Tantramarsh Blues Society

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TBS Presents the Chris O'Leary Band (NY)

TBS Presents

The Chris O’Leary Band

Saturday, Nov 11, 9 pm @George’s Roadhouse

Tickets are $15 in advance at Ducky’s (536-1344) and $20 at the door

Special student price (at the door only, ID required): $10


First, we want to thank our loyal members for braving the construction to see the last show. We have been assured by the Town that access to George’s will be normalized through Queen’s Road by the date of the show.

Chris's musical background includes duties as lead singer and front man for rock and roll hall of famer and Grammy award winner Levon Helm's band The Barnburners. During the 6 years that Chris and Levon played together they toured across the US and Canada lighting up stages everywhere they went. 

Chris has appeared on stage with: Legendary Rolling Stones sideman Bobby Keys, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jimmy Vivino, Jeff Healy, Dan Akroyd, Albert Lee, Dave Edmunds, Dave Maxwell and the great James Cotton to name just a few. Chris has also recorded with Bill Perry and Hubert Sumlin among others.

The Chris O'Leary Band's debut CD "Mr. Used to Be" won the 2011 Best New Artist Debut CD Blues Blast Award and was nominated for best new artist debut at the 2011 American Blues Music Awards.

Chris is coming with a 6 piece band that includes a horn section for what is his only Maritime performance, so the have to see lots of you there.

For more on the band, please visit here. For video, please go here and here. The TBS website can be found here.

The Buzz

"Chris sings in a strong, clear voice and plays a mean harp ... It is always good to see new acts writing their own material and not resorting to covers of the usual suspects. The Chris O'Leary Band has produced a varied CD which deserves to get them more attention. A band to watch out for, in my view."

John Mitchell - Blues Blast Magazine

"O'Leary, who has the crewcut-and-muscles appeal of the former Marine he is, is a forceful harp player, a powerful singer and a natural frontman."

Kay Roybal - Blues Revue Magazine

“The Chris O'Leary Band offers a virtual encyclopedia of roadhouse blues styles, from Boogie Woogie to Southside Chicago electric rockin' to Louisiana Mardi Gras stompers, on the entertaining Mr. Used to Be.”

Jonathan Takiff - Philadelphia Daily News

“O’Leary, formerly with Levon Helm’s Barnburners, is a more than capable singer and Chicago-style harmonica stylist; the proof comes in the shuffles and jump numbers he handles with suave assurance on his debut recording. It’s really the slow tempo of Blues is a Woman that draws out his best singing, reminiscent of Jimmy Witherspoon. His Hudson Valley-based cohorts stir up the all-original material without faltering. Young guitarist Chris Vitarello merits notice for his technical powers and imagination, his reach extending to rockabilly and swinging jazz.”

Frank-John Hadley - Downbeat Magazine