Classic rock meets the blues with James Montgomery & Friends on June 2, 7:00 p.m.

James Montgomery has been one of the leading blues performers of a generation and he’s coming to Newton as part of the 3rd annual Festival of the Arts! Don’t miss James along with his 10 piece “Super Group” featuring Jimmy Vivino of The Conan O’Brien show “Basic Cable” Band!

Throughout his illustrious career, Montgomery has toured with many artists, including Aerosmith, The J. Geils Band, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, The Allman Brothers, The Steve Miller Band, The Johnny Winter Band, The Blues Brothers with (Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) and others. Jimmy Vivino serves as the Music Director on the TBS late night show CONAN and has been a member of the “Basic Cable” Band since originally formed in 1993 by Bruce Springsteen’s drummer Max Weinberg.

Since 2001, Montgomery has found another home with “The Friends” a band formed by Newton resident Peter Hackel after the 9/11 attacks to help deal with a deep personal loss. Hackel lost his stepmother Paige Farley-Hackel on American Flight #11 and this performance at Newton City Hall marks the group’s 16th Anniversary of giving back to those in need, remembering the hero’s and victims of 9/11 and honoring musical legends “Gone Too Soon”.

Tickets $25.00 at and  or $30.00 at the door.

June 2nd, 7:00 pm – Meet & Greet and cash bar, 8:00 pm – Show followed by CD signing and after party

Newton Cultural Center at City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue