Published on December 14th, 2017 | by wemf


Boston Rock Opera Presents Happening Holiday Special – Hurricane Maria Relief Fundraiser

Benefit for Hurricane Maria Relief

Not long after Boston Rock Opera’s successful one-night show of three Boston all-star ensemble bands,“The Hereafter Party: The Ultimate Dance Tribute to David Bowie, George Michael, & Prince” in August of 2017, plans were in the works for the BRO’s next show – a holiday-themed one and an original production written by Boston Rock Opera founder and Artistic Director Eleanor Ramsay. This wonderfully original Christmas party show again features an all-star line-up of some of Boston’s most talented musicians and singers – comprised of both veterans of early-day Boston Rock Opera productions as well as performers from more recent productions. Calling it a “send-up of Holiday TV shows” from back in the day, the “Boston Rock Opera’s Happening Holiday Special” is taking place this Saturday, December 16 at ONCE Ballroom (156 Highland Ave.,Somerville, MA). Along with it being both a fun celebration of the holidays and a BRO reunion of sorts, this event was designed to raise funds for Hurricane Maria Relief via the One America Appeal for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, as well as to collect gifts for the children of Puerto Rico. The evening is all ages (anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult); doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show begins promptly at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Full details and the evening’s line-up and musician list are in the press release below or visit or
(Debbie Catalano)

Boston Rock Opera’s Happening Holiday Special brings musicians 
together for Hurricane Maria Relief

One Night Only! Boston Rock Opera brings together more than 30 performers from the Boston music scene to celebrate the holidays with music and laughter, while raising money for Hurricane Maria relief. December 16th, 2017 at ONCE Ballroom, 156 Highland Ave, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143. 8:30pm sharp. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The show is suitable for all ages. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

It’s Christmas Eve as reclusive rock star Mick Mondo (BRO co-founder Mick Maldonado) sits alone by the fire, convinced that he’s been forgotten. Solstina the Solstice Goddess (Linda Viens) appears to remind him of the many reasons for the holiday season. While her intentions are good, the guests who perform classic Christmas songs remind him, and us, of the cultural shifts and uncertain times we live in. It takes a special performance of Muppet Holiday classics by MAYHEM!, and a return to the stage with Mondo’s band Streaker, to bring a bit of joy to the old rocker’s heart. Or does it? Find out in this original send-up of Made-for-TV Holiday Specials.

Once again, Boston Rock Opera has assembled some of the music scene’s best vocalists and musicians including Music Directors Peter Moore, Joshua Pickering, and Mick Maldonado, and vocalists John Powhida, Ali McGuirk, Ad Frank, Valerie Forgione, John Surette, Johnny Blazes, Gene Dante, Goddamn Glenn, Erica Mantone, Rod van Stoli, C. Moon Mullins and many more! After the show, DJ Jed Gottlieb will keep you dancing and enjoying the holiday spirits until last call.

In addition to raising funds for Hurricane relief via the One America Appeal for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, we ask that people bring a small gift for the children of Puerto Rico.

About Boston Rock Opera:

Boston Rock Opera (BRO) presents theatrical stagings of rock operas, album and artist tributes, works by Boston area musicians and more. Whether through a full-blown theatrical production or a nightclub event, BRO’s mission is to explore the challenge of great storytelling through the power and risk of rock and roll. Believing that the arts are enhanced by true diversity, BRO strives to recruit performers of all races, ethnicities, ages and identities.

Boston Rock Opera’s Happening Holiday Special
December 16, 2017
Music Direction by Peter Moore, Joshua Pickering and Mick Maldonado. Story by Eleanor Ramsay. Projections by Vidumami

Holiday’s in Here:
Peter Moore – Keys, Musical Director
Charles Hansen – Guitar
Jim Haggerty – Bass
Jim Janota – Drums

Vocals: Linda Viens, John Surette, Johnny Blazes, John Powhida, Ali McGuirk, Ad Frank, Tony Kaczynski, Valerie Forgione, Gene Dante, Goddamn Glenn and more!

Performing Muppet Holiday Classics
Allison Sigrist – Keys
Kevin Coombs – Guitar
Dug McCormack – Bass
Ethan Ben Joseph – Sax
Josh Pickering – Drums, Musical Director

Vocals: Sue Minichiello, Rod van Stoli, C. Moon Mullins, Gene Dante, Michelle Paulhus, Josh Pickering and Erica Mantone!

Mick Mondo and Streaker
Mick Mondo – Guitar, Vocals, Musical Director
Mark Cherone – Guitar
Pete Sutton – Bass
Joel Simches – Keys
Nancy Delaney – Drums
Tamora Gooding – Percussion

The Mondettes: Kameelah Benjamin-Fuller, Mayte Antelo, Erica Mantone, Michelle Paulhus

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