Saturday April 12 Loft Show

Here’s info for Saturday’s loft show in Union Square Somerville.

Loft Show, 7.30 doors. Music starts at 8 PM.
438 Somerville Ave. #4
Union Square Somerville
*21+, BYOB, $5-10 suggested donation

Where is it?
If you’re facing the Market Basket in Somerville, there is an Indian grocery store in its parking lot to the right. Turn the corner of that building. The first door is the entrance to The Loft. Bands may park against the side of The Loft’s building. Audience may park on Somerville Ave. Do not park in any of Market Basket’s lots…they will tow!

Winter’s End

There’s snow in the forecast here in Boston but winter’s winding down. I’d be lying if I said I’m not relieved. I’ve been a shut-in for extended stretches of the last few months; it’s given me a chance to catch up on both writing new songs and editing some older ones. It’s been a good time. And now that Maris is a bit older I’ll be traveling more, getting to places that are new to me and meeting new friends. I’ve been playing more solo shows lately, which gives me a chance to experiment with space and improvisation in a way that’s different from what I do with the band. Whether I’m playing solo or with the group, I hope to share some of my new songs with you soon, either in Boston or somewhere on the road.


reindeer looking into carAlrighty then — I’m very much looking forward to opening for my talented pal Miss Tess at her album release show on Friday! Lizard Lounge, Cambridge; music starts at 9.15 PM. Should be a grand night! Get tickets HERE!

Wild Weekend

What a crazy good weekend of music. I couldn’t have asked for a better playing experience than The Ramblers’ Stone Mountain Arts Center show in Maine on Friday. It’s a beautiful, welcoming place, staffed by folks who care, that draws a great, responsive audience. Sunday I played a Rhode Island house show that renewed me in ways I’m still feeling. Thanks to a funny, cool crowd whose soul, humor and attention made it a night I’ll carry with me for a long time.

Roomful of Mirrors


Here’s something new for your September ears –– a demoish version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Roomful of Mirrors,” a song I’ve always loved. I recorded this a few months back on harmonium, at my rehearsal space. Hope you enjoy it!

Tix On Sale For 10/12 Johnny D’s Show

I’m happy to announce that The Tarbox Ramblers will play a special early-eve show at Johnny D’s, in Somerville MA, on Saturday, October 12. The show will run from 7-9 PM. The last Ramblers show at JD’s sold out, so you may want to consider buying tickets for the October date in advance. You can get them HERE!

Hail Ithaca!

The Tarbox Ramblers return to NY State for a few shows next week, both on September 7. First up is a festival date in Norwich, to be followed by an evening show at The Haunt in Ithaca, always one of my favorite towns to visit. I have good associations with the NY countryside, where I spent time, in winter and summer, as a kid. They were reinforced when as a touring musician I discovered what a great place it is to play. So hail Ithaca, and see you soon!

John Koerner

KOERNERC Spider John Koerner was so good last night in Somerville. He’s a brilliant, soulful musician who — along with his accompanists Chip Smith and Paul Strother — has inspired me for many years.

Like all great singers, he fully inhabits his music, in some way becoming the song he sings. In his way, he’s done with the old American songs what Ornette Coleman did with American blues in the late 50s, revisiting and renewing a great art form with inneffable grace.

John Koerner will be 75 years old on August 31.