Shea Presents:FAT Featuring Mitch Chakour and Scott Murawski

Shea Presents:FAT Featuring Mitch Chakour and Scott Murawski

Friday, September 16, 2022, 8:00 pm until 10:00 pm
Tickets $20.00 ADVANCE/ $26.00 DOORS.

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#GETTOTHESHEA on Friday, September 16th for a full night of the legendary Western Mass band FAT with special guests Mitch Chakour (Joe Cocker, Tedeschi Trucks Band) and Scott Murawski of Max Creek at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls MA.

The Shea Presents:

FAT featuring Mitch Chakour and Scott Murawski

WHEN: Friday, September 16th 2022 at 8pm

WHERE: Shea Theater Arts Center, 71 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA

TICKETS: $20 in advance/ $26 at the door

The Shea Theater is pleased to present FAT, a legend in the Northeast music scene since 1968 on Friday, September 16th. They’ll be joined by Mitch Chakour and Scott Murawski of Max Creek. It’s going to be a night of Western New England royalty- don’t miss it!

Accessibility Notice: Our theater and first-floor gender-neutral restroom are wheelchair accessible. There will be alcohol on-site for this event.


Peter Newland founded the rock band FAT in 1968. A Northeast favorite, FAT has played with Grand Funk Railroad, Little Richard, Bonnie and Delaney, Freddie King, Muddy Waters and Robin Trower. With the success of their debut, self-titled RCA album, “FAT,” the boys performed several times alongside the original Allman Brothers with Duane Allman and Barry Oakley.

Subsequent to their debut album release by RCA in 1970, the group performed at Madison Square Garden, The Capitol Theatres and the Strawberry Fields Festival, to name a few. The band also formed an Indie label, Dream Merchant Records, and produced their second album, Footloose.

Working with producers Mick Ronson (David Bowie, Bob Dylan) and Murray Krugman (Blue Oyster Cult) FAT recorded their final album for Atlantic Records with producer Felix Pappalardi (Cream, Mountain) at Criteria Studios in Miami and were personally signed to the Atlantic label by record-industry legend, Ahmet Ertegun.


Mitch Chakour is a keyboardist, guitarist, vocalist, song-writer and arranger who is a musicians’ musician. You may have recently seen him sit in on keyboards with the Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Green River Festival and Red Rocks in Colorado...or with Warren Haynes at the Calvin Theater. Mitch was Joe Cocker’s music director, keyboardist and vocalist in the 70’s and 80’s. He has toured with The J. Geils Band singing with Peter Wolf, opening the House of Blues and performing at Fenway Park in Boston along with Aerosmith. He played in the house band for Joe’s Place in Boston early in his career, where he played with the best of the blues: Howling Wolf, Big Momma Thornton, Hubert Sumlin, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Freddie King and many other blues’ greats. He has a diverse resume that includes dates with B.B. King, James Brown, Bonnie Raitt, Chuck Berry, Buddy Miles, Matt Guitar Murphy, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Peter Wolf and he also is a member of Shaboo Allstars, whose members have played with Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner and other well-known artists and bands. Mitch’s Mission Band was an acclaimed regional band for many years.

Recently he has arranged songs and performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and the Massachusetts Symphony. Other musical endeavors include house band for the television show, Community Auditions, music director for Majestic Theater, New Century Theater and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School. He has composed music for Omni Music for television and radio. He has supported the musicianship and aspirations of many young musicians, who have gone on to successful careers in music.


Scott Murawski is a multi-instrumentalist best known for being the guitarist of venerable jam band Max Creek. Max Creek formed in 1971. In 1972, founding member Dave Reed invited one of his music students, 15-year-old Scott Murawski, to sit in with the band. Eventually, Dave left the band to pursue country rock and acoustic ragtime music, cementing Murawski as the band's permanent lead guitarist.

Murawski is a long-time collaborator and member of Phish bassist Mike Gordon's solo band, and BK3, a trio led by Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann.

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