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Weekly Band E-Mail #142.0 NEWS August 26th, 2010
WEEKLY BAND E-MAIL #142.0 August 26th, 2010


Voting has begun in this year's Valley Advocate readers poll. Voting ends on Friday, September 2nd at 5pm. To vote, go to There is only one vote per IP address. Here are the 27 categories and your choices:

Merrick Section; Salvation Alley String Band; The Fine and Dandy Trio

Barely Legal; Rattlebone; Blueshead

The Tinkers; Woodkerne; Enter the Haggis

Erik Alan; Truckstop Troubadours; Cottonwood

Aquanett; Killshot; Disorderly Conduct

Jeff Bujak; Tasha Yar; Sylphid

Belltonesuicide; Fat Worm of Error; Hornwood

The Trials and Tribulations; Rusty Belle; Woodford Way

The Ghost Quartet; Danny Pease and the Regulators; Who'd Funk It

Tidwell's Treasures; The Big Sway; Accidental Groove

The Devil's Moses; The Uncomfortables; Vaccine

Young Wee-Wee; The Problemaddicts; Glitter Guerilla

Leah Randazzo; Jamie Kent and the Options; Jeff D'Antona

Jesus Pagan; Viva Quetzal; Marka

Western Massacre; Endcount; Ponds

New Band
Disorderly Conduct; Triple XXX; Dogdeck

Performance DJ
Studebaker Hawk; Purity Supreme; Figgy

Bunny's a Swine; The John Brandoli Band; World's Greatest Dad

Whirl; Thrillpillow; Pallet

The Equalites; Fear Nuttin Band; The Alchemystics

Triple XXX; Graph; The Varlets

Angry Johnny and the Killbillies; Creepin Cadavers

Jameson Lavo; John Brandoli; Kevin Berard

Street Musician
Daniel Evans; Benny the Bucket Man

The Primate Fiasco; Swing Caravan; Gypsy Wranglers

Badmagick; American Zeppelin; Back in Black

Gokh-Bi System; Tony Vacca; Shokazoba


The 2010 Tool Town Live outdoor concert series in Athol began last week. All shows are at either at Uptown Common or Fish Park on Saturday nights, 7-9pm. All concerts are free and open to the public. Here is the remaining list of shows:

Saturday, August 28th, Uptown Common, 7-9pm
Sand Machine (pop/rock)

Saturday, September 4th, Uptown Common, 7-9pm
Ray Hendricks (funk); Rob Parks

Saturday, September 11th, Fish Park, 7-9pm
Richard Chase Band (folk/rock)

Saturday, September 18th, Fish Park, 7-9pm
Reprobate Blues Band

Uptown Common is near 1550 Main Street, and Fish Park is near 200 Union Street, off Main Street. If it rains, shows will be moved to Memorial Hall at 584 Main Street. For complete info, go to:


The third in the New England Americana Festival series will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston this Thursday, August 27th. Scheduled to perform are The Dennis Brennan Band, Brown Bird, Tripping Lily, John Colvert, Highway Ghosts, The Rationales, and Kingsley Flood. A donation of $10 will be requested. These shows have been held at the Hard Rock Cafe on the last Thursday of June and July, and this will be the final one of the series. The intent of the NEAF is to foster community support for Americana and roots music in Boston. For more information about the Festival, go to


The winners of the first three Battle of the Bands will be returning to The Elevens in Northampton tonight, Thursday, August 27th, to win a coveted spot at this year's Wormtown Music Festival. Competing will be Seed, Ghost Quartet, and Jamie Kent and the Options. The show begins at 9pm, there is no cover charge, and is 21+ The Wormtown Music Festival will be held at Camp Kee-Wanee in Greenfield for three days beginning Friday, September 17th. For more info about the Festival, or to buy tickets in advance, go to


