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THE KNICKERBOCKER MUSIC CENTER

35 Railroad Avenue, Westerly, RI 02891 (Misquamicut) | (401) 315-5070

Open Today: Open

Venue Description
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Live Music (8pm)

DINING: Brand new food menu for Tap Room and adjacent Knickerbocker Music Center.

NIGHTLIFE: The Tap Room at The Knickerbocker is an intimate listening room with a retro speakeasy atmosphere that hosts acoustic sets. The Tap Room features a house sound system playing exclusively vinyl records on non-performance nights.

DRINK DEALS: The Tap Room offers specialty cocktails, eclectic cordials, local craft beer, and more!

Age
21+

Cover
No Cover

Music
Acoustic

Atmosphere
Busy

Live Music

SPECIAL EVENTS: Troublemakers: Tribute To The Allman Brothers

DINING: The Best Fish and Chips.

NIGHTLIFE: Live Music. National to local acts. Visit www.knickmusic.com for more info.

Hours
1am

Age
21+

Music
Live Bands

Atmosphere
Busy

Live Music

SPECIAL EVENTS: Sugar Ray Norcia

NIGHTLIFE: Live Music. National to local acts. Visit www.knickmusic.com for more info.

DRINK DEALS: Drink Specials Available.

Hours
1am

Age
21+

Music
Live Bands

Atmosphere
Busy

Live Music (8pm)

NIGHTLIFE: The Tap Room at The Knickerbocker is an intimate listening room with a retro speakeasy atmosphere that hosts acoustic sets. The Tap Room features a house sound system playing exclusively vinyl records on non-performance nights.

DRINK DEALS: The Tap Room offers specialty cocktails, eclectic cordials, local craft beer, and more!

Age
21+

Cover
No Cover

Music
Acoustic

Atmosphere
Busy

Live Music (8pm)

DINING: Brand new food menu for Tap Room and adjacent Knickerbocker Music Center.

NIGHTLIFE: The Tap Room at The Knickerbocker is an intimate listening room with a retro speakeasy atmosphere that hosts acoustic sets. The Tap Room features a house sound system playing exclusively vinyl records on non-performance nights.

DRINK DEALS: The Tap Room offers specialty cocktails, eclectic cordials, local craft beer, and more!

Age
21+

Cover
No Cover

Music
Acoustic

Closed Today

Live Music (7:30pm – 10pm)

SPECIAL EVENTS: Dan Lord & the Big Shots

NIGHTLIFE: Let's Dance Wednesdays. Live Bands from 7:30-10pm. Offering Free Dance Lessons starting at 7p. Doors open at 6:30pm.

Age
21+

Cover
10

Music
Live Bands

Atmosphere
Busy

Special Events

  • 22 September

    Troublemakers: Tribute To The Allman Brothers -

    The Troublemakers: A Tribute To The Allman Brothers The lineup includes the areas most in-demand and seasoned veteran players, coming from groups such as 100 Watt Suns, John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band, The Hoolios, Green Tea, Water Street Quartet, and more. Members are: Ronnie Lewis, Don DC Culp, Dan Sherer, Bill Light, Josh White, and Marty Moroney Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 23 September

    Sugar Ray Norcia -

    Award-winning Blues. About Sugar Ray Norcia History written by Mudcat Ward, bass: In 1977, Sugar Ray Norcia and Neil Gouvin were working southern Rhode Island in their band, Sugar Ray & the Blues Stompers. Up in Boston, Ronnie Earl, still using his given surname Horvath, was beginning to try stage monikers such as Little Ronnie. After a while, the winds of change were swirling. Ronnie and bassist, Mudcat Ward were searching for musical colleagues that wanted to play bluer, lower down, earthier and produce the highest quality blues. Ronnie chose to book a series of dates out of town, under the name "The Dueces." Neil Gouvin, well-known blues drummer in southern New England, was contacted to make the dates and demonstrated that he could provide the sought-after groove. After reviewing the situation from his own vantage point, Gouvin made the suggestion that altered blues history: get his vocalist/harp player Sugar Ray into this picture. Although the band enjoyed the four-piece sound, they wanted a larger band and the addition of a piano player. A number of months later, Ronnie and Mudcat attended a show at Paul's Mall in Boston where Muddy Waters and his band were performing. The opening act, a band from New Hampshire, featured a damned good blues piano player. He turned out to be Little Anthony Geraci. Ronnie and Mudcat visited him in Newton, MA where he was in the middle of writing a sonata. The blues musicians offered Anthony the position and he signed on. The band christened itself Sugar Ray & the Bluetones. They have had multiple personnel changes over the last 40 years but remain true to their blues roots- returning to The Knick and touring throughout the New England area. Tickets: $15 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 27 September

