"Fran Dagostino plays guitar the way I always dreamed to. It's like he's from a different planet."

Kokes Zahariadis, owner BLACK SHEEP TAVERN, Sterling, MA.

 

"The quality in Fran Dagostino's guitar playing that sets him apart in his field is his studied tonality. Each note in his melodic lines is its own entity, containing practiced sonority, depth, and seasoned passion. He builds a coherent whole that stirs the soul."

Gwenn Vivian, owner ACTON JAZZ CAFE, Acton, MA

VENUES

Acton Jazz Cafe, Acton, MA

Black Sheep Tavern, Sterling, MA

Bull Run Tavern, Shirley, MA

Gardner Ale House, Gardner, MA

Celtic Tavern, Northboro, MA

Gilrein’s, Worcester, MA

Firefly’s, Marlboro, MA

Firefly’s, Quincy, MA

Grog, Newburyport, MA

Showcase New England, Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA

Legends, Fitchburg, MA

The Chicken Bone, Framingham, MA

The Back Page, Lowell, MA

The Next Page, Weymouth, MA

The Oyster Bar at Marina Bay, Quincy, MA

Harrys Depot, Hyannis, MA

 

NOTABLE Past Performances

Hatch Shell-Boston, MA

House of Blues - Cambridge

Blues Barge--Boston Harbor

Hanover Theater - Worcester MA

Performance Center - Cambridge

Great Scott’s - Cambridge open for John Mayall

Sandy’s -Beverly MA open for Buddy Guy and Jr Wells

JB’s- West Palm Beach, FLA

 

The Fran Dagostino band is comprised of  four veteran musicians with years of professional experience playing all styles of music. 

The band plays a creative, energetic blend of Blues, Soul, Classic Rock and Jazz.

They sprinkle original compositions seamlessly into shows. The band is equally at home in a club or concert setting, and will provide a unique experience to a function or party.

The band’s home base is the Acton Jazz Café, where they hold a residency, and perform every Tuesday evening, hosting a jam session, with guest artists representing the cream of the crop in the New England blues and rock music scene.  They perform all around New England.

FRAN DAGOSTINO:  Fran started playing in bands early in the high school years, playing his first paying gig on Halloween night, 1970.  He played blues almost exclusively early on in his career, but in years of playing music, he has embraced a lot of styles.  He has always striven to achieve a unique sound, in a world full of guitar copycats, and during his shows he nods towards all the players who touched him: BB King, Peter Green, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Santana and Albert King, but he has developed a unique and personal style of his own.

While Fran’s children were growing, he opted to join a weekend wedding band, to stay close to home, and make as much money as possible in the time he did devout to playing.  When the wedding business was no longer needed, or tolerable, Fran began to put his efforts into recording in his home studio. He began posting his recordings on line and subsequently was picked up by a small indie label out of Niagara Falls.  Suddenly, Fran needed a band to go out and promote his 2 CDs “Zetes” and “The Road Ahead”.  The Indie label folded soon, but Fran had built enduring friendships and the potent musical unit that is together now, playing, recording and building a large and enthusiastic following.

Obituary:

Francis C. Dagostino "Fran", 59

BOYLSTON/LITTLETON - Francis "Fran" C. Dagostino, 59, of Boylston, formerly of Littleton, a talented guitar player and vocalist, passed away, on Sunday, January 5, 2014, surrounded by loving family members.

Fran is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth "Libby" Dagostino of Littleton; a son, Christopher Dagostino of Chelmsford; three sisters, Anita Martinelli and her husband Charlie of Shrewsbury, Barbara DuPont and her husband Charles of Hampton, NH and Marjorie Porter and her husband Gary Sparks of Hillsboro, NH; his girlfriend, Jeanne Nisbet of Watertown; his best friend since elementary school, Gary Bronnes of Mendon; many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, fans and friends. He was born in Worcester, son of the late Carlo and Marian (Ricardi) Dagostino. He grew up on Boylston and graduated from Tahanto Regional High School. He later moved to Littleton, where he lived for over twenty years and raised his family, before returning to Boylston last year.

