If you came to our private grand opening party at 9 Wallis in April, you know how much fun it was to get sooooo close to 5-time Grammy nominees Roomful of Blues! Now we're having them back for their first public concert.
Don't miss your only chance to experience Roomful of Blues' high-energy jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul in the North Shore's most intimate, elegant listening room!
Rasta Pasta Pizzeria will sell their Fresh Made Pizza, Meatball Subs & Cannoli during this show!
Even though Roomful of Blues' lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. In 2010, singer Phil Pemberton took over the vocal duties, bringing his sweet and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with newer members, bassist John Turner, trumpeter Doug Woolverton, drummer Chris Rivelli, and keyboardist Rusty Scott, and longtime members baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley, tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille, Roomful keeps on rockin' in 2015.
Roomful of Blues, according to DownBeat magazine, "are in a class by themselves." With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues and R&B, it's no wonder why the great Count Basie called them "the hottest blues band I've ever heard." Since 1967, the group's deeply rooted blend of swing, rock â€˜n' roll, jump, blues and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. With a non-stop performance schedule for over 45 years, Roomful of Blues has earned critical, popular and radio success and a legion of fans around the globe. including the prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll for "Best Blues Band".
As leader of his own bands for the last 20 years, this Massachusetts native has found himself playing to intimate clubs all the way to large festivals, throughout the US, England, France and Canada. In addition, The Philip Pemberton Band was also the 1stWestern band to play in the former capital of China, Xi'an on a 2 week tour broadcast to half a billion people throughout Asia.We welcome him as the newest, in a long tradition of fine Roomful of Blues vocalists "His voice can ache with tenderness, or rattle the rafters with it's powerâ€¦"-Patricia Smith (Pulitzer nominated Journalist) Boston Globe "This man could sing his way outta Jailâ€¦" -Bill Smith (WTKK)
Chris is a true multi-talent. His prowess as a guitar slinger is well documented, and his strengths as a producer and songwriter grow from album to album. He produced the band's six most recent albumsâ€”There Goes the Neighborhood (1998), Watch You When You Go (2001), Live at Wolf Trap (2002) the Grammy nominated That's Right! (2003), and Standing Room Only (2004) and "Raisin' A Ruckus" (2008) after co-producing all of Roomful's other albums recorded in the '90s. Chris' songsâ€”such as "Turn It On! Turn It Up!," "Running Out of Time," "She'll Be So Fine," "Blue, Blue World," and "Dynamite"â€”have become firm favorites in AAA and blues radio formats, bringing many new fans into the Roomful fold
A veteran of the New England jazz scene, bassist John Turner has performed and recorded with just about everybodyâ€“specifically the Either/Orchestra,Charlie Kohlhase, Scott Hamilton, Roswell Rudd, Lee Konitz, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, members of Ornette Coleman's band, and , Magic Dick-Jay Geils and Blues Time to name a few. John's rock solid bottom is the essential element of the swing groove which Roomful is renowned for.
Rusty Scott has been a fixture on the Boston jazz and blues scene for a number of years now. He began playing piano at the age of eight. His jazz studies began with Burlington jazz musician, Bruce Sklar, while attending the University of Vermont. In 1989 he attended Berklee College of Music. Rusty also plays Hammond B3 organ and in addition to being a member of Roomful of Blues he currently heads up the Rusty Scott Organ Group, playing major venues throughout Boston and New England. Rusty's solid rhythm, driving piano solos, and howlin' organ riffs are a first class addition to the "Roomful Tradition".
From Boston Massachusetts, Chris has spent many years as a touring drummer with blues artists from the East Coast, West Coast, and Chicago, including Duke Robillard, Janiva Magness, John Nemeth with Kid Andersen, Nick Moss and The Fliptops, Lynwood Slim, Ron Levy, and Toni Lynn Washington. He has played on recent recordings by Junior Watson, Sax Gordon, The Matthew Stubbs Band, Gina Sicilia, and The Get Backs. Chris is a former student of legendary drum instructor Alan Dawson, and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He is a long-time endorser for Vater Drumsticks. "Aiming the beat at thier feet", Chris's solid swing and shuffle rocks in the Roomful tradition.
Rich joined Roomful in 1970 and was there at the beginning of what has become the most legendary horn section in contemporary blues. It was Rich's interest in the swinging bands of the '30s and '40s that led Roomful to forge the distinctive sound that has become the band's trademark. A man who can play both sides of the fence, lyrically tender or blisteringly hot, Rich has a big, warm tone that is always jam-packed with feeling. His melodic inventiveness reflects the depth and breadth of his wide-ranging influences. Rich worked with various local and high-school bands before beginning his long-term relationship with Roomful.
Mark names Sonny Stitt as his main man, with more than a nod to Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon leading him to Lester Young and an appreciation for the depth and history of the music. As a longtime fan of Roomful of Blues, and their like respect of the tradition, he has finally arrived home. His tone, ideas, deep bottom and charismatic stage presence further burnish what is already a legendary horn section. Memorable performances include shows with Jay McShann, Albert Collins, Louis Bellson, Joe Williams, Jerry Portnoy, Johnny A., Barrence Whitfield, Lee Konitz, The Coasters, The Temptations, Chuck Findley, Wayne Newton, Jo Ann Castle, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, and the Rudy Scaffidi Orchestra.
With A Bachelor of Arts in Trumpet performance, Doug is one of the bright young lions of the trumpet world. His performing experience includes jazz and blues, as well as classical music. Depending on the tune, you'll hear influences ranging from Miles Davis, to Louis Armstrong. Doug plays cool and hot, high and low; swinging all the time, while dazzling audiences with his blues based jazz styles. Doug has performed with The Temptations , Allen Vizzutti, Peter Olstad, Greg Wing, Derek Gardener, Rodney Lancaster, Dominic Spera, Vincent DiMartino, Jon Faddis, Carl Saunders, Richie Cole, The Dominant7, The Army Blues Rhythm Section, and was a three-time finalist at the National Trumpet Competition in the solo jazz division.
About 25 miles north of Boston, 9 Wallis is a gorgeous, fully restored, historic location conveniently situated in the heart of Downtown Beverly's Arts District at 9 Wallis Street, right next to the Larcom Theatre -- less than half a mile from the Beverly Depot rail station and 3 miles from Route 128, with plenty of free parking (see map).
After presenting over a hundred award-winning concerts at Beverly's Larcom Theatre since 2013, we transformed 9 Wallis into Beverly's most intimate, elegant listening room with comfortable seating at tables, plus food & beverage service featuring fine wines, local craft beers, specialty cocktails and top-shelf spirits.
This beautifully restored, tremendously flexible space is also available for private parties and corporate events. We can book world-class entertainment, including national touring artists, for your event. Our stage, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting plus Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) 4K Video, can accommodate any performance or presentation. Click here if you'd like someone to contact you about booking a party or corporate event.
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There is plenty of FREE parking (see map) at SEVEN municipal lots from 150 feet away to 3 blocks away. You do not have to feed the meters after 5pm or on Sundays.