Lavay Smith & her all-star 7-piece little big band pay tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Lavay Smith is internationally recognized as The Queen Of Classic Jazz & Blues in the authentic style of the 1940's and 1950's. They are one of the top swingin’ Jazz and Blues bands in the world.
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.
Friday, November 6th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22
Love of the blues. Love of Stevie Ray Vaughan. The love of re-creating a feeling that so many enjoyed -- and so many missed. These are the things that drove the creation of Crossfire, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band that strives to capture the essence of a Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble concert with authenticity, respect, and yes, love. Playing blues rock since the 60's, Alan Iglesias draws from a wealth of SRV musical history and knowledge as well as his own life experience to faithfully reproduce the famed Texas "thundershuffle" and perform each show ever-mindful of the tremendous responsibility that he bears...to do his very best to bring back as much of the original experience as he possibly can, every time he takes the stage.
The Frank Bey and Anthony Paule Band, eight pieces of soul-blues musical genius, has been mesmerizing West Coast audiences since 2011. Two CDs released in 2013, "You Don’t Know Nothing" and "Soul For Your Blues" earned the band two Blues Music Award nominations, and an acclaimed show-stopping performance at the prestigious awards ceremony. All this well deserved attention has paved the way for two International tours during the summer of 2014, and an acclaimed release of their 2015 release "Not Goin Away" which hit # 3 on the the Living Blues Magazine radio charts in July.
Fri & Sat, Nov. 13th & 14th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24
Sunday November 15th • 7pm & 9pm • $20
Because of his appreciation of B.B. King, Billy went to work for Legends in Las Vegas in their world wide review as B.B. King. The Las Vegas Sun had this to say about Billy's recreation of B.B. King, "Cade has the look, has the voice, and his guitar style is as close to the real thing that one could ask for. When this man takes the stage, Cade Is B.B. King!" "Big Daddy" feels God gave him a gift to play the guitar and enjoys entertaining his friends, family and fans. He is always appreciative of his fans and spends many hours working with and encouraging young musicians to find their way into the blues.
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.
Vocally, she has pipes to burn, packing a 3 1/2 octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos without ever losing the crowd's interest or the intense swing. Her song selection at times harkens back to Empress of the Blues, Bessie Smith, but it is delivered with the brass sauciness and R&B sensibilites of Ruth Brown. Kim Nalley's orginal songs are gutsy, bold and political with the earthiness of Mavis Staples. Her brand new CD, "Blues People," captures an extraordinary singer at the height of her amazing vocal and artistic powers.