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)

Sponsored by:


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


$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. 


with Special Guest Liviu Pop

FREE tee shirt for the first 30 tickets purchased.


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


Further Up the Road


Wednesday, October 9 @ 7:30 pm

Doors open at 7 pm

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

(Ticketing fee included in price)


& FRIENDS with Special Guest


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)

See you on Broadway.


62 Broadway 

Norwich, CT 06360

Tel: 860.887.2789


Thursday — Saturday

 12pm to 4pm

Or by appointment


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