by Scott Pienta

Coldwater- En route to an appearance at the Chicago Blues Festival, legendary Blues band
Roomful of Blues will swing into Tibbits on June 8.
Since the group was formed in 1967, Roomful of Blues’ ensemble has toured the world and
recorded over 25 albums. With five Grammy nominations and a slew of music awards and
accolades, Roomful of Blues has become a recognized leader in their genre.
Lauded by the legendary Count Basie as “the hottest blues band I’ve ever heard,” the ensemble
consists of eight members. Headed by guitarist Chris Vachon, the ensemble also includes Phil
Pemberton’s soulful vocals, bassist John Turner, trumpeter Carl Gerhard, drummer Chris
Anzalone, keyboardist Rusty Scott, baritone and tenor saxophonist Mark Earley, and tenor and
alto saxophonist Rich Lataille.
Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one
of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Their winning combination of jump,
swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card. Roomful of Blues remains true to the
mission to keep alive the music of the 1940s and 50s with a tight-as-a-drum, joyful sound that
combines classy guitar with silky sax appeal and soaring horns.
Experience sexy saxes, soulful vocals and a jazzy trumpet when Roomful of Blues appears at
Tibbits Opera House, 14 S. Hanchett St. in Coldwater, MI on June 8, 2019 at 7:30pm. Tickets
range from $15-22 including fees, with a discount for Tibbits members. Tickets are currently on
sale and are available at Tibbits.org, at Tibbits administrative offices at 93 W. Chicago St. in
Coldwater, or by calling 517.278.6029. This event also features a cash bar offering wine, beer
and a variety of mixed drinks.

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