Blues-rock legends headline Lobster Festival

May 06, 2014
Johnny Winter

Rockland — A non-stop package of classic rock and blues will be the highlight of Saturday night at this summer’s Maine Lobster Festival. Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera (formerly of Rare Earth) and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds will be the all-star lineup.

The show is set for Saturday, Aug. 2, getting underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30, including festival admission. For more information, visit or call (800) LOB-CLAW.

Johnny Winter Band

Since the late 1960s, Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues/rock, Winter has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues/rock and American Southern rock. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker … Waters took to referring to him as his “adopted son.” The three-time Grammy winner’s most recent Grammy-nominated album, “I’m A Bluesman,” features two members of his current scorching road-tested touring band.

Edgar Winter Band

A child prodigy who achieved international success early on, Edgar Winter has found an audience in music, film and television. The prolific writer's music encompasses many different genres including rock, jazz, blues and pop. A performer at the original Woodstock, Edgar created the critically acclaimed Edgar Winter Group and revolutionized rock by featuring synthesizer in the hit “Frankenstein.”

Major national television and radio campaigns have relied on Edgar's music to advertise their products; and the musician himself has also made frequent television appearances, as well in the film "Netherworld." His music can be heard in no fewer than 15 film and television projects; and his song is featured as "Runnin (Dying To Live)” in the biopic "Tupac Resurrection." Edgar Winter's live shows consistently receive rave reviews.

Vanilla Fudge

The current lineup of Vanilla Fudge features three of four original members. Vocalist/organist Mark Stein and now retired bassist/vocalist Tim Bogert were members in a local band who struck out on their own with lead guitarist/vocalist Vince Martell and a drummer who was replaced by drummer/vocalist Carmine Appice, at which point they took on the name Vanilla Fudge. The band is best known for putting a psychedelic spin on popular songs; its biggest hit was a slow, hard-rocking version of The Supremes’ “Keep Me Hangin’ On.” Lineups and projects have come and gone; the current close-to-original band embarked on the current, perhaps misnamed, farewell tour in 2011, the same year they performed “Keep Me Hangin’ On” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Peter Rivera

Rare Earth’s funky, good-time music was an indelible part of Seventies rock, and Peter Rivera is the original drummer and lead vocalist behind all its hits (1969-1975). With Rivera on drums and lead vocals, Rare Earth sold more than 25 million records. His vocals have been featured on countless radio and television commercials, and his easily recognizable voice is heard in several movies and television shows. He has been touring the world for 34 years and is involved in projects that include writing and producing music.

Kim Simmonds

One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder/guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the United States, invigorating the genre. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock ‘n’ roll music of the 1970s, and its influence stretches into modern rock.

From London’s Soho night clubs in 1966 to headlining the world’s most famous venues (including Carnegie Hall and Fillmore’s East), Savoy Brown has done it all and continues to tour worldwide. In 2011, Simmonds signed the band to Ruf Records, releasing the album “Voodoo Moon” that has became a best seller on Last year, Savoy Brown has returned to a three-piece band once again, singing and playing guitar along with Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

Comments (1)
Posted by: Michelle Ames | May 06, 2014 20:04

Those names bring back some great memories. Hell Bound Train. All albums, to. Great choice.

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