The musical pedigree of Grammy Award winner James 'Superharp' Cotton consists of a veritable who's who in the world of the Blues. Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006, the Smithsonian Institute in 1991, Grammy Winner, and winner of countless W.C. Handy Blues Awards, he has shared the stage with B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Johnny Winter, the Allman Brothers, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Sam and Dave, The Grateful Dead among many others.
In 1954 when Muddy Waters needed a harmonica player, he found Cotton playing a club in Arkansas and took him to Chicago. Cotton remained with Waters for 12 years not only playing shows but also recording with him on Chess Records. One of the highlights of that period came when Cotton arranged the ever-popular anthem for the blues, 'Got My Mojo Workin', which was played for the first time by the Muddy Waters Band at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1961.
In 1966 Cotton formed his James Cotton Blues Band which continues to showcase his immense talent and keeps him one of the most sought-after, hard-driving, seminal blues musicians touring the world today. You will have a memorable evening with an international treasure and a true Living Legend of the Blues.
Jay Geils needs no introduction to the legion of music fans that made The J. Geils Band one of the leading acts in the history of rock and roll. Yes, THE Jay Geils, playing the music that was his first love, blues, the lifeblood that runs through the veins of every rocker. Expect Jay's soul drenched, masterful guitar work to be featured during Cotton's show on a bagful of classic blues tunes.
This is the blues, baby. Hot, fast, down & dirty. Don't miss it!
Henley-Douglas RnB (HDRnB) is an original R&B/soul/groove band founded by in late 2010, featuring Henley Douglas Jr. (sax), Douglas Gimbel (vocals), John Iltis (drums), O'Neal (guitar), Brandon Tarricone (guitar) Squantch (trombone), David Walker (bass).
HDRnB has been performing throughout New England since 2010. The band played at the 2012 Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. HDRnB has been featured on Sirius XM Radio show "The Loft" with Meg Griffin many times over the past 2 years. The band plays grooving original music with B-Side covers as well.
For our May 31st show at the Larcom, We'll be featuring Brandon Tarricone (Krewe De Groove) on guitar. Henley-Douglas RnB will have a new cd out in early June recorded live at Amory Sound in Somerville, MA.
Less than 24 miles from Boston, the fully restored Larcom Theatre is conveniently situated in downtown Beverly, MA -- 3 miles from Route 128 at 13 Wallis Street, with plenty of free parking (see map).
This gracious showplace -- featuring spectacular acoustics -- was built in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) by Harris and Glover Ware, two brothers and former vaudeville musicians from Marblehead, MA.
For their new theatre, which offered both stage and screen entertainment, they chose the birth site of one of America's most widely read nineteenth century poetesses, Lucy Larcom.
The Larcom Theatre's grand opening advertised that its interior was lit completely by electricity.
After seven years of wowing audiences with his turn-of-the-last-century-style stage magic production at the 1920 Cabot Street Cinema Theatre (just 4 blocks away), Cesareo Pelaez, the founder of the Le Grand David stage magic ensemble, led the purchase of the Larcom in 1984 and immediately set to work restoring its pristine beauty.
The Beverly Historical Society recognized Cesareo with an award for the integrity and authenticity of his restoration. When Cesareo finished his work there, the Larcom's elegant horseshoe balcony, hand-painted antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings once again took you back in time to an age when American life moved more slowly and more deliberately.
Beginning with gimmeLIVE's sold-out 2013 Mardi Gras concert, the Larcom Theatre was filled with music for the first time since the days of Vaudeville.
Today, with a state-of-the-art sound system, Peter & Vickie Van Ness of gimmeLIVE continue to showcase top local talent on stage with national recording stars at the Larcom Theatre.
There is plenty of free parking at the municipal parking lot on Bow Street, about 150 feet away and at the City Hall parking lot about half a block away. You do not have to feed the meters after 5pm or on Sundays.Click here for detailed directions to the historic Larcom Theatre.