There will be two more benefits for singer and guitarist Ray Neades at the Beachcomber in Wellfleet this Friday, August 27th, and Saturday, August 28th. Both shows begin at 9pm and are $10. Ray passed away in his sleep on December 14th, 2009 at the age of 42. He was best known for his part as songwriter and guitarist in the band Miss Reed, which was hugely popular in both the Boston area and western Mass. in the 1990's. All shows at The Beachcomber are 21+. For more info, go to

The line-up is as follows:
Friday, August 27th
The Cavedogs; Lard Zeppelin (with J. Mascis on drums); The Spampinato Brothers

Saturday, August 28th
The Upper Crust; The Stinkin' Lincolns; Beefy DC

This is the third series of benefits for Ray Neades. The first was an all-star benefit show at the Sierra Grill in Northampton at the end of January, and the second was a three-day tribute at Church of Boston back in April. Proceeds go to help Ray's family with expenses incurred by his death.


Forty years ago this coming weekend, 600,000 flower children set sail for the Isle of Wight, an island off southern England, for a five-day event in search of peace, love, and understanding. Many people consider this to be the largest gathering for a rock music festival in history, although I would have to say that the Watkins Glen Summer Jam, which was held on Saturday, July 28th, 1973, and which I went to (and remember!!!) also drew 600,000 people.

The Regent Theatre in Arlington will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Isle of Wight with a three-day film festival all this weekend. Ticket prices are based on how many films you want to see. It is $10 for one film, $18 for two films, $24 for three films, $28 for four films; or $30 for five or more. For complete details, go to: The line-up is as follows:

Friday, August 27th, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 28th, 7:30pm
Sunday, August 29th, 2pm
Message to Love
Message to Love has captured on film what many have called the last great rock festival. In 1970, half a million flower children set sail for the Isle of Wight, an island of southern England for a five-day event in search of peace, love, and understanding. Amidst the chaos of what’s been called “Britain’s Woodstock” many of those hippie ideals were lost. This long-awaited feature film documents one of the most significant events in rock ‘n’ roll history. Two hours of footage highlights legendary performances by the WHO, Joan Baez, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Free, The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, and Jethro Tull – and the last stage performance of Jim Morrison with the Doors, and by Jimi Hendrix – 18 days before his death. Their music stands the test of time, as does this film, as it recalls the sheer hedonism of hippydom, the backstage backstabbing that almost wrecked the festival, and the final passing of an age of innocence – the last great event. (120 min.)

Friday, August 27th, 10pm
The Who Live at the Isle of Wight
The original WHO line-up performing a full live set in front of 600,000 people at the Isle of Wight Festival in UK in 1970. At 2 am on August 30th…The WHO appeared on stage and gave one of the most memorable concerts of their career. The filmed negative of the show, shot by Academy Award winning Director Murray Lerner, has been restored to the highest visual quality. The sound has now been remixed from its original 8 track tapes under the personal supervision of Pete Townshend at his Eel Pie Studios in London. (85 min.)

Saturday, August 28th, 2pm
The Moody Blues: Threshold of a Dream
In late August 1970, shortly after the release of their album “A Question of Balance”, The Moody Blues took to the stage of the Isle of Wight Festival in front of an audience estimated at over half a million. The band were at their creative and commercial peak after a succession of albums that had enjoyed unprecedented global success. This film from award winning director Murray Lerner combines the band’s live performance from the 1970 festival with archive footage and new interviews with Graeme Edge, Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Mike Pinder setting the band’s performance in the context of the time. (79 min.)

Saturday, August 28th, 3:30pm
Emerson, Lake and Palmer: The Birth of a Band
In August 1970, 600,000 people, the largest audience in the history of pop music to date, attended the Isle of Wight festival and experienced the debut performance of a new “supergroup”: Emerson, Lake, & Palmer. With a spectacular stage show that included real cannons being fired over the heads of the audience, they became overnight stars with the press raving about their virtuosity and daring. Intercut with the live footage from the show, this film also features brand new interviews with Keith Emerson, Greg Lake, and Carl Palmer, as well as their then-manager John Gaydon, and creates a vivid portrait of the birth of a band. (67 min.)

