Joe Cotton and his band had their sights set on playing a local Delray Beach landmark later this year and perhaps recording a live album. It turns out, they’ll be at Old School Square’s, Crest Theatre on June 8th & The Arts Garage on September 23rd, 2018 !


The Joe Cotton Band! I love seeing great musicians do their own thing.

Peggy Kelleher.

At the Arts Garage, Shulman and Martel bounced around the stage with boundless energy, Shulman and Mateka are the backbone of the band driving a tight rhythm pace through each song, Hickory is stunning and her fiddle playing is sweet, Mr. Fisk noodles each song into a nice crescendo courtesy of distinctive bluesy riffs, and if the band has an MVP it’s Rice with his piano and keyboard work and vocals. Martel led the way with energy, interesting lyrics, and choruses, spot-on vocals and was flawless on rhythm guitar.

The Joe Cotton band and the fans sang along in unison

The Joe Cotton band and the fans sang along in unison on one song, “Hey Ho, Find me an Island, Hey Ho, Bring me your Key – Hey Ho, Everyone’s Smiling – The wind, water and me.”

On solo acoustic guitar Richard Warren Rappaport opened the evening for The Joe Cotton Band with a nice venture into America’s Rock ‘N’ Roll songbook. Rappaport’s vocals were firm and his strumming was nice, while he laid the groundwork for a great night of music. His storytelling before each song was interesting.

The Joe Cotton Band at the Crest Theatre

“I want to record a live album with The Joe Cotton Band at the Crest Theatre.”

Martel has recorded at the famed Sun Records where Elvis Presley cut his teeth and recorded all of his early hits. Martel’s song “Ain’t No Crying” was recorded with a Chicago blues band at the Sun Studio in Memphis, TN.

To Martel it’s more about the camaraderie of creation. Bands he’s founded and played in include Beggarman Thief and SNAFU just to name a few.

“Joe Cotton’s been there the whole time!”

His previous band, before The Joe Cotton Band, Beggarman Thief had opened for the Pixies and The Fools. Martel got to play Mama Kin club owned by Aerosmith in Boston.

“I want my band to play like the Faces and record like the Beatles,” says Martel.

Martel came to Delray Beach a decade ago and immediately fell in love with the scene. He and his wife Lori dove deep into helping local non-profits raise money for countless causes. Soon, he began to show up at Kevro’s Art Bar, 166 SE Sixth Ave., on the south side of East Atlantic Avenue, and eventually rocked the funky roadhouse with his live band. Martel met the coolest people in the city and soon began filling slots in his band’s landscape.

“My favorite part of this is the process,” he said.


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