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The WMBR Roots Report
(Americana, Blues, Cajun, Folk & Zydeco)

  • Friday, December 8:
    • Matt and Shannon Heaton (8pm) - Club Passim
    • Justine and the Unclean (cd release), Cold Expectations, the Roy Sludge Trio, Hey Zeus, & many more (8pm) - Once
    • Troy Ramey (9pm) - The Plough and Stars
    • Tim Gearan Band, & Red Chord (9:30pm) - Atwood's
    • Mike Hastings Band (10pm) - Toad
    • Club d'Elf with Duke Levine and Alain Mallet (10pm) - The Lizard Lounge
    • the Houston Bernard Band (10pm) - Loretta's Last Call
    • Driftwood, & Heather Aubrey Lloyd (8pm) - the Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead, MA)
    • Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Girls Guns and Glory (acoustic, & 8pm) - Narrows (Fall River, MA)
    • Bill Kirchen's Honky-Tonk Holiday, & Commander Cody (8pm) - Bull Run (Shirley, MA)

  • Saturday, December 9:
    • Amanda Ekery, Caroline Kuhn, & Elise Leavy (2pm) - Club Passim
    • Frank Drake's bluegrass jam (2pm), & the Bagboys (5pm) - Burren
    • Bluegrass and Borges feat. Sean Staples, Eric Royer, & Hazel Royer and Sarah Borges (4pm) - Atwood's
    • Greg Klyma, Molly Pinto Madigan, the Lords of Liechtenstein, & the Old Rochelle (4pm) - Midway Cafe
    • Josh Lederman and the Cambridge-Somerville All-Stars (4pm), Lonely Leesa and the Lost Cowboys, & Nate Rogers and the Unreliable (10pm) - The Plough and Stars
    • Tom Hagerty Band (6pm) - Sally O's
    • the Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong (7pm) - Oberon
    • Bill Staines, Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl, Guy Van Duser and Billy Novick, & Stuart Schulman (7pm) - Club Passim
    • Marc Roberge (of O.A.R., 7 SOLD OUT, & 10pm SOLD OUT) - City Winery
    • Niall Connolly (7:30pm), & Stan Martin Band (10pm) - Toad
    • the Novel Ideas, Sam Moss, & Hayley Sabella (9pm) - The Lizard Lounge
    • Bloodshot Bill, the Raging Teens, Nate Gibson, & Sean Mencher (9:30pm) - Great Scott
    • Georgia Overdrive (9:30pm) - Tavern at the End of the World (Charlestown, MA)
    • the Silks (10pm) - Atwood's
    • Goodnight Moonshine, & Emily Mure (7:30pm) - Old Sloop Coffeehouse (First Congregational Church, 12 School Street, Rockport, MA)
    • the Mavericks (8pm) - Lynn Auditorium
    • Tom Rush (8pm) - Bull Run (Shirley, MA)
    • the Darlings (9pm) - The Middle East, Salem, MA)

  • Sunday, December 10:
    • Brooks Roberson (10:15am - 1:30pm) - Passim (brunch, which is served from 10am-2pm)
    • Ethan Robbins Bluegrass Hour (noon-4pm) - Loretta's Last Call, (brunch show)
    • The Natural Wonders (4pm), & Sam Reid and the Riot Act (8:30pm) - Sally O's
    • Sweet Wednesday with Yani Batteau (4pm) - The Plough and Stars
    • Paul Roth and Ian Douglas-Moore, & Eric Hofbauer (4pm) - Arts at the Armory Cafe
    • Winterbloom w/ Antje Duvekot, Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson, Natalia Zukerman (5pm CANCELED, & 8pm CANCELED) - Club Passim
    • the Sweetback Sisters' Country Christmas Singalong (7pm) - Oberon
    • Chris Trapper (holiday show, & 7:30pm) - Burren, (back room)
    • Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown, the Blasters, & Big Sandy (8pm) - The Sinclair
    • the Weisstronauts 19th Annual Holiday Show (4pm) - Atwood's
    • Catie Curtis (holiday show, & 7pm) - City Winery
    • Americana Sundays hosted by Greg Klyma, with Paul Chase, Minnie Jordan, & Simon Dunson (7pm) - Thunder Road, (square dance with caller Will Mentor)
    • Hank Wonder (7pm) - Once
    • Advance Base, Lisa/Liza, & Greg Jamie of O'Death (9:15pm) - Atwood's

