Reggae Singer from Jamaica to Play in Brattleboro

When N.L. Dennis was singing in a recording studio with Toots and the Maytals, Bob Marley stopped by to listen. Marley praised Dennis's delivery. Today, Dennis lives in his native Jamaica and joins hundreds of Jamaicans who come to Vermont every summer in search of better paying work. Most of them work on vegetable farms and at apple orchards. Dennis works as a reggae musician. He will perform a public concert with his band in Brattleboro on June 16. The concert will be at the Stone Church night club, 210 Main Street, in the evening.

Red Molly Northampton Concert

Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner, and Molly Venter, collectively known as Red Molly, will perform at the Parlor Room in Northampton on March 29 at 8 p.m. You can hear one of their songs at Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

CJ Chenier Concert Review

CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band performed an outstanding concert in Northampton on February 12. It was a Monday night but the dance floor was full. A highlight was "Don't Mess With My Toot Toot."

CJ Chenier was born in 1957. According to his web site, he “spent his childhood in the tough tenement housing projects of Port Arthur, Texas.” Chenier played with Ringo Starr on Paul Simon's album Rhythm of the Saints. Chenier performed with Simon on a concert tour. A video of CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band performing live is at:

Concert Review: Kirtan

The band Heart Centered Kirtan performed an excellent concert on February 9 in Greenfield. Libby Volckening is the lead singer, harmonium player, and band leader. The music sounded similar to internationally known musician Krishna Das. Kirtan is call-and-response music. With a bigger audience that sung louder, Heart Centered Kirtan would be just as good as Das.

Heart Centered Kirtan has upcoming concerts in Northampton, Amherst and Greenfield. Some of these are listed on their web site, others on their Facebook page:

Blues Concert is November 25

Roomful of Blues will play at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on November 25 at 7 p.m. In a positive review, Down Beat magazine, which has been published every month since 1934, said Roomful of Blues is “in a class by itself.” The band will play concerts next month in Washington, DC and in California in April. You can hear their music at

Matisyahu Northampton Concert October 11

Tickets are about $35 for Matisyahu's October 11 concert at Pearl Street in Northampton. Globally, his song “One Day” was one of the most popular songs of the past decade. You can hear his song "King Without a Crown" at:

Lonesome Brothers Concert is September 3

The Lonesome Brothers will perform public concerts near Brattleboro, in Northampton, and in other towns around the Valley. They have played at the Valley's best live music venue, the Iron Horse Music Hall.

On September 3, they will perform a public concert in Guilford, Vermont, near Brattleboro.

A video of the Lonesome Brothers performing live is at:

The Northampton concert is on December 31 at the World War II Club. Between now and then, the band will play several other concerts around the Valley. Details are at:

Fishbone Concert is Free

In its heyday in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Fishbone was among the best bands of all-time. The group will play a free concert near Brattleboro on March 25 at 3 p.m. The concert will be outdoors at Mount Snow. Details are at:

Fishbone's more recent recordings aren't as good as their albums “Truth and Soul” and “The Reality of My Surroundings.” The members of Fishbone live in Los Angeles.

You can hear an excellent Fishbone reggae song at:

Alan Doyle Concert is March 22

Alan Doyle is scheduled to play with his band at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton on March 22 at 7 p.m. His upcoming tour includes stops in New York City; Toronto, Canada; and Germany. You can hear one of his songs at:

Son Little Concert is January 25

Soul singer Son Little will perform a concert at the Parlor Room in Northampton on January 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance. In November, he performed in Australia. In February, Little will play in Hawaii. You can hear one of his songs at: