Kandace Springs — an accomplished artist whose soulful jazz singing led her late mentor Prince to praise her “voice that can melt snow” — announces her newest project, The Women Who Raised Me, out on Blue Note Records on March 27. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock) — who produced Kandace’s 2016 debut Soul Eyes — The Women Who Raised Me is a tribute album to the musicians who most impacted Kandace’s music, stylings, and journey.
The Women Who Raised Me features renditions of songs made famous by some of history’s most iconic vocalists: Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Astrud Gilberto, Lauryn Hill, Billie Holiday, Diana Krall, Carmen McRae, Bonnie Raitt, Sade, Nina Simone, and Dusty Springfield. The album also features a cover of and a collaboration with Kandace’s “ultimate inspiration,” Norah Jones.
“This is an album I’ve been wanting to make forever,” says Springs. “It really expresses my love for all of these singers and gratitude for what they gave me. Each taught me something different and all of those lessons combined to make me who I am now.” Tracked live in the studio, the album finds Kandace singing and playing piano in the company of a spare but able band — including guitarist Steve Cardenas (Norah Jones), bassist Scott Colley (Carmen McRae), and drummer Clarence Penn (Diana Krall) — that allows her remarkable gifts to shine.
While, Kandace Springs is no stranger to collaboration — she’s worked with everyone from the Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah to drummer/producer Karriem Riggins (Common, J Dilla, Kanye) — The Women Who Raised Me features notable contributions from bassist Christian McBride (“Devil May Care”), saxophonist David Sanborn (“I Put A Spell On You”), and, of course, Norah Jones. “I didn’t even know what to think,” says Springs of recording with her first musical love. “It’s something I relive every so often, like, ‘Lord, I can’t believe she’s sitting right there.’ It was nerve-racking. I was like, ‘Get it together, Kandace, let’s do this!’” The result is a warm, swirling duet on Ella Fitzgerald’s “Angel Eyes” — an album highlight that proves that Kandace thrives in elite company.
From a starkly intimate rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” — the song that first caught the ear of Blue Note Records President Don Was when Kandace auditioned for a record deal in 2014 — to a simmering version of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex Factor,” Kandace is able to add an incredible depth of character and emotion to every phrase. Her virtuosic voice and subtle playing reflect a studied yet adventurous approach to reinventing these canonical works.
Alongside the album announcement, Kandace also releases lead single “Pearls,” a song made famous by legendary R&B singer Sade. In a black and white video, Springs is featured in a series of vignettes – performing in a studio and wandering about the city on a quest of self-reflection, her stunning vocals giving a vital energy to an iconic song.
by American Blues Scene·Comments Off on Horojo Trio and Hector Anchondo Come Away With Multiple IBC Wins
One act came from Ottawa and other from Omaha but they both proved to be outstanding at this year’s International Blues Challenge finals, which took place February 1st in Memphis’ historic Orpheum Theatre. The HOROJO Trio, representing the Ottawa Blues Society, left Memphis with a first place finish in the Band Division, while JW Jones (the “Jo” in HOROJO) took home the Gibson Guitar Award for Best Band Guitarist. Hector Anchondo, from the Blues Society of Omaha, triumphed in the Solo/Duo Division as well as earning the Memphis Cigar Box Award as the Best Solo/Duo Guitarist.
Felix Slim also found much success at the 36th Annual IBC awards ceremony. The Long Island Blues Society representative picked up the Lee Oskar Harmonica Award for the Best Harmonica Player, while finishing second to Anchondo in the Solo/Duo category. Anchondo and Slim, in fact, share the bond of being former finalists who now have won an IBC award.
This year’s winners also underscore the international aspect of the IBC. Slim, after becoming one of Spain’s leading bluesmen, spent several years living in Greece being influenced by its music before moving to New York City. Anchondo credits his Hispanic background for the Latin-inspired blues sound. Placing second to the Canada-based HOROJO Trio was the Jose Ramirez Band, which is led by Ramirez who was a major blues star in his native Costa Rica before relocating to America.
