Personal reflection on JKB’s first year in business

By Katie F. Botelho

Looking back on this past year, 2011 has been one of the greatest years of my life. I went from working part-time, not knowing what my future was going to hold after graduating, to becoming a business woman with a blink of an eye. Talk about a life changing experience. I’ve always enjoyed music, ever since I was a little child, but I never expected music would be such an important part of who I am and what I do.

Once JKB Management and Booking started, it didn’t seem real to me that I actually co-owned my own business. It only struck me when we were driving to our first show which was Uriah Heep at Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry, NH, on June 28. The feeling was unlike anything I’ve ever felt. I actually felt important because I was doing something great with my life. Never in a million years did I think I would be working with talented artists who have been around for years and are still performing great music today. After leaving the show, I thought to myself, “wow, this is really happening.” The whole experience has been so surreal to me and I’m very fortunate to be where I am today.

Along with Uriah Heep, we also booked the Carl Palmer Band at Tupelo Music Hall (on Oct. 20) and the Narrows Center for the Arts in Fall River, MA, (on Oct. 22). I must say that was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Booking two shows back-to-back gave us the opportunity to really get to know everyone in the band and build a relationship that’s unlike any other. Besides having two amazing sold out shows, we left knowing we had met some great people. The Carl Palmer Band was a great way to end 2011, as it gave us the confidence and encouragement to make 2012 even better!

Meanwhile, if that wasn’t good enough, in August, I became co-owner of Limelight Magazine as well, making JKB Management and Booking and Limelight Magazine the best it has ever been. Not only are both businesses doing great, but we also have the best staff. Everybody works so well together and that’s what a business should be all about. Without a good staff, you have nothing.

Looking ahead to the future, we have two shows in March of 2012, being Jon Anderson, former lead vocalist of YES, on March 17 and Comedian Paula Poundstone on March 31. Both shows are at the Narrows Center for the Arts. But those aren’t the only shows New England has to look forward to. We plan to book even more acts in 2012 that you won’t want to miss. Who would’ve thought we could book such great shows right in our own backyard. I’m proud to be part of such a great business and happy that I can bring entertainment and laughter to the lives of others.

JKB has done so well in its first year of business, and we don’t plan on stopping there. Our goals are to book as many local shows as we possibly can so you don’t have to drive long distances to have a nice night out. With these shows, we will make a bigger name for ourselves and, of course, our main concern is to make our patrons and those around us happy. We have worked so hard and it certainly has paid off. Cheers to 2012 and to a successful year filled with laughter, music and love!

Katie F. Botelho

The Amazing Kreskin solves crimes and reads minds

By JESSICA A. BOTELHO

 The Amazing Kreskin has flown more than 3 million miles during the six decades of his mind reading career and on Jan. 14, he is looking forward to visiting the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford. He said he is excited because New England hypnotizes him, as the area gives him time to reflect on life, walk the side streets to explore and relax.

Of course, it might have something to do with the fact that he’s from Montclair, New Jersey.

“When you go to New England, you begin to get a feel of what America is really like,” said Kreskin, whose birth name is George Joseph Kresge, Jr. “It’s one of my favorite parts of the United States because it reminds you of what we’re losing in other parts of our country, where things are so busy and people are not paying attention to what’s going on. It’s a different state of mind and there’s something about it that’s very precious.”

Last year, Kreskin made 237 appearances around the world. If he didn’t travel so much he said he would most likely own six dogs, a llama, a pig and more cats. The mentalist, who described himself as an avid camper and lover of the outdoors, already has four felines.

But that doesn’t mean he regrets the journey he’s been on.

“My life has truly been adventurous,” Kreskin said.

Through the years, he has astonished audiences across the globe not only with his mind reading techniques, but also with his keen skills at predicting the future. He predicted the U.S. Presidential Election of 2008 and logged the results with a written statement made 11 months earlier. Democrat Barrack Obama was victorious.

Also, he predicted the Super Bowl winner as the New York Giants three days before the game on FOX Business News. Prophecies such as this earned him the nickname, “The Nostradamus of the Twentieth Century.”

Keeping up with his forecasts, he’s predicted the winner of next year’s presidential election, as well. On his latest appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he wrote his prediction on a piece of paper, sealed it in an envelope and put it in a safe at NBC Studios in New York.

