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Assabet Co-op Dance Party Fundraiser!

Join us for a Co-op Dance Party Fundraiser in Maynard!
All are welcome for a fun night of music, dancing, raffle items, and light refreshments. We’ll provide updates on our store’s construction, fundraising, and all the exciting progress happening as we get ready to open our community-owned grocery store. This is a free event – optional cover at the door.
RSVP now by clicking here – https://www.eventbrite.com/…/dance-party-fundraiser… – and we’ll see you at the Co-op Dance Party!

Concert: Bruce Marshall Group with BJ Magoon & Driving Sideways

Bruce Marshall Group with BJ Magoon & Driving Sideways Brought to you by: Fugitive Productions

We’re thrilled to bring Bruce Marshall and BJ Magoon back to the Sanctuary stage. They both have a long tradition of performing in the area — especially Maynard!

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bruce Marshall has been a full-time musician his entire adult life with over 9,000 shows to his credit. He has opened for more than 200 national acts including James Brown, BB King, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Bryan Adams, Gregg Allman, Blood, Sweat, and Tears, Commander Cody, Kenny Loggins, Ginger Baker, The Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, and Joe Cocker.

With an affinity early on for blues, rock and ’60s pop, Marshall honed his chops in the gin mills of New England, starting with Whitecap, a popular area band that gigged nonstop for seven years. He put out his first album with his band, The Clue, in ’87 and went national with guitarist Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker guitarist/founder) in ’89, touring the US with Charlie Daniels, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Outlaws.

With many awards to his credit, in 2018, Marshall created his seventh record, “Borrowed Time,” to rave reviews.

Bruce Marshall (lead vocals, guitar, dobro), David Cournoyer (guitars, vocals), Steve Roberge (sax, harmonica, vocals), Glenn DiTommaso (bass), Pete Premo (drums)

BJ Magoon grew up in Acton and has been performing since his teens. At a ripe young age, BJ joined blues guitarist Luther “Georgia Boy” Johnson, a recent transplant from blues legend Muddy Water’s Band which led to performances with Muddy Waters and James Cotton, among others. In the ’80s, BJ formed Driving Sideways, whose repertoire of roots-based music includes Blues, Roots-Country Rock, Swing andSoul (with an emphasis on the groove). Over the years, he has opened for Bo Diddley, Delbert McClinton, Roy Buchanan, Lonnie Mack, The Holmes Brothers, Kenny Neal, Albert Collins, Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard & The Pleasure Kings, and Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters. In the ’90s, BJ produced and hosted a weekly radio show, “Blues On The Ceiling” and, for 14 years, he hosted the popular, weekly “Thursday Night Blues Jam” at The Acton Jazz Cafe.

BJ Magoon (vocals/guitar), Gary Jenkins (bass/vocals), Michael Avery (drums/vocals), with guest performer Tom Yates (lead guitar/vocal)

Doors open: 7pm • Performance: 8pm

Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.  For a list of Maynard’s many fine restaurants, click here.

Tickets: $20/Advance, $25/door

Concert: The Fat City Band

The Fat City Band

Now in their 5th decade, The Fat City Band has had the good fortune to be able to write, record, and perform a unique style of Blues, Roadhouse Rock, Jazz, and New Orleans Style R&B for their fans and friends alike.

Although some of the faces have changed over the years, The Fat City Band remain committed to one idea…

“Music Should Be Fun”.


Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door

Concert: Toni Lynn Washington

Concert: Toni Lynn Washington Brought to you by: Fugitive Productions

Ms. Toni Lynn Washington, Boston’s “Queen of the Blues” will be performing with an all-star band, featuring some of New England’s best and most well-known musicians and entertainers. Raised in a procession of gospel choirs in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Toni Lynn performed with classic R&B artists like Sam and Dave and Jackie Wilson throughout the South in her youth. A stirring vocalist, she will make you melt one minute, and have you on your feet testifying the next. And as if that ain’t enough, she’s one of the warmest and most engaging performers you will ever see! Toni Lynn has been a multiple Blues Music Award winner. She is a national treasure who was recently commended by US Senator Ed Markey for her service as a Blues Ambassador.

Tonight’s MC is drummer and vocalist Eddie Scheer, one of the pillars of the Boston Blues/R&B scene for over 20 years. As the leader of his award-winning band The Love Dogs, he’s toured the U.S. and Europe and recorded four critically acclaimed CDs. He’s played with virtually every top-level musician in the Northeast at one time or another, and has hosted his “Tuesday Night Allstars” series in Brighton for more than a decade. His encyclopedic repertoire is surpassed only by his big smile and love of entertaining.

Johnny Blue Horn has entertained countless fans of music in Boston and the Northeast region for many years. He has since become a double-barreled performer as both a trumpeter and vocalist encompassing a varied range of musical styles, from gritty Memphis R&B to rhythmic New Orleans second-line jazz; from swingin’ Kansas City blues to heartfelt ’70s soul.