Receiving recognition too at this year’s IBC Awards was the Pitbull of Blues Band (of the
Southwest Florida Blues Society), which nabbed the third place spot in the Band Division. The Moonshine Society (Virginia’s River City Blues Society) enjoyed a sweet time in Memphis as their album Sweet Thing was named Best Self-Produced CD.
While the Challenge served as a centerpiece of IBC Week, The Blues Foundation also presented a varied lineup of unique events. This year’s recipients of the Foundation’s highly esteemed Keeping the Blues Alive Awards were celebrated at a special ceremony. Other highlights included a screening and Q&A for the landmark documentary, Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads, the memorable “Leading Your Own Career with Bobby Rush” workshop, and the thought-provoking “Blues Women — Creators, Conductors, and Catalysts” keynote panel. Additionally, the Blues Hall of Fame opened its new Women of the Blues exhibit along with hosting a Janiva Magness book signing and a panel discussion addressing “Music Across Borders.”
On Thursday May 7, The Blues Foundation presents its other signature event, the Blues Music
Awards. The 41st annual BMAs will be held at Memphis’ Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from individual seats for $80 to full boxes of 10 for $2,500 per box, with most seats $150.
The International Blues Challenge is sponsored by ArtsMemphis, the Tennessee Arts Commission, Memphis Tourism, the Memphis Airport Authority, AutoZone, BMI®, Four Roses Bourbon, Gibson Gives, Old Dominick’s Distillery, the Consulate General of Canada, Hohner Harmonicas, Silky O’Sullivan’s, and Visit Clarksdale.
The Blues Foundation is a world-renowned Memphis-based organization whose mission is to
preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, the Foundation has approximately 4,000 individual members and 173 affiliated blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals worldwide. Its signature honors and events — the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame inductions, International Blues Challenge, and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards — make it the international hub of blues music. Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance for musicians in need, while Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues Scholarships expose new generations to blues music. The Blues Hall of Fame Museum, located in Downtown Memphis, adds the opportunity for blues lovers of all ages to interact with blues music and history. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the global blues community with answers, information, and news.
COMPLETE LIST OF INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE’S 2020 WINNERS
Winner: HOROJO Trio (Ottawa Blues Society)
2nd Place Band: The Jose Ramirez Band (DC Blues Society)
3rd Place Band: The Pitbull of Blues Band (Southwest Florida Blues Society)
Winner: Hector Anchondo (Blues Society of Omaha)
2nd Place Solo/Duo: Felix Slim (Long Island Blues Society)
GIBSON GUITAR AWARD (BEST BAND GUITARIST)
Winner: JW Jones (HOROJO Trio)
by American Blues Scene·Comments Off on Blues World Convenes in Memphis Jan 28 – Feb. 1 for 36th Annual International Blues Challenge
The blues will be celebrated along historic Beale Street this January as part of The Blues Foundation’s 2020 International Blues Challenge Week, which takes place in Memphis, Tenn. from Tuesday, January 28 through Saturday, February 1. The Blues Foundation kicks off the festivities on January 28 with performances happening in 21 different venues along historic Beale Street straight through to the Finals on February 1 at Memphis’ Orpheum Theatre (203 S. Main St.) at 12 noon. The International Blues Challenge, the world’s largest and most renowned blues music competition, attracts more than 800 musicians to Memphis from all across the globe to battle for glory, bookings, and prizes. Besides the challenger performances which are the heart of the IBC, Beale Street will be packed with themed showcases, youth workshops, jams, parties, and master classes occurring day and night.
