The Subdudes at the Boothbay Harbor Opera House
Over the course of 25 years and 10 albums, The Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. On Saturday, July 15, this famed, sometimes elusive group, returns after a long hiatus, to the Opera House in Boothbay Harbor.
This New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any group of musicians.
Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.
The Scotti River Trio will open the concert, going on stage at 7:30 p.m. Scotti River is made up of Steve Jones, Paul Mellyn and Scott Elliot, all popular Midcoast Maine musicians in their own right.
Tickets for this much anticipated concert have already been selling fast but are still available through the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, or by calling 633-5159. The box office is open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Advance purchase tickets are $30, plus a $2 ticketing fee. Tickets purchased on the day of the concert, if available, are $37. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., the historic upstairs bar opens at 6:30 for ticket holders.
The Subdues concert is generously sponsored by The Knickerbocker Group, with additional support from Hall Funeral Homes.