LACONIA — Roomful of Blues, which at 45-years-old has a distinguished history and five Grammy Award nominations, will perform a free Putnam Fund concert at Laconia High School at 7 p.m. Friday night.
The band has won seven Blues Music Awards, including one for Blues Band of the Year in 2005, and twice have won the DownBeat International Critics Poll as the Best Blue Band.
Attendees will be seated on a first come, first served basis.
New England's Roomful of Blues, based in Rhode Island, have celebrated the jump blues, R&B and early rock 'n' roll music of the horn-powered golden era of the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Roomful don't simply recreate the famous and obscure 78s and 45s of those years. Inspired by the spirit of the groundbreaking bands of the post-World War II decade, they've breathed new life into vintage songs, infusing them with boundless energy and fiery, swinging solos and vocals.
Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. In 2010, singer Phil Pemberton took over the vocal duties, bringing his sweet and soulful vocals and adding another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump-blues musical roots.
Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with new members, bassist John Turner, trumpeter Doug Woolverton, drummer Chris Rivelli, and keyboardist Rusty Scott, and longtime members baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley, tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille.
As leader of his own bands for the last 20 years, Massachusetts native Phil Pemberton has found himself playing to intimate clubs all the way to large festivals, throughout the U.S., England, France and Canada. In addition, The Philip Pemberton Band was also the 1st Western band to play in the former capital of China, Xi'an on a two week tour broadcast to half a billion people throughout Asia.
Chris Vachon, guitarist, is a true multi-talent. His prowess as a guitar slinger is well documented, and his strengths as a producer and songwriter grow from album to album. He produced the band's six most recent albums — There Goes the Neighborhood (1998), Watch You When You Go (2001), Live at Wolf Trap (2002) the Grammy nominated That's Right! (2003), and Standing Room Only (2004) and Raisin' A Ruckus (2008) after co-producing all of Roomful's other albums recorded in the '90s. Chris' songs — such as "Turn It On! Turn It Up!," "Running Out of Time," "She'll Be So Fine," "Blue, Blue World," and "Dynamite", have become firm favorites, bringing many new fans into the Roomful fold.
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Roomful of Blues will perform at Laconia High School Friday night. (Courtesy photo)