This summer Webb’s Captain’s Table is partnering with Lucky Dog Management to provide customers with a fun, upscale evening full of dinner, drinks and live music. Four dates for the “Live at Webb’s” series are scheduled thus far, which are designed to complement the meal with a side dish of nationally acclaimed touring acts.
“It’s coming full circle,” said Benjamin Webb, owner of Webb’s Captain’s Table Restaurant. “There’s too much noise out there now. People want integrity, legitimacy and to be actionable. They want legitimate, full-throated music. Raw authentic American entertainment.”
This collaboration seeks to enhance an already award-winning dining experience. Webb’s Captain’s Table most recently earned a 2018 Diner’s Choice award from OpenTable. Blending their expertise in food service with Lucky Dog Management’s expertise in event production, Webb hopes to give his guests an unique experience that they will thoroughly enjoy.
Todd Wagner, principal of Lucky Dog Management, specializes in artist talent buying, event management and production. For over two decades, he has provided dedication to the live-event and entertainment production industry. “We take the worry of the show off of your shoulders so that you can tend to the other needs of your event,” Wagner said. Lucky Dog has produced many shows through the management of the “Happy Valley Music Festival” in State College, Pa. and the “Flood City Music Festival” in Johnston, Pa. Through those efforts, Wagner has booked and worked alongside national recording artists, from Boz Scaggs and Dr. John (winner of six Grammy awards) to Hall of Fame inductee Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band, and a long list of others. Not to mention Mayville’s very own “Belle Bash” series, which takes place on the Chautauqua Belle steamboat throughout the summer months. This event has included Hall of Fame inductee Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band, Samantha Fish, Tim Reynolds, Coco Montoya, and many more.
“We want to harness the spirit of the old Chitlin’ Circuit of great traveling bands passing through our area reflecting a time period when couples would go out to eat, imbibe and see a show all in one location,” Wagner said. “All with the Webb’s standard of excellence wrapped around it.”
“Live at Webb’s” will feature both regional and national recording acts, starting Saturday, July 21 with Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats. Based out of State College, Pa., the Valley Rats have appeared with B.B. King, Jay Leno, Johnny Winter and James Cotton. Soulful and dynamic, Miss Melanie and the Valley Rats offers “a simmering, smoldering set of vintage, sixties R&B that drew several standing ovations mid-set,” according to Elmore Magazine.
On Friday, Aug. 10, Webb’s will host Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, a national touring act featuring Ragtime and 1920s Dixieland jazz. Crimmins plays modern tunes deeply rooted in the past, and has toured the eastern U.S. opening for acts like Mumford & Sons and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. “The very first note immediately sends the listener back to a 1920s Vaudeville theatre, where Blair Crimmins intoxicates an audience with his smooth voice and the band supports him with flawlessly appropriate musical accompaniment,” according to Performer Magazine.
The third installment is set for Saturday, Aug. 18 with the Jimmy Adler Band based out of Pittsburgh. They have toured both nationally and internationally. “Adler romps, jumps and wails ... with infectious dynamism. His playing slides and swings ... and you might hear suggestions of Joe Cocker or Dr. John when Adler vocally lets loose. The band clearly knows how to boogie and swing,” according to Pittsburgh Magazine
The “Live at Webb’s” series continues into the fall season on Saturday, Sept. 15 with the Neon Swing X-perience. For more than 20 years, the band has been going strong since starting out as a cover band in high school. Inspired by big bands and Louis Armstrong, NSX has “been relentlessly devoted to updating and preserving vintage American genres such as swing, hot jazz, blues, rockabilly, and horn rock,” according to their website. “Every NSX performance is an explosive retro party guaranteed to fill you with the irresistible urge to get up and dance.”
Cost for dinner and a concert will be $49.95 per ticket, which will include a full dinner menu, including dessert, as well as the ticket for admission to see the performance. A cash bar will be available throughout the show. “It’s a good way for people to enjoy a night out or a date night, where friends or couples can get a table together,” said Wagner. “An upscale evening of entertainment for adults.”