9th Annual New England Winter Blues Festival at the Blue Ocean Music Hall

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Name: 9th Annual New England Winter Blues Festival at the Blue Ocean Music Hall
Date: February 24, 2018
Time: 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM EST
Event Description:

Saturday, February 24 | 8PM
Featuring Big Bill Morganfield
Son of Muddy Waters, Backed by
Mr. Nick + The Dirty Tricks
w/ Jason Ricci
Monster Mike Welch + Mike Ledbetter
The Racky Thomas Band

Doors Open at 6:30PM
Reserved Seating $34
+$3 Day of Show

 

9th Annual New England Winter Blues Festival

One great night. Always a sell-out! The Annual New England Winter Blues Festival is back by popular demand. Featuring Big Bill Morganfield - son of Muddy Waters - backed by Mr. Nick + The Dirty Tricks, with special guests Jason Ricci, Master Mike Welch + Mike Ledbetter, and The Racky Thomas Band. Plenty of dance floor room front and center stage. Get your tickets early and do not miss out on a high energy night of blues at Blue Ocean.

Featuring Big Bill Morganfield

  • Two Decades International Blues Artist
  • Multi-Award Winning Blues Artist
  • W.C. Handy Award Winner - Best New Artist
  • Hall of Fame Inductee - Master Blues Artist
  • 2013 Jus' Blues Award - Best Contemporary Blues Artist
  • 2015 Georgia Music Legend Award
  • 2016 Jus' Blues Award - Muddy Waters Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Jason Ricci

Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. Listed in almost every top ten list of players on the internet today Jason Ricci is a polarizing force always in the spot light and on the tips of critics, artists and fans tongue’s everywhere. Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recordings and the internet Jason Ricci’s style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire younger generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear, and even stage presence. Nick named “Moon Cat” (a street name he once used in Nashville and New Orleans to avoid police detection) Jason has been an almost constant force for decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press. Love him or hate him, through performing, singing, song writing, teaching, harmonica playing and activism in the fields of L.G.B.T., mental health and addiction, it is not an overstatement that this young, white, queer, skateboarding, punk rock loving, multiple convicted felony having Moon Cat from Maine is currently changing the world through music and education.

  • Jason was a featured performer on Johnny Winter’s Grammy award winning CD ‘Step Back’ (2014)
  • Has received multiple Blues Music Award Nominations 2009 – 2016, and won a Blues Music Award in 2010.
  • Featured performer at the Rock & Roll hall of fame with Zac Brown & Tom Morello for the Paul Butterfield Blues Band induction in 2015
  • Jason has worked and/or recorded with Junior Kimbrough, RL Burnside, Nick Curran, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, Cedric Burnside, Joe Louis Walker, Peter Karp, Sue Foley, and many others.

 

Monster Mike Welch + Mike Ledbetter

With over 25 years under his belt, Boston-based blues guitarist Monster Mike Welch is handily considered a seasoned veteran of the international blues scene at just a mere 37 years old. Adorned with the nickname “Monster Mike” by actor/comedian Dan Aykroyd at the tender age of 13, Welch has since carved out a successful living as a highly accomplished and in-demand guitarist. To date, Welch has released six albums under his own name and in 2001, he joined the ranks of one of New England’s most beloved blues institutions, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones. In addition, Welch has performed and recorded with Duke RobillardNick MossJohnny WinterDarrell Nulisch and more recently, theKnickerbocker All-Stars, which has featured among others, Jimmie Vaughan and the aforementioned Robillard. No stranger to the Delta Groove family, Welch also appears on recordings by the Mannish BoysSugaray Rayford and the Igor Prado Band, as well as playing a central role in the critically acclaimed album, Fifty Shades of Blue, by Anthony Geraci and the Boston Blues All Stars. Welch has received two consecutive Blues Music Award nominations by the Blues Foundation for Instrumentalist-Guitar beginning in 2016.

Chicago's own Mike Ledbetter has had nothing short of a rich and multi-dimensional musical journey thus far. Before making a home in West Side Chicago and Memphis style blues, Ledbetter set his feet in various genres ranging from soul, gospel, pop, jazz, and even spent the better part of a decade performing on Chicago opera stages. Spending eight years under the tutelage of his mentor, Nick Moss, Ledbetter recorded and toured the world with Moss as his lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist. In this short time, he has made more than a lasting impression and developed a legion of fans. He's also worked with and earned the respect of many of his heroes and influences (Anson FunderburghBarrelhouse ChuckBilly FlynnCurtis SalgadoJimmy JohnsonLazy LesterRonnie Earl) as a member of the new school of blues/soul musician whose style is cemented in its Golden Era.

On Sunday, June 12, 2016, Welch and Ledbetter took part in a special tribute to the legendary Otis Rush at the 33rd Annual Chicago Blues Festival. The chemistry between these two was so instantaneous and such a natural fit, that it became readily apparent that an album together must soon follow. Right Place, Right Time is the result of this inspired collaboration, born out of a mutual love and respect for the classic blues era of the ‘50s and ‘60s and artists such as Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Elmore James and B.B. King. Accompanying Welch and Ledbetter is an all-star cast featuring pianist/organist Anthony Geraci, bassistRonnie James Weber and drummer Marty Richards, along with special guests Laura Chavez on guitar and saxophonists Doug James and Sax Gordon. For Monster Mike Welch and Mike Ledbetter this album is not just about being in the right place at the right time, but knowing what to do with it when you find yourselves there.

The Racky Thomas Band

The Racky Thomas Band has been a torchbearer for the blues since its formation in 1995, when Racky Thomas collaborated with bassist Todd Carson, guitarist Nick Adams, and drummer Ted Larkin to make a demo cd, and do some gigs around the Boston area. Thomas spent '96 and early '97 abroad before returning to Boston, with the intent of putting the band back together and taking another stab at cracking the blues scene.

After an invitation to enter Boston's 1997 Battle of The Blues Bands, and the addition of pianist Ron Poster, the band went on to win, and traveled to Memphis to compete on a national level. Failing to make the finals in Memphis, the band traveled home; humbled, yet with a stronger resolve.

Following the departures of Larkin and Poster; the band-- in various formations --has forged ahead; releasing four critically acclaimed, independently produced cd's, including their most recent effort, 'Hard Travelin', and making numerous club and festival appearances; opening for such luminaries as Luther 'Guitar' Jr. Johnson, Ronnie Earl, and Sue Tedeschi; highlighted by a trip to France in 2010, to perform at the Terri Thouars festival. Moving forward, Thomas plans to release a solo acoustic CD featuring his Delta and country blues influences, as well as make another trip to the studio (or club!) for a live recording.

 

Location:
Blue Ocean Music Hall
4 Ocean Front North
Salisbury, Ma., 01952
Date/Time Information:
Saturday, February 24 | 8PM
Doors Open at 6:30PM

 
Contact Information:
978-462-5888 Blue Ocean Music Hall Box Office
Fees/Admission:
Reserved Seating $34
+$3 Day of Show
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PO Box 5076, Salisbury, MA 01952 – (978) 465-3581 – info@salisburychamber.com