Southington rock band to play at benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief

Published on Friday, 22 September 2017 22:29
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

STAFF WRITER

SOUTHINGTON - The Screamin’ Eagle Band joins other area artists today for a benefit concert for Texas flood relief.

The Southington-based Southern rock band will perform at The Cove and Tavern at 90 Point Grove, Southwick, Mass. It will be joined by solo acoustic artist Dave Tharp and three bands: Highwire, King Kuel and Cobalt Express. The concert will run from 4 p.m. to midnight, with proceeds supporting Hurricane Harvey relief.

“In the aftermath of these devastating hurricanes we have stepped up to help do something about it,” wrote the band on its Facebook page. “No excuses; now is the time to help others in need.”

The band's lead singer, Mike Turgeon, said he met the other musicians either at their shows or when they came to his. All agreed that doing something to help relief efforts was “of tremendous importance.”

“Tina Rose, the owner of The Cove, will make sure that this money all goes to relief organizations,” said Turgeon. “We’re doing this because it is the right thing to do.”

The band also includes Timothy Britt and Dave Yarrison on guitar, John Philbin on bass, Dale Quesnal on drums and Beth Johnson on backing vocals. It is preparing to release its first full length album “Asphalt Warriors” in late October, featuring Grammy winner and former Allman Brothers Band member Johnny Neel on the track “Mississippi Mud.”

Turgeon met Neel through Kevin Kiekel, whom both met on Facebook.

“He was a U.S. Navy veteran and he sent us a request knowing that we had some mutual friends,” he said. “I thanked him for his service and he was really impressed with that. I then found out that he was the former owner of The Boxcar, where Buddy Guy and B.B. King played. Thanking a veteran is what got all of this started.”

About a month ago, the band traveled to Nashville to meet Neel and record their album with him. Then, about two weeks ago, Turgeon went to record his vocals.

“It was one of the most amazing experiences of my lifetime,” said Turgeon. “Johnny Neel is a gentle giant with a huge heart; such a loving guy and so gifted. He has been blind since birth but he has not let his handicap hold him back.”

Screamin’ Eagle Band's next Southington date is at Friends Café on Nov. 3.

For more information, visit screamineagleband.com or facebook.com/screamineagleband. There is also a link on the band’s Facebook page for pre-ordering the upcoming album.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, General News, Southington Herald on Friday, 22 September 2017 22:29. Updated: Friday, 22 September 2017 22:32.