2024 Line-up 


Alien Drag

Alien Drag comes in peace. They mean no harm.

These noise-laden hook merchants inadvertently crash-landed their intergalactic shuttle on Boston’s Northshore, and are now unable to escape Earth’s strong gravitational pull. Strong, that is, compared to their home planet’s.

But, do not despair. In addition to spending their time assimilating to Earth’s customs, they also created “sound assemblages” in their spare time – just like they did back home. First came the sound assemblage album, Escape From Alpha. Next came three sound assemblage singles: “Lucky Trousers,” “RockMore,” and “Kiss Your Trash.”

Relax, and take it all in. Consider it all a goodwill gesture. A peace offering, if you will, from Alien Drag to the planet Earth.

It sounds just like it used to on the bridge of their Scrumbleship, as they traversed the galaxies.

Earth-based reactions to Escape From Alpha:

First of all: PLAY LOUD. Second of all, don’t listen to this collection expecting something either completely serious and conventional or something reputably avant-garde and somewhat boring. This is a curious mix of punk rock conventions yoked to bizarre, Queen-like grandiosity… ”
– Francis DiMenno, The Noise Boston

“After repeated listenings, you’ll agree, Escape from Alpha proves to be a diamond in the rough from a very clever quartet of rockers.”
– Doug Sloan, Metronome Magazine

“I love it, good music…”
– Adam12, RadioBDC broadcast


T-J0N35 (Trent Jones): Guitars, Vocals, Systems Engineering
E-81834ULT (Eric Bibeault): Guitars, Vocals, Diplomacy
J-L4NDR7 (Joe Landry): Bass, Circuit Analysis
G-84LL4RD (Gary Ballard): Drums, Propulsion Systems

Bandcamp site







Apollo’s Diner

We are an electric inde/Alternative rock band ages 22-18 from Newburyport. We mostly consist of 3 core members, although we can play with up to 5. We are flexible and can play almost any genre and fit to any mold! We can play acoustic if need be with 3 members or play with a full band electric. Although we don’t have any official releases we played a show at NBPT brewing co and we packed the place out! We love to preform and play music, we play with our hearts on our sleeves!
Griffin Coir (vox)
Aiden Reilly (Guitar)
Finn Whalen (Guitar)
Possible additional members are:
Jae Lee (Drums)
Ibo Sava (Bass)


We are a 4 piece band, that have the thrill of recently announcing an addition of a husband and wife team that plays exceptional keyboards and flute

We play Classic Rock, Blues, R&B, Americana, Country, either acoustic or electric.


Sherry Humphry – Lead Singer
George Humphry – Guitar and vocals
Steve Straight – Bass and vocals
Craig Campbell – Drums and vocals
Paul Thompson – Keyboards and vocals
Mayellen Thompson – Flute

BlondeDog Website


Currier Square

Currier Square is a Haverhill based singer-songwriter folk-rock trio who have been part of the local music scene for many years. They perform original songs from their three released CD’s in addition to select cover songs. Their songs of love, life, people, and the world around us are delivered via signature vocal harmonies riding atop acoustic, electric and bass guitars.

We have performed together in various band iterations since the 1970’s, but today primarily perform at acoustic venues, and feature mostly original songs from our three released CD’s, “Going Home” (2017), “River Town”(2019), and “Full Circle” (2021). Our genre is primarily folk, folk-rock, singer-songwriter with a few covers performed as well.

Performers: Vance Grazio, (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica), Mark Porro, (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars), Mike LaPierre (bass guitar).

Currier Square Soundclick Page
Facebook Page
This Disease
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door


Cynthia and Kevin

PlumFest founders Cynthia and Kevin are great supporters of our local music scene. The are an acoustic act performing well loved songs from the past, (covering rock to Americana to pop, with a hint of jazz and blues thrown in) along with originals, and some of those are about Plum Island!

Performers: Kevin Kelley, guitar and vocals. Cynthia Keefe, ukulele and vocals.

YouTube Video

Life is a song we all sing along to! Original song by Kevin Kelley

Reach for the Mane


Everlovin’ Rosie

Everlovin’ Rosie is a local acoustic duo featuring husband John and wife Tina Robillard. John & Tina are natives to the area and are known to draw a following with Thier raw, unique sound & connected energy.
With influences from all decades and genres, they bring a sentimental & authentic delivery that is heartfelt!
John Robillard – guitar and vocals
Tina Robillard – vocals



Fridays at Walters

We have eclectic tastes and play music from the 50’s to current artists. That said, you’ll likely hear music representing the blues, rock, folk, and indie genres, with some occasional country thrown in for fun!
Jim Evans – guitar
Joann Frankhouser – keyboard/percussion
Howard Gaffin – bass
Don Mauer – lead guitar
Leigh Walant – guitar
Rachel Harris – guitar

Gavin Marengi Band

Gavin Marengi Band is 5 piece country/alt-country act that is mostly original. Gavin is quickly gaining popularity in the local music scene. visit www.gavinmarengi.com for more info.


