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Saturday, August 29


9:00 pm



As leader of 1970s British rock legends Mott the Hoople and as a hugely influential solo artist, Ian Hunter is widely revered as one of rock 'n' roll's most compelling and influential performers, as well as one of its most articulate songwriters. Hunter penned such immortal rock anthems as "All The Way From Memphis," "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," and "Cleveland Rocks," and had a huge hit with the David Bowie-penned "All The Young Dudes," after turning down the first song Bowie offered, "Suffragette City."

Hunter was already a veteran of the London music scene by the time he joined Mott the Hoople in 1969. With Mott, he recorded four iconoclastic albums - "Mott The Hoople," "Mad Shadows," "Wildlife" and "Brain Capers" - by the time they hit international stardom with the glam-rock anthem for a generation, Bowie's "All The Young Dudes."

The band's artistic and commercial success continued with "Mott" and "The Hoople," between them containing the hits "All The Way From Memphis," "Honaloochie Boogie," "Roll Away the Stone" and "The Golden Age of Rock 'n' Roll". On Mott the Hoople's final tour, they took out a then little-known band called Queen, who would have a hit single with a song about their experiences, "Now I'm Here."

Mott the Hoople has also been credited by John Lydon (Sex Pistols) and Mick Jones (The Clash) as being one of the pioneers and inspirations behind the burgeoning punk / new wave movement. Later on, Hunter would go on to produce Generation X's "Valley Of The Dolls" album and The Clash would play on Hunter's "Short Back 'n' Sides" release. Not many, if any, other artists could claim to have influenced bands as diverse as Queen and the Sex Pistols.

Mott the Hoople disbanded in 1974 and Hunter moved to New York, segueing into a celebrated solo career and quickly building a formidable body of solo work. The albums, "Ian Hunter," "All American Alien Boy," "Overnight Angels," "You're Never Alone With A Schizophrenic," "Short Back 'n' Sides" and "All Of The Good Ones Are Taken," featuring such diverse talents as the aforementioned Queen and the Clash, Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson, the then-unknown jazz sensation Jaco Pastorious, and a New Jersey bar outfit called the E Street Band.

    







Thursday, September 3, 8pm

ProJam 12








Saturday, September 5


9:00 pm



Since the last time Lake Street Dive performed here, the group has been discovered by the national press, with raves in Rolling Stone, the New Yorker, Hollywood Reporter and the Daily News, and championed by superstar producer T Bone Burnett. Yet the Boston-bred band, known for its unique fusion of jazz, classical, pop, swing and soul, are committed to keeping it real.

Lake Street Dive is a unique quartet with an approach like no other group you've ever heard. Four jazz- and classical-trained musicians who met at Boston's New England Conservatory got together and formed an indie-pop band featuring a trumpet-wielding guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, and a female vocalist with pipes that can seduce you while at the same time they're knocking you down with sheer power. The wonderful result produces a lazy, strutting New Orleans-inflected version of the Jackson Five's "I Want You Back" or a steamy jazz-funk version of Hall & Oates' "Rich Girl."

Lake Street Dive find themselves on the cusp of stardom, though they insist they will always be the same people whose stage outfits once consisted of matching sweater vests. "We realize this could all go away tomorrow," says Rachael Price. "But that won't change what we do. We want to continue to do this for a long, long time. This is what we love. We just want to make sure we keep enjoying ourselves."

    







Sunday, September 6, 8pm

Charles Busch


Review: Charles Busch in "That Girl/That Boy" Shares Songs and Stories
STEPHEN HOLDEN - NY Times
JULY 15, 2015










Saturday, September 12, 9pm

US Elevator
featuring Johnny Irion
with special guest Darren Jessee (Hotel Lights)








Saturday, September 19


9:00 pm



Bully just released its debut album, "Feels Like" (StarTime/Columbia). It's already garnered a 3 1/2 - star review from Rolling Stone Magazine, and the band's brainchild, Alicia Bognanno - who does multiple duties as lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and engineer -- is being touted as her generation's answer to Courtney Love and Liz Phair.