    Dan Lord & the Big Shots -

    LET'S DANCE WEDNESDAYS! Blues/Rock Offering Free Dance Lessons starting at 7p. Music: 7:30-10p | Doors: 6:30p Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 29 September

    The Al Copley Band -

    Blues Piano and Boogie Woogie Pianist and singer; arranger and co-founder of "Roomful of Blues" - the renowned American jump band nominated for two Grammy Awards while he was with them. After 16 years with Roomful, relocated to Europe in 1984, and back home to the US in 2010. Al has been performing extensively in Europe and the northeast US for the past few years, and continues to develop in style and taste, always noted for energy, versatility and impeccable harmony. In June 2002 and 2009, Al Copley performed four of his own full symphonic orchestrations before an audience of more than 25,000 with the Boston Festival Orchestra at Summer Pops. Tickets: $17 advance / $20 door ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 30 September

    South County/South Connecticut Dance Party -

    South County/South Connecticut Dance Party hosted by The CarLeans. The SW RI and SE CT scene are blending everything from Bakersfield, CA to Lafayette, LA to make for you dancing pleasure. The CarLeans with special guests TBA. Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 01 October

    Women's Voices Concert & Performance Showcase -

    All profits to benefit the I.M.A. Rock and Roll Camp for Girls Sponsored by ImagineMystic.com Show: 2-7p | Doors: 1p Performance Schedule: 2p: Opening Announcements 2:10-3:10p: Someone You Can Xray http://www.someoneyoucanxray.com 3:20-4:20p: Kala Farnham http://www.kalafarnham.com 4:30-5:30p: EasyBaby https://www.easybabyblues.com 5:40-7:00p: Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez http://www.christineohlman.net About Christine Ohlman: Christine Ohlman (a/k/a "The Beehive Queen" for her mile-high platinum-blonde hairdo) is the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band whose sixth critically-acclaimed CD with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, "The Deep End," was honored on numerous national end-of-year Top Ten lists. She’ll be joined onstage by the members of Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, including acclaimed Boston area guitar ace Cliff Goodwin (guitar-Joe Cocker/Robert Palmer); Michael Colbath (bass); and New Haven native Larry Donahue (drums). She is a member of the Advisory Board of IMA, The Institute for The Musical Arts, which will is the beneficiary of the October 1 “Womens’ Voices” series kickoff concert. Ohlman is a longtime advisor to IMA’s Rock and Roll Camp For Girls. Born in the Bronx but raised in the New Haven area, Christine Ohlman has been named a “Living Legend” by both the New Haven and Hartford Advocates. In 2017 she was inducted into the National Blues Hall of Fame of American Heritage, International. She landed the Top Female Americana Vocalist honors on The Alternate Root's International Readers' Poll (she shares top slots with Paul Thorn, The Mavericks, and Rodney Crowell) and is fresh from appearances at the Paris Conservatory with The Sessions; on the SNL 40th Anniversary Post-Broadcast concert at the Plaza Hotel; "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon;” multiple appearances on the soundtrack for the HBO series “Vinyl,” including a duet with Elvis Costello; the Carnegie Hall Tribute To The Rolling Stones; the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Concert in Cleveland (HBO) and The WC Handy Festival in Muscle Shoals, where she’s been the special guest of the Blind Boys Of Alabama and led an All-Star Shoals tributes that included Bonnie Bramlett, Candi Staton, and Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Her numerous studio and live collaborations encompass Grammy-nominated recordings and include duets with Mac Rebennack, Al Green, Dion, Ian Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, and Charlie Musselwhite, plus appearances with Al Green, Steve Miller, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Springsteen, and the late George Harrison. She guests on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham's "The ALO Orchestra Sings The Rolling Stones Songbook Vol. 2,” named “Coolest Record Of The Year” by SIRIUS/XM’s "Little Steven’s Underground Garage." Ohlman is a noted musicologist and record collector who was one of the original contributing