Bring your cheer, Santa hats, Holiday songs, etc etc. These nights are always warm!
Mon. Dec 18 at Porter Belly's, Brighton
Wed. Dec 20 at Ward 4, Newton
Thurs. Dec 21 at Knights of Columbus, Melrose
(all hosted by yours truly)
Also, No open mic on Christmas but yes open mic on New Year's day at Porter Belly's.
Happy Holidays to y'all.
Mark Gawlak, the Open Mic bartender extraordinaire at Porters, has opened, with his partners a brewery called Courthouse Brew Co.! Currently on tap at Porters you can find their beer, "Strict Scrutiny", a Red Ale - 5.2% ABV. Smooth and crushable. Roasted malt with notes of brioche and toffee.
Praise be to those who bore Witness to Cotton Mouth of Lowell on the day of Eleven-Eleven. Hark, for they have heard the glorious song, relished in the strings there plucked upon, and bathed in the waves of thine crashing percussion. May they go forth and spread the Boot Mill Flavor to the ends of the Earth. In other words, it was great to see so many of you at my high school/college band's 30 year reunion. I'm so glad you could be a part of it! We celebrated the re-release of 2 of our albums on the streaming services. Search it up and enjoy.
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"These are a few of my fav-o-rite strings!" . Folks, eons ago, I deep dived into finding acoustic guitar strings that I could rely on. Upon much research I came across Martin's SP Phosphor Bronze, now rebranded as their "Authentic Acoustic" line. Because of all the bar chords I like to play, I use the custom-light 11-52. They're perfect for my 1976 Guild D-25. Since committing to these strings, I have at times had to restring with what was locally available... reputable strings of other brands, but none of them have held up to my Martin SP's. Now, it is possible there has been a string introduced post my research that could be better, but I'm so happy with these, I could care less. I love them and they have proven their worth for over 15 years. Here are some links to see for yourself.
Luxury Deathtrap - They just released a 5 song EP called "Strung Together". They reinterpreted some of their material with a cello player and a string quartet. It was produced by New Alliance in Somerville. Featuring: Eric Hochwald - cello, Andy Hansen-Dvoracek - electric guitar, Nick McGowan - vocals & acoustic guitar, Rich Otero - drums & percussion, Kat - violin and viola.
Hosted by TIMKO (3rd & 5th), Mark T (1st) ., Johnny O.(2nd & 4th)
Details: 3 song sets. Gear: 2 mics, 3 guitar cables, keyboard upon request. Percussion welcome.
If you know of someone from our open mics who'd appreciate getting these community-building emails, please suggest to them to sign up on our website. www.BostonLovesMusic.com
*** Pictures from Porter Belly's, ala Unicorn Rock
Unicorn Joe has been snapping awesome, creative picts of performers at Porter's Monday open mic and posting them to Instagram. Thanks to Unicorn Joe for compiling all this for us!
Check them out here:
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*** COSTUME PARTY.
Mon. Oct 30th at Porter Belly's. Open mic as usual, except... unusual. If you've got a costume, wear it! I'll be celebrating my Halloween birthday at midnight.
The past months have been whacked out busy, so I'm just catching up. I've missed communicating with you all and hope your Autumn has been musical. There were so many great local shows to attend, including area wide porchfests!
Here's a quick shout out to all of you who have grouped together from our open mics into the greater music scene. So many musical relationships have formed and it's wonderful to see! Here's just a few recents to mention....
- Lindsay and Ace Kelly had a huge turn out at their Midway Cafe show recently.
- Thom G teamed up with members of Larissa's band
- Leandro and Steve are kickin' keisters and just put up a new website! check it out! https://leandroandsteveduo.com/
- Ace Brown has been keepin' tabs and planting flags on our extended scene and venues.
- Zedervan is a hot new band led by Sam Little, featuring Micki Dupnik, Michael O'Keefe, & Mike P. ...They're solidly rockin'.
- Bassist, Ethan Mackler is the genius behind "Bards of Brawl", a sort of bass driven pile drive body slam poetry creation in the vein of WWF featuring Danny Pepper, Thom Griffin, and many other Porter Belly open mic'rs as guest stars, including, Burger on trumpet, and Julia singing Opera!
