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Fernando Pinto Presents: Magic Dick & Shun Ng
+ Ron Anthony - Sunday September 8th,
at East Rock Concert Series @ mActivity
Tickets $20 Adv. $25 at the Doors
Doors 6:30pm - Showtime 7pm - All- Ages

Magic Dick of J. Geils Band and young guitar phenom Shun Ng fuse soul, funk, blues and jazz

Magic Dick, the legendary harmonica player for Boston's legendary J.
Geils Band has recently partnered up with guitar and vocal sensation,
Shun Ng, to create one of the most dynamic musical acts to come out of
Boston in a long time. The music is soulful blues, rockin' yet
thoughtful and performed by arguably two of the top musicians at their
respective instruments. Since 1969, Magic Dick has toured the world
playing and blowing away clubs and stadiums with the J. Geils Band. He
explains the formation of the duo:
"From the moment I first heard Shun Ng's CD "Funky Thumb Stuff" I knew
that a manifest musical collaboration was about to happen. Shun's
sound simply made me feel very alive and induced in me a synchronous
alignment of musical DNA as if it was his intention as well as mine
all along!

Magic Dick & Shun Ng

Magic Dick: Born in New London, Connecticut, Magic Dick arrived in
post-war America to the Atomic Bomb, World Peace, Bebop and Rhythm &
Blues. Dynamic change and growth in the arts and technology would be
the hallmark of this era and by the time he was eight Dick knew that
music, painting and physics would be his primary interests. The
trumpet was his constant companion and served as a springboard to the
harmonica in his sophomore year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in
Worcester, Massachusetts where he met J. Geils and Danny Klein and
became a founding member of the J. Geils Blues Band in 1968.

By 1969 the band had moved to Boston and joined forces with Peter
Wolf, Stephen Jo Bladd and Seth Justman. In 1970 the J. Geils Band
recorded their first of nine albums for Atlantic Records and toured
incessantly, jamming with many of the blues greats including Muddy
Waters, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells and James Cotton. The band
developed a reputation for 'getting crazy' and devastated audiences
for fifteen years with their high-energy style of Rhythm & Blues and
Rock & Roll. These recordings showcase Magic Dick's innovative
harmonica playing, which served as a strong distinguishing sound for
the band.

A series of five albums for EMI America followed culminating in the
Platinum album Freeze Frame, released in 1981, which ascended to #1 on
the Billboard album charts, spent four weeks there, and remained on
the charts for a total of 70 weeks. The album's first single,
"Centerfold," spent six weeks at #1 in Billboard. Freeze Frame's title
track followed "Centerfold," peaking at #4.

Subsequent to The J. Geils Band, Magic Dick performed as a guest
artist harmonica soloist for Patty Smyth, Debbi Harri, Full Circle,
The Del Fuegos and Ryuici Sakamota, among others. In 1992, Magic Dick
and J. Geils formed the band Bluestime featuring Magic Dick on
harmonica and vocals and J. Geils on guitar.

Magic Dick's years of experimentation and searching for new sounds and
stylings for the harmonica cultivated a strong desire to improve the
flexibility and quality of the harmonica so as to better fit into
contemporary music yet retain the best characteristics of harmonica
sound and cultural history. This development continues to this day in
the recordings of Bluestime on Rounder Records, which feature
prototypes of Magic Harmonicas expanding the role of the harp now,
and for the future. Magic Dick's intense drive to extend and enlarge
the cultural history of the harmonica is shared in a balanced and
fruitful union with Magic Harmonicas co-inventor and partner Pierre

In 2016, Magic Dick partnered up with award-winning guitar virtuoso
and vocal sensation, Shun Ng for their debut release, "About Time".
The debut album is a collection of technically daring interpretations
of old classics and virtuosic originals and has been received with
high reviews from the music world.  The music is soulful yet intimate
and intricate, performed by arguably two of the top musicians at their
respective instruments. As an acoustic duo, each song and arrangement
showcases the breadth and depth of the two instruments and the
wide-ranging, adventurous spirits of these two artists and the results
are astonishing.

Shun Ng

Shun Ng is an award-winning fingerstyle guitar virtuoso, singer and
songwriter, known for his unique style which infuses elements of Soul,
Funk, Blues and Jazz. Shun dazzles audiences from all over the world
with his flamboyant technique, soulful vocals and hypnotic groove.  He
stands as one of the most dynamic and innovative performers, winning
accolades from legendary producer, Quincy Jones to fellow guitar
virtuoso, Tuck Andress.

You wont believe your eyes nor your ears, he belies all stereotypes,
all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his
science  his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding.  Quincy
Jones (27-time Grammy® award winning producer)

I was dazzled by his technique and captivated by his guitar grooves.
Shun's music has that special quality, the dream of all musicians, the
natural ability to touch the heart of the listener.  Tuck Andress
(Tuck & Patti)

Shun is a recipient of the Songwriters Hall of Fame 'Holly Prize',
5-time Boston Music Awards nominee and winner of 'International Artist
of The Year'  at the 2015 Boston Music Awards. Witnessing Shuns
dynamic performance live is an unrivaled experience that is not to be

+ Ron Anthony

Longtime favorite in the New Haven and Southern New England area, Ron Anthony cites Tom Rush, Ian Tyson, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, and John Hammond, among others as seminal influences in developing his own style. Rons performances rely heavily on his original songs delivered in a smooth baritone, backed up by an acoustic guitar style that simultaneously combines flat picking and finger picking. His songs reflect a mixture of folk, country, blues, and jazz with lyrics that tell a good story without being trite.
Ron has performed extensively in the Southern New England area at songwriters showcases and as a featured performer at area open mics. He has appeared frequently on local radio stations and has opened for or shared the stage with many national caliber folk acts. Hes played to audiences as far north as Hallowell, Maine, where his CD, Live at Slates was recorded, and as far south as Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where he has been featured in several shows at the Godfrey Daniels Coffeehouse. Recently, Ron represented Connecticut at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, after winning the Connecticut Blues Society competition for Best Solo Blues Artist.

This musicians favorite has opened for Chris Smither and John Hammond, proving hes the real deal with driving guitar and vocals...
- Stan Sullivan, Roaring Brook Concerts


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285 Nicoll Street
New Haven, CT 06511
United States



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