editors to the All Music Guide. Mixing a fiery brand of rootsy Americana with an old-school soul music flavor, she serves up a style that's been dubbed by SIRIUS/XM's Dave Marsh "Contemporary Rock R&B." For her September 22 show, Ohlman will bring to the musical table songs from her six CDs plus 2017-2018’s upcoming “The Grown-Up Thing.” "I've come here to set your souls on fire," she tells her audiences. And she will. Christine Ohlman Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GmyQCvBxVc About Kala Farnham: Kala Farnham is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter hailing from the Quiet Corner of CT. Kala's signature songwriting has been described as a reinvention of the folk tradition made popular by artists such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez: she has been praised for her classical undertones and playful dose Broadway theatricality onstage, and a lyricism that springs to life with creative storytelling, cultural references, and rich metaphor. Her first full-length studio album, "Anahata: Wake Up Your Heart", was nominated for "Best Americana Album" in RI's Motif Music Awards alongside a nomination for "Best Female Americana Vocalist". In 2015, she was selected to be an Official Showcase Artist in Folk Alliance International's SERFA Music Conference. October 2016 marked the release of her 2nd studio album, "Samadhi: Home Is Where You Are" as well as another Motif nomination for Best Americana Album. Kala is an alumni of the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project and the winner of the 2017 Rhode Island Songwriters Association Performing Songwriter Contest. Kala Farnham Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuA8RdPtBv4&feature=youtu.be About Dana Newman of Someone You Can Xray: Dana Newman is the lead vocalist and lyricist for many of Xray’s songs. She was led to music through her love of writing poetry. Beginning with an interest in opera and classical as a young child, she found a voice for pop and rock in her teens. Her vocal style is often compared to the blues and folk singers who provided much of her song writing influence. “With effortlessly capable musicianship and weight-free jammage, Someone You Can Xray offers sonic touchstones summoning pleasant aural images of Hot Tuna, It’s a Beautiful Day, and Jerry Goodman if he got left off the Mahayishnu Orchestra tour bus and joined the Tedeschi-Trucks Band.” -Rick Koster, The Day Someone You Can Xray Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=480&v=jnPywnsNt7Y About EasyBaby: EASYBABY’s unique sound comes courtesy of New England's "undisputed" Blues Queen, Kelly Rago, Blues Super Harp Burner Rich Badowski, Guitarist Michael St George, and the "Super Tight" rhythm section of Bassist “Big Max” Samson and Drummer Dennis "DC" Cotton. "Easybaby has grown into one of the most popular bands in CT... a welcome addition to any Festival." "Kelly Rago, an exceptional performer, conjures up visions of the classic blues women, baring her soul, singing the low down blues. -Ed Stack, Pres. CT Blues Society EasyBaby Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=135&v=csO7IBgTI2o Tickets: $15 donation ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 04 October

    The Keepers -

    The Keepers, Playing Swing, R&B, Blues and Jazz. LET'S DANCE WEDNESDAYS! Offering Free Dance Lessons starting at 7p. Doors open at 6:30p. Music from 7:30-10p We will miss the Mystic Horns on Wednesday Dance Night, but some of the members with a few new musicians have formed a new band, The Keepers, who will keep the dance floor full! $10 Cover
  • 08 October

    MITCHFEST 9 -

    9th Annual Mitchfest Proceeds benefit RI Hospice in memory of James "Mitch" Christina. Hosted by the Christina Family. Schedule: 1:30-2:10-----U Rock School of Music/ Select Band 2:30-3:10-----Johnny & The East Coast Rockers 3:30-4:10-----Chris Leigh Band w/Chris Barnes 4:30-5:10-----Lisa Marie 5:30-6:10-----Soupy Boys w/ Brian Templeton 6:30-7:30-----Dave Howard & The Highrollers w/Mr. Nick DJ Dave Christina & Many more Guests & Raffles Tickets: $20 donation ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 11 October

    The Cartells -

    Let's Dance Wednesdays! Jazz/Swing/Motown/R&B/Rock n Roll. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free dance lessons starting at 7p. Music from 7:30-10p Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 13 October

    Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad -

    Opening act The Elovaters About Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad’s sixth studio album MAKE IT BETTER was released September 16, 2016 on Rootfire Cooperative. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. Formed in 2001 in Rochester, New York, GPGDS first received praise for their live show, which combined world beats and reggae rhythms within jamband aesthetics. In recent years the band’s studio recordings, which showcase their songwriting and musicianship across all genres of roots music, have further cemented their legend as master innovators and artists. “There is a lot of intention in this release. We had a purpose to prove to ourselves recording this album [MAKE IT BETTER]. We wanted to know that we could put our heads down and do good work fast. It was a great release artistically. It uniquely sounds the most progressive of anything we have ever done while also sounding the most like our first album.” -James Searl, Bassist/Vocalist About The Elovaters: Reggae / Funk (Boston, MA) Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, original Reggae Band The Elovators have been bringing their distinctive beach Reggae sound to fans and music lovers up and down the East Coast. The group’s following has continued to grow as they introduce songs from their new record “The Cornerstone”, released on the band’s own imprint Belly Full Records. The release (titled for the band’s previous name), debuted at #5 on the ITunes Reggae charts and #9 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, while the video for one of the album’s featured tracks titled “Sunshine” has received more than 80k (eighty thousand) views on Facebook, and continues to be an anthem for youthfulness and summer fun. The band will be making their first appearance at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in 2017, and will be touring the West Coast and Mid-West starting in late May and lasting four weeks through the end of June. The band is no stranger to performing with other high caliber performers. They have performed with both North American and international touring acts such as Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, The Movement, Easy Star All-Stars, John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Passafire, New Kingston, BadFish, Anthony B, and many more. In addition to club and theater performances, the band has performed at festivals throughout the United States including Levitate Music Festival (MA), Mount Snow Reggae Festival (VT), Front Porch Fest (VA), and Frozen Harbor Music Festival (MD), Heineken Regatta (St. Martin), and World Village Music Festival (ID). Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 14 October

    Rock and Soul Revue -

    Motown, Swing, Pop and a little Rock Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 18 October

    Shiny Lapel Trio -

    Let's Dance Wednesdays! Blues Doors open at 6:30pm. Free dance lessons starting at 7p. Music from 7:30pm-10p Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 20 October

    Kat Wright and The Indomitable Soul Band -

    Opening act Gretchen and the Pickpockets About Kat Wright and The Indomitable Soul Band "What's in a name...?" So mused the bard, and all too often the name doesn't do justice to the subject. Not so with this Vermont octet. Kat herself, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful, and gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as "a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse". Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. On the other hand, one is presented with the words "Indomitable Soul Band". Here, too, there are no misnomers involved: a rock solid rhythm section of bass, drums and keys; a powerful, three-piece horn section; an electric guitarist who dances beneath the surface before exploding to the top... and he harmonizes brilliantly, too. Seven players, each a soloist and entertainer in their own right, blending Memphis soul and new school R&B with a level of improvisation that more than a few Vermont bands have been known for. They aim right for the heart and move your soul without overlooking your ass. Confident, cool and, well... indomitable. What's in a name is what's right in front of you on the stage at a Kat Wright and The Indomitable Soul Band show. Working their magic throughout the Northeast and preparing to extend far beyond the region, Kat and the band are on a simple quest to "send people out feeling better than when they walked in" to the show... "Frighteningly good." - Boston Public Radio "...jumped right off the screen in their Tiny Desk contest entry." - NPR Music "Her smooth and serene sounding voice gives any man the chills; kind of like the capabilities Grace Potter and Susan Tedeschi possess..." - Cider Mag "...their shows are love and happiness. Be prepared to be blown away by Wright's voice. I certainly was!" - Portland Press Herald "Gritty, powerful and sultry..." -Next2Shine.com Tickets: $12 advance / $15 door ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 25 October

    Johnny & the East Coast Rockers -

    Let's Dance Wednesdays! with Johnny & the East Coast Rockers Swingin' Rhythm and Blues Free Dance Lessons starting at 7p. Music from 7:30pm-10pm. Tickets: $10 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 04 November

