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Oct
12
Thu
The Promise is Hope
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm
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Their music marries two distinctly talented songwriters. Ashley performs subtle yet stunning” melodies with a classically-trained, but often folksy, voice. Her poetic lyrics explore the deep mysteries within nature and human relationship. Eric’s obvious reverence for the great folk songwriters of the 60’s and 70’s shines through his sweetly deep voice. His prose-like lyrics unravel the joys and struggles of life’s journeys, and “take what appears to be freeform and make it flow beautifully” into well-crafted pieces. Ashley’s soft finger-picking style lays comfortably beneath Eric’s bright electric Washburn, and their voices blend effortlessly. Boston music blog, Red Line Roots, says, “.. there is an effortless feel to how they sing together, like they were made to create music as a seamless grouping.”
Baker Thomas Band
Oct 12 @ 10:00 pm

“You guys put on a hell of a show, a lot of fun!” – Steve Morse, long time Boston Globe music critic and freelance writier on the Baker Thomas Band . . .

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Oct
13
Fri
Mike Hastings Band
Oct 13 @ 10:00 pm

“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

Give a listen HERE

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Oct
14
Sat
Niall Connolly
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm
Niall Connolly

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

Los Goutos
Oct 14 @ 10:00 pm

LOS GOUTOS

“A veritable Grand Ole Opry with a modern sense of humor….”   (Music Connection Magazine)

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Featuring:

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)

 

Oct
15
Sun
Sunday Spins
Oct 15 @ 3:00 pm
Sunday Spins

Bring your vinyls as we get to take turns playing our faves…

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Radi0Swan
Oct 15 @ 9:00 pm
Radi0Swan is a Somerville based improvisational collective. Formed accidentally as a live in the studio experiment between Barry Rothman, Matt Lorenz, and David Goodrich during a Suitcase Junket recording session. Radi0Swan utilizes electronics and phonographs to manipulate found and prerecorded sounds in conjuction with traditional and homemade instruments plus voice, to create unique soundtracks and songs that tend to travel to unplanned and unexpected places.
 
” Radi0Swan’s phonograph subversions of spoken word and found sound, paired with improvised collisions with live musicians, will rearrange every single one of your brain cells. You only have so many of those. Come find out why”.
-Peter Mulvey
 
Oct
16
Mon
David Johnston
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm

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
Oct 16 @ 9:00 pm

Blue Mondays at TOAD  – Listen to Dennis Brennan:  “Hey all you progressives, radicals and outcasts out there. It’s Monday and time for the blues with THE WHITE OWLS, featuring Tim Gearan, Jim Haggerty, Andy Plaisted, Steve Sadler & me along with David Johnston starting the night off.”

Oct
17
Tue
The Franc Graham Band
Oct 17 @ 7:30 pm

The Boston Globe on The Franc Graham Band:

“Immensely Underrated… cool and commanding… an unusually rich blend of singer-songwriter rock…”

The Blue Ribbons
Oct 17 @ 10:00 pm
Fan Faves!  The Blue Ribbons list some of their interests:
making good music for good people, and trying to occasionally scare each other.

“Ray Charles and Tom Waits on a pirate ship with Sun Ra and Captain Beefheart,” they combine “upbeat disillusionment and celebratory fatalism with musicianship” – Charan Devereux;Boston Globe.

 

Oct
18
Wed
Fandango
Oct 18 @ 7:00 pm

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
Oct 18 @ 10:00 pm

Danielle Miraglia is a dynamic and captivating musician; her rich soulful voice and blues guitar mastery resonate in a performance both rare and unforgettable.”
– Paul Patchel, State Street Blues Festival, Media, PA

Her project, Danielle M & The Glory Junkies features the classic rock and blues vibe of The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin delivered through original tunes both lyrical and danceable.

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Oct
19
Thu
Melvern Taylor & His Fabulous Meltones
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm
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
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Baker Thomas Band
Oct 19 @ 10:00 pm

ET – phone home –   yeah, yeah –

but only after the Baker Thomas Band show . . .  they’re out of this world. . .“A whole bunch of musicians and a whole bunch of instruments, come together to deliver an electrifying show which promises a whole bunch of fun” -Tracey Delfino, Trespass Music

 

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Oct
20
Fri
Miss Fairchild
Oct 20 @ 10:00 pm
Oct
21
Sat
Ryan Alvanos et al.
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm

Ryan Alvanos is a poet by training, editor by trade, songwriter by passion, busker by calling, and whim-blown vagabond by good fortune.

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The Library Band
Oct 21 @ 10:00 pm
The Library Band

Joe and Matt have been playing and writing music together for a long time. As The Library Band, they combine stellar harmonies and multi-instrumental magic to ensure a pleasant reading experience.

