Terryriffics, Bradley James featured at Tool Town Live concert Saturday

  • Special guest, The Boston Piano Kid – Bradley James, will open the Tool Town Live concert on Saturday and perform with the Terryriffics band on the Athol uptown common. submitted photo

  • The Terryriffics band will perform a variety of rock, jazz, blues, country, pop and other music at Tool Town Live. submitted photo

Published: 8/29/2019 9:50:12 PM
Modified: 8/29/2019 9:50:06 PM

ATHOL — The Tool Town Live 2019 concert series continues Saturday, Aug. 31, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Uptown Common, near 1500 Main St. The show will feature classic rock/R&B legends, the Terryriffics, with special guest Bradley James - the Boston Piano Kid - opening the show and performing with the group.

The Terryriffics are the only group in known history to include two people both named Terry Parker who sing and play various instruments including the keytar, and often wear delightful neckties.

Lead vocalist Terry Parker’s mastery of the keytar is rivaled by only the true greats of the instrument. His bandmate, who is also named Terry Parker, lays down a thunderous bass while providing great backup vocals. Their incredible show is bolstered by the soaring lead guitar and stage presence of Chris “The Coconut Captain” Coombs, who has shared the stage with the likes of the Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Levon Helm of The Band, the North Mississippi All Stars, and countless other legends.

The Terryriffics band performs the best rock, jazz, blues, country, pop and other music from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, right up to the present day, plus exciting original arrangements and songs. At a Terryrifics show you can expect to hear hits by Billy Joel, Weezer, BB King, Eric Clapton, Thelonious Monk, The Temptations, Bad Company, David Bowie, Creedence Clearwater, Dave Brubeck, The Animals, and others. Although the band has been through a painfully long roster of drummers that rivals the group known as Spinal Tap, whoever is on drum kit is certain to throw down a righteous backbeat that will get folks up and dancing, whether they thought they liked dancing or not.

Born Bradley Bartlett-Roche, Bradley James is 16 years old. In addition to the piano, he also plays Tenor Sax, Ukulele, Guitar, Harmonica, and Accordian. He cut his first CD in 2014 at the age of 11, titled “Bermuda Love.” In 2015 he was voted Boston’s Top Instrumentalist by the Young Performer’s Club and was grand prize winner at the New England Talent Agency Showcase. James has made performance appearances at the Boston Hard Rock Cafe, 2014/15 Boston Jazz Festival, First Day Copley Square Solo Performance, New England Community Auditions Finalist, and more. He has also performed at many benefit concerts including events for the Boston Jimmy Fund, Boston One Fund, Hearts for Hope Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Victoria Alviti Music Foundation. He has made countless appearances at nursing homes, assisted living centers, rehabilitation centers, and schools.

James also loves acting and in 2015 he was an audition finalist in New York City for the Broadway Musical “School of Rock” where he met Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber at the final audition. At age 13, Bradley was accepted to attend the Berklee College of Music 5 week program where he won the audition and was selected as the solo keyboardist for the Berklee Rock All-Star Band. On Aug. 18, 2016 Bradley performed in the concert of his life with his music idol, the iconic music legend, Billy Joel at Fenway Park in Boston to a sold out concert of over 40,000 fans. In 2017 Bradley was the featured guest on The Harry Connick Jr. Show, a nationally syndicated television program.

If there is a chance of rain, the concert will be held in Memorial Hall, 584 Main St. Refreshments including hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks, dessert bars and more will be on sale at the event. Scotties Potties provides facilities for Tool Town Live concerts.

There will be free candy at the concert while supplies last, thanks to West Brook Tree Farm.

This program is supported in part by a grant from The Athol Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Tool Town Live 2019 concerts are sponsored in part by Witty’s Funeral Home, Flint’s Auto Sales, Kessler Investments, Pete’s Tire Barn, Ethan Stone, LaBelle Roofing, Osprey Entertainment, Elwood Sound and Media, Flint’s Repairs, Adams Animal Hospital, Scooby’s Custom Cornholes and more, Al’s Quick Lube, Silhouettes Best Little Hair House in Athol, and West Brook Tree Farm.

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