  • Monday, December 11:
    • David Johnston (7:30pm), & the White Owls (9pm) - Toad
    • Monday Night Bluegrass w/ Sean Staples, Eric Royer, Dave Westner, & Jim Fitting and Dinty Child (8:30pm) - Atwood's
    • the Bakers (9:30pm) - The Cantab Lounge, which begins at 8pm)
    • Jobi Riccio, & Liv Greene (8pm) - Club Passim
    • Billy Dodge Moody, & Lacy Kay and the Righteous Liars (8:30pm) - Thunder Road
    • Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas (10pm) - The Sinclair, (no cover)

  • Tuesday, December 12:
    • Evan Murphy and Danny Erker (8pm) - Club Passim
    • Damien Escobar (8pm) - City Winery
    • Jenni Lyn Gardner, & Dixie Butterhounds (8:30pm) - The Cantab Lounge
    • Session Americana with Jefferson Hamer (9pm) - The Lizard Lounge
    • the Klezwoods Klezmer Kristmas (9:30pm) - Atwood's
    • Tim Mann and Band (10pm) - Toad
    • Johnny Trama and the B3 Kings (10pm) - The Plough and Stars

  • Wednesday, December 13:
    • the 13th Annual Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless w/ the Chandler Travis Philharmonic,  Livingston Taylor, Jen Kimball, The Boy With the Amplifier Head featuring Sal Baglio, Merrie Amsterburg, Carla Ryder, Sarah Borges, Erin Harpe's Country Blues Trio, the Boston Typewriter Orchestra, Ken Field, Boogaloo Swamis, Bird Mancini, Shaun Wortis, Alastair Moock, the Athol Thingerth, & more (7pm) - Once, (all proceeds go to the Somerville Homeless Coalition)
    • the Dennis Brennan Band, & Rose Cousins (9:30pm) - The Lizard Lounge
    • Fandango (7:30pm), & Zac Clark and Band (10pm) - Toad
    • Suzanne Vega (8pm) - City Winery, (performing Solitude Standing & 99.9F)
    • Robinson and Rohe (8pm) - Club Passim, (Holiday show and singalong)
    • Hawthorn Duo, & Floorcloud (9:30pm) - Atwood's

  • Thursday, December 14:
    • Under the Covers w/ Jake Armerding, Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, Zach Hickman (7 SOLD OUT, & 10pm) - Club Passim
    • Melvern Taylor and his Fabulous Meltones (7:30pm), & Baker Thomas Band (10pm) - Toad
    • Suzanne Vega (8pm) - City Winery, (performing Solitude Standing & 99.9F)
    • the Tarbox Ramblers (8pm) - Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation (154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA)
    • Matt Pond PA, Ricky Lewis, David Mirabella (Rationales, & 9pm) - Brighton Music Hall
    • Blood Sweat and Tears (w/ Bo Bice, & 8pm) - Cabot Theatre (Beverly, MA)

  • Friday, December 15:
    • Larry Flint and the Road Scholars (6pm) - Sally O's
    • Under the Covers w/ Jake Armerding, Mark Erelli, Rose Cousins, Zach Hickman (7 SOLD OUT, & 10pm) - Club Passim
    • Ruth Rappaport and Ben Wetherbee (7pm) - Burren, (back room)
    • Rhett Miller (acoustic, & 8pm) - City Winery
    • Ryan Kinder (8pm) - Cafe 939
    • Ruby Rose Fox, Aubrey Haddard, & Cilla Bonnie (9pm) - The Lizard Lounge
    • the White Buffalo, & Suzanne Santo (9pm) - The Paradise
    • Tim Gearan Band, & Hot Molasses (9:30pm) - Atwood's
    • Los Goutos (10pm) - Toad
    • Magic Dick and Shun Ng (8pm) - Narrows (Fall River, MA)
    • the Neave Trio (8pm) - Center for Arts (Natick, MA)
    • the Sarah Levecque Band (9:30pm) - Vincent's (Worcester, MA)

