[members-announce] James Montgomery headlines River City BluesFest @ ELIXIR - July 8 - 12

Toni Ballard toniballard at townisp.com
Tue Jun 10 19:29:44 EDT 2008


ELIXIR at The Freight House in White River Junction, Vermont presents 




Tuesday through Saturday, July 8 - 12







ELIXIR at The Freight House, White River Junction, Vermont's premier
destination for fine dining and live music, will present RIVER CITY
BluesFest @ ELIXIR -- five evenings and a Saturday afternoon of outstanding
blues on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 8 -12,
2008. The event is a follow-up to last fall's highly successful RIVER CITY
JazzFest @ ELIXIR, which presented three nights of top-quality jazz. Call
ELIXIR at 802-281-7009 for reservations. There is no cover charge for
evening music events inside ELIXIR Restaurant and Lounge. For Saturday
afternoon's outdoor event, there will be a cover charge of $10 in advance
and $12 at the door for seats and $10 at the door for standing room.
Children under 12 will be admitted free with a paying adult, and there will
be face-painting and balloons for the kids. Beer, food and ice cream will be
available from on-site vendors.


RIVER CITY BluesFest @ ELIXIR kicks off on Tuesday, July 8, from 7 to 10pm,
with an Upper Valley favorite who's performed his brand of blues around the
world, singer-guitarist RICKER WINSOR. On Wednesday, July 9,
singer-songwriter KURTIS KINGER brings his soulful originals and covers and
his Delta Blues harmonica playing to ELIXIR from 7 to 10pm.  And Thursday,
July 10 will mark the return of New Orleans jazz and blues singer SAMIRAH
EVANS, who performs from 7 to 10pm with members of her blues band. Evans has
often been compared to Etta James, and legendary jazz vocalist Sheila Jordan
has said, "Samirah's artistry is as spectacular as her personality.she's
magic.everyone should hear her."


On Friday, July 11, singer-guitarist DR. MICHAEL PAYTON brings his
electrified blues, honed in the urban bars of Chicago's west and south
sides, to ELIXIR from 8 to 11pm with Matt Getman on saxophone, Ben
Butterworth on bass, and Bob Sparadeo on drums.


On Saturday afternoon, July 12, there will be a blues extravaganza outside
The Freight House. The festivities begin with THE DR. MICHAEL PAYTON BAND
from 1 to 4pm. And from 4 to 7 pm, RIVER CITY BluesFest @ ELIXIR presents
headliners THE JAMES MONTGOMERY BAND, with world-renowned blues harpist
James Montgomery, guitarist George McCann, drummer Seth Pappas, and bassist
David Hull, who served as Aerosmith's bassist during Tom Hamilton's medical
leave last year.


And, back inside, on Saturday evening, July 12, from 8 to 11pm, JOHNNY B AND
THE GOODES, featuring popular harmonica player JOHNNY BISHOP and renowned
guitarist ED EASTRIDGE, perform with Charlie Hilbert on bass.  Johnny B and
the Goodes will release their first CD this summer on Big Mo Records.


About the musicians

Legendary blues harmonica ace and singer JAMES MONTGOMERY brings his
hotter-than-ever band to the River City BluesFest after opening for
Aerosmith last fall at the Tweeter Center and performing with Stephen Stills
at a recent UNICEF event honoring Stills. A Detroit native, James started
his first band in the 1960's while learning the blues first-hand from John
Lee Hooker, James Cotton and Junior Wells. After graduating from Boston
University with a degree in English, James rose to the top of New England's
music scene, along with Aerosmith and the J.Geils Band. He signed with
Capricorn Records and toured extensively with the Allman Brothers, Steve
Miller, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King and others. In
the '80s, James and Alex Taylor formed the East Coast Funkbusters, which led
to an invitation to play harmonica with the Blues Brothers on tour. In the
'90s, James continued to spread the Blues Gospel with his band and his
syndicated radio program, "Backstage with the Blues," which featured over
100 interviews with such Blues greats as Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Dr.
John and Koko Taylor, and newer artists such as Keb Mo and Rod Piazza. James
received a Gold Record for his recording with Kid Rock and Uncle Kracker and
released the W.C. Handy Award-nominated CD, Bring It on Home. He also
founded charitable organizations that assisted children with AIDS and
provided medical care for blues artists. Since 2000, James has been busier
than ever, touring throughout Europe and the U.S as a member of the Johnny
Winter Band; opening for B.B. King at his 80th birthday concert at Boston's
Symphony Hall; performing with Steven Tyler and Aerosmith members at
fundraisers; and organizing star-studded benefit concerts to fund health
care for blues musicians. In 2005, Johnny Winter's I'M A BLUESMAN, which
featured James on harmonica as well as songs he co-wrote with Winter, was
nominated for a GRAMMY Award. The James Montgomery Band's upcoming CD
features members of Aerosmith, blues legend James Cotton, Johnny Winter and
DMC. For more information, visit: www.jamesmontgomery.com
<http://www.jamesmontgomery.com/> .  


