The Bay City Blues is our weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues."
Special Guest: Janice Maxie Reid
"Queen Of The Keyboards", "The Complete Package", The“Triple Threat” are just a few titles that have been often used to describe Bay Area keyboardist and vocalist, Janice Maxie-Reid. Conservatory-trained, jazz and gospel inspired, this stunning and talented powerhouse hails from Oakland California.
Janice began playing at the piano at age four, singing at age nine and performing at the professional level with bands at the age of thirteen. She impressively shifts through all genres from classical to spirituals, blues to gospel and funk to jazz.
A "one-woman band", Janice often doubles as a keyboard and left-hand keyboard bass player which makes her a force of nature on any stage! Her soulful, angelic and daringly accurate vocal prowess, distinctive four-octave voice range and engaging stage presence captivate her audiences!
In addition to her outstanding performance skills, Janice is a respected educator who has taught and mentored scores of performing artists. Many have gone on to pursue successful music careers including opera singer Jeannine Anderson, neo soul singer Sakai, Stevie Wonder's keyboardist Victoria Theodore and 7-time Grammy Nominee, Ledisi.
Having toured and performed throughout the world, she has performed for thousands on both large and small venues either as a solo artist or sharing the stage with musical giants including Sting, Kenny G, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Earl Klugh, Will Downing, George Duke and Narada Michael Walden. She also performed solo piano at Clint Eastwood's Annual Golf Tournament and most recently performed the U.S. National Anthem at the Oakland Coliseum for an Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball game.
Janice's vast musical gifts and massive repertoire are always on point and leave her audiences wanting for more! Janice has performed on major concert stages including Bourbon Street Music Club in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saratoga Spring Performing Arts Center, Davies Symphony Hall, Concord Pavilion,Yoshi's and the legendary Berkeley and Russian River Jazz Festivals.
As a career educator, Janice taught K-8 for 24 years, was chorus director for numerous high school musical productions, the Oakland Youth Chorus and the Young Musicians’ Program at the University of California, Berkeley. Some of her students have included Victoria Theodore (Stevie Wonder Band) and R & B singer and 7 time Grammy Award nominee, Ledisi.
About Chris Cain:
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.
Cain was raised on stories of his father’s childhood upbringing on Memphis’ Historic Beale Street and attended his first B.B King concert at the tender age of three. Blues music played continuously on the home stereo and family outings were often trips to concerts. Cain recalls, “I remember when I was a kid, my Dad would be mowing the lawn with the stereo blasting Muddy Waters. When I look back, that was pretty cool! There was always music playing at our house, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all the greats.”
Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic) writes, “Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique style. With his own highly personalized songwriting, “Hall Of Shame” is a giant step in the development of one of the most compelling young bluesmen on today’s scene.”
Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. And as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, “more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues.”