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R&B through and through

Thom Cammarota and "the guys" play the music they love with all the energy they can muster.

A year ago, Cammarota moved to the area from Southern California, where he had been lead singer and bassist of a band called The Social Club. Eager to continue performing, he began playing local jams and perusing Craigslist for other musicians in the market. After some deliberation, he finally settled on a trio of like-minded rockers: keyboardist David Blees, drummer Andrew Linville and guitarist Robert Clark.

Still in its infancy, the band, TC and The Reactions, has been developing its show at jams around the Rogue Valley and is all set to make an impression.

The band will play its first, official gig and kick off RoxyAnn Winery's summer concert series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the winery, 3285 Hillcrest Road, Medford.

TC and The Reactions' sets are 100-percent, guitar-driven, "power" rhythm and blues, fronted by Cammarota's rich, soulful, tenor vocals. Some of the music is "popular," including covers by Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Junior Wells, but the rest is "cool music that's off the beaten path," such as songs by Duke Robillard, says Cammarota.

"There's been a lot of great rhythm-and-blues music over the last 70 years, and it needs to be represented in a way that is conducive to its original, artistic value," he says.

Nonetheless, the band does tweak the arrangements. For example, Wilson Pickett's "In the Midnight Hour" gets a funk makeover.

"There are blues songs we play very standard, and there's some blues songs that we play more soulful," Cammarota says.

Cover is $6. Call 541-776-2315 for more information.

Left to right: David Blees, Thom Cammarota, Andrew Linville and Robert Clark are TC and The Reactions. - Photo courtesy of Gianna Cammar