Monday, November 23, 2015

Funk Fest is Back - Beverly Music Bonanza is Bigger and Better!

Sharing this press release from Seth McNally at M.E. Productions about the hottest, hippest night of music this year. Get your tickets to the 2nd Annual Beverly Funk and Blues Festival and dance off that Thanksgiving Turkey with some groovy music guaranteed to make you "shake everything you got".  The lineup includes some of my very favorite people, both on
and off stage, folks like John Iltis, Brandon Tarricone, Henley Douglas, Jr.,and Dennis Monagle who are some of the coolest cats I know. Most of these guys play in several bands, so even if you don't know them by name, you have probably heard them rock out nasty good music in local bands like Krewe de Groove, Safe Ty, GrooveTherapy,The Peter Fedele Trio and so many more. The event is sponsored by Salem Jazz and Soul Festival .

The show is on Saturday, November 28th at the Historic Cabot Theater in Beverly,MA formerly the home of Le Grand David Magic Show, and now reborn as a nonprofit entertainment complex.  DUDE - if it's anything like last year, which was JAM PACKED with tunes, I'd HIT THIS LINK NOW for tickets. 

Here's the 411, plus some video links to some of the musicians. Give a look and listen, and then get your seat. This is big...

Last year's Funk Fest was off the hook, so we decided to make it an annual show!  We brought together the best musicians & coolest cats in Boston's Funk scene for a Monster show; Barrence Whitfield, HDRnB w/ Phunky guests, & Qwill...

Beverly's own local hero and international icon, BARRENCE WHITFIELD is putting together a rockin' set with The Grits & Groceries Orchestra. Winner of seven Boston music awards, Barrence is a full-throttle soul screamer in the spirit of Little Richard, Wilson Pickett and Solomon Burke.  He has been described as the owner of one incredible pair of lungs, with limitless energy and unmatched enthusiasm for his music and his audience. For the better part of two decades, Whitfield has sustained that energy, bringing his yowling brand of classic and roots rock ’n’ roll from New England’s working-class stages to the summer festivals of Europe and Japan with a rotating cast of backing musicians.

Barrence also performs regularly with local greats the Grits & Groceries Orchestra who recently performed a New England tour with George Thorogood and the Destroyers. The Grits and Groceries Orchestra consists of Robert Lyons (Tenor sax), Charlie O’neal (guitar), John Anthony (Bass) and Kemp Dunn (Drums).
HENLEY DOUGLAS RnB returns this year with very phunky guests Sarah Seminski (of The Nephrok! All Stars & Sarah and the Wild Versatile), Garret Savluk (Boston Horns), & Yahuba Torres (formerly Ryan Montbleau band). They blew the roof off the house last year with a super high energy set, and we expect nothing less this year.

QWILL aka Jesse Ciarmataro: Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer currently based in Salem. He is putting together a live band that will open the night with music that fuses a wide spectrum of influences from Soul, Modern Jazz, Hip Hop, Roots, and Rock.


1 comment:

  1. I love this place. I had an event here back in May last year and I felt like it was a perfect day for us! The venue Houston provides you with an event Specialist as part of your package which is extremely helpful. Plus all of us dressed up only added to the entire ambience.