During IBC Week, notable events happen every day. The Blues Hall of Fame (421 S. Main St.) hosts a trio of special events on Wednesday, January 29. Multiple Blues Music Award winner and GRAMMY® nominee Janiva Magness will conduct a reading, Q & A, and book signing of her new autobiography Weeds Like Usat 12 noon. At 2 p.m., the “Music Across Borders” panel discussion will explore why the blues has garnered such a large international following and how artists and their music can expand their reach outside of their home countries. Presented by the Consulate General of Canada, the panel will be moderated by Leigh Shockey and will include Canadian blues music artist Shakura S’Aida, founder and president of Intrepid Artists Rick Booth, president of Music Marketing International Bruce Morel, and producer of the Cahors Blues Festival Robert Mauries. The Blues Hall of Fame celebrates the opening of its new “Women of the Blues” exhibit at 3:15 pm. Curated by photographer/journalist Lynn Orman Weiss, the captivating display spotlights works from a wide range of blues photographers and features images of blues women from all ages and backgrounds who represent styles ranging from Southern soul blues to Chicago blues and blues rock.
Complementing “Women of the Blues” is IBC’s keynote panel, “Blues Women – Creators, Conductors, and Catalysts,” which takes place Friday, January 31 at 2:30 pm at Alfred’s on Beale (197 Beale Street). Moderated by author Dr. Marie Trout (The Blues: Why It Still Hurts So Good), a panel composed of Multiple Blues Music Award winning and GRAMMY® nominated Shemekia Copeland, BMA-winning blues musician/educator/activist Gaye Adegbalola, award-winning media consultant and founder of the African American Public Relations Collective Gwendolyn Quinn, and BMA and GRAMMY® winning producer and co-founder of Omnivore Recordings Cheryl Pawelski will discuss the tremendous influence women have had on the blues genre, both as performers and as behind the scenes industry leaders.
Thursday, January 30 features the premiere of a newly remastered, 4K edition of the landmark documentary Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads. Made by music critic and author Robert Palmer and documentary film maker Robert Mugge, in collaboration with David A. Stewart and his brother John J. Stewart, this 1991 movie chronicles the world of Delta blues and North Mississippi hill-country blues, with filming in Memphis as well. The Los Angeles Times hailed Deep Blues as a “movie no blues lover, no popular music aficionado, and no devotee of American culture and folkways should miss. It’s a genuine document, deep and earthy; a peek into our national soul.” At the 11:30 a.m. screening, at Blues City Café (138 Beale Street), Stewart will give a video intro and Mugge will participate in a post-screening Q&A. (Blues City Café also hosts a midnight showing on Friday night, January 31.)
A unique musicians’ workshop, “Leading Your Own Career with Bobby Rush,” also is happening January 30. The Blues Hall of Famer, multiple Blues Music Award winner, and GRAMMY® winner will share distinctive insights on how to protect one’s brand as a performing blues musician, as well as tell stories from his own illustrious career. The workshop, which also includes an audience Q&A, will be held at King’s Palace (162 Beale Street) starting at 12:30 pm.
The nine Keeping The Blues Alive Awardrecipients will be recognized for their life-long achievements at the KBA brunch on Friday, January 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the Holiday Inn Memphis-Downtown Ballroom (160 Union Avenue). Chosen by a select panel of blues professionals, the honorees not only hail from across America, but also Canada, Denmark, Poland, and Colombia.
During IBC Week, The Blues Foundation will again host health screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, elevated PSA, Hepatitis C and more, all offered free of charge to IBC musicians and attendees. This year, for the first time, private and confidential onsite behavioral health consultations with psychiatrist Rebecca Dulit, MD will be available to attendees. Sponsored by The Blues Foundation’s HART (Handy Artist Relief Trust) Fund, these screenings will be provided on Wednesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 30 from noon-2:30 p.m. on the second floor ofClub 152(152 Beale Street).
For more information about the International Blues Challenge, including the full schedule of events, IBC merchandise, and links to reserve discounted hotel rooms in Downtown Memphis, please visit the IBC website.
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by American Blues Scene·Comments Off on StarVista LIVE Acquires Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Cruise
StarVista LIVE has announced the acquisition of Sandy Beaches Cruises. Known for curating luxury cruise events with some of music’s biggest names, this is the first time StarVista LIVE has taken on an existing cruise, and it’s hard to imagine a better fit.
“It’s an honor to be involved with Delbert, Wendy, and the Sandy Beaches Cruise,” stated Mike Jason, Senior Vice President of Live Entertainment at StarVista. “They’ve created an amazing yearly tradition for the roots music community, fans and artists alike, for almost three decades. We look forward to helping continue and build upon this annual event.”
