Calendar

May
19
Fri
Mike Hastings Band
May 19 @ 10:00 pm
Mike Hastings Band

“When Mike Hastings isn’t playing at local venues such as Toad, he can often be found busking around Davis and Harvard Square. Next time you’re out, keep an ear out for the sound of guitar and a tambourine, and if you see Mike, stop and listen for a while. You just might leave a little warmer.+ – Sound of Boston

May
20
Sat
Hammydown & special guest OZLO
May 20 @ 7:30 pm

Hammydown has made your salad, and scooped the foam onto your cappuccino. She’s scrubbed your splattered walls and vacuumed the dust from beneath your bed on her hands and knees. She’s delivered your pizza. A boss will say time and time again that it doesn’t cost anything extra to give service with a smile. With her quirky, lyric driven garage pop, Hammydown (aka Abbie Morin) digs at the true price that she and so many people like her have to pay. Gritty guitar, and wry humor capture the plight of the millennial slacker – those who button up and drag their way through the work week, try to pursue creative passions, but still just feel like losers. Based in Northampton, Mass, Hammydown is due to release the debut EP ‘Pizzaface’ in July 2017.

Also playing during this early set is OZLO

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Spotted Tiger
May 20 @ 10:00 pm
Spotted Tiger

SPOTTED TIGER – A musical bridge from Willie Nelson to Bob Marley where JJ Cale is the toll collector.  Featuring original music by songwriters Laurence Scudder & Erik White . . .

May
21
Sun
Sunday Spins
May 21 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday Spins

“Vinyl record sales are at a 28 year high” – Fortune April 2016  – See/Hear for yourself at Sunday Spins – every Sunday – bring your records and take turns sharing your faves!

Ship of the Sun (music of the Grateful Dead)
May 21 @ 8:00 pm
Ship of the Sun (music of the Grateful Dead)

Ship of the Sun celebrates the music of the Grateful Dead with a fun, free-wheeling, danceable show that pays tribute to the sounds of rock & roll’s most unique band.

Ship of the Sun came together in 2015 around each member’s love of the songs, spirit, and improvisation adventurousness of the Dead.

May
22
Mon
David Johnston
May 22 @ 7:30 pm
David Johnston

David Johnston  knows what you need at the beginning of the week . . . Blue Monday at TOAD!

The White Owls
May 22 @ 9:00 pm
May
23
Tue
Luddy Mussy
May 23 @ 7:30 pm
Luddy Mussy

Luddy Mussy is colorful, almost cartoonish music made by lunatics.  With eccentric takes on genres ranging from blue, modern rock, surf rock & folk, Luddy serves up an original little something for any musical palate.

tba
May 23 @ 7:30 pm
Ward Hayden (Girls Guns & Glory) & The Usual Suspects w/ Honey Talk
May 23 @ 10:00 pm
Ward Hayden (Girls Guns & Glory) & The Usual Suspects w/ Honey Talk

Ward Hayden & The Usual Suspects – check out this clip from a recent show at TOAD

May
24
Wed
Fandango
May 24 @ 7:00 pm
Fandango

Fred Griffeth fronts Fandango  – Their celebrated selection of Americana music draws a loyal band of pious sisters and reform school brothers! – Truth . . .

Danielle Miraglia & The Glory Junkies
May 24 @ 10:00 pm
Danielle Miraglia & The Glory Junkies

“Straddling the line where folk/roots meets rock/blues, Danielle Miraglia has a voice that can go from a raspy come-hither purr to an Etta James-esque powerhouse belt, although she may be best known for her lead thumb — a heavy, thumping strike on her Gibson that’s backdrop percussion in itself.” – Lauren Daley – Boston Globe

May
25
Thu
Todd Thibaud
May 25 @ 7:30 pm
Todd Thibaud

Todd Thibaud is a Vermont born, Boston based Singer-Songwriter who’s songs are a slice of what life is really like…the pains and pleasures, love lost and life reborn. Using songwriters like Elvis Costello, Neil Finn, Johnny Cash and John Hiatt for inspiration, Thibaud has built a sound that is entirely his own. His music is meshed with elements of Americana, Folk, Country and Roots Pop Rock, making it seem at once familiar and new.

