'Backs Against The Wall' Blues Jam

By Georgetown Fats
April 2014

Off the beaten path in Peabody sits Capone’s, a restaurant and entertainment complex that has firmly embraced blues here on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Capone’s, with its Italian cuisine (my shrimp scampi giddily swam in garlic butter and my whiskey did certainly overflow) may make for a strange bedfellow for the blues, but the Lee Hawkins Band (Lee Hawkins on guitar/vocals, ‘Salisbury Slim’ Tim Ryan on bass with a revolving cast of drummers- but usually Mike Mazolla) make it all work.

Hawkins and company keep the opening set and presentation fresh by bringing in some of Boston’s best featuring blues musicians like Stan Blues Jr. and Eric Savoie of The Throwdown Band, Steve Dineen and Gracie Curran of The High Fallutin’ Band to help supplement a strong group of the local talent. On any given Thursday expect to see guitarists Mike Marino, Johnny Fatello, Johnny Castillo, Michael Thomas Doyle, David Papa, Jerry Basner working it out on guitar, Ron Belben, Rich Baker, Angelo Mullens, Ed Brown laying it down on bass and Dave Morrison, Jack Reardon, Parker Wheeler tooting away on harp, or Brian Maes, or Rob Liani on keys. On vocals the jammers are joined by Lois Lane, Shikiboo Boston, Regina Servio, Kendal Bush, Terri O'Soro Dicharo, Mary Beth Maes or Gardner Trask, while also being a horn friendly jam as performances by Karl Bryan and Marty Phillips sax can attest.

Caveats and provisos - Come early for the Italian cuisine and great bar service, but be prepared to stay late. The jam regularly has a full jammers list, and the jam continues until everyone has a chance to grace the stage and perform.

And, as always ... tell them Georgetown Fats sent ya.

Who - The musicians and blues aficionados from the North Shore and Southern New Hampshirex`
What - The “Backs Against the Wall” Blues Jam
Where - Capone’s - 147 Summit Street - Peabody MA
When - Thursday nights, 8-11PM
Why - Why the hell not?

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