*** Pictures from Porter Belly's, ala Unicorn Rock
Unicorn Joe has been snapping awesome, creative picts of performers at Porter's Monday open mic and posting them to Instagram. Picts include such performers as Stan, Joey, Ace K, Abe, Pepper, Matt, Lindsay, Steve, Charlotte, Thom, Leandro, Hadar, Emily, Andrew, Julia, Ryan Helen, Coupe Deville, TIMKO, the Knives, Ben Cooper, Lizifer, Ethan, Metal Joe, Unicorn Mother, Micki, Mark, and many more. Thanks to Unicorn Joe for compiling all this for us!
Check them out here:
...And into the holidays, we go! ~ TIMKO
>Cotton Mouth Boot Mill Flavor - Reunion Show
Saturday, Nov. 11th at Taffeta in Lowell, MA.
Hey all, my high school-turned-college band had some pretty great success locally at UMASS Lowell. We didn't get signed, but we did have regular line-out-the-door shows in our home base of Lowell, Mass. Tons of great memories with friends and fans!
We are celebrating the remastered releases of 2 of our albums. They are on all streaming services under the name 'Cotton Mouth Boot Mill Flavor'. You can also listen/download/share the releases at the following link, plus see further info about the band and show.
Note: The show starts at 5pm with a friends reunion open to all, but it is suggested for those coming to see just Cotton Mouth/BMF to arrive by 7:30. There will be other great groups opening for us!
>Alex and the People
Terrance Reeves, former open mic co-host of the infamous Terry O'Reilly's, is celebrating an album release for one of his groups, Alex and the People! He produced, mixed and engineered it, as well as playing the bass. Check it out!
Fri., Nov. 3, 'Alex & the People' album release show at the Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA, 8pm, with Jabbering Trout, Aldous Collins. $18 in advance, $20 at the door.
Wed 11/22, Tommy Doyle's Turkey Day Pre-Party, Newton, MA 8-11pm
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Courtesy of the Melrose Cultural Council at Mexico Lindo's el Porche, Melrose, MA
449 Main St, Melrose, MA 02176
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2023
Doors at 2:30pm, Show starts 2:45pm Ends 6:00pm
Due to the rained out Melrose Porchfest, Mexico Lindo has graciously allowed this event to happen in their covered back deck, "el porche". Enjoy amazing music, delicious food and drink. See host stand for seats.
Peter Parcek Band (4:30pm)
Parcek's unique "soul guitar" style blends the very best of blues, both ancient & modern. Parcek’s guitar work has been compared to Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton & Peter Green! “You’re as bad as Eric Clapton & I know Eric Clapton” remarked Buddy Guy. > The band will feature Tom West (Peter Wolf, Bettye LaVette), Chris Rivelli (Kim Wilson, Lurrie Bell) & Marc Hickox (Bettye LaVette)
The Emersons (3:15pm)
A Melrose, MA based band covering the sweetest hits from modern crunchin' to classic rockin'. Featuring Mark, Julie, Tim, Jason, Dave, Jill
TIMKO & Co. (2:45pm)
A mish mash of music, friends, and good times, focussing on classic rock styled music with rootsy modern twists.
There is parking available on Main St as well as in a municipal lot
at the rear of the building. There is no cover charge. Please see host desk to acquire a table and chairs, or standing room.
This is a combined UMass Lowell College Friends Reunion and Cotton Mouth/Boot Mill Flavor melt your face rock n roll show. One night. One Night Only!!!
College Reunion portion starts at 5pm and includes snacks, hugs, and live music, plus an epic blues/jazz/funk jam. Message us for more details about the jam. More bands to be announced soon!
About: Popular 90’s grunge/groove/jam band, Cotton Mouth, aka Boot Mill Flavor, celebrate a 30yr reunion with friends from Lowell, UMass and beyond. Several bands and musicians take the stage starting at 5pm. The band also celebrates the remastering and streaming availability of their catalog. Stay up-to-date at www.BostonLovesMusic.com/CottonMouth