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Cotton / Kramer / Montgomery
Academy of Music , Nothampton, Massachusetts
Saturday, September 13, 2008, 7 PM
doors open at 6:30
This is a show you’re guaranteed to remember.

Ticket prices are
$25.00 - Regular Seating / $35.00 - VIP Seating
$150.00 - Meet & Greet the Band & VIP Seating

Academy of Musicdirections

Tickets available at the the boxoffice and at the door.
Boxoffice: 413.584.9032 or Ticketweb at (866) 468-7619 or online


The Lineup:

James Montgomery - Vocals/Harp. The modern day master of the Harp, James was schooled by the best: John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, and James Cotton. The James Montgomery Band has toured with among others: The Allman Brothers, Steve Miller, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, and Dr. John. James continues to sit in with the Blues Brothers Band.

Joey Kramer - Drums. The legendary drummer and founding member of the legendary AEROSMITH is stepping out and returning to his roots while AEROSMITH takes a well deserved break from touring.  Joey began his professional career in the R&B Clubs in New York City and brings a handful of AEROSMITH Blues based rockers to the set. Joey’s grooves will have the audience rocking.

David Hull - Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals. As a founding member of the power rock trio Fahrenheit, and bassist for the Joe Perry Project David has also played with The Buddy Miles Band, Joe Cocker, Ted Nugent, and a recent fill in for Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith. David brings it like no other.

George “Guitar” McCann - Lead Guitar/Backing/Vocals.  George is a longtime member of the James Montgomery Band and has played with many of the giants in the business. George will be squeezing out the sparks with his guitar.

Paul Santo - Keyboards/Backing Vocals. Singer Songwriter and master of many instruments Paul will man the Keyboards for this power packed lineup. Paul has worked with Ozzie Osbourne, Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Raspberries, Chris Botti, Jonny Lang, Eric Clapton,, David Gilmour, Kid Rock and Lee Ann Rimes amongst others.

The Uptown Horns Speak for themselves. For 15 years the autonomous unit has been revered as one of the most respected horn sections in the World. The Horns have toured or recorded with just to name a few: The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, James Brown, B52’s, Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, R.E.M. and many others. The Horns put the “F” in Funk…



Grammy Award, 1996 - "Deep in the Blues" - Traditional Blues Album
Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, Memphis, TN, 2006
Inducted into Smithsonian Institution, 1991
Handy Award, 2003 - "35th Anniversary Jam" - Traditional Blues Album
Handy Award, 2001, 1997 - Traditional Male Artist of the Year
Handy Award, 1997 - Acoustic Album of the Year - "Deep In The Blues"
Handy Award, 1991, 1987 - Instrumentalist of the Year - Harmonica
Handy Award, 1991 - Contemporary Album of the Year - "Harp Attack"
Premier Harmonica Player Award, 2000, 1999 - Memphis Chapter of National Academy of Record Arts and Sciences
Down Beat 45th Annual Critics Poll, 1997 - "Deep in the Blues" - Blues Album of the Year
Down Beat 62nd Annual Readers Poll, 1997 - "Deep in the Blues" - Blues Album of the Year
Lifetime Achivement Award, 2000 - presented by The Pocono Blues Festival
Blues Legend Award, 2002 - presented by The New England Blues Society
Howlin' Wolf Award, 2002 - presented by The Blues Foundation
Theresa Needham Blues Award, 1994 - for oustanding service to the Blues community
Honorary and Lifetime Member, 1993 - of the Sonny Boy Blues Society