    Adam Ezra Group -

    "Not since Springsteen and Bono have I seen a lead singer with his talent and charisma." - Jack Casey, General Manager WERS radio in Boston About Adam Ezra Group: It’s difficult to impart the roots-steeped, road-trippin' essence of the Adam Ezra Group into a single word, but frontman Adam Ezra nonetheless keeps one in mind as something of a mantra: community. To the musicians at the heart of AEG, community is epitomized by a belief they all share, one that has long doubled as a mission statement for the group: namely, that making music together is itself a form of grassroots organizing, capable of nothing less than changing the world. That Ezra and his bandmates hold sacred such an inclusive approach to their craft helps explain the gathering storm of an album that is “Hurricane Wind,” one of AEG’s most ambitious undertakings to date. Not only fan-funded, but also fan-produced, the project finds the broader AEG fan community playing a role in every step of the process from inception to its impending release on May 21st. Such a groundbreaking form of collaboration makes all the sense in the world for a musical collective like AEG. After all, as Ezra sees it, the fans are really part of the band, active members of their movement who’ve always exercised a critical role in AEG’s ability to carry out its mission. This inclusive approach to musicianship, centered about respecting and celebrating their listeners above all else, Ezra insists, is what has allowed the group to explode out of their Boston-area origins to emerge as one of the most uniquely powerful, relentlessly entertaining live-music experiences in the country. AEG’s grassroots efforts recently caught the eye of John Oates, of Hall & Oates fame. For the past year and a half, Ezra and Oates have been regular writing partners, meeting up in Nashville between tours. Three of their co-writes are featured on the upcoming Adam Ezra Group album, and Oates himself joined Ezra in the studio to sing and play on the album. They performed their first co-written song, "All I Am", live in-studio as an acoustic duet, a process also shared with fans, who were invited along for a virtual tour of the studio as well as granted access to unreleased studio performances. Last December, AEG galvanized their community partnership by releasing 23 studio demos to fans, including multiple collaborations with Oates. Ezra established an innovative framework through which fans could follow the process of song arrangement and studio tracking, help whittle the album down to just 11 polished final cuts, steer artwork creation, and assist in naming the project itself. The now-cemented title, “Hurricane Wind,” speaks to an elemental, overpowering force of nature, a quality AEG believes exists in every human being and can be magnified through the unifying power of music. When the record arrives on May 21, the AEG fanbase will turn the full power of its collective hurricane wind outward, sharing the music for free with as many people as possible over the course of two energized weeks. Such a groundswell of activity wouldn’t have been possible even a few years ago; “Hurricane Wind,” to AEG, represents both a celebration and reaffirmation of how remarkably that community has grown. Even amid ballooning success, Ezra says it’s been not just easy, but natural for AEG to stay dedicated to its mission and true to its humble roots. Perhaps no song sums this up more than a fan favorite, selected to anchor the new album. Called “I Believe,” it’s a gorgeously layered, nakedly emotional ode to the long path they’ve already traveled as a community - and to the wide-open road ahead. You’ve got a style, that comes on like a hurricane wind,” sings Ezra on the track, backed by a group of musicians all equally engrossed in the material and attuned to its significance. “You’ve got a spark, that lights the fire that never ends." With his next lines, Ezra speaks not only to the internal maxim that keeps him moving, but also to the enduring force for hope and change that his band has come to symbolize to its ever-swelling fanbase: “And in the times when hope is gone, you give me the strength to carry on - I know the path is long, but I believe.” Tickets: $15 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 11 November

    Ari Hest -

    About Ari Hest: I've been making music and touring the planet for about 15 years. What started out as an occasional creative outlet is now my way of life. Growing up just outside New York City, I began playing guitar in the hallways of my high school, learning the songs of The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Smashing Pumpkins, and Dave Matthews Band. I graduated, went to college for a communications degree, and finished feeling way more inclined to make music than anything else, so I hit the road. In these past 15 years, I've played in every state in the U.S. and toured extensively throughout Europe. I've had the honor of playing with a slew of incredible musicians wherever I've gone. I just released my ninth LP, Natural, and I've also released three solo EPs as well as a song-a-week project of 2008 called "52". I also am in three bands that have recorded albums over the past few years -The Open Sea with Rosi Golan, Bluebirds of Paradise with Chrissi Poland, and most recently a duets album with Judy Collins called Silver Skies Blue, which was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Folk Album" of 2017. Sometimes my music is heard on TV or in movies - The Path, The Lincoln Lawyer, Private Practice, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill to name a few. I also scored music for a film called Dreamriders, a documentary which won several independent film awards. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to sing and play music for a living. I wanna keep it going for as long as possible. It's good for my soul, and I love knowing that what i create can have a real impact on people. Tickets: $15 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 18 November

