Having a party, graduation, wedding, corporate party and want to ROCK OUT?  
We provide a guaranteed good time!  
For booking please contact the following . . .
Ron Gill: 207-602-6708
Chad Thorne: 207-582-8578
Marc Perez: 207-415-3632

ibcChosen by The Maine Blues Society 

to represent Maine in 

The Blues Foundation's 

2012 International Blues Challenge!  Feb. 1-4 Memphis TN.  Come join us!

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PokeChop and The Other White Meats

Bringing Rockin' Blues, Rockin' Soul, Rockin' Country, Johnny Cash and Rock and Roll to the Maine Riviera*.

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From New Orleans to Chicago...   this band is influenced by many the storied and soulful blues acts up and down the Mississippi.  But that's not to say that there isn't any west coast influence or material in an evening's performance. 

The blues has taken on many faces and feels, as much a celebration as a plaintive call and Poke Chop and The Other White Meat brings them all to life once again.  Our new disk PORK PIE SPECIAL explores several of these routes in an EP consisiting of 7 original works.  Get yours now at any scheduled performance, or download online at Bandcamp

PLUS you can find a copy of our single, Sweet Pea Boogie at Bandcamp!  Click HERE.

be sure to check out the calendar and come see us at any number of classy venues who are hosting us.

2012 was a great year and we'll continue the tradition of the rockin' blues/soul/county/roll all over Maine, N.H., Mass and into Canada.

Chad'n And as always, tell your friends, tell your babysitter, tell your teachers, tell the mailman, come on out and party some with us!  Join us on FACEBOOK!  The economy is picking up and you're going to need a place to spend some of that stimulus money!  

Poke n' Porky We're debuting some new clubs every month, which means that it'll only be a short drive to wherever it is we're playing tonight.  We haven't seen you lately.  The nights are getting shorter so opportunity is knocking to get out and have some fun!  Be sure to get out and support your local live music venue as well as the musicians.  For them it's a labor of love, they do it for your appreciation.

pokechoplambchop Meanwhile check the schedule as we keep workin' it on through the winter. We've eclipsed 100 performances again for the 5th straight year.  



VenueLogogroupMUSICIANS!  We're still jamming.  Now at our new home of The Portland Blues Jam, the New Venue, 865 Forest Ave.  Every Wednesday starting at 7pm and going until 10pm.  All backline and PA are set up and ready for you!  Come on out and bring your friends to the only true blues jam in Portland.  

Tom Be sure to get out and support live music at your local establishment and if we're in town we'd LOVE to have you hear us!
Check the schedule and stop by.  Checkout the Maine Blues Society website, join!  Support the Blues! See ya soon!

New T'sT-shirts, New colors!  t-shirtThat's right, OFFICIAL Poke Chop and TOWM limited edition t-shirts now come in black, navy and cranberry!  Sporting our mascot, pimp and shill, el Puerquito, in all of his belting out the blues glory!  Check them out, a measly $10 ($12 for XXL)for you to be stylin about town showing off the love of your favorite blues band.

Chop with MojoBonzRon Gill, aka "Pokechop", has been playing rockin' rhythm and blues guitar for any number of years nowThe Original White Meats.  He was born in New York City but spent most of his life in the west.  What began in a small Colorado cowtown as an experiment at playing a musical instrument in the 1960's during the heyday of the British Invasion turned into a lifetime of study and devotion to the guitar, harmonica and all styles of the blues.  Influences are many as would be expected over the period of this long a time but current favorites are Little Charlie Baty, Freddie King and Hollywood Fats on guitar,  James Harman and of course Little Walter on harmonica and Jimmy Reed and Lucky Peterson for their songwriting skills.  Other groups he's performed in are The Phantom Freeway Rhythm and Blues Revue, Otis T. and the Hammers, Cindy Sweeney and Wichita River and Plymouth Rock.  Did I mention, Once upon a time the blues boarded a riverboat down in New Orleans. . . 

