TINSLEY ELLIS & COLD ENGINES
This is a FREE event!
About Waterville Rocks!
Waterville Rocks! is a free, family-friendly concert series held in downtown Waterville’s Castonguay Square. Established in 2016 by local business leaders and arts-focused organizations, Waterville Rocks! has become an annual community celebration of all-things-music held in the great outdoors. Highlights include a beer garden, outdoor dining at The Proper Pig, and the ice cream truck from Stone Fox Creamery!
All Waterville Rocks! concerts are held on Fridays at 5:30pm. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside the Waterville Opera House.
Provided that the Waterville Rocks! concert is outside, the following free Common Street Arts art project will be available for all to try: Sidewalk Chalk Art!
Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. He has performed in all 50 United States as well as in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. “A musician never got famous staying home,” he says.
North Shore Boston’s Cold Engines is the retro wave, power pop, and melody driven rock project of The Brew’s founder David Drouin and drummer Aaron Zaroulis. The group emerged in 2015 with a prolific run of four full length albums and over 100 shows a year supporting the likes of Los Lobos, Blues Traveler, Bobby Keys, Soule Mounde and extensive headlining shows in the Northeast.
Officially launched in 2015 with the debut record in the can, the band was started and fostered in the ashes of national success The Brew. Drouin and Zaroulis pivoted quickly to capture something special. With the relentless pop hooks of The Police, Queen, The Killers and The Beatles serving as inspiration, Drouin knew exactly what he was after.
Capturing the urgency and catchiness of his favorite record, the Dirty Dancing soundtrack from 1987 Drouin garnered an obsession. Honing the band with additions of journeyman Boston heavyweights was necessary. Geoff Pilkington from Soul Rebel Project, Eric Reingold from Jamantics and a slew of guest stars like Adam Ezra, Audrey Ryan, Johnny Bluehorn, Andrew Fogliano, Jon Persson, and Ben Alleman and Tim Phillips make up the recording team.
Winning rock band of the year at the New England Music Awards and subsequent nominations for song of the year and new act of the year in multiple North East award shows, the industry took notice.Now four years in, the band has found itself fully and without apology as a new wave power pop force releasing the much anticipated 5th record, “Kiss My Heart.”