TICKETS: Adults: $16

Senior, Military, Student: $15

NAC Member: $14

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ROBERTO “Rob Mo” MORBIOLI

The award-winning Italian blues phenomenon Roberto “Rob Mo” Morbioli is back for an encore Blues on Broadway performance. It has been said of him:

“Rob is one of the most technically gifted, soulful, and incendiary guitar players on the US and European blues circuits. The blues flows so naturally for Roberto Morbioli, and his guitar playing and vocals are so polished, he sounds as if he grew up closer to Chicago than Verona, Italy.”   Boston Herald

 

“While Morbioli unleashes his hellhounds in front of the stage, you hear all kinds of funk, soul, shuffle, swamp, second line and everything that’s an unabashed, relentless feast for the ears, and other senses.”  Antoine Le’gat (Banana Peel)

 

As founder and frontman of the renowned European blues band Morblus for more than a quarter-century, Rob has played the biggest and best Blues Festivals throughout Europe. Every note comes straight from his heart. His playing is so infectious that you’re caught up in it before you realize what’s happening.

 

The last two of Rob’s CDs (Acoustic Me 2017 and From Scratch 2018) were Akademia Award Winners for Best Blues Album.

 

Morbioli’s guitar play has been likened to a young Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Truth be known, this gifted singer/guitarist has a style all his own that will excite and delight you. As the line of one of the many songs he has written states, “I let my six strings do my talking” and talking they do…oh, so beautifully. He’ll have you wanting more and more.

I'm in the Blues at Don O'Dells

Ain't Nobody's Business at Don O'Dells

Black River Boogie at Bull Run

I'll Play the Blues For You  at the Ocean Mist

Wednesday, March 11 @ 7:30 pm

Doors open at 7 pm

$25; $23 Seniors/Military/Student; $20 Members

(Ticketing fee included in price)

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THE CHRIS O'LEARY BAND

Chris O'Leary, the former lead singer and frontman for rock and roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award winner Levon Helm’s band, The Barnburners, now fronts his own band as lead singer and harpist.

 

Chris has appeared on stage with legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Albert Lee, and master harpist James Cotton to name a few. In addition, Chris has recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin and others. O’Leary’s electrifying harp play and intense, powerful bluesy voice will blow you away.

 

Expect him to share vocals with his bandmates who are amazing singers in their own right. Lead guitarist Chris Vitarello has toured the world, performing and recording with, not only COB, but legendary keyboardist Bruce Katz (for over a decade); Vanessa Collier; and Jimmy McGriff. Beside COB, keyboard sensation Jeremy Baum has toured and/or recorded with Levon Helm, Shemekia Copeland, and Murali Coryell to name a few. Rounding out the band on drums is perhaps the finest drummer in the Northeast, Liviu Pop. Liviu has performed with Matt Schofield, Bruce Katz, Studebaker John, and Lucky Peterson to name some. 

 

This powerhouse blues band boasts several Blues Hall of Famers.

Louisiana Woman

Give It (Performed at Bethel Woods

19 Cents A Day

Wednesday, January 8 @ 7:30 pm

Doors open at 7 pm

$25; $23 Seniors/Military/Student; $20 Members

(Ticketing fee included in price)

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YOU'RE FIRED

A Musical History of the Trump Years

A Rock Opera

Concept, Book, Music & Lyrics by John M. Waller

 

Norwich Arts Center presents  You're Fired!: A Musical History of the Trump Years a new Rock Opera by Mystic resident, John M. Waller. Featuring numbers like "I'm the Only One", "No Collusion, No Collusion" and "You're Fired" (Trump), "I Want You to Love Me, But I Know That You Don't" (Hillary), "We Are the Resistance" (Chorus of Americans) and "The Million Dollar Blues" (Stormy Daniels) - this hilarious musical recounts the first four years of Donald Trump's turbulent times.

 

Concept, Book, Music & Lyrics by John M. Waller

Friday & Saturday, January 10 & 11

7:30 pm

Tickets:

$16 Adults

$15 Seniors/Military/Student;

$14 Members

Blues Hall of Fame inductee Bruce Katz won the Blues Foundation 2019 Blues Music Award for Best Acoustic Album, “Journeys to the Heart of the Blues.” His latest album “Solo Ride” was released August 2019. In addition to his 2013 Hall of Fame induction, Bruce is a five-time nominee for the Blues Foundation’s W.C. Handy Award for “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year.”

 

A member of the Greg Allman Band from 2007-2013 and both Bruce Truck’s bands (Freight Train and Les Brers) as well accompanying artists from Big Mama Thornton to Maria Muldaur and appearing on over 70 albums Bruce has fronted his own band for decades.

 

While firmly anchored in the blues, Katz brings a variety of other influences and angles to his music, creating a sound where blues, “soul-jazz,” jam-band rock, and all aspects of Americana Music collide in a style all his own.

 

“This man is as good as it gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I’ve ever heard.” John Hammond

 

“Now that’s a piano player.” Pinetop Perkins

 

“He can play jazz, blues, Bach, anything. Man, he’s a heavy!”  Gregg Allman

 

“His sound resembles what would happen had a jam session broken out between Jimi Hendrix, Professor Longhair, and Frank Zappa.” Toledo City Paper

 

This is the concert you will be talking about for years to come. You don’t want to miss it!!

Freight Train   In Memory of Bruce Trucks

Wasn't My Time

In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

WaterMelon Thump

A pair of center stage floor tickets to the November 15 Buddy Guy concert at the Garde will be drawn from the audience.

