The NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza has consistently provided great value for admission by offering a diverse array of wicked cool vendors and exhibitors with a mix of vintage, modern, art and oddity along with lots of entertainment included.
The show opens at 4:00 pm on Friday March 15 with early birds admitted at 3:30, with the artists, and celebrities, and vendors room open until 8:00 pm also including gaming, kids activities and cosplay. The entire schedule is available online.
The entertainment included begins at 4:30 as author and video personality Johnny C kicks off the Panels with the CACN Creator Meet-Up. “Meet as many like-minded Creative folks as possible. Meet that next great collaborator that can help you make your ideas to the next level: Reality,” says Johnny C of the Creator After Con Network (CACN). “This gathering can help you put you on the path to going Pro, but in the least help you meet like minded creative individuals with a motivation and drive to do more. Artist Bring your Portfolios, Writers Bring Samples, Everyone bring your Business Cards for this fun, social event.”
Johnny hosts numerous activities over the weekend including the ComicsCon Battle Royale, a competition of amateur and professional stand up comedians for cash prizes beginning with the Friday preliminaries at 5:00 and 6:30 pm with the first semi-final at 7:45 pm.
Friday will also feature a performance by Tony Wilson, known as the Young James Brown, a protege of James Brown performing in the Courtyard at 6:00 pm. An impersonator beyond belief, Tony is presented at NEComicCon by the Regent Theatre in Arlington MA, where Tony regularly does a full show.
After the show floor closes the Friday night concert afterparty fun continues in the courtyard where Farscape star Gigi Edgley performs songs backed up by musicians Mick & Derek Lawless of the Reckless Hearts, followed by Fan Karaoke with Gigi until 10:00 pm. Admission to the concert afterparty is included in Friday and weekend admissions.
Saturday’s entertainment included begins at 10:00 am with early birds entering at 9:30, with the exhibitors, artists and celebrities rooms open until 6:00 pm. Daytime entertainment Panels include a Q&A with Farscape star Gigi Edgley, a Q&A with comedian and voice actor Gilbert Gottfried, comedian Mark Gallagher’s Fraudio Commentary live podcast recording and Johnny C’s Sketch Off.
Cosplay activities include the Create-A-Character Costume contest, Cosplay with a Back Story, the Kids Costume parade and Onstage pose-offs, plus photo ops with the Flying Ford Anglia from the Harry Potter Movies and Puppets from the Bill Diamond Collection including Audrey Two, Mike from Monsters Inc and original Muppets .
Comedy competition as day two of the ComicsCon Battle Royale rages on with cash prizes to the daily and weekend winners as pros and amateurs compete for the laughs and the audience is the judge.
On the Courtyard stage, we highlight young performers and songwriters who add their fandom love to their musical styles and we proudly present Tiffany Hulse and Kate Eppers Saturday afternoon. Another performance by Tony Wilson graces the Courtyard stage.
Also included in admission all weekend is mask making workshops with master mask maker Eric Bornstein, as he explains how to craft for parades, theatre or cosplay.
Kadrolsha Ona, Queen of the Paranormal, will be joined by other members of her Paranormal News Network broadcasting from the event, along with sharing stories with fans of the paranormal.
Awesome artists like Joe St. Pierre (Spider-Man), Keith Champagne (JLA, Stranger Things), Guy Gilchrist (Nancy) and others will be meeting fans all weekend.
Although the exhibitors, artists and celebrities pack it in at 6:00 pm, the fun continues with a special Saturday night performance at 6:30 pm by Roger Kabler, The Spirit of Robin Williams, filming a live concert segment for the upcoming movie “Being Robin,” stand up comedy that needs to be seen and heard to be believed.
The fun continues as Nicholas Brendon, Xander from “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” hosts a special VIP reception with Karaoke with fans Saturday night starting at 8:30.
And in the Courtyard, the Concert Saturday night begins at 7:00 pm with the instru-mental surf sock n roll of Tsunami of Sound, followed by the Kaiju Hard Rockin Rock n Roll of GWELL-O in fun craziness. Boston’s favorite sons, The FOOLS close the evening fun with a “World Dance Party” singing their hit “Life Sucks and Then You Die” and everyone sings along.
