The BGN News Archive
April 29, 2013
We both headed out this past Saturday night Miss Lyn to see The Bouncers
play at The Cantab and Blowfish to All Asia then the Cantab.
The Bouncers play chose a perfect setting at Club Bohemia at
The Cantab. One of the guys that works at the Cantab found out about the play
being set to perform locally and worked to get it perfomed there. Good move
- it really helps set the mood.
Before the play went on I mentioned the actors in their suits reminded me
of the bouncers I saw all over Edinbourg Scotland and in London...huge, tough
and suited up lookin' like gansters. Turns out this is the most performed play
in the UK- I can understand why- Its a funny and frank reminder of the reality
of nights out over there. Same here I guess but I'm telling you they party HARD
The Bouncers descend upon the stage to a deluge of
disco and during the night portray four guys who have seen it all and done it
all! They also switch gears in seconds to become four girls out to the disco
for a birthday with the intent of course of finding some 'love'. Then back to
Bouncers then to totally trashed drunken mates dowin' 20 pints throughout the
evening. There's emotional monologues, under lying tensions, sad bitter truths
and lots of drunkenness and low - low-life but along with that there's lots
and lots of well deserved laughs...the play- and the actors were extremely entertaining.
Of course it being the Cantab it was hot and uncomfortable in there...after
the play we pooped out and split, originally intending on staying to see the
James Straight and the Wide Stance did their social
networking best to get up the excitement for Saturday's CD release party. They
were rewarded with a healthy and enthusiastic crowd at the All Asia.
I forgot how much I like the All Asia. They are moving soon to Prospect
St and that should give them a high profile for a while.
Cadillac Heart opened up. They are amazing just to
contemplate; all four players have been in bands since at least 1975, most longer.
How's that for boggling the mind? The surprise tonight is Chuck "Angel" Myra
on drums. He was in Marc Thor, Willie Loco, Third Rail and the rock-a-billy
BRMC amongst other bands. The main benefit of this group is that it gets
to show Billy Connors song writing. "Ecstasy" a song the Paley Brothers
covered is a highlight tonight as well as "Nothings Gonna Change" sung by Scott
Baerenwald. They do several older (60's and 50's) rockers that allow Gary
Soprano to whip up some guitar antics. He's a neat combo of technique and
carefree abandon that makes for sparkling solos. Thank your lucky computer age
that you can hear some of these songs on the
Cadillac Heart's Bandcamp page.
James Straight and the Wide Stance seemed itching
to get on. They put on their usual entertaining show that has become familiar
to those who have been following them. This night the closeness and the enthusiasm
of the audience add to the mix. The CD is out and captures this batch of songs
well. More than ever I can see that Joe Fagan on guitar is a master of
riff rock. Many times the song's center is a six note riff that the rhythm section
makes sure to ride on. It's catchy and driven by the groove. I just love this
stuff. Everyone there ate it up and they got some encores. One being "Under
My Wheels" by Alice Cooper that was an allusion to the recent happenings
in Boston. The Stance are doing things right. They just need good gigs
and a bigger audience which they are trying to figure out how to do.
After The Wide Stance it was 11pm so I did a bar
hop by heading to the Cantab to see The Beachcombovers. I thought
Miss Lyn would be there turns out she headed home after the play. As
I walked through Central Sq with a light jacket the winter chill was not in
the air anymore, after hanging around a bit too long this year. The Combovers'
first seasonal gig was a harbinger just like the
peepers and the crocus.
When I descended into the Cantab and opened the door
it was steamy and odiferous. What the hell was going on in here? With The
Beachcombovers playing I tried to think of the smell as a low tide occurrence.
Not a big crowd here tonight but The Beachcombovers did their thing and
quite well too. They get better all the time and their latest tune Kitemare
is their best yet. An original with solid melody lines and all the surf antics
you could want. They have a warm feel to their playing and stamp all the covers
with their personalities. The drummer has a relaxed technique that gives every
tune an easy swing and between him and the variety of rhythms the group employs
prevent any sameness from creeping into the all instrumental music. A very enjoyable
This was my first night rocking after the Marathon
happenings and was glad to know that things can continue on. As I walked from
one club to the other I saw the buses had "Boston Strong" alternating with their
route info. You wonder when things you never dreamed of upset your life, and
the city, what you will do. Now we find out.