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Dial us up when we come to your neighborhood, support your local musical establishment and have a great time!  We're performing all up and down the beeyoutiful Maine Riviera, that stretch of the northern east coast that includes sandy beaches and cool surf.  Come say howdy so we can get to know you.

The Players

The Other White Meats (TOWM). 


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Holding down the bottom end is Chad  “Lamb Chop”  Thorne .   Chad, a natural right-hander, switched to playing guitar lefty as a result of an injury many years ago.  In the midst of that process Chad also found his true "musical voice," the electric bass. He has now played that instrument, thankfully and joyfully, for a number of years in a variety of musical contexts.  Chad is happy to be "bringing the funk" with PTOWM.   Beware if you borrow his axe, it's not a mirage, he's a lefty.


Tom1tom2Tom DelRossi has been playing throughout New England for the past "mmmmm" years. Coming to Maine via the Boston Area he has had the opportunity of working with dozens of Maine artist and bands. While living in Maine Tom earned his Bachelors of Music at the University of Maine in Augusta. Tom is a teacher for National Music Workshop as well as a instructor at Mid-Town Music in Biddeford, ME. Amoung the wealth of gig experience Tom has played Live Friday Night Jazz with Rich Tozier on Maine Public Radio, Live On Air at WOKQ 97.5 in New Hampshire, and the Hatch Shell in Boston’s Commons.

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While driving  an unforgettable beat is their trade, these men comprise the rock solid rhythm section that is the hallmark of dance music around the world.  

Special Guests include...

Harpin' Thom Thom Hanes' roots as a harmonica player and musician extend to the deep south.  He's played all over Louisiana, Texas,  Georgia and plenty of time in a little town called Chicago.  His playing brings those flavors of the blues to life, sometimes snarling, sometimes wailing, and sometimes crying.
Rusty Beckett:  A man with a trusty feel for the blues and more.  Rusty sits in with regularly at the blues jam and beyond.  Thanks Rusty!
HamboneSteven Forest Hamblen: A pros pro  brings a wealth of experience, feel and a groovin backbeat to the blues and all the other genres we perform.  Come listen and see how they do it down south
HarpmanDuane Asdourian: From the time he discovered and then jammed with Poppa Chubby, Duane has brought a wicked intensity to the harmonica.  He's more than the Mississippi Saxophone.
Cam Gray: Drummer par excellence.  Don't let his young demeanor fool you he blueses up the place like a man twice his age.
Marc Perez:  You'll be hearing more and more from Marc.  Our number one go-to guy on drums.  He seamlessly folds into the grooves that makes the blues live.
Bub Lynch:  Bub makes it easy to play the blues.  He's the ultimate professional who brings his A-game every night.

There are 16 TONs of bluesplayers both past and present. Want to know who was born today, or who passed on in the world of the blues?  Find their vital statistics at eRic's Blues Dates!

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Send us an email and we'll add you to the mailing list for updates on shows, and appearances! (p0kech0p@mac.com)

Maybe you'd like to peruse the list of songs we cover along with our own creations.

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Find out more about us and our schedule, happenings, friends, events and all sorts of other stuff at our page on Facebook.

So what does it look like when Poke Chop and The Other White Meats hit the road?
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Murphy's SaloonDo you love blues?  If so check out Murphy's Saloon, podcast home of the blues.  He hosts a weekly hour long show of blues artists, new, old, known and unknown!  He's even played some of my stuff!  Tell him Poke Chop sent you!

y'know, everywhere you go these days you're besieged with pre-programmed, MIDI'ed, sampled, synthesized, pop drivel.  Seems the era of the blues musician is going the way of the vinyl record.  


In the future the only place you're going to get a chance to experience this form of ART is in your home theater after visiting your local Blockbuster store.


Well,  get out your hats and sunglasses because in the great tradition of B.B King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins and the Blues Brothers, we're going to rock your soul with . . . 



The Other White Meats!


That portion of the beautiful Maine Coast from Boothbay Harbor to Kennebunkport where the beaches are sandy and the surf is cool like the music!
Here's a previous incarnation of PC and TOWM in Denver CO!

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