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Jon McBride's Big Easy with special guest Ali McGuirk

Wednesday, March 06, 2024 • 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST

$15.00 - $30.00

Event Details

Doors 7pm, Music starts at 7:30pm

Sliding scale tickets will be available at the door, but we expect to sell out this event

so we advise buying your tickets in advance. BYOB!


Jon McBride’s Big Easy is a band having fun with music from New Orleans. Whether

it’s hard-driving soul jazz fueled by the blues, funk, and second-line street beats or

bringing a seasoned and fiery edge to a repertoire of American roots music, including

traditional jazz, ragtime, acoustic blues, and gospel, their high-energy spontaneity, and

relentless search for the perfect groove keep audiences large and small on the edge of

their seat or the middle of the dance floor—with Ted Perry on piano, J.D. Haenni on

bass, and Dwight Ritcher on drums.


Blending classic soul power with a folk songwriter lyricism, New England’s Ali McGuirk has

the rare ability to silence a room with just a few words of a song. With a voice that is raw and

sultry and a style rooted in improvisation, her sets are a hypnotic and intimate journey. On her

Signature Sounds Recordings debut ’Til It’s Gone, McGuirk delivers a sublime set of songs that

pairs her trademark soul sound with rootsy turns and raw rock ‘n’ roll detours. The album landed

on the Boston Globe’s Top 50 Albums list for 2022. Consequence of Sound raved, “‘All Back’ feels

like it could exist somewhere outside of space and time– it could be on a record in the background

of a party in a 1970s bungalow, or it could be on your Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. Either way,

it’s a great listen.” McGuirk co-produced ‘Til It’s Gone with Jonah Tolchin (a star singer-songwriter

in his own right) and a set of session legends: Little Feat guitarist/mandolinist Fred Tackett, organist

Larry Goldings (James Taylor, Norah Jones), singer Valerie Pinkston (Ray Charles, Luther Vandross),

percussionist Lenny Castro (Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder). They provided the astounding chops, but

the true magic of the album comes from McGuirk’s singular voice as both singer and songwriter.

The nine tracks run from intimate introspection to wider meditations on oppression and justice,

from tough r&b and tender soul to big rock guitar and twangy folk. And McGuirk's voice – bold,

buttery, spellbinding – carries each song to the next til they’re gone. McGuirk currently divides her

time between touring North America and Europe and crafting new compositions in her lakeside

Vermont cottage . She has performed spellbinding sets at Boston Calling, Merlefest,

Americanafest, and NPR’s Mountain Stage.



Venue Information

The Phoenix
5 Stowe Street
Waterbury Village Historic District, VT 05676
(802) 355-5440

Organizer Information

The Phoenix


5 Stowe Street
Waterbury Village Historic District, VT 05676

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