Calendar

Jul
16
Sat
Andrew Sterns Telescope
Jul 16 @ 9:00 pm
Andrew Sterns Telescope

Telescope is one of Andrew Stern‘s projects –  He came up with the name because the band is designed around the Telecaster guitar.

When the question is posed to guitarists, “If you could have just one guitar, what would it be?”, polls show that an overwhelming number of guitarists reply, “a Telecaster”. I rank as one who would answer exactly the same. The telecaster is a versatile tool which can cover a lot of ground, but more importantly, it changes the way I approach and play the instrument. Inspired by my own teles and by some telecaster playing guitar heroes of mine, I’ve designed a band around the guitar itself, appropriately titled “Telescope”. A mix of originals and covers, it’s a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll and more than a little bit undefined.

Oh – and besides, Andrew . . . the other names should also “sound” familiar:

Andrew Stern: guitar
James Rohr: keys
Greg Loughman: bass
Mike Connors: drums

Jul
20
Wed
Tim Gearan
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm
Tim Gearan

A beloved fixture in the Boston music scene for more than 25 years, Tim Gearan has become a bonafide local music hero. His warm, raspy baritone, jaw-dropping guitar skills and wry, poignant songwriting have graced the bars, pubs, and music halls throughout New England, creating a loyal cult-like following.

Jul
21
Thu
The Blue Ribbons
Jul 21 @ 8:00 pm
The Blue Ribbons

The Blue Ribbons was formed by singer/songwriter/keyboardist James Rohr.

They have been building a base of devoted fans with their original and soulful music.

Described as
“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.

 

Jul
22
Fri
Ken Clark Organ Trio
Jul 22 @ 9:00 pm
Ken Clark Organ Trio

The Ken Clark Organ Trio gives you originals in funk, soul, rock, and jazz styles. Instrumentation includes organ, vocals, guitar, drums, percussion, and saxophone. Ken is a master on Hammond organ and is lead vocalist.

Jul
23
Sat
Saturday Spins
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday Spins

SATURDAY SPINS!

Come share your vinyl!  Record lovers unite at Toad on Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:30 for vinyl sharing, drink sipping, and favorite music chatting.  Bring your own vinyl records and sign up for a slot to play two songs at a time.  Live music starts, as always, at 9pm (never a cover).

The Z Boys
Jul 23 @ 9:00 pm
The Z Boys

The Z-Boys is a power trio playing surf rock, soul and funk for your listening and dancing pleasure.

Jul
27
Wed
Fandango
Jul 27 @ 8:00 pm
Fandango

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), 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!

Jul
28
Thu
Dietrich Strause
Jul 28 @ 8:00 pm
Dietrich Strause

YOU AND I MUST BE OUT OF MY MIND is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Dietrich Strause. The Boston based multi instrumentalist has spent over a decade weaving timeless melodies with heartbreaking narratives using his “virtuosic command of imagery” and “his knack for vivid, almost literary lyricism” (WBUR, Boston NPR) – and he is now setting up shop in London. His songs have been described by Americana UK as “captivating and evocative” with his latest collection no exception. Each one is an exploration and discovery of loss, hope, desire, and disillusionment through images of love-worn soldiers, scrambled weathervanes, listless sailors, and drifting satellites lost in an open heart.

Jul
29
Fri
Mean Black Spider
Jul 29 @ 9:00 pm
Mean Black Spider

Mean Black Spider

Nominee for Boston Music Awards for Session Musician of the Year.

Jul
30
Sat
Saturday Spins
Jul 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday Spins

SATURDAY SPINS!

Come share your vinyl!  Record lovers unite at Toad on Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:30 for vinyl sharing, drink sipping, and favorite music chatting.  Bring your own vinyl records and sign up for a slot to play two songs at a time.  Live music starts, as always, at 9pm (never a cover).

Ship of the Sun (music of the Grateful Dead)
Jul 30 @ 9:00 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.

 

 

Aug
3
Wed
Le Prestige
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm
Le Prestige

 

Le Prestige is an attempt by Boston bassist Chris Forkey to create an instrumental music inspired by the jazz-sample heavy sounds of 90’s hip-hop, electronica and lounge, all performed live with just horns, upright bass, and drums.

Featuring Dana Colley from Morphine

Aug
4
Thu
Baker Thomas Band
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm
Baker Thomas Band

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

 

Aug
5
Fri
Amber Angelina and The Little Roy Band
Aug 5 @ 9:00 pm

Amber Angelina has performed off and on for years as Amber Casares.   She has performed as a backing vocalist with John Powhida International Airport and has been collaborating with locals the Blue Ribbons for years. Mix of country and rock

Aug
6
Sat
Saturday Spins
Aug 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday Spins

SATURDAY SPINS!

Come share your vinyl!  Record lovers unite at Toad on Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:30 for vinyl sharing, drink sipping, and favorite music chatting.  Bring your own vinyl records and sign up for a slot to play two songs at a time.  Live music starts, as always, at 9pm (never a cover).

Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections
Aug 6 @ 9:00 pm
Magen Tracy & The Missed Connections

TOAD is excited to welcome back Magen Tracy

Magen Tracy first brought her bittersweet ballads and fierce anthems center stage in 2015 with the release of her first solo EP, Fiercely, produced by Nate Leavitt.

“A singer-songwriter with pinup swagger.” – anonymous
“It’s like if Tori Amos and Lucinda Williams made out.” – anonymous
Aug
10
Wed
Fandango
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm
Fandango

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), 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!

