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Joe Bonamassa Live Review Providence Performing Art Center

Joe Bonamassa

Live Review

Providence Performing Art Center

By Allyson Kingsley Music, Music Journalist Boston Rock Radio


A person had asked me “Why in tarnation are you going to a blues concert?” No, they didn't say in tarnation I am being polite but at any rate I replied, “The blues is the original devil's music.” If you know your music history and the roots of rock and metal, many of the greatest musicians will list a blues musician as an early influence. What's not to love about the smooth melodies and grooves, the fantastic lyrics, the energy and the almost mythical stories behind the blues genre. Feel free to listen to some of my favorites:




But back to the topic at hand, a cool early Spring evening spent at Providence Performing Arts Center, a theater with a rich history, ornately aesthetically pleasing decor and above all, a place where the acoustics of the walls could tell decades of stories. From the right upper balcony is where I indulged in Joe Bonamassa's extraordinary performance.  At only 41 years old this man has many moons ahead of him and has had so many adventures already. After all, Joe played with B.B. King at the tender age of 12. He is the epitome of a class act blues musician full of vibrant energy and an encyclopedia of bare-bones, thoroughly mastered guitar riffs. Anyone who knows me will know that I find that shredders, no matter their genre, are akin to gods in my eyes. So beautiful to watch their fingers fly across their frets and the expressions of divinity on their faces. I was not disappointed in any form with Joe's performance tonight from his mournful solos to his quick tempos of pure rock n’ roll. I noted that for this experience I was actually part of the younger crowd of fans...the elders absolutely know what is the good stuff. I would not have traded the feeling I had during Joe's performance tonight. May I mention a special guest appearance by Duke Robillard and what a jam they had. Amazing.


His band members are:

Reese Wynans, keyboardist- former member of Second Coming, played with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Brooks & Dunn, Hank Williams jr., among others

Anton Fig, drummer- 29 years on David Letterman's house band, has played with James Brown, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, BB King

Michael Rhodes, bassist- played for Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Elton John, and Taylor Swift

Lee Thornburg, trumpeter- former member of Supertramp and Tower of Power, toured with Tom Petty, Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Chicago and spent 5 years on Jay Leno's house band

Paulie Cerra, saxophonist- played for Stevie Wonder, Lucy Peterson, Billy Preston and Jimmy Johnson

Jade MacRae and Juanita Tippins, backup vocalists- renowned throughout Australia and both of which have solo albums


Joe Bonamassa setlist:





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