the new and improved carl johnson six-day weekend
well, carl johnson is my nominee for the hardest-working musician in lowell (and most other places for that matter) and i happen to know this because i both gratefully patronize his business, carl's custom guitars, in which he works his full-time day schedule making the most amazing musical things, in addition to gratefully turning up just about everywhere he feels motivated to fill up with his music. (last night it was toad, in cambridge).
which puts me in mind that, when you start on a thursday night at ole in lowell, toss in the regular friday and saturday gigs, (like last weekend at lelacheur for the restaurant week kick-off party), work in monday night's residency with jen kearney and the lost onion at toad, and finish it off with his new project, which is every tuesday night at voices rock club right here in beautiful scenic lowell, massachusetts, you've just been introduced to the new and improved carl johnson six-day weekend, and you'd better have a good napping couch if you're going to do it all. (how carl does it absolutely must have something to do with the hammock in his back yard, but he's not telling).
the first tuesday of every month will be carl and his long-time friends and band-mates in big trouble. (which is tonight, by the way, so i know i'll see you there). the rest of the tuesdays may be just carl, or, who knows, carl and more friends, but, either way you have it, there you have it--the perfect way to spend a few minutes relaxing on a tuesday evening with some great music in a great venue. no, it's not downtown, per se, but it's right over the river (just across the aiken street bridge in centralville) and it's still walking distance from my place, so i couldn't be happier.
give yourself the gift of music. come out and listen. you'll be glad you did.