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11/16/2017 Battle Road Brewing Company, 5 Clock Tower Place, Maynard, MA. We had a blast playing all evening for the Thursday night crowd. Thanks to friends Steve, Allen, Ron, Rich, and Emily for coming out to hear us!
11/11/2017 Raffaele's Ristorante, 69 Moody St., Waltham, MA. We really had a fun time at our debut at Raffaele's -- thanks so much to Ralph and Loryann for bringing us on board! It was great to see some freinds as well, including Suzanne and John, Gregge and Jennifer, Drew and Reid, Robin (honorary roadee), Lisa and Kristen. Special thanks to Lee for singing a Bee Gees tune with us. And Ralph, for joining us on The Everly Brothers' "Dream." We'll be back November 25, so see you then.
9/30/2017 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Gosh, almost two months since our last show in teh Forge Room, but it was worth the wait! A terrific crowd of music lovers and wedding guests made the evening fun for us, start to finish. Thanks to Jim and Cris for the chair dancing! Glad to play some Dylan and Eagles for our serviceman friend. Great to see friends Loring, Linda, Deb and Steve for the third set. And as always thanks to Subhas for managing a full room so flawlessly all evening.
9/28/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Our last gig of teh summer season at Anthony's. Erik made his debut with us singing "Brian Wilson" by BNL and rocked the house (drawing the staff out too!). Thanks to Joy, Peter, Loren, Linda, and Frank for coming out to listen. Special thanks to Sis and Sam for the cheers and song suggestions. We may be back sooner than next summer -- stay tuned!
9/21/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. A beautiful evening with a beautiful sunset on the patio. People hung out till late tonight! Glad to play some faves for folks (Beatles, Stones) and got a chance to demo a (for us) new Dave Edmunds song. Stuart -- glad you liked the Ramones cover! Finished the night off playing a dedicated set for Wendy Darling and the Lost Boy (Peter) who also perform at Anthony's. Thanks for coming out to hear us.
914/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Two sets down, one to go -- and rain! Again!! Thanks to Erik, Hayley and the gang, for helping us get our stuff inside and dry! We had a great night otherwise, playing on the warm patio. We'll be back the next two Thursdays in September!
9/9/2017 Arlington Spy Pond Park Family Fun Day, Arlington, MA. Beautiful waether for this annual celebration for all the families and volunteers who keep Spy Pond and its surrounding parks clean and safe for the people of Arlington. We were happy to play a 45-minute set along with the day's other performers: The Lokensgard Blechbaser Ensemble, Intuition, and Joe Burns and the Swing Saw Boys. Joe also ran great sound and our thanks to Mark Sandman for providing his Jam'n Java open mic equipment. Lots of listeners as well -- thanks Mike, Gloria and Ann, among many others!
9/7/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Earlier start tonight as fall approaches, but the same great crowd. Thanks Peter and Heather for relaxing on the couches stage right. Made it through a Crowded House tune to open set two just as a front blew in with ominous gray clouds. We finished the evening pre-Pats game with an acoustic set inside. Our reward? Delicious meatballs with ricotta and sauce from Erik -- thanks! Victoria arrived to cheer us on for our last set.
8/31/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Full house at Anthony's for Labor Day Weekend -- glad to see Pat, Mark, and Dan, visiting from WIsconsin. And Steve came from Vermont -- thanks! First set was focused on the after dinner crowd in the comfy chairs (and with cooler weather, more coffees on the patio, we note). We'll be back in September while things stay warm.
8/27/2017 Senior Tea at Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham, MA. Thanks to Wilma, Betsy, and Walter of Waltham Connections for Healthier Aging for inviting us to play at the senior tea this Sunday. We met lots of folks, including at our table Delia, Maria, and Maureen. We brushed up on our favorite tunes from the 1950s and some country as well; happy to see that the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly went over well, and even Eddie Cochran! Thanks to all for a beautiful day.
8/24/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Weather's getting cool so the fire on the patio keeps the guests at Anthony's close. Thanks to Loring and Linda for having supper with us. We had a mix of events tonite: a young dancer, broken input jack, broken string, request for Neil Young, and a birthday for Tammy!
8/19/2017 Independence Bar and Grill, Radisson Hotel, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. Rich Doherty of the Keytones invited Mimi to join him for a gig with Rich on bass, guitar and harmonica, and Mimi on the usual acoustics. We played a mix of Mimi covers and Rich's selections -- including tunes by Jimi Hendrix, Taj Mahal, Traveling Willburys, Bruce Springsteen, and Jackson Browne. We had some great three-part harmony on a few songs: "You Don't Don't Know What It's Like," "Here Comes The Sun," "California Dreamin'." Thanks to Rich for setting this up, as well as to friends Susanna, Rick, Jim in Norway via phone, Frank, Nancy and our traveling fans from Colonial.
8/17/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Frank -- thanks for your support and for pioneering the wearing of "safety chartreuse" to our event. A late summer eveniong on the patio, Mimi felt right at home thanks to Erik, Hayley, and Sam. Fans of the Stones, Allman Brothers, Boxtops, Go Gos, Seals and Crofts, and Human League in the audience tonight.
8/10/2017 Rapscallion Table & Tap, 5 Strawberry Hill Road (just off Great Road, Rt 119), Acton, MA. Mimi's debut at Acton's great table and tap, home of Acton Ale. Peter and the staff made us feel right at home and we met a bunch of the Rapscallion regulars. Tony -- keep playing and hope to hear you out soon. Thanks to Bo and Adam for the finger snaps, encouragement, and interrnational understanding -- we'll get back to work on that CD. Really psyched to see Loring and Linda stop in on way back from Harvard. We hope to be back soon.
8/4/2017 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Another great night in the Forge Room. To our Boston friends -- hope to catch you with Don at a Wayback gig soon. Glad to meet Travis and Abby and hope to catch you again, perhaps at Rapscallion. Happy 40th birthday celebration to our friends from Portland and Newcastle. And of course a special thanks to Susanna, Rick, Frank, Rich, Victoria and Sandy for the support. Subhas held down the fort admirably, as usual. See you all again at Colonial in cooler weather.
8/3/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Warm and breezy summer evening on the patio with Frank, Deb, Steve -- and young Henry visiting from Germany! We played two long sets, including some reworked favorites, "Oh Yeah" and "Starman."
7/29/2017 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. A quiet summer evening in the Forge Tavern ended with a spirited full house by 10:30! Thanks to JQ, Marty, Susanna, Rick -- along with guests from Oregon, Iowa, and southern New England. Catherine -- have fun with the drum lessons and thanks for the kind words. We're back this Friday!
7/20/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Warm evening on the patio at first, but as it cooled, more diners choose the breeze and sunset. Sent a Bob Seger request. Victoria, Frank -- thanks for listening all evening.
7/15/2017 The Java Room -- espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. Our long-awaited return to Java Room since Derm's finger mishap postponed our performance last year. Jackie and Sarah kept the coffee, wine and food coming to the fans and friends in the audience. Kind words from Candy -- always appreciated. Thank you, as always, Frank, along with Joyce, Sarah, and the others.
7/13/2017 Independence Bar and Grill, Radisson Hotel, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. We came to Craig LaGrassa's great open mic at the Radisson and played a few tunes, along with loads of other performers. Best of luck to Howard and his wife at their new home in Bermuda!
7/6/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. We played through a beautiful summer evening on Anthony's patio. Thank you young James for the dancing. Frank, as always, provided moral support. Special thanks tp Janine and Keith (of the Mumbo Jumbo band) for the kind words. (Keith, realized later we could have played "Blue Skies" -- next time.) Erik, Hayley, and the crew at the Littleton store all made our evening! See you in a week.
6/30/2017 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Wow -- a great summer night at Colonial! Cate at the bar did a great job. Lots of friends to thank for coming out: Susanna, Rick, Frank, Bruce, Bob and Sue, John and Suzanne, Andrew, Phyllis and Jeff. Glenn, thanks for bringing along some friends to hear us! Special treat for us tonite: a song beautifully delivered from actress and singer Alexandra Socha. Diego at the bar gave some nice compliments as well -- yes, we do need to learn at least one Crosby, Stills & Nash tune! Well be back in July!
6/24/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. From Arlington, we flew out to Littleton for Anthony's first year anniversary in that town. The patio was full and our fellow performer Craig LaGrassa finished a strong thirds set. We played till 9:30, debuted The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting." Thanks for the requests -- we'll see how mnany we can learn before our return on Thursday, July 6!
6/24/2017 Summer Arts Block Party Broadway Plaza, Arlington, MA. We performed for Arlington Alive's Summer Arts Block Party in the sunny afternoon, following morning rain. Tom and Marga have organized the entertainment for this early summer kick-off event for many years -- thanks to them for continuing to bring folks to Arlington for this gathering of artists and musical performers. Good to see our friend Dale in the audience. Jeff of ACMi, thanks for the kind words -- we'll make it back to Malden soon.
6/22/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Warm summer evening on the patio. We had a great time playing a new selection of songs for the diners, including loads of Mimi fans! Safe trip to our West Virginia friends on their way to Deerfield. Thanks to Deb, Steve, Frank, Joy, Molly, Glenn -- and new friends Beth and Andy. We'll be back at Anthony's for their birthday celebration on Saturday.
6/15/2017 Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, 201 Constitution Ave. (just off Rt 495 exit 31), Littleton, MA. (978) 486-4124. Frank and Ron showed up for our opening night at Anthony's Littleton. The patio is a great place to perform, as well as to dine, relax on the couches, warm up by the fire, toss bean bag, and enjoy the outdoors. Erik, Hayley, and the whole crew at Anthony's make your stay a relaxing time. Thanks for the kind words from our friends from Dublin, and congratulations to the Little White Major 60 Baseball Champions! See folks next week.
6/3/2017 Arlington Porchfest, Arlington, MA. Thanks to Mark and Kathy for hosting us for the second annual Porchfest. We faced some light rain with twenty-five minutes to go, but had played a good 90-minute set by then. Friends and neighbors, plus a couple dozen passers-by, made for a great audience. Thanks to Reed, Martha, Joan, Clarissa, Larry, Susy, Melissa, and many other friends and relatives for listening.
5/30/2017 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. We love the mid-week crowd at Colonial, whether we're listening to a friend's band or performing ourselves. Frank, as always, gave us his full attention and support. Thanks also to Loring, Johnny, Ed, Casey (with great piano chops on America and the Rolling Stones), our new fan from Missouri, and of course Sonia at the bar!
5/25/2017 Johnny's Luncheonette, 30 Langley Road, Newton, MA. This was our final appearance as part of Johnny's participation in the Newton Festival of the Arts. Our thanks to Karen, Jarnail, and the whole crew for making us and our friends welcome over the month. Glad to play a little extra tonight for friends Peggy, Tom, Marvin, Lisa, and Janet. Performed "Hey Doll Baby" for Peggy and "Here Comes The Sun" for Janet.
