Plattsburgh’s Retro Live Announces Two Upcoming  Blues Shows in July & August

Plattsburgh’s Retro Live nightclub has announced two summer blues shows. On Wednesday, July 17, New Orleans’ The Rumble will perform. This concert will be followed by a performance from blues legend Kenny Neal on Saturday, August 10th.

Crowds at Retro Live

Retro Live is one of Plattsburgh’s premier nightlife destinations. This Summer, the venue hosts a number of special events offering drinks and live music. Throughout June and early July, Retro Live has already presented shows by Canadian Bluesmen the Blackburn Brothers, and multiple local DJs. The venue will continue its blues streak with two more shows announced for July and August. 

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First is a July 17th performance from the Rumble. The seven-piece from New Orleans features seven Grammy winning artists, including bandleader Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr. Boudreaux is the son of Monk Boudreaux, leader of the Golden Eagles tribe of Mardi Gras Indians. Together, the Rumble brings traditional New Orleans music into the modern age. They combine classic meters-esque funk, mardi gras horns, and modern roots music to make a unique blend of sounds.

With Boudreaux leading call and response chants, the Rumble puts audiences at the heart of their shows. This audience involvement combined with the funky, bluesy tones of the Rumble are sure to make a show as lively as a Mardi Gras celebration. In 2024, the group won a Grammy nomination for Best Regional Roots Record. Their performance will take place from 7:00-9:30pm. 

Kenny Neal at Retro Live

A show from legendary bluesman Kenny Neal will follow in August. Also hailing from Louisiana, Neal has played the blues since he was only 13 years old. Making a name for himself in Buddy Guy’s backing band, Neal soon went solo. He released his debut Big News From Baton Rouge!! In 1988. With his guitar chops and smooth vocals, Neal quickly became a staple of the swamp blues genre. 

In 1991, Neal took to the stage acting in a Broadway production of Mule Bone. In this role, Neal performed poetry from Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston set to music by blues legend Taj Mahal. Following his stint on Broadway, Neal continued to release music. His most recent album Bloodline (2016) has received much critical acclaim. In 2017, Bloodline was nominated for Best Blues Album at the Grammys, and won 2 Blues Music Awards. Neal’s performance will take place on Saturday, August 10th from 8:00-11:00pm. 

Both performances are made possible through a collaboration between Retro Live and Plattsburgh Blues & Jazz. Tickets for both concerts are $25 if purchased in advance, and $30 day-of. For more information on Retro Live, Summer events, and ticketing, visit their facebook page here

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