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First Thursdays: Joe Bargar & The Soul Providers featuring Cheryl Aruda

Joe Bargar & The Soul Providers featuring Cheryl Aruda

Brought to you by: Fugitive Productions

The Sanctuary stage will be hosting a band of Boston music legends on the first Thursday of the month through June. In April, Cheryl Aruda will be the featured guest performer.

When Cheryl Aruda was a kid, she crooned into a breadstick in her Italian grandmother’s kitchen, and thus began her career entertaining the masses with music, humor, and give-it-all-you’ve-got energy. A “theater kid” and Berklee grad who honed her craft in dive bars, Cheryl fronts her own group, “Dirty Blonde,” and has been a featured vocalist with blues, soul, and jazz bands on stages throughout New England (for far longer than she cares to admit)! In addition to signature gravelicious vocals and tremendous bandmates, Cheryl’s live performances and her CD, Unrequited Love Songsshowcase her skills as songwriter/lyricist . . . and, on one CD tune, tuba player!

Joe Bargar is a veteran of the New England music scene. Having grown up in Providence, RI, Joe had the opportunity to appear with such legendary acts as Roomful of Blues, Scott Hamilton, Duke Robillard, James Montgomery, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Living in New York City for decades, Joe played with performers including Sly &The Family Stone, Robbie Robertson, blues greats Otis Rush, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son Seals, and John Lee Hooker; and soul masters Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter, and Solomon Burke. He can also be heard on several recordings, including those by Diana Ross and “Late Show” bandleader Paul Shaeffer.

Joe Bargar (vocals, keyboard)
Bobby Gus Ledwell (guitar, vocals)
Eddie Scheer (drums,vocals)
Mark Poniatowski (bass, vocals)

Doors Open: 7pm • Performance: 7:30pm

Full bar • You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out. Click here for a list of Maynard many fine restaurants.

Tickets: $12/advance, $15/door

Fugitive Productions presents The Cheryl Arena Band

A “Master of the Harmonica,” Cheryl Arena has been bringing authentic American blues to audiences in the US and Europe for over 30 years! No one trick pony, she plays everything from the urban electric blues of Chicago to the soulful Delta sounds of the Deep South and everything in between. Always with a soulful edge and a grooving beat, Cheryl channels the likes of Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, and many more of the immortal masters!

Raised in the Boston area, she has shared the stage with such luminaries as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Charlie Musselwhite, Pinetop Perkins, Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson, Lazy Lester, R.L. Burnside, among many others. Cheryl has released several CDs, including the critically acclaimed “Blues Got Me” with seven original songs featuring a stellar band, produced by Duke Robillard, who also plays on the album. She is a triple threat: great songwriter, powerful singer and smokin’ harmonica player (endorsed by Hohner)!

Whether you want to hit the dance floor and shake your hips, or sway in your seat while you tap your feet, Cheryl and her band always deliver powerful, undeniable Blues with a feeling!

Mike Dibari, guitar & vocals
Ed Scheer, drums & vocals
Teddy Bukowski, upright & electric basses

  • Doors open: 7pm • Performance: 7:30pm
  • Full bar. You’re welcome to bring snacks and/or take-out.  For a list of Maynard’s many fine restaurants, click here
  • Tickets: $15/Advance, $20/door