The Engine Room Rocks the Courthouse

Barry Goudreau rose to fame as a guitarist and member of the band BOSTON in 1976. Since then, Goodreau has been involved in several well received projects including his most recent, Barry Goudreau’s Engine Room that took the stage at the Courthouse Center for the Arts on Friday, May 6th that RI Blogger was kindly invited to cover.

The show was off the charts, the band kicked off with an original from their “The Road” album titled Las Vegas followed by a remarkable version of Smokin’ from Goudreau’s BOSTON days. From there the band went straight Full Throttle ( yes, that is the name of the band’s debut album) performing nonstop originals and BOSTON songs that included Peace of Mind and Foreplay.

For those who have not been to the Courthouse Center for the Arts you must put it on your bucket list. The venue feels more like a television stage studio from days past. Every seat is designed for a perfect view of the entertainer(s), perfect lighting with an open-air studio feel.

The theater director Marianne Almonte opens each show with a back story of the theater’s history, community cause and has fun poking fun in the now with humor, Marianne is what we call in the industry a warmup act and she is beyond entertaining.

The Courthouse of Performing Arts has so much to offer for the summer season that includes God Help Us starring (starring Gregory Harrision) and The Blushing Brides (stones tribute) to mention just a few.

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Following images courtesy of Kerry Quinn Photography on assignment for

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