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Blues Brothers Next Generation -
Blues Brother's Tribute

"BBNG" (Blues Brothers the Next Generation) is a New England based showband paying tribute to the phenomenon that was "The Blues Brothers." The show is comprised of a 10 piece performance group of veteran musicians, including the "brothers" up front who established the act in 1996.

While not directly imitating every aspect of the original troup, BBNG draws inspiration and thematics of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's cult band and movie. But don't worry die hard fans, there are plenty of recognizable moments and tunes that keep the memories flooding back!

Born, and still based in Hooksett, NH, BBNG has plays throughout New England. The high energy, crowd-engaging performance, blended with the ever relatable blues music churned out by a top notch band, BBNG finds versatility and the ability to fit into any crowd. More than mere background music to walk by, this band puts on a show from first note to last. A guaranteed great time for all.

Crunchy Western Boys - Specialty/Bluegrass

Runner up in the 2013 Hippo Press Readers Poll for ‘Best Local Band Playing Mostly Originals’, named 2011’s ‘New Hampshire’s Best Americana Band’ by NH Magazine, just back from playing showcases at this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville and the Joe Val Bluegrass fest in Framingham, The Crunchy Western Boys’, Jim McHugh (Guitar, Mandolin), Morris Manning (Guitar, Banjo, Dobro), Steve McBrian (Bass), and Jacob Stern (Fiddle), crank out original ‘Crunchy’ music, along with a sprinkling of interesting covers from traditional to contemporary.

The Crunchy Western Boys play clubs, bars, theaters and festivals from Oregon to Ireland and from Vermont to the Virgin Islands! The CWB often get referred to as a ‘bluegrass’ band because of their instrumentation, but this is like no bluegrass band you’ve ever heard! With incredibly strong song writing, great harmonies, and tight musicianship, the CWB boldly drag bluegrass off to a place it’s never been before. …and a place it’s still not comfortable talking about to this day!

A live CWB show is a party! With Dancing and all manner of carrying on! This is not yer Daddy’s bluegrass, but granola it aint! The CWB’s song craft extends into tight arrangements and sets that keep folks on the dance floor! C’mon out and see for yourself!

GE3Ks - 80's Classic Rock

The GE3Ks are New England's biggest and best 80s cover band! Serving up the best the great decade has to offer, theGE3Ks play pop, dance, rock, new wave, rap, one hit wonders - we do it all! A high energy show from start to finish, theGE3Ks gets everyone dancing and having a great time!

Do theGE3Ks only play the 80s? At public events (clubs, festivals, etc) theGE3Ks generally play only 80s hits. However, at private events (weddings, corporate parties, etc.) we can step into the "time machine" and play mini sets from all decades, 60s to present. And we are happy to fulfill customer / fan requests as well!

Where to theGE3Ks play? Weddings, private parties, corporate events, casinos, festivals, premiere clubs - you name it, we love it! And theGE3Ks are completely scalable, so we can easily tailor our show from intimate to wicked huge!

George Lyons - Specialty Frank Sinatra

George Lyons has been singing since Day One, when the Doctor slapped his behind, he hit an "E"!

George performs as a solo artist and is very much in demand for various events - weddings, anniversaries, birthday and corporate affairs; any type of venue, any event. His motto is, "Have Song, Will Travel". George can also sing in the style and voices of Dean Martin, Neil Diamond,Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Engelbert, Elvis and more.

George regularly entertains at many local establishments and he is well known for his Frank Sinatra Tribute program which he sings in his own inimitable style with charm and sophistication.

Introduction Band

Introduction - Specialty/Chicago Tribute

Introduction, The Chicago Experience is New England's Only Chicago Tribute Band and is comprised of New England's finest and most experienced musicians. Their seamless execution and attention to detail is guaranteed to to thrill even the most discriminating audiences.

In July 2010, Introduction's tenor lead singer, Mike Pacheco had the distinct honor of sharing the stage with Chicago at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut and thrilled an audience of 10,000 Chicago fans. The video speaks for itself as well as the reaction of the audience and members of Chicago.

Mike's performance can be summed up by Robert Lamm's comment"He nailed it" toward the end of the video. Is there no greater review than from Chicago themselves? What Introduction will bring to your guests is not only the tremendous catalogue of Chicago's music but a reminder of the times and events that shaped their lives and writing

Jerks of Grass

Jerks of Grass - Specialty/Bluegrass

Jerks of Grass are a high-energy bluegrass quartet from Portland, Maine.

