GOING TO GIGS - Maia Kennedy Photography

The Neighborhoods with Two Guys and Another Guy at Ocean Mist 7-16-16

The Neighborhoods graced the stage to the screams of many in the crowd, all reaching out and trying to touch them. And I’m not just talking about the drunk girls either! They’re a small band from Boston, with a big sound and an all-encompassing stage presence. Both men and women alike have been following this band for decades, back from when they first won the WBCN Rock-n-Roll Rumble.

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The Smithereens (playing with Andy Burton) and a special guest appearance by Barrence Whitfield at The Larcom Theatre 4/3/16

A band is not just held together by it’s music alone. There needs to be a bond, at least for them to last for 36 years. This band has been together since 1980, something practically unheard of! The music is what first brought them together but it’s their shared love of performing and being together that keeps them there. Life can be hard, but friends like this can help to manage the pain. You can see their close connection on stage, encouraging each other and enjoying the moments.

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Reflecting on 20 Years with the Dropkick Murphys at Agganis Arena 3-19-16

Anniversaries mean a lot to all of us. They are a chance to reflect on the time gone by, enjoy the time we’re in, and to look forward to more good times to come. This anniversary for the Dropkick Murphys is a big one: not many bands last 20 years or are as successful as they’ve been. This anniversary is also a big one for all their fans, from those who have been there since the beginning to those who have just discovered them. It’s an anniversary to reflect on the many firsts: when and where you first saw them play, the first time you got on stage with the band, or the first time you got to meet members of the band (who are always friendly and usually hang out after shows to meet and talk to people).

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' HomeTown ThrowDown #18

at the House of Blues Boston 12-26-15

I’ve been seeing The Mighty Mighty Bosstones for over 20 years now, but I was especially excited for this HomeTown ThrowDown when I found out that The Neighborhoods were opening, one of the many great Boston bands whose shows I missed in the early days but always wanted to see!

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Dropkick Murphys at the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic 11-22-15

For a few hours on Sunday, Fenway Park, the cathedral of Boston, was taken over by the cities of Galway and Dublin. The stands were filled with over 30,000 people, all anticipating the festivities. ...  The last time this game was played at Fenway Park in 1954, more than 60 years ago.

Shortly after the game ended, the favorite Irish punk band of many, the Dropkick Murphys, came out to thunderous applause. … Their first song of the day was “The Boys are Back,” a powerful song to burst onto the stage with. 

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 Blue Öyster Cult with Gary Hoey at The Cabot Theatre  10-10-15

"If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour, you're gonna see some serious shit!”

When I got to the Cabot Theatre for the Blue Öyster Cult show, I felt like I had traveled back in time! Everyone there was wearing a tshirt from previous decades: of course there were a lot of Blue Oyster Cult tshirts, but plenty of Scorpions, Black Sabbath, Journey, and Rush were also seen in the crowd. Prize for the perfect one went to the shirt with MÖRE CÖWBELL emblazoned in big letters across the front!

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Last Call with the Dropkick Murphys at The Beachcomber in Quincy  10-3-15

Whether you were fortunate enough to snag a ticket in the two-minute window that they were available online, or you were one of the very brave who waited for hours in line at the Beachcomber for tickets, standing against the storm at Wolly Beach as it came in off the ocean right across the street, you were one of the lucky few. This was a very special show, put together at the last-minute by the Dropkick Murphys to say goodbye to the Beachcomber, a final show before the doors closed. Only 250 tickets were available!

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Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls at the House of Blues, Boston 9-26-15

Frank Turner is touring the US right now to promote his new album, Positive Songs for Negative People, but I don’t think I saw a single negative person in the audience last weekend at the House of Blues. This was a really friendly crowd, tons of smiles and strangers offering to get drinks for people they had just met.

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Social Distortion at the House of Blues, Boston  8-23-15

It was a warm night in Boston, but it was steamy inside the House of Blues! It could’ve been due to the humid summer we’ve been having, but more likely lead singer Mike Ness was the cause of getting the girls hot and bothered. I’ve never seen it happen there before, but there were even several fainters who had to be helped out of the audience that night.

