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Friday, September 30th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

"With a shoot-from-the-hip Memphis attitude, and a STAX-busting explosion of modern blues vision, GTBB represents a welcome changing of the guard."  -Living Blues Magazine. Beale Street’s latest success story, 4-time 2016 Independent Blues Award Nominee, BBMA 2015 Nominee for “Best Blues Band” and 2014 International Blues Challenge Runner-up is Ghost Town Blues Band. Not your grandpa’s blues band, their live show has been captivating audiences in the U.S. and Canada with a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars and electric push brooms to Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player. 

 

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Saturday, October 1st • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24

Mighty Mo Rodgers is a remarkably original singer/songwriter whose shaped his life experiences into a terrifically eclectic and immensely deep vision on his blue thumb debut, “Blues Is My Wailin' Wall.” Rodgers combines soulful, gritty vocals and driving rhythms with a wholly personal panorama on songs like "Took Away The Drum," "The Kennedy Song," "Tuskegee Blues" and a moving tribute to his childhood friend with "Willie B. And Me." Blues Is My Wailin' Wall made an indelible impression on listeners, both in its recorded form and from the concert stage where Rodgers performance dynamic is larger-than-life captivating.

 

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With Opener Eric Long
Sunday, October 2nd • Show at 8pm • Doors at 6pm • $24 • Sold Out

Fantastic Negrito is a man’s truth told in the form of black roots music. Each song is a real story about a musician from Oakland who experienced the highs of a million dollar record deal, the lows of a near fatal car accident that put him in a four-week coma, and is now in the phase of rebirth despite his playing hand being mangled. Negrito’s music emphasizes rawness and space. Slide guitar, drums, piano. Rather than update the Delta Blues, Fantastic Negrito leaves the original sounds of Lead Belly and Skip James intact, building bridges to a modern sound with loops and samples of his own live instruments. But the primary element that drives Fantastic Negrito’s music is uncut realness and zero concern for “pop” anything.

 

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Friday, October 7th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Paula Harris stands out among the San Francisco Bay Area’s best as one of the most unique and funky bands to have emerged from the area since bands like Sly & the Family Stone, Cold Blood and Tower of Power did decades ago. After bursting onto the scene in 2012 as one of the Top Three bands in the world at the International Blues Challenge, her debut album’s horn style was actually born of members of the famed Tower of Power band. The album was also heavily influenced by her love of soul blues, jazz and funk. Paula received multiple blues and music award nods as well as national and international attention from the press and media and global airplay in 2013.

 

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Performing the hits from Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Lou Rawls, Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway
Saturday, October 8th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24

As the lead vocalist for Santana for 25 years, Internationally known Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 Grammy awards, travelled on several world tours and recorded on seven CD's. Joining Tony on this special show is Internationally renowned jazz vocalist, Nicolas Bearde, who has won acclaim from critics and audiences worldwide for his "buttery baritone" and imaginative interpretations, the powerful voice of Fred Ross who has recorded and toured with Aretha Franklin, Tower of Power, Frankie Beverly and Chaka Khan and Will Russ Jr, a Detroit born,bred and raised singer with a voice as soothing as a cool summer breeze.

 

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Friday, October 14th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

The NYC born, SoCal raised singer, songwriter and trailblazing electric guitarist has been getting that kind of jaw-dropping attention since he first picked up the guitar at age eight. While performing all across the country and throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, the singer has been breaking through on the national charts. A purely indie release, Save My Soul was on the Roots Music Report charts for six months, peaking at #13. Showcasing its multi-genre reach, the title single off the EP also recently hit the Top 40 on the BDS (Billboard/Nielsen) Triple AAA radio chart.

 

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Saturday, October 15th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $22

Hailed as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues”, multiple-award winning blues”, multiple-award winning blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. His musical career began as a child prodigy in the late 1950’s and has continued to flourish for over 60 years with Wayne at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners.

 

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Friday, October 21st • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24
Saturday, October 22nd • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24

Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap steel playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues—at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute—with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease.

 

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Friday, October 28th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22
With the 2009 release of his sixth studio album, "Inception," Josh Smith has established himself as one of the most versatile guitarists in blues music today. A South Florida native, Smith's love for the guitar began at an early age and his varying influences, including B.B. King and Muddy Waters, are reflected in the music he creates. Currently based in Los Angeles, Josh Smith's amazing talent on the six-string has turned many heads in the music industry, leading to session work and touring nationally and internationally with various recording artists, including Ricky Fante, Benny Cassette, Kelley Hunt, 2006 American Idol winner Taylor Hicks and Grammy Award-winning artist/producer Raphael Saadiq.