“I’m the only one that knows the combination,” Kreskin said. “A second copy was sent to Robin Leach, a third is with a broadcaster in New Jersey and a fourth is hanging over the bar at Patsy’s [Italian Restaurant in Manhattan]. The packages will be opened a few days after the election.”

To further prove his talent, he requests that his check for performing be hidden somewhere within the venue he’s appearing, which he will do at The Z on Jan. 14. If he fails to find it, he forfeits the fee. After more than 65 years, he’s failed nine times.

“I lost $51,000 one evening in New Zealand,” he said. “It’s been a dramatic challenge.”

He said he’s found his payment in some “wild” places. At a show at the University of Villanova in Pennsylvania with an audience of 8,000 parents and students, he approached a gentleman and asked him to open his mouth.

“It was really an embarrassing thing to do,” Kreskin said. “I started to walk away but then I turned back to him and said, ‘Could you show me the roof of your mouth?’ and he reached into his mouth, took out his upper plates and handed me my check.”

Not only does Kreskin use his gift to entertain, he also uses it to solve crimes, as he is a training consultant to law enforcement and security personnel. He has worked on 84 cases and said he was successful in nearly a third of them.

A few years ago, in a city just outside of Chicago, Illinois, a college man had gone missing. The police gave up on the case but Kreskin held a performance and asked witnesses to come. One man in the audience vividly remembered an important scene from the night the man disappeared.

“I used a technique to tap into his subconscious and the man’s body was found in his car at the bottom of a lake,” he said.

In another case, a woman was walking away from her college in Reno, Nevada to go to her car and was kidnapped and murdered. Kreskin said there were no clues, however, his involvement in solving the crime was announced in newspapers and three men came forward who said they were in the area that day. Kreskin was able to interview two of the three separately for an hour and a half.

“They remember stopping at a red light and seeing students exiting the school heading to their cars,” he said. “All I had was a photo of the victim.”

The image of a man slowly came to the minds of the witnesses, said Kreskin, and a police sketch artist reconstructed a composite picture of the assailant as they described him. The final draft of the drawing was published in a newspaper and two months later a man was apprehended in Los Angeles.

“He was already a suspect in two other murders,” Kreskin said. “I was in Reno at a theater about to go into my dressing room and a man approached me. He said, ‘I want to thank you.’ It was the father of the murdered girl.”

But Kreskin said he doesn’t take up cases often. It’s too much of an emotional experience.

“I couldn’t do it all the time because it’s heart wrenching,” he said.

While he isn’t interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, he said he’d probably be performing his act on the street had he not made it as a mentalist. But he also said his loved ones would say differently.

“If you spoke to friends of mine 20 or 30 years ago I’d be teaching if I were not performing,” he said. “I’d be a very understanding and sympathetic teacher but I’d also be a tough marker.”

Yet, Kreskin has been a successful mind reader and had a television series, wrote at least 16 books, a board game made in honor of him, as well as his own theme song arranged by the renowned Skitch Henderson at Carnegie Hall. He’s also appeared on several talk and variety shows. Movies, including Dinner For Schmucks, which starred Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, and The Great Buck Howard, which Tom Hanks produced and co-starred with John Malkovich in 2009, have been made documenting his life.

“Who would have thought a couple years ago Tom Hanks would do a movie based on yours truly?” Kreskin said.

But Kreskin is humble and credits his fans with his success. He acknowledges that he needs an audience to put on a performance.

“They are an intricate part of it and, without them, I don’t have a show because I’m reading their thoughts,” he said. “There are no footlights between myself and my audience because they are not coming to hear a concert or watch a play. They are coming to be part of the program.”

Kreskin began performing professionally about a decade after he discovered his talent while playing, “hot and cold,” as a child. To play, children hide an object and one has to search for it. As one is on the hunt for the object, the others say “hot” if he is near it and “cold” otherwise.

At the age of nine, his brother hid a coin in the upstairs of the home they shared with their parents, grandparents and uncle. Kreskin walked through the kitchen, into their uncle’s bedroom, climbed on a chair, reached behind a curtain rod and found the coin without a word from his brother.

“I realized I forgot to tell my brother to talk to me,” he said. “There was no conversation so I’m sure my grandparents from Sicily thought I had the evil eye or something.”

Whether is he playing a game with family or performing for a sold out crowd, Kreskin said his programs have a message.

“We can do so much in life without a lot of equipment if we only set our minds to it,” he said.

