If you’re looking for down home, old school, house-rockin' rhythm and blues, you’ve come to the right place! Juke Joint 5 focuses on the sounds you might have heard emerging in the early 1950s from some distant, static-crackling, late night radio station: jumped-up urban rhythm and blues; the raw Delta country sound just recently getting electrified in Chicago; Memphis rockabilly; and the primitive beginnings of rock and roll.
Juke Joint 5 is a tight-knit R&B band from Boston, wowing audiences with their high energy show and soul drenched music. Not only performing funky JJ5 originals, but also a wide range of R&B chestnuts and lesser-known gems by the likes of Ruth Brown, Louis Jordan, LaVern Baker, Don Covay, Big Mama Thornton, Hound Dog Taylor, Big Maybelle, Slim Harpo, Little Esther, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Little Richard, Dinah Washington, James Brown, Koko Taylor, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, and other such classic soul, funk, and blues performers.
Lead vocalist of JJ5 is Lisa Marie of the Boston-based group Lisa Marie and All Shook Up. Powerful and soulful vocals - sometimes swampy, sometimes sweet and sultry - but always delivered with pure joy and a reverence for the music JJ5 loves to share.
Holding down the front line are veteran blues players John Juxo and Dick "The Poet" Lourie. Formerly of Big Nazo fame, John brings the funk to JJ5's soulful sound on piano and organ. Gritty saxman Dick Lourie performed with the late Big Jack Johnson in Clarksdale, Mississippi and he can still be found playing all around town during the Juke Joint Festival.
Bob Vabulas on bass and drummer Richard Malcolm make up the band’s solid rhythm section: Bob has performed with a long list of blues artists including Buddy Guy and Toni Lynn Washington; Richard has performed around the globe and toured with Luther “Guitar Junior” Johnson.
Juke Joint 5 is committed to preserving and sharing the American rhythm and roots music that we love so dearly...We look forward to seeing you at a show - dancing, singing along, and getting a kick out of our road stories!
~ Juke Joint 5
Juke Joint 5 photo, L to R: Richard Malcolm (drums); Lisa Marie (vocals); Dick Lourie (sax); back row: Bob Vabulas (bass).