British Blues/Rock pioneer Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown release their new album Witchy Feelin' on August 25th at 9 Wallis!
After 50 continuous years, 45 albums, and more than 5,000 rockin' shows from the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall to the Fillmore East, Savoy Brown comes to Beverly's newest music venue, 9 Wallis for a very special CD Release Concert!
PLUS Hirsh Gardner of the band New England releases his new CD My Brain Needs A Holiday on the same night and will open the show with Joe Feloni on guitar.
Fans will have a unique chance to get signed copies of both brand new CDs at this very special double CD Release Concert!
Founded in the mid-60s, Savoy Brown's heavy rocking sound inspired bands ranging from Led Zeppelin to Jethro Tull. Don't miss your chance to catch original frontman Kim Simmonds lead the legendary rock group for their only Boston area concert on their 2017 U.S. tour at the most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston's North Shore.
Legendary ... a blues/rock institution ... true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty years by music critics and fans.
One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970's. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today.
The band recorded their first singles for Mike Vernon's Purdah label in 1966 and quickly followed up with the landmark album "Shakedown". Singer Chris Youlden joined the band in 1968 and many classic records appeared with songs such as "I'm Tired" and "Louisiana Blues" becoming radio staples. Blues-rock and boogie music always was the band's calling card and they captured, forever, the spirit of the music on the live side of "A Step Further" (1969) with a twenty-minute boogie "The Savoy Brown Boogie" dedicated to fans in Detroit.
By 1971, Youlden had departed on a solo career and band members Dave Peverett, Roger Earle, and Tony Stevens had left to form their own group Foghat.
Kim Simmonds rebuilt the band using former members of the blues band Chicken Shack and vocalist Dave Walker. That year, "Street Corner Talking" brought the band its best chart success up to that date. "Tell Mama", "Street Corner Talking", "All I Can Do Is Cry" and the band's funky re-make of the Motown classic, "I Can't Get Next To You", took the band to platinum status and placed them in front of wildly enthusiastic rock audiences in arenas all over the world.
After the successful run of the early to mid 70's, Kim moved operations to the USA and continued making the kind of records he wanted to make with a succession of line-ups. Records as diverse as the acoustic blues "Slow Train" to the hard-hitting "Rock And Roll Warriors" appeared. All were eagerly accepted by the fans.
A three record deal with Crescendo in 1987 took the band into more of a rock direction, with records such as "Live 'n' Kicking" placing the group in a live setting, one in which they have always excelled.
In the '90's, "Let It Ride" was released and then turning things around in 1994, Kim enlisted Pete McMahon for vocal and harmonica duties and ex-Robert Cray drummer Dave Olsen to record "Bring It Home" for Viceroy. This set the tone for the next five years.
Following on, Nathaniel Peterson was brought in to handle the bass playing and singing. After touring the world extensively for three years, in 1999, "The Blues Keep me Holding On" was released on Mystic Music. This modern blues record brought the band's epic music journey full circle.
With new goals in mind, Kim Simmonds took over the front singing duties in 2001and the 2003 Blind Pig release "Strange Dreams" was a hit with critics and fans alike and Kim, as front man vocalist, fitted the times perfectly. Changing into a three piece classic blues/rock outfit in 2006 and still doing double duty as guitarist and vocalist, Kim released the bands 30th album "Steel."
In 2009, after nearly a decade of singing lead vocals and wanting to concentrate once again on his guitar playing, Simmonds brought in Joe Whiting as lead singer. The band thus became a four piece aggregation with Garnet Grimm on drums and Pat DeSalvo playing bass. The new changes coincided with the release of a retrospective album "Too Much of a Good Thing" that covered the years 1992-2007.
From London's Soho night clubs in 1966 to headlining the world's most famous venues (Carnegie Hall, Fillmore's East and West, Cobo Hall, etc) Savoy Brown has done it all and as the band continues to tour worldwide they give a glimpse into the past and also inspire new listeners with their personal brand of rocking boogie, blues and rock.
In 2011 Kim signed the band to Ruf Records releasing the album "Voodoo Moon" that has became a best seller on Amazon.com.
Going into 2013 Simmonds has returned to a three piece band once again, singing and playing guitar along with Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums.
For many in the Classic Rock, Prog Rock world Hirsh Gardner is a familiar name. He first came onto the national and international radar as a founding member, drummer and vocalist with the band New England. The band's history is well documented with Billboard hit singles, international tours and legendary classic rock albums. Tours with Kiss, AC/DC, Journey, Styx, Cheap Trick and studio work with producers Paul Stanley, Todd Rundgren and Mike Stone are only a few of the highlights of Hirsh's career.
After New England disbanded in the mid-80s, Gardner stayed quite busy as the go to producer in Boston and has been at the helm for dozens of albums including efforts from Mass, Willie Nile, Vice, Shyboy and many others. The New England catalog has been re-issued and interest in the band has skyrocketed. This past year saw Hirsh and the band tour Japan to sold out shows as well as several other sold out US shows.
Hirsh's latest solo release is entitled "My Brain Needs A Holiday". This 10 song disc is the long awaited follow up to Gardner's acclaimed solo debut "Wasteland For Broken Hearts." As was the case with it's predecessor, My Brain is full of AOR anthems and thunderous ballads. "It was time for a new album," Gardner quips. "I stay so busy writing and producing other artists I need to take a holiday (that's where the album title comes from) and stay in touch with myself as an artist. After all, that's where it started; seeing The Beatles on TV and starting a band in my garage. I think we have a really great collection here that my core audience will enjoy and hopefully we can grab some new fans along the way."
Hirsh is currently on the road with his dynamic solo show featuring Joe Feloni on guitar.
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 air conditioned 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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