Our Musicians


Live music every Thursday from June 8th to the end of October, 2017. Our weekly music is generously supported by the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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2017 Music Performances


billy claiborneOctober 19thBilly “The Kid” Claiborne – After fronting for various bands throughout New England for more than 40 years ( The Bailey Brothers Band, Southbound, The Subheds, The NutGrafs ) Billy “The Kid” Claiborne is going it alone. Billy draws on his country roots, combining them with ample doses of folk, rock, and pop.



alien sketch bwOctober 26th: Tim Ko’s Acoustic Social & Open Mic

Calling all singer/songwriters, groups and musicians of all styles for this one time acoustic style open mic. 4-6pm. A PA system will be provided with 2 mics and a house guitar. BYO instrument otherwise. Sign up begins at 4pm and is first come first play. Tim hosts 2 weekly open mics in the Boston area, Devlin’s in Brighton on Mondays and Tommy Doyle’s in Newton on Tuesdays, and is very excited to offer this open mic to the Melrose Farmer’s Market! Find him at http://www.BostonLovesMusic.com for more events.

Tim Ko.’s Acoustic Social & Open Mic Details:
-Sign up begins at the start of the open mic.
-Sign up is first come first play
-Three songs (within reason)
-full PA system provided with 2 mics, mic stands, cables etc.
-all styles and levels of experience are welcome & encouraged
-originals & covers
-percussion is welcome
-NO offensive performances, family friendly
-NO drum sets or loud guitar amps please, volume needs to be controlled.

Past Performances of 2017:

frank drank wheelJune 8th: 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.



billy claiborneJune 15: Billy “The Kid” Claiborne – After fronting for various bands throughout New England for more than 40 years ( The Bailey Brothers Band, Southbound, The Subheds, The NutGrafs ) Billy “The Kid” Claiborne is going it alone. Billy draws on his country roots, combining them with ample doses of folk, rock, and pop.





June 22nd: Greg Guba – A solo guitarist/performer playing a wide variety of greg guba guitarmusic  (originals, classic, R&B, Blues, etc)

who has performed at Farmers’ Markets in Danvers MA, Winthrop MA, Schenectady NY and Plumfest (Newburyport 2015, 2016) and a variety of venues in MA, CT, NY.  Greg has hosted many open mics and appeared on various radio and cable access shows.


Amy Spillert2June 29th: Amy Spillert, – 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.



paul hartyJuly 6th: 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.


Paul will also be playing for our Urban Farm Tour on Saturday, June 24th, 11:30am – 2:30pm at Bowden Park. Take a break from the tour for lunch, children’s activities and live music with Paul Harty and Bill Perry! The tour runs from 10am-3pm. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.

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July 13th: 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.”

Main Street News TD.jpgJuly 20th: Main Street News – Main Street News is an acoustic cover duo from Wakefield, MA that plays hits from different eras and genres. With their unique music backgrounds, Charlotte Pearce (Vocals) and Christian Tiongson (Vocal/Guitars) will take any hit and make it their own! No matter where or when, every show is a Special Edition of Main Street News!




Zach SolomonsJuly 27th: Zach Solomons – In 2017, Zach brings his New Hampshire roots to the Boston area in order to grow as a musician, and share his music, immersing in the local music scene.

dylan cohenAugust 3rd: Dylan Cohen
  – Young Dylan Cohen, from Newton, MA plays the music of an old soul with a choice song selection. He keeps the music grooving, charming, and fun!


doug kwartlerAugust 10th: Doug Kwartler – Doug Kwartler’s songs have been prominently featured on three major television networks including the top CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” the TNT drama “Dark Blue,” the ABC soap opera “All My Children” and independent film.

Doug’s upcoming cd (due out spring 2011) features guest performances by Mark Spencer (Son Volt), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters / Wallflowers), songwriter Tim Easton and songwriter James Maddock (Wood).



lucky hope effectAugust 17th: The Lucky Fun – Under an Americana umbrella, The Lucky Fun cover music ranging from Old Timey, Celtic, Bluegrass, plus modern roots artists. Boston area musician and open mic host, Tim Ko. joins uprooted Alaskan, Katie Delvaux for blended harmonies with back-n-forth guitar and fiddle.

Promo Pic w GuitarAugust 24th: Stephen Moore – Whether it is classical, pop, gospel, jazz or folk, Stephen is adept at each and a celebrated musician. He can often be found singing with jazz groups, playing at local folk venues, singing with choruses such as the Chorus North Shore, where he is a member, or leading well-known parade and marching band, The North Shore Stompers.

Stephen writes much of the music he performs as a solo artist playing 6 and 12 string guitars, multiple keyboards, harmonicas, bass guitar and trumpet. He also writes and arranges music for other performers and performing groups. Everywhere he plays people give him praise and say that he is able to weave a spell and provide a fun atmosphere creating a party from the very first note.

ken bohemiansAugust 31st: Bohemians – 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).

Casey LJSeptember 7th: 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.


satoru cutoutSeptember 14th: Satoru Nakagawa – Satoru Nakagawa is a Japanese-born singer-songwriter-guitarist. He started his American journey in Louisiana more than 25 years ago, and he immersed himself in a musical gumbo of blues, jazz, country, gospel, and rock’n’roll. Deeply influenced by the sounds of traditional blues, he sings his songs through the eyes of a traveler, an immigrant, and a dreamer. 


brian nolan teleSeptember 21st: Brian Nolan – Brian is a vital part of the Cajun group, Jiblantos, who are based out of Melrose. They play all around, including the 2016 Four Corners Music Festival.



corey halesSeptember 28th: Corey Hales –Bostonian Corey Hales has an unexpected voice considering his style and stature. Corey has been an active songwriter since his freshman year of high school, and due to his wide range of influences and innate creativity, he truly has a new sound.


jessica stroutOctober 5th: Jessica Strout – Jessica Strout is a singer, songwriter and musician relocated from New Jersey to Boston, MA. She draws much of her inspiration from the connection music creates between people, the passion and emotion behind lyrics, and the musical styles of artists in the singer-songwriter and alternative genres. Weapon, her first EP, is available on iTunes now and she is currently in the process of writing more music.




Junko_Ogawa_bwOctober 12th: Junko Ogawa – Whether she is performing on stage before a live audience or recording in the studio, Junko’s music is centered on emotional expression. Her passion is communication and connection through song. Junko’s songs represent a wide range of musical styles in English and Japanese on piano and guitar.