3S Artspace - Review

3S Artspace - Review

A performance venue, an art gallery, and a full restaurant all under one room. This is what you will find as you enter the 3S Artspace.

As you approach the front of the building you’ll see the spacious dining area for the full restaurant, and off to the side you’ll see the open and clear entrance to the gallery and performance area of the venue.

On my recent first visit to this Portsmouth NH destination, I visited the performance area only.

A Change Is Gonna Come!

A Change Is Gonna Come!

Stay tuned for some changes coming to the main website soon!

It's time to make some adjustments to make sure the most up to date information is available, and allow me the time to come up with more original and creative content for you guys.

There will be some behind the scenes changes and some "business model" changes to make sure I am able to grow and be a better supporter for the artists and venues, and to be able to serve the fans better as well!

(I say business model but not in the sense of it being a source of income lol. That is definitely not the case. This is a project and effort of passion. If it ever does become a source of income I will be fully transparent to that as I want people to feel confident in the independence of the reviews and content I post, and I promise you I will NEVER be a pay for play kind of person.)

I can't tell you all how much it means to me to see and hear the support of you guys online and in person. I'm beyond grateful and it makes this all worth it!

Thank you to all of the amazing venue owners and artists who have helped me to grow and become better at this. And to my close friends who have helped to keep me from wandering too far off the road.

Diane Blue - Review

Diane Blue - Review

A soulful voice, a powerful lyricist, with a harp full of passion; these are just a few of the things that you will enjoy when you turn up to see Diane Blue.

Whether you are enjoying her as the lead singer and harp player for Ronnie Earl and The Broadcasters, or with her own All Star Blues Band, you are in for a fantastically fun night.

Diane has a true gift in her ability to not only write songs that fully pull on your heart strings but to also play the harp and guitar in a fashion that will get you right in your soul. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Diane in three different settings now. Once with Ronnie Earl, once on her own as a guest of the Vintage Rhythm and Blues Ensemble, and now with her own All Star Blues Band. Each and every time she has has put out a powerful performance to match each occasion.

Seth Rosenbloom - Review

Seth Rosenbloom - Review

At just 26 years old, Seth puts on a display of amazing soul and depth. From searing slow blues and faithful shuffles, he pairs them all with a voice that sounds about 25 years ahead of him. He is a prime example of how there are great young blues artists keeping the music alive and well. That there are soulful young musicians with world class talents that will see them through long and storied careers like their predecessors.

Seth Rosenbloom’s talent with a guitar is something truly wonderful to experience. He takes a feeling that is familiar because of its influence from the greats in Blues history such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Hubert Sumlin, BB King, and Buddy Guy just to name a few of what I heard throughout the show. When you pile on a voice that is every bit a natural born Blues voice that is something along the lines of a blending of Lou Rawls, Johnny Winter, and Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson.

Davy Knowles - Review

Davy Knowles - Review

The UK (Isle of Man) native, who now resides in Chicago IL, has truly made a name for himself across at least two continents. His electric, acoustic, and dobro guitar work is nothing short of magic. One might even claim WITCHCRAFT! But what you are experiencing is someone with a passion and drive to take their heart filled talent and work it into amazing music. That hard work has landed this young man firmly into a music scene where he appears to have been born specifically to reside.

Davy Knowles is a true blues rocker with a soulful grounding that keeps every strummed, picked, and slide note firmly tethered to the Blues.

Davy Knowles is a true blues rocker with a soulful grounding that keeps every strummed, picked, and slide note firmly tethered to the Blues.

Jontavious Willis - Review

Jontavious Willis - Review

At 22 years old, Jontavious Willis has found a sound that is solidly rooted in the origins of acoustic Blues and carries the finest tradition of the music from the Georgia and North/South Carolina regions.

When it comes to acoustic Blues I can be very picky as to what I enjoy. Acoustic Blues takes a lot of effort to get the right sound that will stand out in the still ongoing and electric age of music. Each compliment the other and electric Blues are completely born of acoustic. But as a result, there aren’t as many left out there who can take this road and find that great sound in acoustic.

Mia Dyson - Review

Mia Dyson - Review

Mia Dyson is the Australian singer, songwriter, guitarist, and touring sensation that I recently had the pleasure of hearing while she toured with Mary Bridget Davies through New England. Having grown up listening to the finest Blues and Roots music she was destined to rock the genre in her own style. 

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Sonya Rae Taylor - Review

Sonya Rae Taylor - Review

I first heard Sonya Rae Taylor at the 23rd Annual North River Blues Festival where, working with her husband Ryan Taylor, they launched into a fantastically soulful rock blues tune that instantly put on display great guitar work and a blending of sound with keys, drums, bass, and a second guitar that make for a “get out of your seat and dance” good time! 

My next experience with this fantastic young artist was at the 10th Annual Winter Blues Festival at the Blue Ocean Music Hall in Salisbury MA. Once again showing that she has what it takes to be a stand out artist, she brought the soul energy to full bear on the packed venue.

Don Odells Legends - Review

Don Odells Legends - Review

A private concert always sounds like a great idea, but a private concert that is recorded and shared that showcases some of the best talent in the region and the country as they tour through the area is always a must see event.

Don Odells Legends is truly legendary. They have got 1500+ videos out on YouTube where you can see and experience bands from today and yesterday easily and accessible at all times!

