The Double Ds with Monster Mike Welch and Anthony Geraci - Boston Blues Society Holiday After-Party
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JUST ANNOUNCED Anthony Geraci will join the Double D's and Monster Mike Welch for this very special Holiday After-Party!
The DOUBLE D'S w/ MONSTER MIKE WELCH & ANTHONY GERACI - Boston Blues Society Holiday After-Party
DATE Friday, December 28, 2018
TIME 8:00PM (Doors 7:00PM)
VENUE
9 Wallis (see map & parking)
9 Wallis Street
Beverly, MA 01915
Venue Details
TICKETS ALL AGES GENERAL ADMISSION $15.00
All Tickets $20.00 @ DOOR
Portions of proceeds benefit the Boston Blues Society
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Monster Mike Welch is back for another Holiday Party with the Double D's: Danny Banks & Douglas Banks and special guest Anthony Geraci to support the Boston Blues Society.

Don't miss your only chance to catch these Boston Blues Favorites all on the same stage! We'll set up tables with plenty of room to dance on the North Shore's best dance floor!

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MIKE WELCH and the DOUBLE D's

"Monster" MIKE WELCH


Monster Mike Welch is one of the East Coast's best-loved blues guitarists and, at 36 years old, already a 25-year veteran of the international blues scene. As frontman, as the guitarist for New England blues legends Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, or as a respected sideman, Mike has toured North America and Europe, and made several acclaimed recordings. In 2016, he was nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category of Instrumentalist-Guitar.

As a precocious 11-year-old he was invited to join local blues jams, working alongside Ronnie Earl, Luther "Guitar Jr" Johnson, Matt Murphy and Johnny Copeland.

At 13, Mike Welch opened the bill at the Cambridge House of Blues, sharing a stage with Junior Wells, Joe Walsh and actor Dan Aykroyd. It was the latter who gave him his nickname, "Monster Mike."

By the time he released his first CD three years later (These Blues Are Mine / Tone-Cool), he had already played with blues legends like Junior Wells, James Cotton, and Johnny Copeland, and won the 1995 Boston Music Award for Best Blues Act.

The rest of the 90's found Mike touring North America and Europe, and featured in USA Today, People, Entertainment Tonight, CNN, and NPR.

In 2001, Mike joined his longtime heroes Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, establishing a deep creative partnership in the blues that continues to this day. Their 2013 recording Living Tear to Tear garnered seven Blues Music Award nominations, including Album of the Year and Blues Band of the Year. They are again nominated for Blues Band of the Year in 2016.

Mike's varied career has seen him lauded as a teen virtuoso, valued as a supportive sideman, and respected as a maturing blues artist. Recent years have found Mike dividing his time between Sugar Ray & The Bluetones, guest stints (Duke Robillard, Nick Moss, Johnny Winter, Darrell Nulisch and more) and his own work in the international blues scene.

DANNY BANKS


I've been asked many times how I got started playing the drums...

Believe it or not, I started playing the drums (actually, the pots and pans) at the age of 4. Mom & Dad wanted their pots and pans back, so they bought me a snare drum that they'd found at a local yard sale for $20. I played the snare drum along with marching bands, the Beatles, B.B. King, etc.

Mom and Dad bought me my first drum kit on Christmas, 1998. The drum kit also came with a free drum lesson and that's where I met Chris Rivelli, who teaches at MJ's Music School in Waltham MA and currently tours with Roomful of Blues.

When I was 6, I asked the drummer of the band playing at a local restaurant if I could sit in. He wasn't quite sure at first, but eventually he let me sit in. I was told that although they couldn't see me behind the drum kit, I managed to surprise everyone with my playing. Since then, I've sat in with many bands, formed my own youth band The Moondance Blues Band, attended the Berklee College of Music Summer Program in 2009, as well as produced and released two CDs.

In 2005, I was thrilled to be invited on the David Letterman Show to appear as a special guest where I had a two-segment interview with David and performed the classic Muddy Waters song "I Got My Mojo Working" with Paul Schaffer & the CBS Orchestra.

From 2011-2012, I attended Berklee College of Music for two semesters and also performed with my All Star Band featuring Monster Mike Welch on guitar all over Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

In 2013, I was very excited and thrilled to be asked to tour with John Németh. I met John in 2007 when he was performing at a local blues bar called Harry's in Hyannis MA. He got me up to sit in with his band and he was impressed with my playing. A few years later, as I was attending Berklee College of Music, I received a phone call from John about possibly moving to Memphis to join his band. We perform about 250 shows a year all around the world.

In 2014, John Németh's new album "Memphis Grease" was released. He recorded this album with a band called The Bo-keys (Memphis Band). Two of the Bo-Keys musicians, Howard Grimes and Archie "Hubby" Turner, were a part of the Hi-Rhythm section who recorded at Royal Studios in Memphis TN with legendary Memphis soul artists such as Al Green, OV Wright, Ann Peebles, Syl Johnson, Otis Clay, and others.

In March of 2014, John and The Bo-Keys went on a one-month tour to promote the release of "Memphis Grease". I was asked to help roadie/drive for the band. I was very lucky to spend some time with legendary drummer Howard Grimes. I learned so much from Howard and I still do. Unfortunately, half way through the tour, Howard was dealing with some health issues and could not finish the rest of the tour. I was asked to fill some big shoes on drums and I was ready for the opportunity. We performed at a lot of theatres and famous venues all over the East Coast. The band was very happy with my work and I thank Howard and the Bo-Keys for giving me the biggest opportunity of a life time, being asked to sub for the drummer who is on more hit songs than any other drummer in the world.