Founded by blues-soul legend Delbert McClinton in 1995 along with Wendy Goldstein, Sandy Beaches Cruises have embraced every facet of American roots music for 26 years. With a yearly roster celebrating blues, soul, R&B, gospel, Cajun, Zydeco, folk, rockabilly, and country, Sandy Beaches has become an annual roots music family reunion. McClinton will remain involved as a musical participant and curatorial voice in the Sandy Beaches cruise experience.
“I couldn’t be prouder of how far we’ve come with this cruise over the past 26 years,” said McClinton. “We’ve truly become a family, welcoming new guests and returning fans every January. We love the StarVista team and look forward to working with them. We can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring.”
The sold out January 2020 Sandy Beaches Cruise launched earlier this month and featured performances by McClinton, The Mavericks, Marcia Ball, Shinyribs, The Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Foy Vance, and The Band of Heathens among many others. Information for the 2021 cruise will be announced later this year.
by American Blues Scene·Comments Off on World Premiere Video – Tom The Suit Forst “Late Night Train”
Tom The Suit Forst has announced that his latest album World of Broken Hearts will be released by Retro Records on Valentines Day, February 14, 2020.
The 5-song EP was produced by Ethan Isaac, and recorded at Factory Underground Studios, in Norwalk, Connecticut. The album features guest vocalist Christine Ohlman (Beehive Queen of Rock n Soul, Vocalist of Saturday Night Live Band), guitarist Paul Nelson (Johnny Winter Band), guitarist Ryan Hommel (Amos Lee Band), blues harp player James Montgomery, and drummer Travis McNabb (Sugarland, Better Than Ezra). His debut solo album On Fire was released in 2016, and produced by the Grammy Award-winning Nelson.
A life-long blues and rock musician who joined the corporate world, “for a couple of years, to put some food on the table and try to get my kids through college,” Forst began a journey that culminated in 25-year career in television advertising. At the time he made the bold decision, to make music full time, Forst was Vice President of Sales at Cox Media, a major cable television company.
“I loved it, but I always had a plan to go back into music one day. The day my wife and I paid the last college tuition bill for my youngest child, that was it. I gave my notice, and went back to playing music full time,” he says.
Performing as many as 200 shows a year with his band, with additional solo/special guest performances and keynote-speaking engagements, Forst has toured both the United States and China. He will support his new album heavily in the new year, and has been invited to tour China for the second time in April 2020.
“Late Night Train,” is the first track from the new EP. Forst takes a modern day view of the classic blues train song, updating it to big city subway, with all the haunting images still in tact.
by American Blues Scene·Comments Off on Blues-Rocker Tinsley Ellis Announces ‘Ice Cream in Hell’ Tour
World-renowned Atlanta-based blues-rock guitar virtuoso, soulful singer and prolific songwriter Tinsley Ellis served up plans for his coast-to-coast Ice Cream In Hell tour. The three-month tour kicks off in Ellis’ hometown of Atlanta on January 31, 2020, the same day the highly anticipated new album, Ice Cream In Hell, is released.
“A musician never got famous staying home,” says Ellis, who continues to perform over 150 nights a year. “I’ve seen it all,” the Atlanta native says of his four decades on the road. “And a lot of my audience has been along for the entire time. It’s not always easy. But the payoff is the music. That’s the ice cream.”
Filled with blazing, every-note-matters guitar playing over the course of 11 instantly memorable original songs, Ice Cream In Hell is, according to Ellis, the most raw-sounding, guitar-drenched album of his career. Throughout the album, Ellis’ deeply emotional, lyrical guitar solos perfectly match his fervent vocals. Rolling Stone says Ellis plays “feral blues guitar…non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge…his eloquence dazzles…he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton.”
Recorded in Nashville and produced by Ellis and his longtime co-producer Kevin McKendree (John Hiatt, Delbert McClinton), Ice Cream In Hell is a cathartic blast of blues-rock power. Though inspired by all three Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie), as well by Carlos Santana, Hound Dog Taylor and others, Ice Cream In Hell is pure, unadulterated Tinsley Ellis.
