Eight to the Bar

"Listening to Eight to the Bar is a lot like driving along a time-warped highway precisely halfway between Count Basie’s Kansas City and Motown Records’ Detroit, where the car radio picks up everything from Take the A Train to I Want You Back. Their material, like their outlandish wardrobes and onstage choreo, is a colorful mix of forties jive, fifties melodrama, and sixties through eighties Motown. With their female vocals, saxophone (their sax player, Collin Tilton, is the original sax player who toured with Van Morrison and performed on his platinum-selling Moondance album), guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums, this unique sextet pack a musical and visual wallop not seen in New England since the group’s inception in 1975. Since that time they have released 11 CDs, 7 videos, and have excited audiences from the US to Europe to the Caribbean. At this time the band is working on its 12th CD and has had the honor of touring the Republic of Georgia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy."

Tom Smith, New Haven Advocate


Drawing its musical influences from American roots music -- swing, boogie-woogie, and Motown, Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals.

With the support of independently produced CDs and videos, Eight to the Bar has cultivated a large, enthusiastic following that has put them in clubs from Maine to Miami as well as Europe and the Caribbean. Their rigorous touring schedule has included opening spots for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, the late Roy Orbison and Ray Charles, several European tours, and most recently, a tour of the Republic of Georgia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy located there.

Besides live music venues, ETTB is available for private functions and celebrations.

Want to hear what our brand new CD sounds like? Check out excerpts from our 40th Anniversary show at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT where we played cuts from it LIVE: