The weather is warm and that means it is time for the Stuart's Opera House FREE Summer Concert Series! June's edition features Athens' own The Royales! FREE live music outside in the Stuart's parking lot on Final Friday of June-September (and there's a beer garden) with performer to be announced. This show is FREE and open to the public, no tickets are needed. And don't miss all the great openings and events all around Nelsonville's Historic Public Square for the monthly art event Final Fridays on the Square starting at 5:00pm. In case of bad weather the concert will be moved inside the Opera House.
The Royales are a rhythm & blues band based out of Athens, Ohio, that feature an astounding front man, solid horn section, and booming rhythm section, all culminating in a live show that is supercharged with energy. Pronounced like the casino, (not the baseball team), the Royales formed in 1995 and have been playing regionally ever since at nightclubs such as the 19 South and Casa Nueva in Athens, the Court Street Grill in Pomeroy, and Ludlow’s in Columbus. They are also a favorite of the Marietta Jazz & Blues Society, who annually invite them to perform the “Red, White & BOOM” Festival, and the Marietta Blues Competition. This year, for the 7th straight year in a row , the Royales were voted the “Best Band In Athens,” (Athens NEWS Reader’s Poll 2003 – 2011), and were also selected to headline the annual, (and infamous) Court Street Halloween Block Party, performing in front of 30,000 people.
With a workhorse load of cover songs in their repertoire, such as “If You Love Me Like You Say” (Albert Collins), “What I Say” (Ray Charles), and “Let Me Love You Baby” (Stevie Ray Vaughn), the Royales are sure to be entertaining and fun for audiences of all different tastes. For the more adventurous… they also have accumulated a hefty amount of rockin’, yet funky originals. The Royales have shared stages with everyone from Jorma Kaukonen & Hot Tuna to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Radiators, Willie Nelson, the Carpenter Ants, Mudhoney, Michael Hurley, Johnny Rawls, and have even played “T-Bone Shufle” with Tab Benoit on the lead guitar. The Royales high energy and take no prisoners approach to their blues/rock sound inspire dancing in abundance, and typically scare the bejeezus out of any act they open for. The Royales are going on fifteen years as an active band and show absolutely no signs of slowing…
Promo photo by John Sullivan