5/18/2017 Johnny's Luncheonette, 30 Langley Road, Newton, MA. A happy crew and customers tonight at Johnny's, summertime practically. Marvin -- thanks for the delicious Sams -- just what we needed. Thanks to Janet, Jeff, Sue, Lisa, Bruce and Maria as well. We'll see folks next week!
5/11/2017 Johnny's Luncheonette, 30 Langley Road, Newton, MA. Back again and glad to play for a great crowd of diners, of all ages. Great to see Heather and Priscilla having pie and catching the act tonight. Jarnail and the crew at Johnny's always make us welcome. Back next week!
5/4/2017 Johnny's Luncheonette, 30 Langley Road, Newton, MA. Our debut at Johnny's -- great to see Karen and the team at the diner. We alternated mini-sets of old and newer tunes for the mixed age audience. Special thanks to the Newton TAB for the shout out! Good to see friends Dee Dee, Elaine, Marvin, Lisa, and of course steadfast Frank! We'll be back next week.
4/15/2017 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Patriots Day weekend brought visitors from all over to Colonial. We were glad to see friends Susanna and Rick, Elsa and Mike, Deb and Steve, Steve and Deb, and the Easter Bunny himself (FH). Thanks Subhas for keeping the crowd well served and happy.
4/2/2017 Trail's End Cafe, 97 Lowell Rd., Concord, MA. Back again to play for the brunch crowd, including some young fans. Thank you Reed and Martha for your support.
3/31/2017 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Despite snow and ice (!), we had a fun crowd at the Forge Tavern, including Steadfast Frank, Susanna and Rick, and Robin (finally sang "Blackbird" for her). Welcome to our new neighbors from Indiana as well.
3/24/2017 Battle Road Brewing Company, 5 Clock Tower Place, Maynard, MA. New place and new tunes -- we covered "Man in the Moon" and "Riptide" for the first time tonight at Maynard's newest restaurant and only brew pub (Farmhouse Ales were delicious). Staff and stage were both great -- thanks, Cameron, Michaela, and Bethany. We also have to thank the friends who showed up tonight, including Frank, Steve S, Steve B, Deb, Susanna, Rick, Bill, and Ann. We hope to be back playing here in warmer weather but will be back for the beer, food, and live music before then!
2/17/2017 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. The Tavern stayed packed all night, but friends dined in house, at the bar, wherever! Thanks, Steve, for making Mimi one part of your evening -- hope you'll be back now that you are oriented to the various entrances and exits. Bruce and Jan -- glad to see you at the bar, alongside new friends Michael Avery of Workingman's Band and Barbara. Frank, thanks as always, and will get even with you soon for that Allagash White. Special thanks to Ed, Grace and Peggy who came and had dinner but could never get a seat in the Forge Room. Heard later that dinner was great, so hopefully we'll see you again soon. Subhas gave his usual professional service throughout the evening. We debuted a Ben Harper tune.
Jam'n Java Open Mic, Kickstand Cafe, Arlington, MA We joined over a dozen musicians and a packed house as the feature act at the open mic. Mark and the Harmonators ran the evening splendidly, as usual, and we were treated to music from performers young and old. Jim Waugh did a great rendition of "I Saw the Light," complete with Columbo reference. Chris Nauman gave his last Jam'n Java performance before his move out west, a shout out to the protestors at the Keystone XL and Dakota access pipelines with a new original song. The female barbershop group
1/21/2017 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Our first show at Colonial in the new year and a packed Forge Room! We brought out Steve's venerable tune "Back When Bobby Was God" to applause and included a Buddy Holly three-fer in honor of that rocker. Thanks to Larry. Laurene, Bob, Britina, Frank, Steve, and most of all Subhas for handling a packed house with his usual even manner.
1/14/2017 Basil n' Spice, 499 Shrewsbury St. Worcester, MA. Back to BnS for our first show of 2017 -- another great crowd and another great meal. Many thanks to Joan and Joe (right) for cheering us on; glad we could play a Rocky Votolano tune for you. Bator and her crew were on top of things as usual. Hope to see folks again soon.
1/6/2017 Jam'n Java Open Mic, Kickstand Cafe, Arlington, MA Next month is our feature at Mark Sandman's long-running open mic, but Mimi came to do a couple of songs tonight and check out the great variety of talent that always turns out. Great hearing Dan Margarita, Rich Eilbert ("Country Rose, " indeed!), Jim Waugh, Chris Nauman -- plus some new performers with great original tunes. Our hats are off to the feature performer, Randall Kromm whose playing and songwriting were remarkable. We'll be seeing him perform again soon.
1/1/2017 Trail's End Cafe, 97 Lowell Rd., Concord, MA. New Year's Day brunch was a great satrt to teh year. Thanks to friends Barb, Boot, Elisabeth, Peter and Kim for coming to see us, and to the Trail's End staff for endless coffee for Derm.
12/23/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. A very fun evening, thanks to friends and actual jingle bells on hand. "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Christmas All Over" made the set list, naturally. Special thank you to Alexandra Socha for singing "I Choose You" with us. Two other guest singers: Steve Smith on the Byrds' "Feel A Whole Lot Better" and Stephanie on "Country Roads." As always, great seeing fans Frank, Steve, Bruce, and Elisabeth along with Suzanne and John. Watch for Mimi at Colonial Inn throughout 2017.
12/3/2016 Basil n' Spice, 499 Shrewsbury St. Worcester, MA. This was our debut at this Thai restaurant, a great roomy space with a terrific waitstaff. Our own teryaki chicken and Massaman curry were delicious. Nice to meet Deb and Neil, along with Bator, Tal, Tom, Wayne, and the rest of the crew. Thanks to Susanna and Rick for making the trip and to Susanna for help on our closing number, "Wild Nights." We look forward to a return here in 2017!
11/25/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Post Thanksgiving show in the Forge Room, with friends and some new fans. Declan -- thanks for coming out tonight and for your kind words on the Guild. Bruce and Ron -- two sets of valued ears! Glad to play a couple of requests -- though we'll have to work on a Van Halen tune for next time.
11/17/2016 Common Ground, 319 Broadway, Arlington, MA. First night playing this Arlington night spot, with friends in attendance: Deb, Dave, Joe and friends from the Harmonators. Thank you to Liz and the crew for a great evening and helpful set up.
11/6/2016 Trail's End Cafe, 97 Lowell Rd., Concord, MA. We had a great debut at this popular Sunday brunch, playing 11:00 to 2:00. The in-house sound system was very good by all accounts, as was the food. Thanks to all who showed up to hear us, including Violet, Steve, Ron, Heather, Barb and Boot, Reed and Martha, and Mike, Leanne, Maureen and Alexander. Glad to see some fans of the newer tunes by Eddie Vedder, Rocky Votolano, and the Avett Brothers. Special thanks to Rick for the booking -- hope to be back soon. Steve Smith brought us a great third harmony on a Bee Gees and Byrds tune.
10/12/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Round Two with Steve Smith helping us mightily on vocals and guitar. With Sonia at the bar, we played for loads of friends old and new, including Josh, Deb, Bruce, Ron, Deb and Karen, and special fans Ernie and Suzanne (happy anniversary!). Glad to do a few requests including Nick Lowe and The Statlers. Bruce, thanks for the help on "Monster Mash"!
9/23/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. So many thank you's this great evening .... Priscilla got us the keyboard that Derm banged away on all night. Steve Smith lent his voice and guitar playing to the duo to great accalim all evening. Friends who came to see us included Deb, Ken, Tim, Deb, Steve, Susanna, Rick, Frank, Priscilla, Heather and Cynthia. Happy Birthday, Kathy! Subhas at the bar managed a full house all evening with his usual calm competence. Most of all, thanks to the Forge Tavern guests and regulars for singing along and encouraging us. Come back to see us Oct 12!
8/12/2016 The Bolton Fair, Lancaster, MA. We performed all afternoon in the new beer and wine garden! Many thanks to our fans Ron, Mike, Reed, Martha. A very special thank you to new fan Judy who spent the afternoon with us and sang along to many numbers. As always, Beth, Paula and the whole team at the Bolton Fair made our lives easy with transport, water, and logistics.
8/10/2016 The Bolton Fair, Lancaster, MA. Great to see Beth and many thanks for the golf cart transport between downpours! Possibly the hottest sets we've played at Bolton -- sopping wet when we finished but a great show for the Friday afternoon fair-goers. Steve managed to break two strings, a first -- blame the humidity! Thanks to Dan as always for running sound and helping us sound our best. See you all Sunday in the beer garden!
8/10/2016 Pleasant Cafe - Steve and Zach Smith's Open Mic, 36 Main St., Maynard, MA. Steve and Zach have built this open mic into a go-to event in only a few months. We stopped in and played a couple numbers, followed by friends from Trusting Fate, Silverlock, Deb McDonald Band, and many open mic regulars. Special thanks to Bill, Ann, and Laura for the kind words!
7/22/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. A really fun night with a summer crowd and lots of friends -- thanks Phyllis, Jeff, Dave, Paula, Peter, Brad, Deb, Susanna, Rich, Jim, Mort, and Steve's many cousins for making this a fun evening for us. Subhas on vacation but Lawrence handled the bar and the crowd with grace and precision! A few revived tunes tonight, including "Amsterdam," "Fool For You Anyway," and "Chains." Many thanks to Susanna for help on "Wild Nights" and to Jim for the three-part harmony on The Beatles, Bee Gees, and America.
6/25/2016 Summer Arts Block Party Broadway Plaza, Arlington, MA. Thanks to Arlington Alive for inviting us to appear on the main stage for the Summer Arts Block Party. Our thanks to Tom for organizing this popular summer event.
6/22/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Hooray for Sonia keeping everyone happy and served! We tried out the house PA tonight and friends and fans gave it a thumbs-up. Thanks to Heather, Bruce, Rich, Nancy, and Joy for coming out. Cheers to a guests from Scotland, Mark from Indiana, and our Watertown friends Eli and Ali.
6/11/2016 Arlington Porchfest, Arlington, MA. Grey skies and little rain, nothing to stop Arlington's first go at the informal, walkable music festival popularized in Somerville. Mimi was one of 120 bands on 60 porches, all in East Arlington. Thanks to our host Peter for offering his great front deck as the venue and providing a tarp just in case, and to The Burros who played before us at the same location. Hope we made some new fans in the neighborhood, and thanks to all our friends who showed up, including Joy, JG, Jennifer, Carolyn, Dale, Dennis, Joan, Mark and Kathy, and Steve's family contingent: Elizabeth, Zack, Lila, Emmy, Chris. Live in Arlington? Give the Arlington Porchfest a thumbs-up for next year!
