Happy Hour with Eileen Rose & Rich Gilbert
Wednesday - September, 18 @ 5:00pm
Sometimes local and sometimes from away, the Happy Hour Music Series at BLUE brings you amazing performances from some of the best musicians around - JUST LIKE ALL OF OUR SHOWS!!
.....only this time you get to enjoy our fantastic draft list, wines, and craft cocktails for a fraction of the price! (holy moly!)
Eileen Rose is an author, singer, songwriter and professional honky tonk girl.
Eileen the singer/songwriter has released 11 self-penned roots/rock albums worldwide over the last 20 years, with number 12 slated for a September 2019 release. She has toured all over the world and back again with her band, The Holy Wreck.
The honky tonk girl has been a performing for the last 10 years in the legendary honky tonks of Lower Broadway, Nashville, TN. She performs regularly with her traditional country band, The Silver Threads, at her highly acclaimed residency shows in Music City, Nashville TN.
There was no long-distance journey into music for the Legendary Rich Gilbert, who was born into the life of a musician. “I was just pulled toward it like a magnet,” he says, “even as an infant.” He plays a variety of instruments including pedal steel guitar, bass, mandolin, dobro, piano, accordion, fiddle, harmonica, and the old-timey musical saw.
“I'm pretty comfortable with anything with a string or a keyboard attached to it,” he explains. He is also a talented producer and gifted composer who studied at the prestigious Berklee School of Music in his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts.
Gilbert played trombone in the 3rd grade, experimented with piano, and then fell in love with the guitar as a teenager. “My brother got a Tesico-style Japanese electric guitar that was insanely difficult to play,” Gilbert recalls, “and I became obsessed with it.” So obsessed, in fact, that he is soon evolved into a virtuoso known for his eclectic style and mind-blowing live performances. He shreds like a melodic tornado, syncopates with rhythmic ferocity, and subtly teases-up delicately evocative harmonics that have the clarity of crystal. He’ll blister the roof off with dazzling, fiery solos, punctuating them with impromptu slide runs played with a beer bottle.
Gilbert was still enrolled at the Berklee School when he helped start his first band, Human Sexual Response, in 1977. That band has an enduring reputation and is credited with ushering in Boston’s new wave underground punk music scene. Gilbert subsequently helped form The Zulus and the Concussion Ensemble – other influential Boston-area new wave bands. When those groups disbanded he recorded and toured for years with Frank Black & The Catholics and Tanya Donelly – then settled in Nashville in to absorb himself in a new musical community, surrounded by the highest caliber musicians in the world. There he teamed-up with singer/songwriter extraordinaire Eileen Rose and her phenomenal touring band, The Holy Wreck. In 2009 Gilbert and Rose founded the classic country and rockabilly cover band, The Silver Threads, which currently stays busy performing to packed houses with a 5-show-per-week residency in Nashville’s renowned Lower Broadway entertainment district.
Not long ago The Silver Threads toured with Jack White and Wanda Jackson – “The Queen of Rockabilly,” and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. Over the years Gilbert has also shared the international stage with artists such as Joe Bonomassa and Jackson Browne. He’s released records with The Coronet Premiers, The Blackstone Valley Sinners, and The Nashville Honky Tonkers – and played on recordings by Uncle Tupelo, Steve Wynn, and The Lemonheads.
In 2016 Gilbert is scheduled to release his first-ever solo album, Stereo Action Music. The fully instrumental compositions on the record – which he composed and produced - are melodically atmospheric and evoke emotional imagery and palpable sonic motion. Those who have previewed tracks from Stereo Action Music believe it is arguably the best work of the Legendary Rich Gilbert’s rich and expansive 40-year career.
Just like all of our shows, musicians play for your generous donations! **support the music!**
650A Congress Street, Portland ME
- Mon: 5PM-11PM
- Tues: 6PM-12AM
- Wed: 5PM-12AM
- Thurs: 5PM-12AM
- Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
- Sun: 4PM-10PM
Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.
We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.