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We can't believe it's July already! Summer's here, and we're so thankful! Shaking off a very cool and wet spring means that we are super ready for hot summer nights. We've got bands touring from coast to coast all the time and are so looking forward to working with you to bring the highest quality bands to your venues and events.

ROC AwardCongratulations go out to Roots of Creation on their award for Band of the Year at the New England Music awards. They just completed a 7 week national tour that saw them playing with Badfish, the Skatalites, and Wookiefoot, hitting the California Roots festival, Disc Jam, Nelson Ledges and everywhere ready to host the hottest reggae rock band in America. We're currently executing plans and filling holes from July into 2018. Late August has routing opportunities in NY, PA, OH, VA, NC, SC, GA, FL and beyond. Fall is wide open, and we're seeking out options. Get on board.

The Skatalites are in Europe right now, and will be touring the US this fall. August has a handful of dates in the northeast, and come the fall they are touring from mid September through October and beyond. Currently seeking out options in OH, western NY or PA for SEP 12, 13 heading to Detroit, MI. We are seeking some options for western KY and TN Sept 24-26 routing between St Louis and New Orleans. We have Oct 15-17 avails for CA to go with shows in Berkeley, LA, Hermosa, and Santa Barbara. We could look at options from SoCal through Vegas, Colorado and back to hit another route heading east.

Start Making Sense is crushing attendance records wherever they play these days. We've got Denver CO confirmed for Oct 6 and could look at other CO markets Oct 5-15 potentially. Oct 27 is confirmed in Burlington VT, and we can look at other options in western MA, the Hudson Valley, or elsewhere for Oct 26 or 28. Seeking out high quality rooms in the Boston area (750 cap+) for a fall play, and there are sure to be shenanigans everywhere they go.

Insidious Rays are back at it with festival and club plays under their belts since they've re-emerged from their slumber. Seeking Sept 8 to route up toward Burlington on Sept 9th.

Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers are in the midwest with shows in Chicago and surrounding areas, seeking options for routing back Sun, Aug 13th in the upper midwest and then off nights heading east. This summer has them playing all over the US including a festival play in TX and touching nearly every corner of the US.

Flux Capacitor
is fluxing their muscles everywhere they go. Recent festival plays in PA, OH, MD, and beyond have stoked the flux fires, and they are heading everywhere soon. Currently routing dates in October in the southeast, filling in holes all summer everywhere, and building the northeast with plays all throughout the summer and fall.

Freekbass is celebrating being on the cover of Bass Magazine in the UK this month. Coming off of amazing appearance at Summercamp, and gearing up for great events from Ohmstead to Musikfest to Wormtown, the man and the band are spreading the funk from coast to coast. We're interested in hearing from anyone who wants to bring the spirit of funk and the essence of bass to the area. Seeking New England routing options for Sept 14 and 15, and possible Colorado routing at the end of October and beyond.

We're very pleased to be working with Kwame Binea Shakedown, an amazing artist and band out of New York whose new song is written by Jimmy Cliff and whose new album is produced by Vernon Reid (Living Color). We have a variety of avails for him all the time, but we are especially looking for New England options for Oct 7.
LMNR Logo In the News, Organ Freeman Breaking Through the Noise. U2 at Gillette Stadium is in Show Reviews. Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is Previewed. Dave Matthews is the Artist Review.

We're seeking out new writers all the time, so please hit us at lmnandr at gmail dot com with your ideas. Traffic has radically increased lately, and we have been able to garner press passes for some contributors to get to shows they never thought possible. Consider the glory!

We continue to offer venue programming for clubs of all shapes and sizes. Included in our venue programming is comprehensive marketing services, such as social media and email marketing, along with publicity services. Hit us at to discuss your venue programming needs.

Meet our latest publicity maven, Kelly Drew. Kelly is working hard with clients in all aspects of publicity and marketing.

Getting your music to stand out from the crowd takes a strong band brand, strategic planning and consistent execution. The Simon Says Publicity Department offers bands and musicians wrap-around marketing and publicity services that not only make the job of marketing your music easier, we make it more effective. We continue to offer bands traditional publicity services, most recently with clients like Steal Your Peach, Roots of Creation and Rev Tor's "Last Waltz Live." We’ve also expanded to provide day-to-day band marketing implementation services, currently working with the Skatalites, Max Creek, the Alchemystics, Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, Lovewhip, and Rebel Alliance. The Simon Says Publicity Department is also available for comprehensive Band Branding and Marketing Plan projects. Most recently, we finished a project with the PA-based freak funk band, Dr Slothclaw, Kirtan, Fire in the Field, and are currently working with crossover tribute Steal Your Peach Band, fusing together the music of the Grateful Dead and Allman Brothers Band.

Be sure to hit up Kelly to find out how we can help you reach the next level!

