HEADLINERS

Soul 4 the Season w/ the Holiday Divas

Friday, December 19th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $25 ($35 for Both)

In a world where Nutcracker ballets, classical programs and shows geared towards children frequently abound during the holiday season...Haven’t you ever wished there was something for adults with a little more “Oompf”? That is exactly what you get when you combine FOUR of California’s strongest voices and most dynamic personalities into one BIG soul-packed show! It’s definitely a DIVA Christmas concert!

“Soul 4 the Season” is a holiday journey that will take you from moving spiritual numbers to lighthearted impudent favorites. Even a few naughty selections will be offered. This concert makes a deliberate effort to stay away from the “children's aspect” of the Christmas season. And while it is aimed at a more mature and musically discerning audience the show is suitable for all ages. 

Cafe R&B

Saturday, December 20th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Imagine Etta James riding a Harley out of an active volcano, and you'll have some vague inkling as to the vocal power emanating from 'Roach', the front woman of L.A. blues and groove unit Cafe R&B. But don't take our word for it; the group has earned raves from the likes of Ike Turner and Buddy Guy, who've seen a few blues acts in their day... Roach has found the perfect musical counterpoint in the scorching leads of Byl Carruthers, and the ultra -phat organ and piano work of Harry Cohen.

Gospel Christmas w/Kim Nalley

Sunday, December 21st • 7pm & 9pm • $24

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.

Alvon

Friday, December 26th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $20

One of the most versatile Musicians Singers and Entertainers on the music scene today, Mr. Alvon Johnson is the obvious choice for your entertainment needs. He travels the world singing and swinging Jazz standards with Big Bands. He also gallops the globe performing the songs that he sang while working with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters.  When he travels to Russia he is referred to as the “King of the Blues” and the “Ambassador of the Blues”. His love and respect for the American art form is shared by large and enthusiastic audiences all over the world.

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Saturday, December 27th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

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.

Earl Thomas New Years Bash

Wednesday, December 31st • 8pm & 11pm • $60

*Please Note: We will have a $30 food and/or drink minimum per person for these shows*

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. 

Lucky Peterson

Thursday, January 1st • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $24

Friday & Saturday, January 2nd & 3rd • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

Sunday, January 4th • 7pm & 9pm • $20

Chicago’s Reader raved, "His musicianship is unassailable…a combination of sleek-handed dexterity and imagination…a happy marriage of blues authenticity and foot-pleasing danceability. This is a young musician of unlimited enthusiasm and nearly unlimited potential having the time of his life and excelling at every stop along the way."

Tia Carroll

Friday, January 9th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $20

Over the last ten years, Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the Bay Area and has become one of the most sought-after female singers on the West Coast. Carroll has headlined venues and festivals all over the world with her band Hard Work and has shared stages with legends Ray Charles, Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie DeSanto. She’s earned a reputation for her sizzling stage show, and always generates a buzz whenever she brings her band to town.

Sonny Rhodes

Saturday, January 10th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Sonny Rhodes (born Clarence Edward Smith, November 3, 1940, Smithville, Texas) 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.