Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses is a boisterous, horn-driven, 10-piece New Orleans-style band known for their energetic performances that raise the roof and bring audiences to their feet. On Saturday, July 2, the band arrives in Boothbay Harbor to play the historic Opera House.
The band’s eclectic and rowdy style crosses several genres, from big band and swing to rock and blues, combining original music from their albums with foot stompin’ favorites from the five-decade career of Louis Prima Sr. Critics have described Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses as “changing the face of ‘big band’ music by combining facets of swing, rock and soul and packing it into one giant punch.”
Formed in 2006, they have been performing to sell-out crowds around the world ever since. The band brings new energy to the stage in a show that has been called “the wildest show this side of the 60s.” Since their over the top break-out performance at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, they have performed from Seattle to Palermo, from casino showrooms to music festivals and from small clubs to large performing arts centers.
Prima Jr. is the son of legendary entertainer Louis Prima, known for his New Orleans-flavored music and lively performances. Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Louis Armstrong regularly performed with Prima. He was asked to perform at John F Kennedy’s inauguration and his classic “Jump, Jive ‘an Wail” went on to start a swing revolution in the ’90s.
The Philadelphia Inquirer says, “Louis Prima Jr. has serious swing chops and dynamite entertainment value, just like his old man, without a doubt a New Orleans Jazz-soaked trumpeter like his dad. Louis Jr. takes the Prima family lineage into the 21st century.”
Thanks to generous support from the Knickerbocker Group, Louis Prima Jr. and The Witnesses will be celebrating the July 4th weekend in Boothbay Harbor. Advance discounted tickets are $35 and available through the box office at 86 Townsend Ave., or by calling 633-5159. Regular $40 tickets are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door on the day of the show. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., music starts at 7:30 pm. The historic upstairs bar opens at 6:30 for ticket holders.