Upcoming Shows:

photo by Michel Verlinden

Upcoming Shows

Saturday, 16 February 2019 - 8:00pm
Luckart Gallery / Boccabella's
Newton, MA


with special guest Brad Bensko

One of the best and most innovative blues duos in the world, with a musical rapport and a wide embrace of styles, from Delta heartache to Chicago drive, W.C. Handy Award-winning blues duo Paul Rishell and Annie Raines bring their magical combination of soulful vocals, National steel guitar, and sizzling blues harp to the Luckart Gallery by Boccabella's Restaurant in Newton, MA. Singer-songwriter-crooner Brad Bensko will open the show.

Paul Rishell honed his craft in the 1970's, playing alongside greats such as Son House, Johnny Shines, and Howlin' Wolf. Annie Raines, hailed as one of the country's top blues harpists, and one of the few women blues harp players, carries on the tradition of great players James Cotton and Little Walter while adding her own soulful drive. The duo was nominated for Acoustic Artist of the Year for both the 2009 and 2010 Blues Music Awards in Memphis.  

Rishell and Raines are hosting a series of concerts at the Luckart Gallery this spring in collaboration with neighboring Boccabella's restaurant. A light fare menu and full bar service will be available during the show. Sit-down dinner is available next door at the restaurant. Reservations are strongly suggested as dinner seating is limited. 

The Luckart Gallery and Boccabella's are located at 438 Lexington Street in Auburndale center. There is abundant parking in the lot across the street. Wheelchair access is unfortunately limited. Admission is $20 / $15 students and seniors. For more information, visit us at www.paulandannie.com for directions, performer links, and advance tickets. For dinner reservations call (617) 928-1200.

Friday, 7 June 2019 - 8:00pm
The Bull Run
Shirley, MA
Saturday, 15 June 2019 - 7:30pm
Manchester City Library
Manchester, VT

We are honored to be helping Vermont harpman and bandleader Bob Stannard celebrate his 68th birthday with a benefit concert for the Manchester City Library. 

Saturday, 22 June 2019 - 8:00pm
Luckart Gallery
Newton, MA

JIM KWESKIN with PAUL RISHELL & ANNIE RAINESJug Band legend Jim Kweskin will perform a concert of toe-tapping tunes at the Luckart Gallery in Auburndale on Saturday, June 22 at 8 PM. Veteran country blues musicians Paul Rishell & Annie Raines will open the show.This is the sixth concert in a series presented by Rishell & Raines at the intimate Luckart Gallery in collaboration with neighboring Bocca Bella Café and Bistro. A light fare menu and full bar service will be available during the concert. A full dinner menu is available next door at the restaurant. (Dinner reservations are strongly suggested as restaurant seating is limited).The Luckart Gallery and Bocca Bella are located at 442 Lexington Street in Auburndale center. There is abundant parking in the lot across the street. Wheelchair access is unfortunately limited. Admission is $26 / $22 students and seniors. For more information, visit us at www.paulandannie.com for directions, performer links, and advance tickets. For dinner reservations call (617) 928-1200.Jim Kweskin is the founder of the legendary 1960s Jim Kweskin Jug Band with Fritz Richmond, Geoff Muldaur, Maria Muldaur, Mel Lyman and Bruno Wolfe. During the five years they were together, they successfully transformed the sounds of pre-World War II rural music into a springboard for their good-humored performances. Their imitators were legion, including a San Francisco jug band that became the Grateful Dead, a Los Angeles jug band that became the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and a New York jug band that became the Lovin' Spoonful. No other group attained their unique blend of youthful energy and antiquarian expertise, tight musicianship, loose camaraderie, and infectious swing. These days Jim is best known as a singer and bandleader, but he also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Mississippi John Hurt and Pink Anderson to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician, and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded many solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, with band-mate Geoff Muldaur, with Samoa Wilson, with The Texas Sheiks as well as performing and recording with a wide variety of well-known musicians such as Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian, David Grisman, Cindy Cashdollar, Happy Traum, Meredith Axelrod, Juli Crockett and Samoa Wilson, to name a few. Jim Kweskin's shows radiate charm, humor, sophistication and talent. Jim sings a collection of familiar songs by Benny Goodman, Johnny Mercer, the Sons of the Pioneers, Fats Waller, and Somethin' Smith & the Redheads. There's an endearing sense of good humor to Kweskin's interpretations that makes his performances a delight. Because of his vast repertoire and love of the music, Kweskin is recognized as one of the best interpreters of the great American songbook.  photo by Catherine Sebastian, CSP Images. All rights reserved.

