Founding member of The Figgs (started in 1987), The Gentlemen (started in 1999), and The Rapid Shave (started in 2009). Mike Gent played with many other artists and bands as well, including Graham Parker, Mike Viola/Candy Butchers, Tommy Stinson, etc
The Blue Ribbons was formed by singer/songwriter/keyboardist James Rohr.
They have been building a base of devoted fans withtheir original and soulful music.
“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.
FANDANGO is as much a spiritual renewal as it is a reinterpretation of some of the best soul, blues, gospel, and Americana music ever written. With a loyal flock of followers (the flock that rock) to their weekly Wednesday night residency at TOAD in Cambridge, FANDANGO fuels frontman Fred Griffeth to lead this congregation into soul and R&B righteousness! For he is like a refiner of fire and he shall purify!
“Ask not for whom the Fandan goes. It goes for thee. On Wednesday donchaknow.” –
The Little Compton Band embodies a new age of roots rock. Camaraderie around small town living, improvised musical journeys, and a commitment to craft has forged this powerful group.
On a seaside farm in southern Rhode Island, the five friends began making music at a young age.
Through the years, the LCB has developed a sound that is remarkably classic in nature. A common infatuation with the musical languages of soul, jazz, country western, and blues, coupled with their spiritual connection to the rural north, created a unique sound that transcends the status quo.
Bring your vinyl over for a spin! Or perhaps pick some up on your way at The Somerville Flea!
“Being compared by critics to Lucinda Williams and making the CMA CloseUp Magazine’s “Who New To Watch in 2013” list have got to be hard to live up to, but Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos do just that with their debut album, No Regrets. The final track here is her finest moment – the waltz “Learn to Love Again” – where she must dip into someplace deep for such longing in her performance. Not since Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine” has ¾-time deserved a spot back on contemporary radio playlists. (Please hit the link to read full review.)”
Janet Goodman – Music News Nashville
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.
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.
Tim Mann‘s original material mixes a heavy dose of 60s British pop (Beatles, Kinks, Rolling Stones) with a pervading undercurrent of American roots rock (Byrds, Dylan, The Band, Neil Young) to form a blend of contemporary nostalgia, in the vein of Tom Petty and Elliott Smith.
“What I do has been shaped by the streets,” Johnston said. “I played in bands since I was a kid, but the idea of playing solo, by myself was kind of scary…I can do whatever I want because they’re not really listening to me. But that changed. And I remember the first time I drew a crowd…it’s like a gig.
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.
They’re creepy and they’re kooky,
Mysterious and spooky,
They’re altogether ooky,
. . . . FANDANGO!