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THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN – ALL THE WAY FROM NAPLES, ITALY

 

Written by Gina Tutko-Usalis
PA Music Scene.com
November 2010

As leader of the band, Gennaro Porcelli & the Highway 61, he has a strong passion for music. Gennaro is influenced by Johnny Winter and Tommy Johnson, but never forgets the 3 Kings… Albert, Freddy and BB. He has rearranged several famous blues songs, in fact his debut new album is titled Revisiting. On this album Gennaro pays homage to some of America’s Blues & Rock legends such as BB King, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Little Walter, Johnny Winter, etc. playing renditions of songs like “Dallas“, “Just Your Fool“, “Highway 61“, “Rock Me Baby” and “Mess Around” to name just a few. He is joined on this album by many great musicians and has received positive reviews by two of Italy’s most popular rock stars… Eduardo Bennato and Alex Britti. Gennaro is currently talking with some of Italy’s best labels.

This is Gennaro’s second time playing here in Central PA.  The first time Gennaro was here as a solo act.  This time he has the band with him and they are looking forward to this mini-tour. Through a link of a friend and friendships, Gennaro has teamed up again with Vivian Lambert of Lambert Promotions. Vivian was introduced to Gennaro Porcelli’s music by her friend, Adriano, one of the owners of Rosa Rosa in Lancaster. After listening and viewing Gennaro’s music online via MySpace and YouTube, Vivian loved his blues sound and was glad to be on board to book and promote Gennaro’s music here in Central PA. “I am thrilled to be a part of such a talented musician,“ said Vivian.

Gennaro arrived Wednesday evening in Philadelphia.  Here is his commentary regarding his last visit to the States:  

“When I landed in PHILLY in USA immediately I had a beautiful sensation, the music was in the air and I was sure to have a great time. I WAS RIGHT! The audience was great, the people friendly and I received such good hospitality. I played in many places in PA and I have seen that the BLUES got no frontiers. You know I’m from NAPLES, ITALY. I ‘m very happy to come back and play with my band and share with you our feeling with the BLUES . Something has changed since I’ve been in USA… I feel closer to the Americans and I learned a lot and I want learn more!!  I had the opportunity to play with JON PARIS ( JOHNNY WINTER’S LEGENDARY BASS PLAYER) at BB KING’S club in NEW YORK … I’ll never forget it!  I’ll do my best to keep the BLUES alive. I hope to see everybody during our tour in PA!”

Click here to visit their website:  Gennaro Porcelli & the Highway 61

Check out Gennaro and Highway 61 Tour schedule:

Friday, November 5, 2010-8:00 a.m.-Live interview on Smooth Jazz radio 92.7

http://www.smoothjazz927.com/

Friday, November 5, 2010 at 12:00 noon-Playing live at THE LOFT at The River radio station in Harrisburg, Pa

http://www.river973.com/pages/theloft.html

Friday, November 5, 2010-10:00 pm-Rosa Rosa Late Night-398 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 700, Lancaster, PA

Saturday, November 6, 2010-10:00 pm-Rosa Rosa Late Night 398 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 700, Lancaster, PA 17603- 

http://www.rosarosalatejazz.com/

Sunday, November 7, 2010-10:00 p.m.-Live interview with Michael Anthony Smith-The River Radio Station

http://www.river973.com/main.html

Monday, November 8, 2010–8:00 pm to 11:00 pm-The Drinkin Bone-860 N. Front Street Wormelysburg, Pa. 17043.  Opening band is Mark Focazio Band

 http://drinkinbone.com/about.php

http://www.myspace.com/markfocazio

Wednesday, November 10, 2010-Blues Jam w/ Gennaro Porcelli- 8:30pm – 11:30pm

Rosa Rosa Ristorante Italiano, 398 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA

Bring your axe, sticks voice and talent to this blues session.717-509-3970

Thursday, November 11, 2010-8:00 p.m. to ?? p.m.-Ceoltas-310 North 2nd Street in Downtown Harrisburg, 2nd floor in the Rafferty Room.  Opening band is Nate Myers and The Aces

 http://www.ceoltasirishpub.com/

http://www.myspace.com/natemyersandtheaces

Friday, November 12, 2010-10:00 pm-Rosa Rosa Late Night-398 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 700, Lancaster, PA

Saturday, November 13, 2010-10:00 pm-Rosa Rosa Late Night 398 Harrisburg Avenue, Suite 700, Lancaster, PA 17603- 

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Quotes about Gennaro’s performance last performance in Central PA and his music. These comments were made by people who saw him perform back in March 2010:

“Gennaro’s performance was outstanding and fantastic! Gennaro delivered with skill and extraordinary talent, leaving the audience wanting more. Al a Clapton for sure!”

“Gennaro is so talented and a joy to listen to. People were dancing, che…ering, clapping and shouting from sheer delight. Hopefully he will be back in November…hopefully”

“AMAZING! He is a not miss, and it you didn’t make it out, it as your loss. He is a rare talent and it was an exciting evening.”

“The best surprise was Gennero and his blues band that played at Rosa Rosa. This guy has guitar soul a la Clapton.”

“smokin’!!!”