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Fri, Jul 5 @ 8:00 pm
Doors at 7pm | Show at 8pm | 21+
It started off fairly traditionally. At a series of gigs at which they were booked as a blues band, Bob Halperin would sing the songs, incorporating guitar solos. Occasionally, he would nod to Ben Butterworth or Gene Guth, indicating that they should solo. But as the summer wore on, they found themselves starting to collaborate in the moment, reacting to each other’s musical ideas, adding and embellishing, and heading together into uncharted territory. Eventually, the solos were not necessarily solos, but group explorations. This was a pretty exciting discovery for these three veteran musicians.
About Bob Halperin
Bob Halperin has been a presence in the Seacoast music scene for over 30 years. Initially known for his virtuosic solo blues finger-picking and slide guitar performances, he has also established himself as a sought-after sideman, as a member of the roots/Americana band Wooden Eye, and of the band for the gospel choir, Rock My Soul. He teaches guitar at Gary’s Guitars in Portsmouth and at The Music Emporium in Lexington, MA.
About Ben Butterworth
Born and raised in northern New England, Ben Butterworth has been playing bass full-time for over a decade. He has performed in venues throughout New England, as well as in New York and Maryland, and studio recordings in New England and Texas. Informally “schooled” in blues and roots music, he has shared a stage with many New England Blues artists, including KD Bell, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, Shirley Lewis, Toni Lynn Washington, Slim Jim Watson, Texas transplant Willie J. Laws, and the Kan-Tu Blues Band, as well as with Phish drummer Jon Fishman.
Ben has also been in bands that have opened for well-known Blues names such as James Cotton, James Montgomery, Chris Duarte, and ZZ Top, as well as for Brian Howe, Reel Big Fish, The Smithereens, The Steve Miller Band, and the Bret Michaels Band (lead singer of Poison). Press appearances include multiple broadcasts on NH Public Television and in The Hippo Press (NH) as well as in The Cider Mag in VT (and many local & regional print media).
About Gene Guth
Gene Guth has been playing drums for 41 years. He started off in his school band, and kept playing in school ensembles through college, where he majored in music. In college, Guth studied classical percussion with Dr. Peter Tanner, and marching percussion with Thom Hannum. Later he studied drum set extensively with jazz great Bob Gullotti. It was at this time that he immersed himself in the art of improvised music.
Currently Guth plays with the Spotlight On The Arts Hall of Fame Band Rhythm Method, and he has been doing this since the band’s inception over 20 years ago. Guth also works as a sideman for various artist in the seacoast. He is also a Music teacher at local public schools, as well as teaching privately in his studio in North Hampton.