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8/11: Rock the Fight Against CHD II@Venus DeMilo, Swansea

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 5:30-10PM
featuring: Ernie and the Automatics
Kristine Rommel
Matt Borrello and the Quality Dogs (21 yr old Borrello inspired by the likes of Dylan and the Beatles)
Sedated Echo:
Donnie Wilson(Event Coordinator and CHD dad): vocals/guitar, Alex Krepkikh: electric guitar, Mike Casano: drums, Joe Calise: bass, Linda Calise: vocals, Ben Albert: keys/vocals
also Michaela Gagne, Miss Massachusetts 2006, Fall River native and CHD survivor
hosted by Lizz Furtado (NYC comedienne, born in Somerset, MA)

Venus DeMilo Restaurant
75 GAR Highway
Swansea, MA  02777
Reservations are $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $10 for 18 and under
Reservations can be made on-line at
MORE INFO: Donnie Wilson (508) 505-5655 or

“A concert and fundraising event promoting awareness for congenital heart defects.”

Last year, “ROCK The Fight Against CHD” raised over $10,800 for CHD awareness and research, and on Thursday, August 11th, this exciting concert and fundraising event returns to the Venus DeMilo in Swansea, MA for a second year. Event coordinator and local musician, Donnie Wilson, intends to elevate last year’s show with a bigger headlining act, more outstanding prizes for auction, more free food, and much more. Wilson was inspired to write and record his album, Sedated Echo, released at last year’s show, when his son Jacob was born with CHD (a congenital heart defect) in May 2009. Wilson was always recognized for his soaring vocals, his gritty guitar work, and his charisma in front of a crowd, and now his return to music is driven by his passion for CHD advocacy. The amazing doctors and nurses at Women and Infants and Boston Children’s Hospitals who saved the life of Jacob served as the inspiration for the single, “Super Hero Fantasy”, which is now being used in two national campaigns for CHD.

Headlining this year’s show will be Boston-based blues/rock band, “Ernie and The Automatics” featuring Berklee School of Music grad, Ernie Boch Jr., guitarist Barry Goodreau and drummer Sib Hashian (original members of the legendary rock band BOSTON), singer, keyboardist, and harp player Brian Maes and bassist Tim Archibald (members of RTZ fronted by the late Brad Delp), and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Michael “Tunes” Antunes (sax player from John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band).

Along with Donnie Wilson and his band, Matt Borrello and the Quality Dogs will be back by popular demand performing in support of their new CD, “Don’t Turn Around.” Donnie’s cousin, singer Kristine Rommel, will be performing songs from her CD, “Choose To Fly”, and hysterical NYC- based (native of Somerset, MA) comedienne Lizz Furtado will be hosting the entire show. We’re also thrilled to welcome back Michaela Gagne, Miss Massachusetts 2006 and CHD survivor, who speaks internationally on the subject of heart health for children.

All proceeds will be donated through “Jacob’s Fund” to the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust.

Reservations – $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $10 for 18 and under.
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Make your reservation in person at any of the following locations:
Cupper’s Café – 1857 County St, Somerset, MA 02726 Rick’s Music World – 421 Route 44 # 421, Raynham, MA 02767

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August: Tim Charron back in town to make musical magic

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Catch Nashville’s Tim Charron on his New England Tour:
Thursday, August 4th, 2011 Charron Band @ TOBY KEITH’S Bar at Gillette Stadium (Patriot Place)
Saturday, August 6th, 2011 Charlestown Seafood Festival – Tim Charron and The Ragged Impresarios (band) Noon – 2pm
Saturday, August 13th, 2011 INDIAN RANCH opening for Jerry Jeff Walker  1:45 – 2:30pm Webster,  MA
Saturday, August 20th, 2011 WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIR 4-7pm
JUST ADDED>>>Saturday, August 27th@TOBY KEITH’S Bar for Kenny Chesney/Zac Brown Band concert@Gillette Stadium

Destined to entertain, Tim Charron is back in town, to make musical magic

Tim Charron knew he was going to be onstage as a lead singer in a band since he was 10. “I went to my first concert and everything changed that day. The band, the stage, the electricity, excitement, music, lights … it blew me away and I had to be part of it.”

Originally from Warwick, where he played in well-known local bands, Tim eventually followed his musical muse down to Miami, where he toyed with careers in fitness (as a personal trainer to Eminem, Michael Stipe from REM, Brandy, Fred Durst from Limp Bizkit, etc.) and broadcasting, before relocating again, this time in Nashville, where he devoted his heart and soul in a city full of true-blue musicians.