Each day we also feature Careers in the Creative Arts sessions. Sunday panels include Ann Robinson, star of the original 1953 film “The War of The Worlds” and join Chris Rankin aka Percy Weasley to learn how to use a magic wand in a Harry Potter film, with assistance from OrchardWorks Magic Wands, and many young wizards who may wish to participate onstage with Chris.
Tickets and VIP experiences on sale now at NEComicCons.com
Entertainment Included in the Fun at NEComicCon March 15-17
CHARLIE FARREN In Concert
NRBQ + BARRENCE WHITFIELD IN CONCERT - July 4th at Noon
BARRENCE WHITFIELD - Sun. July 4 - Noon
THE FOOLS In Concert - Sat. July 3rd - 9:00 pm
Tsunami of Sound In Concert - Sat. July 3rd - 8:00 pm
WALTER ALICE SICKERT BUNKER BUDS LIVE - Fri. July 2nd
Fan-Tasy Karaoke with the Stars - Friday July 2nd
COWBOY MACH BELL
Starship Regency to FHLOSTON PARADISE
Red on Red Records in Paradise Showcase
MARIO PLAYERS - Friday July 2
CHARLIE FARREN In ConcertCharlie Farren in Concert Friday July 2nd at 1:00 pm on the main stage in the hotel courtyard. Charlie FARREN has long been known for great songs, great singing, and for outstanding live solo acoustic performances. Charlie captures an audience with his unique delivery, insightful lyrics, soaring vocal, and intricate and distinctive, 'Full Band' guitar style that distinguishes him among the country’s elite musical artists. Charlie’s solo performances have the energy and fun of a rock show, while maintaining in intimacy that makes for an entertaining and memorable evening. It has been said of his solo performances that it’s easy to forget that there is not a full band onstage! Charlie continues to be one of America's most original and compelling musical artists. He takes the stage alone, and leaves the stage with a roomful of new believers. Charlie FARREN burst onto the national scene in the early 80’s as lead singer of THE JOE PERRY PROJECT, teaming up with Aerosmith lead guitarist Joe Perry and releasing an acclaimed album on Columbia Records. Farren penned the Billboard charting classics “Listen To The Rock” and “East Coast, West Coast”, also co-writing four songs with Perry including the hit “I’ve Got The Rock ‘N’ Rolls Again”. As lead singer & rhythm guitarist of The Joe Perry Project, FARREN established himself as one of the hottest young singers to emerge from the Boston music scene. The Joe Perry Project sold out theaters across the country and toured arena's & stadium's around the world with artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, Heart, ZZ Top, and Alice Cooper. In 1986 FARREN formed FARRENHEIT along with David Hull and John Muzzy, releasing a self-titled debut album on Warner Brothers, produced by Keith Olsen. Three singles from that album, “Fool in Love”, “Bad Habit”, & “Lost in Loveland”, as well as video exposure on MTV, established FARRENHEIT as one of the premier new rock acts. Highlights for FARRENHEIT include a performance at the 1987 “Texxas Jam” to a sold out crowd of 85,000 people at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, and the coveted opening slot on the 75 date BOSTON ‘Third Stage Tour’, sold out from coast to coast. Charlie FARREN has appeared on Bad Company's 1986 LP “Fame and Fortune”, Nona Hendryx's 1985 RCA album “The Heat”, Peter Wolf's 1996 CD “Long Line”, as well as Joey McIntyre's 1999 release “Stay the Same”. Now working on what will be his 17th CD, Charlie has been described as contagious, displaying a candor rarely demonstrated by former arena rock stars. “It's clear he has not lost the ability to captivate a room full of people no matter what the size,” writes Tom Dempsey of SoundCheck magazine. His live solo performances remain the perfect forum for his remarkable talents. Charlie continues to be one of America's most original and compelling musical artists. He takes the stage alone, and leaves the stage with a roomful of new believers.
