Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez
Get ready to rock around the Very Glitter-y Beehive Christmas/New Year's Tree as Christine Ohlman, Cliff Goodwin, Larry Donahue and their special guest, Boston Bass God Wolf Ginandes, serve up a super-festive “ 5th Day Of Xmas" holiday show. Grab the five golden rings, and get down with the Queen!! Cafe Nine is where Christine Ohlman has debuted all of her records...…The “Musicians’ Living Room” is truly her musical home!
This queen of blue-eyed rock n' soul grew up loving equally the sweetness of a Memphis horn line and the raunch of an electric guitar riff, whether played by Muddy Waters, Keith Richards, or Pop Staples. Teased her blonde hair into a beehive in honor of Ronnie Spector and never looked back, picking up a guitar and forging a career as a songwriter in the process. She's the current, long-time vocalist with the Saturday Night Live Band, who sang at SNL's 25th Anniversary telecast, Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary bash at The Garden (with George Harrison, Chrissie Hynde, and others), the 2009 Obama Inaugural Gala in Washington, D.C., The Lincoln Center "American Songbook" series with Sting, Lou Reed and Van Dyke Parks, and the Central Park Summerstage Tribute To Janis Joplin (fronting both Big Brother & The Holding Company and the Kozmic Blues Band); appears on Grammy nominees A Tribute To Howlin' Wolf (with Taj Mahal and Lucinda Williams) and Charlie Musselwhite's One Night In America (with Marty Stuart); sings the theme song for NBC's 30 Rock; worked on a musical with the late Cy Coleman (who compared her sense of timing to Peggy Lee's); duets live whenever possible with blues giants Eddie Kirkland and Hubert Sumlin as well as with the aforementioned Miss Spector, Americana stalwart Paul Thorn and New Orleans legends The Subdudes (she joins The 'Dudes, BB King, Irma Thomas, Richard Thompson and others on Get You A Healin' to benefit the New Orleans Musicians' Clinic and guested during the 2010 Jazz & Heritage Fest's "Down On The Bayou II" with Widespread Panic's JoJo Hermann, again to benefit The Clinic); collaborated on critically-acclaimed tracks with Marshall Crenshaw (Labour Of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe), Big Al Anderson (Pawn Shop Guitars), and Ian Hunter (Shrunken Heads); edited legendary Rolling Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham's autobiography 2Stoned and is a cover-story-writing contributor to Elmore Magazine; and worked with Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder & others on the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Awards--all the while continuing to torch clubs up and down the Eastern Seaboard in support of her recordings (Strip, The Hard Way, Radio Queen, Wicked Time, 2008 career retrospective Re-Hive, and 2010's The Deep End, her first CD of original material in five years, featuring special guests/duet partners Ian Hunter, Dion DiMucci, and Marshall Crenshaw, plus Levon Helm, GE Smith, Andy York, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel, Catherine Russell, Big Al Anderson, and others) with her band Rebel Montez (Michael Colbath-bass; Cliff Goodwin-guitar; Larry Donahue-drums). "I've come here tonight to set your souls on fire," she'll tell an audience. And she will.
When it comes to music, The Bandidos steal only the best, giving it all back to audiences who dig rock'n roll, Texas and Chicago blues, surf rave-ups and swinging, country beats that never go out of style. Coming together as a band in 1992, The Bandidos have been kicking around roots music circles for a good deal longer.
Bob Elliot - bass, vocals Raised on the bayou of Augerville, Connecticut, Bob trod the boards for twelve years as bassist and singer with B. Willie Smith, one of New England's rootsiest rocking r&b bands. Wildly successful in the 1980' on the Rhode Island-Connecticut club scene, the popular sextet released two albums, toured regularly from South Carolina to Canada, and shared stages with B.B. King, The Blasters, and many other greats. Their members included guitarists Chris Vachon (Roomful of Blues) and Young Neil (Young Neal & The Vipers), as well as saxophonist Bill Holloman (Danny Gatton, The Gatlin Brothers). When the B. Willies's folded their cards in the late 80's, reuniting to back Danny Gatton for a rare CT visit by the late guitar genius, Bob became the resident sound engineer at Toad's Place, New Haven's premier music club. In 1992 Tom and James told him to get off his
butt and back on the bus. Boy, was he ready.
James Montez - guitar, vocals After a youthful stint with B. Willie Smith, guitarist James Montez joined The Chryslers, the musical equivalent of the '65 New Yorker he's still driving. In 1986 he joined Dance Committee, a Connecticut blues-influenced classic rock'n roll outfit, in whose ranks he honed his craft in bars and ballrooms from The Big Apple to Block Island. In 1991 the earnest Mr. Montez went to work for himself, doing custom design work for other well-known New England guitarists and driving The
Tom Smith - drums, vocals The son of a big gand drummer, Tom worked in New Orleans and England before meeting James Montez in Dance Committee in 1987. His good manners and big beat have earned Tom invites to sit in with Sleepy LaBeef, Ernest Ranglin, and Mighty Sam McClain, as well as Studio and sub work with New Orleans' Vic Trix & his Beatniks and a passel of New England rock, blues, country, and alternative bands.
The Bandidos have kicked off succesful concerts by NRBQ, Roomful of Blues, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Buckwheat Zydeco, Robben Ford, Steve Forbert, Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes, Al Anderson, Magic Dick & J. Geils' Bluestime, and Candye Kane & The Swingin' Armadillos. Their first cd, "mischief" was released on Troutcat Records in September 1995. "They appear to be able to play anything and do so on this debut cd which held my interest throughout," wrote No Dig This. "I can well understand one reviewer exclaiming, "This is all the band I'll ever need!"