MARQUETTE, Mich (WJMN) – The Ore Dock Brewing Company and the Marquette Area Blues Society are proud to welcome award-winning blues band, Melebone back to Marquette for free Sunday afternoon concert.
The concert will take place Sunday, July 25 at 2 pm at the Ore Dock Brewing Company. The concert is open to all ages as well.
In a press release, The Ore Dock Brewing Company opened up about the band and some of their accomplishments:
“Mulebone is a partnership comprised of multi-instrumentalist, John Ragusa and roots music specialist, Hugh Pool. The launching pad for their musical expression is traditional blues. Together Mulebone has recorded 4 CDs. All have been critically lauded and achieved the Top 100 AMA radio chart position. Their latest offering “Keep on Movin” was in fact the only independent release in the AMA Top 40 for 5 weeks in 2015. Along with playing live and TV appearances,
Mulebone won blues artist of the year at radio stations from Seattle, Washington to Red Bank, New Jersey, and guitarist/songwriter Hugh Pool was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.
Any given week may find them playing clubs in NYC or entertaining at private parties thrown by David Rockefeller, Bruce Wasserstein, and a list of other East Coast residents who are enthusiastic about bringing these boys in for a party by road, sea, or air.
In Mulebone, John plays, conch shell, Jews harp, cornet, all manner of flutes, tin whistle, and chimes in on the harmony vocals. He is a member of Beth Nielsen Chapman’s group as well as his own John Ragusa outfit and plays regularly in conjunction with Deepak Chopra’s speaking engagements. Amongst dozens of studio credits are contemporary jazz greats Joe Taylor, Jeremy Wall, and world music icon Tom Ze.
Hugh says, “One time we were in Lexington, Kentucky sitting at an outdoor cafe and John played me a bunch of melodies sliding a straw up and down in a cup of ice water”…you get the drift.
Hugh plays guitars, harmonica, boot board, and sings, all with a mouth full of whiskey and a giant heart. He has played his brand of blues in clubs and at festivals from Jakarta, Indonesia to North Cape, Norway; From Vienna, Austria to Ottawa, Ontario and has been critically lauded by The New York Times, New York Press, The Village Voice, Pittsburgh Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Blues Revue Magazine…the list goes on.
He is also a noted recordist and producer who has worked on hundreds of records at his Williamsburg, Brooklyn studio, Excello Recording including sessions with Taj Mahal, Debbie Harry, Marshall Crenshaw, and even Molly Ringwald.
Together in Mulebone, Hugh and John play slide guitar boogies, 1 chord trance riffs a la Howlin Wolf the uptempo rags of Reverend Gary Davis, and country blues of all shapes and colors. Sometimes they play close to the source, almost as if tracing the image, and at other moments, they re-examine the source, float above it, take a new look as one understanding their home from a distant land.”
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