It was a cold winter night in Somerville. The Burren was packed with fans waiting to see their baseball/music idol play live in their hometown.
First to hit the stage was Abbie Barrett. She is a local girl that plays local shows in New England with her band. She likes to play all genres of music with strong talent in the contemporary indie rock era and doesn’t care about labels. She was nominated for female vocalist and singer-songwriter of the year in 2016. When she came on stage the fans were cheering and clapping.
She played a set that included songs like “That Shame,” “Take It In Stride,” Reconcile.” She closed her set with “Draw Me In” and “Here To Stay.” She also played her new hit single. “I Will Let You Know.” If you havent heard or seen her before you should check her out. She is a very talented singer- songwriter.
Finally to end the night, and who the crowd was waiting to hear live was Boston fan favorite Bronson Arroyo. Most of the fans in New England know Bronson as the former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He got his first and only World Series Championship with the Red Sox in 2004. He played with the Red Sox until 2006 and went on to play brief stints with the Cincinnati Reds, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Atlanta Braves, The LA Dodgers, Washington Nationals. He decided in 2017 he announced his retirement from the MLB.
In 2005 Bronson Released his first Debut Album Covering The Bases. This included covers of bands such as Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Foo Fighters and Incubus. The album also includes the Boston Red Sox victory song “Dirty Water,” by the Standells. Bronson taught one of the other former Red Sox players how to play guitar and he did vocals for the song “Tessie” by the Drop Kick Murphy’s.
In 2008 Bronson was featured in a music video that was played during the Cincinnati Reds baseball games.
In July 2020, he collaborated with classical pianist Harrison Sheckler to create a virtual choir recording of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.”
The band will be releasing a new album on February 17,2023 which will feature 10 original songs filled with hard-driving guitars, powerful chorus and vivid, observational lyrics with the same passion and intensity Bronson brought the field.
Once he came on stage at the Burren the fans screamed and cheered. For some fans it was the first time seeing him since he was in Boston for his MLB Career. He came out playing “Full Moon Fever.” He went on to play songs such as “Guerilla Warfare,” ‘Some Might Stay,” and “Own Your Name.” He played his newest single “Nights Alive.” During his set he made some baseball references, and even said that he was nervous after hearing Abbie play live. He thought that Abbie was going to be better then he was. The crowd was really getting into his music and were dancing and cheering the whole night. For the final song he brought back on stage Abbie to help sing the song “Moonage Daydream. ” This was a great night of fun and excitement. If you haven’t seen him live you should come and check it out. It was a fun night had by all.
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