5/20/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Diners all on the porch at first, but then the gang showed up! Thanks Susanna, Rick, Deb & Steve (x2), Bruce, Reed, Martha, Phyllis, Jeff, Arlene, and our Colonial regulars. People dancing as well, to Leo Sayer by request! Special thanks to Steve Smith for help on "Country Roads" and to Susanna for the strong finish on "Wild Night." Glad to meet some new friends as well!
5/13/2016 The Java Room -- espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. Susanna and Rick -- just in time for our Avett Brothers dedication tune! Thanks also to Ron for the kind words and for being our solid first set support. Full house all night, treated to a few new tunes, including The Jayhawks' "Tailspin." As always great work from the JR staff of Jackie, Emily and David. Thanks Candy!
4/22/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. A full house in the Forge Room, celebrating the Colonial Inn's 300th anniversary (1716!) with fans and friends. Many new fans in the audience tonight, including Sandy and Karen (hope you are singing again soon). Special thanks to our RAF listener for 30 years keeping us all safe. Great seeing Bruce, Frank, Phyllis, Jeff, Joy, Mike, Vicky, John and Suzanne, and of course Subhas, Rick and the Colonial staff. New tunes by the Go Gos and Human League.
3/29/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Another mid-week gig in the Forge Room with friends, Bruce, Steve, and Ron. Steve -- thanks for the assist on "Country Roads" Debuted some tunes from the Go Gos and Human League, and winged a request for REM. Sonia and crew made us all at home. This was the closest we had to tenth anniversary gig for Auntie, so we covered the first song we played together on April 3, 2006 -- "I Don't Want To Spoil the Party" by the Beatles.
2/5/2016 Jam'n Java Open Mic, Kickstand Cafe, Arlington, MA Mark Sandman hosted another great open mic in Arlington, and Aunt Mimi was pleased to be the feature for a third time. Many thanks to all the amazing performers who made the evening memorable, and to all those who cheered us on including friends and next month's feature act the Harmonators.
1/22/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Played for a full house again in the Forge Room -- thanks to Frank, Ray, Joy and John for staying till closing! Steve loaded the set with new songs and older ones we haven't played in awhile. Subhas ran the full room as always with help from the great Colonial staff. A couple of Eagles tunes form Glenn Frey, tonight, and some Johnny Cash for our friends at the bar.
1/15/2016 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Our 2016 kick-off in the Forge Room, and fun the whole night. Bruce and Frank, thanks for cheering us on and monitoring sound. Pavil, Christina and friends -- we're glad to see dancing at the Colonial, even to Simon & Garfunkel, the Statler Brothers, and Eric Hutchinson! Robin -- we looked for you between sets to deliver "Blackbird" -- hopefully will see you on the 22nd? Numerous requests, including four songs that we had never played before that came across sounding OK! "Starman" for Bowie, tonight. Special thanks to our young fan E. who captured the scene in crayon .
1/8/2016 The Java Room -- espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. We were glad to get back to Gingerale Plaza to be welcomed by Candy, Jackie, and our regular Java Room fans. Special thanks to Susanna, Rick, and Frank for their rapt attention, as always! We look forward to our return here with the warm weather in May!
12/31/2015 Private function. Thanks Ellen and Jeff for inviting us into your home for a great New Year's Eve party with family and friends. We'll consider adding "Hot Potato" to our regular shows!
12/26/2015 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Nice to be back fireside in the Forge Room after almost two months away. We got a great welcome from Subhas and Sonia, and the young folk catching up on the day after Christmas. We did a couple of Holiday tunes: Tom Petty's "Christmas All Over" and "Jingle Bell Rock" and added a 50th anniversary Rubber Soul mini set. Great to see Robin enjoying the evening; yes, "Norwegian Wood" is in the set to stay -- sorry we completely forgot about "Blackbird," but next time, promise. Ed, Denise, Mark: thanks for staying the course with Mimi all evening. We were honored as always to have some other musicians in the house, including Rhea Simon (with bells on), Bob, Steve, Rick, and Deb and Susanna of Silverlock. Plenty of friends showed up as well -- many thanks to JG, Jennifer, Carolyn and friends, Bev and friends from Arlington. Special thanks to Ellen and Jeff for coming to check us out live -- we'll see you soon. Closed the evening with help from Steve and Susanna on "Things We Said Today."
11/4/2015 Dolly Shakers, 38 E. Hollis St., Nashua, NH (open mike). Finally made it to this active open mike, hosted by our friend Mike Birch from the Radisson. Mike led with some great rockers, and was followed by a line-up of strong singers and players doing recent material as well as classics. Glad to have played along with Eddie, Joel and company, including "Long May You Run," "Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man," "Wild Nights," and "Rock and Roll Heart." Mimi performed as well: 5-6 songs was the norm tonight. Richie thanks for great service and great food. Hope to make it back to this bi-weekly open mike soon.
10/31/2015 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Hallowe'en show at the Colonial (with friends Silverlock nearby at Main Streets Market and Cafe) made this a memorable night. Thanks to Frank, Shakeela, Rich (of the Keytones) and our Concord fans and friends form cheering us on through two renditions of "Monster Mash." Glad to pose for pics with our new Argentine friend. Phyllis and Jeff -- thanks for stopping in with friends post-dinner for a couple tunes! We ended this evening with an unplugged version of "Mrs. Robinson" for a few late-night holdouts.
10/17/2015 Private event, Lancaster, MA. Thanks to Beth and the volunteers from this year's Bolton Fair for inviting Auntie to your fall thank you party at the blacksmith shop on the fair gounds. Grey fall day with a few showers, but Steve and Derm played beneath the tin roof of the exhibit area with a fire roaring along side. Delicious food from Slater's in Bolton -- those peanut butter cup cookies fueled our second set! Glad to do some requests for Jim Croce and Beatles as the evening approached.
9/23/2015 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Slow start, then lots of friends and Forge Room regulars! We were delighted to see Mark, Kathy, Deb, Susanna, Jim and Morten! Jim joined us on "Karma Chameleon" and transformed the number entirely! Thank you to Susanna for vocals on America and Fastball. Requests for Byrds and S&G tonight. Somehow Sonia kept up with a Forge Room filled with guests. Our next gig here may be snow bound -- watch for us.
9/11/2015 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Thank you Deb, Susanna and steadfast Frank for making our gig and for your kind comments. Happy anniversary, Bob and Sue! A great listening crowd at the Forge Room tonight -- including our last-minute Tom Petty fans. We'll be back in a couple of weeks!
9/4/2015 Private event, Gloucester, MA. We were delighted to add music to the wedding ceremony of Jonathan and Caitlin, as well as play the cocktail hour and their first dance (Goo Goo Dolls). The beautiful weather, marina setting, food trucks, and fireworks -- plus two very nice families -- made this a wonderful celebration.
8/26/2015 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. A terrific Wednesday night with many fans and friends. Thanks Phyllis and Jeff, Jan and Bruce, Steve and Deb. Ron -- always an encouraging presence! Calum and Liam -- we checked and Del Amitri are Scots and as we suspected, from the 1990s ;-) Glad you could join us in a pub-like atmosphere. We debuted a Tears for Fears song and rewrote some of "Here Comes the Sun." A good night -- thanks for great service Sonia, Liam and Rashid!
8/19/2015 Main Streets Market and Cafe, 42 Main St., Concord, MA. Hot summer mid-week evening at Main Streets but we had a great time playing for diners of all ages as well as friends Deb, Susanna, Frank, Marty, Darlene, and Richard. Brenda and crew were welcoming and helpful as always. We look forward to another performance here soon!
8/1/2015 Sakura Organic, 397 Main St., Wakefield, MA. Short notice but a very fun evening for Mimi playing at this great restaurant and bar. Sound -- excellent! Mark, Jenny and the whole staff were very welcoming and the light summer crowd gave us the applause we needed on our first night. We're looking forward to a return to this Wakefield restaurant soon.
7/28/2015 Main Streets Market and Cafe (open mic), 42 Main St., Concord, MA. We think that Bruce Marshall's Tuesday night open mic is possibly the greatest fun for the greatest number -- performers, listeners, dancers, diners, and staff! Mimi played a couple of tunes -- Eric Hutchinson and BNL -- and enjoyed great songs from friends Daniel, Tim, Lyle, Tom, and many others new to us. Nice to see new fans and old, Wendy, Dave, Linda, Dan... plus a great dinner as usual. We're looking forward to our first show here on August 19th!
7/15/2015 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Our first Wednesday in the Forge Room and a great time thanks to the professional service of Sonia, Kevin and the crew. Many thanks to all who made our first mid-week show a success, including Robin, Michael, Phyllis, Jeff, Deb and Susanna of Silverlock, and the wedding party with front row seats who stayed nearly all night! Special regards to our Manassas friend who requested "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes."
7/11/2015 The Java Room -- espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. A loyal bunch of listeners joined Mimi tonight for a couple of rocking hours. Again, requests -- this time for Guster and Simon & Garfunckel. Ron -- thanks for the positive review! Thanks as well to friends Kathleen, Nancy, Frank, Bob, Sue, and Steph. Staffing the Java Room expertly were Jackie and Emily. Thanks to Candy for having Mimi perform. See folks soon!
7/10/2015 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Thanks to all the great summer fans at Colonial's Forge Tavern tonight, including Tim and Patricia, Phyllis and Judy, and new friends Austin, Judith, Subhas, and Kevin. Glad to do some requests (Eagles, Everlys, Gordon Lightfoot) plus many newer songs for a younger crowd. Thanks to Colonial's staff for great service, as always.
6/20/2015 Summer Arts Block Party Broadway Plaza, Arlington, MA. We were delighted to appear again on the acoustic stage -- this year in front of the Jefferson Cutter House. Made some new friends -- hope to see you at a gig soon -- and connected with many long-time friends including Susanna, Dale, Janet, Roger, Reed, Martha, Trevor, Ginny and Dean. Our thanks to David on sound and Tom for helping to organize this popular summer event.
5/23/2015 Independence Bar and Grill, Radisson Hotel, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. Start of summer came to Chelmsford with Aunt Mimi and a bunch of friends. Our thanks to Susanna, Frank, Rich and Lee, Steve and Deborah and the great staff. Glad to share some Everly Brothers for our friends at the bar and some new Guster for the gang. We closed with a very welcome vocal assist from Susanna on "Wild Nights."
4/10/2015 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Another fun night in the Forge Room. several countries represented (Spain, Australia, UK) and lots of friends old and new. Frank, as always, your support was key, and after a full day of cross-state driving - amazing. Very welcome first set visit from our friend and fellow Colonial performer Kenny Selcer along with Robin, Cris, Julie, Steven, Marissa -- thanks! Steven and Derm reminisced about that old Australian classic "Eagle Rock" by Daddy Cool. Barb and Boot -- we figured out finally you were at the bluegrass! Special thanks to the Chelmsford contingent of Ron, Deb and Susanna, and for the assist from Silverlock on our closing numbers "Wild Nights" and "Stand By Me."
