Saturday, June 18, 2022, 8:00 pm until 10:30 pm
Doors 7:00pm/ Show 8:00pm $20 ADV / $27 DOORS
#GETTOTHESHEA on Saturday, June 18th 2022 for a performance by award-winning blues artist James Montgomery and his band with special guest “dark Americana” duo Muddy Ruckus at the Shea Theater Arts Center in Turners Falls
The Shea Presents:
James Montgomery Blues Band with special guests Muddy Ruckus
WHEN: Saturday, June 18th 2022 at 8pm
WHERE: Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA
TICKETS: $20 in advance/ $27 at the door
The Shea Theater is pleased to present an evening of music with legendary blues artist James Montgomery with special guests Muddy Ruckus on Saturday, June 18th.
ABOUT JAMES MONTGOMERY
"While attending Boston University, where he earned a degree in English literature, Mr. Montgomery started the James Montgomery Band. During his junior year, he was hired by the Colwell-Winfield Blues Band to play harmonica and tour with Janis Joplin. By the time he graduated from college his band was on the cover of the Boston Phoenix, heralded along with J. Geils and Aerosmith as the city's great contributions to the music world. Though he said he loved the academic life when offered a $15,000 job at BU, Mr. Montgomery took a $250,000 offer to record records and tour with the Allman Brothers instead, and never looked back." ~Pamela Marean, Standard-Times correspondent, September 6, 2007
In 1970 Montgomery formed The James Montgomery Band. His harmonica playing, singing and energetic stage show led to his band gaining a reputation as one of the hottest bands on the New England music scene. James Montgomery was signed by Capricorn Records to a multi-album deal and released his first vinyl LP album titled The James Montgomery Band – First Time Out in 1973. The original LP recordings were remastered and released as a CD in October 20, 1998 by Capricorn / Umgd. Track 9 off his first album titled "Train" was a fan favorite and became the Number 1 song on WBCN, The Rock of Boston. They played it every day at noon-time for over a year. In 2011, Montgomery brought "Train" back as a surprise encore at shows.
Montgomery has toured with many artists, including Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, The Steve Miller Band, The Johnny Winter Band, The Blues Brothers with (Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) and others.
ABOUT MUDDY RUCKUS
Muddy Ruckus is a duo of “darkly inventive americana” according to the New York Music Daily. Guitarist Ryan Flaherty and drummer Erika Stahl of Portland, Maine play a grungy style of railroad indie punk blues. This stripped-down power-duo blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit, and is known for a full rock band sound.
ABOUT THE SHEA THEATER
The Shea provides performance space for a variety of attractions designed to appeal to the widest range of tastes. Musical offerings include folk, pop, rock, swing, jazz, country and traditional. Theatrical productions encompass musical comedy, drama, comedy, and political satire. In addition, audiences can take advantage of magic shows, children's shows and silent film revivals.
The Shea, with the help of a wonderful corps of volunteers, has been attracting a growing audience and as a result is bringing people into Turners Falls from an ever larger geographical area. This growth has put the Shea on a firmer financial footing, providing the basis for expectations of an even more exciting future for this vital community asset.
THE SHEA’S COVID POLICY
The Shea Theater Arts Center is committed to providing a safe environment for artists, patrons, guests and staff. Patrons must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 5 days of show date. Additionally, the Shea requires that patrons wear masks indoors at all times unless they are eating or drinking concessions. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we reopen as safely as possible.
$20 adv/$25 day of show
Posted to: Upcoming Events at the Shea.
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