HEADLINERS

Eric Gales

Friday, May 29th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric’s brother Eugene Gales who played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King who had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named Eric as “Best New Talent,” in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up for The Gales Bros. “Left Hand Brand” which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996.

Earl Thomas

Saturday, May 30th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $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.  

Benefit for Jackie Payne

Sunday, May 31st • 7pm & 9pm • $20

In early October of 2014, accomplished Soul-Blues singer and Johnny Otis alum, Jackie Payne suffered a debilitating stroke. Initially his doctors’ prognosis was grim, however today with the love of family and friends, Jackie is making nothing shy of a miraculous recovery. As reality goes however, miracles can cost a lot, and Jackie needs a lot of assistance  with his medical expenses. A limited number of Jackie’s not-yet-released CD I SAW THE BLUES, will be for sale at the benefit. All proceeds from the benefit and CD sales will go directly to Jackie Payne. C’mon out and show your support for Jackie... He will be there...dripping with gratitude!

Homemade Jamz Blues Band

Thursday, June 4th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Friday, June 5th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Homemade Jamz Blues Band’s (HJBB) unique sound and style is a product and compilation of the trio’s hunger and thirst for the music (blues) that they so love.   Their passion and dedication has proven to be electrifying and energetic to witness. HJBB’s astounding sound blends Mississippi, Chicago, and Contemporary juke joint blues that will surely get you on your toe tapping, knee bending, and foot stomping stance, copping the gritty slickness of the former and the dirty soul of the latter—never betraying its authors’ age.

Cafe R&B

Saturday, June 6th• 7:30pm & 10pm • $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. 

Lloyd Gregory

Sunday, June 7th • 7pm & 9pm • $20

An award-winning guitarist and composer, San Francisco based Lloyd Gregory is a well-established musician whose style is smooth, soulful, melodic, flowing and immediately charismatic. His extensive R&B roots add a distinct texture to his styling. Gregory is a master of both acoustic and electric guitar. Minor 7th: Acoustic Music Review hascommented, “Lloyd expertly fuses soul, pop and jazz, forging a hybrid that is both enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.” 

Grady Champion

Thursday, June 11th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20

Friday, June 12th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $22

Mississippi-based blues musician Grady Champion has been captivating audiences for the better part of two decades. The singer/harp player/guitarist/songwriter has often been compared to other revolutionary artists such as Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf and Junior Wells. In 2013 Champion signed to Malaco Records (headquartered in nearby Jackson, MS) and his first full-length release with the legendary blues label was released the following year. Bootleg Whiskey, named for the George Jackson song that is one of the album’s highlights, establishes Champion as a torch carrier for authentic Mississippi blues. 

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

Saturday, June 13th • 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.

Coco Montoya

Wednesday, June 17th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $30

Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric’s brother Eugene Gales who played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King who had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named Eric as “Best New Talent,” in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up for The Gales Bros. “Left Hand Brand” which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996.

Sugaray Rayford

Thursday, June 18th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $22

Friday, June 19th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24

When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown. 

John Primer

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

LEGENDARY! Chicago Blues steeped in tradition. Honoring all the giants of the blues that came before him, especially Muddy Water’s Elmore James, Jimmy Reed, Magic Slim & Sammy Lawhorn. RIVITING lead and rhythm guitar all at the same time! He sounds like 2 or 3 guitar players playing  all at once! A fast ELECTRICslide guitar performance taught to him by the Hoochie-Coochie Man himself, Muddy Water’s will get you up off your seat and amaze you! Rhythm & Soul Vocals that bring you on a blues train riding back home to Mississippi, soothing your soul! John Primer is the REAL DEAL!

Mitch Woods & the Rocket 88's

Sunday, June 21st • 7pm & 9pm • $20

Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage, not for three years but three decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n’roll. Woods styled his group after the jumpin’ n’ jivin’, shoutin’ n’ honkin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton.

Lil' Ed and The Blues Imperials

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

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

Currently celebrating 24 rip-roaring years together, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor's edge. As much a family as a band, Lil' Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have outlasted sports stars and presidents, musical fads and fashion trends. And together, they continue to make blues history with each and every performance and new recording.