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New Sunday Residency

EDIT:  This Residency has been canceled. But check the CALENDAR PAGE for other local shows!


Fresh off of a 3 month run in Shanghai, The Mike Null Blues Band brings their high energy blues show to Cantab Lounge (downstairs… aka Club Bohemia) EVERY SUNDAY starting February 28, 2010!

The Cantab Lounge

…And don’t forget the special guests! In addition to the weekly show, there will be regular appearances by some of Boston’s best and bluesiest talent!

The Cantab Lounge is located at 738 Massachusetts Ave. (Central Square), Cambridge, MA 02139

By T: Take the Red Line to CENTRAL SQUARE.

As many of you know, I used to play here every Thursday with The Chicken Slacks, so I can vouch for what a lively scene this is.  This is a great place to see live music!  Get ready to get down and get into it!  Bring your friends!  Hope to see you there.



The Cantab has been insane lately. I don’t know if it’s because the students are back or what. Whatever it is, the energy has been through the roof! It’s been packed every week, and the band has been pretty on as of late.

For those of you who haven’t been down on a Thursday night yet.. Here’s a small example of what you’re missing.  We posted some recent live tracks on the Chicken Slacks MySpace Page.

Hope to see you there!

PS – Mention my blog and I’ll buy you a drink!

Boston Herald Review

Check it out! Not only did they give the latest Chicken Slacks album an A-, they mentioned me by name!!

We’re assuming the title is a rhetorical question. And, hell yeah we can dig it. We don’t care if you’ve got a terrible band name, we love your set list: Stax classics, blues treasures and “Too Much Time,” an extra-obscure Captain Beefheart tune. Everybody does r & b covers, almost nobody does them well. Boston-based Chicken Slacks – thanks to Diamond D’s real soul shouting, righteous, punchy horns, and guitarist Mike Null’s authentic tone and restraint – deserve much love for just getting it right. Download: the Eddie Bo-penned slice of New Orleans funk, “Hook and Sling.” (Appearing every Thursday at the Cantab Lounge, Cambridge.)

Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald

Not too shabby!  Go to to check out the new disc!

Have you heard it yet?  What do you think?

New Camera

I decided to test out my new video camera at the most recent Slacks show (1/10/2009 at Johnny D’s).  Here’s a little rendition of “Rollin’ with the Punches.”

What do you think?

The Chicken Slacks – Can You Dig It?

Check it out on iTunes! The Chicken Slacks - Can You Dig It?

The new 13-track album from Boston’s hardest-working funk and soul band hits stores on January 27th

A year in the making, Can You Dig It? is the culmination of the latest chapter of the now seven-year ‘Slacks saga, closing a year that could be considered one of their best. With the 3rd anniversary of their Thursday night residency at The Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, The Chicken Slacks also starred in a short “rockumentary” (available on their website), and will appear as the wedding band in the upcoming Hollywood film Bride Wars starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway.

“We worked very hard to make this record sound like us – with all the energy, humor, and groove that our fans have come to appreciate,” says Justin Berthiaume, the band’s drummer and manager (and only remaining founding member). “We’ve gone through a lot of personnel changes over the years, but this current lineup has a chemistry and comraderie that really shines. That’s unusual in a band, and you can hear this on the CD.”

Can You Dig It? mixes original songs penned by the band with their own take on several obscure covers, some of which you may not think of as classic soul or funk. The CD opens with a surprisingly soulful Captain Beefheart tune “Too Much Time”, and track 9 has singer Diamond D crooning Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Long As I Can See The Light”. Throughout the CD the band stays true to the classic themes of the soul and funk genre: love and heartbreak (Diamond D’s “I’m In Love” and trumpeter and vocalist John Moriconi‘s “Only A Fool Gets To Heaven”), tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendo (“Going To The Shack” and Berthiaume’s “I Wanna Take A Shower With You”), and social justice (Diamond D’s “Tragedy”) all get their due.

Even the CD artwork alludes to The Chicken Slacks long story. Inside, the 3-panel fold-out features a collage of ‘Slacks fans boogying down against a backdrop silhouette of the Boston skyline. “It’s a nod to our fans and to our city,” explained Berthiaume. “We love them and we wanted them to feel a part of this CD.”

Can You Dig It? is now on sale at The Chicken Slacks shows, and will be available in stores and online January 27.

Slacks Updates!

Hi all..

Now, I don’t know about you.. but I hate it when this happens.  The Chicken Slacks have just released a new promotional video called Each and Every Thursday that we’re spamming all over the net.  But guess what.. it was filmed before I was even in the band so it has the old guitarist in it.  D’oh!  There is actually one scene where you can see the headstock of my guitar because I was subbing in the night they were filming the test footage.

All that aside, I still think it’s a well made video and it captures what we’re trying to do on Thursday nights.

Let me know what you think!

Each & Every Thursday from Skip-A-Beat on Vimeo.

In other news, we’re about to release a new CD! Right now, you can only get it at shows, but stay tuned!! The name of the new CD is Can You Dig It? and is already receiving some great reviews!

New gig – The Chicken Slacks

I finally got a gig!

I am now an official member of the Chicken Slacks Soul Revue! These guys are great musicians, and a ton of fun to play with. They really know how to throw a party and get people moving.

The current lineup:

Drums:  Justin “Pops” Berthiaume

Keys: “The Reverend” Curtis Haynes

Bass:  “Slick Rick” Roscoe

Trumpet: Johnny “Blue Horn” Marconi

Sax: Jeremy “Lips” Valadez

We play every Thursday at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge (Central Sq.).   They’ve had this residency for a while now.. going on 3 years, I believe.  In addition, they play weddings, corporate functions, and various clubs around town.  I’ve never been so busy in my life!

The music is 100% Soul.  We play various hits from various artists such as Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and many more.

Come check it out!