Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin – Sat. May 25

Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin – Sat. May 25

Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin are an Ottawa based original roots blues/rock band. Gritty vocals and guitar and an “in your face” groove that doesn’t quit! Leigh-Anne Stanton has been nominated as 2108 Maple Blues Awards Bassist of the Year, and the act was a semi-finalist at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, January 2019. Wicked Grin’s latest album “Murder Creek,” released October 2018, has earned widespread industry acclaim and was a semi-finalist for the 2019 IBC Best Self-Produced CD Award. To the journey!

wickedgrin.ca

Sticktights – Fri. May 31

Sticktights – Fri. May 31

The Sticktights are from Western New York with roots in Olean, Allegany and Cuba. Whitney Riley of Cuba was from Diggin’ Roots Band and brings lead vocals and also plays the trumpet. Gregg Karl of Allegany and Dylan Snyder of Olean are also on vocals and both play guitar. Connie Gaynor of Olean is on bass and Drew Sneddon of Olean rounds out the band on drums.

-Wellsville Daily Reporter

J.P. Soars & The Red Hots – Sat. Jun. 1

J.P. Soars & The Red Hots – Sat. Jun. 1

JP Soars is a 2019 BMA nominee and 2009 winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN with his band the Red Hots.
Soars got bitten by the blues bug via a legendary source in 1988, when he won a guitar and two tickets in a raffle to see B.B. King in concert. Meeting the iconic guitarist and singer further enhanced the young musician’s quest to learn more about the timeless power of the music. Soars started his blues recording career a decade ago with the 2008 release Back of My Mind, followed by More Bees With Honey (2011) and Full Moon Night in Memphis (2014). Collectively, his catalog has received extensive airplay on the XM Radio programs of Little Steven (“Underground Garage”) and B.B. King (“Bluesville”); Top 50 status on the “Living Blues” charts, Blues Music Award nominations for “Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year,” and “Best Blues CD” and “Album of the Year” accolades from the Palm Beach Post.
A gritty and expressive vocalist, Soars elicits signature tones from hollow-body guitars, plus a home-made two-string cigar box guitar for his incendiary slide guitar playing. All of which has helped him earn dates at the Baltic Sea Festival in Germany, the Liberation Day Festival in Holland, and other shows in France, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, and Colombia as well as road work throughout the United States and Canada.

Growlers Blues Band – Fri. Jun. 7

Growlers Blues Band – Fri. Jun. 7

Growlers Blues Band in Buffalo, NY. The band delivers a powerful and unique blend of gutbucket blues, tempered with rock ‘n roll sensibility. A combination that’s winning over crowds nightly throughout WNY and beyond; Laying down grooves so deep….you can’t help but dance! Growlers Blues Band is one of the top bands in Buffalo. nominated “Best Traditional Blues Band 2018”.
David Julia – Fri. Jun. 14

