Saturday, November 23 / 2:00 p.m.
Celebrating the Music of Paul Butterfield Blues Band

featuring special guest ROBBEN FORD
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading Grand Ballroom

Rob Paparozzi and the Ed Palermo Big Band recorded an epic tribute to Paul Butterfield with their live album Electric Butter in 2014.

It’s difficult from the vantage point of half a century to gauge just how important and inspirational the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was in the 1960s. The integrated Chicago-based ensemble — in particular singer and harmonica ace Paul Butterfield and the virtuoso guitarist Michael Bloomfield —were principal catalysts in bridging electric blues, modal jazz and the new rock of the era.

The interracial Paul Butterfield Blues Band, featuring the twin guitar sound of Michael Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, the rhythm section of Sam Lay and Jerome Arnold and the keyboards of Mark Naftalin, added a rock edge to the Chicago blues, bringing an authenticity to its sound that struck a chord with the vast white rock audience and rejuvenated worldwide interest in the blues.

The band’s first LP, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band released on Elektra Records in 1965, was named No. 11 Blues Album of All Time by Downbeat. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Singer and harmonica player Rob Paparozzi has been a blues performer since 1967. But he is far from being strictly a blues musician. In fact, he’s at home playing a wide range of music, ranging from rock to blues to jazz to pop.

His versatility is reflected in the long and remarkably diverse list of major artists Paparozzi has worked with, including B.B. King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Newman, Jimmy McGriff and James Galway.

Paparozzi has toured the world with the “Original Blues Brothers Band”, featuring guitar legend Steve Cropper and special guest Eddie Floyd and also as frontman/lead singer for the legendary Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Saxophonist Ed Palermo is not a “business as usual” musician. After all, when most people think of big bands, they think of Duke Ellington or Tommy Dorsey.

But go to see Ed Palermo’s Big Band, which has been active for over 30 years, and you might hear the blues of Paul Butterfield, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix or one of Palermo’s compositions, loaded with lush turns and unexpected twists.

Before forming his own band, Palermo toured and recorded with many different artists including Aretha Franklin, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Celia Cruz, Lena Horne, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme, Lou Rawls, Melba Moore, Debbie Gibson, The Spinners and countless others.

Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts.

Watching Ford take the stage is equal parts gratifying, awe-inspiring and challenging — a perfect storm of creativity and emotion that results in some seriously good music. As soon as he plays his first note, you realize that you’re in the presence of a guitar master.

Ford was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician magazine.

Robben and The Ford Blues Band made a memorable CD entitled A Tribute to Paul Butterfeld. The Ford Blues Band takes Paul Butterfield material, shines it up with modern production techniques and puts a gloss on it with their sterling playing and singing.

Ford was a member of the L.A. Express and Yellowjackets.

A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Gregg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley and Kiss.