March 16, 2005

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Face to face with TnA
Local female rock promoters reunite for big bash at Spyder Room
By Richie Victorino  rvictorino@hippopress.com

If you saw Amy Boynton walking down the street, you might consider her just another business professional. She’s well-dressed and seemingly normal.

You’d never know, that by night, she is the “A” in the female-rock-promoting team known as TnA Rockz.

“Everyone needs a little TnA” is TnAs slogan. “A,” of course, stands for Amy. The “T” stands for Tracy Dorin, Boynton’s longtime friend and business partner who’s been living in Biloxi, Miss., for the last three years.

Though Dorin left for warmer climate, Boynton hasn’t stopped promoting shows. It’s what she loves to do.

Boynton is a longtime face in the world of local music, but don’t call her old. She’s not. She’s 29, again, as she refers herself as, (she’s actually 30). She continues to make a mark in present-day Manchester, but can’t help but wax nostalgia from time to time.

She often starts sentences off with “Do you remember …” like do you remember The Salty Dog, or do you remember Rucca’s (former Manchester bars). She refers to local bands, like Crownevict, Vegas Temper and Angry Hill as “my boys.” She’s pissed that Chantilly’s closed since it was one of Manchester’s only “big” venues.

Taking TnA seriously
Despite the carefree business name, Boynton and Dorin have always taken a professional manner to their nightlife hobby. Boynton’s smart business sense influenced her to make TnA a limited-liability corporation from the beginning.

But make no mistake; these ladies let their hair down. These are rock chicks who’ve been tagging along with bands for as long as they can remember.

TnA was born from Dorin and Boynton’s friendship with Shuv, a local band from years ago. The two ladies would pass out flyers before Shuv shows and get crowd reactions at the end of the night. They loved doing it. Once Shuv broke up, TnA formed.

“We just really missed doing it,” Dorin said. “I think it took us like two months after Shuv broke up to form TnA.”

Recently, Boynton found a niche with The Spyder Room; she hosts a weekly event on Wednesdays, called TnA on Hump Day, and one weekend show a month. But she also works with other venues, like Milly’s and places outside of New Hampshire.


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T is coming home
Dorin is coming back to New Hampshire for a few days. In honor of the reunion of TnA, TnA Rockz is throwing a big reunion bash at the Spyder Room on Saturday, March 18. Hepburn, SecondFace, Product 62, Splitbelly and Voodoo Terror Tribe will perform. The cost if $5, 21 plus. The music begins at 8 p.m. There will be giveaways (including t-shirts and CDs). Spyder Room is located at 342 Lincoln St., 606-7929.

If you’re a band, or venue, looking to hook up with some TnA, e-mail Boynton at amy@tnarockz.com or check out www.myspace.comtnarockz. Boynton is always looking for more acts, and venues to work with.