Johnny B and the Goodes harmonica player JOHNNY BISHOP has his roots in the
south. His hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, a small college town, had
a hot, active music scene in the late '60s and early '70s and was a common
stopping point for bands traveling between Atlanta, Washington, DC and New
York City. Johnny received an education seeing the bands that came through
town, including Muddy Waters, Charlie Musselwhite, Ronnie Earl, Bob
Margolin, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Delbert McClinton and The Nighthawks.
He lived at the shows, watching, listening, learning and soaking up all he
could.  Profoundly moved the first time he heard the blues, he has never
looked back. Now, over 30 years later, he's still at it.  A six-year stint
working at Hohner USA in Richmond, Virginia, was a turning point.  (He is a
Hohner Harmonica endorsee.)  From then on, playing music became his
full-time passion, and he has been featured blowing harp with Muddy Water's
Legendary Blues Band, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Little Charlie and the
Nightcats, The Nighthawks, Bob Margolin, and Tinsley Ellis.  Johnny has
opened for Delbert McClinton, Billy Price and The Keystone Rhythm Band, The
Skip Castro Band, The Marshall Tucker Band and Kenny Neal.  For more
information, visit:  www.johnnybblues.com and


Johnny B and the Goodes guitarist ED EASTRIDGE grew up in Edgewater,
Maryland, where he worked through the '70s with various bands in nearby
Washington DC. As an award-winning recording engineer and producer, Ed has
worked for hundreds of the world's premier artists, including Sheryl Crow,
Emmylou Harris, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Richard Thompson, Vince Gill,
Linda Ronstadt and many others. Ed presently teaches guitar and performs as
an accompanist to many area musicians and as a guitar soloist specializing
in Brazilian, blues, jazz and classical styles. He is currently working on a
collection of guitar music entitled "Music from the House with Four Chimneys
- the Music of Erik Satie."


Singer SAMIRAH EVANS moved from New Orleans to Brattleboro, VT in the fall
of 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. She began her career as a jazz and
blues vocalist in New Orleans in the 1990s, playing French Quarter clubs
with pianist Willie Metcalf, whose early students included such modern jazz
luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, and Donald Harrison, Jr.
Since that time she has performed regularly at the premier jazz venues in
the Crescent City and has also made 14 appearances at the famed New Orleans
Jazz and Heritage Festival as both a leader and featured vocalist. Samirah
has shared stages with a multitude of legendary national artists, from B.B.
King and Godfather of Soul James Brown, to New Orleans' own Queen of Soul,
Irma Thomas. Evans' performances have featured trumpeter Terence Blanchard
and saxophonist Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers. Her debut CD, GIVE
ME A MOMENT, was #5 on the New Orleans Times-Picayune's annual music list of
2002.  She is currently working on the follow-up CD, MY LITTLE BODHISATTVA,
to be released soon.  For more information, visit: www.samirahevans.com or


Singer-guitarist DR. MICHAEL PAYTON has entertained packed crowds in the
late-night, smoky, urban bars of Chicago's west and south sides.  Learning
his trade from a "who's who" of the blues greats, he now carries the torch
in the lineage of soulful, electrified blues players. His band includes
Berklee College of Music alumni Matt Getman on saxophone and Bob Sparadeo on
drums, and Ben Butterworth on bass. 


KURTIS KINGER has been a singer/songwriter for over 25 years in the Central
Vermont area. His soulful originals and covers are genre-bending blends of
folk, root blues, alternative, and rock mixed with natural-born funk and
soul and a sense of humor goes straight to the funny bone. With local
artist/writer Rich Meijer, he has co-written and produced songs for the
films "The Helix Loaded" and "Dunsmore."  Kurtis has played with John
(Marmaduke) Dawson, from New Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Georgia
Satellites. He is a producer and engineer at King Catamount Productions and
had been a member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and
Publishers) since 2004. Kurtis is deeply soaked in Delta Blues harmonica
playing, and his strong vocals and soothing guitar-playing go straight to
the heart.


RICKER WINSOR, who, as a teenager, heard Mississippi John Hurt, Dave Van
Ronk and many others in Greenwich Village, has been singing and playing
finger-style country blues for 50 years. He has been performing for twenty
years, from Seattle to New York to Europe -- and as far as Bangladesh.
Ricker has recorded three CDs and is a regular performer at ELIXIR and other
Upper Valley venues, including the Hopkins Center. He was a teacher of
painting and drawing for many years, and his West Wind Studio is in
Bradford, Vermont.  For more information, visit www.rickerwinsor.com.

Located at The Freight House, 188 S. Main Street, White River Junction, VT
(802-281-7009), ELIXIR Restaurant and Lounge presents eclectic fare and
small plates and features special martinis, local beers, an international
wine list and live music nightly.  Eat, laugh & drink.
www.elixirrestaurant.com <http://www.elixirrestaurant.com/> 


For more information, interview requests, CDs or high resolution JPEGs,
please contact:


Toni Ballard, 508-633-8583, toniballard at townisp.com       



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