“Moving to Nashville changed everything for me,” he says. “The reason I moved was to be immersed in a place where people’s lives revolved around a guitar and songs.” It was also inspiring for Charron to perform with some of the greatest musicians in the world there. “Being in Nashville with these great musicians has given me inspiration and my drive increases from flame to inferno.”

Since moving to Nashville, Tim has released three albums, all of which have managed to reveal a different dimension of his artistry. The latest, Unplugged, is Tim stripped down, acoustic, and emotional. His best material is reminiscent of names like Mellencamp and Jack Johnson, but don’t be surprised if you get a bit of Kenny Chesney, Kid Rock, and Sublime for good measure. Charron’s got a wide, colorful palette and an ear for great melody, which is what makes spending a night listening to him so utterly charming.

To support those albums, and his music life, Charron has also become a troubadour, zig-zagging across the country and back many times as well as through Germany and Central America. He has performed with multi-platinum selling country music legend Clint Black, Shooter Jennings, members of Brooks and Dunn.

He will be doing shows this summer with the likes of country newcomers Love and Theft as well as the legendary Crystal Gayle. Charron performs high energy, fun-filled, summer-themed concerts with his All-Star Band, reminiscent of a Kenny Chesney or Jimmy Buffett. You can also catch him at one of his intimate solo acoustic performances.

In fact, he’s traveled so much over the last three or four years that he’s been deemed the “Rock and Roll Gypsy,” homeless in a satisfying sort of way. Everywhere he goes, there’s a place to stay, and smiles waiting. “It’s magical when you are onstage in front of a thousand people and they are singing your song back to you, and when you go to a city you have never been, and leave the next day with a thousand new friends!”

When he’s not touring, Charron teaches songwriting workshops; and he does a nice job imparting his wisdom and experience to many eager upstarts.

You can hear it in his voice. You can notice it in the choice of songs he chooses to sing and you can hear it in his own material. You can also see it in his eyes. There is no place Tim Charron would rather be (OK, almost no place), than up on stage singing a song. He’s a lifer, and loves it that way. You can see for yourself when Tim Charron and his band, the Ragged Impresarios, shows up in Charlestown to play for a hometown audience.”

My fans are what drive my life,” he says. “I am a full time touring artist because of them. Many of them help us, too, with everything from booking shows, to finding venues, designing banner, shirts and album art. They put us up in different cities. I literally could not do what I do without them.”

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7/22-24 Falcon Ridge: Mary Chapin Carpenter to close main stage Sun pm

Enjoy music, dancing, crafts & food at the 23rd Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
July 22-24 in Hillsdale NY
Mary Chapin Carpenter to close the main stage Sunday evening

Since its birth in 1988, Falcon Ridge has grown from a summertime gathering in the Berkshires to a Mecca for the folk community. From the start, the fest had a life of its own, not just an event but a state of mind one could go back to again and again. Campers and day-trippers alike come together for this once a year recharging of the psyche’s batteries on the Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, NY this July 22-24.

The fest community was built around the music, though today, many attend solely for the tasty international food, the equally international craft village or to dance the day & night away on the largest outdoor floor of its kind. There is something for everyone; a food expo, craft fair, dance marathon, children’s play camp. Each of the 4 stages is its own micro universe, the campgrounds another world altogether. Throngs of youngsters populate the Activities 4 Kids Area, all-night song circles abound and the never idle dance floor starts with early AM yoga and goes until 2AM Friday and Saturday.

Consumables to satisfy every palate line the midway, vegan Caribbean curries, Thai noodles, portobello wraps, spinach feta quesadillas & fresh-cut, fried potato chips. Fruit smoothies, chocolate confections and hand-roasted coffees are popular as is clothing, fabrics, jewelry, literature, toys, pottery, hand blown glass, musical instruments, herbals and other goods.

2011 highlights include Grammy winning blues legend Luther Guitar Junior Johnson, one of the last direct links to Muddy Waters and Magic Sam keeping alive the classic west side Chicago electric blues. Fest faves Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, the Clayfoot Strutters, Greg Brown and Red Molly return. Newcomers, the Honeycutters bring their original Americana with seamless harmonies reminiscent of Carolina farmlands after a rainstorm. Second generation Zydeco legend CJ Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band make their Falcon Ridge debut. Five-time Grammy winner, Mary Chapin Carpenter closes out the fest’s main stage Sunday evening at 6PM.

Performers run the gamut from Cajun to Celtic to Country to World, Blues & Bluegrass with the fest’s trademark singer/songwriters and contra dance bands at the center. Artists from Texas, Nashville, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ireland and closer to home are featured. Kids of all ages are welcome at the fun filled Family Stage. Workshops include The Blues is Still the News, Sweet Harmony and Rolling In the Aisles. Three day with & without camping and single day tickets are available. FREE admission for kids 12 and under plus discounts for seniors, students and teens. Falcon Ridge is handicap accessible and ASL-interpreted.