Bully's melodic, hardcore confessionals have drawn comparisons to 1990s pop-punk bands like Hole, the Breeders, and Veruca Salt. But inside her band's churning guitars, rambunctious rhythms, and tightly coiled intensity, Minnesota native Alicia Bognanno's smart, sharp-edged millennial indie-rock is intensely personal. Her voice rises from sugar-sweet to scratchy howl as she bares her most harrowing fears to the world.

In other words, Bognanno is her own bully.

    






Friday, September 25


9:00 pm



Friday, September 25, 9pm With slide blues guitar, gospel organ chords, New Orleans-style horns, and group harmonies, bluesy roots-rockers Buffalo Stack can't help but recall Woodstock heroes the Band. In fact, it was at Levon Helm's barn in Woodstock that husband-and-wife Andy and Tania Stack (a Grammy and Juno award- winning fiddle player) of Hudson - at the time performing as a duo called the Stacks - met bassist Brandon Morrison, drummer Lee Falco, and guitarist Connor Kennedy, the other musicians who would soon join them to become Buffalo Stack, who at their hardest hitting and blues-rockingest recall Black Keys or White Stripes.

    







Thursday, October 1, 8pm

Cowboy Junkies








Wednesday, October 7


8:00 pm

with Special Guest Josh Rouse


Best known for his songs "Cruel to Be Kind" (a US Top 40 single) and "Breaking Glass" (a top 10 UK hit), Nick Lowe was an essential figure on the late-1970s/early-1980s power pop and New Wave scenes, as well as one of the most influential producers (Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, Pretenders, The Damned) and songwriters ("(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" for Elvis Costello; "I Knew the Bride (When She Used to Rock 'n' Roll)" for Dave Edmunds) of all time.

In his current "second act" as a silver-haired, tender-hearted but sharp-tongued singer-songwriter, he has no equal. Starting with 1995's "The Impossible Bird" through to 2011's "The Old Magic" and 2013's Christmas album, "Quality Street," Lowe has turned out a fantastic string of albums, each one devised in his West London home and recorded with a core of musicians who possess the same veteran savvy. Lowe brings wit and understated excellence to every performance, leading Ben Ratliff of the New York Times to describe his live show as "elegant and nearly devastating."

Nashville singer-songwriter Josh Rouse, who has called Spain home for the past decade, has been hailed for his "pop-folk introspection" and sharp wit. His latest album, "The Embers of Time," released earlier this year, has drawn comparisons to the work of Neil Young, Paul Simon, Harry Nilsson, and Glen Campbell.

    




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Sunday, October 11, 7pm

Heather MacRae










Thursday, October 15, 8pm

Rasputina








Saturday, October 17


9:00 pm



A longtime favorite of Helsinki audiences, rootsy singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith headlines the Traveling Steam Show, an old-fashioned vaudeville-style road show, which includes an opening set by singer-songwriter Tiffani "Tif" Ginn, who is also a member of Eaglesmith's band.

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and bandleader Eaglesmith is a genuine iconoclast and true original. As he has doggedly gone his own way as an independent musical artist, Eaglesmith has also enjoyed such high profile rewards in recent years as having his songs covered by country superstars Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert, among many other accomplishments.

The closely observed details of rural life, including dogs, guns, trains, tractors, trucks, cars, engines, drinking and farming, often populate Fred Eaglesmith's songs, many of which portray the vicissitudes and struggles of family farms and small businesses. Down and out characters dealing with loss of love or livelihood, and quirky rural folk also populate his songs. His songwriting uses many of the techniques of short story writing, including unreliable narrators, surprise endings, and plot twists.

He's also hysterically funny, and a Fred Eaglesmith concert is nearly as much a stand-up comedy show as it is a musical performance.

    





    





    






Friday, November 13


9:00 pm



For the last quarter-century, Rockabilly Hall of Fame winners Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys have mined the corners of pre- and early- rock 'n' roll influences, including Western swing, honkytonk, doo-wop, and country boogie. Hearing Big Sandy instantly puts a listener in mind of early greats like Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Chuck Berry, and, of course, Elvis Presley. Take a trip back to a more innocent time with these ever-joyful roots-rockers.

    




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Sunday, November 15, 8pm

Joseph Arthur