The Amazing Kreskin

Kiley Evans: The new voice on the radio

By JESSICA A. BOTELHO

Country singer/songwriter Kiley Evans, 24, is no stranger to appearing on radio and television, as she performed her hit, “Papa’s Song” on the Steve Katsos Show and was accompanied by cellist Morgan Santos.

Additionally, her first single “Johnny Depp,” which was released a year ago, has played on multiple regional stations such as WCIB-Cool 102; WNBR-88.1; WATD-95.9; as well as WCTK- 98.1, a major country station better known as Cat Country. According to Evans, she is the only unsigned artist being played on Cat Country at the moment.

But before she made it to radio and T.V., she was a young girl whose father instilled in her a love of music. She remembers when he soothed her to sleep with his guitar playing at bedtime while growing up in their home located just outside Boston. In fact, she said he often used it as bribery for her to brush her teeth and put on pajamas.

“Then, he’d play ‘Puff the Magic Dragon’ or the Winnie the Pooh theme song,” said Evans. “We were the house on the street that always had music coming out of it. I assumed everyone’s dad played guitar when I was younger.”

Yet, it wasn’t until her teen years that country music entered her life. In high school, her father had two tickets to see country star Vince Gill. He planned to go with a friend but at the last minute his buddy backed out, freeing a ticket for his daughter.

“Sugerland opened and I loved it,” she said. “It was a sound I wasn’t used to. That was the turning point for me so I grabbed onto country music and ran with it. I remember falling in love with music but I never thought I’d actually be pursuing it for a career.”

Jennifer Nettles, the vocalist for Sugerland, is just one female singer Evans gravitates toward. She also enjoys artists like Reba McIntyre and Miranda Lambert, who inspired her to write music.

The first time she composed a song was in her college days at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, where she was majoring in Engineering. On semester break, she had free time and began fiddling around with her father’s guitar, an old Guild, the same one he brought with him to college.

“I think I started playing because I really missed my dad and he allowed me to take his guitar with me to school as a security blanket,” Evans said. “Up until a few years ago I didn’t really know how to play it. I only knew the three basic chords he taught me.”

Then a friend sent her a link posted by Country Music Television that advertised an original song contest and encouraged musicians to film a homemade video. Her song “The Only One” made the top 64 of a few thousand applicants and a clip aired on national television, launching her into the music spotlight.

“I loved everything about it and I never went back to college,” she said. “It’s clear to me that there’s nothing else I’d rather do.”

Since then, Evans released a five-song self-titled EP in September and filmed a video for her song, “Johnny Depp.” In addition to “Johnny Depp,” the EP features “Papa’s Song,” which was influenced by her grandfather. She said the two songs are nothing alike, as “Johnny Depp” is a pop-country tune, while “Papa’s Song” it’s more of a stripped down folk song.

“It’s a full story and a lot of people listen to country music for stories,” Evans said. “Every time I sing it I still have the emotion I was feeling when I wrote it. It’s something I feel very strongly about.”

Her grandfather, who she is extremely close to, is the first person she played it for because she wanted to be sure he was comfortable with her singing about his life experiences.

It all started when they were watching a baseball game. During a commercial break, she asked him if he had had ever been in love before he met her grandmother. He told her he had, as he met a woman when he was in the service and stationed in Texas. After he was discharged, he traveled back to his hometown in Massachusetts and planned to save money to send for her. Time went by and it never happened.

“It was the worst heartbreak he’s ever known,” said Evens. “The song is about how your greatest love is usually your greatest heartbreak.”

For Evans, her greatest love is music and she recently journeyed to Nashville to get a taste of the music scene. She said she always wondered what it would be like and to her pleasure it was better than expected.

“Everywhere you turn people are all about music,” said Evans. “No matter who you bump into on the street they are in the music business. I felt at home there because I knew everyone was doing the same thing I was and I automatically had something in common with everyone.”

Evans plans to travel back to Nashville in February and will then head back home to record a new batch of songs. For now, visit stevekatsos.com to stream her appearance on The Steve Katsos Show and check out the website for airings.