ICE CREAM IN HELL TOUR:
Jan 31 City Winery Atlanta, GA
Feb 01 The Foundry Athens, GA
Feb 05 The Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
Feb 06 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
Feb 07 The Open Chord Knoxville, TN
Feb 08 Songbirds Guitar Museum Chattanooga, TN
Feb 14 The Kelsey Theater Lake Park, FL
Feb 15 David Posnack JCC Davie, FL
Feb 16 The Alley Sanford, FL
Feb 20 Stocks n Bonds Omaha, NE
Feb 21-22 Grand Z Casino Central City, CO
Feb 23 Swallow Hill Music Denver, CO
Feb 24 The Cooperage Albuquerque, NM
Feb 26 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA with Janiva Magness
Feb 27 The Canyon Agoura Hills, CA
Feb 28 Felton Music Hall Felton, CA
Feb 29 Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA
Mar 01 Cornerstone Berkeley, CA
Mar 03 The Tower Theatre Lounge Fresno, CA
Mar 04 SLO Brew Rock San Luis Obispo, CA
Mar 05 The Rose Pasadena, CA
Mar 06 World Records Bakersfield, CA
Mar 08 The Coach House San Juan Capistrano, CA with Jimmie Vaughan
Mar 10 191 Toole Tucson, AZ
Mar 11 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ
Mar 12 Boulder Station Casino Las Vegas, NV at Railhead
Mar 13 Center for the Arts Grass Valley, CA
Mar 14 Paradise Performing Arts Center Paradise, CA with Tommy Castro
Mar 15 The Saint Reno, NV
Mar 18 The Triple Door Seattle, WA
Mar 19 The Seasons Performance Hall Yakima, WA
Mar 20 Jack London Revue Portland, OR
Mar 21 Capitol Theater Olympia, WA with Curtis Salgado
Mar 23 Top Hat Missoula, MT
Mar 24 Rialto Bozeman, MT
Mar 26 Dakota Minneapolis, MN
Mar 27 TBA Des Moines, IA
Mar 28 The Jazz Kitchen Indianapolis, IN
Mar 29 Woodlands Tavern Columbus, OH
Mar 31 SPACE Evanston, IL
Apr 01 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
Apr 02 Uptown Grill’s Playlist Theater LaSalle, IL
Apr 03 London Music Hall London, ON
Apr 04 Hugh’s Room (matinee) Toronto, ON
Apr 05 Iron Works Buffalo, NY
Apr 08 Cafe Lena Saratoga Springs, NY
Apr 09 One Longfellow Square Portland, ME
Apr 10 Spire Center for Performing Arts Plymouth, NH
Apr 11 The Center For Arts In Natick, MA
Apr 13 Chan’s Woonsocket, RI
Apr 14 Sellersville Theater Sellersville, PA
Apr 15 Infinity Hall Norfolk, CT
Apr 16 City Winery, NYC
Apr 17 Arden Gild Hall Arden, DE
Apr 18 The Soundry Columbia, MD
Apr 19 City Winery Washington, DC
[Dana Point, CA] – The 2020 Doheny Blues Festival will be postponed as organizers explore venue options for 2021. The signature event and longest-running music festival in Dana Point will return in 2021 with plans for a bigger and more robust event with world-class blues and rock headliners, new artists and a unique educational component.
“Sea Terrace Park has been a wonderful venue for the festival for the last two years, and we are thankful for the support we received from The City of Dana Point, the Arts & Culture Commission and the local hotels and neighbors” says Rich Sherman, President of Doheny Blues Festival, Inc. “We recognize, however, that the attendees truly loved our former location of Doheny State Beach and we feel strongly that we should explore all of the venue options for future blues festivals, even if it requires us to take a year off.”
