JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND FEAT.
WHITNEY DOUCET, MARISSA LICATA
DANIELLE MIRAGLIA, SAX ATTAX HORNS
WILLIE LOCO ALEXANDER
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The Open Door
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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 on August 10: "... 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."
On August 22, James brings his unique style of rockin' blues to Gloucester for the first time in over two years to help raise money for The Open Door food pantry -- And he's bringing stellar guests with him.
Whitney Doucet's addition to the stellar lineup will add a Country element to the already unique show that showcases two beautiful and talented young women namely Jazz phenom Marissa Licata, and rising Blues star Danielle Miraglia, and also one of the Founders of the Boston Rock scene Willie Loco Alexander. Backing the Montgomery Band that night will be the Sax Attack horns, one of Boston's premiere horn sections, who add a lot of power on the songs they perform.
The very best in Blues, Rock, Jazz, and Country will all be represented in one unique electrifying performance. This is a very special James Montgomery benefit concert that can only be seen on This Friday, August 22!
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.
With drive, talent, a distinctive voice, and the ability to captivate an audience, Whitney Doucet has her eye on the prize and is not letting it get away. The 21-year-old country singer-songwriter grew up in Massachusetts where her love for music was discovered at a young age. LeAnn Rimes and Martina McBride are who Whitney admires the most when it comes to their powerful, soulful, country sound. Since 2005 she has been pursuing her passion for singing and performing.
Whitney has won titles as Female Vocalist New Country, Traditional Country and Gospel as well as Female Entertainer of the Year in 2009 and 2010. She performed in front of 38,000 at Fenway Park when she sang the National Anthem for the Boston Red Sox in 2012.
Whitney continues to perform, write and record new music. You can keep up with Whitney on Facebook. She continues pushing forward with her outgoing and upbeat personality in charge. Make sure to check back soon for more info about gigs and new music!
Willie Loco Alexander is a rock n roll survivor, who's Boston-based career has traced the history of rock and roll for thirty years.
"Because I've been doing it for so long," said Willie Alexander, "I've almost got to a point where I can see my work. It's like a procession, where there's a whole bunch of characters. There's Taxi-Stand Diane, Dirty Eddie, Shopping Cart Louie. Most of them are based on real people. I usually just change the names." According to Polly Campbell in the May 10, 1991, issue of the Boston Phoenix, Willie got his start playing in church. Well, not exactly in the actual services. His father was a Baptist minister and Willie would sneak into the church and bang away at the piano. His early influences were Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis. Somehow the path away from that church's piano led him toward the Boston rock and roll band, the Lost. "Everything has changed so much since we started. Back then it wasn't like you were part of society. Now rock 'n' roll is an industry-there are awards, and it's on television 24 hours a day. Back then you were lucky to get a CYO dance on a Friday night."See profile of Willie Loco Alexander in The Noise here.
Danielle Miraglia (murr-AL e a) comes armed with a strong steady thumb on an old Gibson, an infectious stomp-box rhythm and harmonica. Her tunes range from heart-felt to socially conscious and will move both your heart and hips. Danielle's latest release "Box of Troubles" a bare-bones expression of all these attributes, explores the highs and lows that life has to offer and has already received rave reviews. Alternate Root says "Danielle Miraglia's guitar work keeps Delta traditions alive. Her steady thumb and playing style trace a direct line to the blues of the field and chicken shacks. Vocally, Danielle's voice digs in, twisting within the delivery, seeming to break but more likely soaring before the fall. 'Box of Troubles' balances good times with the bad, her characters roles' defined and believable."
Danielle has won numerous awards:
Mountain Stage NewSong Northeast Regional Winner! NERFA Formal Showcase Artist!
Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist!
RedLine Roots Big Red Favorite Local Female Songwriter!
Honorable Mention - Telluride!
NERFA Tricentric and DJ's Choice!
29 year old, Boston and New York based, Honduran American violinist, Marissa Licata, is a star powerhouse soloist. Her electrifying passion and vibrant presence have been featured on international and world-renowned stages. With over 15 years of classical violin training, and her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the New England Conservatory, Marissa 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 from 2007--2011, Ms. Licata 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.
After appearances on 'Good Morning America', 'The View', 'The Latin Grammys', and 'Live From The Artist's Den', returning from a European tour with the East-West Klezmer Company--now with a resume of global accomplishment--Licata stepped into the spotlight as premiere soloist in early 2012. Balancing solo engagements with various guest appearances and projects, Marissa has recently joined Greek crossover tenor, Mario Frangoulis for his 2014 US National Tour, filling a very much featured role. 2014 has also brought the completion and release of the violinist's 'Game of Thrones' music video--a first, for her, and a project that has been much anticipated. Her dazzling intensity both on stage and on camera have been mesmerizing audiences and fans everywhere, since her sold out headlining debut at Scullers Jazz Club in Boston. Drawing on World music from Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, Marissa's unique Gypsy fusion highlights universally familiar melodies with contagious rhythmic energy--a relentless energy presented with tremendous passion, heart, joy, and a stylish flair all her own.
The Waterfront Pavilion is a giant tent directly on the Annisquam River at Cape Ann's Marina Resort, where the Wicked Tuna boats dock. Enjoy spectacular water views, a full bar and comfortable concert seating inside the Pavilion tent.
For the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concert series we will install a concert stage with state-of-the-art sound and lights. Seating is general admission by section with premium VIP seating right up front. The Pavilion tent can be enclosed, so all the Celebrate Gloucester Benefit Concerts will take place rain or shine.
The Waterfront Pavilion is a pleasant 45 minute drive up the coast from Boston with plenty of free parking available. Click here for directions and parking info.