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Guitar Shorty

Wednesday, April 16th - 7:30pm & 9:30pm - $22

More heavyweight blues from high-voltage blues guitarist Guitar Shorty. Shorty blasts live-wire guitar work and raw, passionate vocals over raucous blues-rock grooves to devastating e˛ect. From the bluesy stomp of Fine Cadillac to the funky menace of I Got Your Number, Shorty brings the heat that forges another hard-rocking blues classic. Defiant electric blues with piercing intensity and raw venom that’ll leave your ears singed

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Shane Dwight - CD Release Show

Friday, April 18th - 7:30pm & 10pm - $22

“Shane Dwight’s playing and singing is consistently stellar, and frequently magnificent.” It doesn’t seem to matter what town Shane lives in or performs in, the critics always seem to agree: “He plays a mean guitar, whether he’s rocking, delving into roots,
alt-country, R&B, or hitting you in the gut with searing, straight-ahead blues… he plays and sings with charisma, heart, and energy.”

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Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Saturday, April 19th - 7:30pm & 10pm - $22

The San Francisco-based Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are a notable exception to the retro-swing norm. The saucy vocalist and her eight-piece crew actually know the di˛erence between jump music and bland R&B in corny suits. They have been a working unit since 1989 and sound as tight as the legendary musicians they choose to emulate.

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Pat Travers Band

Wednesday, April 23rd - 8pm - $35

Toronto born Patrick Henry Travers had already delivered a tasty trio of releases before the formation of this formidable four-piece, and would go on to deliver classy melodic eighties rock before a blues period in the nineties, but it’s this famous foursome that set standards, kicked your ass, and made such a musical mark.

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Matt Andersen - CD Release Show

Thursday, April 24th - 8pm - $20

ith over 2 million views on YouTube, independent sales over 30,000 albums, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth. 

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PEACH

Friday, April 25th - 7:30pm & 10pm - $20

It’s a rare joy to discover an artist whose music adds to, or at least enhances, the meaning of life. A rare joy, a relief, and also an underlying apprehension; what if you had never happened upon it? What if you had been just plain lazy about listening to it? The prestigious L.A. Music Awards have been dialed in to Peach from the
not-so-long-ago beginning, naming her Blues Artist of the Year in 2001. Noting the Anderson, Indiana native’s consistent quality as a musician and performer, this music industry arbiter of talent followed it up with an Award of Excellence in 2002.  

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Earl Thomas & the Blues Ambassadors

Saturday, April 26th - 7:30pm & 10pm - $24

Earl Thomas has geared up with his bandmates to deliver a powerhouse world-class blues show that his dedicated San Francisco fans and new listeners alike are sure to enjoy. He takes the moods of a song and sings them like poetry. He weaves words and music into a tapestry of many colors and his voice is pure joy. A voice of happiness, heartache, tenderness, and fiery passion. He is the "blues ambassador" and knows what the blues is all about. A twenty first century blues man!

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Jackie Payne

Thursday, May 1st - 7:30pm & 9:30pm - $20

“… What can you say about Jackie Payne that hasn’t been said before? He has performed or recorded with just about everyone, but is probably most well known for his work with Johnny Otis. I have yet to hear a blues/r&b singer that puts more emotional intensity or feeling into his work than this man.” - Steve Hinrichsen, Blues Bytes

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Mr. Sipp "The Missippi Blues Child"

Friday & Saturday, May 2nd & 3rd - 7:30pm & 10pm - $22

As the 2014 winner of the prestigious International Blues Challenge, Castro Coleman, AKA Mr. Sipp, AKA “The Mississippi Blues Child” has been recognized as one of the most dynamic and original modern Blues artists. The multitalented Mr. Sipp is a world-class performer at the height of his powers.

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