Thursday nights feature New England’s very best blues and roots performers. No need to travel downtown or across town, Menotomy Grill & Tavern showcases award winning touring acts in a comfortable (casual) setting with great acoustics!
Lead by an all star, legendary trio including Jesse Williams, Bruce Bears and Mark Teixeira, showcased singers include Dennis Brennan, Toni Lynn Washington, Tim Gearan, Michelle Willson, Brian Templeton, Danielle Maraglia, Ed Scheer and others. Never a cover charge, always great food and drink!
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With Jesse Williams bass, Bruce Bears keys, Mark Teixeira drums, Milt Reder guitar
‘Boston has a music legacy that needs no introduction. Think of the J. Geils Band, Morphine, and Willie Alexander for starters. At the heart of the scene, though, is an artist like Dennis Brennan. He’s a cagey veteran who hasn’t won similar fame but can electrify audiences with his ability to cross brilliantly from rock to soul, blues, country, and jazz, while breathing fresh life into each. On several nights a week, Brennan bops around New England clubs with a passion that is all too rare in today’s homogenized music climate.” Steve Morse
“Stan Martin’s music is a celebration of what’s best about country music. His rolling, popping Telecaster runs are the kinds that cause players to adopt that beloved plank as their ax of choice. This boy sure can play.”-Rick Allen, Vintage Guitar Magazine
“Martin was raised on records featuring Don Rich, James Burton, Roy Nichols and Grady Martin, but, heretical as it may sound, he’s on the same level.”- John Conquest, Third Coast Music
Boston Queen of Blues, Soul, Funk & Swing
Raised in a procession of gospel choirs in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Washington performed with classic R&B artists like Sam and Dave and Jackie Wilson throughout the South in her youth. Washington also made USO tours of the U.S. and Asia in the 1960s and recorded the Top 50 single “Dear Diary” for the New Orleans-based Conti label, then a subsidiary of Atlantic Records.
She has had seven Blues Music Award nominations. Washington received the 1999 Boston Blues FestivalLifetime Achievement Award. In 2003 she released her fourth CD since 1997, and her first on the NorthernBlues.
Greg Luttrell is a singer, guitarist and harmonica player from Detroit, MI who relocated to Boston, MA and gets around doing performances of all kinds of feel good music. Whether performing with one of many bands or as a solo act, Greg’s energy and delivery are a unique experience.
Luttrell is an outstanding guitar player and his voice has been likened to Marvin Gaye, Lenny Kravitz, Stevie Wonder and Brad Nowell.
April 30 Special Guest
Blues and Soul man from Italy!
This singer/guitarist/songwriter tours all over Europe and parts of the US bringing amazing energy and soulful performances night after night. Don’t miss him. We can’t list his name but you won’t be disappointed.
From Dallas, Texas, Darrell is the real deal Soul and Blues singer. He has toured the globe with James Cotton, Anson Funderburg, Ronnie Earl. His singing is relaxed yet powerful, influenced by the traditions of Al Green, Otis Redding and O.V. Wright.
Local underground roots legend. Some of the area’s best back up musicians
“incorporates elements of swamp/delta blues, memphis soul, reggae, raga, psychedelic and melodic rock into a strong personal statement on this debut release”. CD Baby
http://www.boston.com/ae/music/articles/2010/05/28/david_johnston_is_enjoying_the_moment/ Globe Article