NRBQ + BARRENCE WHITFIELD IN CONCERT - July 4th at NoonNorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza is extremely pleased to present NRBQ in concert Sunday July 4th at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center in Boxborough MA included in admission to NEComicCon. Opening the show will be soul singer and rocker Barrence Whitfield beginning at Noon, followed by NRBQ at 1:30 pm. Concert is included in admission to Northeast ComicCon on Sunday July 4th or with a weekend pass. There will be a limited number of reserved seats available beginning on Friday May 28th, while supply lasts, which also includes ComicCon admission. The concert will be outdoors. NRBQ is an American rock band co-founded by Terry Adams in 1966 having released 35+ albums over their career and including their first-ever NRBQ rarities collection, “In*Frequencies” released by Omnivore Recordings on October 2, 2020. The career-spanning sixteen tracks, twelve never-before released, include live and radio performances, soundchecks, and rare singles. NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet) are: Clavinet virtuoso Terry Adams, multi-instrumentalist Scott Ligon, drummer John Perrin, bassist Casey McDonough (who was hired as a vocalist for Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds World Tour). They often are augmented by the “Whole Wheat Horns” as they will be at this special Independence Day show. NorthEast ComicCon Producer Gary Sohmers, who appeared as an appraiser for 13 seasons on the PBS TV show Antiques Roadshow brought NRBQ to the show to share his favorite rock and roll band, he feels they represent true pop cultural Americana that has crossed all musical styles and even exists on The Simpson’s wiki ... a band Sohmers feels that everyone needs to experience. NRBQ served as the unofficial "house band" for The Simpsons for seasons 10 thru 12. NRBQ allowed several of their songs to be used on The Simpsons. The band also appeared in animated form as well as on camera during the end credits to perform the show's theme song during Take My Wife, Sleaze. ● “Sunday, Cruddy Sunday" performing Wild Weekend (audio) ● “Maximum Homerdrive" performing 12 Bar Blues (audio) ● “The Old Man and the "C" Student" performing Can't Buy Me Love (audio) ● “Take My Wife, Sleaze" animated and live-action, performing "Mayonnaise and Marmalade (audio) ● “Kill the Alligator and Run" performing Wild Weekend (audio) ● “Insane Clown Poppy" performing I Like That Girl (audio) ● “Bye Bye Nerdie" performing Always Safety First (audio) ● “A Hunka Hunka Burns in Love" performing If I Don't Have You (audio) Here are some more fun facts about NRBQ: … NRBQ appeared as zombies in George Romero’s “Day Of The Dead”. … John Sebastian hired them to play the music of The Lovin’ Spoonful on tour. NRBQ call John Sebastian “An honorary member of the band”. … They were the first to include Captain Lou Albano in performances and recordings, starting the Rock / Wrestling connection. … They introduced The Shaggs’ “Philosophy of the World” to the world, and the Song Poem phenomenon. … Sun Ra said, “NRBQ’s sense of humor is intact, and that’s important”. He also described Terry Adams as “One of the creators’ cultural advisers”. NRBQ have attracted accolades and respect from talent as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Doc Pomus, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Keith Richards, The Replacements, John Sebastian, Dave Edmunds, Yo La Tengo and Penn & Teller. NRBQ songs have been performed by Bonnie Raitt, She & Him, Dan Baird, the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Widespread Panic, Los Lobos, and Dave Edmunds among many others. Barrence Whitfield has been performing for 40 years, released dozens of records, toured the world with his band The Savages, and always delivers a dynamic soulful rock and roll performance. Barrence screams, swoons and shouts roots rock and soul with joyous abandon. Daily and Weekend admission to the NorthEast ComicCon & Collectibles Extravaganza includes access to the vendors room with over 100 purveyors of collectibles and artifacts of pop culture, artists and authors from comics, books, television and films, actors and celebrities including Billy West, Nicholas Brendon, The Amazing Kreskin and more, plus the concerts. Show hours are: Friday July 2, Noon to 6:00 pm followed by an afterparty concert from 8:00 - 10:30 pm featuring Celebrity Fan-Tasy Karaoke; Saturday July 3, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm followed by an afterparty concert from 8:00 - 10:30 pm featuring The Fools and Tsunami of Sound; Sunday July 4, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, including the NRBQ concert between noon till 4:00 pm. https://necomiccons.com/ http://www.nrbq.com/ https://simpsons.fandom.com/wiki/NRBQ Here’s what the media says about NRBQ: "For half a century, this consummate cult act has served as a bulwark against the stiffness and pomposity that so often infiltrate rock and roll ... 'Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Girl' is