Thursday, July 18, 2024

Summer Concert: James Montgomery Band

James Montgomery Blues Band

About Summer Concert: James Montgomery Band

The legendary James Montgomery Blues Band will take the Fruitlands stage for the first time this summer on Thursday, July 18.

In 1970, Montgomery formed The James Montgomery Band. His harmonica playing, singing, and energetic stage show led to his band gaining a reputation as one of the hottest bands on the New England music scene. James Montgomery was signed by Capricorn Records to a multi-album deal and released his first vinyl LP album titled, The James Montgomery Band – First Time Out in 1973. The original LP recordings were remastered and released as a CD in October 20, 1998 by Capricorn / Umgd. Track 9 off his first album, titled “Train”, was a fan favorite and became the Number 1 song on WBCN, The Rock of Boston. They played it every day at noon-time for over a year. In 2011, Montgomery brought “Train” back as a surprise encore at shows.

Montgomery has toured with many artists, including Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, The Steve Miller Band, The Johnny Winter Band, The Blues Brothers with (Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) and others. James Montgomery has performed on stage with a long list of musicians including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, James Cotton, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Tyler (Aerosmith Frontman and American Idol TV Show Judge), Brad Whitford (Aerosmith guitarist), Charlie Daniels, Gregg Allman, LaVern Baker, Patti LaBelle, Jonathan Edwards, Jerome Geils (The J. Geils Band), Peter Wolf (The J. Geils Band), Magic Dick (The J. Geils Band), Danny Klein (The J. Geils Band), Huey Lewis (Huey Lewis and the News), Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Rick Derringer, Ricky Byrd (formerly with Joan Jett and the Black Hearts), Barry Goudreau (former guitarist for Boston), Fran Sheehan (former bassist for Boston), Sib Hashian (former drummer for Boston), Chad Smith (The Red Hot Chili Peppers), Billy Squier, Michael Carabello (percussionist in Santana), Jon Butcher (Johanna Wild, The Jon Butcher Axis and today Farren Butcher Inc), Bruce Marshall (lead singer/guitarist for The Toy Caldwell Band and The Bruce Marshall Group), Dennis “Fly” Amero (Orleans), Duke Robillard, Jon Pousette-Dart (The Pousette-Dart Band), Jonathan Edwards, Kate Taylor, Christine Ohlman “The Beehive Queen”, Mike Finnigan, Grace Kelly, The Uptown Horns, the famous Manhattan, New York-based horn section for B.B. King, James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Joe Cocker, The J. Geils Band and more). The Uptown Horns is composed of Larry Etkin (trumpet), Crispin Cioe(sax), Arno Hecht (sax), and Bob Funk (trombone).

The Concert begins at 7pm. Gates Open 6pm.

This Summer Concert is presented on the lawn on Fruitlands. Bring your own blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic basket. There is plenty of room on the concert lawn to spread out and get comfortable. Before the concert starts, enjoy a picnic on the lawn and visit the exhibitions on view in the Galleries which will be open from 6-7pm.

At our Summer concerts, friendly dogs are welcome to join and must be kept on a leash at all times. Please be prepared to pick up after your dog.

No outside alcohol is permitted. The Fruitlands Café will be selling beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. AllTown Fresh will be ready when the gates open at 6pm to serve a delicious dinner menu.

Please purchase your tickets online in advance.

Nonmember adult $35 Nonmember child $20
Member Adult $28. Member Child $16.

Any questions? Contact Barbara O’Brien at

This is an outdoor event. In the event of severe weather, any changes will be communicated directly to ticketholders via email.


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