Baker Thomas Band
May 25 @ 10:00 pm
Baker Thomas Band

For Reals . . .  EVERYBODY’S in the BAKER THOMAS BAND!

May
26
Fri
Muddy Ruckus
May 26 @ 10:00 pm
Muddy Ruckus

“Infectious, foot-stomping Americana tunes. Similar to the White Stripes in duo power. Muddy Ruckus delivers a full bodied sound, with nothing but guitar and suitcase drums.” – The Sound

May
27
Sat
Niall Connolly
May 27 @ 7:30 pm
Niall Connolly

At the core of every Niall Connolly song is the story, one that unfolds a layer with each listen.

Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam
May 27 @ 10:00 pm
Andy Mowatt's Steely Jam

“Consistently stellar” (Price, PA Musician Mag), “Andy Mowatt’s Steely Jam” is a funk-driven powerhouse from Pennsylvania, led by guitarist Andy Mowatt, “an absolute musical genius” (Devoy, Tellus 360) and “jazz-rock flamethrower on guitar” (Campbell, Gigspots). A fusion of New Orleans and Central PA, Mowatt’s “bright arrangements keep things sounding fresh” (PA Musician) and “inspire you to expand your mind and think outside the confines of traditional jazz, soul and funk!” (Robert, Positive Music Reviews). “Confident, to-the-point, and elegant” (Rocha, The Flinging Times), Andy and his group entertain and impress crowds with unique originals and modern twists on classic hits, “and yet, through many influences, each tune retains a sound that is distinctly Mowatt’s” (O’Brien, Fly Magazine).

May
28
Sun
Sunday Spins
May 28 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday Spins

Come share your vinyl!  Record lovers unite at Toad on Sunday afternoons – for a day of song sharing, sipping drinks, and chatting about their favorite music. Toad is a cozy neighborhood bar that hosts live bands every night, but at Sunday Spins, the patrons appreciate music in a different format. People bring their vinyl records and sign up for a slot to play two songs at a time.

King Washington
May 28 @ 9:00 pm
King Washington

Saturated in beautiful harmonies and rousing chord progressions alike, the music of King Washington can be described as a throwback to when rock n’ roll was a songwriter’s game and at the same time praised for its modern sensibility and innovation. It has been compared to Grizzly Bear, REM, Bon Iver, The Talking Heads, Radiohead, Mott The Hoople, Kings of Leon, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Fleet Foxes, Muse, and The Beatles.

May
29
Mon
David Johnston Band
May 29 @ 7:30 pm
David Johnston Band

More on David Johnston:  You’re rushing through the city streets, maybe late for an appointment, distracted by your life’s many obligations, and you blow right past a street musician, hard at work. And you stop. And you listen. And you enter the moment and think, ‘Wow, this guy can really play.’

The White Owls
May 29 @ 9:00 pm
The White Owls

“I saw them the other night at TOAD with a friend visiting from Austin.  I’d say Tim Gearan is one of the best guitar players in town.”  Sam Kornstein – Something’s Brewing

May
30
Tue
Miriam
May 30 @ 7:30 pm
Miriam

In 2009, when multi-award-winning singer-songwriters Amy Fairchild and Carla Ryder decided to combine their voices and join forces to start a band, Miriam was born.

Harmony singin’, lead vocal swappin’, ass-kickin’ fun.

The Blue Ribbons
May 30 @ 10:00 pm
The Blue Ribbons

Friends, we here at The Blue Ribbons Propulsion/Stagnation/Existential Laboratories would like to take a moment to say THANK YOU to all y’all who have been coming out to TOAD on Tuesday nights. It truly is a beautiful thing to be together sharing the moment, even if that moment is loud and confusing sometimes. Thank you for listening, dancing, loving it, hating it, ignoring it…the important part is that we are all agreeing to be together for a few hours being human.