At the Wide Stance gig Joe Fagan introduced
me to Chris Atwood a DJ at the Marshfield based WATD (which stands
for We're At The Dump- that's where they are situated). His Friday night show
Alternative plays punk and new wave hits. He's had the Wide Stance
as a guest and a few other locals. He's had an all Boston punk show that got
a good response. The South Shore has always been short in all things rock so
it's nice to see Chris doing the punk thing in a place where it's needed. All South Shore groups should connect with Chris.
Ok we're done with April and its on to May....here's what's coming up:
Muck & The Mires have a very cool show coming up on Friday May 3rd
at Precinct...they share the stage with The
Sites, Soul legends from Detroit as well as The Dirty Truckers
and The Kurt Baker Band
Awesome show coming up May 4th with the Revilers,
and Vapid Dissent at The Elks Lodge in Central Sq Cambridge
(55 Bishop Allen Dr) it's a 7:30 - Midnight show...
Roger Miller's Trinary System is at TT the Bears
on May 8. Saturday May 11 is the Joe Coughlin Tribute night at The
Midway...a celebration of the man and his bday still goes on....yeah!! On the bill
are The Classic Ruins, BJ Snowden, MOTO and others....
May 18th is Cal Cali's Birthday Bash at the Rosebud!! With The
Lyres, Fireking and Jetset....YAY Happy Birthday Cal Cali!!
May 20th The Upper Crust are playing a late show (10:30) at The Midway
on one of those Monday is my Friday nights...
May 23rd Cal Cali goes even further north to Salem for a special gig
at the Seaport Café - the Cali
Leger Experience will play...
The Middle East Up on Friday May 31th are The 360's, Classic
Ruins and Terrible Beauty....time to get out the old calendar and
mark it for that one too!
Keep in mind ....there's Punk being spun over at The
Ramrod every Tuesday from 10PM to 2AM ...IT'S FREE and it's a revolving
cast of Punk DJs spin new and old, local and international, obscure and classic
Punk hits! All vinyl! All Punk! And there's FREE POOL too. How could you go
wrong on this one???
On May 16th Unnatural Axe are in Chicago for the Black
Lots o'good stuff in June! Ducky Boys do a Dead End Streets Record
Release show on Sunday June 9th with The Swinger Utters , Goddamn
Gallows, Welch Boys at Middle East Down...
Thursday June 13th- Jonathan Richman is at The Somerville
Theater!! And Tommy Larkinon the drums!
And the Rosebud IS open and rockin' until June- Cal
Cali (who never rests it seems) has an awesome gig lined up there for Saturday
June 15th with The Nervous Eaters, Jet set and Greg Allen's Fringe
Also on 6/15 The Middle East Down has The Adolescents, The Casualties,
Tenebrae, and Done With You
And we have to wait way too long to see Petty
Morals again...their next gig is July 19th at Great Scott
Adam Ant back on tour and in Boston at The Royale on August 19th...this
time around he's a big ole swamp thang y'all.
From Steve Nelson and the Music Museum Of New England team: "The soil
here in New England can be rocky and unyielding, but this region is remarkably
fertile ground for music. Since 2007 the Music Museum Of New England has recognized
and honored our musical heritage, so we are proud to unveil the all-new MMONE
website at mmone.org. Check it out. With a better layout, more visuals and
increased functionality -- searches! comment boards! -- there's plenty you'll
find to like and more to learn about New England artists, places and personalities.
Let us know what you think, and spread the word. After all, it's your museum,
too! MMONE couldn't have come this far without your support, suggestions, Facebook
"likes" and comments and retweets. So keep doing what you do, and we'll keep
growing MMONE for you."
If you have an hour click
here to watch a video of Willie
Alexander's 70th Birthday Party...its pretty great
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