2/7/2015 The Java Room --espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. A snowy but wonderful evening at Java Room, with friends Susanna, Frank, Ron, Ben, Maureen, and Kathleen and neighbors. Thanks to Susanna for help on the Eagles and Bee Gees tunes.
1/9/2015 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Loads of friends tonight at the Colonial -- even if we turned out not to be a sweet old lady. JG, Jennifer, Carolyn, Deb and Susanna -- thanks for the support (and Susanna, for the assist on "Wild Nights"!). Nice meeting Boston poet Bill Thibodeau, warming up after a winter picnic at Walden. Back in April!
12/20/2014 Independence Bar and Grill, Radisson Hotel, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. Christmas came early for us at the Radisson this year -- in the form of Susanna, Frank (on bells), Andre and Leanne who all made our night, sang along and googled tunes. We did have some holiday music ready -- "Jingle Bell Rock" and Tom Petty's "Christmas All Over Again." Thanks for making our last 2014 gig a special one.
11/29/2014 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Two months -- too long! -- since we've played the Forge Room, but tonight made up for it. Great welcome from Subas and Lisa, and familiar faces throughout the night, including Jan, Bruce, Suzie, Deb, Susanna, Frank (faithful lad), and the Forge Room regulars. Special thanks for the kind works from Amy and Jane. Debuted some new tunes tonight by Pearl Jam and Jack Johnson. Great crowd of young local grads on break -- happy to play what we knew for you all.
11/7/2014 Jam'n Java Open Mic, Kickstand Cafe, Arlington, MA Thank you to Mark Sandman and guest sound crew the Harmonators for hosting Aunt Mimi as the feature at this Arlington open mike. This was a night of great performances by Zade, Jim, Lisa, two thirds of The Fretbox Trio, and many others.
10/7/2014 Main Streets Market and Cafe (open mic), 42 Main St., Concord, MA. Finally Mimi performed at the open mic everyone is talking about: Bruce Marshall's Tuesday night open mic at Main Street. Thanks to Lyle for the welcome! Beside playing a couple tunes (dancing to Ventura??!!) we got to hear original songs by friends Marty Beecy, Oen Kennedy, Dan Margarita (we anticipated the paper towel song, at least the sentiment, in a conversation earlier at our table), and great performances all around by Daniel, Tim, Barry and many others. Happy Birthday, Linda!
9/30/2014 Tommy Doyle's (open mic), 349 Watertwon St., Newton, MA. This is Auntie's month to explore new places for music and Tommy Doyle's Newton was our first stop. Thanks to Tim Ko for running this great Tuesday night open mic, with QSCs, no less! We were treated to a two-person version of the country dance band Honky Tonk Masquerade. A comfy place with a walkable, local feel to it, and great performers all around, including Tim, Stan, Susanne, Martin and others.
9/27/2014 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. This was an unbelievably fun night at the Colonial (wait -- didn't we just say that?). Round One was a dinner crowd in the mood for Sixties material, summer songs and the like. Then ... Round Two ... the wedding adjourned and all ages found tables and standing room in the Forge Room while we tried out new material and played without a break to closing. Suzy, Ray, Isabel -- thank you for coming. Also, glad to have made some new friends from Bedford, Concord, and Rochester, New York (a great Sunday forecast for Jeeter's last game at Fenway, guys). Subhas and the crew were on top of things, as always. Back in November.
9/6/2014 Arlington Spy Pond Park Family Fun Day, Arlington, MA. Auntie performed a 30-minute set at this event hosted by the Friends of Spy Pond Park, a nonprofit organization which supports the preservation, enhancement, and enjoyment of Spy Pond Park. Other Arlington favorites performing (free to the organization) included Chris Nauman, Mark Sandman, Joe Burns of The Harmonators, and Tony Phillips who was great on classical guitar and claw-hammer style banjo. Special thanks to Mark Sandman of the Jam'n Java Open Mic at Kickstand Cafe for organizing the music and the PA. Thanks also to Heather and the Mackays for curbside applause.
8/15/2014 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Dean and Jean -- you made our night by celebrating your anniversary with us, front and center! Thanks -- and thanks also to the other Colonial Inn guests and friends Susanna, Phyllis and Jeff. Subhas and the Colonial staff kept the crowd well furnished with food and drink while Mimi coasted through two long sets. We'll be back in September.
8/10/2014 The Bolton Fair, Lancaster, MA. Thanks to Beth for the invitation back to Bolton for year seven! Mimi faced a packed tent as people poured in for the Fiddlers' Contest and sat through our off-beat sets. Thanks to Dan for the troubleshooting, and to friends for support.
8/2/2014 Mick Morgan's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Sharon, 973 Providence Hwy, Sharon, MA. Deirdra and Ryan held down the bar on a rainy night while Mimi played and sang through the house system to a fun crowd. This was our last show in the summer Concert Series at Mick Morgan's -- thank you Tim Ko -- but we hope to be back soon. Special thanks go out to Team Z members Sue, Jen, Greg, Mike and Michael -- we know you will rock the Walk for Autism this fall.
8/1/2014 The Studio 51 Rocky Neck Ave., Gloucester, MA. Izzy, Greg and Peter made our first gig here a real pleasure, and so did the patrons! Nice meeting Brenda, Marcia, and Holly. Happy to do some requests -- S&G, Eric Huthcinson -- and even Leo Sayer for the dancers. Hope to see this Gloucester crowd again soon before the season ends!
7/19/2014 The Java Room --espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. Mimi returned to the Java Room on a warm summer night. We were glad to see the regulars (Anthony and Susan!) and familiar faces: Susanna, Stephanie, Buddy, Kathleen and friends. Java Room's sound was terrific as always, and Nathan approved of the D55! Our first performance here since 2012.
7/12/2014 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. We had a blast at the Colonial on this perfect summer evening, playing for Elsa, Mike, Terri, Phil, John, Natasha(!) and all the visitors at the Thoreau Society's annual meeting. Subhas had his hands full tonight. Things really livened up around 9:00 and we played straight through. Where'd our Lola requester disappear to??
7/12/2014 Summer Arts Block Party Broadway Plaza, Arlington, MA. Arlington Alive sponsored this summer event for Year 2, and Mimi appeared again on the acoustic stage, for two sets. Thanks to Tom, Angela and the committee for organizing the party, and to all our friends who came by, including Dale, Janet, Roger, Reed, Martha, Deb, Elizabeth, Zach, Billy, Howard, Lenore, Flynn, and lots of other fun-loving downtown visitors. We posed with new fan Flynn, respectfully attired to mark the passing of Tommy Ramone.
7/4/2014 Mick Morgan's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Sharon, 973 Providence Hwy, Sharon, MA. Rainy aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, but we played indoors through the great house system for the diners and hardy souls watching World Cup. Thanks for the kind words and great service, Deirdra and Marisa.
6/28/2014 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Derm and Steve turned out in uniform for the first summer gig at Colonial, bustling with wedding parties. Thanks to the folks who followed Mimi's three sets while Subhas . We winged three new tunes request ("Sweet Home Alabama," "Puff the Magic Dragon" (partly), and "They Paved Paradise" (sorta). Thank you to Victoria and Tony for checking the website out and for the kind words.
6/6/2014 Mick Morgan's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Sharon, 973 Providence Hwy, Sharon, MA. We could not have asked for a better debut at Mick Morgan's. Psyched soccer crowds, patio diners on a Friday, Squeeze fans, super helpful staff, wide porch and outdoor bar. Thanks so much to Ginny, Dean and Trevor for making the trip out (thanks for the assist on "Peaceful Easy Feeling" Ginny). Great meeting Zach, Heather, Horatio and the friendly regulars. We're looking forward to seeing new and old friends next time on July 4th.
5/9/2014 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Derm and Steve celebrated the warm weather with friends at the Forge Room. We were glad for the support of Frank throughout the show and of Robin. Steve's old bandmates Jay and Rod cheered us on all night, and received a special dedication of "Back When Bobby Was God. Thanks to Ravi, George and Tim for all the feedback, song suggestions, and power singing of "Country Roads" (with the Forge Room regulars joining in). We'll be back in true summer form in June!
4/26/2014 Menotomy Grill & Tavern, 25 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA Wow -- 22 friends and family members turned out to hear Auntie on a grey spring day. Our first time playing through the Menotomy's great new sound system. Whole afternoon was topped off by a Bruins victory. Thanks to Dale, Janet, Roger, Ethan and his mom, John and Suzanne, Mark, and the whole Malatesta clan for making the afternoon memorable.
4/25/2014 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. After too long a break, Mimi returned to the Forge Room, greeted by old friends from Willow Books. A fun night with many bluegrass players staying at the Colonial, as well as new friends Robert, Kevin, Fred and Andrea, Kathleen, Stan.
4/4/2014 Jam'n Java Open Mike at the Kickstand Cafe, Arlington, MA Derm and Steve played a couple of tunes for friends at this Arlington open mike. Great seeing Joe, Avi, Chris, Jim, and the other great players.
3/26/2014 Mick Morgan's, 118 Needham St., Newton, MA. Derm and Steve Malatesta's first visit to this popular open mike hosted every Wednesday by Tim Ko. This was a mix of Americana, originals, and great ensemble playing by regulars, with harp, mandolin, guitar-uke, and some electrics. A friendly, supportive crowd, a take-your-time event, and a comfy environment. Stop in Wednesdays (or Thursdays for a night of acoustic by a single act).
1/26/2014 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. A great Sunday night in the Forge Room -- we met lots of new friends from Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp and AGFA; Cindy and Bernie from Connecticut; and our regular Sunday night friends. Also managed "It Never Rains in California" as a request.
12/21/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. We're in agreement -- one of the best gigs we've ever played! Great Holiday crowd in the mood for a couple Christmas tunes ("Jingle Bell Rock" and "Christmas All Over") and the rest of the "off beat" catalog. Surprise visitor Cliff from the oldies band Profile was at the Forge Room (thanks for the kind words). Special thanks to our fans from Nourish and to Reed and Martha. Looking forward to a great 2014 at the Forge Room.
12/1/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. A memorable Sunday night! Deb and Susanna of Silverlock came down and Steve Dineen of Drivin' Blind and they all joined us for a few tunes. Derm and Steve Malatesta played and sang the rest of the time for the football watchers and guests at the Colonial. Colonial Inn is looking seasonal, so stop in some Sunday night!
