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The Smack Dabs

The Smack Dabs

Brought to you by: Fugitive Productions

The Smack Dabs specialize in good-time Swing Blues music from the 1930s, featuring the songs of Tampa Red, Big Bill Broonzy, The Harlem Hamfats, and many others.

This delightful and timeless genre features a rich variety of musical styles, ranging from mournful blues to joyful celebrations, setting the stage for incredible solo and group improvisations and delighting audiences and dancers alike. The Smack Dabs’ sound is influenced by a mélange of musical styles. They feature some of Boston’s most compelling improvising musicians in their rotating lineup, bringing a fresh and unique sound to each performance.

Mark Earley: guitar, vocals, kazoo

Richard Saunders: piano

Jim Gray: upright bass

Mark Berney: cornet

Kit Buckley: saxophone, clarinet

Jon Kraus: washboard


The 1930s were halcyon days for Swing music, but not just for the likes of big bands like Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Lunceford, and the Dorsey Brothers. There were literally hundreds of small Swing combos from trios to octets, each with its own unique take on the music that dominated the market during the height of the Great Depression. The Smack Dabs celebrate the bawdy, joyous, inclusive character of this music and is dedicated to honoring those who made it great.

Doors Open: 7pm • Performance: 7:30pm

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

Tickets: $15/advance, $20/door