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Little River Band w/ Rob Duquette

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  • Date: August 25, 2018
  • Time: Show time 9pm
  • Location: Portland, ME
  • Venue: Aura

Little River Band

with special guest Rob Duquette
Saturday, August 25th

18+ Show
Doors 8:00pm :: Show 9:00pm

 

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ABOUT LITTLE RIVER BAND: Little River Band was formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1975. It was originally a blend of musicians who had enjoyed success in other Australian rock acts. Their new focus was to get airplay on American radio, and they achieved that goal with good songwriting, powerful vocals, and guitar harmonies. They immediately claimed their place as one of the great vocal bands of the ‘70s…and the ‘80s.Between 1976 and 1983, chart success in America includes the following singles: It’s a Long Way There, Help Is on Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, Man On Your Mind, We Two, and The Other Guy.

Little River Band is considered to be one of Australia’s most significant bands. Worldwide album and CD sales now top 30 million. They also set a record for having Top 10 hits for 6 consecutive years…the first band to achieve that mark. And according to BMI, Reminiscing has garnered rare status with over 5 million airplays on America radio…and Lady is close behind with over 4 million airplays. LRB was rightfully inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame at the 18th Annual ARIA Music Awards of 2004.The current lineup brings new energy and arrangements to the classic hits, making new memories for the audience out of each live performance. It’s always fun to watch as people are swept up by the show’s vitality and the volume of hits from LRB’s history. You’ll see plenty of people mouthing the words…”I love this song…I forgot it was one of Little River Band’s hits!”

 

ABOUT ROB DUQUETTE: Rob Duquette is a multi-instrumentalist musician with an emphasis on drums and percussion. A full time performer and music educator since 1998, Rob maintains an active gigging career splitting most of his time between Boston, Portland, Maine, and his own Gameroom Studios in Saco, Maine where he regularly teaches drums, percussion, and guitar. A classically trained percussionist, Rob also teaches World Music, African Drumming, and American Popular Music at the University of New England.

Growing up in southern New Hampshire, Rob bought himself his first drum set at age twelve. This development some households might view with trepidation but it provided Rob’s brothers respite from his otherwise relentless pop music renditions on the family organ. Hearing John Bonham and receiving Buddy Rich tapes from his grandfather led to a further interest in the sounds of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Studies with Les Harris, Jr. at the University of New Hampshire, and later with Alan Dawson, built a strong jazz foundation for Rob’s move to the Boston area. Here he played  regularly at several venues including The Middle East and Club Passim.

Rob’s music life came to encompass the Boston and Portsmouth music scenes where he became known as a solid, tasteful, and inventive drummer. He also developed a secret life as a guitarist and singer and songwriter co-founding the jazz-pop-folk group Cactus Highway. Their debut record, which includes Rob’s original songs, aired worldwide and was supported by an extensive U.S. tour. Daniel Gewertz of The Boston Herald called Cactus Highway “the most rare of acoustic acts…a duo of true sophistication who merge folk, pop, jazz in flowing, cool, unpretentious ways.” The Village Voice responded to the record with a simple “Amazing.”