Mario Perrett has been known for years as one of Boston’s most moving and soulful, saxophonists/vocalists. His blues-driven, funky sax has been in demand in studios and live settings all over New England. He has performed at nightclubs and music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe and has recorded with a number of national and regional artists including Luther “Guitar Johnson” Jr., Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Mighty Sam McLain, Joe Louis Walker. and The Love Dogs. Mario is currently touring with the up and coming Dwayne Haggins Band.

Mike Williams is a virtuoso jazz and blues guitarist who has recorded and toured with top-level artists such as the Grammy-winning James Cotton Blues Band, David “Fathead” Newman, Mighty Sam McClain, and David Maxwell, to name just a few. Williams is a professor at Berklee College of Music specializing in a mix of blues and jazz styles, and has traveled to Europe and South America on many occasions as a clinician and performer for the college.

Johnny Juxo is a one-of-a-kind keyboardist, vocalist, storyteller, and accordion player. His two most recent releases, Long Distance Driver and Get Off My Lawn have garnered awards and both popular and critical acclaim. He’s one of the most in-demand performers in New England and can be seen performing all over the Northeast with Lisa Marie, Racky Thomas’ Traveling Medicine Show, The Gin Boys, The Doghouse All Stars, and many others.

Steve Monahan is one of the busiest freelance bass players in and around the Boston area. Holding down the bottom end with such groups as Fandango featuring Fred Griffiths and the Diane Blue Band, he keeps things groovin’ with a warm sound and a swinging feel. He’s been gigging with Toni Lynn Washington on and off since the ’80s. He’s also been known to sing a Johnny Cash song or two every now and then.

Doors open: 7pm • Performance: 8pm

Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out. Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.  For a list of Maynard many fine restaurants, click here.

Tickets$20/Advance, $25/door

Concert: R.D. King with Walter Rodriguez

R.D. King with Walter Rodriguez Brought to you by: Fugitive Productions

R.D. King is an award-winning composer and performer of instrumental acoustic guitar music. Captivating and energetic on stage, he blends traditional fingerstyle techniques with guitar pyrotechnics to create cinematic and evocative music. King has placed in numerous competitions for songwriting and performance, including as the winner of the 2017 Canadian Guitar Festival’s International Fingerstyle Guitar Competition and as a finalist for the 2023 International Acoustic Music Awards (Instrumental Category). He draws inspiration from his educational work as a UMass Boston Associate Lecturer, JamPlay.com instructor, and TEDx Cambridge performer. Tonight, King performs work from his latest solo guitar project Songs of Spring, the triumphant final installment in the Seasons tetralogy.

Multi-media artist/musician Walter Rodriguez delights and soothes audiences with his unique fusion of contemporary songwriting and classical guitar techniques creating transcendental musical experiences. First prize winner of the Boston Conservatory Classical Guitar Competition, Walter’s songs and instrumental compositions traverse alternative acoustic, classical, and film-music genres and have been used as accompaniment in a variety of commercials, movies (“Shades of Ray” starring Zachary Levi), and MTV network specials. His various music/art projects include an alternative acoustic folk quartet (Walter & the Night Owls), a field recording project of soundscapes, and an upcoming new project exploring instrumental sounds immersed in natural spaces.

Joining Walter tonight, Masami Rodriguez is a violinist and music educator. She has performed in 20-plus countries and has worked on a wide variety of projects with the New England Conservatory of Music, Berklee College of Music, and local bands. She is currently a strings teacher in the Acton/Boxborough elementary schools and a course editor at Berklee College of Music.

Doors open: 7pm • Performance: 7:30pm

Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.  Click here for a list of Maynard many fine restaurants.

Tickets: $15/Advance, $20/door

First Thursdays: Joe Bargar & The Soul Providers featuring Cheryl Aruda

Joe Bargar & The Soul Providers featuring Cheryl Aruda

Brought to you by: Fugitive Productions

The Sanctuary stage will be hosting a band of Boston music legends on the first Thursday of the month through June. In April, Cheryl Aruda will be the featured guest performer.

When Cheryl Aruda was a kid, she crooned into a breadstick in her Italian grandmother’s kitchen, and thus began her career entertaining the masses with music, humor, and give-it-all-you’ve-got energy. A “theater kid” and Berklee grad who honed her craft in dive bars, Cheryl fronts her own group, “Dirty Blonde,” and has been a featured vocalist with blues, soul, and jazz bands on stages throughout New England (for far longer than she cares to admit)! In addition to signature gravelicious vocals and tremendous bandmates, Cheryl’s live performances and her CD, Unrequited Love Songsshowcase her skills as songwriter/lyricist . . . and, on one CD tune, tuba player!