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John Németh - Review

John Németh - Review

John Nemeth is one of those artists that you continually hear that you should see, that he’s great, and has a great style. Sometimes only in the area briefly, sometimes longer. But, I’m here to tell you that you DO need to take in a show.

He has a unique style and stage presence that can be both entertaining and intimidating. But he is grateful and generous to his audience and fans.

Somewhere between soul, blues, and the early years of rock, John straddles the divide with a wonderful sense of style!

Neal and The Vipers - Review

Neal and The Vipers - Review

A local institution unto themselves, You’ll not go wrong with Neal and The Vipers. The band that Neal Vitulo has headlined and maintained for 30 years now are truly veterans and showmen of the finest kind.

With talent and energy that defy the laws of physics, they bring to you polished and truly fun rock, blues, funk, classic rock, and even the ballads too! Neal puts more energy and passion into each song than most people put into their entire month. Following right on his heels are a band full of a passion for their art.

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Mike Welch and Friends - Review

Mike Welch and Friends - Review

One of the most impressive guitar players I’ve ever seen has to be Mike Welch. He’s a giant and a legend in the making. His gift of passion, his determination, and hard work all shine through as someone who is serious about their craft.

Despite his mild manner, he is truly a monster on the guitar. And when the stage lights up, he lights up the audience with a sound that is uniquely his, playing off of his band mates and standing firmly on his own. There’s a reason he has the moniker “Monster Mike Welch”!

Cady's Tavern - Review

Cady's Tavern - Review

I would never have seen myself visiting a biker bar in my life. It’s just not somewhere that I would have frequented. But I listened to some good friends and went to check out Cady’s Tavern for their Sunday Blues Jam. And man oh man am I glad I listened! It pays to have smart people with good taste around you. 

Sitting alongside the Putnam Pike in Chepachet RI you’ll find a longtime Roadhouse that has been in constant business, in one form or another *cough cough*, since 1810. Billed as Rhode Island’s Original Roadhouse, you’ll see that even a destructive fire couldn’t teardown the history and spirit of the institution, having moved across the street in the 1920’s where the stables and barn once stood.

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Tony Holiday Blues Band  - Review

Tony Holiday Blues Band - Review

 After a long day at the Gloucester Blues Festival in 2018, where fantastic music filled the air, I’d finally packed up the car and headed home. Waterlogged from a day of rain but the musical parade kept right on going. When I got back in the car I saw mention of a band I wasn’t familiar with playing at 9 Wallis. With a name like Tony Holiday and The Velvetones, aka The Tony Holiday Blues Band, you have to check that out!

Walking in I wasn’t sure if I was going to see a lounge style act or solid Blues. The promo posters said Blues and they were right!

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Shemekia Copeland - Review

Shemekia Copeland - Review

Soul as deep as the sea, a voice that can obliterate a room in raw power without a mic, and a message of love and acceptance full of heart.

Shemekia Copeland is, by any definition, an absolute powerhouse. The electric sense of love and acceptance that radiates from the stage out into the audience is without a doubt some of the most beautiful and widely accepting energy that can pass into a room.

Eliza Neals - Review

Eliza Neals - Review

Eliza Neals is one of those bombshell ladies that can also belt it out full of soul, and sometimes mischief. This Detroit powerhouse definitely comes charging at you hitting on all 8 cylinders.  

From a full throated powerful voice that would fit a raucous tent revival but moved to the best pub in town where the real fun begins. All the way to light and airy in the best possible way. 

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Gracie Curran and The High Falutin' Band - Review

Gracie Curran and The High Falutin' Band - Review

The High Falutin’ Band started out the show on a high energy foot and never lost a step for the next 2 hours!

Their cover of B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” was one of the best and most original interpretations I’ve heard in a very long time. Paying respect not just to B.B., but also to the soul and emotion of the song. If there were any hesitation in my head going in, this obliterated that question and I was sold right then and there on the soul of this band.

Narragansett Cafe - Review

Narragansett Cafe - Review

One of the first things that I noticed when I arrived at the Narragansett Café was that in this idyllic waterfront town, Jamestown Rhode Island, of beautiful streets lined with trees and shops. Something you never really know before going to a new venue is what the area will be like let alone the real world experience versus the online best pictures only posted kind of world.

I can promise you that in this case it is truly a lovely location. With easy street parking and on a rocking Sunday afternoon you’ll enjoy great Blues from local and nationally touring bands, all with no cover. Great drinks and food are available. The place can be standing room only when the tables are full.  Which is a testament to the quality of music they bring into the town that helps keep the Blues alive and well, and they are making it exceptionally accessible for everyone!

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10th Annual Winter Blues Festival - Review

10th Annual Winter Blues Festival - Review

The 10th Annual Winter Blues Festival is truly one of the best ways to warm up a frigid New England winters night!

With Little Charlie Baty (guitar), Jason Ricci (vocals/harp), Nick Moss (vocals/guitar), Joe Moss (vocals/guitar), Rick Estrin (guitar), Sugar Ray Norcia (vocals/harp), Michael “Mudcat” Ward (bass), Sonya Rae Taylor (vocals/guitar), Ryan Taylor (guitar), Jesse Williams (bass), Bruce Bears (keys), Mike Law (bass), Neil Gouvin (drums), and Chris Rivelli (drums); how could it not be a phenomenal night!

The organizer for this string of events, Nick David, has brought together a phenomenal line up and to a line of venues that should be on everyone’s lists of places to visit!

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