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Friday, July 29th • *7pm Only* • $24

Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage. As San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, “more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues.”

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Friday, July 29th • *10pm Only* • $24

From the age of sixteen, Philip started showing up and playing at blues jam nights at Grossman’s Tavern in downtown Toronto.  It wasn’t long before he was winning over admirers, including the legendary guitarist Jeff Healey, who invited Philip to join his band. Today Philip is wildly respected by guitar players from around the world which he was honored in 2013 with an appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads festival at New York’s Madison Square Garden.


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

Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. They’re about to take a ride through the highs and lows of soul music, led by a beautiful singer who packs her shows with heart-pumping energy and poignant memories. Whether it’s opening for Average White Band or Lenny Williams, or performing at the Concord Pavilion or the Fillmore Jazz Festival, Terrie’s finely honed instrument is matched by her generous spirit and wit.


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Friday, August 5th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

The Bey Paule Band, eight pieces of soul-blues musical genius, has been mesmerizing West Coast audiences since 2011. June 2015, saw the release of their third CD, Not Goin’ Away. It’s receiving much critical acclaim. Frank Bey’s hypnotic vocals and Paule’s lofty guitar playing, keep their band on a shelf all by itself. However, if comparisons need to be made, they would be likened to Bobby Bland, B.B. King, Ray Charles, and Otis Redding.

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Saturday, August 6th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $22

The DELTA WIRES is a big, high-energy harmonica and horns blues band from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area.  They were Finalistsout of 100 band representatives from blues societies all over the world, in the Blues Foundation's 2008 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis TN, and were voted "BEST BAND" Oakland/East Bay in Oakland Magazine's annual readers' poll, and also by the East Bay Express.  The DELTA WIRES were inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame in December, 2012. 

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Thursday, August 11th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20
Friday, August 12th • 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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Winners of the 2016 International Blues Challenge
Saturday, August 13th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24

Blues Challenge in Memphis TN. Additionally Joey Delgado won "The Albert King Award for Best Guitarist." The Delgado Brothers Band deliver a mighty musical expression of artistic soul, rhythm and blues all spiced up with a fiery blend of hand crafted original music. Beloved for their live shows and renowned for their signature LA sound, the Delgado Brothers are a delicious fusion of soaring guitar virtuosity, melodious harmonies, and rock solid musicianship

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Friday, August 19th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Seen live, Armstrong has a confident stage presence that combines grace with mischief. Few blues artists know how to play the crowd as James can, shifting dynamics from a whisper to a growl. Wherever he travels around the world his magnetism continues to hush a noisy rabble or entice a crowd to follow him out into the street or down the length of a beach. Little wonder he’s been dubbed: The Ambassador of the Blues.

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Saturday, August 20th • 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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Friday, August 26th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

Rick Estrin, who holds the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist–Harmonica, is, according to the San 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.

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Saturday, August 27th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $30

In looks, Kim Nalley exudes the aura of Billie Holiday. 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. A consummate stage woman with a penchant for story-telling ala BB King, Nalley's concerts are always an interactive experience between the band and audience. 

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Thursday, September 1st • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20
Friday, September 2nd • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24
Saturday, September 3rd • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24
Sunday, September 4th • 7pm & 9pm • $20

Lucky Peterson was discovered by blues legend Willie Dixon when he was three years old, released his first record at five and soon after appeared on The Tonight Show. Trained by keyboardists Bill Doggett and Jimmy Smith, Peterson went on to play behind Little Milton, Bobby “Blue” Bland and Kenny Neal. On return from the “Young Blues Giants” tour of Europe, he signed first with Alligator, then Verve, Blue Thumb and Birdology/Dreyfus, where he recorded what Amazon.com called “his finest album,” Black Midnight Sun, in 2003. The New Yorker called him “a master of the guitar, organ and microphone.”

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Friday, September 9th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

Sometime in 1968, Willie Walker, sometimes known as Wee Willie Walker, recorded his final tracks for Goldwax Records. Goldwax was once the home of one of the premier Soul singers of all, James Carr, as well as Spencer Wiggins, Louis Williams and the Ovations and a host of others. To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Walker had laid down nine sides for the Memphis based company. That's an odd number, which makes me want to believe there's at least one more side out there.

 

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CD Release Show
Saturday, September 10th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24
Critical accolades have followed Shane Dwight wherever he has gone. USA Today simply called him an Ace songwriter while "Blues Revue magazine stated: “Shane Dwight is a talented musician and an impressive songwriter… Dwight’s guitar playing is as substantial as his songwriting.” The San Francisco Chronicle called him “a music sensation….;”Andrew Gilbert of the San Jose Mercury News said of Dwight: “Tough, lean guitar work and commanding vocals, he is a tour de force… Shane is a killer songwriter, singer, guitarist and performer… he is an artist who’s creating a soulful Americana sound.”

 

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Thursday, September 15th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $24

At just 30 years old, 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.

 

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Friday, September 16th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $30
Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century. His new album Everybody Wants A Piece cements his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues.  Looking back on his rich history, Walker shares, “I’d like to be known for the credibility of a lifetime of being true to my music and the blues. Sometimes I feel I’ve learned more from my failures, than from my success . But that’s made me stronger and more adventurous. And helped me create my own style . I’d like to think that when someone puts on one of my records they would know from the first notes, ‘That’s Joe Louis Walker.'”

 

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Saturday, September 17th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $30
Boise, Idaho is hardly the place anyone would conjure up as a hotbed of soul music. But for John Németh, it’s where his love for the genre began—and the starting point for a journey that’s taken him from his first gigs fronting a teenaged band to five Blues Music Award nominations in 2013 alone. It’s where this preternaturally talented son of a Hungarian immigrant gained his early chops on the harmonica, building on the style of rootsy heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson.

 

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Friday, September 23rd • 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, September 24th • 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. 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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Thursday, September 29th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20
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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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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Saturday, October 8th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24

Tony Lindsay’sfans know him as a founding member of the popular r&b/jazz group Spang-a-Lang and as an amazing, uncompromising singer. His smooth, soulful vocal work with Santana–an association that has stretched over twenty years–spearheaded the guitar legend’s accession to eleven Grammy awards. Besides Santana, Tony has performed or recorded with Al Jarreau, Steve Winwood, Patti Austin, and Aretha Franklin–just part of a long list of top-tier international artists. On this night, vocalists Will Russ Jr, Nicholas Bearde and Fred Ross join Lindsay for a rootsy night of sophisticated soul.

 

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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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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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