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Show Times and Line-up

By on July 19, 2018 in 2018 show lineup

The gates open at 10:00 am.  Our line up looks like this.  Looking forward to seeing you all at the show!


The Aaron Norcross Trio            12:15 -1:30

Jan Marie & The Mean Reds      1:45 – 3:15

The Fat City Band                     3:30 – 5:00

George Gritzbach Band              5:15 – 6:45

Janiva Magness                        7:00 – 8:30

Janiva Magness

By on April 8, 2018 in 2018 show lineup
Janiva Magness

2017 Grammy nominee, B.B. King Entertainer of the Year, 7x Blues Music Award winner, 26x nominee, and 2015 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year Janiva Magness

After Janiva Magness added a 2016 Grammy nomination to her 26 Blues Music Award nominations — with seven wins, including Entertainer of the Year — she might have taken at least a short rest on her laurels. Instead, one of the preeminent voices in contemporary American roots music has raised the bar for herself. Magness’ 14th album, Love Is an Army, is a brilliantly crafted bridge between the past and present, blending the echoes of classic soul and Americana music with timeless themes of love and the very contemporary sound of protest. Continue Reading »

George Gritzbach Band

By on April 8, 2018 in 2018 show lineup
George Gritzbach Band

The George Gritzbach Band plays inventive takes on classics and a healthy helping of innovative originals offering a great mix of blues, roots, and R&B. The band has appeared at a wide variety of venues and Festivals across North America, including opening for B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray and many others as well as local nightclubs and Performing Arts Centers. They also have the versatility to play unplugged acoustic sets for a more intimate experience. The band, led by George, a serious blues devotee who caused a sensation when he first debuted on the New England blues scene, is now backed by a seasoned rhythm section featuring Scott Lariviere on bass and backing vocals and Johnny Menezes on keyboards. Continue Reading »

Fat City Band

By on April 8, 2018 in 2018 show lineup
Fat City Band

For over 40 years now The Fat City Band has had the good fortune to be able to write, record, and perform their own unique style of Blues, Roadhouse Rock, Jazz, and New Orleans Style R&B for all their fans and friends alike from coast to coast and beyond.

Although some of the faces have changed over the years, they remain committed to one idea…
“Music Should Be Fun”.
Now, with the addition of some “Young Talent”, they are excited to bring their four decades of showmanship and entertainment to every show.
Come And Join The Party!

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Jan Marie & the Mean Reds

By on April 8, 2018 in 2018 show lineup
Jan Marie & the Mean Reds

This sultry singer plays a soulful and swinging mixture of jazz, blues, and R&B that satisfies both listeners and dancers.Jan Marie is also a songwriter whose backseat-blues original sound has begun to emerge. After a seven year songwriting hiatus, Jan Marie has returned with an arsenal of homegrown melodies–all delivered by a voice that’s coffee black.
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By on April 8, 2018 in Uncategorized
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Here’s what people are saying about Aaron Norcross:

Pat Travers, Vintage Guitar Magazine Interview (June 2015):

Now very few people are playing bluesy, guitar. I’ve met some 16/17 year old’s playing it right; a kid up in Boston, Aaron Norcross Jr.,plays a Telecaster and he’s the real deal. Its amazing some one that young can have so much understanding and expression. So, there are one or two acts out there.

From Cape Cod Entertainment Review:
This is a young gun with a guitar as his weapon. Stevie Ray Vaughan meets Machine Gun Rockabilly Blues. So impressed with this new talent and we encourage all live music lovers to see his live act. This kid will be in the big time. Check him out.

norcross 1From BlueUmbrellaEntertainment.Com:
We booked Aaron Norcross Jr. at The Oyster Bar reserved for national acts and legends. This kid owned the stage and mesmerized all in attendance. This is a guitar prodigy with a signature style. A force to be reckoned with.

From Harry’s at The Depot:
Aaron is one of the most talented young guitar players in the Northeast, Come watch him make the guitar sing and smoke at the same time.

