Supporting Maine Musicians that perform Blues, Roots, Swamp Rock, Funk, Jazz, Americana, Bluegrass & Rockabilly.

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Jun
4
Sat
2022
The Old Blues Kats open for James Montgomery $30-240 @ Somerset Abbey Uptown Room
Jun 4 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Contact
(207) 696-5800
Website
VenueSomerset Abbey Uptown Room
Address98 Main St.,Madison Maine 04950
NotesBlues Legend James Montgomery will be taking the Somerset Abbey Summer Stage for a night of Kick butt blues! This is a Saturday night show! Gates open at 5:30, Old Blues Cats take the stage at 6pm and James Montgomery will take the stage at 7pm. VIP Tickets sold by the table. Single seat tickets are just a chair, no tables and no waitstaff. Full bar and great homemade small meals and appetizers available. Tickets will be held until the night of the show in Will Call. Parking is on street and public parking behind Reny's.
Jun
5
Sun
2022
Dos Diablos, Tommy O’Connell & Andy Buckland open for James Montgomery $30-up @ Somerset Abbey
Jun 5 @ 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Contact
207-696-5800
VenueSomerset Abbey
Address98 Main St.,​ Madison Maine 04950
NotesJune 5th, Blues Legend James Montgomery will be taking the Somerset Abbey Summer Stage for a Sunday Matinee! Gates open at 1pm. Maine's own Dos Diablos, Tommy O'Connell and Andy Buckland from the band, Juke Joint Devils will be warming up the stage for Mr. Montgomery at 3pm and James will rock the house. Gonna be a night full of Kick A$$ Blues! Full bar and great homemade small meals and appetizers available. This is a limited attendance show, so do not hesitate to order your tickets. For James Montgomery his music career all started while growing up on the streets of Detroit, learning the Blues firsthand from James Cotton, John Lee Hooker and Jr. Wells. Montgomery is best known as the lead singer, blues harp player, front man and bandleader of The James Montgomery Blues Band (a.k.a. The James Montgomery Band). Montgomery collaborates with many star performers and recording artists, but we will get to that.. 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." by 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. 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. James Montgomery has performed on stage with a long list of musicians including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Tyler just to name a very few because the list IS LONG. Montgomery recalls the night he played with Muddy Waters at Paul's Mall in Boston, Massachusetts. "I couldn't believe it. Here I was on stage with Muddy Waters," Montgomery recalls with a smile. "It was such a great feeling." James had his own syndicated radio show for five years called "Backstage With the Blues" The show combined great Blues songs along with the stories behind the music, told by the musicians themselves, it provided a bridge between the listeners and the artists as they reminisced about the history of their music.
Aug
6
Sat
2022
Blues Prophets $20-up @ Somerset Abbey
Aug 6 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Contact
207-696-5800
VenueSomerset Abbey
Address​98 Main St PO BOX 9 ​ Madison Maine 04950
NotesCome hear these local blues masters exhibit their devotion to this cornerstone of American Music. The Blues Prophets began as “The New England Blues Prophets” rehearsing in the basement of a house in Norridgewock, ME back in 1976. Even as teenagers, the Blues Prophets became lifelong disciples of the music, playing in the funkier clubs in the area like the Chez Paree, Emma's Hotel Lounge and the Manoir Hotel under an assortment of band names, gleaning skills from the older musicians who were already established in the club circuit. Live music was everywhere in those years and to the band’s surprise; patrons embraced the idea and sound of a band that played the blues and nothing else. The Prophets were many local Maine music patrons’ first introduction to the blues. The Blues Prophets traveled to the four corners of Chicago, many stages in New Orleans, Boston and throughout Maine/New England honing their craft. During those travels the band met and performed with scores of the living blues heroes of the day like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Professor Longhair, KoKo Taylor, Jimmy Johnson , Otis Rush, and many more. During the 70's and 80's, the band became an institution on the club scene in Maine and inspired other musicians to turn their attention to the blues, working the gritty Chicago style and other derivative sounds into their own bands. Certain clubs in Maine were even denoted as “blues clubs” since they hired not only local blues acts, but national touring blues acts. Many blues veterans on the road were delighted to learn that clubs like the Cellar Door in Auburn, Benjamin’s in Bangor and an out of the way place in Monroe called The Red Barn were great stopovers, complete with blues thirsty crowds, allowing them to make a little more money on the way to their next destination point in the tour. Songwriter Larry John McNally wrote an article about the Blues Prophets for a local music publication in the mid 1970's; "This is good time music for dancing and having fun, not crying in your beer. Quint Davis, famed promoter for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival was quoted as saying in advance of the 1979 Festival, "A great young blues band from, Maine? I have to have them at the festival". Doug Wainoris, guitar/vocals. DW Gill, harmonica/vocals. Jeffrey Davison, drums/vocals. Jamie Isaacson, piano. Jack Tukey, bass guitar.

Blues Prophets