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Foo Fighters at Fenway Park 7-19-15

When the news broke 7 months ago that the Foo Fighters were coming to Boston, tickets sold out instantly. Several months later, an audible gasp went out worldwide when Foo lead singer Dave Grohl broke his leg on tour in Sweden. It looked likely that they would have to cancel the rest of the tour. But Grohl wouldn’t be held back and immediately made alterations so he could continue with the rest of the tour. This of course made their visit to Fenway all the more special. Boston welcomed the Foos with an almost rabid excitement. Everyone wanted to see Dave, cast and all, on his Throne of Guitars!

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The Smithereens at The Larcom Theatre 4-25-15

I was really looking forward to covering The Smithereens show at The Larcom Theatre. They have a timeless sound, garage rock that I’ve been listening to since high school. This band has beaten the stereotype: not only have they remained friends over the years, with a stable band (now celebrating their 35th anniversary!), but their music has easily lasted over the decades.

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Billy Idol & Steve Stevens at the House of Blues, Boston 2-01-15

I don’t know how you spent your Superbowl Sunday, but I went to the BEST pre-game party EVER! WXRV 92.5 The River hosted Billy Idol and Steve Stevens at the House of Blues Boston Foundation Room for the very lucky few who won tickets. It was just like having Billy Idol come play in your own living room … OK, if your living room was luxuriously decorated with ornate tapestries on every wall, rich Persian carpets on the floors, and looked like a room in the Maharaja’s palace. It was almost surreal, yet the perfect setting for this beautiful singer to perform!

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The Bosstones HomeTown ThrowDown at the House of Blues, Boston 12-27-14

The holidays are often a time when family and friends are able to come together. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ HomeTown ThrowDowns are no different. This show, a Christmas-time tradition for almost 20 years, has become a time of reunion for many. The Bosstones’ fans come from far and wide, around the US and many countries. Many of these people have met and organized fan clubs in order to stay in touch and meet up at concerts.

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RadioBDC Event: Island in the Sun

The Lemonheads and Parks at Thompson Island 9-23-14

It was a beautiful day; the weather was perfect for this outdoor event organized by RadioBDC. We all met at the World Trade Center Dock and boarded the Provincetown II, a large harbor cruise boat, to begin the adventure. The ride to Thompson Island was thoroughly enjoyable, no Dramamine was needed. The waters were smooth and the bars were stocked. Everyone was in a good mood, hanging out with friends and also making new ones.

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Chucklehead at The Middle East Club, Cambridge 9-22-14

Chucklehead was introduced by Jake the Puppet Master who came out with a large bird head puppet. He told us about a dream he had; we were all with him in space, along with some beings dressed in white. There was a giant bird hovering over these beings and the bird yelled out “CHUCKLEHEAD!” On cue, the band then ran on stage — looking like they had just stepped out of the Puppet Master’s dream, dressed head-to-toe in white.

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Friends

Dicky Barrett's Birthday Bash at Boston City Hall Plaza 6-21-14

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and friends took over Boston City Hall Plaza Saturday night to celebrate lead singer, Dicky Barrett’s 50th birthday. The sea of heads that filled the space was almost overwhelming. It was a sold-out show, the area seemed filled even beyond its capacity of 10,000, but despite the throngs of people it wasn’t a mob scene; everyone was just there for a good time.

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Gary Hoey at the Shalin Liu Performance Center 5-23-14

Gary Hoey came out looking like a sharp, modern day Johnny Cash, in a black suit and with black sunglasses. Onstage he was joined by his band: AJ Pappas on bass and Matt Scurfield on drums. Hoey joked that they would start off simple — he was just one man on an acoustic guitar, playing with one bass player, one drummer, and sixty-five foot pedals.

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Buckcherry, Fozzy, & Red Sky Mary Hampton Beach Casino 5-10-14

The weather was perfect and it was a great night to be on the beach! Hampton Beach was filled with people waiting to go to the Buckcherry show at the Casino Ballroom. It wasn’t hard to pick these people out of the crowd; most were adorned with their 80’s hair metal attire and looked ready to party! The club is bigger inside than you’d imagine, but it was packed, both on the floor and in the seats above.

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Foster the People and St. Lucia at the House of Blues, Boston 5-9-14

The night started with an air of excitement wafting through the room. This concert was sold-out; everyone was pumped-up, and eager for the show to begin. The opening band is often new to the scene and unfamiliar to the audience. That was not the case on this night. Instead of people filtering in through the course of the first set, the room was packed to the walls right from the start ...