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Saturday, October 29th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24
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. Lavay's last album received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review in Downbeat magazine. For quotes and reviews from critics like Bob Blumenthal, Don Heckman, Phil Elwood and Frank-John Hadley.

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Tuesday, November 1st • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $24
Wednesday, November 2nd • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $24
Thursday, November 3rd • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $24
Henry Gray may well be Louisiana's oldest active legendary master Blues pianist. At 86, with a career that spans over six decades, Henry continues to deliver his rollicking, two-fisted boogie-woogies and passionate blues to people throughout the world. Perhaps best known as Howlin' Wolf's pianist, he was also a much-in-demand session player for the Chess and Vee-Jay labels, recording with artists such as Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Oits Rush, Billy Boy Arnold, and Bo Diddley. Not only is Henry hailed for his contribution to post WW II Chicago blues, he is also recognized as one of the key contributors to Louisiana's unique 'Swamp Blues' sound. 

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Friday, November 4th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22
Rhodes continues to be a road warrior, delighting and amazing audiences with his virtuosity mostly displayed on lap steel guitar these days notwithstanding the fact that he is a masterful electric guitarist. Sonny Rhodes  is an American blues singer and lap steel guitar player. He has recorded over two hundred songs. "I'm what you call a self-proclaimed Disciple of the Blues!" said Rhodes about his years playing and singing for fans of blues around the world. He has been nominated fifteen times for the Blues Music Awards, and won the Instrumentalist-Other category in 2011.

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Saturday, November 5th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24
Look in any book on the h istory of Rock and Roll and you will find Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. The band’s name was inspired by 1950’s film serials featuring the character Kommando Kody and from a feature version of an earlier serial, King of the Rocket Men, released under the title Lost Planet Airmen. The band’s founder and leader, George Frayne, took the stage name Commander Cody. Artist, musician, and pioneering band leader Command er Cody helped invent a whole new style of music during the early 1970 ’ s, a period regarded as the height of rock innovation.
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Wednesday, November 9th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $30
Guitar One Magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya “the hottest southpaw in the blues” and raves about his “master touch and killer tone.” The Boston Globe succinctly states that Montoya’s music is “hot, blistering soul.”It all started with a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who offered Montoya a gig as his drummer. Albert took an immediate liking to Montoya, becoming his mentor and teaching his new protégé the secrets of Collins’ “icy hot” style of blues guitar. Five years later, British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session and was blown away. Mayall recruited him as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers, and Montoya spent the next 10 years touring non-stop, proving himself to be a world-class guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence.
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Thursday, November 10th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20
Friday, November 11th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Anyone who was ever fortunate enough to experience Stevie and Double Trouble's driving blues-rock in concert will never forget the way they played together live. 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.

 

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Saturday, November 12th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $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. 
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Friday, November 25th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24
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. Lavay's last album received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review in Downbeat magazine. For quotes and reviews from critics like Bob Blumenthal, Don Heckman, Phil Elwood and Frank-John Hadley.

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Saturday, November 26th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $30
Earl Thomas has geared up to deliver a powerhouse world class blues show that his dedicated San Francisco fans and new listeners alike are sure to enjoy. Just back from their first major European tour, road tested and stronger than ever, Earl & crew featuring pianist Dave Fleschner, guitarist Dan Gildea, bassist Bill Athens, and drummer Tom Goicoechea, are coming back to Biscuits and Blues! 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.  

