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Wednesday, September 5th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $20
The Keeshea Pratt Band released their brand new album “Believe” on May 29th, 2018. The Houston based, award winning Keeshea Pratt Band possesses the skill and artistry reminiscent of old school Motown; a rarity among bands of any genre today. The 8-piece, musical collective lends its energy and passion to traditional blues, contemporary blues and offers a prevue to the future of blues. The musical artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel, and country and back again. Keeshea Pratt is the siren featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing 5 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan
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Thursday, September 27th • 7:30pm & 9:30pm • $22
Classic songwriting skills, smooth sultry vocals, and the ability to whip up a storm with a fiery slide guitar. Very few can boast this set of trump cards, but it just happens to be the hand dealt to Australian singer, songwriter and guitarist Kara Grainger who exhibits an effortlessly seductive and modern take on roots, blues and soul music.
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Friday, September 28th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $24
Saturday, September 29th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $24
With his fiery guitar and lap steel playing, his trailblazing, instantly memorable songs and gritty, unvarnished vocals, Selwyn Birchwood is among the most extraordinary young stars in the blues. His deep familiarity with blues tradition allows him to bust the genre wide open, adding new sounds, colors and textures, all delivered with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don’t Call No Ambulance, Birchwood’s meteoric rise from playing small Florida clubs to headlining international festival stages is nothing short of phenomenal, as he continues to set the contemporary blues world on fire.
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Thursday, October 4th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $30
Henry “Coco” Montoya was born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in a working class family. Growing up, Coco immersed himself in his parents’ record collection. He listened to big band jazz, salsa, doo-wop and rock ‘n’ roll. His first love was drums; he acquired a kit at age 11. He got a guitar two years later. “I’m sure the Beatles had something to do with this,” Montoya recalls. “I wanted to make notes as well as beats.” But guitar was his secondary instrument. Montoya turned his love of drumming into his profession, playing in a number of area rock bands while still in his teens and eventually becoming an in-demand drummer.
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Friday, October 5th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $40
Pryor Baird fronts the group, with powerful yet delicate guitar work; nimble fingers aren’t his only asset. Pryor is well known for his burning slide melodies and solid rough vocals. The man on the down beat is Gabriel Riley II, drummer extraodinaire. Whether it’s laying it back slow or driving it through the roof Gabriel has got it nailed. Rounding out the rhythm section is bassist Artis Joyce (AJ); he puts down a distinctive “fat hollow sound” that drives the band along. Mike Torres Jr adds to the band his melodic keyboard expertise. This is a band that can take a blues standard and make it sound brand new. You don’t hardly get this combination of musical talent everyday.
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Saturday, October 20th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $35
Born in Redding, California in 1950, Roy began playing guitar at twelve years of age. A year later at age 13, he was performing in a rock 'n' roll band that wore gold lame jackets and played Little Richard and Chuck Berry tunes. He discovered the great blues players early on, especially when his older brother brought home an album by Robert Johnson. Thus began his love of the blues, slide guitar in particular, which had an immediate effect on Roy, who was indeed named after the King of the Cowboys. Through the years he developed a distinctive style of playing slide guitar that not only emerged, but one that is instantly recognizable.
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Friday, October 26th • 7:30pm & 10pm • $35
Saturday, October 27th • 7pm & 9:30pm • $35
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 AllStars. This gave Billy the unique opportunity to travel and work as an under study 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 6 years.
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