To fill the music void, plans are underway to organize a “Weekend of Music” during May 15-17, 2020 that will include concerts at various live music venues in and around the city, free performances, as well as curated educational sessions presented by the non-profit organization Music Preserves Foundation. “For those who travel to Dana Point every May to experience extraordinary blues music, we want to continue that tradition this year with a special weekend of live music throughout town,” says Sherman. “We are thankful for the support that fans, musicians and partners have shown to The Doheny Blues Festival over the years and we look forward to a triumphant return in 2021 with an exciting, reimagined festival.”
Established in 1998, The Doheny Blues Festival ushered in this era of music festivals and has been held for 22 consecutive years in Dana Point featuring Blues legends, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and contemporary headliners such as B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Joe Walsh, The Black Crowes, Joe Bonamassa, Chuck Berry, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Brian Setzer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mavis Staples, Grace Potter, Trombone Shorty and many others.
With Martin Luther King Day this coming Monday, we wanted to share an early look at a powerful new album of Southern Gospel music from The Legendary Ingramettes. This quintet of powerhouse women is one of the few remaining all-female gospel groups based on the old quartet style of singing, and they’ve been going for 65 years! Bandleader Almeta Ingram-Miller grew up in the tradition in Richmond, VA, and also grew up in th heart of the Civil Rights movement. Her mother (and bandleader until her death in 2015) was the housekeeper for Oliver Hill, the civil rights lawyer that helped end ‘separate but equal’, and she met Martin Luther King in person when he came to Richmond!
The new album, Take A Look In The Book, due out March 20, 2020, is the first with Almeta at the head of the group, and she’s taken the chance of developing new repertoire for the group, inspired by her work with Virginia Folklife at Virginia Humanities.
Six decades of music, sixty-five years of song, generations tied together through the force of will of a matriarchy of powerful women. This is the story of African-American gospel quintet The Legendary Ingramettes, founded by Maggie Ingram (who passed away in 2015) as a way to keep her family together through hardship, and taken up by her daughter Almeta as a way to continue Maggie’s legacy.
Inspired by the black gospel male quartets of the 1940s and 50s, The Legendary Ingramettes bring roof raising harmonies and explosively powerful vocals, all driven by the voices of women. Based for many years out of Richmond, Virginia, they were led by the indomitable will of the woman they all called “Mama,” but now that Mama is gone, Take A Look in the Book is the group’s first efforts with Almeta at the head. The album showcases her bold new vision and towering vocal abilities, drawing songs from new Appalachian sources like Ola Belle Reed and Bill Withers, and reworking family favorites, some of which date back to old spirituals.
Produced by state folklorist Jon Lohman as part of the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, Take A Look in the Book was recorded over just three days in Richmond, with most songs being cut in one take to keep the power of the group’s incendiary live performances. A live show from The Legendary Ingramettes is a house-rocking affair, with audiences literally whipped to a gospel fervor, and the recording seeks to capture the electrifying nature of the group’s performances.
Throughout the album, Mama’s legacy is strong, but the South casts a longer shadow. “When we came up, the times just weren’t what they are now,” says Almeta. With all the memories of national acclaim and mighty performances, there are memories too of the whites-only gas stations they stopped at in the South when Almeta was a kid. Or that one day, seared in her memory, that Almeta’s grandmother wouldn’t let her play outside her rural home in Douglas, Georgia because there was a black body swinging in the tree in her front yard. “You can’t experience something like that and not be changed by it,” she says. “For us, it showed us we had a wonderful God who watched over and protected us. I must have hundreds of stories where we knew that there is a purpose for us still here. You take all of that, and you put it into the music.”
The full lineup for the 2020 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been announced. Along with the jazz and blues we’ve all come to expect, major headliners include iconic rock bands, legendary soul and R&B artists, hip-hop, Gospel, bluegrass, reggae and Americana artists along with tributes to Dave Bartholomew, Art Neville and Dr. John.
This year’s official poster was conceived and created by native New Orleans artist and musician Scott Guion. The poster honors the late Dr. John, who “occupies an eternal, ethereal and majestic place in hoodoo heaven – a New Orleans otherworld he conjured from the tendrils of reconstructed history for all to savor.” This year’s slogan for Jazz Fest is “Right Place, Right Time” paying further homage to one of NOLA’s favorite sons. Artist prints of the poster can be purchased here.