May
31
Wed
Fandango
May 31 @ 7:00 pm
Fandango

Wednesdays at TOAD – Fandango!  – Are we there yet?  Are we there yet?

The Get Right Band
May 31 @ 10:00 pm
The Get Right Band

The Get Right Band:

“On The Verge” -Relix Magazine
“Best New Band of the Year” -Home Grown Music Network
“Best Progressive Band” -Mountain Xpress

Jun
1
Thu
Melvern Taylor & His Fabulous Meltones
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm
Melvern Taylor & His Fabulous Meltones
The Band Members: Melvern Taylor- Ukulele
And the Fabulous Meltones: Matt Murphy -Upright BAss Dave Livingston – Slide Guitar Sir Bob Nash – Drums
Genre: Post-Modern Parlor Music  – give it a listen HERE
Baker Thomas Band
Jun 1 @ 10:00 pm
Baker Thomas Band

Beginning on stage at TOAD in Cambridge, MA during a weekly residency in March of 2009, Baker Thomas Band has always been an eclectic collection of musicians and good friends getting together to make great music and have a blast. With anywhere from 7 to 10 and even more musicians on stage, the BTB is a wrecking ball of good times and great tunes

Jun
2
Fri
Los Goutos
Jun 2 @ 10:00 pm
Los Goutos

LOS GOUTOS is:

Bruce Bartone
(acoustic and electric guitars; bass guitar, keyboards; backing vocals);

Mike Eigen
(lead and backing vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar, clarinet, ukulele, songwriting);

Shamus Feeney
(bass guitar, acoustic, electric, and resophonic guitars; percussion; lead and backing vocals);

Chris Gleason
(lead and backing vocals, mandolin, tenor banjo, acoustic guitar, percussion, songwriting);

Paul Stewart
(lead and backing vocals, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, harmonica, songwriting)

…and whenever possible:

Jakub Trasak
(fiddle)

Jun
3
Sat
Mark Cutler
Jun 3 @ 7:30 pm
Mark Cutler

Singer/songwriter, Mark Cutler combines powerful lyrics with memorable melodies and driving rhythm. He spins tales about men who drink alone or hover over a lover. He sings stories about ghosts, midget wrestlers, walking in the woods, being remembered, just being alive, and getting used to this.

Eric Salt & The Electric City
Jun 3 @ 10:00 pm
Eric Salt & The Electric City

Boston rock band with an eclectic sound. Dylanesque lyrics set to catchy rock guitar. Occasional hints of Stones and Replacements. Eric Salt & The Electric City’s live shows can approach a Springsteen explosion and captivate audiences with their raw power.

Jun
4
Sun
Sunday Spins
Jun 4 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday Spins

 Sunday Spins!  – Vinyl Lovers Unite! 3-8pm every Sunday!

Sign up on the list and play two songs each turn.

Greg Adams
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm
Greg Adams

A graduate of Bentley University,  Greg Adams earned a degree in Management and Environmental Studies. He also pursued an extra-curricular music education outside of the classroom, training under professional artists who studied at the Berklee College of Music. His first gig was a student showcase at a local pub where he channeled stage fright into a passionate performance, and ultimately found his true calling.

Jay Psaros
Jun 4 @ 10:00 pm
Jay Psaros

Boston based Singer/Songwriter Jay Psaros writes songs.  In fact, he writes lots of songs.  Psaros is currently celebrating the release of his fourth studio release, a self titled collection of ten songs ranging from mellow crooners to roots rockers.  Psaros has developed a healthy career with the belief that music, like any art, must be created through a lifestyle dedicated to the craft in order for the art and artist to reach their full potential.

Jun
5
Mon
David Johnston
Jun 5 @ 7:30 pm
David Johnston

More triva!   Peter Wolf, whose brilliant Midnight Souvenirs—released in 2010—included  David Johnston’s “I Don’t Wanna Know.” This song went on to become the second single from that album, and was performed on the David Letterman Show in June of 2010.

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