11/29/2013 Colonial Inn 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. We've never seen the Forge Room so full! School friends reconnecting on vacation and bopping a bit to Del Amitri, BNL, and -- strangely -- to the Jayhawks. We were glad to meet some locals too, who had checked on the website and come down for a post-Thanksgiving night out. Special thanks to Joanie, Alexandra, and all the nieces!
11/20/2013 Menotomy Grill & Tavern, 25 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA Mimi was warmed by the fire all night one song after another. Thanks to Janet and the Arlington mothers support group for cheering Mimi on till closing! Also, glad to see Steve at the end of the bar -- we'll catch you at one of Craig's open mikes soon.
11/14/2013 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. Open mike. Too long since we stopped in at Craig LaGrassa's open mike -- great to see Len, Tim, Greg, Tom and the other regulars. The theme was artists starting with S; we covered Statler Brothers, Stones, and Squeeze (others performed songs by Stephen Stills, Stealers Wheel, Springsteen ...). Thank you Samantha for three great carols as well.
11/3/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Quiet Sunday at the Colonial -- but we were glad to produce a Moody Blues tune by request for Bill and David -- especially after David's arduous journey to Concord. Visitors from Holland enjoyed the evening. Thanks to Subhas and Erin for a great night.
10/26/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. New friends, old friends, Subas and Pedro, and Mimi, all combined couldn't get the Sox in gear for Game 3 -- but we did our best. Fielded a few Jim Croce requests, added John Fogerty's "Center Field" to the line up, and even played "Monster Mash," to no avail. However, great to see JG, Jennifer, and Carolyn, who drew this picture of us performing.
10/20/2013 Wedding at Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA. Derm and Steve played a beautiful fall wedding and reception at this stunning location. Special thanks to the Fruitlands Museum events staff for making our gig run smoothly. Delighted to find out that "Karma Chameleon" and "Sunshine" are so danceable! Also happy to provide some Van Morrison and Nat King Cole for the occasion. Many thanks and best wishes to the bride and groom.
10/6/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Two waves of Sunday diners and relaxers -- thanks to our friends from Pennsylvania for making the drive up. Deb and Susanna of Silverlock, another Forge Room favorite, came to cheer us on.
10/2/2013 Menotomy Grill & Tavern, 25 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA Happy to place some requests for Peter, Bob and Kit. Special thanks to Joe of the The Harmonators for the kind words and for ordering that extra beer! Mimi carried on despite power cord failure on the mixer -- the QSC's passed the test.
9/28/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Full house on a fall weekend at the Forge Room. Subhas and Pedro kept folks comfortable and nourished while Mimi played straight through through 7:30-10:30 -- unheard of! Thanks to Jim and Fred for teaching us the Violent Femmes song, and to the Sixties crowd for their requests for Simon & Garfunkel and Kinks. We'll be back on October 6.
9/12/2013 Menotomy Grill & Tavern, 25 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA Our second night at the Menotomy -- along with the Pats game. Thanks again the Billy for having us, and to the friends who came for the evening including Bob and Kit, Gregg, Jennifer and Erin, and the pro waitstaff at the Menotomy Grill & Tavern.
9/8/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Thank you Peggy and Tom for cheering us on through our first. We thought Winona Ryder was going to make an appearance, but no ..."Father? Father??"). Subhas -- great job keeping folks nourished and happy all night, including us. The evening ended in a Brit rock free-for -- glad to oblige with Stones, Gerry, and (honorary Brits) Crowded House.
9/4/2013 Menotomy Grill & Tavern, 25 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA Mimi's debut gig on a Wednesday brought friends and family: Grace, Peggy, Phyllis, Jeff, Jon, Caitlyn, Mark, Kathy, and Joe of the local trio The Harmonators. Glad to pull out "Wild Horses"! The wait staff were all great and we hope to be back soon.
8/25/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA.
A great Sunday evening at the Colonial -- thanks to the engineers (who dug the King Crimson), our new three-year-old fan (declined offer to be president of the fan club though) and Pat and Sue who served as photographer and late night cheering section (photo left). We'll be back September 8!
8/3/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Back to the Forge Room where we were joined by fans Mark and Kathy, Phyllis and Jeff, plus guests and locals. Subas manned the bar perfectly as always. Happy to do "Rocky Raccoon" for our friends at the bar.
7/13/2013 Summer Arts Block Party Broadway Plaza, Arlington, MA. Arlington Alive launched this new summer event bringing art and music together in Arlington's business district. Three stages -- electric, acoustic, and children's -- alternated with sets by different performers all afternoon. Mimi played for friends in the early afternoon, then enjoyed music by the Squeezebox Stompers, the Bag Boys, Chris Nauman, and Joe and the Harmonators, plus Barry Perlmutter and others. Thanks to the many friends who came out, including Joanie, Dale, Janet, Roger, Reed, Martha, Elsa and Mike and others.
7/5/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. First night for us in the Forge Room -- we had a terrific time. Thanks to Jan, Bruce, Joanie, Suzy, David, Barbara, Matt, Doug, and Deb and Susanna, ("...of Silverlock, appearing at the Forge Room this Wednesday!"). Lots of out-of-town guests for Independence Day weekend -- great to meet some Ramones fans! Looking forward to our return in August.
6/7/2013 Jam'n Java Open Mic, 594 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA. Mark Sandman's open mic at Jam'n Java has been a monthly event for some great players over the years. Steve and Derm were the feature act on June 7 and -- despite the pouring rain -- there was a great turnout. We debuted a new song and saw friends Rich Eilbert, Chris Nauman, Jim Waugh, Mark Sandman and others. Good to see Joe, Nancy, and other friends of Mimi.
5/16/2013 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. We welcomed friends Elsa and Mike, Dan and Kathleen, Paul of Trusting Fate, and some enthusiastic front-row fans to the Independence for a fun Thursday night. Glad to field some requests for modern country and Simon & Garfunkel, as well as a wedding tune with special significance. Many thanks to Craig LaGrassa and Arlene for getting this great music scene up and running at the Radisson.
5/11/2013 Wedding at Blu, 4 Avery St., Boston, MA. Aunt Mimi's favorite gigs include weddings and other special occasions. We were honored to be the dinner entertainment at a wedding reception at Boston's stunning restaurant Blu. Two great families and a wonderful evening. Thanks to Blu's professional staff for all their help as we set up.
5/3/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. Mimi made a spring appearance in the Liberty Room once again -- many thanks to Erin, Gil, and the rest of the staff for making us welcome. We had fun playing for the guests and diners, as usual from all over, including new friends from Austin, Milwaukee, and Hamburg (Germany). Special thanks to Jason and Iliana for their applause and appreciation -- you made our night. See folks again in the Forge Room in July.
4/27/2013 RG's Pub 242 1/2 Winter St., Haverhill, MA. What a night! Leeanne Messina put together a terrific country show at RG's -- for pics, visit Leeanne's Facebook page. Derm and Steve opened with a set of acoustic country, followed by the original songs of Thomas D'Amour of Tommy and the Rats, and the clear, powerful voice of Amanda McCarthy. Rory Scott Band closed the show with a tight set of today's country. Thanks for making it happen, Leeann!
4/18/2013 Peyton's River's Edge, 86 Powder Mill Rd., Maynard, MA. We were glad to make it back to open mic hosted by Susanna and Deb of Silverlock. Derm grabbed a burger while there. Mimi hopes to see our Maynard friends at this venue soon.
4/14/2013 Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Sq., Concord, MA. A memorable night for Aunt Mimi at this historic inn. An evening of requests, including a special request for "Tom Dooley" for a guest -- glad to oblige. Sheila graded papers over tea while we finished out the evening in the Liberty Room. Looking forward to another visit to Concord soon.
4/6/2013 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Managed a request for "Blowing In The Wind" -- Derm used to know all those words. Thanks as always to Ken, Landis and all the Nourish staff for making us welcome. Glad to see friends and fans, including Heather, JG, Jennifer, Carolyn, Jan and Bruce, Phyllis and Jeff, and Joanie.
4/5/2013 Jam'n Java Open Mic, 594 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA. A warm-up appearence at Mark Sandman's Arlington open mic -- as always, filled with great performers including Jamie Shaler, Chris Nauman, Ken Selcer, Rich Eilbert, and the feature of the evening, Mel Green.
3/24/2013 Laurie's 9:09 Steakhouse and Raw Bar, 33 Tuttle St., Wakefield, MA. Third Country Open Mic at Laurie's featured two great guest performers, Jon Waterman and John Pappas. Derm performed solo. Wayne, Bob, Laurie and all the staff made it a fun evening.
3/9/2013 Laurie's 9:09 Steakhouse and Raw Bar, 33 Tuttle St., Wakefield, MA. Appearing in the guise of The Boys of Summer, Mimi brought out the electric for some surf guitar and some Beach Boys at this Beach Party. Partiers wore swim suits and sandals. Thanks to all who came including Lee, Jen, Jack, Janet, Craig, the Arrow crowd, and the Red Sox Natives!
2/24/2013 Laurie's 9:09 Steakhouse and Raw Bar, 33 Tuttle St., Wakefield, MA. We hosted this second Country Open Mic at Laurie's and welcomed back performers Kirsten Manville, Jon Waterman, and John Pappas (who closed the show with a great George Strait tune). Special thanks go to all the new players who showed up despite the inclement weather: Reed and Martha with some great old time singing, Frank with his beautiful originals, Terry with Elvis and some slinky r'n'b, Dan and Billy laying down some straight-ahead country like Hank Jr. and Waylon Jennings, and Jack Reardon of Bottle of Blues adding great harmonica accompaniment to anyone who asked for it. Aunt Mimi opened things up with some Gillian Welch, Statler Brothers, and Jayhawks. Thanks as well to all the listeners, including Eric, Jasmin, and Russ, and to Wayne, Bob, Laurie and all the crew.
2/22/2013 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. The NSTAR crews were getting ready for the snowstorm at the Radisson and Craig LaGrassa's open mic kept 'em entertained while they waited. Seemed like all the regular performers turned out this night, and Mimi was happy to do its part with a few tunes.
2/7/2013 Peyton's River's Edge, 86 Powder Mill Rd., Maynard, MA. Mimi played a couple sets in the open mic hosted by Susanna and Deb of Silverlock. The set up for this open mic is terrific, with a separate room and bar, and some really talented players. Thanks to Silverlock for letting us join in on "Stand By Me." Nice to meet everyone: Chris and Jenny, Brook, Karen, Elizabeth, Tim, Daniel and Warren.
1/31/2013 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. A fun time at the Radisson debuting new tunes by Counting Crows, Michael Buble, and Fountains of Wayne. Three fans made it a special night -- thanks to Dan, Kathleen and Tim for the kind words and warm applause. Timothy James also treated us to some very easy and soulful playing.
