Celebrate James Montgomery's "Live at the Larcom" CD release and support his foundation, V is for Veterans with this historic concert starring James Montgomery, the Mohegan Sun (Shaboo) All-Stars and Johnny Winter Legacy Band feat. Paul Nelson with special guests Jon Butcher, Danny Klein "Ace on Bass" of the J. Geils Band, Marissa Licata of Jethro Tull's band and Jimmy McCarty of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles Express, Cactus & Mystery Train.
On May 21, James Montgomery recorded his newest CD live at the intimate Larcom Theatre, which will be released on Saturday, November, 14 at this benefit concert for James' foundation V is for Veterans.
Joining James live on-stage for this historic event are the Mohegan Sun (Shaboo) All-Stars and Johnny Winter Legacy Band feat. Paul Nelson along with special guests Jon Butcher, Danny Klein "Ace on Bass" of the J. Geils Band, Marissa Licata of Jethro Tull's band and Jimmy McCarty of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Buddy Miles Express, Cactus, The Rockets & Mystery Train. More guests will be announced soon.
You won't see this many lengendary musicians sharing the stage again for a very long time.
Peter Wolf calls James Montgomery "The John Mayall of New England" -- and for good reason. When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home".
Here's what The Nashville Tennessean said when James toured as a special guest with the Johnny Winter Band: "If ever the time came to use two 'legendary' tags in one story, it is to describe both Winter and Montgomery. They are blues masters of the first and highest degree."
And here's what music critic Ken Abrams wrote when James sat in with Gregg Allman last summer, "... a real treat for the locals saw accomplished bluesman James Montgomery join the band onstage for a rocking version of Muddy Waters 'Can't Be Satisfied.' Montgomery's harp no doubt wailed over Narragansett Bay, an early show highlight that really got the crowd going."
While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary "Chessmate." Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.
In 1970, while attending Boston University, Montgomery formed the James Montgomery Band. His inimitable (oh yeah, he majored in English) harmonica playing combined with his incredibly energetic live shows led to the band's quick ascension on the New England music scene. Within two years, the James Montgomery band was among the hottest acts in Boston along with J. Geils and Aerosmith, and they were quickly signed to a multi-album deal with Capricorn Records.
Since that time, James has recorded six albums. His first, "First Time Out" has been remastered and re-released by MRG/Capricorn. Other include "James Montgomery Band" on Island Records which was number nine on Billboard's national playlist, "Duck Fever" with members of the David Letterman Band, "Live Trax," with the Uptown Horns (the Rolling Stones' horn section), and his release on Tone-Cool, "The Oven Is On."
Montgomery has toured with many major artists, including Johnny Winter, Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. He has jammed on stage with B.B.King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Laverne Baker, Patti LaBelle, and Peter Wolf among others, including an impromptu session with Mick Jagger at New York's "Trax".
Over the years Montgomery's band has been a springboard for many musicians. Members of his band have included Billy Squire, Wayne Kramer (MC-5), Jeff Golub (Rod Stewart), Jim McCarty (Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels), Nunzio Signore (Bo Diddley), Jeff Pevar (Ray Charles Orchestra, Crosby, Stills & Nash), Bobby Chouinard (drummer with Ted Nugent, Squire and Robert Gordon), Jeff Levine (Joe Cocker), Aerosmith's Tom Gambel, and many others.
Hailing from CT. are the Mohegan Sun (Shaboo) All-Stars, fronted by David Foster, of Connecticut's legendary Shaboo Inn. The rhythm section of the All-Stars includes such notables as Mitch Chakour on keyboards and vocals and Cliff Goodwin on lead guitar; two Joe Cocker veterans. Wolf Ginandes, a Boston-based veteran performer & session player on bass along with drummer, Marty Richards, who's toured with jazz great Gary Burton and the J Geils Band as well as recorded with Norah Jones & the Fabulous Thunderbirds.
Over the years, the All-Stars roster has grown to include other superb musicians who might sit in when they are available, most notably, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, Dan Ackroyd, Maceo Parker and Buddy Guy. The band has also supported tour dates with Ray Charles, James Brown, Delbert McClinton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Elvin Bishop, Etta James, Joe Cocker, B.B. King and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes.
Johnny Winter, one of the most recognizable guitarists for the past half century sadly passed on last year but not before creating a legacy traveling from his home in Texas through Woodstock and across the rest of the known world. Sadly his passing created an incredible void in the music world, but he did not go without leaving behind a constant reminder of his unique style. The reminder is the Johnny Winter Legacy Band. Johnny had the ability to choose whom to perform with, hell he could turn down Rock and Roll HOF members from entry into his band.
