Calendar of Events

February 2022
February 11, 2022
Carole Sylvan & The Name Droppers / Rocky Lawrence
Show Starts:
9:00 pm
Show End:
11:55 pm
Doors will open approximately 30minutes prior to show start time.
Entry Fee:
$
12
Ages
21
and up allowed
About the Show and the Artist:

Entry to this show requires proof of vaccine by card, photo or a negative test result within 48 hours of show time.

Carole Sylvan 

Come join international recording and performing artist Carole Sylvan and her band The Name Droppers as they showcase her new R&B/soul album, “Love”, featuring New England Music Hall of Fame inductees Bobby "T" Torello and Scott Spray.   
Carole's career highlights include opening for legendary musician James Brown at Yankee Stadium at just 16 years old; charting a Top Ten Billboard dance hit with her song "Just Doin' What We Love"; performing and recording with superstar artists like C&C Music Factory, Change, Aaron Neville, Peabo Bryson, Pet Shop Boys, Simply Red, Toni Braxton, RuPaul, Eddie Murphy, Lionel Richie, Ben E King, James Ingram, Melba Moore, Musique, Change, Dan Aykroyd, The Weather Girls, Brandy, Gloria Lynn, Diane Schuur, Natalie Cole, Jennifer Holiday, Charlie Karp, Patti LaBelle, and many others; and even recording vocals for U2's multi-platinum song Rattle and Hum.
With a mix of original numbers, and covers of popular hits like "Tennessee Whiskey" and The Bee Gees “To Love Somebody", this dynamic performance, as AfricanHype.com says, will let you “relive the golden era of soul music.”
 
 

Bobby “T” Torello- Bobby has an extensive career, most notably as the former drummer for the Johnny Winter Band. He was inducted into the Classic Drummer Hall of Fame, was inducted into the New England Music Hall of Fame, serves as an ambassador for WFIII drums, and has served as a session drummer on some of rocks greatest recordings.
Scott Spray- Like Bobby “T”, Scott was the bassist for the Johnny Winter Band and has an extensive career having played with some of the biggest names in rock and roll. His credits span decades, and his bass work on Johnny Winter’s album “Step Back” earned him a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2015.
Ron Rifkin- Ron is a keyboard powerhouse who has played on numerous sessions, and played along side Charlie Karp live and in the studio for many years.
Rafe Klein- Rafe is no stranger to the music scene, as he played along side blues legend Charlie Karp for many years and co- wrote many songs that appeared on Charlie Karp’s last album “Back to You” (Courtesy of Red Parlor Records)
 
Rocky Lawrence
 

All roads lead to Robert Johnson. Whether you play electric and dream of Hendrix or love the acoustic alternating bass and the slide across the strings that tells every story in your life that the words you attempt to say fail, you find yourself back to Robert Johnson. Every bad date, every job you didn’t get. Every rejection letter, every bad grade, leads you back to the crossroads

Rocky Lawrence knows those stories! He is a walking persona of the country bluesman Robert Johnson. From the moment he approaches the stage sporting his matching suit, Dobbs hat and two-toned shoes, playing a Gibson “Robert Johnson” well worn at the fingerboard, a statement to his dedication to RJ’s music and musical intensity, he plays and sings with incredible conviction. Whether he is performing solo or accompanying the masters, listeners experience a seasoned bluesman.

The sounds and emotions that Rocky Lawrence project are the result of a musical journey that began at the age of nine. His first instrument was the trumpet. He was born in Connecticut, where he still lives today. His parents were music lovers where the sounds of Louis Armstrong and Mahalia Jackson filled their home. Louis Armstrong was his first musical hero. At eleven, Rocky fell under the spell of Jimi Hendrix and he took up the guitar. After learning “Voodoo Child, Rocky discovered that Muddy Waters’ Changes comprised the song. So began his musical sojourn going right back to the source. From Muddy Waters, Rocky became acclimated to the music of Robert Johnson and Son House.

“Robert was a good thief,” Rocky likes to say, as Robert Johnson’s style borrowed from contemporaries as diverse as Son House and Lonnie Johnson.

In 2002, Rocky was playing with Hubert Sumlin, “his adapted daddy”. Rocky absorbed much from Hubert and in addition to perfecting his craft, Rocky was able to connect with Keith Richards. Richards was impressed with Rocky, and keeping a promise, appears on Rocky’ soon to be released recording.

For the past eight years Rocky has been playing with “Honeyboy” Edwards, perhaps the last surviving Robert Johnson era Bluesman. Rocky Lawrence shines as the opening act and the accompanist.

Rocky has taken his Robert Johnson message to the clubs of Connecticut, to Brazil and Italy. He speaks fluent Italian, a testimony to his auditory skill. Everywhere he goes, the audience gets into it. Singing, tapping and humming the tunes as he works his magic – Hellhounds never sleep and neither will you as you experience Rocky Lawrence.