For the first time, Me&Thee Music brings the local retro band The Mugfords to its stage for a Saturday Holiday Concert & Dance Party on Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. The Mugfords will present a night of pop and rock holiday hits and standards of the ’60s, ’70s and beyond. The adjoining Stetson Hall will be cleared for a roomy, party-lit dance floor. The band has collected a drum kit full of holiday favorites and some surprises.
The Mugfords launched three decades ago on Mugford Street and they’ve performed throughout New England, including performances on HGTV and at The Hard Rock Cafe in Boston. They’re known for their vocal harmonies and faithful replication of the music of The Beatles, Kinks, Byrds, Rolling Stones, The Who, Talking Heads, Cars and many others. Members include Paul Todisco, Chad Rosen, Debra Basile, and Steve Pierce.
Chad Rosen was a former member and the manager of the Boston-New York based swing band “Tappin’ at the Met” who performed all over the East coast including The Paradise, Jack’s, Ryle’s, Jonathan Swifts and the Westside Theater in NYC. He’s opened shows for Tom Paxton, David Bromberg, The Persuasions, Lenny Clark and Jay Leno.
Debra Basile is a conservatory trained, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, singer and choral conductor. She performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood. She currently sings with the Cantemus Chamber Chorus, teaches music privately and directs a choir in Lexington.
Paul Todisco has been dubbed “the human jukebox” with his vast knowledge of rock music. He played lead guitar for the “Ace of Clubs,” as well as a country rock band, “The Boosey Hawkes” and an original rock band “The Poor Boys” which morphed into “Safety in Numbers” which won a band contest on the former WCOZ-FM. He’s played at the legendary Rathskeller in Kenmore Square, Jack’s in Cambridge, the Inn Square Men’s Bar and The Channel in South Boston as well at The Paradise.
Steve Pierce is a percussionist/multi-instrumentalist whose nickname is “Tubs” due to his innate ability to make a Home Depot bucket sound like a full drum set. Steve is widely known and admired for his 30 year career as an art teacher at Marblehead Middle School. His crowning art creation is the 30 foot bronze sculpture The Discovery of Purpose which is permanently displayed outside Marblehead High School. He’s a classically trained trombonist who began playing drums in his early teens but also plays guitar, bass, hammered dulcimer and keyboards.
Tickets are $25, Students $10. Locally, tickets are available at Arnould’s Gallery, Washington Street, Marblehead. Online Info and No-Fee Tickets: meandthee.org
Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the kitchen opens at 7:30 p.m. Me&Thee Music is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization now in its 53rd season at 28 Mugford St. in Marblehead. Refreshments are served.