Joe Bargar is a veteran of the New England music scene. Having grown up in Providence, RI, Joe had the opportunity to appear with such legendary acts as Roomful of Blues, Scott Hamilton, Duke Robillard, James Montgomery, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Living in New York City for decades, Joe played with performers including Sly &The Family Stone, Robbie Robertson, blues greats Otis Rush, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son Seals, and John Lee Hooker; and soul masters Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter, and Solomon Burke. He can also be heard on several recordings, including those by Diana Ross and “Late Show” bandleader Paul Shaeffer.

Joe Bargar (vocals, keyboard)
Bobby Gus Ledwell (guitar, vocals)
Eddie Scheer (drums,vocals)
Mark Poniatowski (bass, vocals)

Doors Open: 7pm • Performance: 7:30pm

Full bar • You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out. Click here for a list of Maynard many fine restaurants.

Tickets: $12/advance, $15/door

Masquerade Ball – A Fundraiser for the Maynard 2023 Holiday Parade

Get ready for a night of glitz, glamour, and giving back! Sanctuary is proud to host Maynard’s first ever Masquerade Ball on April 15, a fundraiser for the Maynard Holiday Parade. This is your chance to dress to impress in your most elegant masks and attire, while also supporting a great cause. Soul Function Boston, the hottest high-energy dance band around, will be taking the stage and keeping the party going all night long. And when you need a break from the dance floor, we’ve got you covered with a full bar and complimentary delicious snacks to refuel your energy!

Get your TICKETS today before they are all gone!

Doors open at 7pm

Dancing begins at 8pm

Fugitive Productions presents Britt Connors & Bourbon Renewal

Britt Connors & Bourbon Renewal

“When you have a wonderful instrument as supple as Britt’s mellifluous voice, it is a luxury that allows you to apply it to a wide array of styles. With a writing flair for beautifully lyrical compositions, it takes the possibilities even further. On her recently released third album, ‘Longitude,’ Britt Connors and the vehicle of her voice roam all over the map. She skillfully plumbs every style from soul, to folk, to pop, to gospel- and country-infused jazz.” — Nate Dow, former writer for the Boston Herald

Singer/Songwriter Britt Connors was born and raised singing in small-town West Boylston, MA before taking her studies to Ithaca College in NY. But, the lure of the talented Boston singer/songwriter scene and the thought that she may someday try her hand at songwriting brought her to Boston in 2001. Her acclaimed 2010 debut “The Bad Side of Good” was released under her maiden name of Britt Sawdon and blended blues, folk, and country with jazz voicings and pop sensibilities. By the time she released her second album, “Warmer Season” in 2014, she had met and formed her backing band, “Bourbon Renewal,” and had written the songs with that sound in mind, with tunes that are alternately rockin’, country, sweet, rootsy, and New-Orleans-street-parade. The record needed its own category, so they started calling it “Y’all-Ternative” music. Britt continued to expand into the band’s sound, calling on even more of some of Boston’s talented musicians for her 2020 album, “Longitude.” On this third record, she slips nimbly and authentically between soulful ballads, pop-rock, and gospel-infused Americana, reminiscent of recent feminist-inspired albums by Sara Bareilles and The Highwomen.

Britt and her bandmates are excited to be back at Sanctuary after their debut and album release party there last fall. They will be performing older and new songs with interesting new arrangements, featuring “Bourbon Renewal” bandmates: Ed Lucie on bass and harmony vocals, Phil Sargent on guitar, Bethany Weiman on cello, and Mike Connors on drums.

Doors open at 7pm • Performance starts at 7:30pm

Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.  For  a list of Maynard’s many fine restaurants, click here.

Tickets: $15/advance. $20/door.

Fugitive Comedy featuring Carolyn Plummer (Headliner) with Jay Whittaker, Brieana Woodward and Host Tim McKeever

Fugitive Comedy hosts some of the best and brightest comics working in the Boston area and nationally. The comedians who have joined us have appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Conan, David Letterman, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Last Comic Standing, America’s Got Talent, Comedy Central, The Jim Jeffries Show, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! Podcast, NPR’s Commonwealth Journal, Lifetime’s Girls Night Out — and have opened for numerous well-known comedians in clubs around the nation.

Carolyn Plummer (Headliner)

God help us. Some comics rely on the monumental events of the day or the faux pas of the rich and famous. Not Carolyn. She pulls material from the hum-drum, day-to-day monotony of the life of everyman — and she does it well. Carolyn learned early on that she could lament or she could make fun. Possessing an uncanny ability to introspectively pull from places most of us hide, Carolyn puts a nail through the heart of whiners, self-loathers, and the self-sorry of the world and makes the average seem hilarious and larger than life. Most of all, Carolyn’s twisted perception of our common existence leaves audiences hysterically shaking heads in agreement with her assessment that the world is indeed a very funny place.

