42nd Street, Blithe Spirit, John Lackard, Sullivan Hanscom & Davis, The Frontmen

I’ve been noticing a strange phenomena at music venues and pubs throughout the upper valley. People actually go out and party when the weather gets bad! There must be some kind of energy that gets released into the air when it snows that excites people. So if you find yourself huddled around the woodstove all too often, and you’re wondering where all your friends are . . . get out and enjoy some live music, theater, art and dance. There are hot venues all over the upper valley and where you can make new friends and lose the cold.

Here are a few of my favorites: Continue reading 42nd Street, Blithe Spirit, John Lackard, Sullivan Hanscom & Davis, The Frontmen

Big Fatty’s BBQ shifts music to Fridays and Saturday Nights

Big Fatty’s BBQ is known for their down home atmosphere, their huge helpings of yummy pulled pork, ribs, sweet potato fries, okra, beer on tap and a giant salad bar. They’ve also been kind enough to provide a home for First Friday Open Mics throughout 2014.

Starting in January, Big Fatty’s will host live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Here’s the schedule for the remainder of January.

Friday, Jan 9th    Brian Warren & Seth Barbiero
Saturday, Jan10th    Closed for Employee Xmas Party
Friday, Jan 16th    Two Random Guys
Saturday, Jan 17th    Ruby Street
Friday, Jan 23rd    Sons of Beaches
Saturday, Jan 24th    Billy Sharff
Friday, Jan 30th    John Lackard Blues Duo
Saturday, Jan 31st    Dave and Jed

Live performances begin at 6pm. Come down and support the venues that support live music! Big Fatty’s is located in White River Junction on 186 South Main Street.


How’s that for and end-of-year line-up!  Wow, I can’t believe that Dr. Burma will not be on the scene in 2015. I know for a fact that Ted Mortimer will continue to entertain the upper valley with his top quality line-up including the most recent news – Ted will be joining The Party Crashers starting in mid January!

In addition to Burma, there’s undoubtedly the biggest line-up of entertainment that I’ve ever seen in one night in the upper valley.  So don’t let this historic moment pass you by. Get out and celebrate a new year of music, theater, art and dance!

And two more pieces of news going into 2015 – Salt hill Pub has opened yet a 4th location – this one in Newbury NH at the southernmost end of Lake Sunapee. And Big Fatty’s is now hosting live music every Friday and Saturday night starting in January.

WEDNESDAY, December 31 – New Year’s Eve

Bob Lucier & Scott Paulson at Canoe Club in Hanover 7pm to 10pm.

Carter Glass  performs at Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier along with
The Smokin J’s and sister band Coquette . This is the only show they will play this winter – so you have to go to Montpelier for New Year’s Eve. 7pm

Jim Yeager hosts the Open Mic New Year’s Eve Party at Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland 4 Corners – 8pm to midnight.

The Front Men (Brian Warren, Dave Clark and Mike Gareau) with guest Jed Dickinson at The Parker House Inn from 8pm to midnight.

The Flames at the Quechee Inn at Marshland Farms with special guest Chloe Brisson – 8pm

Contradance with Cuckoo’s Nest and Ruth Sylvester at Tracy Hall in Norwch. Don’t miss the midnight sing led by Dorothy Wallace.

FINAL SHOW – DR. BURMA at the Freight House Music Hall, 188 South Main Street, White River Junction. Come pay tribute (bring your lighters) to one of the finest bands ever to play in the upper valley! 9pm to 1am.

James Graham & Redhouse at the Lyme Inn starting at 8pm/

Jeanne & The Hi-Tops at The Tunbridge Town Hall – 8pm

Pianoman James Ward at the Mojo Cafe in Ludlow starting at 8:30. I hear the mexican food is great!

About Gladys at Salt hill Pub – Newport 9pm to 1am

The Tricksters at Salt hill Pub – Lebanon 9pm to 1am

Moxley Union CD Release Party at Windsor Station Restaurant & Barroom – 9pm to 1am

Open Mic with Adam McMahon at Seven Barrel Brewery, West Lebanon – 9pm to midnight

THURSDAY, January 1

Dave Clark & Steve Cornell play at the Lyme Inn – 6pm to 8:30

Open Mic with Brian Warren & Seth Barbiero at Salt Hill Pub – Lebanon 8pm

Jonathan Kaplan at The Canoe Club in Hanover – 7pm

Jim Yeager and Friends at Bentleys Restaurant in Woodstock. 8pm

FRIDAY, January 2

Dave Clark & Jed Dickinson play at Big Fatty’s BBQ from 6pm to 8:00pm – next to Elixir – White River Junction.

