From national acts to local bands
By The Advocate
If you live north of the Tobin Bridge and south of the New Hampshire line, you know that traveling in either direction will cost you money for parking or gas – and that cuts into anyone’s budget for a great night out for live music in an intimate setting.
So Joe Crowley, the owner of Breakaway on Route 1 north in Danvers is doing something about that. With a 350+ capacity in the Music Hall with new sound system and lighting, local acts, including regional tribute bands such as Bon Jovi cover, “Livin’ on a Bad Name” to “No Shoes Nation” cover band of country star Kenney Chesney which have packed the venue.
Crowley said he’s added other national tribute acts such as Aerosmith’s “Draw the Line” and the AC/DC tribute, “Dirty Deeds”- the latter which has already played to a sold out show last month.
Breakaway has also aligned with Warren Scott, the agent who was responsible for booking the legendary Boston nightclub, The Channel for such acts as James Brown, BB King to Spinal Tap and Echo & The Bunneymen, just to name a few, to bring in national acts.
Coming this Friday, November 2, the legendary bluesman James Montgomery will be bringing his band to the Breakaway Music Hall with special guests, The Joe Mack Band.
On December 7, the man who brought you the 70’s classic “Rock n Roll Hoochie Coo” Rick Derringer will be taking the stage. Derringer has been packing festivals and clubs for years with his guitar prowess and of course, classic hits.
But Crowley hopes that his stage can be a launching pad for up and coming acts with Breakthrough@Breakaway, which began last week and will run every Thursday featuring young musicians from the north shore looking to sharpen their live performance skills.
Breakaway is located at 221 Newbury St., (Rte. 1 north), Danvers and features function rooms for all occasions. Call (978) 774-7270 for tickets to shows, events and function information. Log on to: www.Breakawaydanvers.com