his Friday, January 25th at 8pm we are really excited to host a high-energy and creative jazz fusion quartet Randy Roos & Urethane. This band blends a potent mixtures of exploratory improvisation, infectious grooves, and searing leads. Randy Roos is a composer/guitarist/sound engineer that lives just south of the notch and is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music. Last summer, Randy and his nearly telepathic band played two blistering sets of music at The Loading Dock. His band consists of drummer Jared Steer, Bassist Mike Rossi, and Steve Hunt on keys. Jared Steer has to be the hardest working drummer in northern NH. He plays everywhere and is an in demand musician. Mike Rossi plays a lot with Jared, together they form a killer rhythm section. Steve Hunt is an incredible pianist in his own right. He has played with some of the heaviest of the heavies in Jazz and has a strong personal style all his own.
This weekend is the 49th annual Littleton Art Festival! We are closing out the festivities of this day with amazing original music from two incredible bands… Dares from NYC and The Ruined Generations from Haverhill NH area.
As we start up our series of live music this fall I’m thinking about the importance of fostering a scene around the arts and music in our north country community. We have been at it for a while now and are constantly trying new things, sometimes risky things… What we really depend on is a dedicated core group of folks that support live music and the arts.
The story of how the Tighten / étranger line up came together is an interesting one. Both artists are local guys and the musical connections with Matt Scott and Jake Rivers were just too good to pass up!
Sometimes I like to pretend that Franconia Notch is like The Wall in GoT, we are on the northern side of it, just south and trees are greener, theres more cars, shopping malls...
Hey everybody, check out my interview with Peter Dugas, Hammond Organ wizard from the band Micromassé an amazing band from Portland Maine. These guys are coming back to play The Loading Dock on June 7th, its a Thursday. 8pm sharp! $10 cover, all ages welcome. BYOB if you have valid +21 id.
On May 1st Chris Roma, New Hampshire Native, started mile one of the 2800-mile Appalachian Trail to help provide underserved communities with clean drinking water. He has completed the Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles), the Continental Divide Trail (3,100 miles), and is onward to triple crown. During his journey, he realized the importance of having clean water and wanted to do something unique for his final thru-hike. Chris is partnering with MissionCleanWater, a nonprofit organization working to provide accessible clean drinking water and sanitation to underserved communities.
Zach Sar's photos from ASisNG / Lady Maverik / Way of the Headband
The Friday before Halloween was our biggest show to date! Thanks to everyone that came out dressed up and rocked out! Big hugs to Time Out Timmy and Mad Cat Habitat and Tyler Blain House for making this night something for the history books!
Tonite is Jazz Nite! These cats are killing! Their sound fills The Loading Dock in warm round edges punctuated by Ben Salomon's amazing drum solos. Donny Cail and Dennis Cote lead the charge with beautiful tone. Hopefully Chris Cote will sit in on trumpet, he added the perfect amount of contrast to the shape of the tunes. Jazz standards and not so standard tunes from the 50s and 60s classics.
Tors here! Full disclosure on how The Loading Dock operates and covers it's operating costs. If you think there is a way we can improve what we are doing please let me know! There's a show tonight, live music will make you happy.
Cancer survivors & patients get in for free tonight, doors open at 7:30 and music starts at 8pm sharp! Bring your own food and beverages. All ages!