6.30 Jewel, Manchester NH
7.07 Bousquet Ski Area, Pittsfield MA
7.26 Canal District Music Series, Worcester MA
7.28 The Hungry Tiger, Manchester CT
7.29 Uplift Festival, Greenfield MA

7.27 The Ardmore, Ardmore PA

6.30 American Beauty Bar, New York City NY
7.07 Putnam Den, Saratoga Springs NY
7.08 City Hall, Plattsburgh NY
7.13 Funk n Waffles, Rochester NY
7.14 Funk n Waffles, Syracuse NY
7.21 The Root Cellar, Greenfield MA
7.22 Polyhedron Music & Arts Festival, Hartford CT
7.28 Dogfish Head Brewing & Eats, Rehoboth Beach DE
7.29 Ocean Mist, S Kingston RI

6.30 Purple Fiddle, Thomas WV
7.07 Doahfest, Luray VA
7.22 Bright Box Theater, Winchester VA

7.22 Woodberry Kitchen, Baltimore MD

6.30 World Cafe Live, Philadelphia PA

7.21 Union Street Station, Traverse City MI
7.22 Union Street Station, Taverse City MI

7.05 Jumpin' in July concert series, Plattsburgh NY

7.18 Bloomfield Summer Concert Series, Bloomfield NJ
7.21 The Stone Church, Newmarket NH
7.22 Black Eyed Sally's, Hartford CT
7.27 private event
7.29 Spire Center for Performing Arts, Plymouth MA

7.01 Pizzapalooza & Micropub, Wilmington VT
7.20 Spotlight Tavern, Beverly MA

6.30 Livingood's, Peru NY
7.06 Blue Side Tavern, Frederick MD
7.08 Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte NC
7.09 Sanctuary Brewing, Hendersonville NC
7.11 Blue Canoe Bar, Tupelo MS
7.13 Adair's Saloon, Dallas TX
7.14 Tall City Blues Festival, Midland TX
7.15 Driskill Hotel, Austin TX
7.18 The Fur Shop, Tulsa OK
7.19 Nathan P Murphy's, Springfield MO
7.20 BB's Jazz Blues and Soups, St Louis MO
7.21 Gerstle's Place, Louisville KY
7.29 Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope PA

6.30 The Port Hunter, Edgartown MA
7.01 The Port Hunter, Edgartown MA
7.08 Grateful Getdown, Shartlesville PA
7.13 Cafe 210 West, State College PA
7.14 Triumph Brewing Co, New Hope PA
7.20 Stanhope House, Stanhope NJ
7.21 Bullfrog Brewery, Williamsport PA
7.23 Garcia's at Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY

7.08 Wavelength Festival, Northampton MA
7.21 Miami Valley Music Festival, Troy OH
7.22 Preservation Pub, Knoxville TN
7.29 Zanzabar, Louisville KY

7.19 Jumpin' in July concert series, Plattsburgh NY

7.11 Laurelthirst, Portland OR
7.12 Capone's, Coeur d'Alene ID
7.13 The Filling Station, Bozeman MT
7.21 Jerry Jam, Bath NH
7.22 Infinity Music Hall, Hartford CT
7.23 Rustic Barn and Pub, Troy NY
7.25 American Beauty Bar, New York City NY
7.26 American Beauty Bar, New York City NY
7.28 Anthology, Rochester NY
7.29 Nelson Ledges Quarry Park, Garrettsville OH

7.01 Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY
7.15 Triumph Brewing Co, New Hope PA
7.29 In Town Manchester, Manchester NH

7.20 Higher Ground, S Burlington VT
7.27 Organic Smiles, Middletown CT
7.01 Red Square, Burlington VT
7.07 Pompei Lounge, Staunton VA
7.10 Preservation Pub, Knoxville TN
7.22 Thomas Street Tavern, Charlotte NC
7.28 Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope PA

7.16 Boston Boat Cruise, Boston MA
7.22 Jerry Jam, Bath NH
7.29 Organic Smiles, Middletown CT

6.30 Fury's Publick House, Dover NH

7.09 The Stomping Ground, Putnam CT

7.23 Surfside Salisbury Beach, Salisbury MA

7.20 Jerry Jam, Bath NH

7.09 Governor's Inn, Rochester NH

6.30 Boat Cruise, New York NY
7.01 Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton NH
7.13 Camp Bistro, Scranton PA
7.16 Bayley Beach Park, Rowayton CT
7.20 Timberland Treehouse Sessions, Stratham NH
7.21 Jerry Jam, Bath NH
7.23 Surfside Salisbury Beach, Salisbury MA
7.28 Boat Cruise, Boston MA
7.29 Uplift Festival, Greenfield NH
7.30 Organic Smiles, Middletown CT

6.30 Sugarbush, Waitsfield VT
7.01 Somewhere B&G, Youngstown NY
7.06 Bell's Eccentric Cafe & Brewery, Kalamazoo MI
7.07 The Loving Touch, Ferndale MI
7.08 Roscoe Village Burger Fest, Chicago IL
7.13 Boat Cruise, New York NY
7.14 Wonder Bar, Asbury Park NJ
7.15 wedding
7.21 Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe PA
7.22 Daryl's House, Pawling NY
7.29 Arts on the Square, Scranton PA

6.30 Owsley's Golden Rd, Boulder CO
7.01 Wright Opera House, Ouray CO
7.04 WorldOne Festival, El Cerrito CA
7.05 Moe's Alley, Santa Cruz CA
7.06 Reel Fish Shop, Sonoma CA
7.08 Snowbird Resort, Snowbird UT
7.12 Patrick Molloy's, Hermosa Beach CA
7.14 710 Beach Club, San Diego CA
7.15 Crystal Bay Club Casino, Crystal Bay NV
7.20 2720 Cherokee, Saint Louis MO
7.21 The Bridge, Columbia MO
7.23 Peg Egan Amp, Egg Harbor WI
7.27 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland OH

7.29 Pasta Loft, Milford NH

7.15 Great South Bay Music Festival, Patchogue NY

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