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The Darrell Nulisch Band

An All-Star Blues Quintet Like No Other!

Fri, Mar 8, 2024 7:00pm

Indulge in the soulful essence of blues with The Darrell Nulisch Band at The Fallout Shelter. Darrell Nulisch, renowned for his captivating "blue-eyed" soul and blues vocals, takes center stage, showcasing his powerful voice and exceptional harmonica skills rooted in the heart of Texas. Supported by a stellar lineup featuring guitarist Chris Vitarello, Hammond organist Dave Limina, drummer Lorne Entress, and bassist Mike Law, this quintet promises an unparalleled evening of pure blues and soul. Making a triumphant return to The Shelter for the first time since 2015, don't miss the glorious comeback of Darrell Nulisch and his exceptional band.


Jimmy Vivino & Friends

The Blues and Soul Icon Returns!

Sat, Mar 9, 2024 7:00pm

This show is completely sold out! Please join us for a FREE livestream on our YouTube & Facebook channels March 9 at 7PM EST. Get ready for an electrifying night as blues and soul icon Jimmy Vivino makes his triumphant return to The Fallout Shelter for the fourth time. Known as "Jimmy V", he's not just Conan O’Brien’s musical director; he's a seasoned blues man with a musical journey spanning five decades. Having collaborated with legendary artists like Hubert Sumlin, Keith Richards, and Elvis Costello, Jimmy is a consummate showman and a walking encyclopedia of roots, blues, and soul. Jimmy's bringing the party, complete with surprise guests as he always does – get ready for an unforgettable night of musical magic!


The Jax Hollow Trio

"An Untamable Force of Nature"

Thur, Mar 14, 2024 7:00pm

With a standing ovation at the legendary Ryman Auditorium and high praise from Melissa Etheridge herself, the untamable force of nature known as Jax Hollow has arrived. Hailing from Nashville by way of Western Massachusetts, this Berklee College of Music graduate is bringing a much needed revival to rock with her fresh innocence and serious talent. Jax Hollow’s refreshing blend of Classic Rock, Blues, and Americana delivers with top notch songwriting, powerful vocals and ripping guitar solos.


The Mighty Soul Drivers

Keeping The Memphis Soul Flame Burning: A Blistering Soul Music Attack from Masters of the Art!

Sat, Mar 16, 2024 7:00pm

Feel the pulse of Memphis and Detroit Soul come alive as The Mighty Soul Drivers, New England's guardians of the Memphis Soul flame, take the stage at The Fallout Shelter. This 7-piece orchestra, with frontman Bob Orsi's impassioned vocals at the core, delivers a soulful experience honed through years of playing diverse venues, from major festival stages to corner taverns. Get ready for an electrifying night filled with deep Soul classics, contemporary Memphis-styled tunes, and their own soulful originals that will have you grooving from the opening horn riff to the last note. The Mighty Soul Drivers guarantee to deliver the best Memphis-style Soul in Southern New England.

Halo Rider

Halo Rider

Anne Harris and Markus James: Two World Class Musicians Collaborate For Genius!

Sun, Mar 17, 2024 7:00pm

Have you ever imagined witnessing a collaboration so exciting, intense, and mind-blowingly brilliant that it's beyond words? Well, it's here at The Fallout Shelter with Halo Rider – Anne Harris, the other-worldly violinist, and Markus James, a unique genius in blues music. Brace yourself for a theatrical, breath-taking experience, a kaleidoscope of deep grooves, harmonies, and electrified blues-rock. It's not just a concert; it's a musical journey you won't forget!


Alice Howe & Freebo

With Special Guest Kemp Harris!

Thur, Mar 21, 2024 7:00pm

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable evening at The Fallout Shelter as Americana sensation Alice Howe and legendary bassist Freebo join forces for a concert that weaves together their contrasting yet complementary musical styles. With flawless harmonies and Freebo's unique fretless bass stylings, the duo's undeniable chemistry brings an authentic blend of roots, blues, folk, and rock. Special guest Kemp Harris, a Fallout Shelter favorite, adds to the magic with a solo piano performance featuring new material from his highly anticipated 2024 album. Don't miss this monumental showcase of talent and musical diversity on a night that promises to be both introspective and exhilarating.


