Longtime SNL Band member Christine Ohlman, "The Beehive Queen," debuts at 9 Wallis on the first official weekend of Spring in a night that will showcase favorites and never-heard duets (including an "unplugged" segment) with the legendary Jon Butcher. Joining them onstage will be Cliff Goodwin, Wolf Ginandes and Lorne Entress--Boston-scene veterans all--for an evening that Ohlman and Butcher promise will be emotion-packed, soulful-to-the-bone, rockin'-and one-of-a-kind-memorable.
Join us and go soul-on-soul with two legends!
Christine Ohlman (a/k/a "The Beehive Queen" for her mile-high platinum-blonde hairdo) is the current, long-time vocalist with NBC's Saturday Night Live Band whose sixth critically-acclaimed CD with Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, "The Deep End," was honored on numerous national end-of-year Top Ten lists. She'll be joined onstage by the members of Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, acclaimed members of the Massachusetts scene all, including acclaimed Boston-area aces Wolf Ginandes (bass), Cliff Goodwin (guitar-Joe Cocker/Robert Palmer) and Lorne Entress (drums-Lori McKenna and Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters)
In 2017 Ohlman was inducted into the National Blues Hall of Fame of American Heritage, International. In December 2018 she took part in two days of filming in the Boston area with blues greats from around America for a filmed documentary on the late great bluesman James Cotton. She landed the Top Female Americana Vocalist honors on The Alternate Root's International Readers' Poll (she shares top slots with Paul Thorn, The Mavericks, and Rodney Crowell) and is fresh from appearances onstage in NYC with Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Trombone Shorty, Jon Batiste and Paul Shaffer; at the Paris Conservatory with The Sessions Panel; on the SNL 40th Anniversary broadcast and Post-Broadcast concert at the Plaza Hotel; "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon;" multiple appearances on the soundtrack for the HBO series "Vinyl," including a duet with Elvis Costello; the Carnegie Hall Tribute To The Rolling Stones; the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Concert in Cleveland (HBO) and The WC Handy Festival in Muscle Shoals, where she's been the special guest of the Blind Boys Of Alabama and led an All-Star Shoals tributes that included Bonnie Bramlett, Candi Staton, and Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Her numerous studio and live collaborations encompass Grammy-nominated recordings include a longtime onstage collaboration with legendary NRBQ guitarist Big Al Anderson; Charlie Musselwhite; Evenings of Duets with Mac Rebennack (Dr. John); Dion, Ian Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw and the late Levon Helm (all of whom guested on "The Deep End"); plus appearances with Al Green, Steve Miller, Smokey Robinson, Bonnie Raitt, Brian Wilson, Bruce Springsteen, and the late George Harrison. With JoJo Hermann of Widespread Panic, she leads the "Down On The Bayou" New Orleans Jazz and Heritage benefits for the New Orleans Musicians Clinic. She guests on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham's "The ALO Orchestra Sings The Rolling Stones Songbook Vol. 2," named "Coolest Record Of The Year" by SIRIUS/XM's "Little Steven's Underground Garage."
Ohlman is a noted musicologist and record collector who was one of the original contributing editors to the All Music Guide. Mixing a fiery brand of rootsy Americana with an old-school soul music flavor, she serves up a style that's been dubbed by SIRIUS/XM's Dave Marsh "Contemporary Rock R&B." For her live shows, Ohlman will bring to the musical table songs from her six CDs plus 2019's upcoming "The Grown-Up Thing." "I've come here to set your souls on fire," she tells her audiences. And she will.
As founder of "The Jon Butcher Axis," Grammy nominee Jon Butcher has earned his place in music history books and beyond. A discography of 19 national and international releases, MTV and VH1 music videos are the underpinnings of a supercharged music career that continues today.
Jon's latest album release for 2017, 2 ROADS EAST delivers 10 new and original songs recorded with special guest stars, this on the heels of Jon's critically acclaimed CDs "AXIS 3" and the Jimi Hendrix fueled, EXPERIENCED! Jon's acoustic work [acoustic guitar, dobro, banjo] which has found it's way into feature film, cable tv, into his live concert schedule and is a major component into understanding his music. Including appearances with the EXPERIENCE HENDRIX TOUR and at FENWAY PARK for the BOSTON RED SOX, Jon's output is more diverse than ever.
As his first release of new music in over two years, 2 ROADS EAST spans stylistic ground both familiar and unexpected to the million or so fans worldwide following his formative JON BUTCHER AXIS and solo recording years.
2 ROADS EAST was produced in multiple studios, across multiple time zones over a period of 18mos. 2RE is a technological (though not technical) leap forward for fans of Jon's music, achieving what is arguably his finest sounding recording work yet. "I was aided and abetted during the recording by some of the finest players in the world, from all corners of the globe. They donated their time but most of all their incredible talent to help me create the musical color palette of 2RE." JON BUTCHER featuring 2 ROADS EAST is; JON BUTCHER( guitar), JEFF KEITHLINE (bass), JOHN ANTHONY (drums), MITCH CHAKOUR (piano, guitar).
JON's media company ELECTRIC FACTORY X continues to provide film score, soundtrack and music licensing for television and film including SHAMELESS (Showtime Network) The Simpsons (FOX), Six Feet Under (HBO), The Sopranos (HBO), Deadwood (HBO), United States of Tara (Showtime), Ugly Betty (ABC), My Name Is Earl (NBC), The Life and Times of Buffalo Bill (A+E) and many more.
The JON BUTCHER AXIS digital re-master on ESCAPE RECORDS UK available JAN 18
2 ROADS EAST- the new album by JON BUTCHER on EFX available @ iTunes now!
About 17 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 shows at Beverly's Larcom Theatre (featuring Grammy-winners, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and platinum recording artist), gimmeLIVE's owners Peter and Vickie Van Ness, transformed 9 Wallis into the most intimate, elegant, fully air conditioned 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, Peter and Vickie 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 with 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 (see examples). With world-class entertainment, an event can begin as a cocktail party or fully seated dinner...then transform into a nightclub-style dance party with concert quality sound and stage lighting.
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.