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BookHouse Concert – Pete Gumbo & The Hot Peppers
September 29, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Your favorite Zydeco band Zydeco-a-Go-Go now has a smaller cousin called Pete Gumbo & The Hot Peppers, a trio consisting of piano, drums and tenor sax. These three musicians, all from Zydeco-a-Go-Go, play a special tribute to vintage New Orleans rock & roll classics from Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Smiley Lewis and the entire New Orleans rhythm & blues catalog from 50’s & 60’s & 70’s the “Golden Era.” Their songs hark back to a time in the Crescent City when rock & roll and rhythm & blues were one and the same. Fats Domino recorded #1 hit after #1 hit, Blueberry Hill, Walking To New Orleans, Blue Monday, I Want To Walk You Home etc. Professor Longhair was a legend in his own time, with big Mardi Gras hits like: Mardi Gras In New Orleans, Big Chief and Tipitinas. His 45’s from then are still today on every jukebox in the city. Allen Toussaint’s catalog of rhythm & blues hits is too many to list. He wrote songs for many of the greatest hitmakers of the day, like Irma Thomas (It’s Raining, Ruler Of My Heart, Time Is On My Side) Ernie K-Doe (Mother In Law, A Certain Girl, Ain’t It The Truth) Lee Dorsey (Working In A Coal Mine, Ride Your Pony, Yes We Can Can) and the list goes on…
Led by piano player and bandleader Pete Gumbo, on accordion, piano, and vocals, was a founding member of underground cult legends PHILLY GUMBO, backed Jamaican toaster BIG YOUTH, Nigerian Afro-Pop recording sensations THE LIJADU SISTERS, and has played piano with such artists as SLEEPY LaBEEF, BO DIDDLEY, and New Orleans own CHARLES HONEYBOY OTIS. Drummer Bob Holden is a founding member of famous Philly R&B big band THE DUKES OF DESTINY and has backed local rock heroes like ROBERT HAZARD and QUINCY as well as national recording artists such as soul-singer TERRY EVANS and roots-blues legend OTIS RUSH. Bob got his start in music as a teenager drumming behind James Brown impersonator LEON & THE WORKOUTS. Add to the gumbo the rock & roll soul sounds of tenor saxman, Bobby Michaels, one of Philly’s busiest players, he often tours with THE SOUL SURVIVORS, THE DELFONICS and BILL HALEY JR. & THE COMETS, amongst others.
So whether it’s your first time or you already love New Orleans rock & roll, rhythm & blues, street parade second line funky jazz, or zydeco, the music is so catchy and upbeat you will be compelled to get up and dance! With Pete Gumbo & The Hot Peppers, it’s all about having fun and feeling good, and as they say in The Big Easy “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!” or “Let The Good Times Roll!”
Doors to the BookHouse, will open at 7PM. Performance starts at 7:30 PM. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be available for a small charge. Please plan to arrive prior to the scheduled starting time. All BookHouse programs take place in the Edinger Community Room of the Hughes Building, Eastern Monroe Public Library, located at 1002 North 9th Street, Stroudsburg. For more information, please call Linnae Cintron at 570-421-0800 x312 or visit our BookHouse page at https://monroepl.org/?page_id=533.