He chose this group of musicians, led by Paul Nelson, to carry on for him. With him they recorded with a list of performers that is just to long to mention and toured the world appearing on stages in small theaters and large stadiums. People at every location would scramble to see him and his band and the band vowed to keep the memory of Johnny alive through these shows that he himself would be proud of and to fulfill the desires of his still growing fan base.
Grammy Nominee and member of Boston's elite rock royalty, Jon Butcher has earned his place in music history books and beyond as founder of The Jon Butcher Axis. Jon's discography of 20 national and international releases, MTV and VH1 music videos are the underpinnings of a music career spanning decades.
Jon is presently in production on several projects including the new CD, TWO ROADS EAST and the theatrical debut of Norman Langs' "Kiss the Sky," a feature film in which Jon both stars and has written the film score. Early peeks will be available for viewing this Summer.
Jon continues to explore and re-define his own artistic vision-re-calibrated, re-formulated and re-accelerated.
Danny Klein the "Ace on Bass" a founding member of the J. Geils Band will also be joining in on the event. Klein, who hails from NJ is another who came to Boston joined a band and never left. Over a span of more the 40 years Danny has continued to provide a steady backing on such Geils' hits as "House Party" and "Hard Drivin Man" as well as on their chart topping hits "Centerfold" and "Freezeframe".Danny will be joining in fresh off the completion of Geils' latest tour of the northeast, where he will have been performing from Boston to Detroit.
29 year old, Boston and New York based, Honduran American violinist, Marissa Licata, a star powerhouse soloist will be joining James' band for these events. Her electrifying passion and vibrant presence have been featured on international and world-renowned stages. Marissa has proved her natural versatility on her very first audition for Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull -- winning the lead violin spot on his 2006 US tour. She would go on to join Jethro Tull for 5 more international tours.
Marissa quickly became high in demand as both a featured soloist and recording artist. In the years following she has collaborated on projects and performed on national and international tours with Alicia Keys, Ben Harper, Ringo Starr, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, Gloria Estefan, Pras of the Fugees, Jermaine Paul, Elle Varner, Gaby Wilson, and many more.
James William McCarty (born June 1, 1945) is an American blues rock guitarist from Detroit, Michigan. He has performed with Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels, the Buddy Miles Express, Cactus, the popular Detroit rock band The Rockets, the Detroit Blues Band, and more recently, Mystery Train.
He also recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Seger. He plays in a heavy blues-rock style that has inspired fledgling guitar players for more than 40 years.
In 2006, he participated in a Cactus reunion, performing in New York City, Sweden, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. It coincided with the release of a new Cactus album, Cactus V. In 2007, Cactus played a Detroit date, a McCarty homecoming, to a sold-out, standing room only house.
In an August 2006 interview on VH1 Classic, Ted Nugent remarked "I'm the only guy in rock'n'roll that plays that hollow body jazz guitar and it's because in 1960 I saw Jimmy McCarty creating those big fat full chords like I do on "Stranglehold"; I learned that from Jimmy McCarty. Remember the name Jimmy McCarty. He is as important as Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry and Les Paul...a god on guitar." Guitar-maker Paul Reed Smith is among McCarty's admirers.
In 2005, Les Paul recorded Les Paul and Friends: American Made, World Played, with an all-star band. He covered 69 Freedom Special, an instrumental tune co-written by McCarty and recorded while in the Buddy Miles Express. In February 2006, Les Paul won a Grammy for his cover of the song, thus propelling McCarty into another award-winning arena as songwriter. In 2009, a new band, the Hell Drivers were created. The members are Jim McCarty, Johnny "Bee" Badanjek, Marvin Conrad(bass), and Jim Edwards(vocals). A high-energy band, they play a variety of Dertoit rock'n'roll from Iggy, The Rockets, Mitch Ryder, Bob Seger and more to great critical acclaim.
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.
In 1984, Cesareo Pelaez, award-winning founder of the Le Grand David stage magic ensemble, led the purchase and restoration of the Larcom Theatre, returning its elegant horseshoe balcony, hand-painted antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings to their original glory.
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.
In 2014, gimmeLIVE installed a new, state-of-the-art sound system featuring Meyer line arrays and subs, which is used for all concerts presented by gimmeLIVE.
Today, Peter & Vickie Van Ness of gimmeLIVE continue to showcase national recording stars and award-winning Boston area talent 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.