  • Saturday, December 16:
    • Frank Drake's bluegrass jam (2pm), & the Bagboys (5pm) - Burren
    • Roy Sludge (4pm), & Bow Thayer (10pm) - Atwood's
    • Busted Jug Band (4pm) - The Plough and Stars
    • Lori McKenna (w/ band), Sunny Sweeney (5, & 8pm) - Club Passim
    • Tory Silver, Gentle Temper, Jakals, & Stains of a Sunflower (6:30pm) - Thunder Road
    • Alone and Together w/ Elvis Perkins, Joe Russo, Eric D. Johnson, Sam Cohen, & Josh Kaufman (7pm) - Royale
    • the Social No. 11 (7:30pm), & the Whiskey Geese (10pm) - Toad
    • Martin Sexton (8pm) - Wilbur
    • David Broza and Friends (8pm) - Berklee Performance Center
    • Over the Rhine's acoustic Christmas (8pm SOLD OUT) - City Winery
    • Muddy Lussy and guests (9pm) - Sally O's
    • Ruby Rose Fox, Josh Knowles, & Hana Kahn (9pm) - The Lizard Lounge
    • the Houston Bernard Band (10pm) - Loretta's Last Call
    • Judy Collins, & Ari Hest (8pm) - Cabot Theatre (Beverly, MA)
    • Paula Cole (8pm) - Center for Arts (Natick, MA)
    • Parsonfield (acoustic holiday show), & Dan Blakeslee (8pm) - Narrows (Fall River, MA)

  • Sunday, December 17:
    • Annie Barlett and friends (10:15am - 1:30pm) - Passim (brunch, which is served from 10am-2pm)
    • Ethan Robbins Bluegrass Hour (noon-4pm) - Loretta's Last Call, (brunch show)
    • Girls Rock Campaign Boston Rock ‘n' Roll Social, feat. Anjimile, Hilken Mancini and Chris Colbourn, Magen Tracy and the Missed Connections, Miss Geo, & Happy Little Clouds (4pm) - Atwood's
    • the Natural Wonders (4pm), & Sam Reid and the Riot Act (8:30pm) - Sally O's
    • Local Forecast with Wendy Sobel (4pm) - The Plough and Stars
    • Lori McKenna (solo), Sunny Sweeney (5, & 8pm) - Club Passim
    • Americana Sundays hosted by Greg Klyma, final show of the year, w/ Jeff Gaynor, Paul Chase, & David Andrew Moore (7pm) - Thunder Road
    • Samantha Fish, & Louie Fontaine and the Starlight Searchers (8pm) - The Sinclair
    • Bebel Gilberto (8pm) - City Winery
    • Dan and the Wildfires ugly sweater party (9:15pm) - Atwood's
    • the 14th Annual Cape Cod Cavalcade for the Homeless w/ the Chandler Travis Philharmonic, Kami Lyle, Stephen Russell, Kate and Todd from Sidewalk Driver, the Catbirds, the Spampinato Brothers, Monica Rizzio, WOMR's Lady Di, Cla Da Bossa Nova, Tripping Lily,  Jo Brisbane, Crabgrass, Sarah Burrill,  the Athol Thingerth, & more (7pm) - Ocean's Edge (Mansion Ballroom, 2907 Main Street, Brewster, MA)
    • the Gibson Brothers (7:30pm) - Bull Run (Shirley, MA)

  • Monday, December 18:
    • David Johnston (7:30pm), & the White Owls (10pm) - Toad
    • Monday Night Bluegrass w/ Sean Staples, Eric Royer, & Dave Westner and Jimmy Ryan (8:30pm) - Atwood's
    • Paul Rishell and Annie Raines (9:30pm) - The Cantab Lounge, which begins at 8pm)
    • Matthew Stubbs and the Antiguas (10pm) - The Sinclair, (no cover)

  • Tuesday, December 19:
    • Wintery Songs In Eleventy Part Harmony with Jennifer Kimball, Rose Polenzani, Mariel Vandersteel, Deni Hlavinka, Hannah Read, Valerie Thompson (7, & 9:30pm) - Club Passim
    • the Franc Graham Band (7:30pm), & the Blue Ribbons (10pm) - Toad
    • Shemekia Copeland (8pm) - City Winery
    • Kathleen Parks, Emily Baker and the Stay-At-Home Dads, & High Strung Reunion (8:30pm) - The Cantab Lounge
    • Session Americana with Jefferson Hamer (9pm) - The Lizard Lounge
    • Duke Levine Band (9:15pm) - Atwood's
    • Johnny Trama and the B3 Kings (10pm) - The Plough and Stars

