Live music every Thursday from 3:30-5:30pm throughout the summer and fall market season. Our weekly music is generously supported by the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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2018 Music Performances
August 30th: Zack Bolles
Zack brings energy and honesty in an acoustic style of Heartland rock.
September 6th: T-Max
New England-based, T Max is a man of many hats (literally and figuratively). He’s the singer/ songwriter/ storyteller who has run The Noise (New England’s longest running music magazine). He also founded Boston Rock Opera (produced and acted in Jesus Christ Supertar), wrote two folk-rock operas, released nine solo albums, produced Boston Rock ‘n’ Roll Trading Cards, was the music director for Project Eno (a tribute to Brian Eno), lectured on marketing music media at Emerson College, was a fine artist in wood, is an art photographer, graphic artist, and to show that he’s not just interested in fields of art, he placed 4th in the US Open in 1988 (playing chess). New England music legend Willie “Loco” Alexander says, “T Max is a man from another century, like Ben Franklin or Ian Whitcomb, a man of a thousand voices (and hats). His music runs the gamut of standards to scat—creating songs from the lost jukeboxes of time. Amen.”
September 13th: Howie Newman
One of the most engaging performers on the New England folk circuit, Howie Newman combines music, comedy and audience participation to provide a truly unique entertainment experience.
September 20th: Amy Spillert
Amy Spillert is a singer-songwriter-guitarist from Beverly. Her music is folky and upbeat. Many of the songs she’s written are inspired by the ocean, nature, history, love and friendship. She also plays a full set list of covers, such as Greg Brown’s Canned Goods and Cheryl Wheeler’s When Fall Comes To New England, and fun family songs, such as Dar Williams The Babysitter’s Here. Amy has played at other farmers’ markets including Beverly, Salem, Marblehead, Swampscott, Middleton and Gloucester. She has also played at the Salem Arts Fest, Gloucester Sidewalk Bazaar and the Salem Antique and Classic Boat Show. She loves happy people wandering by and listening for a bit as she adds her music to an event.
September 27th: Paul Harty
Paul Harty is a constant on the North Shore music scene, performing with a wide variety of musicians and in many styles… vocal, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, banjo and bass.. Rootsy music, blues, Irish, Cajun, bluegrass, oldtime, rockabilly, doo wop, standards, etc.
October 4th: Casey LJ
Casey’s repertoire spans Country, Soul, Popular, Jazz Standards and originals with a singular American feel. Spanning a century of the American songbook, these are songs you know and love, whether you know it yet or not. Casey’s guitar and vocal renderings engage your ear with intricacy and nuance.
October 11th: Sammy & Bill McQuaid
Local Melrose Father/Son duo chock full of blues and early music.
October 18th – Chad Verbeck
Chad Verbeck, singer-songwriter and leader of bluegrass jam band, RockSpring. Fun folk originals and eclectic covers with vocals and acoustic guitar.
October 25th: Scary Mary / Horrid Harry
Music & Costume party and at the Farmer’s market!!!
Past Performers of 2018
June 7th: Bohemians
Kicking off the Summer Market Season! Bohemians is a group of Melrosians who drink coffee at The Bohemian and play a mix of Americana, blues, rock, and pop songs. Trading songs between group members, we seek to create a relaxed atmosphere for sharing music. Bohemians is: Jeremy Van Cleave (vocals, mandolin, guitar), Hannah Estabrook (vocals and the occasional tambourine), Jason English (vocals, guitar), Ken Templeton (vocals, guitar).
June 14th: Joe Mulholland
Pianist Joe Mulholland is a Professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music, and was Chair fo the Department for 10 years. Joe specializes in jazz, blues, Brazilian and Broadway. He has released 5 CD’s of original compositions and arrangements (available on iTunes and cdBaby) and is very active as a soloist and vocal accompanist in the Boston area.
June 21st: Brian Nolan
Brian is a vital part of the lively Cajun group, Jiblantos, who are based out of Melrose and play all around the Boston area. Nolan brings bluesy guitar work with deep cut covers and oringinal music to his solo sets.
June 28th: Shakey Jake Oliva
Jake is drawn to the raw feeling of the blues. “It’s hard to put into words,” Jake said. “It’s very soulful is the best way to describe it.”
July 5th: Bending Branches
Greg Williams, Joey Nowd and Julie Metcalf join together for upbeat renditions of your favorite songs.
July 12th: Stephen Moore / Family Day
Celebrating his 8th year of performing at Sally Frank’s Melrose Farmers’ Market, Stephen Moore once again plays an original, popular and broad spectrum of musical styles hitting all the right notes with new songs and old favorites that everyone enjoys.
Stephen is a semi-professional musician and singer playing both 6 & 12 String Guitars, Keyboards, and Harmonicas in everything from pop, and blues to old familiar songs often in new settings. Stephen also directs the North Shore Stompers marching band seen in many local parades on the North Shore. He is also a part of the legendary Chorus North Shore where he flexes his classical side in such pieces as Symphony of Psalms by Stravinsky, Mozart’s Requiem and others.
We hope you can join us for Stephen’s unique and exciting performance celebrating 8 years at Sally Frank’s Melrose Farmers’ Market.
July 19th: Frances Garrett
Melrose resident now Berkeley student, Frances performs thoughtful original music mixed with choice cover songs.
July 26th: Grace O’Shea
Grace O’Shea is an acoustic singer-songwriter originally from Milton, MA. After performing for many years, she made the move to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry. She has played at venues and events including weddings, Milton Music Festival, Quincy’s Porchfest, the Green Dragon Tavern in Faneuil Hall, and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN. She is currently studying Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She plays a blend of country, folk, and pop music, with influences such as Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Bonnie Raitt, Lori McKenna, and Dolly Parton.
August 2nd: Sam Chetkin
Sam Chetkin currently goes to MVMMS and has taken guitar for 7 years and vocal lessons for 3 years. He has performed musicals with the Melrose Drama Club and recently performed the title role in the WYRT production of Shrek.
August 9th: Frank Drake
Frank Drake – Frank plays, writes, and teaches music, working mostly in and around the Boston area both on his own as well as with a number of bands. He plays mostly “Americana”, which includes: jazz, western swing, bluegrass, roots country, a smattering of rock and pop, and some Irish and related varieties of trad based music.
August 16th: Lindsay Straw
Traditional ballads have been a source of inspiration for Lindsay Straw since her childhood in Montana, but she truly grew into the art when she became immersed in Boston’s Irish and folk music scenes. There she began to tie together the threads of the traditions she was most passionate about: English, Scottish, Irish and American songcraft
August 23rd: Main Street News
The Main Street News is an acoustic duo from Wakefield, MA. While they are new to the scene (and to Wakefield), they are no strangers to the world of music. With their different musical backgrounds, Charlotte (vocals) and Christian (guitar/vocals) will deliver to you classic hits and today’s popular music.