Oct
22
Sun
Sunday Spins
Oct 22 @ 3:00 pm

“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!

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Rich Young
Oct 22 @ 9:00 pm

Rich Young is a singer/songwriter/ musician from the Cambridge area of the UK. He also writes commercial music for radio, TV & cinema as well as producing other artists. He’s played & recorded with a diverse range of artists including members of Iron Maiden & Bad Company,Eurythmics Dave Stewart, classical violinist,Nigel Kennedy,Dire Straits David Knopfler,and many more.

Oct
23
Mon
David Johnston Band
Oct 23 @ 9:00 pm

Peter Wolf (formerly of the J Geils Band), 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.

Oct
24
Tue
Spotted Tiger Duo
Oct 24 @ 7:30 pm

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 . . .

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Luddy Mussy
Oct 24 @ 10:00 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.

Oct
25
Wed
Fandango
Oct 25 @ 7:00 pm

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

Eric French & The French Quarter Reunion
Oct 25 @ 10:00 pm

After years writing and performing in New England, a move to San Diego, CA has singer & guitarist Eric French rediscovering his roots as an artist.  Whether solo with a resonator & stomping on a cigar box, or wielding a Stratocaster fronting his 10 piece ensemble The French Quarter, his swaggering blues, rock ‘n roll and N’awleans boogie shines as brightly as his National guitar.

Oct
26
Thu
Juliet & The Lonesome Romeos
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm
Juliet & The Lonesome Romeos

O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?

. . . shall be right there at TOAD with thou and the other lonesome Romeos, Juliet . . .

 

“Heart-hitting – Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos are a group whose new songs sound as if they should be on country or pop radio … fresh and emotionally charged, as though Juliet were a long- lost sister of Lucinda Williams.”
-Steve Morse, Boston Globe 

Baker Thomas Band
Oct 26 @ 10:00 pm

BAKER THOMAS BAND  “…kind of a musical Robin Hood, robbing freely from the classic roots of American music and bringing it back to the common folks.”  – Billy Beard, Talent buyer/Boston Session drummer.

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Oct
27
Fri
LUX
Oct 27 @ 10:00 pm

Hear what venues all over New England already know – LUX is a funky / jazzy / quirky / entertaining / engaging quartet from Newburyport, MA and will be the band that you invite back time & time again – no matter what the season.

Oct
28
Sat
The Nocturnal Adoration Society (featuring Jimmy Ryan & Donna Sartanowicz)
Oct 28 @ 7:30 pm

After some twenty-five years of marriage, long time local, touring, and studio musician Jimmy Ryan teamed up to form The Nocturnal Adoration Society with his wife, Donna Sartanowicz to write songs and play music.  This new collaboration seamlessly blends a variety of musical perspectives and with only bass guitar and mandolin/mandocello this pairing is like nothing else out there.  Straight-foward, honest songs delivered with heartfelt harmonies and intricate mandolin work.

Jimmy Ryan has been living, working, and playing in and around Boston for some 30 years.  The founding member of The Blood Oranges in the late 1980’s, Jimmy has gone on to front a number of bands including Hayride, The Clockburners, Wooden Leg, and The Architects of Reason.  An experienced studio musician he can be found on records by Mophine, Warren Zevon, and The Paddy Saul Band.

Donna Sartanowicz is a high school art teacher who moonlights as a musician, singer, and songwriter.  Creative work is creative work whether it is painting or playing music.  A member of the all-girl punk pop band Fertile Virgin back in the late 80’s early 90’s – Donna and two of the other women in the band reunited in Summer of 2016 to form a new band now called The Very.

 

 

Love Love
Oct 28 @ 10:00 pm
Love Love

 

Love Love – Genre: Alt. Americana band with Songs of Murder and Love and other mysteries of the world.

 

Oct
29
Sun
Sunday Spins
Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm

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

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

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Ship of the Sun (music of the Grateful Dead)
Oct 29 @ 8:00 pm

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.

Oct
30
Mon
David Johnston
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm

David Johnston is a regular fixture in Harvard Square. You can find him on just about any sunny afternoon with his old Gibson guitar, his signature black jeans, and black hat – Busy during the day?  Lucky you – David Johnston brings his blues to TOAD every Monday before The White Owls!

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The White Owls
Oct 30 @ 9:00 pm

Just look at the band; Dennis Brennan on harmonica, guitar and vocals. Tim Gearan on guitar and vocals. Steve Sadler on lap steel.  Jim Haggerty on bass and Andy Plaisted on drums.

Check out a clip from one of their shows HERE  – After making it thru Monday, YOU deserve a night out!

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