August 23, 2011
by Dale Varley Sr.
Blues Enthusiast

For those of you fortunate enough to be at the Portsmouth Music Hall Tuesday night, Professor Buddy Guy presented his electrified version of Blues 101.

One of the last remaining links of the great Chicago blues men, not only did he bring the enthusiastic crowd through a history of blues classics from the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Albert King, he played his own material as well.

Review and Photography by Micah Gummel.

On July 25th, I made the rainy drive to Hampton Beach filled with anticipation for the evening. Staind's Aaron Lewis was performing an acoustic show at the Hampton beach casino ballroom!

Picture this: Aaron walks on stage, sporting a black Hatebreed t-shirt, a camo baseball cap and jeans, takes his guitar and sits down on a stool. The setting reminded me of VH1 Storytellers, with a rug in the middle of the stage, a couple of stools, his cigarettes, a couple microphones and guitar cases and several Figi water bottles near by. This was perfect for the ballroom set-up. People were singing along, shouting out song requests with the comedic Aaron answering them back or singing a couple lines.

 

Black Country Communion, "building the foundation of rock!"

Photos and Review by Bluebird.

ghjb4webGlenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Sherinian and Jason Bonham. Elegant and explosive, wild and restrained, professional and engaging, they presented a show to a sold out crowd in New Hampshire on Friday night that exceeded the expectations of some very experienced rock fans of all ages.

They set out to tour the US coast to coast, just days after the release of their second album, BCC 2. Their first album was debuted September, 2010. Each of these musicians with full careers of their own, has pulled together their collective talents and experience to create a new sound that has key elements of classic blues guitar, poignant bass lines, progressive/fusion keyboarding, and legendary drum arrangements.  Powerful vocals from Hughes and Bonamassa prevail and are mixed with harmony pieces from the band as well. Experienced listeners can't help but hear the flavors, echos, feel of their favorite bands from which these musicians come, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Trapeze, Dream Theatre, and more, are of influence, yet all the while a modern sound is in your face.

TRAIN at Tanglewood, MA, August 8th, 2011
Photography by Cheryl Puerling.
Tanglewood Catering by Valerie Jensen-Lefevre at Kitchen Therapy.

This is the second time I've seen Train live. I caught their show at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton last year. It was an in the moment  decision, but I'm glad that I went. The show shined with its new album, 'Save Me San Francisco,' mixed with favorites from their multiple records, and added some great covers of classic rock hits from Van Halen and Led Zeppelin. Who wouldn't want a re-run of that?

Whitey's Rock Review:

Well have I been forever changed by my latest musical experience. On Friday night I had the awesome treat of going to see Phish at Bethel Woods. I don't know much about their music except for the stuff I had heard on Sirius Satellite Radio. Jam band is what Ive heard them referred to. Very much along the lines of the Dead.

Well Ive learned over the many years of seeing live music that if I have the chance to see a band live GRAB IT!!!!!!! The alternative being sitting in front of the tv channel surfing.

The Venue:

I had the honor of attending a private show of Jennifer Batten in Keene, NH, on June 18, 2011. The show was coordinated and hosted by Bob Cummings and Lisa Kendall, with the Musical Admiration Society of Keene, (NH). This group, or 'MASK' as their acronym, are musician enthusiasts who gather in Bob and Lisa's beautiful Colonial home and invite local and nationally known musicians to play for small audiences. Their motto is, "because live music is to be played in the living room." Find out more about the MASK here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Musical-Admiration-Society-of-Keene/171827189509971?sk=wall&filter=12

Zebra at BB KINGS rocked last night! The 3 piece band of Randy Jackson on guitar and vocal, Felix Hanemann on bass, keyboards, and vocals, and Guy Gelso on drums and vocals delivered a fantastic show. The first time i ever saw Zebra was around 83. Ive seen them a couple of times over the last 25 yrs and they never fail to rock out a great show.

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