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Comics Come Home

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Comics Come Home, the longest-running comedy fundraiser in the nation, today announced the talented line-up of comedians who will give New England something to laugh about for a good cause. The highly-anticipated annual event, founded by Cam Neely and Denis Leary, will take place at Boston’s TD Garden on Saturday, November 18.  All proceeds from Comics Come Home will benefit The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care which provides comfort, support and hope to adult and pediatric cancer patients and their families.

This year’s lineup is hosted by Denis Leary and brings together the who’s who of the comedy world; Lenny Clarke, Jimmy Fallon, Mo Amer, Jared Freid, a first timer from Needham, MA, Lil Rel Howery, Robert Kelly, and Jeff Ross. Additional comedians may be announced and details are subject to change, so we encourage following @camneelyfdn on Twitter hashtag #CCH23 for the latest updates.

“Having such comedy giants as Jimmy Fallon return to our stage is a tribute to how great the Boston audience is” said Leary. “Not to mention Lil Rel - whose breakout performance in the hit movie Get Out has made him into a huge comedy star. And of course we can't do this show without Lenny Clarke and Bobby Kelly - two legendary Boston born comics who have been such devoted supporters of this cause for so long.”

All proceeds from this year’s show will help complete the foundation’s pledge of 1.5 million for the construction of The Marlene Neely Gastroenterology Center, in memory of Cam Neely’s mother. The Marlene Neely Gastroenterology Center is the foundation’s eighth space. Since its inception in 1995, Comics Come Home has generated over $10.5 million. On average, $0.91 of every dollar raised by The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care is invested in essential programs, cutting-edge research and much-needed services based at Tufts Medical Center. According to founder and president Cam Neely, the impact of Comics Come Home on the Foundation is real and measurable. “We are incredibly proud of Denis Leary and all of the great performers who have donated their time and talents over the past 22 years and have helped us make a monumental impact in the lives of a countless number of cancer patients and their families. We know that we are not able to achieve this alone- only together, which is why our partnership with DCU for Kids and the comedians taking part in this event is so important.”


For full lineup details and more information, click HERE.

Comics Come Home is at the Boston Garden on Nov. 18. Showtime 8 PM. Tickets $50, $80, $150.

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The Famous Mannequin YouTuber...

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Hailing from beautiful Hollywood, CA, Charlotte has quickly become one of the most sought-after DJs on the planet. The famous mannequin YouTuber has become the hottest young American EDM DJ. Her live shows are becoming the most sought after in EDM. Her wild antics, hilarious personality, and addicting productions have fans interacting with her non stop and running to see her live every chance they get. Her signature sound has its foundations in Indie, Progressive and Pop Music. She has gotten immense support by friends such as Nicky Romero, Steve Aoki, Pete Tong, Afrojack, Tiesto, W&W, and more.

POPPY and Charlotte The Mannequin play The Sinclair on Nov. 22. Showtime 9 PM. Tickets $17/$20.


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When Zappa Came to Sicily

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In the feature documentary, Summer 82 - When Zappa Came to Sicily, filmmaker and Zappa fan Salvo Cuccia tells the behind-the-scenes story of Frank Zappa's star-crossed concert in Palermo, Sicily, the wrap-up to a European tour that ended in public disturbances and police intervention. Cuccia had a ticket to the concert but never made it.


Thirty years later, collaborating with Zappa's family, he re-creates the events through a combination of rare concert and backstage footage; photographs; anecdotes from family, band members, and concertgoers; and insights from Zappa biographer and friend Massimo Bassoli. The story is also a personal one, as Cuccia interweaves the story of Zappa's trip to Sicily with his own memories from that summer.


The film looks at the rise and heyday of Frank Zappa's career as an innovative composer and libertarian provocateur, and includes tales of the relationship of a busy father with his children.


While in Sicily for the concert, Zappa visited Partinico, the birthplace of his father and grandfather; and in the film's warm and loving coda, three of Zappa's children, Dweezil, Moon Diva and his wife Gail, return to meet their relatives there for the first time.


"Summer of '82 - When Zappa Came to Sicily" will have a Boston Premiere Screening with Dweezil Zappa Q&A at the Regent Theatre on Monday, November 20th @ 7:30 PM. Tickets $12.50 (In-Advance) [$17.50 At-the-Door]


A Blu-ray edition of the film, distributed by MVD Entertainment Group and produced by Eleonora Cordaro for Abra&Cadabra, will be released on December 8th (pre-order HERE). Bonus features include unpublished photos of Zappa behind the scenes. 

