Page 12 THE EVERETT ADVOCATE – FRiDAy, JunE 17, 2022 Legendary Roomful of Blues band appears Sunday, June 19 at Kowloon As part of a summer Veterans benefit outdoor concert series Mayor announces senior shuttle being offered to Everett seniors M ayor Carlo DeMaria and the Council on Aging – thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs – are once again pleased to announce “door to door” senior transportation with SCM Transportation. Shuttle services are available for Everett seniors in need of transportation to and from medical appointments and for local scheduled nutritional shopping to Stop & Shop, Market Basket and Wegmans. To arrange for transportation or for a shopping schedule, please call 617-6251191. For additional information, please call the Council on Aging at 617-394-2323 or 617-394-2260. On One Year Anniversary F or the last 50 years, Roomful of Blues has become legendary in the Blues World. The group, an American blues and swing revival big band from Rhode Island, has toured worldwide and recorded numerous albums. The group’s blend of swing, rock and roll, jump blues, boogie-woogie and soul has earned it five Grammy Award nominations and many other accolades, plus seven Blues Music Awards; including Blues Band of the Year in 2005. Over the years Roomful of Blues has played countless gigs and at major festivals, including – in this country – the San Francisco Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Beale Street Music Festival, Kansas City Blues Festival, Monterey Blues Festival and Santa Cruz Blues Festival. Abroad the group has played at the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Stockholm Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Notodden Festival and the Belgian Rhythm & Blues Festival. They have gigged with stars ranging from blues performers B.B. King, Otis Rush and Stevie Ray Vaughan to rockers Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana. The band has toured virtually nonstop, hitting cities coast to coast and traveling abroad, including to Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia. In 1967, Roomful of Blues was born in Rhode Island when guitarist Duke Robillard and pianist Al Copley started a band playing noholds-barred Chicago blues. They soon began exploring the swinging, jumping blues, R&B and jazz of the 1940s and 1950s, adding a horn section in 1970. Roomful of Blues, which is an eight-piece unit, is led by guitarist Chris Vachon and features longtime sax player Rich Lataille and singer Phil Pemberton. The other members are trumpeter Carl Gerhard, bassist John Turner, drummer Chris Rivelli, saxophonist Mark Earley and keyboardist Rusty Scott. On Sunday, June 19, Roomful of Blues will perform outside at Kowloon Restaurant (Route 1 North in Saugus) as part of a summer Veterans benefit concert series. Tickets are available at GimmeLive.com or at the door, day of the show (300). Reviews “[They are] the baddest big blues band in the land.” —Boston Herald “Roomful of Blues blows ’em out of the door … the hottest, most solid and wonderfully entertaining band of its type around.” —San Francisco Examiner “Roomful of Blues gave an object lesson in how to tackle modern blues with traditional swing and verve.” —The Times, London “In a class by itself …” — DownBeat “… irresistible on the dance floor. —Mademoiselle “If you are afflicted with podomotophobia – the fear of tapping your feet– stay clear of this band.” —People Law Offices of JOSEPH D. CATALDO, P.C. “ATTORNEYS AND COUNSELORS AT LAW” • ESTATE/MEDICAID PLANNING • WILLS/TRUSTS/ESTATES • INCOME TAX PREPARATION • WEALTH MANAGEMENT • RETIREMENT PLANNING • ELDER LAW 369 Broadway Everett, MA 02149 (617)381-9600 JOSEPH D. CATALDO, CPA, CFP, MST, ESQUIRE. AICPA Personal Financial Specialist Designee of Legislature Passing Graduated Income Surtax Amendment, New Poll of Massachusetts Voters Show Significant Change of Mood Poll Covers Biden’s Handling of inflation, Gubernatorial Race, Legislature’s Surtax Amendment Question, Gas Tax Suspension, & Reasons for Why Voters are Leaving Massachusetts B OSTON – On the oneyear anniversary of the legislature passing their proposed graduated income surtax amendment, the Fiscal Alliance Foundation (FAF) announced the results of a new statewide poll of Massachusetts likely voters gauging Bay State opinions on a wide variety of familiar issues, including the upcoming ballot question. The poll gauged the opinions of voters on President Joe Biden’s handling of the economy and inflation, the open Governor’s race, the legislature’s graduated income surtax amendment ballot question, the effort to suspend the state gas tax, and reasons for why nearly 1 in 4 voters are currently considering leaving Massachusetts. The poll was conducted with live operators and fielded between June 1 - 5, 2022, surveyed 750 registered voters with a history of voting in elections. The margin of error is +/- 3.5% with a 95% confidence level. The poll was sponsored by the Fiscal Alliance Foundation and conducted by Jim Eltringham of Advantage Inc., a polling company in the Washington, D.C. area. Speaker Ron Mariano and Senate President Karen Spilka have rejected bi-partisan attempts to suspend the state gas tax, despite neighboring states doing so. The FAF poll asked voters if they think Massachusetts should temporarily suspend the state gas and diesel taxes and 68% said yes, while 18% said no. The poll asked voters if they are considering or have made plans to leave Massachusetts to reside somewhere else and nearly 1 in 4 voters responded that they are. For voters who responded they have plans or are considering leaving Massachusetts, the poll offered selection of several reasons for why they are leaving and the number one response was “taxes are too high” at nearly 32%. A similar poll was conducted in March by John Zogby of Zogby Strategies in New York state that also found “taxes are too high” as the primary reason for people leaving that neighboring Northeastern state. This is the second FAF poll that shows that a majority of voters would be against the legislature’s proposed income surtax amendment ballot question. In February, the poll found nearly 52% were against the question while 37% were in support of it. This June’s poll results show a sharp shift in opinion against the proposed ballot question. Nearly 69% of voters would not support it, while only 20% would support it. Among Massachusetts voters, concerns over inflation seems to be intensifying and the increasingly high costs associated with nearly everything may be causing voters to sour on proposed policies, and POLL | SEE PAGE 23

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