Victor Wainwright returns to the Larcom after last year's stunning performance that garnered stellar reviews. This year he's joined by Soul Sensation Eli "Paperboy" Reed, a Boston native who's been wowing audiences on five continents and now lives in New York City. Local Blues stars Ricky King Russell & Parker Wheeler's Blues Party kick off this Fall's hottest North Shore Blues & Soul Festival!
Winner of the Blues Music Awards "Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year" for two years in a row, Victor Wainwright also has "a voice that recalls Dr. John at his best," according to the Chicago Blues Guide.Though his career began over a decade ago with genuine rock n' roll honky-tonk, Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the blues. His insatiable interest in music discovery, sheer love for entertaining and curiosity have led him all around the world, and the resulting perspective is a reflection of his passion for entertaining and creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the artform forward. Composer, producer, vocalist, entertainer and award winning piano player; Victor Wainwright is a raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare.
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This show features a special appearance by local blues legend Ricky King Russell with New England Blues Godfather, Parker Wheeler & Friends.
In these days of sampled and computer-generated music, it is refreshing to hear music the way it is meant to be played -- honestly and with soul! Ricky "King" Russell is one of the Blues' most seasoned performers and brightest talents.
Taking his cue from Blues masters past and present, Ricky plays with passion and style. His 4 CDs are radio favorites and the song, "Big Boy" has been featured on the House of Blues Radio Hour with Dan Aykroyd.
Ricky is a guitarist/vocalist/songwriter fifty-year musician with a list of credits and accomplishments too long to list here. Described as "Volcanic" by the Boston Globe, Ricky always delivers from the heart. He has appeared with such notables as David "Honey Boy" Edwards, John Lee Hooker, Eddie Clearwater, Mighty Sam McClain, Ronnie Earl, Jerry Portnoy, Duke Robillard, Kim Wilson, Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton (Double Trouble), Susan Tedeschi, Toni Lynn Washington, Roomful of Blues, James Montgomery, Sugar Ray Norcia, Debbie Davies, Steve Miller and many others.
He was a featured artist at the original House of Blues in Cambridge, MA and Harvard University has bestowed upon him an honorary "Doctorate of the Blues".
The Larcom Theatre was built in 1912 (the same year as Boston's Fenway Park) by brothers Harris and Glover Ware (vaudeville musicians from Marblehead, MA) on the birth site of their favorite poet, Lucy Larcom.
The Larcom Theatre's grand opening advertised that its interior was lit completely by electricity.
During its 110 year history, The Larcom Theatre has presented stage, screen and musical entertainment. In 1984 the Larcom's elegant horseshoe balcony, hand-painted antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings were restored to their original glory by Le Grand David Magic Company, who presented their award-winning magic show there until the company's founder, Cesareo Pelaez, died in 2012.
In April 2013, after the Larcom Theatre had been dark for about a year, Vickie and Peter Van Ness of gimmeLIVE produced a sold-out Mardi Gras Benefit Concert that filled the Larcom Theatre with music for the first time since the days of Vaudeville.
In 2014, gimmeLIVE began bringing Grammy-winning national touring and recording artists and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers to the Larcom, which ushered in a new era of top quality entertainment in the heart of downtown Beverly, MA. GIMMELIVE concerts at the Larcom Theatre received stellar reviews for the quality of both the music and the sound system installed by gimmeLIVE.
Later in 2014, Peter and Vickie co-produced That's When I Know It's Mardi Gras, a live CD recorded in front of a sold-out audience at the Larcom Theatre featuring New Orleans vocalist Henri Smith with Grammy Award-winners Charles Neville and Amadee Castenell.
In 2015, gimmeLIVE once again recorded a live CD featuring the James Montgomery Band, which was released in November of that year. GIMMELIVE also hosted James Montgomery's "Live at the Larcom" CD Release Benefit Concert, which raised money for veterans organizations. (Many gimmeLIVE shows raise money for charity. Click here if you'd like gimmeLIVE to produce a concert or festival to raise money for your organization.)
In early 2017, gimmeLIVE took over the building adjoining the Larcom Theatre (at 9 Wallis Street), formerly owned by members of Le Grand David Magic Company and known as the Grand Salon. GIMMELIVE transformed this venue into 9 Wallis, which became the North Shore's most intimate, elegant listening room offering comfortable show seating at tables with food & beverage service, including fine wines, local craft beers, specialty cocktails (featuring local distilleries and all-natural juices) and top-shelf spirits.
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