2120 South Michigan Avenue

Next 2120 Gig: Sunday, August 8th, 2021, 5:00-7:00, Georgetown Summer Concert Series

Recently rediscovered CD recorded in 2003: 7 x 2120

From Walker Lecture Concert (9/25/19):
                                                                           Photo by Eric Smith
YouTube videos. Video by Eric Smith, sound track from audio recording by Cedar House Sound and Mastering 

Calendar 2020
Sat Jan 18, 9:00-12:45       Strange Brew Tavern                     
88 Market Street, Manchester, NH
 Fri Apr 24, 9:00-12:45     Strange Brew Tavern                      
88 Market Street, Manchester, NH
 Fri May 15, 7:00-9:00Wilmington Library, Wilmington MA. 
Sun Aug 9, 5:00-7:00 Canceled Ice House Pavilion  at American Legion Park, Georgetown, MA 
Tue Aug 11, 6:30-8:00 Community Park on Main Street, Henniker, NH 
Fri Sep 25, 9:00-12:45                      Strange Brew Tavern                      
88 Market Street, Manchester, NH
Sat Dec 5, 9:00-12:45  Strange Brew Tavern 
88 Market Street, Manchester, NH

Calendar 2019

Thurs Jan 3, 2019, 8:00-11:00 Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar 
Railroad Square, Nashua, NH 
$5 advance/$7 @ door 
Fri Feb 15, 2019, 9:00PM-12:45               Strange Brew Tavern                      88 Market Street, Manchester, NH 
Thurs May 16, 2019, 8:00-11:00  Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar
Railroad Square, Nashua, NH
$7 advance/$10@door

Sat June 22, 2019, 9:00PM-12:45                Strange Brew Tavern                      88 Market Street, Manchester, NH 
Wed July 17, 2019, 6:30PM 
Joint Apperance: Blues For 2 Juniors Willie Laws Jr and Charlie Sawyer Jr
2120 in concert with Texas Bluesman Willie J. Laws Jr 
Appearing at Gould Barn, Topsfield, MA
Wed Aug 21, 2019, 6:30PM Georgetown Peabody Library  
 Sat Aug 24, 2019, 9:00PM-12:45               Strange Brew Tavern                        88 Market Street,            Manchester, NH 
Wed Sep 25, 2019, 7:30PM Walker Lecture Series 
City Auditorium, 2 Prince St.,Concord,NH
Lecture (Blues History) + Concert w/ 2120
 Sat Sep 28 , 2019, 9:00PM-12:45AMStrange Brew Tavern 
88 Market Street, Manchester, NH
Thurs Oct 3, 2019, 8:00-11:00 Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar 
Railroad Square, Nashua, NH 
Fri Dec 27, 2019, 9:00PM-12:45 Strange Brew Tavern
88 Market Street, Manchester, NH

  • TV One, the cable channel (Verizon 271, 771, Comcast 214), will show a 1-hour documentary on B.B. King on Sunday, June 24, at 9:00PM, as part of the Unsung series. The program is the most comprehensive, in-depth study of the King of the Blues to date. [No claim of objectivity, I was a consultant and an interviewee.] See the trailer: 
    TV-1 Unsung: B.B. King (press un-mute to hear Charlie Sawyer sing the Pepticon jingle.)
Photos of blues greats: Charlie's Archives
Media posts:
  • Read the story: Learning From the King, How a Legend Inspired a Life in the Blues, by Corey Francer, Hippo Press, March 7, 2013. From Avantis  to 2120 South Michigan Avenue.
  • "Born In Chicago" in Tel Aviv Charlie Sawyer with Avner Strauss @ Club Ozen, Tel Aviv, June 2014. CD release party.
  • Harvard's House of Blues.  B.B. King plays and sings at Harvard's Lippmann House, 1980.  Hear B.B. play through a tiny practice amp and sing without a microphone.  A magic concert in a living room.
  • Bistra: A Love Story The story of Bistra Lankova in America.
  • Ashes To Ashes  A YouTube video starring Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, Jewish philosopher Martin Buber, Israeli singer/song-writer Avner Strauss and American harmonica player Charlie Sawyer.
  • 2120 In Concert, Bedford NH Library, Oct 5  YouTube video by Mojo Productions. Starring Sweet Willie "D", Mike Turk, and Ron Levy w/ the 2120 regulars.
  • Blues, alive and well in the Holy Land. Eli Marcus' wonderful radio show, Traveling Blues, weekly on Radio IDC, Herzliya, Israel.  Episode 5 featured Charlie Sawyer and his Desert Island Half Dozen tunes. Podcast: http://tinyurl.com/travelingblues-5  First 8 mins are in Hebrew.
Japanese translation of The Arrival of B.B. King.  P-Vine Boxed Set: The Complete Recordings 1950-1965 


November 29, 2011

Photos by Cherie Hoyt, November 19, 2011, Strange Brew Tavern, Manchester, NH

Just released, two interviews with B.B. King, recorded by Harvard, posted on http://www.bluesisking.com. Direct links here :


The Harvard at Home website, Blues is King: A Tribute to B.B. King *(bluesisking.com)* has added two extended video interviews,conversations, really, with the King of the Blues, in which he reflects on his long life and career, and provides insight into the music he plays and sings with such passion. The first interview, from 2004, took place in class -- Charlie Sawyer's History of Blues in America class at Harvard Extension School.  The second interview was recorded by the Harvard at Home video crew on B.B.'s bus after his concert in Lowell, MA in November of 2007.

Charlie Sawyer conducted both interviews, which together total more than 73 minutes. The conversations cover technical questions such as,
"Why does your guitar sound so different on stage than it does on recordings?" (2004), and queries regarding his life and legacy, such as "How would you like to be remembered?" (2007).

First launched in 2009, the Blues is King website describes King as "an icon of American music...whose distinctive guitar playing and evocative voice have inspired generations of rock and jazz performers." Two of the prominent performers inspired by B.B. King, guitarist/vocalist "Monster" Mike Welch and rock guitar icon Jay Geils are featured in a video of a B.B. King tribute concert given at Harvard by Sawyer's blues band, *2120 South Michigan Avenue* in 2007, which is presented in full on the website. In interview segments, Mike and Jay, as well as Rounder Records producer Scott Billington and Charlie Sawyer reflect on B.B.'s influence and great contribution to
American popular music.

This website is a resource for blues scholars and B.B. King fans alike, according to Sawyer. It includes a gallery of photographs of B.B. King and other blues artists and a timeline of B.B. King's life, along with the tribute concert video and the interview videos. Sawyer says the materials collected here are a good online supplement to the voluminous collections of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in B.B.'s hometown of Indianola, Mississippi. www.bbkingmuseum.org