one highlight; another is the band's recent take on the Al Jolson standard 'April Showers.' The recording exquisitely confronts the current dark era with swooning dreams borrowed from an earlier one." —The New Yorker "The new NRBQ album rocks, rolls, swings and sways with heart 'n soul. NRBQ's new In*Frequencies is great. It is a rarities collection but nothing here is throw-away or sub-par (is it ever with NRBQ?). No, this is "just" another great NRBQ album, which is reason enough to celebrate. And the world is a better place because of it." —Audiophile "From the time of their debut album, the group distinguished itself with its all-encompassing fusion of rock, pop, jazz, rhythm and blues, folk, and country from past and present. A sense of humor and a penchant for spontaneity and invention have also served them well. Surf-rock, rockabilly, doo-wop, pop, and classics from Elvis Presley to Al Jolson - they're all here. Such a diversity of material might hinder the cohesiveness of another rarities collection, but in NRBQ's case, it makes perfect sense given the band's rich musical lineage." —The Second Disc "Just the fact that NRBQ has been around for over fifty years is pretty amazing. Can you believe they've never put out a collection of rarities and unreleased tracks? It's true. You've got to hand it to the ArQive 50 crew because they somehow put together a cohesive collection of tunes from a band that has never been able to settle on a style long enough for any rock critic - let alone fan - to pigeonhole them. As I have said in previous NRBQ reviews (and as any fan will attest) that's a big part of what makes the Q so great." —NuDisc " ... exuberant eclecticism and offhand virtuosity and inventiveness ... NRBQ can refresh even the most familiar songs - and do it without a trace of irony while exuding the infectious joy that has been the hallmark of all their music-making." —Philadelphia Inquirer " ... absolutely essential, the cup of sunshine soul 'Let Me Tell You 'Bout My Girl,' seemingly gifted from Otis Redding's cupboard is that and then some. Also, indispensable is 'That's All,' with its bluesy, jazzy swing and early rock 'n roll fire. It's an eclectic set, with the kind of clever, unpretentious playing and lighthearted humor expected from NRBQ." —Elmore Magazine “A perfect combination of genius and joy.” -- Jad Fair “See them and get a rage to live.” –M.C. Kostek “They are an unstoppable phenomenon, and have been so longer than most any other band on the planet.” –Dave DiMartino “Inventing music right before our ears.” –Blurt “NRBQ consistently discover real musical light in the darkest of souls.” –Hal Willner “NRBQ have always been cool with being uncool which is, perhaps ironically, what makes them so damn cool.” - Glide Magazine "Great music knows no boundaries, and no band is better proof than the Q. *High Noon* does a stellar job of bringing that joy into your living room and your life." —David Sokol, Stereophile, January 2017. Five stars!
BARRENCE WHITFIELD - Sun. July 4 - NoonBarrence Whitfield has been performing for 40 years, released dozens of records, toured the world with his band The Savages, and always delivers a dynamic soulful rock and roll performance. Barrence sings, screams, swoons and shouts roots rock and soul with joyous abandon.
THE FOOLS In Concert - Sat. July 3rd - 9:00 pmThe Fools are well known in New England as the ultimate party rockers and for their radio hits "Life Sucks and Then You Die," "World Dance Party," "Night For Beautiful Girls" and "Psycho Chicken" ... performing on Friday the 13th (of March) as the Concert After Party included in Friday and Weekend Admission, $20 at door. With hit songs like: Psycho Chicken; Life Sucks…Then You Die; She Makes Me Feel Big; Doo Wah Diddy; It’s a Night for Beautiful Girls; Bite It; I Won’t Grow Up; World Dance Party and too many more to list here, The Fools deliver a non-stop powerhouse show. Great music performed by talented musicians with a hefty helping of comedy comes together in a unique charm that has been lighting up smiles for years. With extensive touring, radio and video success and millions of records sold, The Fools maintain their legendary status.
WALTER ALICE SICKERT BUNKER BUDS LIVE - Fri. July 2ndPerforming his unique music / entertainment experience at 8:00 pm on Friday July 2, 2021 prior to the Celebrity Fan-Tasy Karaoke. Boston Music Award Nominated BUNKER BUDS is a daily dystopian talk show where all the guests are figments of host Walter Alice Sickert’s imagination. Voted by Vanyaland as one of the “20 things in music to feel good about in 2020” all 300+ episodes of Bunker Buds feature strange guest like Co-Host JIMBO (a space werewolf who crash-landed on earth), Positive Affirmations through a Bullhorn, Serenading Puppets, games like “What’s in the Skull” and music by Walter Alice Sickert themself! Often funny, always irreverent, and brutally positive, Bunker Buds shows us that dystopia can be a wild and wonderful place where you should always Let Yourself Love Yourself.
