Tom “The Suit” Forst – Blues Guitarist
August 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15
“Blues Hall Of Fame recording artist” Tom the suit Forst and The Band Beyond will perform at The Buttonwood Tree on Saturday, August 4th. Reservations are suggested for their first-time appearance! (This is a rescheduled show from July.)
“It was one of my first gigs, guesting with my son’s punk rock group. They called me up, I was still wearing a business suit in those days. As I walked out and starting playing, the crowd was chanting “SUIT SUIT SUIT!!!”
“The Legend of THE SUIT was born.”
With a nickname like, “The Suit,” one would go in hoping Tom Forst plays as good as he dresses.
The Buttonwood family is proud to announce that yes, his playing surpasses even his fashion sense! Tom has been playing guitar and writing songs with fellow artists for almost a decade, collaborating with greats in the likes of the Allman Brothers, Johnny Winter, and he’s even played on the Colbert Show Band! If you think THAT’S impressive, how about earning a seat in the Blues Hall of Fame?
Bringing with him a flavorful blend of rock and blues from his newest album, Tom is sure to put on a show that lives up to the phrase, “On fire!”
Additionally, Tom will be joined by the ensemble hailed from a place out of our reach: A Band Beyond – an up and coming trio comprised of bassist Dave Stoltz, keyboardist Vincent Brike, and Big Thurrsty on the drums.
This is a rockin’ show you can’t afford to miss! Reserve your tickets before you find yourself out of a seat, and a special, musical experience.
2018 Blues Hall of Fame recording artist, Tom Forst, AKA The Suit, is a blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter from CT, currently in the studio recording a follow-up to his 2017 album “On Fire” produced by Grammy Award winner Paul Nelson. Nelson has performed with and produced several albums for the famed Bluesman Johnny Winter.
Forst is a tireless performer who splits his time between touring with a full band and touring as a solo act, on course to perform 250 live dates and radio shows in 2018. He has just signed an agency deal with Music Dish LLC, the largest independent booking agency in Great China, where he will tour in November 2018.
Tom Forst has shared the stage with prominent artists including Elliot Lewis (Hall & Oates), Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Hilton Valentine (The Animals), Hoobastank, Slam Allen, Christine Ohlman, Marshall Tucker Band, Lucas Nelson (Willie’s son!), Atlanta Rhythm Section, 3 Dog Night, Gideon Luke, and Grand Funk!
A seasoned recording artist, Forst has recorded with musicians from The Johnny Winter Band, Saturday Night Live, Allman Brothers Band, Paul Nelson Band, Stephen Colbert Show Band and Popa Chubby
A life-long musician who joined the corporate world, “for a couple of years, to put some food on the table and try to get my kids through college,” a job that would become a 25-year career as VP of a major television advertiser.
“I loved it, but I always had a plan to go back into music; the day my wife and I paid the last college tuition bill, I gave my notice,” he explains.
Tom The Suit Forst’s unique background and story have attracted loyal fans of all ages, many just admiring his willingness to leave the corporate life at a career peak to follow his dream of a full-time career in music, as well as those discovering his unique style of blues-rock songwriting that is has been called a cross between Joe Bonamassa and Joe Walsh. His story and music has been featured on Channel 12 News CT, and been covered by print media and music bloggers, and continues to build.
“Not my soundest financial decision, as you can imagine, but I am working as hard on this as I possibly can, and I’m enjoying every second of it. I live and breathe every note that I play.”