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Friday, December 2nd • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24
Saturday, December 3rd • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24
Sunday, December 4th • 7pm & 9pm • $24
Billy Big Daddy Cade's natural guitar talent & soaring voice had proven worthy to the legend B.B. himself so much so that he was officially sanctioned & brought on to work at "Legends" B.B. Kings Nightclub in Las Vegas, in their world wide review as the one and only 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!" said the Las Vegas Sun. "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.
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Thursday, December 8th • 7:30pm & 9:30 • $24
Friday, December 9th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24
Saturday, December 10th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24
The Mike Wheeler band are one of the hardest working bands in Chicago consisting of Mike Wheeler on Guitar & Vocals, Larry Williams on Bass & Background Vocals, Cleo Cole on Drums, and Brian James on Keyboards & Background Vocals. Mike Wheeler has a vast knowledge of music and a voice that's reminiscent of the late Sam Cooke. He can sing and play everything so well that you may forget what the original record even sounds like. From Jazz to Rock, from popular music to Top 40, he slides in and out of musical genres with sophistication, ease and indulgence. Mike Wheeler is a brilliant staple in the Chicago blues community.
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Thursday, December 15th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $30
Friday, December 16th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $30
Born and raised around Holly Springs, Mississippi, Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary R.L. Burnside and son of drummer Calvin Jackson, has been playing music all his life. He has developed a relentless, highly rhythmic charged style that takes the blues to another level. This four-time winner of the prestigious Blues Music Award’s Drummer of the Year (2010-2014) is widely regarded as one of the best drummers in the world and has begun to make a name for himself as a traditional blues guitarist, as well.
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Saturday, December 17th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $45
Elvin Bishop has been travelling the Blues road longer than most, and he’s got the stories to prove it – many of which are contained within the songs on this release. Stops along the way include his work as a founding member of the groundbreaking Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early ‘60s, recordings with legends such as Clifton Chenier, John Lee Hooker, and The Allman Brothers, and Pop success with his own 1976 smash hit “Fooled Around and Fell In Love”.
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Sunday, December 18th • 7:30pm • $30
This yearly Christmas tradition features acclaimed vocalist Kim Nalley performing all your favorite holiday songs accompanied by the swelling soulful Hammond B-3 Organ played by the incomparable Tammy Hall with Michael Zisman (bass) Josh workman (guitar) and Kent Bryson (drums). Expect several special guests and a few sing-a-longs in at this rollicking joyous concert. Awarded "Most Influential African American in the Bay Area" in 2005 and "Best Jazz Group" in 2013, vocalist Kim Nalley is already being called "legendary" and "San Francisco institution."

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Friday, December 23rd • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24
Karen Lovely shot onto the blues scene out of  the Pacific Northwest like Stack O' Lee's .44 placing 2nd at the 2010 International Blues Challenge followed by three 2011 Blues Music Award Nominations for Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist, Best Contemporary Blues Album, and Best Song for her sophomore release STILL THE RAIN. With the release of her newest album TEN MILES OF BAD ROAD (released 10/13/15), Lovely has established herself as a singer/songwriter with a style uniquely her own.
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Saturday, December 24th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24
Marty shared the stage with Otis Rush for five years until he received the call to tour the world and perform with Blues legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Buddy Guy. For over a decade, Marty has been a member of the “Damn Right Blues Band” and has contributed as a studio musician on Buddy Guy’s most recent recordings. Marty Sammon’s intense playing reaches beyond the basic rules of finger placement and posture at the keyboard; his hands become blurred motions as the rest of his body matches the unpredictability and soul of his improvisation.
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Sunday, December 25th • 7pm & 9pm • $30
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. Lavay's last album received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review in Downbeat magazine. For quotes and reviews from critics like Bob Blumenthal, Don Heckman, Phil Elwood and Frank-John Hadley.

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Friday, December 30th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $30
In tribute to the genius of Ray Charles, a swinging sextet of outstanding Bay Area musicians offers their take on some of the highlights from Ray’s amazing songbook. A band of prominent musicians is perpetuating that legacy and bringing his music to San Francisco. The band is a meeting of elite jazz and blues musicians including 11-time GRAMMY® Award winner and Santana vocalist Tony Lindsay, noted Bay Area guitarist Chris Cain & soul filled vocals from Glenn Walters. A talent-packed rhythm section will back them, including Hammond B-3 player Dave Mathews, bassist DeWayne Pate and drummer Deszon Claiborne.
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Saturday, December 31st • 8pm & 11pm • $60 Pre-Sale / $70 after Nov. 30th
John Lee Hooker Jr., grew up in Detroit, Michigan as the son of one of  the greatest blues and Legendary music icons in the world,  the late and the great  John Lee Hooker (1971-2001). He is a musical artist who has received multiple awards ranging from The California Music Award for Best Traditional Artist in 2004, The esteemed W.C Handy Award in 2004, and the Bay Area Music Chapter for Come Back Artist of the Year. The younger Hooker's musical style is markedly modernized, featuring contemporary arrangements with a funky big horn sound with elements of funky Gospel, with ingredients of a Johnny "Guitar" Watson sound,  with a James Brown feel, and some John Lee Hooker Sr. Boogie Beat, and also with his Daddy's work ethic, "Give the People what they want."
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