Kiley Evans

Jessica Botelho’s Top 5 Concerts of 2011

#1 – Bon Jovi @ Various Venues

When I heard the false rumors a few weeks ago that Jon Bon Jovi died, one of the first thoughts that entered my mind was, “Thank God I saw Bon Jovi three times this year.” Of course, Captain Kid is alive and well and his band are among the top grossing acts of the year, landing the number two spot behind U2. I saw them with my brother’s girlfriend, Meghan, at the T.D. Banknorth Garden in Boston on March 1, the day before JBJ’s birthday, and the P.A. system went out at the beginning of the show. It was restored shortly after and the show ended up being a total blast. While we sat behind the stage, we had a great view of JBJ’s behind. Then, I saw them at the Mohegan Sun Arena a few days later on March 4 with my friend, Matt, and again, they were awesome. The third time was also at Mohegan Sun but they were sans Richie Sambora, as the King of Swing was in rehab for his alcohol issues. Nevertheless, the show was fantastic. The best part was the fact that they did different sets at the shows and I heard “Dry County,” and “Hey God,” songs I never saw them perform before, which is a treat when you’ve seen a band more than a dozen times.  It’s good to know JBJ is still making memories “These Days.” 😉

Bon Jovi

#2 – Hurtsmile @ Showcase Live in Foxboro, MA

I felt a special connection with vocalist Gary Cherone when I interviewed him during the summer because we chatted about his involvement with Van Halen and how he blew his voice out at a show I went to in 1998 at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass. As a result, he said he sometimes feels unsettled prior to performing. In the article, I quoted him as saying, “That show comes up in my mind every time I play in Boston.” But when he performed at Showcase Live in Foxboro on July 22 with his new band HURTSMILE, which features his brother, Mark, on guitar, he nailed it. I went to the show with my brother, Ernie, and we were lucky enough to get backstage passes and meet Gary and Mark afterwards. Gary said he loved the interview and Mark re-posted our link to the story on his Facebook page. That was really awesome for me. \m/

Gary Cherone & Jessica Botelho

#3 – Motley Crue @ Various Venues

If you like standing and dancing at concerts like I do, I highly advise you don’t buy seats located on the top tier of the Mohegan Sun Area – spring for lower level seats. While it’s a great venue, the “High Rollers” are often given tickets top tier seats and they have no problem telling you to sit down. I’m not sure why anyone would want to sit at a Crue show but that’s what happened to me at the July 15 gig. Feeling disappointed, I spent decent money on another ticket for their second appearance at the Comcast Center on July 19, sat 15 rows from the stage and it was worth every cent. I went alone but met up with friends before and was treated to delicious steak tips in the parking lot AND made a few new friends. The New York Dolls and Poison started the show and needless to say it was “Nothing But a Good Time.” =)

Motley Crue

#4 – James Montgomery & Cory Bellucci @ Elk’s Lodge in Warwick, RI

I interviewed the Grammy-nominated blues vocalist and harmonica player for the Warwick Beacon, the newspaper I work for full-time, the night before Thanksgiving. We met at the home of Cory Bellucci, 15, a guitarist Montgomery recently took under his wing. To promote Bellucci’s career, they booked a gig at the Elk’s Lodge in Warwick, R.I. on Dec. 2 and I got the chance to go to the show with my buddy, Alan. Hearing Montgomery praise the article I wrote to the crowd made me feel like my heart grew wings and was fluttering around in my chest. ❤

James Montgomery, Jessica Botelho & Cory Bellucci

#5 – Dennis DeYoung @ Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA

It’s always exceptionally awesome to see a musician perform after I interview them and going to the Dennis DeYoung show at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Nov. 18 was no exception. Watching him do “The Robot” to his hit song, “Mr. Roboto” was almost as awesome as watching him give his wife a love tap on her behind after he wished her happy birthday and presented her with red roses onstage. Of course, spending quality time with the co-owners of Limelight Magazine, Jason Kenney and Katie Botelho, as well as meeting DeYoung’s guitarist, August Zadra, was “The Best of Times.” 😉

Katie Botelho, August Zadra & Jessica Botelho

Katie Botelho’s Top 5 Concerts of 2011

Please note that the shows I booked through JKB Management and Booking are not included on this list to keep everything objective.

#1 – Sully Erna @ Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA

I liked everything about this show. I loved all of the songs he played and the ambience on stage was simply amazing. It made you feel like you were in another world. And, of course, meeting him before the show was a plus!

Sully Erna & Katie Botelho

#2 – Kiss @ Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH

I loved the whole experience of this show. Seeing everyone dressed up and having their faces painted, including myself, made me feel like a kid again. All the energy and props they used on stage made it more than just a concert. It was total entertainment from beginning to end.