Saturday, 13 July 2019 - 7:30pm
Vinahaven, ME

Skål is a brand-new speakeasy with a Scandinavian feel on the peaceful island of Vinalhaven, off the coast of Maine.


Jan. 12, 2018: Passim, Cambridge, MA - SOLD OUT
Jan. 19, 2018: The Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton, NJ
Feb. 18, 2018: The Parlor Room, Northampton, MA - SOLD OUT
Feb. 23, 2018: The Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH
Mar. 3, 2018: Beal House, Plymouth, MA
April 7, 2018: Homegrown Coffeehouse, Needham, MA - SOLD OUT
April 18, 2018: House Concert, Rochester, NY - SOLD OUT
June 16, 2018: Saturday Night in Marblehead, Marblehead, MA
June 23, 2018: The Bull Run, Shirley, MA - SOLD OUT
July 7-8, 2018: New Bedford Folk Festival
July 19, 2018: The Burren, Somerville, MA - live broadcast - SOLD OUT


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Late Night With Conan O'Brien (NBC TV) (as part of J Band) 1996 & 1999
Arthur "A Word From Us Kids" (PBS TV) December 2003
A Prarie Home Companion (MPR radio) 1995 & 2004
Mountain Stage (WV Public Radio) 2003
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  • Merelefest
  • Wheatland Festival
  • Swannanoa Gathering
  • King Biscuit Blues Festival
  • Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  • Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
  • Gloucester Blues Festival (UK)
  • Kansas City Jazz & Blues Fest
  • National Blues Festival (UK)
  • Moulin Blues Festival
  • Ole Blues Festival
  • Poconos Blues Festival
  • Savannah Folk Festival
  • Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival
  • Mountain Stage
  • Boston Folk Festival
  • Notodden Blues Festival
  • North Atlantic Folk Festival
  • Edmonton Labatts Blues Fest
  • Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Fest
  • Guinness Temple Bar Blues Fest
  • Big Bear Rhythm & Food Fest
  • Luxembourg Blues Festival
  • Ottawa Blues Festival
  • Herndon Blues Festival
  • Silver City Blues Festival
  • Queen City Blues Festival
  • Riverwalk
  • Great British R&B Fest
  • Augusta Heritage Festival
  • Taste of the Blue Ridge Fest
  • Cool Blues & Microbrews Fest
  • KCBS Acoustic Blues Festival
  • Harvest Acoustic Blues Fest
  • Midwinter Blues Festival
  • Chenango Blues Festival
  • River Blues Festival
  • Fire on the Mountain
  • Skoebustel Blues Festival
  • Kalamazoo Blues Festival
  • Buckeye Harmonica Convention
  • Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Fest
  • Cognac Blues Festival


  • Bushnell Theatre - Hartford, CT
  • The Barns At Wolf Trap(as part of J Band) Vienna, VA
  • Keswick Theatre - Philadelphia, PA
  • Merrill Auditorium - Portland, ME
  • Kitty C. Hart Theatre at the Egg - Albany, NY
  • Jorgenson Auditorium - Storrs, CT
  • Capitol Center for the Arts - Concord, NH
  • Lowell Auditorium - Lowell, MA
  • Ellington Theatre - Lynchburg, VA
  • The Orpheum Theatre - Memphis, TN
  • Westbury Music Fair - Westbury, NY
  • The Paradise - Boston, MA
  • Yoshi's - Oakland, CA
  • Jazzhaus - Freiburg, Germany
  • Godfrey Daniels - Bethlehem, PA
  • BamBoo Room - Lake Worth, FL
  • House of Blues - Cambridge, MA
  • The Bitter End - New York, NY
  • Caffe Lena - Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
  • Catamount Arts Center - St. Johnsbury, VT
  • The Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
  • The Catalyst - Santa Cruz, CA
  • Irving Plaza - New York, NY
  • Crossroads Cafe - Antwerp, Belgium
  • Oupeye Castle - Oupeye, Belgium
  • Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR
  • Jersey Arts Centre - Jersey, UK
  • Plaza Palomino - Tucson, AZ
  • Frick Fine Arts Center - Pittsburgh, PA

PAUL RISHELL AND ANNIE RAINES HAVE OPENED FOR: Ray Charles, Little Feat, Asleep at the Wheel, Susan Tedeschi, Leon Russell, John Hammond, Dr. John, and John Sebastian.