David Julia – Fri. Jun. 14

David Julia has been performing live since the age of seven. He has performed at festival’s, music halls, cruise ships, fund raisers, private parties, blues clubs all up and down the U.S. east coast and even sang the national anthem at an Orlando Magic Basketball game. He had an ongoing gig at a hometown restaurant every Friday night for over a year at the age of ten.
At the age of twelve he met Ellard James “Moose” Boles (Lou Reed’s bass player) and was invited to play some blues in Key West Florida. Since then David was all in with the blues! Searching for a place to quench his thirst for playing blues music, David stumbled across the Alley Blues bar in Sanford, Florida. He soon became a regular each Sunday, at the longest running blues jam in central Florida, spending the next year honing his skills.
One day David reached out to Blues artist and jam host Mark Telesca at the world famous “Funky Biscuit” in Boca Raton, Florida. At the Funky Biscuit David continued his growth and love of blues with help from his new friend. Touring blues musicians frequently attended the Monday night pro-jams at the Biscuit and Mark would place David on stage with the touring blues musicians and watched as David not only held his own, but shined.
Mark was scheduled to compete in the international blues competition in Memphis, Tennessee and suggested David go observe and learn as much as he can. David not only went he got an opportunity show his ability and again he shined. In Memphis after performing on the iconic Rum Boogie Cafe stage he was approached by a member of the blues society about generation blues for young blues musicians.
In Memphis David went to see one of his favorite blues musicians perform Bob Margolin (Muddy Waters long time guitar player) whom he had met once before at the funky biscuit. He was explained that Bob was holding a “Chicago Blues” workshop at Jorma Kaukonen’s (Jefferson Airplane) Fur Peace Ranch in Ohio and Generation blues would sponsor him. Getting a chance to learn from Bob was an opportunity David just could not pass up. He had the added pleasure at the ranch of sitting in on a class from blues icon Doug McCloud as well. After an amazing week of music David was inspired by the teachings he received from Bob and Doug to finish up some music he was working on and record his first EP.
Twelve to fifteen hour days in Tru-Noyz studio’s Ft. Lauderdale, Florida recording for the first time David was in his element. He was a natural, with his friend Mark Telesca producing, playing p-bass and up-right bass, Albert Poliak on the B-3 (owner of the Funky Biscuit) and Chris Peet’s drumming (Southern Hospitality and JP Soars) made for an experience of a lifetime for young David. To David’s surprise Mark invited one of David’s Guitar idols and master bluesman Matt Schofield to stop by during the session for some coaching and encouragement.
The success of David’s first recording “Simple Things” introduced to the blues world to this young up and coming guitarist, singer/songwriter. More importantly it fueled the fire inside David to produce and perform his music at every opportunity. He returned to Memphis in 2016 at age 14 and represented the South Florida Blues Society in the youth showcase as a solo artist. David put together an international band “CrossBoarder Blues” while representing the Orange Blossom Blues Society again in Memphis in 2017.
Things coming together for the young blues artist, in early 2017 at age sixteen David put together “The David Julia Band” and began playing all over Florida as well as out of state festivals, music halls and blues clubs promoting himself, the band and his CD. The band entered the Suncoast Blues Society’s blues challenge and emerged victorious ensuring the band’s advancement to the International Blues Challenge of 2018 in Memphis.
In January just Two weeks before the IBC’s in Memphis, David traveled out to Nederland, Texas to record his newest LP with award winning musician and producer Mike Zito. The recording will be released on Vizztone Records this October with promotional shows and touring to follow.
David has the intangible gift of the blues. With a second recording under his belt and the future in front of him, we are seeing a diamond in the ruff that will continue to be polished by experience and musical fortitude. Look for good things in the life and times of David Julia. He can be seen performing locally in his hometown area of Orlando, Florida, nationally and internationally.

Ozone Rangers – Sat. Jun. 15

Ozone Rangers – Sat. Jun. 15

Since 1979, The Ozone Rangers have relied on the same recipe of playing true to their roots, Rock and Roll.
The band has survived disco, big hair metal, grunge, boy bands and whatever the flavor of the day might have been.
With the most basic three piece approach, guitar, bass, and drums, the band has been going from town to town, in mostly Pennsylvania and Western New York, giving all they’ve got to the faithful followers who come out to the shows.

Only Humen – Fri. Jun. 21

Only Humen – Fri. Jun. 21

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Band, Only Humen has been rocking WNY, PA & Ohio since 1986. Hailing from Buffalo, NY, the greatest city on earth, they are arguably one of the tightest, polished outfits in the area and please crowds of all ages and backgrounds

