The Fallout Shelter
The Fallout Shelter is a fully functioning sound stage and recording studio with an intimate cabaret style theater built in for a live studio audience. It is the home of The extended play sessions, a live music program that is streamed to facebook and youtube and filmed and recorded live for additional post production. the fallout shelter is a listening room, a studio and a live music experience you won't soon forget. It is world class music in a most intimate setting. built in the basement of a 250 year old mill in norwood, ma, the fallout shelter offers free parking next to the building, a fine selection of beer, wine and malt beverages and a wonderful community of like-minded music fans.
KEMP HARRIS GROUP
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 4 7:00PM
Kemp Harris needs no introduction to The Fallout Shelter crowd. His previous three appearances have all been absolutely legendary Fallout Shelter performances and his shows consistently rank in the top shows we have all year. His music is infectious, socially conscious, historically relevant and just plain outright brilliant. He is without question one of our favorite performers at The Fallout Shelter and he's making his first trip back since September of 2021.
He's armed with his regular full band for this performance kicking off Black History Month. Josh Stolzfus on guitar, Jim Lucchese on the drums, Adam O on harmonica and vocals, Brian Verocchi on bass, Mike Caglianone on sax, flute and Kemp on the piano.
This show will be the first show in a four part residency with Kemp Harris highlighting the many facets of his incredible career.
FT. WILD SUNDAYS & GREEN EYED SOUL
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 9 7:00PM
Our second Listen Local features two critically acclaimed regional acts - Wild Sundays and Steve Snuffer's Green Eyed Soul.
WILD SUNDAYS is superbly created Indie-Rock with cool Pop-Rock overtones. The brain child of Melissa and John Hanson, Wild Sundays evolved from a group assembled in 2019 to perform at the John Hanson Project album release show into the powerful five piece rock band it is today. The band features Shawn Tuttle on guitar, Connor Quigley on bass and Dan Brookfield on drums. Their Debut album OH shows their skill in many varieties of originality, complete with surprising instrumental segues and powerful harmonies. This is superbly created indie-rock with cool pop-rock overtones.
GREEN EYED SOUL is a unique collective that serves up soulful vocals, tight knit grooves, funky keys, and a touch of horns with a unique twist. Elements of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Bill Withers are combined with a heavy New Orleans influence and solid musicianship of a collective that’s no stranger to making music in front of crowds. The members of the band have collectively shared the stage with many notable and diverse artists as Cypress Hill, KRS-One, G. Love & Special Sauce, (Latin Grammy Winners) Los Amigos Invisibles, Jazz Mandolin Project, The Slip, Dr. Didj, The Original P-Funk Allstars and more.
BONDRA & MORRIS
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11 7:00PM
A creation of two time Grammy nominated guitarist Tyler Morris and powerhouse vocalist Cody Bondra, Bondra & Morris is Boston’s newest premier country band. Performing all the hits from artists like Luke Combs, Kieth Urban, and Jason Aldean, the band promises to have you on your feet dancing!
Frontman Cody Bondra is a veteran of the rock and country scene in New England, having toured with his own band (and a few others) for quite some time now. Lead guitarist Tyler Morris is an absolute force to be reckoned with - having cemented his legacy as a masterful blues and rock guitar player, it’s no surprise he can rip the intricate modern and old-school country licks with the best of them. Rhythm is an integral part of country music, and no one holds the groove down tighter than drummer Matt Kelley. Our own Fallout Shelter producer Connor Quigley handles Bass duties with a booming low end that you'll feel in your chest. So call up your friends, crack a beer, and get on your best dancin’ boots, because a night with Bondra & Morris is a night you won’t forget.
OPEN MIC NIGHT
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16 7:00PM
Doors and sign-ups start at 7 and the fun starts at 7:30. 15 minute sets - first come first serve.
$5 cover at the door for viewers. Musicians get in free!
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.
JAMES COTTON'S LIFE IN THE BLUES
A MOVIE AND A SHOW FT. THE JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18 7:00PM
We'll be screening the full length documentary film Bonnie Blue - James Cotton' s Life In the Blues. James Cotton’s Life in the Blues is a unique portrait of an era and its impact today. Overcoming early poverty, racism, and other challenges, Cotton toured with some of the greatest musicians of his day: Steve Miller, the Rolling Stones, and B.B. King, to name a few, as he developed a unique musical style and put the harmonica on the map, ultimately winning a Grammy and being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. In addition to stunning archival footage, the film includes contemporary interviews with other notable blues musicians.
