Lights Out Blues Band
The Lights Out Blue Band is a
4-piece traditional blues band that was formed 7 years ago to honor the "Chess
Records" masters of the '50s and 60's while creating its own
unique style of traditional blues. The
band has been performing in numerous
venues throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Lights Out was the "house band" at the
Boston House of Blues Foundation Room hosting the monthly blues jams throughout
2015 and was 2017 winner of the Granite State Blues Challenge and competed in
the 2018 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn. Named after Marion “Little Walter”
Jacobs’ haunting chromatic harmonica song "Lights Out", the band
brings a rare level of experience and passion to traditional blues.
Clay Brown (Vocal, Guitar) : Clay Brown's love for the Blues began with recordings by Otis Rush, BB King
and Albert Collins. He studied Guitar and Saxophone at Berklee College of Music
in Boston, where he developed a love for Swing and Bebop Jazz. He has played in
Big Bands, Swing and Small Combo Jazz Groups tjhroughout New England, as well as
Blues and Rock and Roll Bands since the 1990s. He teaches Saxophone and Guitar
and enjoys passing along his knowledge of Blues and Jazz to his students.
Gary Bernath (Vocals, Harmonica, Tenor Sax):
Gary first started playing blues harmonica in the late 1960's while attending the University of Massachusetts. Inspired by harmonica giants such as Paul Butterfield, Little Walter, Charles Musselwhite, and Junior Wells, Gary formed his first band in 1971, playing harmonica and doing much of the writing and arranging for the group which was later known as the Bill (Big Screamin') McGrew Band. The group was a powerful musical force in New England and New York with its own mix of blues, jazz and funk until 1979. For over 40 years Gary has been an integral part of the New England music scene as a bandleader, musician, singer, songwriter and producer. He has lead numerous versions of The Gary Bernath Band and played countless venues and explored many musical directions, but has never strayed far from the blues.
Brian Rost (Upright Bass): Since moving from Connecticut to Massachusetts in 1981, Brian has played bass
with a number of country, blues, cajun/zydeco and R&B bands including Rufus
Thomas, the Tarbox Ramblers, the Boogaloo Swamis, Fatwall Jack, Dirty Rice and
Barbecue Bob. He has recorded and performed with Michael Hurley, the J Place
Band, Girl Howdy, the Billy Blue Band and the Hubcaps and appeared at music
festivals from Lake Charles, LA to Brunswick, ME including both the Boston Blues
Festival and the Boston Folk Festival.