Jay Whittaker
Jay is a comedian, actor, podcaster hailing from Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and Boston! He was recently one of the featured comedians on the DryBar Comedy Live tour, which was in over 70 comedy clubs nationwide and received millions of views on YouTube. He has appeared on the Disney Channel, Food Network, Lifetime Channel. He’s also received the “Best of Fest” award at the Big Pine Comedy Festival. Last summer, Whittaker filmed his secone comedy. Jay is a loving father, husband, and Air Force veteran.

Brieana Woodward
Brieana’s a lifelong New Englander who has appeared in clubs and venues throughout the East Coast, but she loves to tell jokes all across the country (having checked off 29 states so far in her comedy travels). She won second place in the 2022 Funniest Person in Massachusetts contest, and was a semi-finalist in the 2021 Boston comedy Festival Contest. Her rapid-fire punches, high-voltage energy, and raw talent are her dynamite recipe to blow away any audience!

Tim McKeever (Host)
Based in Western Mass, Tim has entertained crowds all over the country and performed at some of the area’s top comedy clubs including Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun and MGM and has opened for Nick DiPaolo, Lenny Clarke, and Jimmie Walker.

Doors open at 7pm • Performance starts at 8pm

Full bar • You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.  For a list of Maynard’s many fine restaurants, click here.

Tickets: $15/advance, $20/door

Fugitive Music presents The Lori Z Jazz Quintet

The Lori Z Jazz Quintet:

Lori Zuroff (vocals)
Molly Flannery (piano)
Bill McCormack (bass)
Bill Vint (saxaphone and flute)
Miki Matsuki (drums)

Lori, Molly, and Bill, superb performers in their own right, get together weekly, fine tuning their skills — and getting down and dirty playing the music they love! For this evening’s performance, they add the sparkle of drums and sweet horns to perform music from the 1920s “early days” of jazz to present-day interpretations of jazz standards, blues, and contemporary music. They are at home honoring great players and composers — from Ellington to Jobim to Bacharach — and some of the great singers they admire, including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Etta James. In November 2020, Lori released her debut jazz CD, “Ladybug,” featuring these fabulously talented musicians.

Lori Zuroff (vocals)
Lori has been singing with various rock, blues, R&B, and jazz bands for more 25 years. She has performed with both small and large bands in venues all over Boston including the Chick Singer Night at Johnny D’s and the Burren in Somerville, and The Mad Monkfish in Cambridge. In addition to leading this group, she also headlines The Lola Sweet Band. Lori studied jazz vocals for several years with Boston’s own jazz divas, Rebecca Parris and Dominique Eade, and with Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton in New York.

Bill Vint (saxaphone and flute)
Originally from Tucson, Bill began playing with jazz, blues, and Latin bands in nightclubs and venues while still in high school. As a student at Berklee College of Music, where he studied woodwinds with Joe Viola and Bill Pierce, he performed in many of the school’s most prestigious ensembles including Herb Pomeroy’s Concert Jazz Orchestra and the Thelonious Monk Ensemble. He has performed in bands backing Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Johnny Mathis, Josh Groban, Bernadette Peters, and John Mayer, among many others. He has done big band/swing tours with the Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James orchestras in addition to playing in the pit of many touring productions of Broadway musicals.

Molly Flannery (piano)
Molly is known for her distinctive touch on the piano, her melodic improvisations, and her ability to groove in jazz, Latin, and Brazilian idioms. After studying composition, improvisation and theory at Yale, Molly began her performing career in Japan where she appeared frequently at local clubs. When she eventually settled in Boston, she studied jazz with Ran Blake, Charlie Banacos, Kenny Werner, Harvey Diamond, and Doug Johnson. Her CD releases include ”Slow Dance at the Asylum” and “Riding the Bull.”

 Bill McCormack (bass)
Bill grew up in Ireland and started playing trumpet and bass at an early age. Before moving to the US, he played with many of Ireland’s top musicians including singers Honor Heffernan and Christine Tobin, and Stocktons Wing, and was a member of renowned jazz guitarist Louis Stewarts’ regular quartet. He continues to hold down the groove on a diverse Boston music scene playing both upright and electric bass with many of the area’s best musicians.

Miki Matsuki  (drummer)
Born in Matsuyama, Japan, Miki moved to the US to study jazz at the Berklee College of Music. In 2000, Miki’s band was selected “Best of Berklee.” She has performed and recorded in various musical settings including soundtrack work, radio and television, a tour of Korea, and so much more. Miki has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Joanne Brackeen, George Garzone, John Tchicai, Darren Barrett, Frank Lacy, Cecil Brooks, Dave Bryant, and Stan Strickland, among others.

Doors open: 7pm • Performance: 7:30pm

Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.  For a list of Maynard many fine restaurants, click here.

Tickets: $15/Advance • $20/door