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Tweed River Music Festival Presents Dan Nicklin's Birthday Bash with The Silks, Bow Thayer Band, Oldjack, Smith & Weeden plus DJ J-Wall
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Somerville, MA
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Tweed River Music Festival Presents Dan Nicklin's Birthday Bash with The Silks, Bow Thayer Band, Oldjack, Smith & Weeden plus DJ J-Wall
Tweed River Music Festival Presents Dan Nicklin's Birthday Bash with The Silks, Bow Thayer Band, Oldjack, Smith & Weeden plus DJ J-Wall
Friday 6/5

$10 advance / $12 at the door
7:30pm doors / 8pm show

The Silks

Rock and Roll may not be dead, but it does seem like there's a priest leaning over its bed, reciting the last rites. However, if The Silks have anything to do with it, the body will soon be out of bed, bopping around the room.

What makes their debut disc, Last American Band, so special is this Rhode Island trio not only rocks but also rolls. While longhaired singer-guitarist, Tyler-James Kelly belts it out like early Paul Rodgers, bassist Jonas Parmelee and drummer Matthew Donnelly, keep the beat swinging. One listen to these guys and you'll remember this music is for the body as well as the mind. The minute you hear The Silks? You can't sit down.

It was all meant to be. Kelly somehow lost his backing group, but then veterans players Parmelee and Donnelly heard his songwriting and guitar-playing and nearly trampled over the competition to be in a band with him. For the last year, they've been blowing the minds of barflies in R.I. When 'Last American Band' comes out, it'll be an invitation across the nation. The Silks are positioned for national prominence.

"I never wanted to be a solo artist, with a backing band," says Kelly. "You can always get pros who can play behind you. But it doesn't have the organic feel of a band. I don't know what it is about playing with these cats. But we all totally lock in when we play. At the end of the day, we're just a bunch of animals who want to rock. It's not a careerist thing. We got together so we could f*ckin' play music together."

The sheer rockin' power of this album is also due to the fella who produced it. This guy named Paul Westerberg, leader of The Replacements. Between Westerberg's experience and the excitement of his new charges, this disc is like a wonderfully-controlled explosion. As Mr W. says, "We have a hit record here. It really stands up to all of the other mess in a big way."

From the Mountain-like heaviness of Down At The Heel to the Dylanesque blues of Try All You Want to the stomping rocker, Living In The World Today, The Silks sound like the first band in ages who could conceivably appeal to kids who are horrified at having Miley shoved down their throats, to aging hipsters who once hung out at The Fillmore. Though they're young, The Silks seem somehow ageless. They've learned their lessons. They know their history. They rock. They also roll. Look! The body is out of bed. And dig it: he's dancing!

Peter Gerstenzang is an award-winning humorist and freelance journalist, who has written for The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Esquire and a number of other of publications.

"On barn burning tracks like the aforementioned "Down at the Heel," Kelly plays like a man twice his age and with decades more experience, cycling through the myriad styles of playing that saturate The Silks music with swampy slide guitar, deft and delicately finger-picked country folk and great swaggering waves of English blues and rock 'n roll. Kelly channels dirty delta blues out of what sounds like a rusty tin can on "Mean Old Woman" as easily as the beautiful country blues of "Try All You Want," and along with the incredible dynamics of Parmelee and Donnelly, they bring each fantastic song to barroom stomping grandeur"  Eric Smith, Providence Monthly

Bow Thayer Band

Bow Thayer is an accomplished and prolific songwriter who cultivates influences from the worlds of rock, blues, folk, prog, bluegrass and everything and anything in between to produce music that is heartfelt, soulful and uniquely his

Bow Thayer has been singing and writing songs for as long as he can remember. Making music is who he is. He has lived up to his "reputation as a sublimely gifted artist" by pursuing a creative vision that seeks to lead Americana music into the future. Finally gaining national recognition, American Songwriter Magazine says this "onetime Levon Helm compatriot is the best artist to come from New England in recent years."


OldJack is a group of circumstance. While recording other bands, Lead singer/songwriter Dan "GoodWood" Nicklin would find himself requesting his clients and musician friends to help make a studio record. In the Winter of 2008 a show was offered and OldJack took its first line up. While the members have changed and the band has grown in numbers (they currently bring 8-9 people to the stage) the band is still developing it's soul/rock sound. With two guitars, bass, drums, organ/keys, three female background singers, and a front man from yesterday, OldJack belts out their original material with lots of harmonies, big vocals, and guitar solos galore.

Hugh Wyman - Guitar
Jim Collins - Bass
Derek Feeney - Guitar
Paul "P to tha G" Gallo - Drums
Kelly Davis - Vocals
Nate Leavitt - Acoustic
Dan Nicklin - Lead Vocal, Guitar
Evan Harriman - Keys

Smith & Weeden

Smith and Weeden are a Rock and Roll Band from Providence. One could leave it at that but it seems the confidence that comes with wearing such a badge is both rejuvenating and inspiring and worth a little more explanation.The songwriting is strong and the respect to those before them is apparent in the chemistry as well as the chorus you end up singing the rest of the week. All hail the group vocal and harmonies. Champion the Les Paul, Telecaster and Fender Bass direct to the amp with no pit stops in between. A backbeat that is all business. Smith & Weeden have no interest in being flashy, perfect or polished. They show up fueled with the desire to find the sweet spot in the room. The one where everything mixes itself. The sound coaxes. You are moving somewhere between a sway and a mosh. Kinda stiff, kinda loose. You know, Rock and Roll.

Plus DJ J-Wall spinning tunes all night!!


Cuisine en Locale (View)
156 Highland Ave
Somerville, MA 02143
United States


Music > Rock

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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