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 Roomful of Blues – Live at the Argosy Casino – Alton IL.

Roomful of Blues Great bands produce great musicians and Roomful is no exception, with cast of 8 great musicians this has to be one of the hardest working bands in the US. They were in the STL area for just one night flying out of and back to New Jersey just to give us a great taste of their sounds – plural! They have many sounds, and this band has been pumpin’ the “horn band” blues since like 1970. Check them out on www.roomful.com and get a feel for their world wide impact, plus catch them at a venue near you. I have followed this band for 10 years or so and have yet to not be amazed at their energy showmanship and musicianship/expertise at the blues. They pumped out 15 songs without a break and had the joint jumpin’. Enos hit his stride at around the 4th song, and the band then hit a groove. Vaschon did a great slow blues with more emotion, you could feel it in the audience. He has gotten soooo good. And the man Rich L plays the coolest tenor solos, but then the deep and soulful Bari sends the songs to the heart. Travis, all over the B3 (sorely missing these days) and the keys, to kick the songs into another gear. It is all good, all night, all Roomful. They should have a new CD in the next few months but any CD of ROB’s is a good buy.

Their CD’s are never below a 4.5 and usually a 4.8 or 4.9 on the STLBlues–o-meter

A quick glimpse of the band
Mark DuFresne – Vocals – Mark has like a 3 plus octave range all tight, all controlled, all good
Chris Vaschon – Guitar – This cat has been around but he has really matured, Mastering his axe
Dima Gordodetsky – Bass – clasicall and classic he is the drivin’ underpinning of the band
Jason Corbiere - Drums – Solid drums a trademark of ROB, Jason’s right there. Rock steady
Triavis Colby – Piano and B3 – Best keys ROB has had very tight and cool fun to watch
Rich Lataille – Tenor/Alto – Since 1970 the rock on which Roomful is built – Too much
Bob Enos – Trumpet – Bubba the coolest musician I with a horn - bar none
Mark Earley – Bari/Tenor – Gotta love anyone who can smooth a Bari. Great addition

Thanks ROB – Later - Gator

Venue Quickie on the Argosy
The Argosy at Alton has to be one of the best band venues in the area with great lighting and sound. The room is intimate but large enough to carry the sound. To my liking it is SMOKE-FREE, very comfortable and the food and drinks are very reasonable. Soon Highway 364 will be done so it will be like a 30 minute drive to the showroom. Of course you are welcome to stay and gamble. The Marketing staff (Todd Ribick and Jim Fitzpatrick are very welcoming and want to have more blues events there so you bands and agents let’s make it a Blues Venue like no other in the area. When Argosy hooks up with STLBlues.net the blues will grow up the lazy river.

Thanks Argosy - Later - Gator

Here's Cornbreads review of 'ROOMFUL OF BLUES – STANDING ROOM ONLY', their 2005 release on Alligator.

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