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First Show Since 2014!

When: October 6, 2023
Where: Crystal Ballroom, Davis Square in Somerville MA


A Night For Justine – A celebration of life featuring the Unclean and the Black Threads, as well as performances by her close family and friends.

7:00 to 7:30 QUEST FOR TUNA
7:40 to 8:10 THE CROAKS
8:20 to 9:00 THE BLACK THREADS (with guest singers)
9:10 to 9:50 THE BAGS
10:00 to 10:40 THE PELVIC THRUST (featuring DAVID MINEHAN and friends)
10:50 to 11:20 TOM BAKER and THE DOUBLE DOWN
11:30 to 12:30 THE UNCLEAN (with guest singers)

Cavemen Rejoice hits a milestone!

The Bags song Cavemen Rejoice, from the 2005 album Sharpen Your Sticks, has been streamed over one million times. The song’s popularity can be traced to its inclusion on the original Guitar Hero game. Thanks to all of you for keeping the rock alive!

Video from October 12, 2014

Here it is, warts and all. The Bags live at The Middle East, Cambridge, MA 10/12/2014. Video by Glenn Gardner, Joan Hathaway, and Walter Keenan. Live mix by Carl Plaster.

The Bags are playing their first show since 2010!

Sunday, September 28, 2014
The Bags braved the overheated steamy practice space and ran through a set of Bags material for the first time in five years. It’s on!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014 (Columbus Day Weekend)
See The Bags live at the Middle East (Downstairs), Cambridge, MA.
Tickets can be purchased in advance here.
This show is part of the WMBR’s Pipeline! at 25 Presents: 50 Years of Boston Rock! series.
Also on the bill, in no particular order: Kenny Chambers, The Underachievers, The Voodoo Dolls, Carrie Bradley (of Ed’s Redeeming Qualities, Breeders, Buckets), The Gizmos
When will The Bags be taking the stage? That’s unclear. Not too early and hopefully not too late. Come on down!

Official set times:
The Gizmos 11:35 – 12:15am
The Bags 10:40 – 11:20pm
The Voodoo Dolls 9:45 – 10:25pm
Kenny Chambers / Electric Ears 8:50 – 9:30pm
The Underachievers 7:55 – 8:35pm
Carrie Bradley 7:00 – 7:40pm


Photo by: The Guy who owns and maintains the vending machine down the hall from the practice space

The Bags at Willie Alexander’s 70th Birthday Party

Saturday, January 12, 2013 – The Bags had the pleasure of playing at Willie Alexander’s surprise birthday party! Boston Rock would not be the same without Willie – we were honored to be invited. Read about the evening here, and here.


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