    Doyle Bramhall ll -

    Opening act Althea Grace Doyle Bramhall II is one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. Indeed, none other than Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has worked with for more than a decade, lauds him as one of the most gifted guitarists he has ever encountered. As the son of the late Texas music legend Doyle Bramhall, he was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock ’n’ roll styles indigenous to Texas. The elder Bramhall played drums and was also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist, not to mention a lifelong collaborator with childhood friends Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, who composed such SRV signature tunes as “Change It” and “Life by the Drop.” But the younger Bramhall—a rare and distinctive guitarist who plays left-handed, but with his instrument strung for a right-hander and flipped backwards--had his own connections with the Vaughan brothers: Early in his career he was befriended and supported by Stevie. When he was 18, Bramhall was recruited by Jimmie to play with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. After Stevie’s tragic death in 1990, Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton formed the Arc Angels with Stevie Ray’s fabled Double Trouble rhythm section of drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon. The Arc Angels’ self-titled debut album yielded such widely popular songs as “Living in a Dream” and “Sent by Angels” before disbanding. Introducing himself as a solo artist in 1996 with Doyle Bramhall II, he followed with a pair of critically acclaimed albums, Jellycream (1999) and Welcome (2001). It was then that Bramhall’s unparalleled guitar mastery won the attention not only of Clapton but Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, who showcased him on his 1999, 2000 and 2002 In the Flesh concert tours and companion CD and DVD. Clapton, meanwhile, came next. He featured Bramhall songs and guitar as part of his Grammy-winning Riding with the King album with B.B. King, also of 2000. He then recruited him full-time, and they toured together worldwide, thrilling fans with their dramatic guitar interplay and drawing comparisons to past Clapton triumphs such as Derek & the Dominoes. Clapton’s ensuing 2004 albums Me and Mr. Johnson and Sessions for Robert J both showcased stirring Clapton-Bramhall guitar duets recorded in the same Dallas room where Robert Johnson recorded his classic blues songs in 1937. Bramhall’s own songwriting talent was highlighted in Clapton’s Reptile (2001), Back Home (2005) and The Road to Escondido(2006) albums, and he later co-produced Clapton (2010) and Old Sock (2013). In 2013 he again joined Clapton on his 50th anniversary tour and played on his 2014 album The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale. In addition to his work with Clapton, Bramhall became an in demand composer, guitarist and producer. He enjoyed high profile collaborations producer, with a broad range of other major artists, including T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Gary Clark, Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Meshell Ndegeocello and Sheryl Crow, for whom he contributed songs and produced 100 Miles from Memphis (2011) and performed on her tour supporting it. In 2015 he teamed with ace Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks (with whom he was proclaimed “The New Guitar Gods” by Guitar Worldwhen both served in Clapton's band in the late 2000s) in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, also starring Trucks’ wife Susan Tedeschi. Bramhall’s songs and guitar playing have graced each of the three, critically acclaimed Tedeschi Trucks Band albums issued to date. With all this outside activity, Bramhall hadn’t made a solo album since Welcome. But besides honing his skills as a producer, he had stockpiled for himself songs apart from those written for others, and when they were selected and sequenced for his fourth solo album, Rich Man, (scheduled for release on September 30, 2016 via Concord Records), they documented an intensive spiritual and musical journey that took him to the other side of the world in search of new sounds, and an inner peace sought following the death of his father in 2011. In the four years following his father’s death he had extensively explored India and Northern Africa, these trips being manifest on Rich Man’s inclusion of the North Indian classical bowed string instrument sarangi—played by virtuoso Ustad Surjeet Singh—and the bowl-shaped Arabic oud lute, played by Bramhall’s own oud teacher Yuval Ron, the renowned Israeli composer-player-arranger. Also appearing on Rich Man is Norah Jones, with whom Bramhall had been performing with every six months or so in a concert series. The duet “New Faith” was emblematic of the entire album in its hope that people can look beyond all that divides them and find a new way of thinking that enables peaceful progress through mutual respect and understanding. Rich Man, then, is a watershed achievement for Bramhall, both in terms of the many music styles in the tracks—which begin and end with his fundamental American blues influences and in between follow his global music explorations and arrangements—and the inner examinations resulting in the spiritual growth expressed in the lyrics. “I read a quote from Charles Mingus,” Bramhall stated upon the completion of Rich Man. “He felt like he was not playing his music as much as creating the sound of his life and experiences through the medium of his music. I looked at his life and related to that, and tried to capture the same thing on the album.” About Althea Grace: Althea Grace is a young singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Chicago area. Althea’s music can best be described as new age blues with heavy doses of jazz, funk, and soul featuring her powerful, soulful voice and guitar skills to match. Growing up the daughter of music lover, in a city filled with talent, music quickly became her sole passion in life. Before even learning to drive, Althea began sharing the stage with many notable bands such as X Ambassadors, The Shins & Sylvan Esso. Michael Kaiz of Jambase described Althea as “One of Chicago’s rising gems”. In 2016, her duo “FUTURE STUFF” released their debut EP. She has spent much of the last year touring the country with his duo “Future Stuff” opening for blues legend, Doyle Bramhall II and Grammy award-winning band, Los Lobos. — Quote via Sheryl Crow (Twitter/Instagram): “Saw a young duo called future stuff last night at City Winery Nashville. They blew me away! Check them out!!” Watch Althea’s most recent performance with Los Lobos: http://liveforlivemusic.com/news/watch-17-year-old-bad-ass-play-los-lobos-chicago/ Tickets: $30 advance / $35 door ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 25 November

