45 Live is a lightning-in-a-bottle blowout, showcasing the larger-than-life vocal and instrumental power of the band. The group has earned five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards. Twice, the prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll selected them as Best Blues Band. With their masterful combination 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."
The band has been led since 1998 by guitarist Chris Vachon. Guitar Player says, "Vachon burns with explosive solos and a delightfully greasy sense of rhythm." Roomful of Blues has always maintained its signature sound by boasting great musicianship and a stellar horn section featuring tenor and alto saxophonist 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.
With 45 Live, Roomful of Blues has fully captured the frenetic energy and musical power of their live show. At every live Roomful performance, people can see and hear for themselves why The Chicago Sun-Times said, "This is a band on top of its game, sliding easily from big-band jazz-blues to guitar-drenched urban blues...let the party begin."
Concert information is below:
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Venue: B.B. King Blues Club
Address: 237 W. 42nd St.
City: New York, NY
Ticket price: $20-$55
*See website for detailed ticket information