Regattabar was a Roomful of Blues!
I had not seen Roomful of Blues in about twenty years, and even though the members of the band have changed in that time, the band’s roots are the same. Their recent appearance at Regattabar showed that they continue to be worth seeing.
What a history Roomful of Blues has! Founded 48 years ago, this Rhode Island based band plays horns-heavy Chicago blues with swing and Cajun mixed in for good measure.
The band’s current lineup is Rich Lataille on alto and tenor saxophones, Chris Vachon on guitar, Phil Pemberton on vocals, John Turner on bass, Chris Rivelli on drums, Doug Woolverton on trumpet, Mark Earley on baritone and tenor saxophones, and Rusty Scott on keys.
Every member of this band is quite talented, but I was especially impressed with the horns section. Rich (alto and tenor saxes) is the only remaining original band member. Whether playing together or taking solos, the audience showed their appreciation throughout the show.
A couple of New Orleans funk songs made it onto the set list, including ‘Jambalaya’ which is always a crowd-pleaser.
This show may have been a bit lower energy than their typical show; Phil mentioned that five of them were sick (he apologized in advance if he spit a cough drop into the crowd – which he did not do) and that, combined with the snow fatigue many of us are feeling, was most likely the cause. Still, people were dancing at the back of the room where they weren’t blocking anybody’s view of the stage. And I enjoyed it regardless.
Ticket courtesy of Regattabar; all opinions are my own.
Posted on February 9, 2015, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged boston, Chicago blues, Chris Rivelli, Chris Vachon, concert review, Doug Woolverton, horns section, John Turner, Mark Earley, Phil Pemberton, Regattabar, Rich Lataille, Roomful of Blues, Rusty Scott. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.