Saturday, August 28th, 5pm
Jethro Tull: Nothing Is Easy
Sunday August 30th, 1970, 600,000 people, the largest audience in the history of pop music to date, were about to experience on of Jethro Tull’s most impressive performances at the Isle of Wight Festival. “Nothing Is Easy” is directed by award winning filmmaker Murray Lerner, who also directed and partly shot the original footage of the festival. It contains film of the band’s outstanding live performance combined with a brand new interview with Ian Anderson, describing the dramatic, almost violent, festival moods, both backstage and in the audience. As he said “it was a watershed time” between peace and love on one hand, and hooliganism on the other. This is supplemented by early career archive footage including Jethro Tull’s performance of “A Song For Jeffrey” on the “The Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus”, which features Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) during his very short stint as the band’s guitarist. (80 min.)

Saturday, August 28th, 10pm
Blue Wild Angel: Jimi Hendrix at the Isle of Wight
This film documents the guitarist’s legendary performance before 600,000 people at this massive outdoor music and arts festival in August of 1970. This unforgettable concert film experience draws heavily upon Academy Award(tm) winning Director Murray Lerner’s vast archive of previously unseen performance footage and presents some of Hendrix’s finest ever concert performances, including extended takes of “Machine Gun”, “Red House”, and other favorites such as “All Along the Watchtower”, “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” and a unique medley of “God Save the Queen” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. New interviews with Jimi Hendrix Experience band members Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, and others set the stage for the concert footage that follows. In addition to providing the definitive look at one of the landmark events in Hendrix’s storied career, Blue Wild Angel features a soundtrack newly mixed by Hendrix’s original recording engineer Eddie Kramer. (107 min.)

Sunday, August 29th, 7pm
Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue
On August 29th, 1970 Miles Davis and his band played to 600,000 people at The Isle of Wight Festival in the UK. When asked the title of his one track set, Miles said “call it anything”. This documentary dramatizes the difficult transition Miles went through during his change to an electric period in the face of extremely negative reactions from the jazz establishment. It includes in-depth interviews and musical tributes from many of his sidemen and other musicians including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana, Joni Mitchell, Keith Jarrett, and Dave Liebman; features excerpts from many of his classic performances including “Bitches Brew” and culminates in the legendary full 38 minute concert of the Isle of Wight. (87 min.)

Sunday, August 29th, 9pm
Leonard Cohen: Live at the Isle of Wight
Nearly 40 summers ago on August 31, 1970, 35-year-old Leonard Cohen was awakened at 2 a.m. from a nap in his trailer and brought onstage to perform with his band at the third annual Isle Of Wight music festival. The audience of 600,000 was in a fiery and frenzied mood, after turning the festival into a political arena, trampling the fences, setting fire to structures and equipment – and stoked by the most incendiary performance of Jimi Hendrix’s career. As Cohen followed Hendrix’s set, onlookers and (fellow festival headliners) Joan Baez, Kris Kristofferson, Judy Collins and others stood sidestage in awe as the Canadian folksinger-songwriter-poet-novelist quietly tamed the crowd. Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Murray Lerner (From Mao To Mozart, Festival, Message To Love), perfectly captured Cohen’s performance. Experience the energy, drama and magic of the 1970 Isle of Wight music Festival through the songs, musings and poetry of a true legend- Leonard Cohen. (64 min.)
By the time Murray Lerner graduated from Harvard University, he had already co-produced and co-directed a full-length feature film that was LIFE Magazine's "Movie of the Week" and helped co-fund the first ?lm production society in the school's history. Lerner felt that film should be a unified art and taught himself every aspect of filmmaking, an ideal he continues to prize to this day as an active writer, director, cinematographer and editor.


Every year Roger Salloom puts on a free concert for people in western Mass. as his way of saying thank you for all the success he has enjoyed. This year's show will be at The Academy of Music in Northampton on Saturday, August 28th, beginning at 7:30pm. For more info, call (413) 499-5934, or visit and click "live."


