February 23, 2018



DOORS: 6:00PM        SHOW: 7:30        AGES: 13+

Join us for an all-star night of blues with Sugar Ray Norcia (Bluetones), Jerry Portnoy (Muddy Waters/Eric Clapton), Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters), Jason Ricci and Mr. Nick & The Dirty Tricks.


Singer and harp man Sugar Ray Norcia's career kicked into high gear in 1979 when he formed the original Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guitar giant Ronnie Earl, and it's stayed there ever since. Norcia has appeared on nearly 50 albums including discs with the Bluetones, Earl, Otis Grand, Ann Peebles, Michelle Willson, Sax Gordon, Duke Robillard, and his 1999's Best Traditional Blues Grammy nominated collaboration with fellow harmonica virtuosos James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite and Billy Branch called Superharps.   In the 90's Norcia spent seven high-profile years with the legendary Roomful of Blues. He cut five albums with the group including 1996's Turn It On, Turn It Up, which also received a Best Traditional Blues Grammy nod.   Since he teamed up with up and coming guitar phenom "Monster" Mike Welch, many fans and critics alike think they are at the top of their game.

During a career that includes six years as a member of the fabled Muddy Waters Blues Band, another six as leader of the Legendary Blues Band, four years at the head of his own band The Streamliners, and another four as a featured member of the Eric Clapton Band, his touring schedule has carried him to every state in the union and twenty-eight foreign countries on six continents, with performances at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, the Smithsonian, London's Royal Albert Hall, and at major jazz festivals worldwide. Jerry Portnoy has played on several Grammy Award-winning albums while recording with a wide variety of artists, and was a Grammy Award nominee in 1997 for his work with the Muddy Waters Tribute Band.

The musical pairing of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines has been likened to a match made in Blues Heaven, following in the footsteps of virtuosic duos like Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters and Little Walter, and Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy. They have recorded 6 albums together, including "Moving To The Country", the W.C. Handy Award Winner for Acoustic Blues Album of the Year, and received multiple nominations for Blues Music Awards. Touring internationally, playing festivals and concerts and teaching workshops, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines have built up a reputation for serving up real music with real feeling, both on their recordings and their unforgettable live shows.

Big Bill Morganfiel is the son of McKinley Morganfield (Muddy Waters) and has emerged in the past few years as one of the top blues talents in America. Bill has played all over the world in the past 15 years, bringing pure joy to those who have had the pleasure of seeing one of his live performances. Big Bill's story is simply a great success story. Many have dreams, but so few have what it takes to make that dream a reality. He came from poverty and the odds were not in his favor. But, hard work, burning desire, perseverance, and strong religious convictions gave him the strength and focus needed to fulfill his dreams.

Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. Listed in almost every top ten list of players on the internet today Jason Ricci is a polarizing force always in the spot light and on the tips of critics, artists and fans tongue’s everywhere. Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recordings and the internet Jason Ricci’s style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire younger generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear, and even stage presence. Nick named “Moon Cat” (a street name he once used in Nashville and New Orleans to avoid police detection) Jason has been an almost constant force for decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press. Love him or hate him, through performing, singing, song writing, teaching, harmonica playing and activism in the fields of L.G.B.T., mental health and addiction, it is not an overstatement that this young, white, queer, skateboarding, punk rock loving, multiple convicted felony having Moon Cat from Maine is currently changing the world through music and education.

Nick David's harmonica playing has a swagger or maybe it's a swing, or a little extra hip-shake, just like the grooves generated by the powerhouse band he's formed with four other kingpins of the New England blues scene: Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks.  Mr. Nick & the Dirty Tricks unites veteran musicians Nick David (a.k.a. Mr. Nick), "Lonely" Gus Carlson, Teddy B. (Bukowski) and Rick Rousseau for one of the region's most formidable live outfits in any genre. Over the course of their seven year history the Blues Mafia won the Boston Blues Challenge and was awarded the title of Boston's Best Blues Band

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