Holly Harris - Emcee and radio host, Holly Harris hails from a musical family. Her father and grandfather were both professional trumpet players and her Uncle Benny played saxophone with both Glenn Miller and the Gene Krupa Orchestra. She began introducing artists on stage at a young age for her entrepreneural mother. From there she went on to become the voice of her high school in upstate NY. At age 17 she left for Paris, and spent her Freshmen year abroad. Holly returned to graduate with a BA from Ithaca College, before moving to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music and Suffolk University for her Masters Degree in Counseling. Her radio career began at Tufts University where she hosted , ‘The Morning After Blues’, for ten years. During that time she began deejaying and emceeing at various clubs and festivals around Boston and the Northeast. Her first commercial radio show was the, ‘10 O ’Clock Rockin’ Blues’, on WCGY. During that time and for the next twenty years she often filled in for her dear friend, the late, Mai Cramer on WGBH. When WBOS called she was ready, and spent nearly 15 years on WBOS hosting and producing, ‘Blues On Sunday’. The show earned her numerous awards including the national W.C. Handy, ‘Keepin’ the Blues Alive’ , award, for Commercial Radio, in 1995, Boston Blues Society and New England Blues Society’, ‘Friend of the Blues’ awards, as well as a Proclamation from the MA House and Senate as ‘Friend of the Arts’; to name a few. She has introduced headliners and emerging artists alike, including, B.B. King, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Hubert Sumlin, Luther, ‘Guitar Jr.Johnson, Buddy Guy, James Montgomery, and many others. She is a past President of the Board of the Greater Salem Boys and Girls Club and has worked as a School Social Worker for many years. in her, ‘spare time’, she enjoys photography, dancing, and drumming. She can often be seen emceeing concerts, festivals, and charity events in New England, is a voice-over actor, and she can be heard on her current radio show, ‘Spinning the Blues’, Saturday nights at 8 on WUMB, 91.9 FM and WUMB.org. So please tune in!
Joe Marino - Joe is the official videographer for the Boston Blues Society and is considered the unofficial Martin Scorsese of the area’s Blues scene. For Joe this is a labor of love and he has shot and edited thousands of hours of video footage of local, national, and international artists. His numerous accomplishments have led to him winning The 2012 Heatherfest "Keeping The Blues Alive" Award and The 2015 "Frank McIssac Blues Fans of the Year Award" from The Boston Blues Society & The North River Blues Festival. Joe’s videos were featured in the "Hidden Treasures" Chronicle episode on WCVB Channel 5 Boston in 2015. If you have not checked his MoeJoeVision Youtube Channel, you are missing out. Joe & Moe are treasures of the Boston area music community. For the New England Blues summit, Joe will be providing videography & editing services
In the early 90’s Paul became the House Engineer at The Harp in downtown Boston and after about 2-1/2 years he took the soundman position with Clutch Grabwell and still mix them today. After a couple of shows of using equipment that was not qualified to use in some bedrooms, and the upcoming retirement of Red Line Sound, Paul made his move and bought the latest equipment from JBL, Crown, and Allen-Heath. Paul liked it so much he bought a second one and he's looking to purchase more. Paul is a Founding Partner, Producer and will be managing sound for this event.
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Adam Signore - Owner of Roving Recordings, EasyEPK and Signore Web Design. Adam is a lifelong music lover and supporter. His career was based in High Tech working for Motorola for almost 25 years. In that time he worked in IT and Software Engineering but always had time for local music. After moving on, Adam put the Web, Graphic Design and Programming skills he had learned at Motorola to use in a way that he hopes will directly impact the promotional abilities of local musicians. Adam is providing Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design and Web Design to the New England Blues Summit
David Riley - Except for a time concentrating on his IT career, David Riley has been a music fan for most of his life. It was seeing a youtube video of Samantha Fish (in March 2014, thanks to Sunday Morning Blues) that reinvigorated his love of music and seeing this video was a stepping stone to expanding his music appreciation to other great musicians. An article focusing on John Hall mentioning the New England Blues Summit (and starring Ms. Fish) got him intrigued with it and getting involved. Dave also volunteered at the North River Blues Festival and the South Shore Irish Festival in 2015. David is providing Project Management, Advertising & Promotions and will be the Stage Manager for the event.
Take a moment and get to know the New England Blue Summit Team. These folks are working hard and laying it all on the line to provide for you an unparalleled and unique event that will provide great memories for years to come.
Paul Duffley - Owner ESP Sound Systems. For Paul it all began back in the 80’s when he became a disc jockey, believe it or not! Paul loves music loud and clean. It became rather annoying when he was doing parties that had old ladies show up and they would sit right in front of the speakers, then complain that the music was too loud. After a few years of that, he gave up and started to roadie for the Catunes (a local band with a regional following). That brought him to the late 80’s when he began to work as a crew member with Red Line Sound, mixing sound and loving the quality of equipment they carried.
John Hall - John founded Rhythm Room Entertainment (formerly Rhythm Room Records) in 1990, with a storefront in Marshfield MA offering a wide variety of CDs, new and used, with an extensive blues selection.
John is a former board member of the Boston Blues Society, serving as director of advertising and special events. His love of live music was the driving force for starting the North River Blues Festival (celebrating its 21st year in 2016) and The Green Harbor Roots Festival. John is a Founding Partner, Producer and his extensive festival experience is brought to bear in making this event a success.