From Pat Travers’ Website
A young, new artist sent me a video of himself and his band and I am completely blown away by his performance. Most great artists seem to be born with, for back of a better word, “It”. Well, whatever “It” is Aaron Norcross Jr has a huge amount of it. He’s fourteen years old and already playing and singing like a seasoned pro. Ladies and gentleman I’m proud to present the future of the “Blues” for today’s “Musical Rx”…

See his Facebook page HERE

See his website HERE

Aaron Norcross

By on April 7, 2018 in 2018 show lineup
Aaron Norcross

Here’s what people are saying about Aaron Norcross:

Pat Travers, Vintage Guitar Magazine Interview (June 2015):

Now very few people are playing bluesy, guitar. I’ve met some 16/17 year old’s playing it right; a kid up in Boston, Aaron Norcross Jr.,plays a Telecaster and he’s the real deal. Its amazing some one that young can have so much understanding and expression. So, there are one or two acts out there.

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Featured Performers

By on June 2, 2017 in 2017 Show Lineup, Uncategorized


Gil David Correia and The Shameless

The Shameless band members include Nick Toscano, on drums, Scott Cormier on bass, Shinichi Otso on keys.


Click here for their Facebook page



With Special Guest Appearances by:


Diane Blue

Diane Blue

Ms. Blue is a soul-stirring vocalist, skillful harmonica player and a crowd-pleasing entertainer. Voted “Outstanding Female Singer” in The Blues Audience 2015 and 2011 Readers’ Polls, Ms. Blue is a soulful and sassy performer with a strong and energetic delivery, serving up her own spin on soul, blues and R&B. Ms. Blue and her band won the 2010 Massachusetts Blues Challenge, earning the honor of competing at the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. She was nominated “Best Blues/R&B Act” and “Best Female Vocalist” in 2007 by the Providence Phoenix and also nominated “Best Local Blues Act” by Motif Magazine in 2007.

Diane has played harmonica and/or sung with guitarist extraordinaire Ronnie Earl, as well as international performers Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson (former sideman for Muddy Waters), Big Jack Johnson (of Clarksdale, Mississippi) and Irma Thomas (the Soul Queen of New Orleans), among others. Ms. Blue tours in the U.S. and abroad as a featured performer, in addition to her duties with the Broadcasters.

 Click here for Diane’s website


JerryJerry Portnoy

Jerry Portnoy was born in 1943 and grew up in the blues-rich atmosphere of Chicago’s famous “Maxwell Street Market” during the golden age of Chicago Blues.  He began his professional career in the late 60s and since that time has performed, live and on television, for millions of people around the world.

During a career that includes six years as a member of the fabled Muddy Waters Blues Band, another six as leader of the Legendary Blues Band, four years at the head of his own band The Streamliners, and another four as a featured member of the Eric Clapton Band, his touring schedule has carried him to every state in the union and twenty-eight foreign countries on six continents, with performances at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Smithsonian, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and at major jazz festivals worldwide, including the Newport Jazz Festival, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Warsaw International Jazz Jamboree, the Hawaii Pacific Jazz and Music Fair, and the Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France.

Jerry Portnoy has played on several Grammy Award-winning albums while recording with a wide variety of artists, and was a Grammy Award nominee in 1997 for his work with the Muddy Waters Tribute Band.  Television credits include appearances on Saturday Night Live, Soundstage, MTV, VH1, and the Disney Channel, as well as writing and performing original music for Sesame Street.  In addition, he has lectured at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, and his definitive 3/CD instructional package, Jerry Portnoy’s Blues Harmonica Masterclass, is widely regarded as the premier teaching tool for those wishing to learn the instrument.  Jerry Portnoy now makes his home outside Boston, Massachusetts.

Click here for Jerry’s website


 CherylCheryl Arena

WINNER of The 2009, 2013 & 2015 Blues Audience Newsletter Reader’s Poll for  Most Outstanding Harmonica Player!

Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, she began playing harmonica and immersing herself into the Blues in 1987. Boston was an inspiring place to be as she was surrounded by so many talented harmonica and horn players. Her earliest childhood memories relating to music were listening and singing along with her mother’s Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday records. Her true passion though was in learning to play an instrument so at age 8 her grandmother set her up with accordion lessons..not exactly what she had in mind, but it was a start and lead to playing other instruments like guitar and bass guitar, and eventually finding the one instrument that truly resonated with her…the harmonica.

