‘Pathway of the Blues’ at VAE

‘Pathway of the Blues’ at VAE

‘Pathway of the Blues’ at VAE

The late Rick Burgess inspired VAE’s latest show.  Photo by Ken Pallman.

The late Rick Burgess inspired VAE’s latest show. Photo by Ken Pallman.

Friday, September 2, as part of First Fridays, Vermont Arts Exchange is proud to bring you ‘Pathway of the Blues,’ a tribute to Rick Burgess featuring Blues Sanctuary and the Legato Blues Band. Doors at the Masonic Hall at 504 Main Street open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8. This special concert is dedicated and honors the life of a well-loved man, Rick Burgess, lead vocalist and guitar player of Blues Sanctuary, a 2014 Blues Hall Of Fame Inductee and winners of the Northeast Blues Society’s 2008 Colossal Contender performance competition. Up until Rick’s death two years ago, Blues Sanctuary had been wowing audiences with their infectious Chicago-style blues in a few different incarnations since 2002. The group features Bruce Mariani on bass and vocals, Joe Candal on keyboard and vocals, Ken Pallman on drums and vocals, and John O’Rourke on guitar, all masters of their craft.

Joining Blues Sanctuary for the evening is the Legato Blues Band, powered by guitarist and past Blues Sanctuary bandmate, John O’Rourke, with JT Armani on bass, percussion and vocals by Mike Meany, performing compositions by the likes of Joe Bonamassa, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and others. Tickets for this event are only available at the door; $15 for adults and $8 for students. The Masonic Hall is an accessible facility; call for specific accommodations. For more information, call 802-442-5549 or visit vtartxchange.org.

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