Katie Botelho as Paul Stanley

#3 – Blondie @ Wilbur Theater in Boston, MA

This show was unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Being so close to the stage where I felt like I was actually on stage was something else. Seeing someone like her performing that close was simply amazing to say the least.

Katie Botelho and Deborah Harry

#4 – Pink Floyd Experience @ Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA

This show seemed to put me in a different state of mind. All the visuals really put the show together. Hearing all the music that I grew up with my brother and such made it truly a special experience. And the flying pig at the end was just awesome. It topped the whole show off.

The Flying Pig

#5 – Dennis DeYoung @ Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, MA

Even though Dennis DeYoung is number 5, I really enjoyed this show. DeYoung had such great personality on stage and his voice was amazing. The only reason why this one is last is because it didn’t have the visuals like the others had. Still a great show and I would definitely see him again. I also appreciate his guitarist letting us take a photo with him and our managing editor, Jessica Botelho.

Katie Botelho, August Zadra & Jessica Botelho

‘TH1RT3EN’ far from unlucky number for Megadeth

By JESSICA A. BOTELHO

Business is good for the heavy metal band Megadeth because fans are sweating bullets for their thirteenth studio album appropriately titled “TH1RT3EN.”

Guitarist Chris Broderick, the former guitarist for the band Jag Panzer who replaced Glen Drover in Megadeth nearly four years ago, said he is pleased by the reaction of fans and critics alike. Still, he thinks it’s too soon to have the right to go insane about the feedback.

“I always wait until a little time has passed but I’m really happy that people are receiving it very well,” he said.

The album marks the last the band will make under Roadrunner Records and is the second in their history to hit stores on Nov. 1, as 1994’s “Youthanasia” was also released on that date. They are set to be killing it on the road with Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil for Gigantour, the critically acclaimed package festival they founded in 2005, which is the same tour name Broderick made his live debut with Megadeth on Feb. 4, 2008.

They will make stops in New England states such as Connecticut and Massachusetts and they will also perform in nearby New York.

While he doesn’t have a favorite place to gig, he said he enjoys playing for fans that are “over the top” and “very vocal” when he’s on stage.

“At the same time, there are fans that like to sit back and listen and that’s nice, as well,” said Broderick. Either way he said, “I can’t wait to go on tour. We’ll be doing four or five songs from the CD.”

According to Broderick, the CD came together “quite quickly” and they composed some of the material while on tour for the band’s last studio album “Endgame.” They worked with producer John Karkazis, better known as Johnny K, who previously worked with Disturbed, Sevendust, Machine Head and Staind, among others.

“He’s concerned about the whole aspect of the song and that’s really his strong point,” said Broderick. “It was really cool to work with him.”

In addition to “TH1RT3EN,” Broderick also recorded guitar parts on “Endgame” shortly after he came onboard. He thinks the new album is more diverse.

“‘Endgame,’ with the exception of a song or two, was pretty in your face,” Broderick said. “‘Thirteen’ pulls from ‘Endgame’ but also from every other Megadeth CD.”

In terms of guitar riffs, he enjoys tracks “Sudden Death” and “Never Dead” best. “Never Dead” can be heard in a trailer for the fantasy action video game of the same name. With the record business not being what it used to be, Broderick feels having their song in a video game is an alternative avenue to reach new fans.

“It’s a great way to get advertising for your music,” he said. “The video game almost gives the song an infinite number of music videos.”

In 1983, the year frontman Dave Mustaine founded Megadeth, the band probably never envisioned their music would be in a video game nearly 30 years later. For Broderick, he never thought he’d end up playing lead guitar for them.

“It’s such an honor to be able to play with such an awesome band,” he said. “I grew up following them and to be on stage with the guys is pretty amazing.”

But Mustaine said he thinks of Broderick as the greatest guitarist Megadeth has ever had and compared meeting Broderick to Ozzy Osbourne fusing with Randy Rhodes. Hearing that, Broderick said, is humbling and terrifying at the same time.

“It’s great that he thinks that of me but it’s like, ‘Wow. I have to live up to that,’” he said.

“The funny thing is the first year and a half that I was playing with Megadeth I never really had time to think about the position I’ve been in. Only now have I been able to relax and step back and feel comfortable with what I’m doing.”

Celebrate the holidays with Lou Gramm, Mickey Thomas & Eddie Money

By JESSICA A. BOTELHO

NEW BEDFORD – It isn’t every day that three music icons take the stage to perform classic holiday favorites. But Eddie Money, Lou Gramm and Mickey Thomas fans will get the opportunity to have themselves a merry little Christmas with a side of rock and roll this Saturday, Dec. 3, as the singers will bring joy to the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford for the Jingle Bell Rock tour.