My influences include Howard Grimes, Roger Hawkins, James Gadson, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and of course my former teacher Chris Rivelli.

I've been lucky to appear on such TV shows as Fox25 Morning News Show, Sundays with Liz Walker, The Late Show with David Letterman, and others.

Anthony Geraci


Pianist/Hammond Organist Anthony Geraci has a long History in the American Blues Community. He is an original member of Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters-he has recorded with both Artists extensively. Anthony has been nominated for the Prestigious Pinetop Perkins Piano Award for the last three years-2016/2017/2018, and his recording Fifty Shades Of Blues (Delta Groove) was nominated in 2016 for Album, Traditional Album, and Song of the Year for the title track by the Blues Foundation/Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN. 2018 has Anthony receiving nominations from both Living Blues Magazine: Outstanding Musician-Keyboard, and Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll: Blues Artist or Group.

Touring with Anthony in support of his latest recording Why Did You Have To Go (Shining Stone) will be the Boston Blues All-Stars: Dennis Brennan-vocals/harmonica/guitar, Troy Gonyea-guitar/vocals, Michael Mudcat Ward-bass/vocals and Jeff Armstrong-drums/vocals.

Anthony has been featured on over 50 recordings with some of the biggest names in Blues Music. He has recorded with Blues Pioneers Big Walter Horton, Carey Bell, Odetta, Big Jack Johnson, Charlie Musselwhite, Lazy Lester, Snooky Pryor and John Brim. As well as contemporary Artists Kenny Neal, Sugaray Rayford, Debbie Davies, Otis Grand, Welch/Ledbetter, Zora Young and Duke Robillard.

ABOUT 9 WALLIS

9 Wallis
9 Wallis Street, Beverly MA - next to the Larcom Theatre
National Touring Artists
Regular performances by national touring artists
9 Wallis Stage
The most intimate, elegant listening room on Boston's North Shore
Crescent shaped solid oak bar
Crescent shaped solid oak bar
Fine Wines, Local Craft Beers, Specialty Cocktails & Top Shelf Spirits
Serving Fine Wines, Local Craft Beers, Specialty Cocktails & Top Shelf Spirits
9 Wallis Stage
Comfortable cabaret-style seating at elegant tables
Corky Laing and his band
Up close and personal
Henri Smith Mardi Gras Concert
Feel like you're part of the band
Jon Butcher's SOLD OUT CD Release Concert at 9 Wallis
Jon Butcher's SOLD OUT CD Release Concert at 9 Wallis
9 Wallis Stage
High-Five from Grammy-nominee Jon Butcher [photo by Michael Sparks Keegan]
Eric Gales SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
Eric Gales SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
BARRY GOUDREAU'S ENGINE ROOM SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
Barry Goudreau (formerly of BOSTON) and his new band, Engine Room SOLD OUT SHOW at 9 Wallis
Henri Smith Mardi Gras Concert w/ Grammy-winners Charles Neville & Amadee Castenell
Henri Smith Mardi Gras Concert w/ Grammy-winners CHARLES NEVILLE & AMADEE CASTENELL
Barrence Whitfield with former Savages
Local Soul Star BARRENCE WHITFIELD and former Savages rock a sold-out crowd! [photo: Ted Reed]
Rock Legend Corky Laing of MOUNTAIN
Rock Legend Corky Laing of MOUNTAIN kicks off his 2017 US Tour at 9 Wallis
British Blues/Rock pioneer Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown CD Release Concert
Savoy Brown CD Release Concert
Gary Hoey
Rock Guitar God Gary Hoey's SOLD OUT Show!
Davy Knowles w/ Johnny A.
Davy Knowles SOLD OUT Show with surprise guest Johnny A.
Loretta LaRoche - Dinner and Comedy at 9 Wallis
Loretta LaRoche - Dinner & Comedy
Drum Shop North Shore Drum Hang
Drum Shop North Shore's Drum Hang w/Fabio Pirozzolo and Steve Mossberg
Dancing
Best Dance Floor on Boston's North Shore
Rev. Bennett
The Rev. Andre Bennett speaks at Beverly's Martin Luther King Community Breakfast JANUARY 2018
Roomful of Blues
5 Time Grammy Nominees Roomful of Blues at our Grand Opening APRIL 1 2017
Quentin Callewaert
Young Rising Star Quentin Callewaert at our Grand Opening APRIL 1 2017
Elegant seated dinner party
Appetizers for a private party
Elegant Buffet Dinner

About 25 miles north of Boston, award-winning 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 nearby parking (see map).

In April 2017, after 4 years of presenting over a hundred award-winning concerts at Beverly's Larcom Theatre, we transformed 9 Wallis into most intimate, elegant listening room north of Boston with comfortable seating at tables, plus food & beverage service offering fine wines, local craft beers, specialty cocktails (featuring local distilleries and all-natural juices) and top-shelf spirits.

In August 2018, 9 Wallis owners, Peter and Vickie Van Ness, were presented with the Boston Blues Society's Keeping the Blues Alive Award for their work at 9 Wallis.

Because of its beautifully restored, tremendously flexible space (including the best dance floor on Boston's North Shore) 9 Wallis has become a favorite venue for fundraisers, private parties and corporate events. Local charities have raised thousands of dollars at 9 Wallis. 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. If you'd like someone to contact you about raising money for your charity CLICK HERE. If you want to book a party or corporate event CLICK HERE.

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PLENTY OF NEARBY PARKING SEE PARKING MAP

There is plenty of nearby parking at 7 lots from 150 feet away to 3 blocks away. Lots are 25 Cents/Hour (see map). Street parking is more. All parking is FREE after 8pm and on Sundays.

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