When blues legend James Montgomery plays the harmonica, he "brings it on home". Whether it's recording with Kid Rock, sitting in with Gregg Allman, or fronting his hot band of thirty years, Montgomery plays with authority. While growing up in Detroit he learned first-hand from the masters - James Cotton, John Lee Hooker, and Jr. Wells - at the legendary "Chessmate." Over the years, he's carried on in the tradition and continues to be a vital presence in Blues as one of the most dynamic performers on the scene.
In 1970, while attending Boston University, Montgomery formed the James Montgomery Band. His inimitable harmonica playing combined with his incredibly energetic live shows led to the band's quick ascension on the New England music scene. Within two years, the James Montgomery band was among the hottest acts in Boston along with J. Geils and Aerosmith, and they were quickly signed to a multi-album deal with Capricorn Records.
Since that time, James has recorded six albums. Montgomery has toured with many major artists, including Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, the Allman Brothers, Steve Miller and others. He has jammed on stage with B.B.King, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Jr. Wells, James Cotton, Charlie Daniels, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman, Laverne Baker, Patti LaBelle, and Peter Wolf among others, including an impromptu session with Mick Jagger at New York's "Trax".
Michael started playing guitar at the age of 10. By 11, he was playing with local bands at venues around town. His ability to play blues, jazz, rock and country had many musicians asking for him to sit in. At age 13, while attending a Buddy Guy concert, he was asked by Buddy to “come on up”. He jumped at the opportunity and, according to Portland radio station WBLM, “blew the roof off the place”. Today Michael plays regularly throughout southern Maine, has played in the Boston area, and is always looking to expand on his musical journey. Inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughn, BB King, Warren Haynes, Guthrie Govan, Larry Carlton, his music is complex, but soulful. With vocals coming along, there is no limit to where he might go.
7pm doors – 8pm show | $30 adv. – $35 day of