Gathered around one microphone in the traditional style, over the past decade New England's Jerks of Grass have become a formidable purveyor of their own brand of bluegrass music. With one foot in the traditional and the other in progressive roots music, Jerks of Grass have forged a sound all their own.

Priding themselves on tight arrangements, stellar musicianship, and an ability to delight even the most suspicious of audiences, it is no surprise that the Jerks have remained one of the area's busiest acts for over ten years. Voted Portland's Best Roots/Acoustic act seven times, they are tireless performers, having played over 1200 shows throughout New England.

They can be found as supporting acts for legends like Dr. Ralph Stanley & his Clinch Mountain Boys, performing at festivals and events near and far - these guys live to play live!

Melinda McMahon

Melinda McMahon - Specialty/Harpist

Melinda has been performing and teaching harp for over 30 years. As an instrumentalist, her experiences cover a wide-range of repertoire. She has performed with symphonies in Carnegie Hall and Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

She is a long-term member of the critically acclaimed Boston-based group, Capella Alamire, and Capella Consort with whom she has made five CD’s, the most recently published by Centaur Records. She performs with the New Hampshire Philharmonic Orchestra in Manchester as well as concert and theatrical venues all over
New England.

Nate Comp - Acoustic Jazz

Jazz guitarist Nate Comp is an experienced and versatile musician who provides quality music for all types of special occasions, including weddings, dinners, parties, corporate, and private events. As a solo performer, he can play a mixture of many styles, including classic jazz, swing, and blues, as well as latin and contemporary styles. Nate's music is designed to give your party a real touch of class, either as a background to a special event, or as a sophisticated way to warm up your guests at a cocktail party.

Paul Heckel - Vibraphonist

Paul has been an active freelance vibraphonist in the New England jazz scene for over 30 years. He has had the opportunity to play with many world-renowned jazz artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Joe Williams and Buddy DeFranco. He also plays with many well-known regional players such as John Hunter, Charlie Jennison, Nate Therrien and Tim Webb.

He has a wide-ranging repertoire of jazz standards and other tunes that includes compositions by Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Milt Jackson, Keith Jarrett, Gary Burton, Horace Silver, Dave Brubeck, Radiohead and many others.

Paul can draw on a network of musical collaborators to put together groups of different instrumentations (adding bass, drums, saxes and/or brass) and sizes (solo, duo, trio, quartet) to match the needs to many different types of performance venues. He often plays duos with John Hunter on bass where the improvised musical interactions resemble conversations among friends.

Phil Jakes - Acoustic Soloist

Drawing on his classical training Phil"s carved out a niche for himself as a solo instrumentalist. Playing both the chords and the melody at the same time on guitar he crafts whatever song he does into a beautiful self contained unit. Perfect for the dinner crowd, it's a more laid back approach than someone singing while playing. Your patrons can engage with the music if they so choose or easily keep it in the background while they eat or converse among themselves. Featuring music from the 70's to the present day there is sure to be something in his performance for everybody in the room.

Putnam Pirozzoli - Classical Acoustic

Putnam Pirozzoli - Weddings

Gerry Putnam and Tom Pirozzoli combine the lyrical, sophisticated sounds of classical guitar with the earthy soul of steel string acoustic. The duo's highly original take on popular, jazz, classical and folk is dynamic, comfortable and eminently entertaining.

Your guest's, clients, friends and family will be delighted with Tom and Gerry's fresh original approach to traditional favorites presented with surprising twists!

Roberto Cassan

Roberto Cassan - Specialty/Accordian

Accordionist Roberto Cassan from Fanna (Italy), began sudying accordion when he was eight years old and at sixteen he was already playing professionally for public events and folk festivals in Italy and throughout Europe.

Later in his teens, while studying for his Degree in Musicology at the University of Cremona (Italy), he began to perform and compose music for the experimental theater group Teatro Sintetico, and to collaborate with musicians of different musical backgrounds (jazz, rock, ethnic and classical).

In 1991 he came to the USA to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he currently lives and works as a professional performing and recording artist. His love for music from around the world led him to explore and master different repertoires, Argentine Tango, French musette, Balkan, South American and Brazilian, focusing his attention on musicians/composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Dino Saluzzi, Hermeto Pascoal, and Richard Galliano.

