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Sat, Sep 09



Blues on Sunday with Nelson Checkoway, Per Hanson & Jon Ross

Blues - $21 in Advance | $25 at the Door. Student rate $10. The show will also be Livestreamed from Cadenza's Facebook page. Contributions to the artist are encouraged.

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Blues on Sunday with Nelson Checkoway, Per Hanson & Jon Ross
Blues on Sunday with Nelson Checkoway, Per Hanson & Jon Ross

Time & Location

Sep 09, 2023, 7:00 PM

Cadenza, 5 Depot St, Freeport, ME 04032, USA

About The Event

“They may not be household names, but they’ve played with people who are.”  This is how Saco River Theatre owner Dana Packard introduced a recent concert by the Blues on Sunday Quartet, who are returning to Cadenza in Freeport on Saturday, September 9th.

The Blues on Sunday Quartet or BOSQ was founded last year by area musician Nelson Checkoway and two regional luminaries, drummer Per Hanson and guitarist Jon Ross, as a Sunday afternoon blues residency at Cadenza.

Hanson, a founding member of Ronnie Earl’s Broadcasters, has played and recorded with a who’s who of blues musicians including Little Milton, Debbie Davies and Pinetop Perkins, while multi-instrumentalist Ross has appeared with guitar great Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, and Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

Ross and Hanson also toured together with blues harmonica legend James Cotton, and they share a long-standing area connection, having appeared countless times in the region as the rhythm section for local legends, Lex & Joe.

“Our originals and covers showcase traditional Chicago-style blues, New Orleans R&B, throwback country, Memphis soul and more,” says Checkoway, who has appeared on stage with as diverse artists as Commander Cody and Mike Bloomfield. “It’s music we love and it doesn’t get enough play these days. We’re hoping to change that!”

The connective tissue in the band is the late Freddie King and Bonnie Raitt pianist Dave Maxwell:  both Hanson and Ross played with Maxwell in James Cotton’s band and he was a teacher, mentor and friend to Checkoway.  Rounding out the quartet at the upcoming Cadenza show on September 9th is standout bass player Steve Norris, who has also appeared with Maxwell, as well as Maria Muldaur, Sleepy LaBeef, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson.

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