Quakertown, PA, June 05, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- When John Hammond takes the stage at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place in Quakertown on June 20, 2013, it will mark the first of what the fledgling promotion company, Parlor Concerts, LLC believes will be a long and continuous run of world renowned artists in the 182-seat theater. “There’s a key gap in the concert market that McCoole’s Arts & Events Place can fill,” said Parlor Concerts co-founder, Tom Malm. “Imagine a place that’s designed to be the perfect listening environment, where the stage is just a few inches off the floor, and the furthest seat is only seven rows away. Imagine the lights dimming and your favorite artist under the spotlight with his art captured in a sound system perfect for the room.” Malm says the doors will open 7:00 pm with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that will take place at 6:45.
“When you present a legend, and a true gentleman of the blues, like John Hammond for your first event, you're getting instant credibility,” said Tom Cullen, leader of the Bucks County Blues Society. It has been 50 years since he recorded his first vinyl record with the Vanguard label. Within the first decade of his career as a performer, Hammond began crafting a niche for himself that is completely his own: the solo guitar man, harmonica slung in a rack around his neck, reinterpreting classic blues songs from the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. Yet, as several of his mid-'90s recordings for the Pointblank label demonstrate, he's also a capable bandleader who plays wonderful electric guitar. This guitar-playing and ensemble work can be heard on Found True Love and Got Love If You Want It, both for the Pointblank/Virgin label. His most recent release, Rough & Tough (Chesky Records) harkens back to that first recording Hammond did with Vanguard Records nearly 50 years ago.
Musician Tom Waits says, "John's sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it. He's a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down."
Parlor Concerts believes when that train stops in Quakertown, every true fan of the blues will get on for the ride. “This theater and this performer are made for each other,” Malm said. “John Hammond’s stage presence is powerful enough to mesmerize even through festival crowds and bars with spilled drinks and hockey games on the TVs in the side room. In the theater at McCoole’s, it’ll be like going to blues church.” Tickets for the John Hammond show are $35 and go on sale on June 4th through the Parlor Concerts website (www.mccoolesconcerts.com). Parlor Concerts, LLC is an independent company, separate from the McCoole’s Red Lion Inn. For more information visit the website or phone 484-358-3868.