Sunday October 28, 5:00pm
Mohawk Valley Blues Society is proud to present:
Wakely's On Varick
700 Varick Street
Doors open at 4:00
Opening Act: BerkStar with Tony Berkley (guitar and vocals), Joe Boria (drums), and Zen Reinhardt (bass). More info available at www.reverbnation.com/BerkStar.
Bruce Katz is a legendary keyboardist (Hammond B3 and piano) who has released 10 CD’s as a leader and has appeared on over 70 other CD’s with the likes of John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Ronnie Earl, Butch Trucks, Duke Robillard, Little Milton, Joe Louis Walker, David “Fathead” Newman, and many, many others. Bruce had a strong musical connection with the Allman Brothers band, having been a member of Gregg Allman’s band for six years (2007-2013), Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band (2010-2015), Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band (2015-2017) and Les Brers. Bruce toured with the Allman Brothers as well.
His new CD, “Get Your Groove!” (American Showplace Music) has just been released and features many new original tunes, both vocal and instrumental. It continues the evolution of the band’s music from the improvisational “jam blues” and roots music he has explored as a member of the various Allman Brothers “family bands.” Jaimoe, founding member of The Allman Brothers is guest.
Bruce Katz Band is an original, very exciting and accessible group of musicians that features a soulful approach to the blues and jams traditions. The band features his virtuostic Hammond B3 and piano playing as well as Chris Vitarellow’s brilliant guitar playing and vocals. Based in Woodstock, NY, the band tours and performs at venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe.
The Bruce Katz Band is:
Bruce Katz – Hammond B3 organ and piano
Chris Vitarello – guitar/vocals
Ray Hangen – drums
He can play jazz, blues, Bach, anything. Man, he’s a heavy!”
- Gregg Allman
“This man is as good as it gets. One of the greatest keyboard artists I’ve ever heard”
- John Hammond
“Bruce Katz’s playing is like, if Django ran into John Coltrane, and they ran into The Clash, and then they ran into Ronnie Earl, that would be him!”
- American Blues Scene
“We call him the Master.”
- Butch Trucks
“Now that’s a piano player.”
- Pinetop Perkins
More information is available at www.brucekatzband.com, including information about his albums as a bandleader and a sideman.
Advance Tickets are available at Wakely's on Varick and online for $15
Day of show if available: Tickets will be $20 ($15 for members of MVBS), cash only.
Merchandise will be available on-site on a cash-only basis.
2ND WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH - MVBS JAMS AT UTICA BREWS, 809 COURT ST., UTICA, NY
A second Jam will be added in the fall, TBA.
AS ALWAYS, ADMISSION AT THE DOOR IS $2 FOR MVBS MEMBERS, $4 FOR NON-MEMBERS.