    Will Evans + Rising Tide -

    About Will Evans: Will Evans has spent the last decade as the primary song writer, drummer, and front man for the roots rock outfit Barefoot Truth. Will recorded four full length albums and several EP’s of his original music with the band. Their most recent release, “Carry Us On”, debuted at #10 on the iTunes Rock Chart. With Barefoot Truth now on an extended hiatus, Will has opened a new chapter in his musical journey. His first solo release landed him in Entertainment Weekly as being right on target in the “Bullseye Of The Week” and warranted a #4 spot on the Northeast Billboards. Will’s entry into the Guitar Center sponsored “Search For The Next Great American Songwriter” also brought him national attention. Out of over 10,000 entrants, he was chosen as one of the nation’s top ten finalists. In October of 2015, while on a national tour as direct support to Trevor Hall, Will released his sophomore album, “Signal Flares”, and is currently touring in support of the album. With topics such as the album’s opener “Do It For The Love”, and “To Be Human”, it is clear that the singer-songwriter is once again speaking from his heart, advocating his own socially-conscious messages of love and inclusion. In his live performances, Will uses his impressive looping skills to combine his drumming background with his highly energized and entertaining acoustic style. When Will is on stage, the crowds always get to their feet and he always gets to their hearts. Will has shared the stage with many top artists including Crosby and Nash, Grace Potter, Bruce Hornsby, Rusted Root, Trevor Hall, Donavon Frankenreiter, Railroad Earth and members of Dispatch. Tickets: $15 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.)
  • 09 February

