"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
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,
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
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
Dagostino band is comprised of four veteran musicians with years of
professional experience playing all styles of music.
plays a creative, energetic blend of Blues, Soul, Classic Rock and
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 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
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.