HEADLINERS

Earl Thomas

Saturday, February 28th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

The Earl Thomas show is a celebration. He sings like a man who's seen everything, rasping out songs in a well trained voice of grit and flint and hard traveling and after nearly two decades in the music business, he is in peak form. The show he brings to his monthly Biscuits & Blues residency, capitalizes on all of his strengths - his voice, his experience, his natural charisma, and the fact that once on stage, he is the real deal. A torch bearer. A 21st century bluesman.  

Brad Absher & Swamp Royale

Wednesday, March 4th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Brad Absher  - singer, songwriter, and guitarist,  lives in Houston, Texas. Brad was raised in Lake Charles, LA and his unique sound reflects the area’s Swamp Pop influence he first heard on South Louisiana AM radio. His musical expertise has been recognized widely throughout his career, referred to frequently in Tulsa as a  “Guitar God.” In 2013,  he competed and was selected as Houston’s International Blues Challenge Regional Winner.  He and his band were sent on behalf of the Houston Blues Society to represent Houston at the IBC’s in Memphis.

 

The Jarekus Singleton Band

Friday, March 6th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

Saturday, March 7th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

Jarekus Singleton is a musical trailblazer with a bold vision for the future of the blues. Springing from the same Mississippi soil as Charley Patton, Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Singleton’s cutting-edge sound—equally rooted in rap, rock and blues traditions—is all his own. He melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent.

Smoking Joe Kubek & Bnois King

Wednesday, March 11th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Kubek and King, who have been playing together for twenty-five years, have developed into a dynamic musical tour de force, with Joe's flame-throwing guitar work complemented by Bnois' cool, jazz-inflected playing and soulful vocals. Their incendiary live shows feature two top flight guitarists intuitively locked in with each other and backed by a firepower rhythm section, making for a powerful and irresistible combination.

 

Billy Boy Arnold

Friday, March 13th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $30

Saturday, March 14th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $30

Billy Boy Arnold is back. With his 1992 Alligator Records debut, BACK WHERE I BELONG (AL 4815), Arnold firmly reestablished himself as one of the foremost practitioners of classic Chicago blues. His wailing harmonica playing and soulful vocals are a perfect match for his streetwise songwriting. The combination of Delta-influenced blues with a more urban sophistication not only defines Arnold's sound, but was also a significant contribution in the early, formative days of rock and roll.

Studebaker John & the Hawks

Wednesday, March 18th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s. The band name referenced the Studebaker Hawk, a car Grimaldi still owns today, and was also intended as a tribute to his friend, J.B. Hutto and the Hawks. John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “…Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”

Lionel Young Band

Thursday, March 19th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Friday, March 20th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $20

Lionel Young is a high energy performer with a bent for the blues. His LIONEL YOUNG BAND, winners of numerous awards for best in and around the Colorado region, have won the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC) band competition. Added to his victory at the 2008 IBC in the solo-duo catagory, that makes Lionel Young the first double champion in the history of the IBC.

 

Cafe R&B

Saturday, March 21st • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

They are considered one of the most exciting live acts in the Blues genre, and beyond. The CAFE R&B sound is firmly rooted in electric Blues, but theirs is a tapestry of Blues, Rock, Jazz, R&B, and Americana.  Hailing from Los Angeles Cafe R&B features the raging female vocalist "Roach" and the blazing lead guitar of Byl Carruthers. They have a large cult following in the US and Europe. They have released 3 Critically acclaimed Albums, and their fourth disc: “American Music” was released in May 2013. 

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

Friday, March 27th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

Rick Estrin, who holds the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist–Harmonica, is, according to theSan Francisco Chronicle, “an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter.” He ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward with his unforgettable original songs.

The Dana Fuchs Band

Saturday, March 28th • *10pm Show Only* Doors at 9pm • $35

All Dana Fuchs has to do is sing. All it takes is one note from those celebrated lips and clocks stop, crowds snap to attention, hearts beat like bass drums and neck-hair tingles. It’s often been said that the Florida-born front-woman could sing the phone directory and still hold her listeners spellbound. True enough, but in 2013, when Dana applies that extraordinary voice to the classic songs from her third album Bliss Avenue, you’ll realize that you’re in the presence of once-a-generation greatness.