In addition to opening and closing the show as a trio, they will also play their own hit songs individually.

“Eddie did a holiday tour last year and thought it would be fun to take the concept and expand upon it,” said Thomas, who fronts Starship. “Eddie is such a great entertainer and sax player and it doesn’t get any better than Lou as a vocalist. It’s a unique experience to be able to go out and perform with them.”

Gramm, the former lead singer of Foreigner, agreed and said he is excited because he enjoys the holiday season, as well as New Bedford. Previously to joining Foreigner, he played in the band Black Sheep, which often gigged in the area.

“We were regulars there for a few years and met a lot of good people,” said Gramm. “I have an affinity for it.”

For the show, he said he is looking forward to performing “Jukebox Hero,” “Midnight Blue,” “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and “Hot Blooded,” as well as holiday hits like “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Mary, Did You Know?”

Thomas is set to sing “Winter Wonderland” in the style of Annie Lennox, Elvis Presley’s, “It’s Christmas Time Pretty Baby,” and “Silent Night.” He’ll perform Starship songs “Jane,” “Sara,” “We Built This City,” and “Fooled Around and Fell in Love,” which he originally recorded with The Elvin Bishop Band in 1976.

“We might do ‘Nothing’s Going to Stop Us Now,’ if we have time,” he said.

Thomas and Gramm anticipate the show will help people get into the Christmas spirit. For Thomas, his favorite thing about celebrating the holidays is cooking and being with loved ones.

“I enjoy getting the family together because I have to travel so much that there’s nothing I like better than being in the kitchen whipping up an exciting meal with some good wine and a football game,” said Thomas, whose specialty is seafood and okra gumbo. “That’s the happiest time for me.”

Gramm feels the same and said it’s a great time to catch up with family and old friends. He especially likes the camaraderie everyone gets into if they are appreciating Christmas “the way it was meant to be.”

“You put differences aside and celebrate the birth of the Lord,” he said.

Of course, they’ve each made wish lists for Santa. In fact, Thomas is confident he will be getting a set of golf clubs this year, as well as a few films. Action and adventure flicks such as “Scarface,” “Goodfellas,” the “Indiana Jones” trilogy and the “Godfather” movies are his favorites.

“I’ve been golfing for 25 years and it’s one of the few things that I can do to leave everything that I’ve been worrying about behind,” said Thomas. “You can empty your head. And I love watching movies almost as much as cooking so hopefully I’ll be getting some DVDs.”

Gramm is keeping his fingers crossed for a new pair of glasses, as the pair he has is in rough shape.

“One side is broken to the point where it’s taped on,” he said with a laugh.

He’s also hinting around for a set of new tires for his’68 Camaro Super Sport, one of his four muscle cars.

“I’ve been driving it more and more lately and the tires have seen the last of the road,” he said. “I’ve been into muscle cars since before I was old enough to drive. My dad used to take me with him when it was time for us to get another car and we would window shop and he taught me about the high performance cars.”

But before Santa and his reindeer lavish them with gifts, they will share their holiday cheer with New Bedford. If the tour is a success, they said they would be more than willing to carry the tradition on next year.

“If this works out we’ll definitely be doing Jingle Bell Rock again,” said Thomas. “We might even expand upon it even more.”

Thomas said Starship frequently performs private shows at which his “singer buddies” Mike Reno of Loverboy; Bobby Kimball of Toto; Jimi Jamison of Survivor; John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band join him on stage. He’s thinking about bringing some of those guys on board next year, as he is fond of touring.

“In the early days, I just wanted to be in the studio all the time,” said Thomas. “Now, I enjoy being on stage and connecting with audiences.”

In the future, Thomas said Starship will be releasing a new album in February or March, which follows his recent solo recording of all cover songs, “Marauder”, while Gramm said he and the Lou Gramm Band will be putting out an album by spring. Their latest effort, which came out in 2009, was a self-titled Christian rock recording.

“This one will be straight rock,” Gramm said.

The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center’s box office is located at 684 Purchase Street, New Bedford, Mass. Tickets are priced at $69.50, $64.50, $55, and $48. Box Office Hours: M-F 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and one hour before each performance. For more information, visit http://www.zeiterion.org.

Jingle Bell Rock

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