  • Wednesday, December 20:
    • Chris Pureka, & the Harmaleighs (7pm) - Club Passim
    • Fandango (7:30pm), & Spotted Tiger (10pm) - Toad
    • Miss Tess and the Talkbacks (7:30pm) - Burren, (back room)
    • Tony Savarino and the Savtones, Telescope, & Infinite Out (7:30pm) - Midway Cafe

  • Thursday, December 21:
    • Frank Drake and Friends (7:30pm), & Baker Thomas Band (10pm) - Toad
    • Spring Hill Rounders (7:30pm) - Sally O's
    • the Alternate Routes, & Nick Fradiani (8pm) - City Winery
    • Elizabeth and the Catapult (cd release), & Dinty Child and Zacahariah Hickman (8pm) - Club Passim
    • Tall Heights, & Yolk Lore (8:30pm) - The Sinclair
    • Barrence Whitfield and the Messengers (9pm) - The Lizard Lounge
    • Wintery Songs in Eleventy Part Harmony (7:30pm) - Center for Arts (Natick, MA)

  • Friday, December 22:
    • Hashtag Hoedown (6pm) - Sally O's
    • Masters of the Telecaster w/ GE Smith, Jim Weider, & John Herington (8pm) - City Winery
    • Jay Brannan (8pm) - Club Passim
    • the Love Love Christmas show w/ Rick Berlin, Field Day, Bob Kendall, Anna RaeHemway, & Martha Marin (8:30pm) - Midway Cafe
    • Tim Gearan Band, & the Wolff Sisters (9:30pm) - Atwood's
    • Organ in Orbit (10pm) - Toad
    • Club d'Elf with John Ferrara and Seth Moutal (10pm) - The Lizard Lounge

  • Saturday, December 23:
    • Bill Rosenblad, decked in a red hat and his holiday finest, & co-hosts the annual Lost Highway Christmas show - WMBR
    • Frank Drake's bluegrass jam (2pm), & the Bagboys (5pm) - Burren
    • Josh Lederman and the Cambridge-Somerville All-Stars (4pm) - The Plough and Stars
    • Jimmy Ryan and Sleighride (4pm), & the Silks (10pm) - Atwood's
    • Aine Minogue (5, & 7:30pm) - Club Passim
    • Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos (7:30pm), & Grace Morrison (10pm) - Toad
    • Twisted Pine (holiday show, & 8pm) - City Winery
    • Ross Livermore (cd release), Qwill, & Cilla Bonnie (8:30pm) - Thunder Road

  • Sunday, December 24:
    • Lindsay Straw, & Jordan Santiago (10:15am - 1:30pm) - Passim (brunch, which is served from 10am-2pm)
    • Jewmongous (5, & 7:30pm) - Club Passim

  • Tuesday, December 26:

  • Wednesday, December 27:
    • Melissa Ferrick (7pm) - Club Passim
    • Quinn Sullivan (8pm) - City Winery
    • Moon Hooch, Gnomedad, & Honeycomb (9pm) - The Sinclair

  • Thursday, December 28:
    • Girls Guns and Glory, & the Mallett Brothers Band (8pm) - City Winery
    • Marshall Crenshaw (8pm) - Club Passim

  • Friday, December 29:
    • Stephen Kellogg, & Chris Koza (7pm) - Club Passim
    • the Freddy Jones Band, & the Rationales (8pm) - City Winery
    • Ghost of Paul Revere, These Wild Plains, & Molly Mae Kupris (9pm) - Brighton Music Hall
    • Tower of Power (8pm) - Cabot Theatre (Beverly, MA)
    • Quinn Sullivan (8pm) - Narrows (Fall River, MA)
    • Delta Generators (8pm) - Bull Run (Shirley, MA)
    • Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers - Opus Undergound (Salem, MA)

  • Saturday, December 30:
    • Frank Drake's bluegrass jam (2pm), & the Bagboys (5pm) - Burren
    • Ellis Paul, Laurie MacAllister (5, & 8pm) - Club Passim
    • Sawyer Fredericks, & Olivia Millerschin (8pm) - City Winery
    • Deer Tick (9pm SOLD OUT) - The Sinclair
    • Glenn Yoder and the Western States (10pm) - Atwood's
    • Ryan Montbleau (8pm) - Cabot Theatre (Beverly, MA)
    • Los Lobos (8pm SOLD OUT) - Narrows (Fall River, MA)
    • Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers - Firefly's (Marlborough, MA)

