2120 South Michigan Avenue

Next Gig: Saturday, September 30th, 9:00, Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market Street, Manchester, NH.
March 17, 2017 issue of The Tri Town Transcript, regional weekly newspaper: Boxford Blues.
Watch BCATv interview with Charlie Sawyer and Tokyo Tramps: BCATv: Interview, Charlie and the Tramps 
Listen: a raw, wild-sound run-through of the Little Walter classic Just A Feeling.

                                     Calendar 2017
 Fri Feb 3, 2017  Strange Brew
Sat March 18, 2017, 6:30PM
(Doors @ 6:00)
Concert with Tokyo Tramps
Gould Barn, Topfsfield, MA
Admission: $15
 Sat March 25, 2017Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar 
Friday April 7th 7:30-9:30 Glenn's Food and Libations
50 Water Street, Newburyport, MA
 Fri Apr 21, 2017
Strange Brew 
 Sat July 8, 2017 Strange Brew 
Fri July 21, 2017  Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar
35 Railorad Square
Nashua, NH
Riverwalk Cafe
 Sat Sep 30, 2017 Strange Brew 
Sat Nov 18, 2017  Boxford Democrate Annual Barn Dance, Gould Barn, Topsfield, MA
Gould Barn Map
Fri Nov 24, 2017, 8:00-11:00PM $5/7 cover Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar
35 Railroad Square
Nashua, NH
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar
 Fri Dec 8, 2017 Strange Brew 

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.
Baker's Dozen, an Internet Juke Box.  13 tracks recorded by 2120 South Michigan Avenue going back to 1999.  Drop a virtual nickel in the blues nickelodeon.
Japanese translation of The Arrival of B.B. King.  P-Vine Boxed Set: The Complete Recordings 1950-1965 

                                      Calendar 2016
Fri. Nov 4, 2016, 9:15-12:45  Strange Brew Tavern
88 Market Street
Manchester, NH
Strange Brew Tavern 
 Sat Nov 12, 2016, 7:30-10:30   Boxford Democrats Annual Barn Dance
Gould Barn, Topsfield, MA

Map: Gould Barn, Topsfield
 Fri Dec 9, 2016, 7:30-10:30 Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar
 35 Railroad Square
Nashua, NH 603-578-0200

                                     Calendar 2015
Tues. July 7, 2015, 12:30-2:00
"Boston Common Theater in the Gold Dome"
350 Main Street, Cambridge, MA

Sat. August 1, 2015, 8:00-12:00  Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar
35 Railroad Square, Nashua, NH
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar 
Fri. October 2, 2015, 9:00-12:45   Strange Brew Tavern, 
88 Market Street,
Manchester, NH
Strange Brew Tavern
Sun November 1, 7:00-10:00  Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar
35 Railroad Square, Nashua, NH
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar  
Sat. November 14, 7:30-10:30
Boxford Democrats Annual Barn Dance
Gould Barn, Topsfield, MA
Map: Gould Barn
Calendar 2014

   Fri. March 7, 2014, 9:00-12:45  Strange Brew Tavern,
88 Market Street,
Manchester, NH
 Sat, March 15, 2014, 7:00-11:00
 Concert, Gould Barn, Topsfield, MA (MAP)
Sponsored by Boxford Cable Access Television,
Opener: Samantha Young
No admission, BYO Food and Drink
 Wed. May 14, 2014, 7:30-9:30
 Finale Concert, Blues History Class
Music Building
Harvard University w/ guests Sweet Willie "D", Mike Dibari and Ron Levy.
Fri. June 13, 2014, 9:00-12:45
 Strange Brew Tavern,
88 Market Street,
Manchester, NH
 Sun. June 22, 2014, 10-12PM
Ozen Bar, Tel Aviv
CD Release Party for Avner Strauss

AshesToAshes by Avner Strauss w/ Charlie Sawyer on Harmonica
Sun. July 27, and Wed July 30, 2014, 8:00PM 
Ungelt Jazz is a unique venue situation in a wine cellar from the XI Century, deep underground but very close to the Old Town Square.

 Ungelt Jazz and Blues Club
Charlie Sawyer and the SavojBlues Band
 Tues. July 29, 2014, 8:00PM
The Jazz Dock, Prague's premier night club, is located on a pier jutting out into the Vlatva River which divides the capitol of the Czech Republic (formerly Czechoslovakia).

 Jazz Dock, Jazz&Blues Bar&Cafe

Janackovo nabrezi 2, Prague, CZ
Tel: +420 774 058 838

Charlie Sawyer and the SavojBlues Band
Fri. Aug 1, 2014, 8:00PM  

Karlovy Vary (aka Karlsbad) is one of Europe's most famous spa cities, founded in 1370 by Charles IV, the Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia.  The Imperial Hotel opened in 1912. It is a massive grand hotel atop a ridge.  The Club Imperial is one of four restaurants in the hotel.  It is a favorite spot for Russians vacationing in the spa.

Club Imperial/Imperial Hotel, Karlovy Vary, CZ
Charlie Sawyer and the SavojBlues Band
 Fri. Sep. 26, 2014, 9:00-12:45  Strange Brew Tavern,
88 Market Street,
Manchester, NH
 Sun., Oct 5, 2014, 2:30PM
 Bedford Public Library
Concert Series
Bedford, NH
  Sat., Oct 25, 2014 7:00-10:00PM
  Boxford Democrats' Annual Barn Dance
Gould Barn, Topsfield, MA
  Fri. Dec. 26, 2014, 9:00-12:45    Strange Brew Tavern,
88 Market Street,
Manchester, NH

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