Tony Holiday & The Velvetones – Sat. Jun. 22

Tony Holiday & The Velvetones – Sat. Jun. 22

Tony Holiday is a vocalist and harp player who is rapidly emerging as a star on the international blues scene. He has been recognized by blues legends like Charlie Musselwhite and Rick Estrin as one of the finest up-and-comers in the game right now and is steadily building his own legend one gig at a time. Speaking of gigs, he plays up to 200 of them a year across the US and has brilliantly recorded his latest album Porch Sessions in between them on the actual porches of some of the blue’s best-known musicians. Hitting the streets January 25th, 2019 on the VizzTone Label Group, Porch Sessions by Tony Holiday is reminiscent of Alan Lomax’s landmark field recordings and the live recordings that have surfaced from Chicago’s famed Maxwell Street era over the years. It is all about the real blues captured live as it happens -Rock & Blues Muse 2019

Brandon Santini – Fri. Jun. 28

Brandon Santini – Fri. Jun. 28

There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. International touring vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include James Cotton, Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield. Raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Santini purchased his first harmonica in 1997 at the age of fifteen when his mother took him to the local music store upon his request. He founded the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway in 2003 and relocated to Memphis where he absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King did decades before him. Now playing over 100 shows per year throughout the world, Santini has garnered five Blues Music Award nominations, festival headlining slots and even performing on stage with the likes of Buddy Guy and Gary Clark, Jr.

Brandon Santini’s latest release, The Longshot, from the American Showplace Music label takes listeners on a slight detour from the traditional blues highway he has logged many miles on. One may not be surprised that the 36 year old vocalist and harmonica player is influenced and inspired by legendary rock artists such as The Rolling Stones, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Allman Brothers Band and Creedence Clearwater Revival just as much as Little Walter, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. From the ferocious opener, “Don’t Come Around Here” to the embattled acoustic American driven, “Broken Bones,” Santini ties his blues and rock influences together to deliver an energetic album of introspective heartbreak and lament.

Qwister’s summer return to Balloon’s – Sat. Jun. 29

Qwister’s summer return to Balloon’s – Sat. Jun. 29

Qwister returns to Ellicottville NY’s local night club hotspot, Balloons. If you’ve never experience Qwister at Balloons then you need to add this one to your list. It’s always high energy madness blended with loads of fun, throw some drinks in the mix and WHAM, full on Dance Party!

Qwister // Reggae Party Rock (Rustbelt Reggae) // Jamestown, NY
www.qwistermusic.com // www.facebook.com/qwister

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Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils – Sat. Aug. 10

Jennifer Westwood & The Handsome Devils – Sat. Aug. 10

“Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils sound like they made a serendipitous wrong turn on their way to the juke joint and wound up in a countrypolitan cathedral instead. It’s beautiful and ever so haunting. Westwood’s voice is sexy and strong as it applies the seduction over the band’s groove and thoughtful reserve…..And the Handsome Devils lay it down as pretty as their golden haired captain. It’s honky-tonk with a little less honky. It’s atmospheric yet immediate and approachable. It packs a wallop” – Rochester City Newspaper

At the heart of the band is Jennifer Westwood and guitarist Dylan Dunbar, who share an affection for gospel, Texas blues, Stax, and Muscle Shoals era artists. Jennifer cut her teeth on gospel in Detroit before hitting the gritty local bars that set her career in motion; along the way performing back up for acts including Motown’s Carl Carlton, adding several Detroit Music Awards to her credit, including one for work with Sponge (Sony) frontman Vin Dombroski on a traditional country recording (Lalar V).

Dylan Dunbar spent his teen years refining his chops in local blues joints, moving on to perform with W.C. Handy award winners such as Chef Chris and Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones, as well as country artist Whitey Morgan. His dynamic playing style is a compliment to Jennifer’s broad vocal range and unique sound that invokes influences ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Big Mama Thorton.

The last couple years have seen them performing across the country rather than at home in the rustbelt, growing a family of fans from New York to Texas. They’ve been on bills with acts such as Hayes Carll, Paul Thorn, Dale Watson, Delbert McClinton, and have performed alongside Patti Smith (with her bandmates backing Smith as well); grateful for every opportunity the road has afforded them.

Fully embracing the character and spirit of Detroit, they consider it an honor to represent a talent filled city of rugged determination, faith and hard working people.