1/27/2013 Laurie's 9:09 Steakhouse and Raw Bar, 33 Tuttle St., Wakefield, MA. Aunt Mimi hosted the first Country Open Mic at Laurie's, opening the show and later featuring with with some Buck Owens, Everly Brothers, Gillian Welch, and Louvin Brothers. Performers included Kirsten Manville, Jon Waterman, John Pappas, and Natalie Joly. Kirsten and Jon dueted on some honky-tonk numbers, including Delbert McClinton's "Two More Bottles of Wine," an old Stacked Wood favorite. John Pappas played a great mix of old and new country. The stand-out of the evening was Natalie whose singing was terrific on old Eagles, new Taylor Swift, Wreckers tunes, and originals. Old friends also played, including Ben (on ocarina), Jim (a True West alum who sang some Dwight with Derm for old time's sake), and Craig LaGrassa. Thanks as well to all who came to listen -- Maureen, Dale, Janet, Roger, Lee and Jen. We're looking forward to February -- but don't miss the jazz, blues and pop acoustic open mikes on upcoming Sundays till then.
1/10/2013 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA (open mic). Mimi stopped in for a late night visit to Craig LaGrassa's great open mic. Theme was songs from the 1950s -- we did a couple of tunes by Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers.
11/30/2012 The Java Room --espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. Great to see Lee, Jen and Deb, Suzanne and Mike, Frank (at long last), Susanna of Trusting Fate (appearing at The Java Room in January), Heather, and Heidi. Many thanks to the regulars who turned out on a cold wet night. A few new tunes tonight, including "Barrytown" (tribute to Black 'n' Blue). As always, the staff made everyone feel at home. See folks again soon.
11/15/2012 Laurie's 9:09 Steakhouse and Raw Bar, 33 Tuttle St., Wakefield, MA Aunt Mimi debuted at this new Wakefield restaurant on a Thursday night. A great bar crowd early and late, and diners coming and going all evening. Bob and Laurie made us very welcome. Many thanks to Dennis, Doreen, Kari, Douglas, and the others who listened and ate.
11/2/2012 Jam'n Java Open Mic, 594 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA. We had a fun night in Arlington playing at Mark Sandman's popular open mic. We saw some old friends, including Chris Nauman and Ken Selcer. The hit of the night? The young Valentine of Arlington, who wowed folks with his versions of songs by Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, as well as a great original song. Aunt Mimi will be the feature here in June. If you're in Arlington, grab an instrument and come down some Friday.
10/29/2012 The Landsdowne Pub, 9 Landsdowne St., Boston, MA. Super storm Sandy peaked in Boston just as the Acoustic Showcase opened at this pub, one of the few bars to stay open. Could Mimi stay away? Never -- we showed up to play along with the excellent singer-guitarist Dan Hardy, alternating sets. Many thanks to the crew from Washington state for the kind words. We managed a Louvin Brothers song for our superb soundman Sean and enjoyed delicious burgers and pints, as well. Thanks to the Erica, Sean, Tania and all the staff at Landsdowne Pub for one memorable night.
10/4/2012 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. Derm managed to dodge a cold, and Mimi returned for three full sets, joined by Dan Trainor on box drum. Dan is a great supporter of live music at the Independence and it was great to have him sit in on tunes old and new. Thanks to our UK friends stopping in on their US tour, plus Kathleen, Ed, and Theresa.
9/27/2012 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford open mic, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. Craig LaGrassa hosted another terrific open mic with double performances by Ed, Tim, Dan, and our other friends. Mimi demoed a couple new tunes as well. Thanks for coming to listen, Heather. We'll be back next week for our booked show.
9/25/2012 Joshua Tree Bar & Grill, 256 Elm St., Somerville, MA. Thanks to the two Amy's for trekking to Davis Square for our show. Bob and the crew made us right at home -- the house system sounded great. Debuted "Gone Out the Window" by Sugar Ray and "Big Me" by the Foo Fighters. Noticed that "Wait" and "Ventura Highway" got some approval at the back! We're looking forward to playing for the Social Boston Sports Somerville dodgeball players again on a return visit!
9/8/2012 The Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, Arlington, MA. The Mill's first neighborhood block party -- Mimi played under a tent and the late day thunderstorms held off. Glad to see Dale, Heather, Ben, Vivian, Grace, Janet and Steve, and all the neighbors who stopped by for music and a tour.
8/22/2012 St. Bernadette School, New Families Ice Cream Social, Northborough, MA. Mimi was delighted to play this late summer event -- special thanks to Beth for inviting us.
8/11/2012 The Bolton Fair, Lancaster, MA. We played for our fifth year at The Fairgrounds in Lancaster, Mass. Other acts performing on Saturday included the dance group Chair City Cloggers, 19-year-old pianist Jess Campbell whose arrangements and singing were terrific, Railroad House Band, a roots-bluegrass outfit who jumped right down in the crowd to play unplugged when power was lost briefly. Some brisket and slaw from Firebox BBQ gave Derm the strength he needed for an incredibly hot and humid show! Thanks to Steve's friends Mark, Bill, Julie and their familes for coming to the fair to cheer us on.
8/4/2012 Absolutely Fabulous, 454 Main St., Melrose, MA. a fun, hot summer night at AbFab, competing against the Olympics no less. Dinner -- delicious. Debut for our new low-tech stage lighting. Thanks, Lori, Leena, and Elena!
7/5/2012 Fuse Bistro 45 Palmer St., Lowell, MA. A warm July night found us at Fuse again, with all Lowell sauntering by the open windows and doors. Thanks to Grace, Barbara, and Alicia for coming to see us. Hi to Tana, "The Ginger Man." See folks next time!
6/23/2012 The Brickyard, 371 Main St., Woburn, MA. Thanks to Joe for having us play at Woburn's happening bar and restaurant. We wondered at first if we'd be playing to the staff on a hot summer night -- then folks began pouring in and cooling off while we played four sets. A great night -- hope to return this fall.
6/15/2012 Absolutely Fabulous, 454 Main St., Melrose, MA. Finally we got to play this place -- and we can see why so many musician friends have recommended it. We had a delicious dinner and played for a full back room, including Carl's birthday crowd. Special Neil Young dedication for Randy! A Guster fan kept us digging into our repertoire. Thanks to Leena, Michelle and the crew for making us welcome.
6/14/2012 Absolutely Fabulous (open mic), 454 Main St., Melrose, MA. Mike Walsh gave us a mini set as introduction to the crowd at AbFab. All the acts were great tonight, including Lori Manning, The Singing Poet. Looking forward to our gig here tomorrow night.
6/9/2012 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. For the Celtics -- another rough night, but we were glad to see friends and fans at Nourish, including Heather, Diane, Dale, Janet, Roger, Peggy, and Heather. Brought out some new tunes by the Fortunes, Alan Parsons Project, and the Knickerbockers. Special thanks to Tim Gartland for catching our first set.
6/7/2012 Fuse Bistro 45 Palmer St., Lowell, MA. Mimi's debut at Fuse. Melissa made us feel right at home. Thanks to the folks cheering us on between glances at the Celtics game, including Don from Maine (good luck with the new venture), Charlie, and the ABBA fans.
5/19/2012 Jonathan's Bar & Grille 215 Needham St., Newton, MA. Our first evening at Jonathan's -- summer breeze, windows open, great food. The music is in the room-length bar, seating sixty plus with booths and tables. Glad to send out the birthday tribute Neil Young tune (25-year-olds still listening to Neil!) as well as some Stones for the dinner crowd. Lee and Jen stopped in for a drink. Nice meeting everybody, including David, Jonathan, and Cuba.
4/7/2012 The Java Room --espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. Friends and fans always make the Java Room the fun gig it is -- tonight it was Lee and Jen, Sandy and Beth, Ernie and all the music lovers who stayed for two sets.
3/29/2012 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. Thanks to the late night crowd who enjoyed the BNL tunes and to our business visitor from India. Special thank you's to Arlene, Heather, and Craig.
2/13/2012 LOMA -- open mike, Lincoln Library, 3 Bedford Road, Lincoln, MA. We were invited to feature at LOMA by host Rich Eilbert who has brought great players and songwriters together every month at the Lincoln Library. We enjoyed performing but also loved the original material and love song covers (it was Valentine's Day eve) by the LOMA regulars.
1/21/2012 Cafe Jag's, 33 Tuttle St, Wakefield, MA. Early snow storm kept some folks home, but we had a fun time playing for the hardy and hungry souls who came to Jag's. Thanks to Patty and Susan for tracking us down and visiting the website -- hope you can catch more of our show next time. As always, great work on sound Victoria!
1/18/2012 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford open mic, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. Our thanks to Craig LaGrassa for hosting Artist Spotlight at the Independence. We played the middle set between duo Dan and Les and solo Davio Santos. Mark -- thanks for your support!
1/6/2012 Jam'n Java Open Mic, 594 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA. We've meant to play this open mike for months -- glad we finally made it. Excellent sound and hosting by Joe and Mark, and terrific performances by players new and old, including the featured performer Chris Nauman backed by all-around session man Ken Selcer. If you live near Arlington Center, this first Friday open mike is a great local scene.
12/3/2011 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Thanks to our friends who came to hear us, including Mark and Kathy, Scott and Heather, JG, Jennifer and Carolyn, Heather, Victoria and Angie. Thanks as well to the staff, including Ken, Michelle, and Brian.
11/16/2011 Cafe Jag's -- open mike, 33 Tuttle St, Wakefield, MA. Steve Dineen of Drivin' Blind hosted this open mike, a regular event now that Jag's has a great new bar. Some great blues and folk talent showed up on a rainy Wednesday night, including members of Lexington Street and Bucket of Blues. Mimi played five or six numbers. This open mike has a variety of hosts, including Craig Lagrassa -- stop in some Wednesday.
11/3/2011 All Asia -- Indie Song Showcase, 334 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA. Our thanks to the Indie Song Showcase and CNC Music Productions for inviting Auntie to this venue. Patrick welcomed us and Larry got our sound up and running. Also glad to meet Adam Rivera -- aka James K. Folk -- who performed a tribute to They Might Be Giants in the set before ours.
10/22/2011 The Java Room --espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. A fun night and a full house at the Java Room. Thanks to new fan Janine for staying for two sets, and to all the Java Room regulars for the requests!
10/15/2011 Uno Chicago Grill, 155 Bear Hill Road, Waltham, MA. Thanks to Bob and Caitlin for making us welcome -- the Waltham Uno has a great late-night crowd. Auntie managed some requests for Counting Crows and Beatles. We hope to be back soon. Thanks to Magno and Geri, Victoria, and the others for a great first night at Uno.