Gavin Marengi – Lead Vocal and Guitar
Terry Marengi – Lead guitar – mandolin and backing vocals
AJ Pappas – Bass
Tim Phillips – Guitar – Lap Steel – Banjo
Kemp Dunn – Drums

Hey Now

Acoustic: Old, New & everything in between
Jeff Hawkes (guitar, vocals and tired father) Samantha Hawkes (vocals and older daughter) Madison Hawkes (vocals and younger daughter)

Jim Larkin

Jim Larkin is a bassist, drummer, solo performer. With over 30 years of performance experience, Jim has performed in 11 countries with dozens of touring and recording artists. A founding member of Jesse Dee’s studio and live ensemble, Jim stays busy making music throughout New England with Danielle M and the Glory Junkies, Spotted Tiger, Ryan Fitzsimmons, Ben Rudnick and Friends as well as solo performances. He has shared the stage with Rev. Al Green, The J. Geils Band, Los Lobos, Martin Sexton, Maceo Parker, Etta James, as well as dozens of Boston artists onstage and in the studio since 2002. Expect a mix of songs from last century, Reggae classics, Americana and Dead tunes.

Performers: Jim Larkin – Guitars + Vocals (can perform solo as well) Ryan Fitzsimmons – Guitar + Vocals

Jim Larkin Music Facebook Page

Last Time I Saw Her

When I Go Away


Liz Gemba

Liz has been playing violin since childhood.  She is classically trained
and played in the Parkway Concert Orchestra and the Boston University
All-University Orchestra as well as playing weddings and performing in
local churches. Recently, Liz has been branching out and enjoys playing
contemporary music and jamming with other local musicians!

Facebook page



Muckie Mittens

Muckie Mittens is an originals Indie Rock band, rooted in 80’s pop tangled with a flair for the obscure, Muckie Mittens is influenced by bands such as Yo La Tengo, Psychedelic Furs, Smashing Pumpkins and Joy Division.


Sean Hennessy- Guitar & Vocals
Deb Valenti- Bass & Vocals
Ralph Gerth- Lead Guitar
Bob Hoffman- Drums

Muckie Mittens Facebook Page
Muckie Mittens Web site

The Corner

BandCamp page


Pathological Outliars

Playing all of your favorites such as the Beatles, Stones, Tom Petty, Pretenders, Steve Earle, Cheap Trick, Eddie Cochran, Cash, Clash, and the Lemonheads all with a garage rock twist.

Performers: Craig Douglas on the drums, Ed Cameron on rhythm vocals and guitar, Eric Gootkind on lead guitar and back up vocals, Peter Larsen on bass guitar and back up vocals, Sunny Douglas on vocals and bass guitar and a mean cowbell.

Pathological Outliars Facebook Page


Peregrine Dream

Peregrine Dream is a four-piece band comprised of vocals, vocal harmonies, acoustic/electric guitar, keyboard/piano, bass guitar, and drums. We play a mix of original and relevant cover material. Our cover material is best described as a modern take on songs which appeal to us, but also appeal to a wider audience. We’ve covered Counting Crows, Bob Marley, Tom Petty, John Mayer, Old Crow Medicine Show, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5 and REM in the past and are always working on expanding our set list.


Ty- guitar
Paul- keyboard/vocal
Dalton- bass/sax
Trevor- drums


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Revel Up

We are a local cover band playing classic rock, new rock, pop, and more. We have a large following in the area!


Vania O’connor – lead guitarist, violin, mandolin, vocals
Al Marandola – lead singer
Lou Marengi – drums, vocals
Tim Harris – rhythm guitar, vocals
Tom Robertson – acoustic guitar, trombone, vocals
Tom Rodgers – bass, vocals
Marc Boisverts – harmonica, vocals

RevelUp Facebook page


Rockwood Taylor

This edgy, genre-fluid Alt-folk/americana trio regales the listener with a collection of rootsy, gutsy, honest songs that transcend boundaries, taking the listener on a gritty journey through our collective human experience. Their debut EP, “Finding Home,” was nominated for 2019 Album of the Year by New England Music Awards.

Performers: Charlie Rockwood- Guitar Lynne Taylor- Piano Kristine Malpica- Cajon

Where I Started From
Steel Wheels

Basket in Hand

Mr Bossman





Salty Side Down

Salty Side Down is a cover band from the North Shore who pride ourselves in playing classic rock from ZZ Top, Queen, AC/DC, Billy Squier and many others. We’ve been together since 1999 and have played countless bars, clubs, weddings, parties, and fundraisers all over New England.
David Amor – Drums / Vocals
John Bettencourt / Bass
Gil Medeiros / Vocals / Drums
Lou Silva – Guitar / Vocals




Shorty Hill

I grew up in Newburyport, though I now divide my time between my home in Newburyport and my farm in Costa Rica. I formed Newburyport’s very first vocal rock band The Shadows way back in 1964. In the 70’s I was a staple at the Grog (et al) with Shorty Hill & The Longhaulers. These days I mostly perform solo, vocal and electric guitar. I present an eclectic style featuring blues, rock, swing, country, featuring interesting covers and originals.

