Valley Music Showcase!

Tomorrow night! Friday, 3/23, come to the New City Brewery in Easthampton to see me, Craig MacMaster and Jonny Taylor play a special set among this awesome lineup of local bands, all of whom will be performing original music!
Get your tickets now and we’ll see you at 8:00pm!

Ticket Link: Valley Music Showcase 

Great Original Music to Listen & Dance to- SUPPORT the BEST in NEW LOCAL MUSIC; See them BEFORE they BECOME FAMOUS!!
SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST: SNOWHAUS! (Winner of the January 2018 Valley Music Showcase!
CONTESTANTS: Merrill Shepard & Friends, The Heavy Calm (new addition!), The Pilgrims, The Screaming Hearts
GUEST JUDGES: David Sokol, DJ on WRSI’s “Sokol Heroes”; Dean Cycon, Deans Beans; & Mark Sherry, Producer VMS


Special Musical Guest- “SNOWHAUS” (Winners of the January 2018 VMS) will play the show’s opening & closing sets
Style/Genre: Shred-pop Hometown: Hadley, MA
Snowhaus is Hadley MA shred-pop band. High energy entertainment that’s bound to put a smile on your face and a rhythm in your feet. You’ll be humming the songs all week.

CONTESTANTS (in order of appearance)
Style/Genre: Indie/folk Hometown: E. Longmeadow, MA
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Merrill has been singing her whole life. At 16, she picked up a guitar and at 27 began a solo career performing acoustic covers in the local bars and restaurants. Now, having found her voice as a songwriter, she joins forces with acoustic guitarist & singer Jonny Taylor, & bassist Craig MacMaster, who has performed with Merrill as a member of the AJ Rubino Trio & as a member of the Pecos River Band.

Style/Genre: Progressive Rock Hometown: Hartford, CT & W. MA
Bending genres around carefully sculpted melodies, The Heavy Calm blends together the worlds of folk and soul with high energy progressive metal. This group prides itself on melodic soundscapes, ear-catching choruses, and cinematic storytelling, all while seamlessly incorporating heavy grooves and breakdowns.

Style/Genre: Rock and roll Hometown: Windsor, VT
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It’s 2018 and the The Pilgrims have been around for 8 years. That’s 8 years and 6 records and 100 shows since The Pilgrims started in an office space turned apartment in Windsor, VT. 2017 finds the six person starting lineup squeezing their sweat streaked rock n roll into ten tracks aptly titled ‘No Focus’. No Focus is the first full length in the six man Pilgrim lineup – that’s Chris, Davis, Chris, Kiel, Chris and Brendan.

Style/Genre: Alternative rock Hometown: Southampton, MA
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The Screaming Hearts has taken people by storm with the breathtaking poetry they display. Bringing together elements of rock, folk and pop they leave the crowd with an unforgettable showcase of musicianship and artistry. Kelsey Veillette- Lead Vocals; Tanner Watson- Guitar/Backup vocals; Joe Eichstaedt- Bass; Brian Morris- Drums; Alan Matte- Guitar

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