10/7/2011 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Our first Friday night at Nourish and a hopping time it was on a beautiful Columbus Day Weekend. Ben and Maureen sat up front (I'm still thinking about that salmon). Great to see Victoria, Mark and Kathy, Mike and Karen, and our Nourish regulars -- including Steven, and our new youngest fan Victor! Our thanks as always to Karen, Ken and the Nourish staff.
10/6/2011 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. A fun Thursday night at the Independence -- Jonathan, thanks for the encouraging words! Thanks also to our friends Jay and Marti who came out to this new venue. We're looking forward to a return gig in the new year.
8/20/2011 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Mimi had a terrific gig with this relaxed crowd on a warm August night. It was great to see some Nourish regulars as well as friends Elsa, Mike, Victoria, Reed, Leonard, JG, Jennifer, and Heather. Special thanks to Barbara, Boot, and Cynthia for sticking with us through two sets -- glad we could do the S&G and Gordon Lightfoot tunes. See folks in October!
8/13/2011 The Bolton Fair, The Fairgrounds at Lancaster, 318 Seven Bridge Road, Lancaster, MA. Year four at Bolton, a perfect day. Country singer Ashley Jordan and her band were great. Theatre III got things warmed up with a preview of their fall show "Jekyll and Hyde." There was even barbecue from Bedford's own Firebox. Thanks to all including Craig, Rob, Sandy, Beth, Victoria, Dale, Janet, and Roger.
7/23/2011 The Java Room --espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. Thanks to our regular Java Room fans as well as friends Steve, Leonard, Ben, Maureen, Suzanne, Joyce, and Alex. Great to see Mary and Henry singing along! The Java Room wait staff made us feel right as home as usual. See everybody in October.
7/14/2011 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford open mic, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. We made an early appearance at Craig LaGrassa's open mike. Great songs from all the regulars, including Silverlock. We recommend the Independence and this open mic!
6/14/2011 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford open mic, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. Craig LaGrassa hosted another great open mic, with Silverlock and friends Trusting Fate appearing, along with Mimi!
6/4/2011 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Thanks to all who came down to hear Aunt Mimi, including Craig, Dale, Janet, Roger, Carolyn, JG, Jennifer, Heather, Phyllis and Jeff. Rough night for the Bruins but a fun time for us at Nourish. Thanks as always to Marty and the crew.
5/12/2011 Independence Bar & Grill in Chelmsford open mic, 10 Independence Drive, Chelmsford, MA. We had a great time playing at this open mic hosted by Craig LaGrassa. Hope to catch Silverlock (Deb and Susanna) again soon!
4/30/2011 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Another fun night with old fans and new fiends. We debuted two 80s numbers, to acclaim. Marty and the crew made us feel at home, as always, and we were glad to see Mark and Kathy, Rich, Sandy, and our other friends.
4/1/2011 Blue on Highland, 882 Highland Ave., Needham, MA April Fools day snow didn't keep folks from Blue on a Friday night. The joke was on us midway through the first set when a short put Derm's guitar out of commission (temporarily) and we had to share a mike for the rest of the set. We had the problem fixed by next set and played some Beatles, Dead, Counting Crows, Alice Cooper -- all by request, and even the "Wabash Cannonball." Glad to meet some new fans of live music at Blue, Doug and Sandy. The staff at Blue was great as always, and we hope to see Matt next time. This was also a birthday gig for Mimi, five years old on Monday.
3/11/2011 Blue on Highland, 882 Highland Ave., Needham, MA A dedicated crowd at Blue, with lots of requests. Glad we could pull together "Uncle's John's Band" and "Act Naturally." As always, a warm welcome from Matthew and his professional wait staff, especially T., M. and A. See folks in April!
3/5/2011 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Auntie got to try the new stage at Nourish and had a blast playing for Steve's friends and relations, plus some of Derm's friends. Glad we could do the Everlys request! We didn't know that "Sunny Afternoon" was so danceable. Special thanks to the Nourish regulars who gave us such great feedback, and to all our fans and friends -- Dale, Janet, Roger, Victoria, Frank, Jan and Bruce, Phyllis and Jeff, and Joanie.
1/28/2011 Blue on Highland, 882 Highland Ave., Needham, MA Matthew welcomed us back to Blue and we played on a hopping Friday night! We were happy to play a few requests and take a few more for next time. (Peter -- we'll work on "Wabash Cannonball," and thanks for the kind words.) Glad to see Heather, John, Suzanne, Victoria, and others.
1/21//2011 The Java Room --espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA.
1/20/2011 Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub and Restaurant, 94 Hartwell Ave., Lexington, MA. Our debut at Waxy O'Connor's couldn't have gone better. The customers at Waxy's are as friendly as can be -- thanks to everyone who turned out, including John and Michelle, Karen and Sharon, and the gang singing along to our first set. We winged a couple tunes on request ("The Boxer" and "Paint It Black"). The staff at Waxy's was terrific -- our thanks to Gordon, Ryan, Billy, Amy, Taylor (we know we're missing some folks -- we'll get you next time!). Heather did a great job spotting us on sound. Also a delicious burger and fries and Sam Adams Boston Ale on tap! We'll be back in later February.
1/15/2011 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. Just a little snowfall on our winter gig at Nourish. The crew made us feel right at home (thanks Michelle, Michelle, and Neva). Great seeing Heather, Dale, Janet and Roger, Victoria, Grace, Peggy and friends. Debuted "Sunshine" and "Little Sister"!!
12/2/2010 Blue on Highland, 882 Highland Ave., Needham, MA Mimi's debut at this elegant place, thanks to Matthew Sullivan. We played straight through from 9:00-10:30 and were glad to see family and friends in the crowd, including Heather, Dana, Priscilla, Victoria, Lee and Alicia. Special thanks to Didi and her friend. Word is that there's a video coming out of this performance -- we'll keep you posted. See folks in January!
11/19/2010 Savoury Lane, 251 Arlington Street, Acton, MA. We played for the dinner crowd and the after-dinner crowd at Savoury. Brennan and his family provided drawings all evening. Jan, Bruce, and Susy gave us support early on, and Dale, Janet, Roger, and Heather kept it up till closing.
11/6/2010 Lobby Bar and Kitchen, 131 Broad St., Boston, MA. Mimi kicked off the Acoustic Saturday series. Our debut at Lobby Bar was great fun, thanks to the managers and waitstaff who made us feel at home, especially Peggy, Ida, Ashley, and Patrick. Mary and her four co-conspirators had one request after another, which we played when we knew them. Thanks to the other Lobby regulars and out-of-town patrons for joining us at Lobby Bar.
10/29/2010 Nourish, 1727 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA. One of the funnest gigs we've played in awhile, thanks to Karen and the great waitstaff at Nourish in addition to fans and friends who showed up: Steve Dineen and his folks John and Joan, Frank, Victoria, Heather, JG and Carolyn, and Steve's long-time fans from high school days Vicki, Ellen, and Carol. We debuted "Ventura Highway" and winged a request for "The Boxer." An excellent salad, apple crisp, and Guiness as well. See folks here in January!
10/18/2010 Tanner Tavern open mic, 474 Main Street, Woburn, MA. A fun open mic -- Manic Mondays -- run by Jonathan of J Blake Productions. We heard some great originals from Anthony, just in from LA to produce Jonathan Blake's newest album. Local talent Craig LaGrassa played a couple sets to warm up for his Parker House Grill gig. Mimi played too. Thanks to the folks who turned out for live music and to the excellent wait staff at Tanner!
8/14/2010 The Bolton Fair, The Fairgrounds at Lancaster, 318 Seven Bridge Road, Lancaster, MA.
8/7/2010 The Java Room --espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA.
7/9/2010 Vinny's Ristorante, 76 Broadway, Somerville, MA A great summer gig in Vinny's front room and a terrific welcome from the regulars. We played in front of the chips (discreetly curtained -- thanks Carmen) with loads of friends in attendance. "Little Vinny" sang "That's Amore"; owner Vinny helped us out on "Under the Boardwalk"; and Reed and Lenny added high and low harmonies to "Wait"! After two sets we turned our attention to Vinny's special lamb osso bucco , sausages and rabe, and homemade pasta and sauce. Happy Birthday to Reed and thanks to all his friends who turned out to celebrate: Barb, Sue, Randy, Mara, Bruce, Lori, Sunny, and Rowan! Happy anniversary Lenny and Lisa! From the back room, Jan and Bruce dined and listened to Mimi's great mix, along with Katie and Rob. Thanks to Mary Beth and Don, as well, and a special thanks to Steve's hero Randy.
6/11/2010 Ichabod's Cafe, 166 Great Road, Acton MA. Mark, Kathy, Joyce, and Frank all came out for this summer show at Ichabod's. Thanks also to Maria, Deanna, Adam, Cameron and, of course, Sal. Hope to see everybody in August.
5/1/2010 Ichabod's Cafe, 166 Great Road, Acton, MA. Another great dinner, courtesy of Sal, and a fun night with friends of Mimi. Jeff and Trish made it up from points south. Steve Dineen of Drivin' Blind and Stacey came as well, and Steve played a mini set of Beatles, Traffic and Jorma's arrangement of a blues tune. Great to see Frank, Annette, Doug, Nancy, Sandy, and Donna. Thanks also to Maria, Deanna, Kimberly, Michelle, Adam, Cameron, and all of the regulars, including new fan Nick! In the Ichabod's tradition, Derm and Steve winged a couple tunes -- we'll work on the Beach Boys for Nick next time.
4/17/2010 Elks Club, Arlington, MA (joint appearance with The Wayback Machine) First of all -- thanks to Dennis for throwing a great party and hand-crafting the meatballs (also good for breakfast the next day, says Derm). Thanks to Arlington's own Wayback Machine -- Dennis, Don, and Phil -- for inviting Aunt Mimi to open and then sit in for the evening while the band kicked out tunes by Rascals, Hendrix, Beatles and the like. Special thank you to loyal Frank who tracked us down at Spy Pond and provided us with positive feedback throughout the evening. Hi to all Auntie's Arlington friends, including Paul and Mary, and Phil. Last but not least, thanks to all the dancers who kept the band working hard all night and cheered us on. Hope to see everybody again soon.
4/16/2010 The Java Room -- espresso, music, wine bar, 14 Littleton Road, Gingerale Plaza, Chelmsford, MA. Despite the rain, Mimi had a great show and met lots of new friends at the Java Room. Thanks to fans JG, Jen, Carolyn, Andrea, Sandy, Victoria, Donna, Annette, Doug, Lisa, Jack, Vicki, Mike (of the band Spies Like Us), and of course owner Candy. Happy Birthday to Santiago who was out celebrating with friends Charlotte and Joanne.
3/25/2010 J.J. Foley's, 117 E. Berkeley St., Boston, MA Ben Lynch from Metis Communications invited us down to play Foley's Live Music night in the South End and we had a great night all around, starting with two delicious Foley's dinners served up by Mike at the bar. Nice meeting Ben and Katherine from Metis Communications, and special thanks to Katie and Julie for coming for the third set! A great bar, nice people -- we hope to be back soon.