  • Sunday, December 31:
    • the Late Risers (10:15am - 1:30pm) - Passim (brunch, which is served from 10am-2pm)
    • Los Lobos (7, & 10pm) - City Winery
    • Ellis Paul, Flynn (7, & 10pm) - Club Passim
    • Damn Tall Buildings (9pm) - The Lizard Lounge
    • Deer Tick (9pm, & SOLD OUT) - The Sinclair
    • the Abbie Barrett Band (10pm) - Atwood's
    • Roomful of Blues (7:30pm) - Bull Run (Shirley, MA)
    • Peter Wolf (9pm) - Cabot Theatre (Beverly, MA)

  • Monday, January 1:
    • Elisa Smith and the Tiny Little Lies (noon-4pm) - Loretta's Last Call, (brunch show)

  • Friday, January 5:
    • the Suitcase Junket, Lula Wiles, Kate Lorenz, Julie Rhodes, & Tim Gearan (8pm) - The Sinclair
    • the Albert Lee Band (8pm) - Bull Run (Shirley, MA)

  • Saturday, January 6:
    • Magic Dick and Shun Ng (7pm) - City Winery
    • Debra Cowan, Doug Farrell, & Sam Bayer (7:30pm) - Arts at the Armory Cafe

  • Thursday, January 11:
    • Carolyn Wonderland (7:30pm) - Bull Run (Shirley, MA)

  • Friday, January 12:
    • the Felice Brothers (9pm) - The Sinclair
    • the Nick Moss Band (8pm) - Bull Run (Shirley, MA)

  • Saturday, January 13:
    • Say Darling (8pm, & Haymarket Lounge) - City Winery

  • Thursday, January 18:
    • Will Dailey and the All Together Now (10pm) - Atwood's

  • Friday, January 19:

  • Saturday, January 20:
    • the Ballroom Thieves (8pm) - Old South Meeting House (310 Washington Street, Boston, MA)
    • Elliott Brood (9:30pm) - Great Scott

  • Thursday, January 25:
    • Greensky Bluegrass, & Billy Strings (8pm) - House of Blues
    • the Devil Makes Three (7pm) - Fete Music Hall (103 Dike Street, Providence, RI)

  • Friday, January 26:
    • the Infamous Stringdusters, & Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (8pm) - The Paradise

  • Thursday, February 1:
    • Tommy Emmanuel w/ Rodney Crowell (8pm) - Wilbur Theatre

  • Friday, February 2:
    • the Boxcar Lilies, & Lisa Bastoni (8pm) - the Me and Thee Coffeehouse (Marblehead, MA)

  • Saturday, February 3:

  • Wednesday, February 7:

  • Thursday, February 8:

  • Saturday, February 10:
    • the Ghost of Paul Revere (8pm) - Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport, MA)

  • Friday, February 16:
    • Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters (7:30pm) - Orpheum Theate

  • Sunday, February 18:
    • JD Souther (7pm) - Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport, MA)

  • Monday, February 19:
    • James Hunter (8pm) - City Winery

  • Friday, February 23:

  • Thursday, March 1:
    • Tommy Emmanuel, & Rodney Crowell (8pm) - Wilbur Theatre
    • Corey Smith (9pm) - The Sinclair
    • Howard Jones (8pm) - Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport, MA)

  • Friday, March 2:
    • Skipper's Alley (8pm) - Belleville Congregational Church (300 High Street, Newburyport, MA)

  • Tuesday, March 6:
    • Dave Mason (8pm) - City Winery

  • Saturday, March 10:
    • Skinny Lister, & Will Varley (8:30pm) - Middle East Downstairs

  • Thursday, March 22:

  • Friday, March 23:

  • Sunday, March 25:

  • Wednesday, April 4:

  • Saturday, April 7:

  • Sunday, April 8:

  • Saturday, April 14:
    • Della Mae (8pm) - Belleville Congregational Church (300 High Street, Newburyport, MA)

  • Sunday, April 15:
    • Rodriguez (8pm) - Wilbur Theatre

  • Thursday, May 18:
    • Jesse Colin Young (8pm) - Shalin Liu Performance Center (Rockport, MA)

  • Monday, May 1:

  • Wednesday, May 3:

Please Note:
  • Addresses of many Boston area clubs can be found here.
  • Additions, changes and corrections for roots/Americana/blues/cajun/zydeco shows can be made by writing to: roots-listings email address
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