Jay Geils was born John Geils Jr. in New York City, NY, the guitarist's nickname becoming the handle for one of the most legendary musical groups in the history of Boston rock & roll, the J. Geils Band. During live performances, singer Peter Wolf would say, "Play it Jerome" to his lead guitarist when Geils took a solo. "Occasionally it was Tyrone [that Wolf called him on-stage]," the musician told the All Media Guide.
   Growing up in New Jersey, Geils was a big jazz fan during his high school years thanks to his father's (John "Jack" Geils) love of the genre. "All the music I heard...probably the first music I heard as a kid in the late '40s...was Benny Goodman," says Geils. Jack Geils Sr. had many 78 rpms in his record collection -- Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman -- and he also took the young musician to concerts, a performance by Louis Armstrong when he was ten or 12 years old being particularly memorable. Geils' own musical playing began when he performed Miles Davis tunes on trumpet and drums. He got turned on to the blues when New York radio station WRVR broadcast recordings by Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and others on Sunday afternoons.
   Geils went off to college in the fall of 1964, enrolling at Northeastern University in Massachusetts, where he played trumpet in the Northeastern marching band. Immediately drawn to the burgeoning folk scene in Boston in 1965, Geils witnessed Tom Rush, Dave Van Ronk, Boston University student Jim Kweskin's the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and other proponents of that movement. So busy absorbing the live music around him, Geils transferred to Worcester Poly-Technic Institute. "I wound up transferring to Worcester Tech...because I wasn't doing too well at Northeastern...going to see all those guys," Geils says. At the Worcester school he met harp player Magic Dick Salwitz and bassist Danny Klein and they formed what Geils termed "this little kinda acoustic folk blues group," which they called the J. Geils Blues Band.
    At Worcester Tech, Geils was trained as a mechanical engineer, which would serve him well decades later as he opened his own vintage auto restoration shop.

    From 1985 (the year after the final J. Geils Band release, the You're Getting Even While I Was Getting Odd disc) to 1992, Geils claims he "didn't even touch a guitar" -- and at the height of the rock band's fame, from 1980-1984, Geils probably ran five races a year, driving at Watkins Glen and other venues for that sport. He was doing car restorations in the post-Geils Band days, selling that business in 1996 to one of his clients. The two things his father introduced him to were jazz and sports cars; the guitarist was always a big foreign sports car racing fan, owning several vintage Ferraris.
   There's a video from the early days of the Boston Blues Allstars with Billy Briggs on piano and Barry Tashian on vocals and drums, both from the Remains, along with Magic Dick, Danny Klein, and Geils, recorded by a friend of Tashian's for a Boston University Communications Department senior project in 1969. Tashian turned Geils on to Billy Butler, a longtime guitar player with Bill Doggett, someone Geils calls "one of the great undersung players."
   The J. Geils Blues Band merged with two members of the Hallucinations, singer Peter Wolf and drummer Stephen Jo Bladd. After promotion man Mario Medious brought them to the attention of Atlantic's Jerry Wexler, they recorded a bit with rock critic Jon Landau, but the project was abandoned. About a year later, Seth Justman joined the group and they recorded their first album.

   After Peter Wolf and the J. Geils Band went their separate ways, J. Geils formed Bluestime with Magic Dick in 1992, also playing with various musicians like Kevin Visnaskas in the Blood Street Band. Along with producing friend Danny Klein's Stone Crazy band (Geils was a brilliant and underrated producer, having worked with Michael Stanley in 1972 on the Friends & Legends LP), Geils worked with Gerry Beaudoin and Duke Robillard in the New Guitar Summit (utilizing the Bluestime rhythm section). Geils and Beaudoin also performed in an acoustic trio, Gerry Beaudoin's Kings of Strings, where Geils played rhythm guitar and Jerry Miller provided his mandolin. With all this musical output, Geils released his first solo record in 2003, a jazz CD which features many guest sax players. From the days when members of the J. Geils Band were on his case to learn more Jimi Hendrix riffs and he was off playing Charlie Christian instead, the founding member of a hugely popular and respected ensemble that opened for the Rolling Stones live and performed with Buddy Guy on record now has his guitar singing the music of his heart, the sounds that inspired one of the most familiar names in rock music. ~ Joe Viglione, All Music Guide



The Uptown Horns (Arno Hecht, Crispin Cioe, Bob Funk and recent recruit Larry Etkin) are Rayban wearing, horn carrying professionals whose credits read like a who's who of music. Their signature horn riffs can be heard on the turntables of America on chart toppers including Grammy-award winning James Brown's "Living in America," the B-52's "Love Shack," Buster Poindexter's "Hot Hot Hot, "Joe Cocker's "Unchain My Heart," Tom Waits' "Rain Dogs" LP, and Billy Joel's "River of Dreams" LP, among numerous others. Hundreds of additional recordings and touring credits include names such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, REM and the B-52's, to name a few.

