“ … musical skills in abundance from Bruce Millard … did someone say spontaneous combustion?” — The Boston Globe
Bruce Millard’s resume brings to mind a reader’s guide to American music. He’s appeared with Howard ‘Louie Bluie’ Armstrong in the PBS documentary ‘Sweet Old Song,’ recorded several albums with Jim Kweskin, performed and / or recorded with indie stalwarts Tarbox Ramblers, Gunther Schuller, Tower of Power, Michael Hurley, Men & Volts, Miss Tess, Bob Moses, Wayworn Travelers and more. His performances rarely acknowledge and freely cross stylistic borders, resulting in appearances at venues as diverse as the New York City Blues Festival, the Boston Folk Festival, the ‘Boston Rock: 50 years / 50 bands’ Festival, the Country Music Hall of Fame and more.
- Tickets: Regular $20 • Senior 65+ $19 • Member $17 • Student/Child $10
Since ATAC opened in 2005, Millard’s annual shows have been known for their euphoric freedom, juggling unique backing players, instruments, styles, and songs in an Old Time Revue format that highlights his band as much as himself — in effect a bunch of mini-concerts rolled into one. A key element is the special guests, from year to year a shifting, diverse assortment of well-known Boston musicians, both sitting in and Millard backing them on their own material — some rigorously rehearsed, some completely spontaneous. It’s music that straddles the line between loose and tight, traditional and modern, original songs and re-imagined covers, the familiar and the unknown.
- Dennis Brennan — a fixture of the Boston music scene for three-plus decades now, this Boston Music Awards winner’s reputation precedes him. One of the most respected singer/songwriters anywhere, Brennan has received praise from the New Yorker, Peter Wolf, The Boston Globe, and more.
- Leo Blanco — The first Latin American to win the prestigious Boston Jazz Society Award, pianist and composer Leo Blanco’s spellbinding music pulses with South American roots, European traditions and global rhythms, interwoven with stunning improvisations. A Billboard Grant Award recipient for his commitment and contribution to society through music, and faculty member at Berklee College of Music.
- Jerome Deupree (Morphine, Either Orchestra, John Mellencamp)
- Scott Shetler (Mighty Sam McClain, Johnny Adams, Gene Pitney)
- John Anderson (Prairie Home Companion Band, ‘Snaker’ Ray, Bo Diddley)
- Matt Leavenworth (Peter Wolf, The Mystix, John Lincoln Wright)