Memorial Day Weekend Music

James Montgomery, Brian Maes and the Nor’easters Band

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Saturday, May 28 at 7:30 pm

All Tickets $20

When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he “brings it on home”. Whether it’s recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters – James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells – at the legendary “Chessmate.” Over the years, he’s carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.

Brian Maes is a graduate of Berklee College of Music Traditional Performance Classical Piano. He was the keyboardist, arranger & backing vocalist with Peter Wolf (J.Geils Band front-man) in the studio and on tour in the United States and Japan 1985-1998. He was also the keyboardist, songwriter, arranger and backing vocalist with the band “RTZ” featuring former “BOSTON’ band members, Brad Delp and Barry Goudreau. Brian composed the 1992 “RTZ” hit (#26 Billboard National Charts) “Until Your love Comes Back Around”. He was also the arranger, conductor, keyboardist and backing vocalist for numerous British Projects recorded in England and Wales.

Brian has done openers for Little Richard, Peter Wolf, KC & the Sunshine Band, Emerson Lake & Palmer. While involved with other bands, he has opened for U2, The Kinds and Aerosmith.

With Special Guest Dave Keller from Montpelier, VT. A first-class singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Keller has earned the respect of the torchbearers of blues and soul music. Now, with a coveted 2014 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nomination for Best Soul/Blues Album of the Year (for his CD Soul Changes), he is poised to take his music even further.

Legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl featured Keller’s singing and songwriting on his 2010 CD Living In The Light, which received a BMA nomination for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. The late Mighty Sam McClain, one of the deepest of the classic soul singers, mentored Keller for years. And Mississippi soul blues master Johnny Rawls calls Keller his protégé, frequently spotlighting him as part of his touring band.

Keller’s 2012 CD, Where I’m Coming From, won the Best Self-Produced CD Award at the International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN, sponsored by The Blues Foundation. It also reached #2 on B.B. King’s Bluesville (Ch. 70), XM/Sirius Radio.

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