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Roomful Of Blues

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 4:00 AM


with Opening Act TBA
"Brawny shuffles, swinging horns, searing guitar, passionate vocals and balls-to-the-wall enthusiasm" LIVING BLUES "Swingin jump blues and R&B...high-voltage yet classy" USA TODAY For nearly half a century, Roomful of Blues has been delivering its signature blend of swing, rock n roll, jump, blues and R&B to euphoric audiences all over the world. Blues Revue says, Roomful of Blues is a sheer joy...contagious, finger-popping, head-bopping grooves...the horns blast loud and proud...explosive and electrifying. The band has earned five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. Twice, the prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll has selected them as Best Blues Band. With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy blues and R&B, its no wonder why the great Count Basie called them the hottest blues band Ive ever heard. Billboard simply says, Roomful is so tight and so right. To commemorate and celebrate their 45th anniversary, the band hosted a three-day party in March of 2013 at one of their favorite haunts, The Ocean Mist, in Matunuck, Rhode Island. The band blew the doors off the packed club, playing to roaring ovations each night. Happily, the proceedings were recorded and the resulting album, 45 Live, is among Roomful of Blues crowning achievements. The album is a lightning-in-a-bottle blowout, showcasing the larger-than-life vocal and instrumental power of the band. 45 Live, produced by bandleader/guitarist Chris Vachon, features fourteen songs (over an hour of music) spanning the entirety of the bands history. The tracks were carefully chosen by Vachon, who included some of the groups best known originals, like Dressed Up To Get Messed Up, Turn It On, Turn It Up, and Thats Right!, as well as tunes the band had previously recorded or performed with blues giants Joe Turner (Crawdad Hole), Eddie Cleanhead Vinson (Somebodys Got To Go) and Earl King (It All Went Down The Drain). 45 Live is a flawlessly blended mix of rocking guitar, punching horns, room-filling vocals, serious musicianship and unbridled creativity. The results are a non-stop, hip-shaking party. Its clear why The New Yorker described a Roomful concert as thunderous performances that get feet stomping and hands clapping. Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, are in a class by themselves. The band has been led since 1998 by Vachon, who, according to Guitar Player, burns with explosive solos and a delightfully greasy sense of rhythm. Roomful of Blues has always maintained its signature sound through great musicianship and a stellar horn sectionfeaturing tenor and alto saxophonist (and clarinetist on 45 Lives Jambalaya) Rich Lataille, who first joined the band in 1970. Latailles masterful playing can evoke either the fat-toned, honking sax of the glory days of early rock or the cool elegance of big band swing jazz. While Roomful of Blues has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world, they have never sounded fresher or stronger than with the current line-up. Along with Vachon and Lataille, the band includes vocalist Phil Pemberton, long-time tenor and baritone saxophonist Mark Earley, trumpeter Doug Woolverton, bassist John Turner, drummer Chris Rivelli and keyboardist Rusty Scott. Roomful of Blues came together in Westerly, Rhode Island in the late 1960s when guitarist Duke Robillard and keyboardist Al Copley began exploring the swinging, jumping blues, R&B and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s. They added a horn section (including Rich Lataille) in 1970. The bands ability to ignite a sedate crowd into a dancing frenzy solidified their reputation as the best little big band in New England and expanded their following into New York and Washington, D.C. In 1974, they performed with Count Basie, and a few years later legendary songwriter Doc Pomus helped them land their first record deal. In 1977, Roomful of Blues self-titled debut album on

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