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Shot of Poison at The Cannery Music Hall

February 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - February 3, 2018 @ 12:00 am EST

Friday, February 2nd –
The Cannery Music Hall debut of “Shot of Poison”

Join the fun at The Cannery on Friday night, Feb 2 where the Shot of Poison Party Time Crew will greet you at the door with party favors to put you in the mood to rock all night as Shot of Poison brings you their top-shelf tribute to the 30th anniversary of the greatest hard-rocking party band ever, Poison! If your mama don’t dance, she will after this, so be sure to bring her along!

Shot of Poison is composed of veteran founders of successful tribute bands and aims to be the best tribute to Poison in the world.

Guitarist Bruce Bennett has worked with thousands of musicians and bands throughout New England doing recording, mastering, live sound, producing and duplication. As a businessman and entrepreneur, many musicians know Bruce as the owner of New England’s largest CD and DVD factory – Superdups/New England Compact Disc. These companies have manufactured over 30,000 CD orders for bands and artists including local favorites Godsmack, Staind, Recycled Percussion, WBCN, Brad Delp & Barry Goudreau and countless more. As a musician, he has played with several local cover and national bands including Witch Bonnie, Star Collector, Jet City and The Gary Hoey Band. With the latter, Bruce toured as the fourth guitarist on the Stars of Guitars tour with Gary Hoey, Craig Chaquico, and Vernon Reid. One of his favorite musical accomplishments was doing the soundtrack for Sony’s Playstation Nascar Racing, which was an audio hit and sold over 600,000 copies worldwide.As a sound architect, Bruce conceptualized, designed and invented Clear Channel/Live Nation’s Instant Live Concert Series, where a band would play a live show that was recorded on the spot, and CDs of that show were ready for purchase at the end of the show, within minutes. Between 2002 – 2008 over 700 titles were recorded and released, from National acts like The Allman Brothers, KISS, Peter Frampton, Jewel, The Black Crowes, Hall & Oats, Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead, Charlie Daniels and many more. One of his favorite memories was mixing and recording KISS live for several shows during their 2004 world tour.

Bassist Adam Boc has been on the Boston indie original rock scene and New England music scene for decades. As singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, and manager, he honed a guitar-driven post-punk sound with Drastic Measures and Beginners Only before launching Miranda Warning, who recorded three albums (each landing in the Top 30 of WFNX’s annual Best Local Releases chart) and toured throughout the east coast and midwest. He found time also to play drums in other bands such as Welcome Mat and The Barbaloot Suits. Then, pursuing an indie pop sound, came Jumprope (1995-2001), who recorded another three albums (licensed also in Japan and Spain) and placed tracks on over a dozen compilation records in seven countries, and also toured the northeast and midwest. Jumprope was among the first Boston bands to develop their own web site and was cited on radio station WMBR, during a live performance, as being the first band to give their URL on air. He also created the very first fan pages on the Internet for ’60s groups The Zombies and The Left Banke. As a multi-instrumentalist, he continues a solo career, having released two self-produced-and-engineered albums on his own label, Crimson Spiral Records. In 2012, Ad founded AfterFab, the world’s first band to tribute the music of the solo careers of all four Beatles. Pursuing high fidelity to the original records, the band was an instant hit and has achieved theater-level attraction in New England, New Jersey, and Ontario.

Drummer Ken Gilman has a long history of playing in original and tribute bands in New England. In addition to founding Shot of Poison, he founded and ran M80, a tribute to the Hair Bands of the ’80s, who for seven years played to enthusiastic crowds throughout the region. M80 opened for National acts such as Great White, Skid Row, and George Lynch of (Dokken and Lynch Mob). M80 was also the live entertainment for radio station WXLO’s Awesome ’80s Prom 2006, getting the call when Hall & Oates cancelled their appearance two weeks before the date. Ken was also the Founder and Drummer of the original Shot of Poison a Tribute to Poison’s 25th Anniversary tour. Having coordinated two successful self-promoted shows, the band was courted by other large venuesm but, sadly, the lead vocalist had to bow out and the group folded. In the last five years Ken has primarily been involved with studio work with a few different projects such as Dashboard Sunset and Ransom Monkey. Ransom Monkey is currently preparing to release a CD later this year.

John Levesque began his professional music career at age 14 in Boston Massachusetts performing his original Country, R&B material in local restaurants, functions, clubs and colleges. Later in his teen years, he obtained a recording contract with the Boston-based band, Shout. The band enjoyed success on Escape Records and filled many local clubs with committed fans. In 1991, John secured the lead vocalist role for Los Angeles supergroup Wild Horses. Signed to Atlantic records and produced by legendary producer, Keith Olson (whose credits include Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Foreigner and many more), Wild Horses released their debut album Bareback. John went on to many guest vocal appearances with world-renowned artists such as Eddie Money and Rick Springfield, and vocal consulting for Motley Crue. John was then hired to front the legendary band Montrose (originally fronted by Sammy Hagar). The band toured extensively and successfully worldwide. Following a move back to Massachusetts, John has continued developing original music and performing with various cover bands. He now brings his extensive skill and experience to the microphone for Shot of Poison.

Shot of Poison


February 2, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
February 3, 2018 @ 12:00 am
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The Cannery Music Hall
12 Crane St (Park & Enter Behind Silver Building)
Southbridge, MA 01550 US
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