POM 08/21 N0. 2: Frank Pennisi and Peggy Mead

• August 23rd, 2021

Frank and Peggy went to high school together in Ann Arbor, Michigan growing up in the turbulent 60’s.  Out of high school a they and large group of their friends would gather nightly for a song swap.  In the early 1970’s they started writing original songs influenced by Moody Blues, Harry Chaplin, Tim Buckley, Gordon Lightfoot and other folkies.  They performed at Open Mic nights at the Ark Coffeehouse in Ann Arbor.  Love of music carried them through many decades of separation, reuniting them in 2015 when they picked up where they left off, both musically and personally.


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POM 08/21 No.1: Wildcat O’Halloran

• August 12th, 2021

The Wildcat O'Halloran Band has been thrilling audiences in Western Massachusetts for over thirty years, and is currently promoting its 16th album “You Can't Fall Off the Floor"... building on the success of the previous:  "Deck of Cards" " NYC Chill", "Hot Pulldown", "Midnight Service Call","Party Up In Heaven", and “Drinkin' With the Harp Girls” each of which was played on over 200 stations, and called “crazy-fun” by the Boston Blues Society and “a great release” by the UK's Blues Matters. Living Blues Magazine wrote: “Wildcat emerges as one of the most entertaining songwriters in contemporary blues...and his band doesn't know the meaning of dull!”

 

The band has opened for just about every major blues artist to visit Massachusetts, from Greg Allman to John Lee Hooker to The Stray Cats, and has been backup band for Bo Diddley and James Cotton. Recently, they opened for Duke Robillard at Greenfield's Hawks and Reed Music 

 Often featured at Millenium Music Conference, and  longtime host of the  Sunday Blues Jam in Northampton, the Wildcat (guitar and vocals) will often be accompanied by "Dr." Kathy Peterson(Bass), “Dr. Luscious”….Emily Duff (sax), Devin Griffiths (guitar, vocals) and drummer Mark Chouinard Hall.

https://www.northamptonartscouncil.org/2021/05/transperformance-live-tribute-music.html

Living Blues added these kudos : “the grooves are so damned infectious, and the guitar playing so stirring....The Wildcat O'Halloran Band can make you dance and make you laugh if you let it...irresistible”

https://wildcatohalloran.com

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POM 2.0 July 2021: Zeke and the Endorphins

• July 23rd, 2021

Zeke L’Vek started the phenom rock band called Zeke and the Endorphins back in early 2001, drawing from the pool of incredibly talented local and national musicians he’s played with over the years, to record and perform original music. All of the players are exceptionally creative, have great listening skills, and a deep love of music! While the focus is on “Zeke tunes”, the band’s rock roots encompass all genres and styles in a go anywhere, do anything—anytime fashion. Each song’s performance will delight or haunt—they emote, float, sting, or bring you to laughter or tears. It’s worth more than a listen! It’s goose bumps!

A classically trained percussionist, Zeke fell off the deep end pursuing a postgraduate degree in Philosophy. Torn asunder between academics and musical corruption—he chose the latter —joined a rock band, toured the heartland, and began composing and recording songs. His musical background includes stints with symphonies, drum corps, college bands, big bands, little bands, and multiple rock, jazz, and R & B groups. The more diverse, but less diffuse, the better. “You gotta feel it!” There were some famous people along the way of course. But, you could find him playing smoky jazz in Paris someday, reggae in Jamaica, surf music in the Baja, or maybe all of the above!  “Rock it!!”.

https://zekedrumz.com/

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POM94 From Listen Up!: Captain Boss Dog “Rock and Roll Doughnut Shop”

• July 22nd, 2021
Listen Up! Music is a Portland, ME-based nonprofit that supports musicians with intellectual uniqueness in writing, arranging, recording, and performing their music. We are affiliated with Composition Studio, The Art Department, Publication Studio, and Creative Trails, and collaborate with other organizations and musicians to make our music heard.
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POM93 Matt Wibby “Let There Be Hope”

• March 13th, 2020
I am a South Portland songwriter, producer and graphic artist. My business website is www.mattwibby.com and my Youtube channel is  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7qHsi4RtU08ObRemf4XrpQ. Just a bit of caution about the channel: we are just starting to build it, so there aren't many videos on there yet.
 
For graphic arts, I sell t-shirts at tees.edbliss.com. Eventually, I will move that site over to tees.mattwibby.com, though.
 
I have been writing songs and publishing EP's since 2004, mostly under my pen name, Ed Bliss. I recently changed my business model and started writing music for licensing in movies and for performers under my new company, Matt Wibby Arts.
 
I play out pretty regularly with my band, the Funky Vulcans
(https://www.facebook.com/FunkyVulcans/). I play bass in the band. I play guitar and sing at open mics in the Portland area as myself :>D
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POM92 Joel Carpenter Poems from the upcoming book “The Drunk Has Shot the Pilot and He’s Flying Us Into the Ocean”

• March 12th, 2020

Joel Carpenter is an American poet and singer songwriter based in New England. He was born in 1992 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, then raised in Portland, Maine, from the age of two. Carpenter is the founder of the Underground Writers Association, an independent publishing house with a mission to bring bold book projects from emerging writers to market. Carpenter is also known for his daring dog rescue in 2015, adopting his dog Sadie 1500 miles from home, and making national news.

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POM91. David Rankin Johnson Excerpt from the novel “In the Eyes of the Moose”

• February 27th, 2020

David Johnson lives on the coast of Maine in a home he bought he built and powered by harnessing the sun. His low overhead allows him to travel in the winter, at times enjoying local music, dance, and food with people from all over the world who laugh with joy and listen with open hearts. He has volunteered teaching carpentry to children in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Bolivia. He works as a carpenter renovating homes, some of which, luckily, are by the sea but sailing is is what rally feeds his soul and blows away the stress.  

www.billygoatdave.com

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POM90 Kevin Tacka “Medley”

• February 27th, 2020

Kevin Tacka = Visual Artist, Musician, Theatrical Performer/Producer, Building Trade Artisan, Educator.

Kevin Tacka has been located on/near Congress Square Portland since 1994. Specializing in Fresco Murals, Fountains, Painting,  Art Restoration, Plaster - Paint -Cement Surfaces, Song/Story Producing, and Campfire Cowboy Appearances. Appearances that have resulted in 100's of Adventures Of The Black Toad and Big Bad Dan Stories,  performed live at the local Cable Access Station. Kevin also enjoys being the Portland Chapter Coordinator for The Plein Air Painters of Maine since 2014.

As a 2 time University of Southern Maine Graduate ( Fine Arts, Art Education ), Kevin has been in the WMPG Radio community since 1984.

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POM89 Hannah Harleen “Songbird”

• February 3rd, 2020

Hannah Harleen (born Hannah Kramer) is a Portland-based Jazz & R&B vocalist. She grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Maine when she was 10, when she discovered her love for singing. Her parents introduced her to Jazz music, and she fell in love with the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald, her first and greatest inspiration. She been singing and performing ever since. Over the years, her vocal style has evolved from Jazz to include the sounds of R&B, Pop, and Neo-Soul. She has most recently been writing original music, and plans to release her first EP in Summer 2020. You can find her current music on all streaming platforms, and can follow her on YouTube and Instagram @hannahharleen.

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POM88 Deline “For Life” (explicit)

• January 30th, 2020

First person!

I’m a 19 year old artist who’s used music as a way to express myself. I’ve been performing for about 6 years. I’ve been through a lot in my life , but I’ve overcome so much with the help of writing and recording music. I hope to help people see that they can overcome anything. 

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