The 14th annual Green Harbor Roots and Blues Festival will be held at the Marshfield Fair this Sunday, August 29th, 12noon-8pm. Performing will be Chubby Carrier, Los Fabulocos; Memphis Rockabilly, the Rampage Trio, Lonesome Jukebox, and Los Sugar Kings.

The Festival is part of the annual Marshfield Fair, so your $10 ticket to the fair gets you access. Children 6 and under are free. The Festival is presented by Rhythm Room Records. For more information on them, go to
For complete info on the Marshfield Fair, go to:


The Northampton Arts Council, in association with the PTOs of the four Northampton elementary schools, presents the 20th annual Transperformance at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence on Tuesday, August 31st, 4-9:30pm. This year's theme is Body Parts. The list of people who will be "transforming" themselves into different bands is as follows:

Armenti Family Band with help as Leon Redbone Potlatch
Blue Rendezvous and A Beautiful Future as Little Feat
Ed Vadas as Lead Belly
Evelyn Harris and the Bad Daddies as Joan Armatrading
Group DeVille as Badfinger
Jesse Sterling Harrison as Portishead
King Radio as Flaming Lips
Leo T. Baldwin and Stillthinking as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Mayor Clare Higgins as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Page 6 as R.E.M.
Paper Piano as Small Faces
Rusty Belle as Heart
Spanish for Hitchhiking as Radiohead
Spock Goes Mental as Spinal Tap
Spouse as Tears for Fears
The Primate Fiasco as Nine Inch Nails
Unit7 as David "Fathead" Newman as Ray Charles
Winterpills with Mark Mulcahy as The Zombies
Young@Heart with Lux Deluxe as Talking Heads

Proceeds benefit arts enrichment programs in the schools and the ArtsEZ spring grant program of the Northampton Arts Council. Gates open at 3pm. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Seniors are $5 and kids under 12 are $3. Tickets may be purchased in advance at State Street Fruit Store in Northampton or Cooper's Corner in Florence, or online at Look Park charges a $5 special event fee per vehicle.

Rain date is Wednesday, September 1st. If rain is predicted for both days, the show will be at Northampton High School on Tuesday, August 31st.


Meanwhile, just as the Transperformance show is winding down at the Pines Theater, the TransPERVformance will begin at The Elevens in Northampton. The theme at this show will be "dirty body parts," with local musicians performing music by Pussy Galore, Cock Sparrer, Butthole Surfers, Anal Cunt, The Buzzcocks, Tapeworm, The Dickies, Bad Brains, The Slits, Bush, and others. This show starts at 9pm, admission is $3, and is 21+


There will be two benefit concerts for The Institute for the Musical Arts in Goshen, a non-profit which supports women and girls in music and music-related business. The first will be on Saturday, September 11th at 8pm. John Sebastian, who was the leader of The Lovin' Spoonful back in the 1960s, will be performing solo and speaking about his life as a musician. The second will be on Saturday, October 2nd at 8pm. Patty Larkin will be performing. Ms. Larkin just released a retrospective collection of 25 love songs in celebration of her 25 years in the recording industry. Singer-songwriter June Millington, the IMA's co-founder, will be opening.

Both shows will take place in the Institute for Musical Arts Big Barn, located at 165 Cape Street, Route 112, in Goshen. A suggested donation of $15-$50 per ticket is being requested. For more info about these two shows, to purchase tickets online, and about the programs that the IMA offers, go to


KaboomFest is a metal and hardcore show that will be at the Paramount Theatre/Hippodrome in Springfield, on Sunday, September 12th. Performing will be:

Shadows Fall
Thy Will Be Done
Our Last Night
The Red Shore
And Hell Followed With
Murder Death Kill
King Conquer
Cruel Hand
Call to Preserve
Cities Divide
Calling All Creeps
In the Direction of the Sun
Run For Your Guns
Forsaken the Sky
Blue Arson

Doors open at noon. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available in advance at any FYE location or online at


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