Afton Wolfe Band

With Special Guest Norris The Terrible

Sat, Mar 23, 2024 7:00pm

Step into Afton Wolfe's world where songs unfold as four-minute feature films about the human condition, trials, and triumphs of the everyman. Hailing from Mississippi, Afton's roots in American music are deep, blending the blues, country, and rock influences with the rich tapestry of the Delta and the vibrant flavors of New Orleans. With a vocal style reminiscent of a blend between Tom Waits and Dr. John, and songwriting that strips life down to its most ironic simplicity, Afton Wolfe's performance at The Fallout Shelter promises an engaging, funny, and thought-provoking journey through the intricately puzzled together sounds of contemporary and familiar American Roots music. Special guest Norris The Terrible is a dynamic 5-piece alternative folk-rock band from Southern Massachusetts that aims to inspire vulnerability and genuine community, centering around Marcos Esteves’s exceptional songwriting with poignant, brilliantly conceived, and deeply emotional lyrics.


Open Mic Night

All Ages & Skill Levels Welcome

Thur, Mar 28, 2024 7:00pm

15 minute sets - first come first serve. $5 cover at the door for viewers, musicians get in free! Doors open at 6:30PM and the fun will start by 7PM. We start handing out numbers for performers at 6PM. We offer optional professional filming for all musicians. For $75, we will professionally film, mix and edit your 15 minute set, delivering you a high quality finished video product. Please let us know prior to taking the stage if you would like to film your set.

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Matt York Presents

The Highwaymen

Songs and Stories ft. the Music of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson & Waylon Jennings

Fri, Mar 29, 2024 7:00pm

Matt York Presents The Highwaymen at The Fallout Shelter: Embark on an enchanting musical odyssey seamlessly weaving the iconic tunes of The Highwaymen (Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Waylon Jennings) into an unforgettable, harmonious performance. Recently nominated for the 2023 Boston Music Award for "Best Country Artist," Matt York skillfully entwines mesmerizing storytelling with expressive renditions of The Highwaymen's timeless hits. Following a triumphant 2022, boasting over 175 shows, York now brings this immersive multimedia experience to The Fallout Shelter stage, delivering a soulful exploration of rock 'n' roll and country.


Love Crumbs

One of the Most Exciting Bands to Come Out of Western Mass in a Long Time!

Sat, Mar 30, 2024 7:00pm

Love Crumbs, a seven-piece Indie Rock powerhouse from Western Massachusetts, crafts a sonic landscape inspired by legends like Bob Dylan and Fleetwood Mac. With Ali McTavish at the forefront, channeling the spirit of Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin through her vocals, the band effortlessly blends velvety yacht rock arrangements with soulful introspection. This will be an exceptional evening of "Yacht Folk" as Love Crumbs commands the stage, narrating tales of triumph and personal resilience through their emotionally charged lyrics and captivating performances.


Roberto Morbioli

The Italian Incendiary Blues Giant Returns!
With Special Guest Opener Mark Gentile Trio

Fri, Apr 5, 2024 7:00pm

Get ready for a night of scorching blues at The Fallout Shelter as the Italian guitar virtuoso, Roberto Morbioli, makes a triumphant return after two years. With over three decades of global touring, Morbioli is a true maestro of Chicago blues, leaving audiences spellbound with his unparalleled passion and energy. Joining him on stage are award-winning bassist Lenny Bradford and acclaimed Romanian drummer Liviu Pop, guaranteeing a performance that will set the venue ablaze. Opening the night is the dynamic Mark Gentile Trio (MGIII), led by local guitar maestro Mark Gentile, whose eclectic style promises an electric, high-energy jam experience.

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The Daniela Schächter Nonet: A Tribute to Wayne Shorter

“The Faculty Fellowship Grant” from Berklee College of Music

Sat, Apr 6, 2024 7:00pm

This special event with Daniela Schächter features the music of the legendary Wayne Shorter, one of the most influential composers and jazz performers of all time. Following Wayne Shorter's passing in March 2023, Berklee College of Music established a "Faculty Fellowship Grant" to honor him. Award-winning pianist and vocalist Daniela Schächter received this prestigious grant and composed for a nonet, a nine-piece orchestra, to pay tribute to Shorter's iconic music. Don't miss this historic event at The Fallout Shelter, where 9 master musicians, including Daniela Schächter, will showcase their interpretations of Wayne Shorter's timeless compositions with a 5-piece horn section, piano, guitar, bass, and drums.


The Dwayne Haggins Band

The Brilliant Guitarist Makes His Fallout Debut!

