Horizon – Mark your calendar
What: Jimmy Dunn’s Funny Guys, Naughty Girls and Dirty Guitars
Where: Claremont Opera House
When: Saturday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.
It’s a night of mature (18+) comedy featuring one of the funniest guys in Boston, rock and roll and burlesque. Dubbed as a couple’s night out, the event features Dunn, well known for doing his comedy shtick on NESN after Red Sox games and driving a cab in Olympia Sports commercials. He’s joined by rock Sal Baglio, longtime lead singer of the Stompers, who performs with his current band the Grease Rockets.
Oh, and there’s dancing girls, one of the main reason it’s necessary to leave the kids home. Dunn did the show in Manchester a few months back, where it was a big hit. He says it’s the kind of “naughty couples” show familiar to anyone who’s been to Las Vegas. There will be plenty of give and take with the audience.
But this is the Opera House, after all, so while the entertainment will be bawdy, it won’t be indecent. Expect the spirits of Rusty Warren and Gypsy Rose Lee, updated for the 21st century, but not a night at the typical gentlemen’s club.
Beyond – Worth driving out of town
What: Pat Green
Where: Pickle Barrel Nightclub, 1741 Killington Road, Killington
When: Thursday, March 4, 8 p.m.
Distance: 46 Miles
If you’ve ever wondered what a night at a Texas roadhouse feels like, check out this show.
A country rocker in the vein of Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney, Pat Green is one of the most overlooked talents in music. With a career spanning 15 years and 10 albums, he’s won the admiration of his fellow players (Willie Nelson is a big fan) and a solid following, but he’s never broken into the arena world.
That may be a good thing, as the honky-tonk good time vibe of songs like “Wave on Wave” and the ironic “Country Star” fit perfectly in a hot, crowded nightclub like the Pickle Barrel. Green also writes evocative music – “Footsteps of our Fathers,” from last year’s What I’m For, is one such song, a bit of heritage rock as good as anything coming out of Nashville.
But not many country players would brave a cover of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret,” as Green did at a show in Northampton, Massachusetts a few years back. It’s these curve balls, and an unabashed rocker’s spirit that make Pat Green a special, if often not fully appreciated talent.
Players – Local Music Spotlight
Who: Little Memphis
What: Country Rock
Sounds Like: Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt
Little Memphis began as Dan D. and The Burning Love, an Elvis Presley tribute band that performed a faithful recreation of the King’s Hawaii television special. Claremont natives Dan LaPorte and musical partner Todd LeBlanc branched out in 2007 with an album of country rock originals, produced in Nashville by Scotty Turner.
With radio-ready songs like “Cutie Patootie” and “Sugar Daddy,” Let Me Down Easy received local airplay, and the band played out at places like Shenanigans in White River Junction. LaPorte on vocals and LeBlanc on bass are constants in the band, along with a local crew consisting of Tom Nagy on drums, keyboard player Nathan Robbins, Jim Eibner on pedal steel and Pete Henault on lead guitar.
Earlier this year, their song “Hot Date” debuted at number 72 on the Power Source Country Music Chart, and the band recently appeared live in the studio on local country station KIXX-FM. The band recently posted a new song for purchase on their www.littlememphisband.com web site. “Get in This Car” was written by local singer/songwriter Ed Leavitt, who also wrote “The Nights the Lights Went Out In Graceland” for the band.
Upcoming local gigs:
Friday, March 19th – 9:00 PM Shenanigans, White River Junction
Friday, April 30th – 9:00 PM Shenanigans, White River Junction
Friday, June 11th – 9:00 PM Shenanigans, White River Junction
Saturday, July 10th – Wounded Warrior Project Benefit Show, Mt. Sunapee Ski Resort, Sunapee