    Ryan Montbleau -

    A solo intimate seated show. Folk Rock / Americana / Soul / R&B Opening act TBA About Ryan Montbleau: Hot-wired songwriter and performer Ryan Montbleau enters a new chapter of his career with the release of Growing Light on April 21st. The 10-song set is bold and barrier breaking, organically blending rock, funk, soul, folk and psychedelia to create a sonic kaleidoscope where tunes like the percolating first single “Pacing Like Prince” and the cinematic title track co-exist in refracted bliss. Montbleau will celebrate his new album with two CD release concerts at the Paradise Rock Club on Friday, April 17th with his original lineup of the Ryan Montbleau Band on Saturday, April 18th with players he has been working with over the past year. Growing Light is a “perfect storm” recording. The album pairs Montbleau’s most artfully crafted and sincere lyrics with vocal performances of exceptional grace and heart. The songs also benefit from the near-telepathic rapport of Montbleau and his band, which developed over a decade of touring. And those qualities are enhanced by the adventurous production of Galactic’s Ben Ellman and inventive mixing by Mikael “Count” Eldridge, who has worked with DJ Shadow, Radiohead and No Doubt. Growing Light is also poignant and personal. Montbleau’s new songs trace the bloom-and-fade cycle of finding and losing love through the arc of a relationship. They also come at the end of a decade-long era with his band – a group who came of age together while touring the jam band circuit, where the Massachusetts-born Montbleau built his initial following. “We knew this would be our last recording together as full-on road warriors when we entered the studio in May 2013,” Montbleau, who recently relocated to Brooklyn, explains. “That made the whole experience much more real and emotional and gave it a certain focus. We were about to split up, but not because of animosity or rifts in the band; it was all for good reasons. After 10 years on the road it was time for some people to stay at home with their families, or to try other things, or just to move on.” For Montbleau, Growing Light is part of a creative leap that began with 2012’s For Higher, his first collaboration with Ellman and Count. Ellman — who has produced albums for Galactic, Trombone Shorty and many others — assembled a crack band of New Orleans all-stars including bassist George Porter, Jr., keyboardist Ivan Neville, guitarist Anders Osborne and drummer Simon Lott to support Montbleau. The results were a muscular and spontaneous blend of cover tunes and originals. This time, Montbleau wrote nine of the ten songs on Growing Light. Some, like the title number, which celebrates the transcendence of falling in love over a swelling ambient-folk backdrop, are plucked from his own life. Others were developed on the road. The funky celebration “Glad” grew out of jams at concert sound checks and shines like a lost gem from ’70s psychedelic soul kingpin Shuggie Otis. And “Pacing Like Prince” flat-out rocks, with electric guitar riffs stomping over an R&B power-beat while Montbleau cants lyrics inspired by a scene in the movie Purple Rain. The album ends with the bittersweet “Together,” a guitar and vocal performance that returns Montbleau to his beginnings as a solo artist. The song’s arrangement is a reminder that regardless of the degree of sweetness, illumination or spaced-out aural wallop that Ellman and Count bring to the album’s individual tunes, the warm butterscotch sound and multi-faceted emotional texture of Montbleau’s voice are always the focus. It took Montbleau his first 21 years to begin to find that voice. “I was a late bloomer,” he allows. “I didn’t really start writing songs until I was in college. I’d be sitting in the back of a class in my chemical engineering program and writing poetry in my notebook. At that point, I knew something had to change.” Until then Montbleau hadn’t really been bitten by music. His father was a rock bassist who drifted from playing as he raised a family. And although Montbleau was given a guitar as a kid, and he’d peck away at popular songs like Ozzy Osbourne’s "Crazy Train” occasionally, things didn’t really catch fire. But as he attended college, he found that poetry — and by extension great songs and timeless songwriters like Bob Dylan, Robert Johnson and Bob Marley – captured the complexities of the adult life that he was beginning to experience, and Montbleau started chasing his muse. By the time he graduated from Villanova University with an English degree, the hook was set. And he became an omnivorous devotee of all kinds of styles and artists. Montbleau began as a solo performer, appearing often on stage at the first House of Blues club in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and made his initial two recordings primarily with just his guitar. By 2006’s One Fine Color he'd formed the Ryan Montbleau Band and was branching out of the coffeehouse and folk scene into the jam world, spending much of each year on the road. His next album, 2007’s Patience On Friday, brought his breakthrough song “75 and Sunny,” a reflective, brightly melodic celebration of maturity. Previous to For Higher, Montbleau also recoded two live albums, one solo and one with his group, as well as the Martin Sexton-produced studio disc Heavy On the Vine – a title that reflected the musical depth, versatility and skill Montbleau and his bandmates – bassist Matt Giannaros, drummer James Cohen, keyboardist Jason Cohen, percussionist Yahuba, violist Laurence Scudder (and eventually guitarist Lyle Brewer) – had developed together on the road. Today Montbleau continues to maintain a busy touring schedule, dividing gigs between solo shows and concerts with various line-ups of the Ryan Montbleau Band. “I loved playing with my original band and still do, whenever we may get the chance. But touring with different musicians has taught me to be a better bandleader and forced me to be a better musician,” Montbleau reflects. “Another thing I’ve learned is that as you continue your life as a songwriter and performer, you learn your limitations and grow into them,” he continues. “You learn how to push yourself to write lyrics that get as close to what you want to say as possible, or to find the right music to say it with, or to sing in a way that really carries the message in your heart. That’s where I feel like I’ve arrived today, and I’m excited to find out where I’m going next.” Tickets: $20 ($2 Service Charge Included With Online Tickets. All sales are final, no ticket refunds or exchanges.) Seats are first come, first serve.

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Music: Blues, Live Bands, Rock

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