For nearly 15 years, this autonomous unit has been revered as one of the most respected brass sections in the world. Horn groups, on the whole, are an anomaly in the music industry. "We knew that most horn bands break up when members take solo projects both on the road and in sessions," says Funk. 'We adopted an all for one and one for all mentality." These four classically trained musicians have outlasted the few who have tried. Laughs Hecht, "The Uptown Horns are an anarchist collective and our guiding principles are to make great music while destroying any sense of law and order."

The original members of the Uptown Horns converged on the NY session scene in the late 70s: Arno from NY; Cioe from Michigan; Funk from Colorado; and former member Paul Litteral from Kentucky. Etkin, a native New Yorker, worked with The Horns off and on prior to taking over Litteral's trumpet duties.

As session horn players, their paths often crossed from one studio to the next. The members of the Horns often played together on numerous recordings, jingles and live performances. Their shared influences cover the waterfront from punk to classical, jazz to rock, blues to avant garde/fusion.

As Chuck Berry says, "These cats are cool."


Louie Bello and The Bello Project is on fire After finishing a crazy year on CBS Rockstar, ABC The One and shooting his first Independent movie Dirty Crimes, Louie is back and ready to knock down every door in the industry.

He is currently working on his second album and is back in the studio writing for SONY MUSIC again. He recently started working with SURE FIRE Music Group who is currently partnered up with Marcus Siskind and MASS APPEAL MUSIC (UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP). Together LOUIE and SURE FIRE have started off the year writing some amazing songs that the world is gonna love. Louie is also working with Boston Super producer MALIK WILLIAMS (LIPTUNES MUSIC) on movie scores and soundtracks as well as some crazy joints for his up and coming album.

Louie and his company BELLOBABY ENT. is also getting set to shoot his first full length movie this summer called OHIO which is a follow up to the smash hit DIRTY CRIMES. The new Jam WE CAN'T LOOSE is catching fire right now all over the EAST COAST. The song was written by LOUIE, STAXX and Produced by LINGO. It has become the official anthem for RED SOX star DAVID ORTIZ. GET THE RINGTONE NOW.

The long awaited album for his sister LISA BELLO is still in production but will be here by the summer and the new single GIRLZ Featuring DRE ROBINSON (UNIVERSAL) will be taking the summer by storm. So stay tuned for a crazy year and spread the word on LOUIE and THE BELLO PROJECT. We On Fire!!!!!!!


Sarah Bernhardt slept here (in her coffin, no less). Harry Houdini had a trapdoor cut into the stage here to allow him to perform his amazing disappearing act here. Mae West bared all here (literally, according to some).

"Here," of course, is The Academy of Music Theatre. It's a special place, one with a long tradition of presenting local and international talent, both live onstage and on-screen.

The Academy of Music began as the dream of businessman and Northampton native Edward H. R. Lyman (1819-1899). Lyman considered himself a "trustee" for his hometown, and he decided that one of the things he should do for the city was ensure that it had a place "suitable for lectures, concerts, opera, and the drama for the public good." He accomplished his goal through the construction and donation of the Academy of Music Theatre, which was built between 1889 and 1890. Lyman gave the theatre to the city of Northampton as a gift in 1892, and generations of area residents have benefited from his generosity, enjoying live theatre, music and dance, as well as films. The Academy of Music is one of the historical, architectural, and cultural treasures of Northampton and the entire the Pioneer Valley. It remains true to Edward Lyman's original dream, and it has brought that vision forward to the 21st century, continuing in its mission to enrich greater Northampton's quality of life.

The Academy of Music Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a well-equipped, elegant, and accessible place for the people of Northampton to present and enjoy lectures, concerts, operas, live theater, films, and other entertainment. Over the past year, the Academy has made great progress bringing live performances and events back to its stage, and it is fast becoming the performance home for many of the area's top performing arts organizations. The Academy's Season Premier Gala Fundraiser on September 4, 2008 at the Hotel Northampton will celebrate a year of success and will showcase an entertaining array of performances by the theater's Resident Companies, including Commonwealth Opera, Pioneer Valley Ballet, the Pioneer Valley Symphony, Old Deerfield Productions, and Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton. We hope you'll join us!

Academy of Music Theatre website.
Directions to the theatre.

Map to the theatre.




The Reel Blues Fest, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping musicians receive access to medical care and to supporting the work of independent filmmakers. Proceeds from events will be distributed to eligible 501 (C) (3) organizations pursuant to the guidelines established by The Reel Blues Fest, Inc.

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