Fran was blessed with many things; loving family and friends, the talent of graphic design and the gift of music. He was a guitarist and lead vocalist with the Fran Dagostino Band, and was a regular performer at the Acton Jazz Café. While Fran's children were growing, he joined a weekend wedding band, to stay close to home. When the wedding business was no longer needed, or tolerable, Fran began to put his efforts into recording in his home studio. He began posting his recordings on line and subsequently was picked up by a small indie label out of Niagara Falls. He produced 2 CDs "Zetes" and "The Road Ahead". The Indie label folded soon, but Fran had built enduring friendships and the potent musical unit that is together now, playing, recording and building a large and enthusiastic following. Fran enjoyed golf and was a member of the Boylston Golf League and he loved the Red Sox.

Fran's family would like to thank the kind people at Rose Monahan Hospice Residence in Worcester, as well as, the doctors, nurses and support staff on the 6th floor Oncology Department at Emerson Hospital in Concord; their care and compassion was appreciated by Fran and his family.

Calling Hours and a Funeral Mass for Fran will be held on Thursday morning, January 9. Calling hours will be held from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. in MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester, followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. in Saint Mary of The Hills Church, 630 Cross Street, Boylston. Interment will be held privately in Pine Grove Cemetery, Boylston.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Acton Jazz Café, at a date to be announced. Please visit Fran's Facebook Page for an announcement of the date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Francis Dagosino Scholarship Fund, in care of Littleton Scholarship Trust, Inc., P.O. Box 693, Littleton, MA 01460-2693.

BRYAN BISHOP: Fran says, “The music Bryan makes is really life-affirming.  Like seeing a UFO, it's undeniable proof there is another reality. A better place out there somewhere.  And I mean out-there.  Bryan was put on this planet to make music. He is one of the warmest, funniest, honest people you'll ever meet.  And his music is just like he is.  Wacky, dangerous and harmless, funky and corny, jazz and ice cream truck music. We have had fun from the first moment we met until the present day, and I enjoy his playing and singing a lot.  We look at each other on stage sometimes and just start to laugh.  We try and play little funny stuff to each other, and I'm always there to tease him when he forgets the lyrics.  He loves and can play all kinds of music, which seems to me, is like knowing how to speak many languages.  I hope you get a nice little look into BishopWorld from listening to our music.”

Bryan has played with some of the legendary bands of the New England music scene: The Incredible 2 Man Band, Dream Machine, The Taylor Brothers and the Bobby Watson Band. He has performed with Fats Domino, The Platters, The Coasters, Rex Traylor and Tiny Tim.  When pressed, Bryan can continue to name names, but you get the idea.  His amazing bass playing and powerful vocals drive the band, and his sense of humor is infused in the music.  It is impossible to be in a bad mood, when Brothah B is in the house.

FRAN BISHOP:  Fran Bishop and Brother Bryan, form a rhythm section that is not only brother-tight, but unbelievably versitile.  Fran is a master drummer/percussionist who plays so many styles, and plays them all correctly and with so much "swing", that it allows FDB to play any musical genre it may feel like delving into.  Fran has toured with many great bands and was on tour with jazz legend Errol Garner for many years.

DAVE OSOFF: Dave  has been a touring musician, composer and independent artist for over 20 years, and has recorded and/or performed with many top New England Based artists, including the Vykki Vox Band, Max Creek, Jiggle, Gary Backstrom Band, Rounder recording artist Michelle Wilson and Evil Gal, Tone-Cool artist Tony Lynn Washington, Sandra Wright, Boston Music award winners, Nicole Nelson and The Chris Fitz Band, Pete Henderson, Rosemary's Baby Blues Band, Fran Dagastino, 2012 'The Voice' artist Sam James, Pat Burtis, Jennifer Matthews and Jordan Carp. Dave has had the pleasure of sharing stages with numerous national and international artists such as Little Feat, Leon Russell, Doobie Brothers, Eric Burdon, The Spindoctors, Collective Soul, The Radiators, Widespread Panic, Rick Danko of the Band, members of Phish and many other artists.

 
       
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