Why Our Local Music Scene Rocks

This past weekend there were two amazing bands at one of our local bars [name of the bar withheld to protect the innocent and Marty{although Marty has nothing to do with this, but lets face it, he needs protection(he doesn’t really)+x}]=. It was not supposed to be like that- there should have been just one band. There was a double booking. OH NO!!! Double booked bands are not as cool as Double Stuf Oreos. Normally in these situations the bar goes back to see where the mistake was made and cancels on one of bands (and tosses Golden Grahams at them). In this case, that is what happened. Amorphous Band won out over The Four Legged Faithful. The Four Legged Faithful were told that their music services would not be needed that night due to a booking error and this was just a few days prior to the show. The sucky part about this is that The Four Legged Faithful had spent weeks promoting the show and now would not be able to play or get paid. SUCKY! Plus all their fans might show up and be disappointed that they were not playing. SUCKY! Plus, I had my outfit for the night picked out days in advance and laid on the foot of my bed… SUCKY!

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Are you in band? Do you like looking at yourself? If the answer to the first is yes… then we KNOW the answer to the 2nd question is a yes as well. If so, you should get professional band pictures taken. Why? Because it makes you look more professional, will get you more shows and and will impress your fans. It also allows you to look at yourself more, and we know you want to do that.

This Friday night, March 14th 2014, the band People Skills take the stage at True Brew in Concord. The band is from Dover and we thought it was damn time we sat down with their singer and guitar player Chelsea Paolini. We sent 500 texts one night, one after another, trying to get an interview. Each text was just a little more desperate then the last “can we get an interview” “Do you like us, circle yes or no” “Just tell me what I did wrong to make you stop loving me”. None were returned. So we gave her a call- she told us to stop calling or she would get a restraining order. We showed up at her house- She called the cops. We got binoculars and looked in her windows from the bushes… she likes to sing and dance while vacuuming… anyways.. we finally tossed a note in a bottle with 5 questions and hoped it reached her… it did. Here are the responses we got via Pony Express.

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Photo by Rhythm  of Life Photography Getting shows at bars and venues for your band is hard work. You spend hours locked in a basement, playing music, with 2 or 3 other guys, one or two times a week for band practice. This dedication HAS to pay off. IT MUST pay off. Your band needs to get a gig. There has to be one magical secret to getting good shows. Well, know what? There is. We have THREE quick and easy ways to get gigs(although somewhat illegal). THREE surefire ways to get your foot in the door of any venue- although it is also a way to get you tossed on your ass.. banned from playing.. arrested.. maybe even deported? But isn't music worth the risk?

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I headed down the Capitol Center of The Arts to check out Pat and The Hats last night. They were playing in the spotlight café. Tietur, an artist from across the pond, was headlining the night. I had not been to the Spotlight café or seen Tietur, so I was interested in seeing how it all worked.

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The Local Band Index

A listing of local bands. Is it a complete list NO- are we gonna try to make it a complete list? YOU BET.

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1. Make sure to learn the intro to Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’- Any chance you get, play this little riff and then laugh. Then play it again and smile. Then play it again and duck the flying fruit.

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Mary faganWe got to sit down with the late great Mary Fagan and ask her out famous five questions. I mean- she is not late... like… dead… but late as in… we have been trying to set up this interview for months. and...It FINNALLY HAPPENED!!!!!!!! You can catch Mary at The 3rd Annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Benefit Concert Saturday, March 15th, 2014 at the Fun Intelligent Training; Concord, NH. More info on the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1460219587535162/

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WNHNDid you know that Concord NH has its very own local music radio show? Yeah- we do. Thursday nights at 9:00 pm on WNHN 94.7 you can hear ‘Granite State of Mind’ with Rob Azevedo and Dave Cummings. This local radio show features musicians from around town, playing a few tunes LIVE on air as well as a little chat and some music played off of CDs. This past Thursday I took a trip over and sat in on one of the shows.

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A man whose music has touched us all has passed away today. It is an extremely sad day. Everyone please take a moment to break out Pete Seeger record and sing along.

"Songs won't save the planet, but neither will books or speeches."
Pete Seeger

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