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.”
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Sunday, October 2nd • 8pm • $24
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, November 19th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24
Larry McCray's heart and soul are in the blues. Of that, there's no question. It's been 25 years -- award-winning ones at that -- of scalding-hot and tasteful blues from the Arkansas-born, Michigan-based singer, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter and heir apparent to a lineage that includes personal influences and heroes such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all of whom he's had the chance to meet and play with. McCray's eight albums have blended reverence for that tradition with his own soulful spin on the form, and those achievements have been noted with an Orville H. Gibson Male Blues Guitarist of the Year award as well as the Top Guitarist prize in International Blues Matters' 2014 writer's poll.