Fri, Apr 12, 2024 7:00pm

Experience the enchanting fusion of soulful vocals and musical exploration with Dwayne Haggins, "the love child of Sam Cooke and Mississippi John Hurt". This promises to be a night of strangely familiar, naturally mysterious, and unmistakably unique sounds. Backed by a stellar lineup featuring Mario Perrett on saxophone, Ahren Shreeve on lead guitar, John Cooke on organ, Will Woyda on bass, Jahnu on percussion, and Mark Teixeira on drums, DHB is making waves as one of the most thrilling live bands on the east coast.


Barry Goudreau's Engine Room

The Guitarist Formerly of The Band Boston Returns!

Sat, Apr 13, 2024 7:00pm

This show is completely sold out! Please join us for a FREE livestream on our YouTube & Facebook channels April 13 at 7PM EST. Be a part of rock history live with Barry Goudreau, formerly of the multi-platinum band Boston. A driving force behind Boston's chart-topping albums, Goudreau brings his unparalleled talent to the stage with his band Barry Goudreau's Engine Room. Appearing for their fourth time at The Fallout Shelter, Barry Goudreau's Engine Room promises a night filled with Boston hits and a nostalgic journey through Goudreau's extensive catalog of rock classics – a not-to-be-missed performance by one of the year's most accomplished bands!


McNeill & Friends

New Album Release Show!

Fri, Apr 19, 2024 7:00pm

Step into a musical homecoming at The Fallout Shelter with the mesmerizing CA McNeill, one of our all-time favorite performers. Hailing from Northern Ireland, his songs are poignant snapshots of life's struggles, beauty, and common moments, shaped by the tumultuous times of his upbringing. Backed by Boston's finest musicians, including Sarah Seminski, Kevin Barry, Jesse Williams, Ken Clark, and Peter MacLean, expect a night filled with WOW moments and unforgettable music, featuring tracks from Christian's new album, "One Last Night On Day Street."


The Memphis Soul Spectacular

A Night of Incredible Soul and R&B Hits from the Acclaimed Memphis Soul Orchestra

Sat, Apr 20, 2024 7:00pm

Travel back to the 1960s with the Memphis Soul Spectacular – a romping, stomping 8-piece orchestra celebrating the iconic Southern Soul Sound that ruled Detroit, Memphis, Macon, and Muscle Shoals. Led by the dynamic Rob Jockel and backed by top-notch musicians, this night promises soulful sounds from legends like Sam & Dave, Otis Redding, Al Green and more. Every song is a danceable, memorable hit capturing the essence of the golden age of soul music with nostalgic, fun, and energetic vibes, all performed with outright precision.


The Paul Nelson Band

Grammy Winning Blues/Rock Guitar Great

Sat, Apr 27, 2024 7:00pm

Experience the electrifying guitar mastery of Grammy-winning artist Paul Nelson as he returns to The Fallout Shelter for an unforgettable night of blues and rock. Having fallen in love with the venue during a visit with the Willie J Laws Band, Nelson is back with his own band, ready to deliver a show that will undoubtedly rock the house. With a resume that includes being hand-picked by blues/rock icon Johnny Winter, sharing stages with legends like Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy, and accolades from guitar greats, this is a must-see event for fans of soulful, technically dazzling blues guitar.


Albert Lee

The World Renowned Guitarist Makes his Fallout Shelter Debut!

Weds, May 8, 2024 7:00pm

This show is completely sold out! Please join us for a FREE livestream on our YouTube & Facebook channels May 8 at 7PM EST. To experience the unparalleled brilliance of Albert Lee, one of the world's greatest living guitarists, in the intimate ambiance of the Fallout Shelter is simply incredible! With a career spanning legendary collaborations with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, and Emmylou Harris, this British-born country-rock artist emerged during the iconic sixties London scene, honing his unmatched skill that Eric Clapton himself describes as "gifted on just about every level." From winning a Grammy for 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown' to his blazing performances on his signature Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar, Albert Lee continues to captivate audiences worldwide with his unmistakable sound that Emmylou Harris hails as "often emulated, never equaled."

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Martyn Joseph

One of Our Favorite Singer/Songwriters Ever!

Thur, May 9, 2024 7:00pm

Martyn Joseph is a mesmerizing singer-songwriter that defies expectations, creating a massive, energetic sound with just a guitar and his voice. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over half a million records sales and thousands of shows, Martyn Joseph is a unique talent compared to the likes of Bruce Springsteen and John Mayer. Gifted with a rare ability to speak to the soul, Martyn’s expressive lyrics, jaw-dropping percussive guitar style and powerful vocals have earned him a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.


