Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Press Release: i Idren Debuts at Esselon

DATELINE: April 20, 2010
CONTACT: Gerry LeBlanc
413 230 8773

Upful Music in the Esselon Garden

Hadley, MA -- The May 6th debut performance of local roots reggae band, i Idren, will open the summer season at Esselon Cafe. Amidst the stone chairs, flowering bulbs and the new grass, the sounds of classic reggae hits from Bob Marley, Desmond Dekker, and Tarrus Riley mixed with original rasta riddims, horns and harmonies will make for a perfect evening of dinner and open air dancing. The performance, from 6 to 8pm, is free to the public and family friendly. In the event of rain, the performance will be cancelled.

i Idren formed in January of 2010, comprised of veteran local musicians who were brought together by lead singer and rhythm guitarist, Gerry LeBlanc. LeBlanc draws on his experience as lead singer and songwriter for the band Minibus, a rock/reggae/jam outfit born out of the 90’s UMass music scene. Sweet female vocal harmonies reminiscent of the legendary I-Threes which are integral to the i Idren sound, are beautifully rendered by Jenn Murphy and Gudrun Durham. The drum and bass combination so important to reggae is handled mightily by drummer Dave Noonan, one of the founding members of the Equalites, and bassist Dave Chalfant, known for his work with The Neilds, and many local and national recording artists. To top the solid rhythm section and multi-part vocals, saxophone player Jon Weeks, member of Viva Quetzal among other local groups, brings his vast experience in latin, jazz and rock horns, and he shines as the soloist in the spotlight.

For booking and more info about the band visit: Esselon Cafe is located at 99 Russell St., Hadley, MA. 413-585-1515 A full dinner menu is available as well as beer & wine, coffee, tea, and desserts.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Capitol Steps' "Liberal Shop of Horrors" is Orlando-bound

The Mike Thornton Agency and The Plaza Theatre present The Capitol Steps with their new show, “Liberal Shop of Horrors” on Saturday, May 1 at 7PM, at The Plaza Theatre, 425 North Bumby Avenue in Orlando. For tickets: 407-228-1220 or

For a preview of “Liberal Shop of Horrors”:

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

People We’re Glad We Know. Gerry LeBlanc

I first met Gerry when he was web designer at Gazettenet, the online presence of the Daily Hampshire Gazette. He recently started his own company, where he’s an internetologist. He’s a hot musician.

Gerry LeBlanc’s new band, i Idren, premieres at the Esselon Cafe (99 Russell Street/Route 9, Hadley, MA) on Thursday, May 6th and 6PM. Details:

Monday, April 5, 2010

Feature Coverage: David Pakman III

David Pakman featured in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Gazettenet, the local daily newspaper and its website serving Northampton, MA and Hampshire County