With hundreds of acts spanning 8 big days, the event takes place over 2 weekends: Thursday thru Sunday, April 23rd – 26th and April 30th – May 3rd. While there is no possible way to see all the acts performing, we’ve listed them here for your perusal. (With special thanks to nola.com)
THURSDAY, APRIL 23
The Beach Boys, Maggie Rogers, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, New Orleans Recording Legends featuring The Dixie Cups, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Wanda Rouzan, and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson with Bobby Cure & the Poppa Stoppas, GIVERS, Deacon John, Arturo Sandoval, Bettye LaVette, Honey Island Swamp Band, The Cowsills, Banu Gibson with special guest Shaymus Hanlin featuring Ronnie Kole, Plena Libre of Puerto Rico, Michael Stuart, Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jr., Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Batiste Fathers & Sons featuring Russell, Damon, Jamal, Ryan, David Batiste & Special Guest, Luther Kent & Trickbag, Great Gambian Griots: Jali Bakary Konteh and Pa Bobo Jobarteh, Quiana Lynell, Meschiya Lake & the Little Big Horns, Gal Holiday & the Honky Tonk Revue, Uncle Nef featuring Shannon Powell and Darren Hoffman, Kinfolk Brass Band, Kristin Diable & The City, Willie Tee and Cypress Band, Wendell Brunious & The New Orleans Allstars, Marlon Jordan, All For One Brass Band, Women of Class and Lady Prince of Wales Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Darcy Malone and the Tangle, Alexey Marti, Johnny Sansone, Goldman Thibodeaux & the Lawtell Playboys, Corey Ledet Zydeco, Javier Gutierrez & Vivaz!, Lynn Drury, Charley Crockett, Las Cafeteras, Pocket Aces Brass Band, Michael Skinkus and Moyuba, Fi Yi Yi & the Mandingo Warriors, Ever More Nest, Joe Lastie’s New Orleans Sound, Dawn, New Orleans Jazz Vipers, Virginia Aires, Black Mohawk and Young Seminole Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Clive Wilson’s New Orleans Serenaders, Ted Hefko & the Thousandaires, The Betty Shirley Band, The John Mahoney Big Band, Glenn Hartman and The Earthtones, Sons of Jazz Brass Band, Harold Holloway & Company, Evangelist Linda Wright and The Heartbeats of Praise, Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir, The Daiquiri Queens, La Raíz of Puerto Rico, Native Nations Intertribal, Lyle Henderson & Emmanu-EL, Treces del Sur, Higher Heights Reggae, 21st Century Brass Band, Sisters of Change, Devastation, and Sisters of Unity Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, On the Levee Jazz Band, Xavier University Jazz Ensemble, New Orleans Music Interns directed by Donald Harrison, Jr., Audrey Ferguson & the Voices of Distinction, Joanna Hale-McGill, Pastor Mitchell J. Stevens, Creative Arts Momentum, Kat Walker Jazz Band – Scat with Ms. Kat, Donald Lewis Jr., Dancing Grounds Elite Feet Dance, Calliope Puppets.
