Grammy Award-winning and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame band Steely Dan, led by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout their legendary music career. Steely Dan’s unique blend of funk, R&B, and pop has produced an infectious sound and unforgettable lyrics since their formation in 1972. Steely Dan’s debut album Can’t Buy A Thrill garnered now classic hits “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ in the Years.” They continued through the 1970s to help define a generation of music releasing seven platinum-selling albums with hit after hit including: “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “F.M.,” “Peg,” and “Babylon Sisters.” Their 2000 album Two Against Nature won four Grammy awards including Album of the Year.
Alabama Shakes has recently become one of the most celebrated live acts in the world. Their second album Sound & Color, won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2016 along with two additional Grammys for the album’s first single, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” in the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories. Sound & Color, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, appeared on many critics’ best-of-2015 lists, including The New York Times, NPR Music, Associated Press and Rolling Stone, which called it “one of the year’s most daring interstellar groove journeys.” Comprised of lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Steve Johnson, and touring keyboard players Ben Tanner and Paul Horton. Billboard named Howard as the 2015 Women in Music “Powerhouse” artist.
Legendary New Orleans ensemble Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) just announced the release of a new studio album, So It Is, for April 21. The album features the single “Santiago” inspired by a 2015 trip to Cuba. The Los Angeles Times says of the song: “The result is a marriage of the infectious street parade rhythms endemic of New Orleans bands and the vibrant dance pulse at the heart of much Cuban music.” Preservation Hall celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 and is now led by Ben Jaffe, son of PHJB co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Originally founded to promote the New Orleans jazz sound, PHJB has expanded on that tradition and continues to tour the world.
Carolyn Wonderland is a musical force described as having the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar skills of Stevie Ray Vaughan. She comes from the Texas blues tradition and has become known for her unmatched presence and performances on stage. Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland even throws in a whistling solo on occasion. Her breakthrough album release was 2008’s Miss Understood. Wonderland’s album quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Blues chart and her live shows left a trail of screaming fans in its wake.
Rang-A-Boom is a tightly woven blanket of funk/blues and soul-jazz designed to wrap you up in groove. After one time with this line-up, you will hear why their schedule is rapidly filling up, and why this backwards “boom-a-rang” keeps goin’ and goin’ and goin’…For over two decades, saxophonist Shane Kirsch (co-director of the instrumental music program at The Brunswick Upper School) has graced the stage with many national and local artists including George Clinton, Michael Franti, Perfect Thyroid, The Fuzzy Flow and Belizbeha. His most recent project, Rang-A-Boom, is a funky collaboration with some of the grooviest road warriors of the area. They have already shared the bill with P-Funk, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Phil Lesh, Hall and Oates, and John Fogerty. Rounding out the band: Chris Vitarello and New York Blues Hall of Famer, Petey Hop, on guitars, Jeff Pettit on alto sax, Anthony Candullo on bass, Chris Burke on organ, Erik Perez on drums, and Christine Tambakis (John Oates, Kung Fu, Bernard Purdie) and her powerhouse pipes!