Fri Sep 7 2018

7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary

111 E Sixth Street Newport, KY 41071

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Roomful of Blues, Johnny Fink and the Intrusion

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  • Roomful of Blues

    Roomful of Blues


    For nearly half a century, Roomful of Blues has been delivering its si

    gnature blend of swing, rock

    ‘n’ roll, jump, blues and R&B to euphoric audiences all over the world.

    Blues Revue


    “Roomful of Blues is a sheer joy...contagious, finger


    popping, head


    bopping grooves...the horns

    blast loud and proud...explosive and elec

    trifying.” The band has earned five Grammy Award

    nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. Twice, the



    International Critics Poll has selected them as Best Blues Band. With their

    masterful combinatio

    n of jumping, horn


    heavy blues and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great

    Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard.”


    simply says,

    “Roomful is so tight and so right.”

    To commemorate and celebrate their 45


    anniversary, the band

    hosted a three


    day party in March

    of 2013 at one of their favorite haunts, The Ocean Mist, in Matunuck, Rhode Island. The band

    blew the doors off the packed club, playing to roaring ovations each night. Happily, the

    proceedings were recorded and the resul

    ting album,

    45 Live

    , is among Roomful of Blues’

    crowning achievements. The album is a lightning






    bottle blowout, showcasing the larger




    life vocal and instrumental power of the band.

    45 Live

    , produced by bandleader/guitarist Chris Vachon, feature

    s fourteen songs (over an hour of

    music) spanning the entirety of the band’s history. The tracks were carefully chosen by Vachon,

    who included some of the group’s best known originals, like

    Dressed Up To Get Messed Up, Turn

    It On, Turn It Up,


    That’s Ri


    , as well as tunes the band had previously recorded or

    performed with blues giants Joe Turner (

    Crawdad Hole

    ), Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (


    Got To Go

    ) and Earl King (

    It All Went Down The Drain


    45 Live

    is a flawlessly blended mix of

    rocking gui

    tar, punching horns, room


    filling vocals, serious musicianship and unbridled

    creativity. The results are a non


    stop, hip


    shaking party. It’s clear why

    The New Yorker


    a Roomful concert as “thunderous performances that get feet stomping and hands c


    Roomful of Blues, according to


    magazine, “are in a class by themselves.” The band

    has been led since 1998 by Vachon, who, according to

    Guitar Player

    , “burns with explosive solos

    and a delightfully greasy sense of rhythm.” Roomful of Blu

    es has always maintained its signature

    sound through great musicianship and a stellar horn section

    featuring tenor and alto saxophonist

    (and clarinetist on

    45 Live



    ) Rich Lataille, who first joined the band in 1970.

    Lataille’s masterful playing

    can evoke either the fat


    toned, honking sax of the glory days of early

    rock or the cool elegance of big band swing jazz.

    While Roomful of Blues has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the

    world, they have never sounded fresher

    or stronger than with the current line


    up. Along with

    Vachon and Lataille, the band includes vocalist Phil Pemberton, long


    time tenor and baritone

    saxophonist Mark Earley, trumpeter Doug Woolverton, bassist John Turner, drummer Chris

    Rivelli and keyboardis

    t Rusty Scott.

    Roomful of Blues came together in Westerly, Rhode Island in the late 1960s when guitarist Duke

    Robillard and keyboardist Al Copley began exploring the swinging, jumping blues, R&B and jazz

    of the 1940s and 1950s. They added a horn section (

    including Rich Lataille) in 1970. The band’s

    ability to ignite a sedate crowd into a dancing frenzy solidified their reputation as the best “little

    big band” in New England and expanded their following into New York and Washington, D.C. In

    1974, they perfo

    rmed with Count Basie, and a few years later legendary songwriter Doc Pomus

    helped them land their first record deal. In 1977, Roomful of Blues’ self


    titled debut album on

    Island Records (reissued on Hyena Records) brought them to the attention of fans and

    critics from

    coast to coast.

    Over the years there have been more than fifty Roomful of Blues members, each bringing his or

    her own unique talent and vision to the mix. Famed alumni include guitarist Ronnie Earl, vocalist

    Lou Ann Barton, vocalist/harpist

    Curtis Salgado, saxist/vocalist Greg Piccolo and harpist/vocalist

    Sugar Ray Norcia. Recording for Rounder Records’ Bullseye Blues and Varrick labels between

    1980 and 2001, the band cut nine albums that won them international fame and major rock radio


    ay. They’ve gigged with stars ranging from bluesmen B.B. King, Otis Rush and Stevie Ray

    Vaughan to rockers Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. The band has performed in cities from coast

    to coast, and traveled abroad to 22 countries including Lebanon, Poland,

    Spain, Italy, France,

    Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia.