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Be My Fantasy in USA

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First, watch the video

The read the Wikipedia post: SF9 (Korean: 에스에프나인; shortened from Sensational Feeling 9) is a South Korean boy group formed by FNC Entertainment. Now read the blurb (including typos and made up words):

“Landing at #6 on the Billboard World Albums Chart with their mini album ‘Burning Sensation’, SF9 has began making a name for themselves even as FNC Entertainment’s newest rookie boy group. FNC Entertainment and SubKulture Entertainment are excited to present 2017 SF9 BE MY FANTASY IN USA! In order to make the fanmeeting a more intimate experience for those in attendance, the group will not only perform some of their most popular tracks but they will also have the opportunity to play games and hold a Q&A session with their fans.”

If you’re into that sort of thing…


SF9: Be My Fantasy in USA at The Wilbur on Nov. 19. Showtime 7:30 PM. Tickets $61-$91

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Flo Fahy's Free CD Release Party at The Burren

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Flo Fahy "is among those gifted young players who are helping to sustain the older dialects of Clare music."  So says Fintan Vallely the venerable writer and a great musician himself. 

For those of you who dont know who flo is: She a concertina player from North Clare, born and bred in the small town land of New Quay in Co. Clare, only a short drive from Bellharbour and home to the famous Chris Droney. She has been playing the concertina since the age of 10 and her father, Martin Fahy, a wonderful concertina player himself, is her inspiration and greatest musical influences.

Recently, Flo released her first much anticipated album with the wonderful Clare name of "Tunes from the Flaggy Shore."  It’s a gem and will be celebrated when she gathers with musical friends and her own family at this special Backroom concert. Admission is free, but tickets are required so get them while they last.


Flo Fahy hosts her CD release party at The Burren on Nov. 12 at 4 PM. Free

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What's in a Name: The $winging Utter$

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There aren’t too many bands we’d go see just for the name, but c‘mon….The Swinging Utters?! How can you NOT want to see a band whose name conjures up such a vivid image?

But who are The Swinging Udders? Well…first we tried their website, but the bio section seemed more like it was written by a PR guy trying to sell their back catalogue. Wikipedia was a little better, but not much:

“Swingin' Utters (often typeset as $wingin' Utter$, and originally called Johnny Peebucks and the Swingin' Utters) is a Californian punk rock band that formed in the late 1980s. After a seven-year hiatus, the band reformed in 2010 and have since released three more records.”

(And for the record, we don’t think we’d be so excited to see ‘Johnny Peebucks and the Swingin' Utters.’ It’s a bit too cute.)

Anyway, a visit to YouTube gave us a chance to hear what a Swinging Udders song sounded like. Now you can, too.


Swingin' Utters - Windspitting Punk (Official Video)

Swingin' Utters -"Alternative Ulster"

Swingin' Utters - Live At Fat Wreck Chords


 While the first two songs show a angry young band making great punk/pop music, the last clip shows that age hasn’t slowed them down too much. And that’s pretty cool.


The Swinging Utters play The Middle East on Nov. 12. Showtime 7 PM. Tickets $12.



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Country Queen at The Cabot

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LeAnn Rimes is an internationally acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter. Globally, she has sold more than 44 million units, won two Grammy® Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, two World Music Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards, one Country Music Association Award and one Dove Award. At 14, Rimes won “Best New Artist” making her the youngest recipient of a Grammy® Award.

LeAnn recently inked a worldwide deal with RCA UK who just released her 16th studio album, Remnants. The album dropped on February 3, 2017 in the U.S. and debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Independent Album Chart and peaked at No. 3 on iTunes® overall charts in its first week! The first single to release in the United States, “Long Live Love” is has peaked at No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Chart.

Rimes had her first national hit at age 13 with the 1996 release of Blue, which remained at the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s country albums chart for more than three months; 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of that album. Out of the 42 singles she has released throughout her expansive career, LeAnn’s song “How Do I Live,” ranks #4 on Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time: Hot 100 Songs” and it holds the record for being the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

15 of LeAnn’s multi-genre singles are top-10 hits, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” which went #1 in 11 countries. She had a hand in penning every song on her 2007 release Family, which received two Grammy® nominations. Her last album with Curb Records, Spitfire, was released in June 2013 and was immediately a critic’s darling, debuting at #9 on Billboard’s Top Country Album chart and #4 on iTunes. An album of greatest hits dance remixes, Dance Like You Don’t Give A … Greatest Hits Remixes, released the summer of 2014 and went to #1 on the iTunes Dance chart. In 2015, LeAnn released her third Christmas album titled, Today is Christmas, which is a follow up to her 2014 album, One Christmas.