The fest kicks off at noon Friday July 22 with its critically acclaimed Emerging Artist Showcase. For info and tickets go to or call 860 364-0366.

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Rhode Island artist, Sue Brescia, is known for music that is so moving because her message is so personal Accomplished singer, songwriter and musician Sue Brescia dedicates her new CD “Our Last First Time” to those who have lost a loved one.


(Press Release) – June 8, 2011 – (Providence, R.I.) – Writing, arranging and performing her own material with simplicity, beauty and breadth, Rhode Island artist Sue Brescia recently released her latest CD, “Our Last First Time.”

A symphony of sixteen musical arrangements, plus title song and animated video, “Our Last First Time” is dedicated to the love shared between two people even beyond heartache and loss.

“This was perhaps the most difficult piece I have ever written” Brescia says.
Sue was moved to create and dedicate this CD after her close friend Peggy passed away from complications of cancer. “Not only did I have the privilege of calling Peggy and John my friends, I witnessed the great love they possessed for life and for each other; it was beyond all limits.”

The instrumentals are appropriately named after each line of every verse from the title song to encompass the full spectrum of the CD and articulately captures emotions ranging from lightheartedness to an introspective tranquility through the masterful blending of woodwinds and strings.

The poignant video features over thirty original paintings that depict the cycle of life in a beautiful canopy of rich color. Each painting eloquently merges into the next to craft a tender story of celebrating the joy shared between two hearts and coping with death and loss.

Contemplative as it is serene and poetic, “Our Last First Time” will restore a sense of well being to the spirit and soul.

“Losing a loved one leaves a heartache that will never be healed. My wish for this CD is to bring solace and comfort to those who receive this musical expression of love.”

Visit or to purchase the CD. Sue also makes available for sale the paintings that went into the creation of the animated video by Rhode Island artist, Cheryl Denton.

About Sue Brescia
Sue Brescia, of Middletown, R.I. began her career as a singer in a top 40 band at the age of 18, while also performing in various cabarets and theaters in New England. After several years in summer stock theater, a cabaret performance for the Royal Family, and an appearance at New York’s Catch A Rising Star, Brescia began writing songs and produced her first CD release, “Hope Rising”. It was from this CD that her song “Forget You Never” was among the International Top 40.
According to the International Association of Independent Recording Artists, IAIRA, “Forget You Never”, had attained The Number 22 Position on at least one of the charts monitored and verified by IAIRA.
IAIRA recognizes and honors artistic achievement, technical proficiency, and overall excellence in sound recording by monitoring chart activity as published in various reporting charts from around the world.

Sue’s “Passage of Time”, also from her “Hope Rising” CD, was chosen from more than 350,000 artists worldwide to appear with Natalie Merchant, Carly Simon and Livingston Taylor in contributing to the “Life in the Years,” and “More Life in the Years” CDs, a compilation of music to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Today, Sue continues to write songs and compositions for future releases and for film and television.

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3/20:Turn to 10 (7am & 9am) for Marcelle Gauvin’s innovative vocal pedagogy program

Turn to 10 ( tomorrow at 9am & see Marcelle Gauvin demonstrate her innovative vocal pedagogy program.
Marcelle, of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, welcomed New York Singing Voice Specialist Jeannette LoVetri as master clinician in January. LoVetri has brought legitimacy to the study of non-classical vocal styles, which she refers to as “Contemporary Commercial Music” (CCM) and has developed an innovative singing method based on voice science research, vocal health practices and four decades of teaching experience. This cutting edge method entitled Somatic Voicework(sm) has garnered attention from internationally acclaimed voice professionals and educators. LoVetri’s students include a veritable who’s who of Tony™ and Grammy® award winning singers.
UMass Dartmouth is one of only three universities in the U.S. offering certification in The LoVetri Method. Marcelle Gauvin has hosted Ms. LoVetri’s symposiums since 2008 and is a member of her teaching staff at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. In addition to LoVetri & Gauvin, guest faculty at this year’s conference include noted Boston Throat Specialist, Dr. James Burns, staff surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation, and classical contralto Dr. Kathryn Green, Director of Shenandoah University’s Contemporary Commercial Music Institute.

Workshops offer participants Level I Certification in Somatic Voicework(sm)/The LoVetri Method and is geared toward educators, choral directors, singers, speech language pathologists and anyone having a genuine interest in the workings of the human voice. For more information contact Marcelle Gauvin at

Marcelle will sing at Jazz Fest Week in New Orleans – Hotel Monteleone May 7th.

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