Celebrate First Friday in White River Junction with The Bonnie Waters Band, Betsy Stewart, EJ Tretter, Brian Cook, Dan & Hannah Weintraub, Don & Jenn, and The Revitones performing at various locations including The Upper Valley food co-op (4pm), Revolution Clothing (5pm) and Ooodle and the Tip Top Building (6pm). Open Mic for First Friday musicians hosted by Dave Clark at Big Fatty’s starts at 8pm.

Johnny “O” plays at the Inn at Weathersfield in Perkinsville from 6pm to 8:30pm. Come and enjoy some of the finest food around and relax in the cozy atmosphere.

Sabrina Brown and Fred Haas perform at The Canoe Club in Hanover – 7pm.

Pete Meijer & Friends play at Shepards Pie on Route 4 next to the Quality Inn. 8pm

Peter Concilio brings First Friday Jazz to Skunk Hollow Tavern in Hartland 4 Corners along with Jody Henderson, Billy Rosen Michael Parker and Tim Gilmore teaming up for a hot night of music. Reservations appreciated. The show starts at 9pm

Live Music at the Salt Hill Pub in Hanover at 9pm. Please call 603-676-7855 for more information. www.salthillpub.com

Arthur James at the Salt hill Pub in Newport at 9pm! 603.863.7774 www.salthillpub.com

Jim Hollis at the Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon at 9pm. Please call 603-448-4532 for more information. www.salthillpub.com

VJ Rich Meijer plays the ultimate mix late night at Bentleys 10pm – 2am.

SATURDAY, January 3

Dave Clark & JukeJoynt at Harpoon Brewery in Windsor 5pm to 8pm.

Silas Proctor at Big Fatty’s BBQ in White River Junction next to Elixir. 6pm

Michael Blum and Jim Stinnett atThe Canoe Club in Hanover 7pm.

Clay Canfield at Bentley’s Restaurant in Woodstock – 7pm

Sons of Beaches at Lil’ Red Baron, Newport NH from 8pm to 11pm. Come on over for some fine Mexican food and a relaxed farmhouse atmosphere – 8 Airport Road.

Live Music at Shepard’s Pie on Route 4 in Quechee – 8pm

Riddim Vigil at Windsor Station Barroom starting at 8:30pm.

Live Music at the Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon – 9pm. www.salthillpub.com

Dave Clark & JunkJoynt at Salt Hill Pub in Hanover. Please call 603-676-7855 for more information.. www.salthillpub.com

About Gladys at the Salt hill Pub in Newport at 9pm! 603.863.7774 www.salthillpub.com

Brian Warren at the new Salt Hill Pub in Newbury – 9pm!

VJ Rich Meijer plays the ultimate mix late night at Bentleys 10pm – 2am.

SUNDAY, January 4

Brooks Hubbard at the Commonman Restaurant in Claremont – 5pm.

Rowley Hazard at The Canoe Club in Hanover at 7pm

MONDAY, January 5

Marko the Magician at Canoe Club in Hanover from 5:30 to 8:30

Hanover Hoot hosted by Joe Stallsmith at the Salt Hill Pub – Hanover 6pm to 9pm.

Open Mic with Brian Warren at Bentley’s Restaurant, Woodstock – 8pm to 11pm

TUESDAY, January 6

Open Mic with Brian Warren filling in for Dave Clark at Shepards on Route 4 (next to the Quality Inn) in Quechee 6pm to 9pm.

Irish Trad at Lebanon Salt Hill Pub – 6pm

Ted Mortimer at Canoe Club in Hanover – 7pm.

Ray Mason at the Windsor Station Restaurant & Barroom next to the train station – 6:00pm

Open Mic hosted by Tom Masterson at the Colatina Exit in Bradford, VT – 8pm

Pub Karoke at the Salt hill Pub in Hanover starting at 9pm.

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