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Even though Roomful of Blues’ lineup has changed over the years, the band has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world. Currently an eight-piece unit led by guitarist Chris Vachon, the band has never sounded fresher or stronger. Singer DD Bastos brings her sweet and soulful vocals and adds another bright new dimension to the jazzy, jump- blues musical roots. Their winning combination of jump, swing, blues, R&B and soul remains their calling card, as does their ability to fill the dance floor. Along with bassist John Turner, trumpeter Carl Gerhard, drummer Mike Coffey, keyboardist Jeff Ceasrine, baritone and tenor saxophonist Craig Thomas, tenor and alto saxophonist Rich Lataille, Roomful keeps on rockin’ into 2024.

Roomful Of Blues at the Rex Theater

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The Rex Theater, 23 Amherst Street, Manchester NH

Back by popular demand! With a non-stop performance schedule for over 50 years, Roomful of Blues has earned critical, popular, and radio success and a legion of fans across the globe.

According to DownBeat magazine, Roomful of Blues “are in a class by themselves.” With their masterful combination of jumping, horn-heavy, hard-edged blues, and R&B, it’s no wonder why the great Count Basie called them “the hottest blues band I ever heard.” Since 1967, the group’s deeply rooted blend of swing, rock ‘n’ roll, jump, blues, and soul has earned it 5 Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including 7 Blues Music Awards and the prestigious DownBeat International Critics Poll for “Best Blues Band”.

Craig Thomas is an accomplished singer, multi-instrumentalist, including tenor, alto, soprano, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, flute, and guitar, and songwriter with The R&B Bombers, Jim Messina, the Craig Thomas Trio and Craig Thomas & Bluetopia



He has performed on records and onstage with Aretha Franklin, Al Jarreau, Michael McDonald, Loggins & Messina, Jim Messina, Johnny Mathis, Les McCann, Olivia Newton-John, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Jermaine Jackson, Bill Champlin, Clarence Clemmons of the E Street Band, Tom Jones, Domino Affect, and on several movie soundtracks, “Death Warrant” starring Jean-Claude van Damme, “Maid To Order” starring Ali Sheedy and featuring Merry Clayton, and “Steal Big, Steal Little” starring Andy Garcia.

 He’s also written songs for Mike Love, Jim Messina,  the R&B Bombers and smooth jazz groups Domino Affect and 206.


 Craig Thomas’s style is strong rhythm and blues with obvious rock and jazz influences. He is able to shout out traditional blues, whisper a soft melodic ballad, or slide through an R&B tune with equal skill and an underlying soulful feeling.