The harmonica has brought her to many exotic places and afforded her a wealth of wonderful experiences! So whether it’s on a big festival stage fronting her own band, playing an acoustic duo in some cozy little wine bar, singing and playing with a 20 piece orchestra in Dallas TX, touring around Italy, being a side person in someone else’s band, giving harmonica lessons on Skype or teaching at Jon Gindick’s Jam camps, Cheryl’s beloved pocket pal is always close to her side ready for the next musical adventure!

Click Here for Cheryl’s website


GregGreg Piccolo

Perhaps best remembered for his 24-year stint with Rhode Island’s internationally renowned jump blues band Roomful of Blues, Greg Piccolo has followed his muse since his teenage years. He has played with many greats including Duke Robillard, Al Copley,  Colin James, and  Jimmie Vaughan.  In addition to Roomful of Blues, he has played with The Rejects, The Variations, and Groupe.

His tone, sound and outlook are unchanged over the years, although these days he finds himself playing more ballads than before.  It is still the sound and the feeling that drive him.  And when he says, “Swing is closest to my heart” one has to stand back and look at what this man has done over the last forty years.  In company with his Roomful compatriots.  Greg Piccolo is one of the guys that reintroduced swing to America in a popular sense. The swing revival of the nineties would never have happened without Roomful of Blues pointing the way during the seventies and eighties.

Click here for Greg’s website


JamesJames Montgomery

When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he “brings it on home”. Whether it’s recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. 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. Montgomery has toured with many major artists, including 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

Click here for James’ website



kidKid Bangham

Kid Bangham first came to national prominence in the early eighties as the guitar player for “Sugar Ray and the Bluetones”.  After releasing two CD’s and thrilling crowds throughout the United States and Europe with his emotionally wrenching and explosive guitar style, he was tapped by the world famous Sony/Epic recording artists, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, to record and tour extensively in 1990. Between 1996 and 2000 Kid paired with the great Detroit vocalist Amyl Justin and released two self-produced CD’s. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2001. Kid recently contributed a soulful guitar instrumental  (once again on the Telarc label) entitled “Some Summer Day” on a heartfelt tribute to the late great Blues legend Charley Patton entitled “Down The Dirt Road”.

Today Kid Bangham is still actively writing and recording (almost none of which is pure Blues) and only performs occasionally as he is now more interested in developing ways for others to enjoy music and perform. A CD compilation is about to be released featuring a collection of unreleased live performances and recordings spanning 26 years. His authoritative guitar style and instrumental virtuosity continue to inspire and challenge musicians around the world.

Click here for Kid’s website

Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish

By on June 1, 2017 in 2017 Show Lineup, Uncategorized


Formed in 1991, the band has evolved through many incarnations, three Tone Cool and two self-produced CDs, trips around the world as far as South Africa and mostly the joys of playing a lot of music on Martha’s Vineyard where most of them live. Johnny juggles a full life where he takes advantage of his many skills including stone masonry, fishing, antique dealing, farming. Somehow he manages to do all the gigs as well. He came to the Island in 1978, after soaking up Muddy Waters’ and Tom Waits’ shows as a teenager.

Buck Shank, guitar, longtime member of the band, looks and sounds like he’s playing his last solo every time he steps up. He brings so much emotion, joy and grit to the stage, and his rhythm playing helps drive the bus.

Jeremy Berlin, the piano player has been with the band for most of its life – since the summer of ’93. He’s played duets with President Clinton, and Carly Simon – he’s not afraid of anything, and he plays it all. The band started out as a four-piece with no piano, became a five-piece for several years, and then returned to a four-piece configuration, this time with no bass, and it’s been that way for over 10 years. They even play as a three piece without guitar. Jeremy’s connection with the Island started before he was born and he’s been there on and off ever since.

Chris Anzalone,the drummer, came aboard in 2000, a veteran of the Boston scene and such bands as The Radio Kings and he and Jeremy have been the rhythm section all along. He stays around Boston – we can’t make him move down here. A real city boy. We call him Baby Dynamite.

Click here for the band’s website.