Melvin Seals and JGB (Organist, Jerry Garcia Band)
w/ Rugby Road
The Ardmore Music Hall
Friday, October 13, 2017
7pm Reserved Doors
7:30pm GA Doors
$20 adv / $25 dos / $30 reserved
Tickets on sale: bit.ly/MelvinSealsJGB
Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become «Jam Band Music». From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.
Melvin and JGB bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Dave Hebert's guitar and vocals, John Paul McLean's savory bass, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin' helpin' of the wizard's magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with Shirley Starks and Cheryl Rucker on back-up vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours.
Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him «Master of the Universe». Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself!
Philadelphia-based Rugby Road surprisingly returns with the release of their first EP of new original music in 15 years titled “RUGBY ROAD III” on WYD? Records.
Produced by Derek Chafin, III finds Rugby Road drawing from a wide range of influences in a cohesive rock EP, showcasing the bands contemporary songwriting with an ability to push to new boundaries in guitar-driven explorations. Kenny Kearns’ older-and-wiser songwriting compliments Rich Pruett’s stylistic range in drumming while Derek Smith’s guitar provides the common thread connecting the songs. III is a four song collection that highlights the chemistry that comes with over 25 years of the trio playing together as Rugby Road.
The band has been somewhat underground – by design — but still regularly performs live and, along the way, has played many of the major venues in the region and has shared the stage with a diverse range of artists including: The Allman Brothers Band, Maceo Parker, Rusted Root, Bill Kreutzmann, Live, Members of Phish, Moe, The Disco Biscuits, JGB, Peter Frampton, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and more.
Rugby Road became a regular in the late 90’s New York City Wetlands scene, playing regularly at the famed NYC venue before hunkering down in Philadelphia to play “on their time” (in other words, they got married and had kids).
Known for their live shows and intricate arrangements, they released two independent original records – 1999’s Times Already Happened, and 2002’s Different Degrees.
III shows them thriving creatively while pushing their limits artistically in a concise, contemporary — and rocking — 4 song EP. It is a record that reflects the confidence and independence of a band that does things their own way.