HEADLINERS

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

Friday, March 27th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

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.

Earl Thomas

Saturday, March 28th • *7pm Show Only* • $24

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.  

The Dana Fuchs Band

Saturday, March 28th • *10pm Show Only* Doors at 9pm • $35

Dana Fuchs is a phenomenon, a singer whose mesmerizing voice and presence, has led critics to compare her to Rock legends from Janis to Jagger. Fittingly, she appeared in the off-Broadway production “Love, Janis.” The multi-talented singer songwriter stars in one of the most talked-about cult films, “Across The Universe,” where she has a major presence both in the film, and on the soundtrack. Perhaps Stereophile Magazine said it best, “Imagine a sultry, more emotive Janis Joplin, backed by a higher energy version of the late 60s Rolling Stones… Rock n’ Roll doesn’t get any better.” Dana is currently on a world tour in support of her highly acclaimed new LIVE CD/DVD "Songs From The Road," released November 11th 2014 on Ruf Records.

Lisa Mann

Thursday, April 2nd • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Powerhouse bassist and front woman Lisa Mann hails from the blues-steeped city of Portland, OR. She and her aptly named “Really Good Band” have been mainstys of the Northwest music scene for several years, and have graced the stage at some of the finest blues events, such as the Waterfront Blues Festival, Bronze Blues & Brews, Untapped Blues Festival, Sunbanks and more.

Billy Branch & the Sons of the Blues

Friday, April 3rd • 7:30pm & 10pm • $30

Saturday, April 4th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $30

Three time Grammy Nominee, Billy Branch was discovered by Willie Dixon, the "father of modern Chicago Blues," while Billy was still in college. Willie encouraged Billy to finish his college education, which he did, but instead of going to law school after receiving his political science degree, Billy began touring with the Willie Dixon Chicago All Stars. This gave Billy the unique opportunity to travel and work as an understudy for the legendary Carey Bell who was planning to leave the All Stars and form his own band.  When Carey took his leave, the young Billy Branch took his place, touring with Willie Dixon for six years. 

Cicero Blake

Friday, April 10th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24/$20

Saturday, April 11th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24/$20

Born on February 20th, 1938, in Jackson, Mississippi, Cicero moved to Chicago with his family in the early 1950s and settled on the west side. Blake singing career began in a church choir, then the Golden Tones while still in high school, and he performed in military shows in the Air Force. Cicero Blake's was the original lead singer of the group, who evolved into the Kool Gents, the group that sprung Dee Clark After leaving the group Blake made many solo recordings for small Chicago labels (Brainstorm, Renee, Success, etc.).

Mr. Sipp • "The Mississippi Blues Child"

CD Releaese Show

Friday, April 17th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Saturday, April 18th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Sunday, April 19th • 7pm & 9pm • $20

Castro Coleman, a.k.a. Mr. Sipp “Mississippi Blues Child” was born August 25, 1976 to Johnell and the late Vera Coleman in the small town of McComb, MS. With gospel as his foundation, Sipp started playing guitar at the tender age of six with his musically inclined family. He has played on over 50 national gospel recordings and this year he took him the title of International Blues Challenge Winner, just a mere 14 months after taking up the blues. The IBC is held annually in Memphis and hosts over 230 bands competing for this honor.

Coco Montoya

Wednesday, April 22nd • 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.” From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring.

Soul Track Mind

Thursday, April 23rd • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Soul Track Mind has an original sound that blends soul, funk, and rock with elements of R&B, blues, and jazz. The project began in 2008 when frontman Donovan Keith moved from Indiana to Austin, intent on starting a band rooted in the soul music he grew up listening to. He assembled STM's initial lineup and logged an 18-month weekly residency at an eastside juke joint before branching out to venues throughout Central Texas and the U.S. Over time, STM developed the one-of-a-kind, dance-infused stage show now loved by fans and acknowledged by reviewers across the country. 

Karen Lovely Band

Friday, April 24th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Most recently nominated for two Muddy Awards: Best Female Artist and Best Northwest Recording for her Prohibition CD. Known for her passionate, driven performances and always backed by stellar musicians, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Lovely's standout performances have garnered awards, critical acclaim and standing ovations at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe. 

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Saturday, April 25th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Lavay grew up in Southern California and the Philippines and has become an internationally recognized Diva of Jazz and Blues, with a singing style influenced by Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bessie Smith, Little Esther Phillips and other legendary greats. Whether singing her own compositions or drawing on a large repertoire of classics, Lavay and her all-star 7-piece band bake up an instant recipe for dancing and good times.

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers

Sunday, April 26th • 7pm & 9pm • $24 for Both Shows!

“I’m always moving forward, going outside of my wheelhouse, listening to new music and incorporating new ideas,” says award-winning guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Tommy Castro. “The contemporary blues scene is full of fresh, new sounds It’s an exciting time.” Castro is famed for his signature brand of tough, rocking rhythm and blues, thrilling fans around the world with his incendiary live performances. With his turbo-charged new Alligator Records album, The Devil You Know, Castro strips his music down to its raw essence as he rockets into the next phase of his storied career.

Eric Bibb

Tuesday, April 28th • 7:30pm • $30

Wednesday, April 29th • 7:30pm • $30

Already enjoying success in Europe, Grammy nominee Eric Bibb is becoming a familiar face – and voice – in the U.S. Nominated for nine W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards and winner of the Best Newcomer title in the British Blues Awards, Bibb has been appropriately described as "discreetly awesome" and "a total original." As his popularity escalates, earlier comparisons to legendary greats Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal are being replaced by quotes that speak to Bibb’s ability to "use standard blues ingredients to cook up something all his own."