The Jesse Liam Band to play Misquamicut festival

The Jesse Liam Band to play Misquamicut festival

The Westerly Sun

WESTERLY — You might say it runs in the family.

Jack Gauthier and his son, Jesse, sing together — side by side — harmonizing for Jesse’s band, The Jesse Liam Band.

The father-son duo, who have been performing together throughout southern New England for the last decade, along with two other musicians, will take the stage at the Misquamicut Fall Festival next weekend.

“We really like to please people with music, that is really what we’re about,” said the younger Gauthier. “Getting the reactions, having songs put people in a good mood.”

The Jesse Liam Band — called the JLB by fans — is touring in support of Jesse Liam’s fifth CD, “Come on My Way.” The new six-track EP features three originals and three of the band’s most-requested covers; Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are,” Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” and a Bob Marley medley.

The Gauthiers are joined by drummer Michael DeQuattro and bassist Joe Bentley.

Jack Gauthier, a Grammy-nominated recording engineer who manages blues legend Duke Robillard, once produced the band Dispatch and has owned Lakewest Recording Studio for close to 30 years, also plays guitar for his son’s band.

“We’re just excited to play and support this release,” said Jesse’s dad, who produced the EP at his renowned East Greenwich studio. “It’s just an evolution, it truly is. I think now it’s more a sense of what Jesse is and what he’s about. As a performer, vocally, personally.”

Jesse, a 27-year-old Rhode Island College graduate who was a finalist in the 2015 Rhode Show Big Break Contest, is a perennial national anthem performer and has been named Best Male Vocalist by Limelight and Motif magazines.

The Jesse Liam Band performs cover songs (from the 1950s era through to today’s top hits,) as well as their own original material, he said.

“With this record and this band, it’s about singing your worries away,” added Jesse. “And, I love seeing that message spread across the faces of all who are at our shows.”

The Jesse Liam Band will play on Sept. 15 from 6:15 to 8 p.m. on the main stage at the Misquamicut Fall Fest.

For more about the band, visit

— Nancy Burns-Fusaro


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