Friday, May 8, 2009

Gulu Gulu May Events

Mark your calendars - lots of great stuff happening at Gulu Gulu Cafe (247 Essex Street) this month!

Gulu has an amazing amount of live music. Go early, though, because they fill up. The last time I stopped into Gulu Gulu on a Friday night, at around 8pm, the place was standing room only and the band was just warming up!

Don't forget to eat while you're there - I highly recommend the crepes and the bruschetta! For complete info, visit

Go Silent! Buster Keaton Movie Month!
Every Tuesday Night in May @ 8PM
All month the Gulu is featuring the best of Buster Keaton.

The Gulu-Gulu Cafe Open Mic Shindig
Every Wednesday @ 8PM
The Gulu-Gulu Café is hosting an Open Mic for all the wild and crazy musicians out there! Every Wednesday night starting at 8PM. Sign up at 7:30. Hosted by local superstars Jeff Savlon and Brian Donnelly!

Michael Crocket - Art Opening with music by Adam Rich & Friends Indie / Folk / Rock
Thursday May 7, 7PM
Michael Crockett - the Gulu's featured artist and solo acoustic guitar recitalist! Low-FI sound with lots of high hiss, Mid-level mush, and lots of clicky clicks and county counts! To hear some beautiful music check out

DJ Seth - Indie / 80's Pop and Alternative Friday
May 8, 8PM
Seth began DJ'ing in the early 90's on college radio. These days, he finds it novel that he can see his listeners, as they are in the same room with him. Yet sometimes he wishes he could unsee things. He'll expertly program music to accompany people who are trying to look like they're doing something important on their laptops. And, he'll even reserve some choice twee cuts for the notebook doodlers. As the evening evolves, he'll have people wriggling out of their shells to spazz out to the new-wave-synth-pop-punk-indie-garage-type stylings that are all the rage!

2nd Saturday Bluegrass Jam
Saturday May 9, 2:30PM - 5:30PM
Wanna play or just like to listen... Come check out the Second Saturday Bluegrass Open Jam for all levels of pickers. Every month at the Gulu!

Rev. Bob & the Darkness- Roots, Rhythm & Gothic Blues Saturday May 9, 8PM
A special blend of Bluegrass, Blues, R&B and Gospel all on the Rocks, telling stories of love, betrayal, murder, and obsession; Rev. Bob & the Darkness fearlessly wears its roots influences on its sleeve. While the styles vary, the instrumentation defines the band all on its own, including Classical Guitar, Upright Bass, Trumpet and Percussion, Harmonica, and 3-4 part harmony vocals.

Elisa Nicolas - Alternative / Folk Rock / Pop
Thursday May 14, 8PM
Elisa Nicolas writes and sings some of the classiest and breeziest music we have yet to hear... Nicolas sings her lush melodies with a subtle strength and [her songs] hypnotize as they wind as tight as a boa constrictor, to finish off the metaphor, they’ll leave your breathless.
Special guest Molly Winters.

Radio Scotvoid - Alternative / Experimental / Live Electronics
Friday May 15, 8PM
Since 1999 RADIO SCOTVOID has been organizing 'CURIOS' events, writing tunes, remixing and mixes podcasts for He is constantly collecting home-made audio and field-recordings from his travels to Spain, Scotland and US. Scott uses and arranges using minimal computer technology, sample-based software and records with old mics, budget keyboards, limiter/compressor, dual tape deck, a 70's reciever, turntables, bass guitar and is lucky to have access to a variety of talented local session artists/musicians.

Dan Blakeslee as Doctor Gasp!!! - Indie / Rock / Folk
Saturday May 16, 8PM
Dan Blakeslee is appearing as Doctor Gasp for this Halloween in Springtime event called: SPRINGALLOWEEN!!! After attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Blakeslee ventured northward to Boston. He toiled with his acoustic in the smoke-laden subways before slowly rolling his influences (Leonard Cohen, Red House Painters, The Smiths, Jeff Buckley, Vic Chestnut, Radiohead, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash) into his own eclectic blend of music with chameleon-like appeal.

The Speakeasys - Rock
Thursday May 21, 8PM
The story of the Speakeasys is the story of their sound: a little improvisation here, a whole pot full of talent there, and you get a stew of heart-pumping sound and melodies. If the band has one very simple mission it’s this: to play their hearts out to as many people as possible. The stage is their bedroom, and we all know that with the right elements, that’s where “the magic happens.” With very special guest Reverend JJ & The Casual Sinners.

Machine 475 (laptop performance) - Electronica / Pop / Rock
Friday May 22, 8PM
Combining electronic and acoustic rhythms with vocals, guitar, harp, sitar, digeridoo and theremin, Machine 475 are well known in the Salem and North Shore region, and are building quite a following in the Boston area.

Standing Wave -Minimalist / Indie / Roots Music
Saturday May 23, 8PM
Founded by the songwriter, drummer and trumpeter from critically acclaimed band The Gulf, Standing Wave continues along a winding musical path that runs across Spanish tinged brass, skewed blues, lap steel guitar, minimalist rhythms, and rich vocal harmonies.

Urban Caravan -Acoustic / Alternative / Indie
Thursday May 28, 8PM
Urban Caravan is a brood of traveling troubadours. A mutual appreciation society, if you will, of musicians, poets, carnival barkers and friends. UC features...Salvatore Baglio, Bird Mancini, Jon Macey & Steve Gilligan, Mr. Curt Ensemble, Sgt. Maxwell along with a revolving list of guest artists such as Ramona Silver, Glenn Williams. All artists perform individual sets as well as interacting with one another when the spirit moves with most evenings ending with EVERYONE on stage!

Electronic Ambient Night - Ambient / Live Electronics
Friday May 29, 8PM
This evening four of the best local electronica artists join forces to bring their beautiful music to downtown Salem. Dr. DK, Moon Climb the Wall, Radio Scotvoid.

Cool Fool - Folk Rock / Blues / Folk
Saturday May 30, 8PM
CD Release Party! Cool Fool is a Boston-based all-original trio performing blues, ballads, and rock with tight three-part harmony. With influences from blues and jazz to 60s psychedelic rock and folk, this eclectic two-guitar band delivers their own brand of songcraft laced with punchy guitar, saxophone, and harmonica solos. Diana, Phil, and Ron alternate singing lead with surprising vocal arrangements throughout the show.

WONDERLAND LGBTeadance featuring DJ Alvis - Electronica / House / New Wave
Sunday May 31, 5pm-11pm
The Wonderland Teadance will take place at the Gulu on the last Sunday of every month and is hosted by Salem's own DJ Alvis. She spins an eclectic blend of electronica, house, top 40, new wave, international, hip hop, pop and dance hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s and today!

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