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Gina Coleman and Misty Blues 25th anniversary

May 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Gina Coleman, founder and lead vocalist for Misty Blues, smiles as she holds a microphone. Press photo courtesy of the Egremont Barn
Gina Coleman

The Misty Blues Band celebrate their quarter century and their newest record, Silver Lining, as vocalist Gina Coleman performs with bassist Bill Patriquin, drummer Rob Tatten, saxophonist Aaron Dean, guitarist Seth Fleischmann, Diego Mongue on drums, bass, guitar, pedal steel and percussion. ​

Silver Lining, the band’s 15th album released in their 25 years together, exemplifies their musical evolution as a contemporary blues band — and how the blues can play center stage amongst a cast of varied genre influences.

The album tells the story in the lyrical blues style of the band’s intrepid journey through the ups and downs of the last 25 years as one of the hardest working musical groups in New England.

The collection of 46 tracks by female blues artists from 1928 – 1969 moved Gina to start Misty Blues a few months later. Now, 25 years later Gina returns to perform for the first time in the same space where the seed of Misty Blues was planted.

Come experience the music from this album performed live for the first time. In addition to the performance of the album, the concert will also serve as the premiere of the documentary made by the creative team at Outpost Studios about the band, their music, and the stories that have been woven throughout their years together.

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Gina is a graduate of Williams College. She began singing in 1990 on a dare by her co-workers and hasn’t turned back since. She began performing in a duet, The Siblings. Gina shortly started her own duet, Cole-Connection, which blossomed to a five-piece band that allowed her to showcase some of her original music.

Gina has performed in the Williamstown Theater Festival as the lead gospel singer in “A Raisin in the Sun.” She also made several appearances at NYC’s famed Bitter End. She has been nominated for two Independent Blues Awards for writing songs in the Best Contemporary Blues category.

Gina and the band have had the pleasure of recording with Charles Neville from the legendary Neville Brothers and Joe Louis Walker. They have also opened for blues staples … Tab Benoit, John Primer, Albert Cummings and Michael Powers. Musical influences include Koko Taylor, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Tuck & Patti.

25 years ago, lead singer and founder of Misty Blues, Gina Coleman ’90, performed in the Williamstown Theater Festival production of “A Raisin In The Sun.” It was the festival’s first production with a predominantly African American cast — Ruben Santiago Hudson, Viola Davis, Kimberly Elise and Gloria Foster.

Gina was cast as a gospel singer to offer a musical transition between the acts of the play. Upon the conclusion of the production, Ruben Santiago Hudson told Gina that her voice was perfectly suited for the blues and gifted her the cd collection “Men Are Like Streetcars.”

Gina’s oldest son, Diego Mongue, performs with Misty Blues regularly on bass or drums. He is also the founder of the youth blues band,Born IV Blues, and the jazz fusion group, GrossMongue.

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Date:
May 10
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Williams ’62 Center
1000 Main St.
Williamstown, MA
(413) 597-2425

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