LeAnn Rimes: Love Is Love Tour comes to The Cabot on Nov. 11. Showtime 8 PM. Tickets $52.50 - $88.50


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Throw Yourself a Pity Party

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A 7-foot clown walks into a bar. He motions for a soda water and sits there staring at his drink. The year was 1998 and Puddles had wandered into the Star Community Bar in Atlanta, GA where bartender Big Mike Geier first laid eyes on the sad, silent clown.

“There was a heaviness about him,” says Geier. “I could tell he wasn’t in the mood to chat, so I pretty much left him alone except to pass him the mustard when he pulled an onion and a heel of bread out of his pocket. A couple weeks later, he came by the bar and gave me a flyer to a show he was doing at a flea market. The sound system was crap, but his voice was something else. I’ve been in my share of bands and wasn’t expecting much from a clown singing karaoke from a boombox. But I’ll be damned if his singing didn’t get me all choked up.”

The two soon became close friends, with Big Mike acting somewhat as a confidant as the pair travel all over with Puddles Pity Party, Mike speaking on behalf of Puddles since the clown chooses to stay silent.

Originally from River City before kicking around Atlanta, the sulking serenader gained momentum after hitting the road as guest performer on the 2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live tour and 2013 Eels tour and making special appearances at Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni and NYC’s Sleep No More.

It was Halloween 2013 when Puddles then teamed up with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to record an epic version of Lordes’ hit song “Royals,” which instantly went viral on YouTube, having received over 16 million views so far. The “sad clown with the golden voice” captivated audiences and media from around the world, building a fan base of more than 167,000 on Facebook.

Puddles has since performed all over the planet garnering rave reviews at festivals like Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Fest and Belgium’s Gent Fest. He was a feature performer in La Soiree’s 2014 Southbank show in London, which won the Olivier Award. In 2015, Jack Black selected Puddles to perform multiple sets at Festival Supreme, and Puddles was handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to perform Just For Laugh’s “Circus Awesomeus” gala filmed for HBO Canada.

Today, the softhearted crooner continues to wander the world with melancholic pop anthems and free hugs for all the party people. Though his suitcase is packed with plenty of Kleenex, the show is not entirely about sadness and longing. Puddles’ set is peppered with a brilliant sense of the absurd, mixing lots of humor with the awkward, tender moments.

“Puddles gives an emotive performance that resonates with all kinds of folks,” says Geier. “The crowd really responds to him. There’s something about a giant sad singing clown that comforts us, let’s us know it’s ok to feel. And the fellowship he creates brings joy. It’s a sad and beautiful world, and we’re all in it together, even when we’re totally alone.”


Puddles Pity Party takes place at The Wilbur on Nov 13. Showtime 8 PM. Tickets $28-$38.

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Resistance Mic! at Oberon

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The 2016 election inspired a broad-based Resistance not seen in the United States in decades. People from all walks of life have been protesting, marching, mobilizing, and organizing in an effort to take back our country and create a more compassionate and just world. Artists are vital to this work. This fall, the American Repertory Theater and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy – in collaboration with Pangyrus and other literary and arts initiatives – are hosting a new series of intimate performances on the theme of “Resistance.” Each of these five evenings will feature a diverse group of artist-activists telling powerful stories and performing politically engaged works that read, move, sing, and speak truth to power in these troubled times.


Resistance Mic! is part of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series, an ongoing collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Resistance Mic! will take place on Wednesdays @ 8pm @ OBERON, A.R.T.’s second stage theater, and will be co-hosted by Timothy Patrick McCarthy and Sarah Sweeney.


Opening Night of Resistance Mic! is November 8 – the first anniversary of last year’s election.

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Janet Jackson at The Garden

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Global music icon, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist, the incomparable Janet Jackson is in Boston this week.

Her State of the World tour is a continuation of the Unbreakable tour and will include fan favorites from her chart-topping ‘Unbreakable’ album, an array of her socially conscious music she’s released throughout her career, and other smash hits and soon-to-be released new tracks with a state of the art live production.

Janet Jackson’s State of the World comes to The Garden on November 5. Showtime 8 PM. Tickets $30.50, $40.50, $49.50, $79.50, $99.50, $138.50

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