SlackWater Cowboys

The SlackWater Cowboys are the Northshores premier “HonkyTonkCountryWesternRockandRoll” band!! Appearing in full western attire and performing upbeat, foot-stomping, danceable music that leave the audience shouting for more!!
Joe di Angelo- vocals, electric ukulele, harmonica
Wayne Maxner- lead guitar, vocals
Sean Holland- acoustic guitar, vocals
Brian DeFort- bass guitar
Nick DeMarkis- drums, vocals



Sonic Cellar

New wave, post-punk, and indie covers from a Natick cellar.

Exuberant covers of iconic new wave, post-punk, and indie bands. CBGBs from a suburban cellar, an early ‘80s MTV revival, a favorite mixtape rediscovered.

Dan Garrity: drums, other percussion
Steve Kelly: bass, some robot sounds
Anne Vinick: vocals and a little cowbell
Greg Feldman: guitar, vocals, keyboards, sequencing, dad jokes/banter
Marc Erickson: guitar, vocals

Talented High School Cover Bands from Zach Field Drums and Music

Zach Field Drums and Music of Newburyport and Amesbury has been coaching and instructing youth the art and love of music for over a decade. We have a few very talented high school student bands that are coached weekly by our professional music teachers on putting together a strong list of rock cover songs. These bands are ready for gigs! These bands have gig experience and we want to show them that they can hang with adult bands!

The Better Things

The Better Things, are four like-minded alternative/progressive/underground (you get the idea) rock and roll lifers who prefer to cover bands that carried us through our younger years to today; fringe bands like REM, U2, The Smiths, Crowded House and Buffalo Tom. Bands that made us think. Bands that made us want to form our own bands.
Chris O’Donnell, vocals & guitar
Pat Chamberlin, guitar
Bob Hoffman, drums
Jessen Wehrwein, bass guitar



The Gallerist

The Gallerist is a rock band based on the North Shore of Boston with a sound that has been compared to the likes of Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Jason Isbell and Neil Young. Originally born there, the Gallerist was described as Philadelphia’s “best kept secret” (WXPN’s the Key) before building a solid following and sharing the stage with the likes of Laura Marling and Ron Gallo. Since establishing themselves in the Boston area in 2018, the three-piece has been making a name for themselves, playing all around the city, the North Shore and beyond. With two releases to their name so far, the Gallerist’s current lineup, featuring Mike Collins on guitar and lead vocals, Jim Chekos on bass and Max Monaco on drums, released their third extended play in May. Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Benny Grotto (Ben Folds, Magnetic Fields, Amanda Palmer, Ballroom Thieves) Great Escape is a record that sees the band exploring new sonic territory and expanding their reach beyond anything they’ve put to tape thus far.


Mike Collins- guitar and lead vocals
Jim Chekos- bass
Max Monaco- drums


You can find the Gallerist’s music and social links via:
Instagram | Facebook | Spotify |


The Mermaids

The Mermaids are a captivating trio hailing from Midcoast Maine. Their music takes listeners on a dreamy, theatrical, and fun adventure at sea, blending rich three-part vocal harmony with a modern folk sensibility to deliver fresh takes on sea shanties, covers, and original songs.


Mary Fairfield – Vocals, Guitar, Percussion
Arla Jean Gray – Vocals, Ukulele, Percussion
Anna Jones – Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele, Autoharp



The Rolling Who

The Rolling Who is a Boston-based cover band that draws a lot of its material from the 1960s British Invasions as well as pop and rock hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Influences include Oasis, David Bowie, The Kinks, The Beatles, The Who, The Jam and the Beach Boys (to name a few).

Band members are: Jerry Powers – lead vocals and bass John Doucet – lead guitar Ted Doyle – rhythm guitar Michelle Kimball – lead and backing vocals, percussion Chris Coyle – drums

The Rolling Who Facebook page
Let’s Dance Event
Petrock Fundraiser
Bowie Tribute Show
Menotomy Grille gig
Harwichport Spindrift Lounge


The Satellite Repairmen

We are a Newburyport based band and play an eclectic mix of melodic rock and roll, perfect for a beautiful Fall afternoon. Chris Isaac, Radiohead, U2, Donovan, The Verve Pipe, Dishwalla, Marvin Gaye, Counting Crows, etc! All your favorites you won’t hear elsewhere!


Tom Tolley – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Afshin Moshrefi – Bass
John Reynolds – Drums
Jack Petras – Percussion
Matthew Tolley – Lead Guitar, Vocals


Unnamed Colors

Unnamed Colors is carving a new niche in rock with their genre-bending “progressive meets jazz/piano pop” sound. This dynamic group of four lifelong musicians hails from an island off the coast of Massachusetts, and for over five years they have engaged audiences around the region with expressive, fiery songwriting that is full of surprises.


Sierra Partlan – Vocals / Keys
Andrew Aghababian – Guitar
Michael Martel – Bass
Jay Partlan – Drums

“Unnamed Colors are a breath of fresh air on the current Boston music scene” – Brian Owens, Metronome Magazine
“A swirling, easy-on-the-ears mixture of art-rock songwriting” Newburyport Magazine – spring 2020 edition

Unnamed Colors Facebook Page
Unnamed Colors website
Unnamed Colors Spotify Page