Saturday, November 23
8:00 p.m.: VICTOR WAINWRIGHT & THE TRAIN
9:45 p.m.: MINDI ABAIR & THE BONESHAKERS
with THE BERKS HORNS
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Grand Ballroom
TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY, JULY 15 @ 10:00 a.m.!
One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time Grammy nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000.
No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence.
She has garnered 10 No. 1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two No. 1 spots on the Billboard album charts. In 2014, Mindi received her first Grannty nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’ and Max Weinberg.
The daughter and granddaughter of working musicians, Abair continues to captivate fans while evolving her sound. In 2014, after two seasons as the featured saxophonist on the hit series American Idol, Abair released Wild Heart. This LP showcased a compilation of grittier rock and soul tracks featuring some of the biggest names in music.
To help translate this sound to her live shows, Mindi enlisted The Boneshakers founder Randy Jacobs to inject his brand of Detroit blues rock. The collaboration was undeniable, and it led to an almost immediate decision to join forces creatively.
Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers features band leader Abair (saxophone, vocals), Jacobs (guitar, vocals), Rodney Lee (keys), Ben White (bass, vocals) and Third Richardson (drums, vocals).
Their latest album is No Good Deed, which Mindi describe as “a kick ass record.”
Mindi Abair and The
Boneshakers’ Live in Seattle was
released in September 2015 to significant critical acclaim, and a 2 ½ year
non-stop tour schedule across the U.S. ensued.
In April 2017, the band took a short break to record their first studio record. The EastWest Sessions was recorded over five days at legendary Hollywood recording studio EastWest Studios with renowned blues rock producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zepplin, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes, Aerosmith). The album, released on Sept. 15, 2017, is a powerful, bluesy, momentous and deeply emotional journey.
It debuted No. 3 on the
Billboard Blues Album Chart and hit No. 1 on the RMR Blues Rock Album chart in
January 2018. “Pretty Good For A Girl” featuring Joe Bonamassa won
the 2018 Independent Music Award for Best Blues Song Fan Award. The band also
won eight Independent Blues Awards including Artist of the Year. The album
features a track with Bonamassa, and 2017 Grammy winner in the Best
Contemporary Blues Album category, Fantastic Negrito.
In 2018 Mindi Abair and The Boneshakers returned with a powerhouse blues rock holiday album, All I Got For Christmas Is The Blues.
Mindi authored the book “How To Play Madison Square Garden — A Guide to Stage Performance” and serves as a National Trustee for The Recording Academy.
The Berks Horns are Mike Anderson on saxophone, Rob Diener on trumpet and John Loos on trombone.
Victor Wainwright is an award-winning musician and producer in the world’s blues and roots music scene.
Though his career began over a decade ago with genuine rock n’ roll honky-tonk, Wainwright has broadened his artistic scope over the years to include music representing virtually every corner of the blues.
His insatiable interest in music discovery, sheer love for entertaining and curiosity have led him all around the world, and the resulting perspective is a reflection of his passion for entertaining and creating progressive roots music in an effort to move the art-form forward.
Composer, producer, vocalist, and award-wining entertainer and piano player Victor Wainwright is a raucous high-octane, dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare.
Rounding out Victor Wainwright & The Train are drummer Billy Dean, bassist Terrence “Sweet Tea” Grayson and guitarist Pat Harrington.