Aug
11
Thu
The TrueVines
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm
The TrueVines

New Band featuring Dennis Brennan, Andrew Stern, Jim Heggarty and Chris Anzalone

Aug
12
Fri
Stan Martin Band
Aug 12 @ 9:00 pm

Stan Martin is a keeper of the traditional country music flame. He’s a Don Rich/Danny Gatton-schooled Telecaster-loving guitar picker, a virtuoso who is not a showoff. And he’s a skilled writer and musician who is unabashedly, unapologetically country. Martin’s original songs have a moving, sometimes comic, honesty. He retains a romantic toughness, as with some of Waylon Jennings early 1970s tunes written before the outlaw stance became a circus act.” Rick Allen Vintage Guitar

 

Aug
13
Sat
Saturday Spins
Aug 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday Spins

SATURDAY SPINS!

Come share your vinyl!  Record lovers unite at Toad on Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:30 for vinyl sharing, drink sipping, and favorite music chatting.  Bring your own vinyl records and sign up for a slot to play two songs at a time.  Live music starts, as always, at 9pm (never a cover).

Sugar Blood Jinx
Aug 13 @ 9:00 pm
Sugar Blood Jinx

SUGAR BLOOD JINX

is Eric Waxwood who uses finger-picking and a slide on a National Steel Guitar and sings lead vocals;

Matt Murphy who plays an upright bass and sings background vocals; and

Scott Pittman who plays an old 1920‘s ‘traps’ drum kit and sings background vocals.

Aug
17
Wed
Matt Heaton and The Electric Heaters
Aug 17 @ 8:00 pm
Matt Heaton and The Electric Heaters

There’s a dark wave crashing over the breakers. Reverb dripping, drums pounding the shore…it’s the  Electric Heaters! The Heaters play Retro-sonic Surf Noir. Think Ventures meet Khruangbin. Think dark, moody, and groovy instrumental music for the 21st Century. Led by guitarist Matt Heaton and his reverb drenched guitar twang, the Heaters mix familiar sounds with just the rich modern ingredients—like a perfect cocktail, their musical mixology goes down just right.

 

Expect whiffs of Morricone, the Raybeats, Booker T,  as well as the Atlantics and Link Wray.  Surf music for the cold north Atlantic, equal parts Dick Dale and Dennis Lehane. Third wave surf that hasn’t forgotten the winter of 2015.

Aug
18
Thu
The Blue Ribbons
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm
The Blue Ribbons

The Blue Ribbons was formed by singer/songwriter/keyboardist James Rohr.

They have been building a base of devoted fans with their original and soulful music.

Described as
“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.

 

Aug
19
Fri
The Cannibal Ramblers
Aug 19 @ 9:00 pm
The Cannibal Ramblers

Cannibal Ramblers

Abstract Ashcan Deconstructive Delta Swamp Grand Mal Seizure.

Aug
20
Sat
Saturday Spins
Aug 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday Spins

SATURDAY SPINS!

Come share your vinyl!  Record lovers unite at Toad on Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:30 for vinyl sharing, drink sipping, and favorite music chatting.  Bring your own vinyl records and sign up for a slot to play two songs at a time.  Live music starts, as always, at 9pm (never a cover).

Annie and the Fur Trappers
Aug 20 @ 9:00 pm
Annie and the Fur Trappers

Annie and the Fur Trappers is a St. Louis traditional jazz band which formed in 2016. The band includes clarinet, trumpet, trombone, tuba, banjo, guitar, piano, washboard, and saxophone. They perform in many different arrangements from a trio to 9 piece.

Aug
24
Wed
Fandango
Aug 24 @ 8:00 pm
Fandango

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), 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!

Aug
25
Thu
Todd Thibaud
Aug 25 @ 8:00 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.

Aug
26
Fri
Sonya Rae Taylor
Aug 26 @ 9:00 pm
Sonya Rae Taylor

Boston native, Sonya Rae is a rising star with a blend of gifts rarely found on the blues-rock and soul scene today.  Her dazzling musical ability is immediately evident through her soaring vocals, scorching guitar work and savvy song-craft.  She has been likened to a “fiery female combination of Warren Haynes, Bonnie Raitt and Amy Winehouse”

Aug
27
Sat
Saturday Spins
Aug 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Saturday Spins

SATURDAY SPINS!

Come share your vinyl!  Record lovers unite at Toad on Saturdays from 5:00 – 7:30 for vinyl sharing, drink sipping, and favorite music chatting.  Bring your own vinyl records and sign up for a slot to play two songs at a time.  Live music starts, as always, at 9pm (never a cover).

Ship of The Sun
Aug 27 @ 9:00 pm
Ship of The Sun

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.

Aug
31
Wed
Andrew Stern’s AS3
Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm
Andrew Stern's AS3
AS3 is
Andrew Stern— guitar
Brad Barrett— bass
Dave Fox— drums
Sep
1
Thu
Baker Thomas Band
Sep 1 @ 8:00 pm
Baker Thomas Band

“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 . . .

 

Sep
2
Fri
Lady Lupine
Sep 2 @ 9:00 pm
Lady Lupine

Lady Lupine is a Boston based heavy soul band that delivers high energy performances of unique original material. The band creates an engaging live experience by cultivating visceral connections through sound. Fronted by vocalist, Christina Lacoste, Lady Lupine draws inspiration from the soul of Amy Winehouse, and the sonic eclecticism of Portishead. Traces of Vulfpeck’s tight, technical funk, and Jimi Hendrix’s fuzz rock grooves can be heard in the band’s sound as well.

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