    In addition to their band recordings, Roomful of Blues were handpicked by legendary musicians

    like Jimmy Witherspoon, Jimmy McCracklin, Roy Brown, Joe Turner, Eddie “Cleanhead”

    Vinson and Ea

    rl King to back them on stage and on record. These stars of the 1940s and 1950s

    blues and R&B scene were the very people who created and inspired the music that Roomful still

    keeps vital and alive. Roomful recorded albums with Turner, Vinson and King durin

    g the 1980s,

    and all three recordings received Grammy nominations. The Roomful Horns backed many other

    artists as well, including rocker Pat Benatar on her 1991 album

    True Love

    , Canadian star Colin

    James on his album

    Colin James and the Little Big Band


    Stevie Ray Vaughan on his 1984

    Live At Carnegie Hall


    Since Roomful joined the Alligator Records family in 2003, their popularity has continued to

    increase. Their first Alligator CD was the Grammy



    That’s Right!

    in 2003, followed by


    ng Room Only

    in 2005,

    Raisin’ A Ruckus

    in 2008 and

    Hook, Line & Sinker

    in 2010. All

    four albums received massive amounts of critical and popular praise and kept old and new fans

    flocking to see them live.


    magazine raves, “No group has kept the spiri

    t of early rock and

    roll alive better than Roomful of Blues. The heat burns red hot...they are pure fun to listen to.

    They are one of America’s musical treasures.”


    45 Live

    , Roomful of Blues has fully captured the frenetic energy and musical power of


    live show. The band will hit the road hard once again, so people can see and hear for themselves


    The Chicago Sun



    said, “This is a band on top of its game, sliding easily from big





    blues to guitar


    drenched urban blues...let the party begin.”

  • Johnny Fink and the Intrusion

    Johnny Fink and the Intrusion


    Johnny Fink and The Intrusion used to be known as the “Best Kept Secret in the Midwest Blues Scene” among local blues and classic rock enthusiasts.

    That was until they won the 2015 Cincy Blues society band challenge....and the made the semi-finals in the 2016 IBC in Memphis Tn. They were also finalists in the 2015 CEA entertainment awards for "best blues band". Then Johnny himself won the 2016 Cincy Blues challenge in the "solo" category....and to top it all off, the band won the 2016 Dayton Ohio blues challenge.

    The band placed in the top 8 (of the world) in the 2017IBC Finals.The secret is definitely out....

    If you ever happen to ask someone who’s seen the band play, you’ll likely hear of true musicianship and one helluva good time.

    The band was formed in the winter of ’92 originally going with the name “The Blue Intrusions” with real-life guitar hero Johnny Fink pulling together a powerful 4-piece lineup of talented pro players through a diverse blues spectrum. They covered a wide range of blues, tapping the soul of the music from well know legendary blues artists. Jammin’ everything from the Allman Brothers to Buddy Guy, then swinging from Albert Collins to Lonnie Mack.

    After two years of the band performing and crowd pleasing at well known local establishments like; the Local 1207, Allyn’s Cafe, Mansion Hill, Lucille’s, Burbank’s, several popular Foley’s locations… Johnny took over the reins. He led the band into a new era as a tighter three-piece blues unit. 

    The band sports over 35 years of overall professional musical experience, and each member shares an equal passion for old school classic rock and blues. Once you hear them simply open on a song, it becomes quite obvious that the band has talent, and true professional showmanship. Every classic rock and blues enthusiast around now knows where “the real deal” offers up a great show.

    Over the years The Intrusion has evolved and changed up like any band,  which is inevitably par for the course. Fortunately and rare in the industry, the band has never experienced any dramatic road bumps or “breakups” throughout the years. No bridges were ever burned, no friends were ever lost, and they never skipped a beat. In ’05 they brought on the talented drummer Doug Moore, then in the fall of ’07 long time friend and too-cool bass guitarist Matt Newman joined. They are always around somewhere, rockin’ the scene at blues festivals, events/venues, and popular establishments throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area.

    Their original music contains true conviction and passion often missing from others in the genre. And don’t be shy about walking up too request your favorite classic rock song, or memorable blues tune – they know them all..

    Check out their upcoming gigs, then drop on by sometime too see for yourself why they are no longer called the best kept secret but rather "one of the best" in todays contemporary blues scene.

Roomful of Blues, Johnny Fink and the Intrusion

Fri Sep 7 2018 7:00 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

The Southgate House Revival - Sanctuary Newport KY
Roomful of Blues, Johnny Fink and the Intrusion
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