Tom Principato Band to be Featured During the Frederick Film Festival’s Soundtrack Pre-Event
June 12, 2015 at 8:30pm | Brewer's Alley, Frederick
The Frederick Film Festival continues its tradition of providing an early event before the Festival to bring awareness to the region about the impending deluge of quality films arriving downtown June 26-28. This fundraising/awareness-raising event has traditionally been dubbed The Kickoff and has included short films, great food, free-flowing malted beverages from Brewer's Alley, and a renowned musical act...all for one ticket. All for one price. All for one night only!
This year, the F3 is proud to welcome legendary blues guitarist Tom Principato and his band to the pre-event this year for an evening of hot licks, cold beer, good food, and great short films on Friday, June 12 at 8:30pm upstairs at Brewer’s Alley!
Tom Principato has spent more than 40 years as a guitarist and singer based in his hometown of Washington, D.C. In the 1970's, Tom was leader of the legendary band Powerhouse, an East Coast phenomenon who released an album "Night Life" to critical acclaim. With a reputation built on a career that boasts 17 albums, 27 "Wammie" awards in numerous categories from the Washington, DC Music Assoc. and over 5,000 gigs which includes over 50 tours of Europe, Tom Principato has been taking his Indie infused eclectic roots mixture of Rock, Funk, Blues and Latin Sounds all over the World----all along the way leaving audiences wowed and slack jawed with his virtuoso talent.
Principato was born in Washington, D.C., and was initially inspired by the music of Roy Buchanan, Chet Atkins, and Danny Gatton. However, a life changing moment occurred when he was still a teenager. Principato remembered "seeing B.B. King for three shows a night, three nights in a row, in 1969 at The Cellar Door club. I was 17 years old, still in high school, and still developing my guitar and music skills." Principato led the band Powerhouse in the late 1970s, which released Night Life to some acclaim. He joined the touring Geoff Muldaur in 1980, and followed this by operating as a session musician, playing both in the studio and in concert with musicians including Sunnyland Slim, Billy Price, Big Mama Thornton, and James Montgomery.
By the mid-1980s, Principato’s solo career was under way, recording the live album, Blazing Telecasters, with Danny Gatton. It was eventually released in 1990. It was considered for a Grammy Award nomination. In 1988, Principato appeared at the Notodden Blues Festival.
From that time onwards, Principato has recorded a string of solo albums, which have seen him accompanied by an ever changing backing ensemble. In 1995, Principato's song "In The Clouds" was also considered for nominating for a Grammy. In July 2011, Principato and his band performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
To have an opportunity to see a musician of this caliber in the intimate confines of Brewer’s Alley’s upstairs room is certainly not to be missed. There are many film events in Frederick, and there are many fundraisers/awareness-raisers in Frederick, and there are many music events in Frederick, but nothing beats an event that rolls all that up, accented by the amazing music of Tom Principato and topped off with a selection of short films. Nothing beats the 2015 Frederick Film Festival Kickoff Event at Brewer’s Alley. We promise.
Tickets are very limited and are first come, first served. They are available online at: F3Tix.com with your credit card or PayPal. More information is available on the Frederick Film Festival’s webpage at: www.FrederickFilmFest.com.