Wednesday, November 13 @ 7:30 pm

Doors open at 7 pm

$25; $23 Seniors/Military/Student; $20 Members

(Ticketing fee included in price)

Blues on Broadway - December 2019

 

Blues on Broadway will take a hiatus for the holiday month of December but will be back January 8, 2020 serving up the blues on the second Wednesday of every month in 2020 and beyond. As always the Norwich Arts Center will bring to the stage of the Donald L. Oat Theater for your enjoyment some of the finest national and international blues artists performing today. 

THE BRUCE KATZ BANd

with Special Guest Liviu Pop

FREE tee shirt for the first 30 tickets purchased.

SONYA RAE TAYLOR BAND

2019 New England Music Awards nominee for Best Blues Act

Sonya Rae Taylor is one of a new breed of blues-rock and soul musicians exploring ways to energize and make the form their own. From the moment she takes the stage her dazzling, jaw-dropping musical talent will mesmerize you. Sonya’s soaring vocals and scorching guitar work backed by her husband (sorry guys) guitar phenom Ryan Taylor and a tight rhythm section will excite and delight you. She has been likened to a “fiery female combination of Warren Haynes, Bonnie Raitt, and Amy Winehouse.”

 

Boston native Sonya Rae and her husband Ryan have logged miles upon miles touring and when off the road spent their early years together in Austin, Texas soaking up all that scene had to offer. While there the Taylors’ guitar playing was featured on Austin’s queen of soul Tameca Jones’ live album.

 

They have worked with or shared the stage with Gary Clark Jr, John Popper of Blues Traveler, and Derrico Watson of the Victor Wooten Band to name a few.

 

It was in Austin where Sonya began to find her own voice, developing her songwriting technique. Two Nashville publishers noticed and appreciated her savvy song-craft and quickly signed her to BMC Chrysalis and 3-Ring Circus Publishing. It was off to Nashville for her and Ryan. As a staff songwriter, she continued writing and recording songs that were pitched to country music’s top artists.

 

Now back on the east coast, based out of Boston, she fronts her own band. And lucky for you…you’re about to have a foot-stomping good time.

End of Your Rope

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1350sisSkg

Fire

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8HUj5yWePo

Further Up the Road

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2e4bYXyQlw

 

Wednesday, October 9 @ 7:30 pm

Doors open at 7 pm

$25; $23 seniors/military/student; $20 members

(Ticketing fee included in price)

LIVIU POP

& FRIENDS with Special Guest

MATT SCHOFIELD

LIVIU POP    A drummer’s drummer, a musician’s musician, this talented versatile drummer with magic in his hands and fire in his soul can and does play a wide variety of genres including blues, soul, funk, jazz, electronic, and experimental. Some have called him the hardest working drummer around. Liviu’s ability to play so many genres so well keeps him very busy and very much in demand whether performing live or in the recording studio.

 

One of the finest session drummers in the Northeast and arguably one of the best in the country, Liviu Pop plays and has played all over the region, much of New England, the United States, and still returns to Europe 3-4 times a year.

 

Liviu Pop has performed with a virtual who’s who of blues artists including Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay, Lucky Peterson, Debbie Davies, Lil’ Dave Thompson, Toni Lynn Washington, Chris Tofield, Ruben Wilson, Bruce Katz, Mighty Sam McClain, Murali Coryell, Studebaker John, Slam Allen, and Kal David to name some. He was inducted into the CT Blues Hall of Fame in 2018.

 

Whether laying back and holding a tight rhythm section together or breaking out into one of his lightening quick drum solos you’ll be mesmerized by a Liviu Pop performance. 

 

MATT SCHOFIELD    Born in Manchester, England and now based in the United States, Matt Schofield’s early influences were B.B. King, Albert Collins, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Schofield has fronted his own band for nearly 20 years. He is rated among the top ten British blues guitarists of all time by Guitar and Bass Magazine. 

Matt is noted in the Penguin Book of Blues Recordings as being one of only two living British artists to gain the maximum four-star rating. Some say that he is the best guitarist to come along in decades. 

 

Quite frankly, Matt is in a league all his own. There is something majestic in Matt’s ability to get his guitar sound to flow smoothly and melodiously from his fingers to your ears in a way only he can. 

Wednesday, September 11 @ 7:30 pm

Doors open at 7 pm

$25; $23 seniors/military/student; $20 members

(Ticketing fee included in price)

Sponsored by:

JUNIOR MACK

Self-taught at the age of nine Junior Mack’s soulful style is rooted in gospel and blues. His vocal influences have been The Soul Stirrers with Sam Cooke and Paul Foster, plus The Sensational Nightingales with Reverend Julius Cheeks early on with a later influence being Gregg Allman. 

 

Mack’s guitar playing has been influenced by the likes of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. He has worked or shared the stage with a virtual who’s who of contemporary blues including, The Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Government Mule, Joe Louis Walker, Lucky Peterson, and the late David Honeyboy Edwards. 

 

If you venture to the Village and the world-renowned blues club Terra Blues, you’re bound to see Mack as he has a long-standing regular gig there. And for nearly fifteen years he has been lead vocalist and guitarist for the Jaimoe Jasssz Band.

 

In honor of Black History Month you can expect Junior Mack to not only play contemporary blues in his usual energetic style but to breakout his acoustic guitar to bring us back to the roots of blues as it was.

Rainy Night in Georgia

I Believe I've Got to Make a Change

Wednesday, February 12 @ 7:30 pm

Doors open at 7 pm

$25; $23 Seniors/Military/Student; $20 Members

(Ticketing fee included in price)

See you on Broadway.

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Norwich, CT 06360

Tel: 860.887.2789

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