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recommended boston area events

tuesday, december 4th

kelly hogan

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 6th

conor oberst

@ converse hall, tremont st.

thursday, december 6th

jason isbell &

the 400 unit

@ the sinclair

friday, december 7th

the weisstronauts 14th

annual holiday jubilee

with guests tsunami of sound

preacher jack, & the derangers

@ the midway cafe, jp

friday, december 7th


moving mountains


@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

patrick watson

@ the sinclair

saturday, december 8th

the faint perform

"danse macabre"


icky blossoms

@ the paradise

sunday, december 9th

band of horses

@ house of blues

sunday, december 9th



@ the paradise

wednesday, december 12th

concrete blonde

jim bianco

@ the sinclair

thursday, december 13th

annual boston christmas cavalcade

benefit for the homeless

featuring tons of artists

(see fb event for details)

@ johnny d's

thursday, december 13th

nada surf

eternal summers

@ the paradise

thursday, december 13th

mates of state

in the valley below

@ brighton music hall

friday, december 14th

forgetters (blake from

jawbreaker's band)

& more tba

@ democracy center, harvard square

sunday, december 30th

sufjan stevens

sheila saputo

@ the royale

monday, december 31st

my morning jacket

@ agganis arena

monday, december 31st

deer tick

two gallants

@ the sinclair

monday, january 7th


@ the paradise

tuesday, january 8th


@ great scott

saturday, january 19th

mission of burma

@ the sinclair

sunday, january 20th

camper van beethoven


@ the middle east down

sunday, january 20th


@ the orpheum

sunday, january 20th

ra ra riot

@ the paradise

sunday, january 27th


@ great scott

tuesday, january 29th

kathleen edwards

sera cahoone

@ brighton music hall

wednesday, february 13th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

saturday, march 2nd

unknown mortal orchestra

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 12th

tame impala

@ house of blues

thursday, march 14th

jukebox the ghost

matt pond pa

lighthouse and the whaler

@ brighton music hall

tuesday, march 26th

yo la tengo

@ the paradise

wednesday & thursday

april 3rd & 4th

they might be giants

@ the paradise

visit tourfilter for more shows

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Billy Ruane's Cambridge City Council Proclamation

Yesterday was a rough one for everyone that was close to, or was in some way impacted by, our beloved Billy Ruane. The never-ending line to get into his wake was both wonderful and totally unsurprising, the impromptu New Orleans-style jazz band that set up on the corner outside was absolutely perfect, and the sound of Chris Brokaw's gorgeous guitar playing inside the funeral home made it so much easier to bear.

Postcard design by the Middle East Restaurant. Send your favorite Billy memories
to meinfo at themideastclub dot com for their Billy Ruane Memorial

The gathering that brought the post-wake crowd to fill Middle East Upstairs and Zuzu was simultaneously celebratory, comforting, and chaotic (kinda like Billy himself). Details on more organized events are trickling out... after all, Billy's birthday is comin' right up.

This was sitting on the mantel of the Donovan-Aufiero Funeral Home during Billy's wake, written by Cambridge City Councilor Kenneth E. Reeves...

Proclamation pic by Aliza

Whereas: William J. "Billy" Ruane Jr. was a voluble and volatile presence on the Boston rock scene for three decades. And;

Whereas: Billy was an irrepressible scenester, ardent supporter of local music and tireless promoter. And;

Whereas: Billy died Tuesday October 26th, 2010 of a heart attack in front of his computer. And;

Whereas: Billy was manic, brilliant, and obsessive, obsessed with music from jazz to rock. And;

Whereas: Billy was usually seen wearing a sports jacket, an untucked white shirt, and a smile. He had a huge hug and wet kiss for all. And;

Whereas: Billy was usually drinking, buying drinks, buying out rock and jazz venues and bringing his entourage and buying all of the memorabilia and giving it to his friends. And;

Whereas: Billy was the man who came to Joseph and Nail Sater at the Middle East Restaurant in Central Square in 1987 and convinced them to present live music thereby opening up a new chapter in Boston music history. And;

Whereas: Billy's death mark the end of an era, for the Boston rock and jazz scene, for Cambridge and all of us who loved him in Cambridge.

Whereas: That I, Cambridge City Councilor Kenneth E. Reeves, go on record offering condolences to the family and friends of Mr. William J. "Billy" Ruane and thanking him for his contributions to the City of Cambridge.

Signed this 30 day of October, 2010

Cambridge City Councilor Kenneth E. Reeves

Right on, Councilor Reeves.

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