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The Quintessential Duo Returns to The Fallout Shelter

Sat, June 8, 2024 7:00pm

Join Ellis Paul and Radoslav Lorković at The Fallout Shelter for a night of storytelling through music, as they weave together tales of personal journeys and shared experiences. A folk singer whose music transcends generations, Ellis Paul captures the essence of shared human experiences and emotions, from the thrill of the open road to the depth of intimate love. Accompanied by the masterful Radoslav Lorković, whose piano style draws from classical elegance to raw blues, this duo promises an unforgettable evening of musical authenticity.



A Special Night of Blues Returns to The Fallout Shelter

Fri, July 12, 2024 7:00pm

Blues geniuses Peter Parcek and Danielle Miraglia join forces for what is sure to be an unforgettable performance. Peter is “truly a master” (Ted Drozdowski, Premier Guitar Magazine) and Danielle's writing is as magnificent as her skill on the guitar. With a full rhythm section, this intimate performance will be a celebration of Danielle and Peter’s combined creativity and musical intelligence, promising a blues experience like no other.


Madou Sidiki Diabaté and Salif Bamakora

World Renowned Kora Duet:

The World Comes to Norwood!

Sat, July 13, 2024 7:00pm

Discover the enchanting melodies of the Kora as two virtuosos, Madou Sidiki Diabaté and Salif Bamakora, grace The Fallout Shelter stage for the first time with their unparalleled talents. The Kora, an ancient West African instrument, is crafted from a gourd that is cut in half and covered with cow skin to form a resonator with a long hardwood neck and 21 strings, each producing distinct notes, classifying it as a "double-bridge-harp-lute" due to its unique musical elements. With two of the most celebrated Kora masters in the world performing, Madou Sidiki Diabaté and Salif Bamakora, this evening will be a beautiful fusion of tradition and contemporary exploration.


I Draw Slow

Critically Acclaimed, World Renowned Irish Roots Group Makes Their Fallout Shelter Debut!

Tues, July 23, 2024 7:00pm

Known for their award-winning videos and fine songwriting, Dublin five-piece I Draw Slow has redefined tradition with hauntingly beautiful tunes that blend traditional Irish and Appalachian influences with sixties pop and New Orleans jazz. After a transformative hiatus during the pandemic, this acclaimed band returns, delving into the depths of human experience, offering a glimpse into the beauty salvaged from collective pain. Don't miss this unique journey through the band's newly evolved, darker musical palette during this exciting evening at The Fallout Shelter.



As Good a Band as There Is!

Fri, July 26, 2024 7:00pm

When Evan Goodrow returned to our stage in 2023, the funk-soul-blues ‘beat-down’ jam that ensued rivaled anything we’ve seen at The Fallout Shelter. Evan’s incredible guitar riffs, soulful voice and top-notch songwriting place him among the most revered musicians in the Boston area. On top of being a recipient of the prestigious Boston Blues Award, Evan has jammed with Jimmy Buffet on several occasions, played multiple shows with Blues icon B.B. King, and sang with the Yardbirds, technically making him the youngest Yardbird ever. B.B. King may have put it best when he simply referred to Evan as “Exceptional”.


Bywater Call

The Blistering Toronto Band Returns!

Sun, July 28, 2024 7:00pm

Bywater Call made a dazzling 2023 debut at The Fallout Shelter, delivering one of the year's most exhilarating performances. Renowned as one of the tightest, most talented bands to grace our stage, this Toronto-based seven-piece ensemble led by Meghan Parnell (vocals) and Dave Barnes (guitar) is poised for global stardom, making their upcoming Fallout Shelter show a must-see event. With nominations for Independent Blues and Maple Blues Awards, alongside praise from European media and standout performances at festivals worldwide, Bywater Call promises a sold-out spectacle on the brink of explosive success.

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IMAGES And insights from the vault


This book contains the definitive history of The Fallout Shelter through breath-taking images and the personal experiences of the artists and staff that make The Fallout Shelter so unique.


The book is a 220 page, 'limited edition' coffee table book, with beautiful full color and black and white photography capturing unforgettable moments of performers, staff and fans.


There were 300 copies printed, signed and numbered by the book's authors Dan Busler and Bill Hurley. The Grass Roots Cultural and Performing Arts Center (GRCPAC) issued the book in May of 2021 as a fundraiser prior to re-opening after the pandemic shutdown. There are still a few copies of the book available. 


Buy a copy today to support The Fallout Shelter & The GRCPAC!


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