Thomas Hayes - Specialty/Imposter Act

Bio coming soon

Shannon Shedd

Shannon Shedd - Psychic Entertainer

I am an Intuitive Psychic Medium. I read Tarot Cards, Palms and Aura Sketches. I am available to entertain your guests at your wedding reception during photos or throughout the event.

Your employees will really enjoy getting a reading during your corporate event or company picnic. Looking for something special for your teenage girls birthday party? Look no further! Also available for Girls Nights, Bachelorette parties, College Sober Nights... you name it, and I'll make sure everyone has a great experience.

Piper Runyon-Bareford

Piper Runyon-Bareford - Specialty/Classical Harpist

Piper Runnion-Bareford has been working as a professional harpist since the age of thirteen. Now having graduated with a degree in Harp Performance from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she has returned to New England.

While studying in Philadelphia, she was the harpist for the Four Seasons Hotel, playing high tea five days a week in the Swann Lounge. Piper has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, the New Hampshire Philharmonic, the Maine State Ballet Orchestra, the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic, the Brockton Symphony Orchestra, and the New England Conservatory’s Youth Philharmonic.

Mo The Clown - Comedy

Mo The Clown - Specialty/Clown

Looking for a funny balloon twister? For more than twenty years I have been Mo The Clown. I entertain at events with twisted balloons and observations of life. I rarely perform in make up.

Why? Coulrophobia, the abnormal or exaggerated fear of painted clown faces and other bizarre attire (Santa, the Easter Bunny) is considered to be one of the top ten most common specific phobias in America today. Looking like a circus clown and being a clown are not the same thing.

Clowning is about unique problem solving. Lucy Ricardo is my favorite example. I am also a New Hampshire Justice of the Peace, performing weddings your way, from sedate to silly. Clinical studies indicate that frequent brushes with Mo The Clown can help reduce the formation of harmful mental plaque!

Frank Santos, Jr

Frank Santos Jr. - Specialty/Hypnotist

Be amazed when you, your friends or strangers across the room become stars of the show, as Frank Santos Jr. makes them believe that they are singers, dancers and much, much more. This is a performance where the audience becomes the show.

Frank’s performance has limitless variations and can please every appetite. This is a hilarious, energetic and unique show that you will never forget! If you are looking for a Hypnotist with over 15 years of experience, Frank is your guy.

BJ Hickman - Magician/Speaker

BJ Hickman - Specialty/Magician

Magician BJ Hickman is a favorite at special events throughout New England. He combines a humorous helping of audience participation magic, sleight of hand, mind reading miracles, and grave silliness. BJ Hickman has programs for children and family audiences as well as adult after dinner entertainment and corporate events.

Based in New Hampshire, he has performed more than a dozen times at First Night Boston, Jordan's Furniture special events, Cochecho Arts Festival and several "Old Home Days." He has been booked by three New Hampshire governors and has done over 300 shows at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood, California.

Bucky Lewis - Comedy

Bucky Lewis - Comedy

The Bucky Lewis Show is a hilarious high powered interactive music and comedy show that is a total dynamic uplifting experience. His New Hampshire roots live through his funny cast of characters that has delighted comedy audiences all over for years.


His guitar work is exceptional, and his songs have everyone singing along. His northern redneck, blue collar comedy overtones flies well with every crowd, especially when he brings audience members on stage! Plays every crowd well and hits the nail on the head when it comes to belly laughs. More than a show, it’s a total musical comedy experience.

Auntie Henrietta - Comedy Roasts

Auntie Henrietta - Comedy Roasts

Do you have a special guest-of-honor you'd like to pay tribute to? How about a fellow employee or family member you'd love
to embarrass? Would you like a comedy roast performed tastefully for your parents' anniversary?

Auntie Henrietta is the best at what she does. "The most
fun filled half hour you'll ever have." Get ready for your
sides to ache, she's hilarious!"

Michael Toby Tobas - Steel Drums

Michael Toby Tobas

Specialty/One Man Steel Drum Band.

Toby is a Boston based Caribbean Steel Drum Soloist, with sequenced accompaniment, simulating the sound of a full 6 piece band. He has been performing throughout New England for over 10 years.

His repertoire allows him to satisfy a broad range of musical tastes, setting the mood for your special event in bringing to you the soothing sound of this unique Caribbean musical instrument. Creating an atmosphere that is both elegant and memorable.

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