Fan-Tasy Karaoke with the Stars - Friday July 2ndFan-Tasy Karaoke experiences will be available with Nicholas Brendon (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Vincent Martella (Phineas & Ferb), Alicyn Packard (YoKai-Watch), and "Cowboy Mach" Bell (Joe Perry Project) ... Friday July 2nd Concert AfterParty beginning at 8:00 pm, included in Friday and Weekend admission ... each celebrity books their own Karaoke during the day on Friday at the show ... there may be fees to sing with a celebrity on stage ... Have your friends record you singing with a star. 8:00 - 10:30 pm - Hotel Courtyard
COWBOY MACH BELLSing with Cowboy Mach Bell during Celebrity Fan-Tasy Karaoke, Friday July 2 at 8:30 pm in the Courtyard. Sign up with Mach during the day Friday. Ohio-born rock singer “Cowboy” Mach Bell has recorded and toured extensively with numerous famed rock bands including: The Joe Perry Project, Wild Bunch, Last Man Standing, Mach 5 and the legendary Thundertrain. “Cowboy Mach Bell was a rock’n’roll singer who grew up in the next town over from me (Holliston, Massachusetts) and had a group called Thundertrain. He loved to rave and be in a band…” - Joe Perry Mach Bell made his bones fronting the glitter-rock turned proto-punk group Thundertrain. Appearing in 1977 on both the “Live at the Rat” album as well as their own “Teenage Suicide” lp, which featured their original song “Hot For Teacher,” Thundertrain became regular headliners at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s in Manhattan, the Cleveland Agora, Boston’s Paradise Theater and of course the Rat. “All leather and attitude, Thundertrain sat poised on the brink, a local hit album in its saddlebag and full support from the local media. Fronted by the irrepressible Mach Bell, who took no lip from anyone and took command at every venue, Thundertrain peddled and pummeled its metal ditties of thigh school love and lust with a basic two-guitar, bass and drums attack that also, surprisingly, featured a generous share of hooks to hang a hit on.” - Carter Alan By 1982 Aerosmith lead guitarist-in-exile Joe Perry needed a new lead singer for his Joe Perry Project. Mach Bell (who Joe always calls “Cowboy”) was selected for the job. Bell and Perry wrote seven of the original songs for the 1983 Joe Perry Project album Once a Rocker Always a Rocker (MCA/Geffen). As of last year, the recording has been re-released 18 times (and counting) in North America, Japan, Europe, Australia and Russia. The video for their song Black Velvet Pants appeared regularly on MTV and later on VH1 Classics. The Project performed hundreds of concerts all over Canada, South America and the United States, rocking packed houses at venues like the Bottom Line, El Mocambo, Hollywood Palace, New England Dragway, El Poliedro and the Agora Ballrooms. “ Cowboy Mach, Joe Pet and Danny Hargrove. Without a doubt the wildest and most fun bunch of guys I ever played with. It was rocking as close to the edge as I will ever get. Truly a band of pirates.” - Joe Perry In late 2019 Panther Rock Books published the long talked-about road diaries that were meticulously kept by Cowboy Mach Bell during his years as a member of the Joe Perry Project. In his book, the Cowboy shares his adventures and times spent with stars including Joan Jett, Stiv Bators, Ric Ocasek, Jim Dandy, Ric Nielsen, Steven Tyler and Bo Diddley. Mach’s new book “Once a Rocker Always a Rocker: A Diary” has been met with immediate critical acclaim.
Starship Regency to FHLOSTON PARADISEStarship REGENCY to Fhloston Paradise - Sustenance and Victuals Galley - Food & Drink - Entertainment - Outside Hotel Lobby in Giant Tent ... Menu will be themed to The Fifth Element ... Quick serve food plus BEER, seating with tables ... Live Entertainment all weekend
Red on Red Records in Paradise ShowcaseRed on Red Records in Paradise: Talent Showcase from Boston's Newest and Hottest Indie Label - Saturday July 3 - 11:00 am - 7:00 pm - Live in Concert - Starship Regency to Fhloston Paradise, Schedule of Times will be announced June 27th, includes Justine & The Unclean, The Daylilies, Kid Gulliver, Tom Baker, The Chelsea Curve and Andrea Gillis