The Screening will be followed by an ALL-STAR performance of some of James Cotton's most memorable songs by the James Montgomery Band. This incredible band features James Montgomery (far too many accolades to mention here) on harmonica, David Hull (Joe Perry Project, Buddy Miles, 4 tours as Aerosmith) on bass, Marty Richards (Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard, J. Geils Band) on drums, George McCann (The Blues Brothers) on guitar, Christine Ohlman (Beehive Queen from Saturday Night Live) on vocals, and Cheryl Arena (Award winning Blues Harmonica Ace and Instructor in Clarksdale MS) on harmonica.
THE MAPLE RUN BAND
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25 7:00PM
Vermont based Maple Run Band coalesced around 2019 as a collaboration between Trevor Crist (vocals, guitar, piano, organ) and Nicole Valcour (vocals, drums). The two had previously spent several years as the rhythm section of alt-country band Construction Joe. Along with bassist John "Spence" Spencer, they started performing together to showcase Crist's songwriting, with a sonic signature defined by Crist and Valcour's braided harmonies. Bill Mullins (Barbacoa, Blowtorch), joined shortly after, bringing his unique and expressive electric guitar stylings to the mix.
Crist cites songwriters like John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, and Joni Mitchell as key influences, but also draws inspiration from a wide range of storytellers across a variety of mediums, from Robert Frost to Eudora Welty to the Coen Brothers. Seven Days, Vermont's Independent voice music review writes, ""Crist has a gift for writing poetic lyrics that fit snugly into the instrumentation of the track. Each song on the album is a fictional vignette, and Crist thrives on the freedom and creativity that this approach offers. The characters he creates have a playfulness that, coupled with the retro vibe, makes for some fun music."
WITH SPECIAL GUEST FRANK VIELE
SUNDAY MARCH 5 7:00PM
Jeffrey Gaines has been heralded for his soul-searching lyrics and his powerful live performances. With only his voice and a guitar for accompaniment, Gaines has earned a reputation as a captivating performer, entertaining his audiences worldwide. Throughout his three-decade recording career, Gaines has maintained an impressive standard for soul-searching, introspective lyrics and catchy, uplifting melodies. He has sold out theaters and clubs throughout North America and Europe, and has earned high respect from his peers, being featured as a Special Guest on tours with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Tracy Chapman, Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow, among many others. This will be Jeffrey's debut at the Fallout Shelter!
Frank Viele has had an extremely impressive career thus far, having won 3 New England Music Awards for Album of the Year, Male Performer of the Year and Live Act of the Year. Viele is a performer of the highest order and has toured nationally sharing the stage with Allen, Mack, Myers and Moore, Lee DeWyze, Howie Day, Smith & Myers, John Waite and many others.
THE CHRIS O'LEARY BAND
SATURDAY MARCH 23 7:00PM
Back in the "pre-pandemic" days we hosted the Chris O'Leary Band one hot summer night in 2019. It was majestic, hard driving, rumbling, rocking blues that made your chest thump and your feet shuffle. Chris’s musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for The Barnburners, rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm’s band. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together, they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages and selling out shows everywhere they went. Chris has appeared on stage with Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell, James Cotton and many more.
The Chris O’Leary Band’s debut CD “Mr. Used to Be” won the 2011 Best New Artist Debut CD Blues Blast Award and was nominated for best new artist debut at the 2011 American Blues Music Awards. Chris is the REAL DEAL - a decorated Marine Veteran with blues in his soul and rock and roll oozing from his band. This is gonna be a killer show!
SATURDAY APRIL 15 7:00PM
The Blues Giant makes his Fallout Shelter Debut! This will ROCK!
Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 30 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of nature to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson," Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures.
THE EXTENDED PLAY SESSIONS
Roots rock and roll, indie rock, blues, jazz, soul, R&B, Alternative country, folk, the best in singer/songwriters...whatever the genre the extended play sessions has featured it at one time or another. we've been providing high quality content to independent musicians since 2007 and our stage has seen the very best in local, regional, national and international touring artists. when you come to the fallout shelter you're here to watch the production of the extended play sessions, a five camera, full audio recording production. the extended play sessions streams live on facebook @ facebook.com/epsfalloutshelter and on youtube @ youtube.com/user/alternateroot1. Subscribe to our youtube channel for notification of all of our live broadcasts.
videos of recent shows filmed at the fallout shelter
the fallout shelter
IMAGES And insights from the vault
is the definitive history of the fallout shelter through breathtaking images and the personal experiences of the artists and staff that make the fallout shelter so unique. it is a 220 page, 'limited edition' coffee table book, with beautiful full color and black and white photography capturing the great moments of performers, staff and fans. there were 300 copies printed and 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 reopening after the pandemic. There are still a few copies of the book available here.. support the grcpac...buy a copy!