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The Jon Butcher Axis at the Larcom Theatre 4-26-14

I was psyched to find out about the Jon Butcher Axis show at the Larcom Theatre this past Saturday, since I had missed the one a few weeks earlier at the Hampton Beach Casino. The show was amazing, the setlist was full, and Jon Butcher delivered, continuing his celebration of Hendrix’s music, along with some of his own.

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Rock-n-Blues Guitar Summit at the Larcom Theatre 3-15-14

The night began with Gary Hoey. He was everyone’s friend as soon as he got on stage, joking around like we were all hanging out in his living room. He played a couple of different guitars and gave intros to each song, telling a number of stories.

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 St Paddy's Day Weekend with the Dropkick Murphys

at the House of Blues, Boston 3-14-14

This time of year in New England, you’ll find a countless number of parades, festivals, and shows. However, in the Celtic Punk scene, the most anticipated event is when the Dropkick Murphys come back to their hometown of Boston for a St. Patrick’s Day weekend full of shows. This past weekend, all but one of the shows was at the House of Blues. One special intimate show was held down the street at the Landsdowne Pub. These locations are both significant, located directly across the street from Fenway Park, the subject of at least one of their hit songs ... 

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Johnny Winter's 70th Birthday Tour at the Bull Run Restaurant 2-21-14

The Johnny Winter band played the Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA to a sold-out crowd on a cold winter evening last weekend. Winter, revered as a blues legend for decades, first started playing at the ripe age of fifteen and recorded his first album when he was only 23.

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Pixies at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton, MA 1-13-14

My love affair with the Pixies started in college about 4 years after they formed (at nearby UMass) in 1986. If only I had been aware of those first shows at TT the Bear’s or The Rat! Everyone wants to be a witness to the genesis of a new sound/band/movement! But I didn’t cry over that glass half empty for long. Even as a broke college student, I latched onto as much of their music as I could; buying, borrowing and making mix-tapes. I felt as though their music surrounded me, their sound was everywhere. Black Francis screaming Broken Face (from Surfer Rosa) stayed in my head and followed me through classes.

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Lez Zeppelin at the Middle East Club in Cambridge 12-7-13

The cold winter evening warmed up quickly downstairs at the Middle East Club. First to take the stage was the band, Tragedy, the self-proclaimed “#1 All-Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees in the Tri-State Area.” Adorned in body hugging, chest-hair-revealing, sequined-leather costumes that left nothing to the imagination, these flamboyant, energetic performers took the Bee Gees to different heights. They played it the way it always should have been!

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The Mahones at Fête Music Hall 11-22-13

with Riki Rocksteady, The Scrapes, The Pubcrawlers, and Neutral Nation

We all remember our “firsts,” many of them from high school and college, from times growing up. Well, even though I’m now grown-up, last weekend had many memorable firsts, seeing The Mahones, Riki Rocksteady, The Scrapes, The Pubcrawlers, and Neutral Nation at the Fête Lounge in Providence. All of these bands are a part of rock/punk history, playing since the 80’s and 90’s. They made their mark again on Friday night! The music, the energy onstage, and the vibe that everyone brought was contagious and is a memory I hope to always keep!

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X at the House of Blues, Boston, 10-5-13

X, a seminal punk new wave band from the 70’s/80’s played the House of Blues on Saturday. Hanging out on Lansdowne Street before the show was reminiscent of those heady years. Concertgoers mingled with people waiting to get into Fenway, the excitement in the air was almost palpable.

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Chucklehead 2013 Reunion Show at the Middle East Club 7-27-13

“Funk is an itch that needs to be scratched” Chucklehead is a funk, R&B, hip-hop band that started at Wesleyan University in the late 80’s. They have a crazy sound and energy; lots’o horns, bass, and drums, accompanied by guitar and keyboard, backing the often rapid-fire vocals, with a smattering of Barry White-style smooth sounds. The songs keep everyone pogoing, both onstage and offstage.

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Dropkick Murphys Boston Marathon Bombing Benefit 4-28-13

at the House of Blues, Boston

The Dropkick Murphys, a local Celtic punk band, put on the show of shows at the House of Blues in Boston. The excited and adoring crowd was made up of punks, college kids, cops, firefighters, townies, teens, parents, and even a few young children. This was a special event, put together at the last minute by Ken Casey (band founder, bass guitarist, and one of the lead singers). The band had been away on tour when they heard about the recent Boston bombings.   

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