protools, or high quality home recording. It was very expensive to make a record.

LM: Out of three albums you recorded, which one is your personal favorite?
John Fannon: Although I love all three albums, Explorer Suite is my personal favorite. My goal was to write songs that would give each of us even more space to showcase our creativity and diversity as musicians. I think we got there.
Hirsch Gardner: All of them. I still marvel over the playing, songwriting, sound of those albums. I’m a pretty big fan of New England!!!
Gary Shea: I like all three for many various reasons, whether it’s the song, the parts I played, or what was happening at the time. They are all great little stories and we gave them all our love and attention.
Jimmy Waldo: That’s a tough question. I really like all three for different reasons. All the songs on all three were really good. As a keyboard player, each album brought new challenges for me, which I loved.

LM: For anyone out there who is on the fence about coming to the show on August 15, what’s the number one reason why they should attend this show?
John Fannon: Rehearsals have been ROCKIN’. We still have that same powerful melodic sound and energy wrapped around great songs that has always been New England, and we are looking forward to debuting a new song! Come join us on August 15 at the Regent Theater in Arlington, Mass., strap on your seat belt and get ready for AN HISTORIC NIGHT OF POWER ROCK!!!
Hirsch Gardner: Who’s on the fence?!?!?! Give me there name and address!!!!!!
Gary Shea: Come down and see a real rock band that can play and sing its ass off melodically without sounding wimpy. No auto tune, no pre-recorded backing tracks, just four guys that have devoted their lives for that two hour moment in the limelight. We won`t disappoint.
Jimmy Waldo: We are a great band, that has great songs, and plays them live with lots of energy. We all love playing together and it shows. It’s a great show with lots of dynamics.

New England

New England


“Star for the Bay” performance video contest launched

30 Jun

Photo - Buzz Bay StarDo you have a talent you want the world to see? Are you a star, waiting to be discovered?

Here’s your chance to show the world what you’ve got!

The Buzzards Bay Film Festival and JKB Entertainment Group are inviting musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, and any one who wants to show their talent to enter “Star for the Bay,” a  performance video contest held every three weeks from July 3 until the end of summer. 

You are invited to submit 60-second cell phone videos of yourself or your friends showing off what you’ve got: great songs, hot dance steps, guitar solos, great jokes, your band’s catchiest tunes or any talent you think might win.


1. Your video must be shot in the Buzzards Bay watershed, or have Buzzards Bay as its subject (You can see the watershed on this map)

2. Your video must be shot on a cell phone.

3. Your video must be 60 seconds or less in length.


A pair of free tickets to one of these JKB Entertainment Group concerts:

Aug. 6 — The Zombies (featuring Colin Blunstone & Rod Argent) at Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA

Aug. 10 — King’s X at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH

Oct. 10 — Rusted Root at Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA

Oct. 11 — Howie Day with Ayla Brown at Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA

Nov. 22 — Cheryl Wheeler at Spire Center for Performing Arts in Plymouth, MA

Dec. 11 — Adrian Belew Power Trio at Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA


If your video has more votes than all the videos submitted that week, you’ll win one of our weekly Shoot the Summer 2014 cell phone video awards of a Gift Certificate from your choice of one of five Bay watershed businesses: 

  • New Bedford’s Rose Alley Pub
  • Quicks Hole restaurant in Woods Hole
  • Ryan Family Amusements in Bourne and Falmouth
  • Wareham’s Kool Kone
  • Salvador’s Ice Cream in South Dartmouth.


You’ll have a chance to win a $1,000 Grand Prize and a GoPro camera for the best videos of the summer! 

How to Enter:

Contestants can email their entries to the Festival at or through the Festival’s Facebook Page @BuzzardsBayFilmFest, or at our Facebook app here.

When to Enter:

Star for the Bay competitions will start on:

Thursday, July 3.

Thursday July 24

Thursday August 14

Thursday September 4

Submissions open those Thursdays. At the noon on the following Monday, submissions close and voting starts. Voting ends at midnight on Wednesday, and the winner will be announced on the following Thursday.

How to Win?

The winners will be chosen through Facebook and email votes. So spread the word and have your friends watch your video and vote on our Facebook Page @BuzzBayFilmFestival, or (link) or send in their vote to

Further Shoot the Summer 2014 contest details can be found at


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