3/20/2010 Ichabod's Cafe, 166 Great Road, Acton MA. Steve and Derm couldn't have had a better evening than at Ichabod's! The chicken kebabs and Sal's roasted and spiced vegetables got things started off right. Then three fun sets while folks ate, drank and listened. Maria came up to sing "White Rabbit" (Auntie pulled it out of a hat, basically) and we decided to wing a couple more classic rock tunes while we were at it -- plus our usual off-beat numbers. Now we have to learn some Blondie and Pretenders. Frank -- steadfast lad -- kept our spirits up with finger snaps and even applause. Thanks also to Sal, Megan, Adam and all the regulars -- we'll see you in May!
3/20/2010 The Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, Arlington, MA Mimi returned to play another open house at this picture frame mill, a living history museum. We got a wonderful welcome from Grace, Peggy, Jennifer, and all the volunteers who make the Mill Arlington's friendliest historical site! Thanks to ALL of Auntie's friends who came to listen on this beautiful day -- Ben and Maureen (who danced); Dale, Janet and Roger; Jerold, Jen and Carolyn; Kevin (Aunt Mimi's photographer), Reed, and Leonard; Mark and Dennis; plus the Girl Scouts and mothers who came to learn about the Mill, listen to the music, and eat some cupcakes!!
1/9/2010 The Emerald Rose, 785 Boston Rd. (Rt. 3A), Billerica, MA. Another fun night at the Rose! JG and Jen brought Carolyn. Dale and Janet had dinner while Roger manned the Game-Boy. Elsa and Mike, Auntie's sound crew, sang along and helped us knock out some low-frequency feedback. Nice to see Alex and Wendy, and some new friends Mark and Chrissie. Special thanks to Sam, who got Aunt Mimi's whole "out-of-the-way" repertoire from the get-go -- and knew immediately that "Have You Seen Her Face" was a Byrds tune.
12/31/2009 Unums , 47 E. Pearl Street, Nashua, N.H. We rang in 2010 at one of southern New Hampshire's finest restaurants. A little New Year's dancing going on -- to John Denver, Buck Owens, and Leo Sayer! Thanks to Steve for opening his great restaurant to us and to Dan and the rest of the wait staff who made us feel at home.
12/19/2009 Savoury Lane, 251 Arlington Street, Acton, MA. Spring, summer and fall had come and gone since we played at Savoury, and we were glad to be back for some beef stew, roasted chicken, and the warm, friendly back room. Great seeing Jan, Bruce, Susie, and everyone else who defied the much-hyped storm (that didn't start till midnight). Greg, Wes, and the great Savoury staff made us feel at home, as usual. Thanks to Ellen of Two for the Show for setting it up.
8/15/2009 The Bolton Fair, The Fairgrounds at Lancaster, 318 Seven Bridge Road, Lancaster, MA. Two fun shows in the sun, 90 degrees! Always great seeing friends Beth, Sandy, Red Molly, and new performers Matt Mariner and HawkFeather Dancers. Thanks to Greg on sound and Bob on transport!
4/18/2009 The Emerald Rose, 785 Boston Rd. (Rt. 3A), Billerica, MA Besides entertaining friends and regulars, we got to play for a surprise birthday party at the Rose. Happy 30th (or was it 19th?) J! One Foreigner fan was glad to hear "Fool For You Anyway," a new song in our act. Steve Dineen of blues band Drivin' Blind dropped by as well. Hi to Joan, Sandy and our other fans who stopped in.
3/7/2009 The Emerald Rose, 785 Boston Road (Route 3A), Billerica, MA Fully equipped, we had a great night seeing old friends and making some new ones. Steve's singing veterinarian in the Quannapowitt Players production of Key for Two brought some music lovers out to hear him for real with Aunt Mimi! Thanks to Gene (who gave us a thumbs-up on the Beatle tunes), Elsa, Dennis, Heather, Dale, Janet, Roger and all who dropped in to hear us.
2/27/2009 Savoury Lane, 251 Arlington Street, Acton, MA What a fun night! Steve's three siblings, along with cousins, outlaws and family friends; Theatre III folks, including veterans of Cuckoo's Nest; old band mates who googled Steve and stalked him down at Savoury; and even some Savoury regulars who had checked out Auntie on the web and thought we were worth a listen. PLUS some enthusiastic young folks and attendant families and the great deli crew at Savoury who made everyone feel welcome. The best acoustics of anywhere we've played. Thanks to Heather, Phyllis and Jeff, Jan and Bruce, Joan, Richard and Sandy, Gary and Sue (Gordon Lightfoot fans), Victoria, Sandy, Donna, Annette, Beth, Susie, Tom and Marlene, Steve and Molly, Brendon, Rod and Jay, and all who came down for a sandwich and some tunes.
1/17/2009 The Emerald Rose, 785 Boston Road (Route 3A), Billerica, MA Thanks to Elsa and Mike, Heather, and everyone from Arrow Paper (thanks for the Murphy's, Gary) for welcoming us to The Emerald Rose. Derm and Steve spent two sets sharing a vocal mike after a pick-up malfunction! Michael Booth gets Auntie's special thanks for coming through with the replacement microphone for the third set. We're looking forward to another fun time at the Rose on March 7.
1/3/2009 The Pleasant Cafe, Maynard, MA. An unexpected gig at a friendly local bar in Maynard, filling in for friends True West. Steve met Peggy and the rest of the crew at the PC, known for its chili, pool, and football fans. Maynard's a great destination for dinner and beers, so we'll let Auntie's friends know next time we play here.
12/26/2008 The Harvest Cafe, Hudson, MA. Good weather on Boxing Day brought lots of friends out to the Harvest. We debuted a bunch of new songs and had our usual great Pippa-prepared meals! Great seeing Ben and Maureen, Jeff and Trish, Joanie and the gang from western Massachusetts!
11/11/2008 Colonial Inn open mic, 48 Monument Square, Concord, MA. Steve and Derm met some great musicians and performed a few songs out back in the Forge Room. One of the best open mics around. Bruce Marshall -- star that he is -- runs one of the best open mics we've seen, making folks feel welcome, announcing every performer, adjusting sound and microphones for every act, and occasionally playing some back up. He opens the shows with a set of his own tunes, all great. We'll be back!
9/27/2008 The Bolton Fair, The Fairgrounds at Lancaster, 318 Seven Bridge Road, Lancaster, MA. The rain and mud did not stop us or the fair-goers from having a great time on Saturday. Greg on sound kept Auntie up and running for two hours -- then we got to sit back and listen to one great performance after another from Custom Blend, Red Molly, and the Theatre III cast of Jane Eyre. And watch the juggling-plus of Wade Henry. Thanks to Sandy, Victoria, Heather, JG and Caroline, and all the folks who made the show!
9/6/2008 8-10 pm The Harvest Cafe 40 Washington St., Hudson, MA. Another great dinner from Pippa and warm welcome from Karen. Of course Aunt Mimi brought a downpour, but the Harvest is the place to spend an evening when the weather's cold and wet. See you in November!
7/26/2008 The Java Room -- espresso, music, wine bar, Chelmsford, MA. About 100 of Steve's close friends (plus Ben and Maureen!) cheered us on. A rocking evening in July. Thanks to Candy and the staff -- we'll see you again soon!
7/4/2008 Private function.
4/20/2008 Farmer's Market Earth Day celebration, Bartlett Mall on High Street, Newburyport, MA. Lyra and friends put on the most organized volunteer show we've seen in years, with great sound. We made some new friends (thanks for the Buck tune, Liz) and look forward to coming back this summer.
3/8/2008 The Old Schwamb Mill, 17 Mill Lane, Arlington, MA We played the open house at this historic picture frame mill, now a historic site and gallery. The 19th century equipment is still very much operational, the wooden walls and floors virtually untouched since the place ceased regular business in the 1960s. Thanks to Grace, Ed, JG, Jen, Dale, Heather and her folks and our newest fan, Carolyn.
12/6/2007 - The Harvest Cafe, 40 Washington St., Hudson, MA Great dinner, as always, and a few loyal listeners on a frigid Thursday night. See you again soon!
10/5/2007 - The Harvest Cafe, 40 Washington St., Hudson, MA Our friend singer-songwriter Steve Howard hosted this open mike. We played twice, enjoyed the delicious fall menu (autumn vegetable ravioli was great), and caught some other great players. Ryan was the new guy, a high school student with his own originals, self-taught on guitar. Todd (formerly of The Accidentals) played some new and old originals, and Steve shared some really nice new compositions. Hope to make it back soon.
9/20/2007 - Java Jim's Espresso Bar & Cafe, Natick, MA. We played two sets unplugged outside this intimate coffeehouse venue -- one of the cool local stores participating in downtown Natick's monthly ARTWALK. Dominic brewed the coffee while Doug displayed his photographs within. Jeff sat in for a couple tunes - "Wash My Hands" and Woody Guthrie's "Dough-Re-Mi," appropriate enough for an art event. Thanks to him and Trish for coming to see us. The MacKays stopped by to catch the act as well. Thank you Sue at Flowers on the Depot for hooking us up with Java Jim's!
8/25/2007 - Porter's, Boston, MA -- Auntie played for two sets, all part of Porter's "Acoustic Summer Concert Series" presented by Anthem Entertainment. Thanks to Nancy, Sandy, and Don, for coming out to see us! Katie and Tierra - thanks for minding the gate. Andy, a Jayhawks fan, and Jim were manning the bar -- a hot summer night, but a cool time at Porter's!
7/11/2007 -Avenue C open mike, Malden, MA -- Thanks again to Jeff Munro -- another great night. Great meeting Michael and wombatmanperson as well. Thanks, guys, for delivering the new McCartney tunes.
7/3/2007 - Private function, Winthrop, MA -- Jim, thanks for the great party and water view!
3/21/2007 - Avenue C open mic, Malden, MA -- We keep coming back because this open mic is so laid back and the performances so varied. Cheers to Jeff Munro and the headliners tonight!
3/14/2007 - Avenue C open mic, Malden, MA -- A great welcome from Jeff Munro. Thanks for the loan of the tuner, Jeff. A lot of talent down here. We'll be back, guys.
1/17/2007 - Sit'n Bull open mic, Maynard, MA -- Truly one of the best sound systems around, especially for an open mic. See you soon. Also, dug the country and seventies hits from the crew.
1/9/2007 - Cantab open mic, Cambridge, MA -- Thanks for the compliment, Geoff. Great sound here, as always.
7/4/2006 - Private function, Waltham, MA -- Suzanne -- thanks for having us, and thanks to John for the amazing grilling!