The Nickel & Dime Band is as JP a band as you can get. Tom Appleman and Ricky Mclean grew up here. Berlin and Rob Manochio have lived and worked in the hood for years. The Nickel and Dime Band were a constant at The Milky Way as the best live karaoke band in the city. (They still do that.) Rick Berlin heard 'em years back and was knocked out by how well they played and how many songs they knew off the top of their heads, but it wasn't until he ran into Mclean at the Brendan Behan that he thought of asking them to consider learning his songs. That was months ago. Today, they're a kick ass, upbeat, funny, danceable, deep and total pro buncha musicians. Eight in all. (Tom Appleman, Ricky Mclean, Rob Manachio, Al Radzikowski, Jesse Adams-Lukowski, Sam Dudley (Berlin's nephew) and Dino Govoni. We recorded our first record at Dimension Sound "Always On Insane" it was released in early 2012 to rave reviews.
Fri & Sat nights @ Club Passim ($15 ea. night) Saturday day - FREE outdoor stages in Harvard Square, Beer Garden, food, family friendly
Richard Cambridge's Poetry Theater in the Armory Cafe! Terry will be reading from his new novel Next Big Thing and playing a few songs from the accompanying soundtrack, joined by members of his '80s band Loose Ties and special guests. The evening will begin with a solo set by legendary Boston songwriter Rick Berlin, one of the artists Next Big Thing is dedicated to.
“in an intimate setting I realized how immensely talented Rick is, and how his music moves me. His albums may be beautiful and even humorous at times, but one must experience his live performance in order to truly feel the intensity of emotion, and the media through which it is conveyed.”