FRIDAY, APRIL 24
Lenny Kravitz, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Anthony Hamilton, Big Freedia, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Jon Batiste & Friends, Playing For Change Band, Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers, Kurt Carr & the Kurt Carr Singers, The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell, Terri Lyne Carrington and Social Science, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet, Jeremy Davenport, C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, John Mooney & Bluesiana, The Roots of Music Marching Crusaders, Adonis Rose and the NOJO Tribute to Allen Toussaint, Les Filles de Illighadad of Niger, Flow Tribe, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Jason Marsalis, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Charmaine Neville Band, Michael Stuart, Plena Libre, La Raíz and Plena Callejera of Puerto Rico, Orange Kellin’s New Orleans DeLuxe Orchestra: A Celebration of Jelly Roll Morton’s 130th Birthday, Tribute to Jabbo Smith featuring Jamil Sharif, Great Gambian Griots: Jali Bakary Konteh and Pa Bobo Jobarteh, Baby Boyz Brass Band, George French & the New Orleans Storyville Jazz Band, Keep N It Real, Scene Boosters, and We Are One Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band, New Orleans Guitar Masters featuring Jimmy Robinson, Cranston Clements, and John Rankin, Mem Shannon & the Membership Band, Big Chief Bird & the Young Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Alex McMurray, Free Spirit Brass Band, Go Getters and Big Nine Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, McDonogh 35 High School Gospel Choir, McMain International “Singing Mustangs” Gospel Choir, Jamie Lynn Vessels, Papo y Son Mandao, Las Cafeteras, Adella Adella the Storyteller, Native Nations Intertribal, Javier Olondo & AsheSon, Midnite Disturbers, Les Freres Michot, Susan Cowsill and Russ Broussard, Bon Bon Vivant, Black Seminoles, Young Cherokee, and Golden Sioux Mardi Gras Indians, Riverside Jazz Collective, Paky Saavedra, New Wave Brass Band, Doreen’s Jazz New Orleans, 79rs Gang Mardi Gras Indians, Sabra & The Get Rights, John Rankin, The Jones Sisters, Ty Morris & H.O.W., Derek Douget, L.Y.O.N., Blato Zlato, Loyola University Jazz Ensemble, DJ RO, Kid Simmons’ Local International Allstars, Comparsa de Puerto Rico, Wild Apaches and Wild Mohicans Mardi Gras Indians, Grayhawk Perkins, Young Cajun Band, Ladies of Unity, Akia J. Nevills, Kathryn Rose Wood, Landry Walker Charter High School Choir, KID smART Showcase, ISL Circus Arts Kids.
SATURDAY, APRIL 25
The Who, The Avett Brothers, H.E.R., The Revivalists, Charlie Musselwhite, David Sanborn with special guest Randy Brecker, The Subdudes, Sonny Landreth, The Soul Rebels, Shovels & Rope, Rickie Lee Jones, Playing For Change Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band pays tribute to Dave Bartholomew with Elvis Costello, Jon Cleary, and Al “Lil Fats” Jackson, Samantha Fish, The Gospel Soul of Irma Thomas, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, James Rivers Movement, Puss N Boots, Little Freddie King Blues Band, Dr. Michael White & the Original Liberty Jazz Band featuring Thais Clark, Erica Falls, Antonio Sánchez & Migration, Pell, Low Cut Connie, Leah Chase, Treme Brass Band, Hardhead Hunters and Semolian Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Tuba Skinny, Trumpet Mafia, Shamarr Allen & the Underdawgs, Free Agents Brass Band, Tribute to Lil’ Buck Sinegal featuring Sonny Landreth, Carol Fran, Lee Allen Zeno, and CC Adcock, Young Fellaz Brass Band, Dumaine Street Gang, Divine Ladies, and Family Ties Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, The Revelers, Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Creole String Beans, The Dynamic Smooth Family Gospel Singers of Slidell, The Bester Gospel Singers, Helen Gillet, Bill Kirchen, Esencia, La Raíz, and Christian Nieves & Herencia Musical de Puerto Rico, Tribute to Bessie Smith featuring Meschiya Lake, Barbara Shorts, and Jolynda “Kiki” Chapman with the Lars Edegran Jazz Band, New Orleans Spiritualettes, Mikayla Braun, Lane Mack & The Balladeers, Sasha Masakowski Art Market, Michael Doucet, Sarah Quintana, and Chad Viator, Dr. Brice Miller & Mahogany Brass Band, The Johnson Extension, New Orleans R&B and Hip Hop “Next Era” featuring DeeLow and Kris Baptiste, New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian Rhythm Section, Matt Lemmler presents “New Orleans in Stride”, Michael Juan Nunez, Louis Ford & New Orleans Flairs, Rick Trolsen’s Neslorchestra, Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, Mount Hermon Baptist Church Praise Delegation Choir, Archdiocese of New Orleans Gospel Choir, Native Nations Intertribal, Plena Callejera and Comparsa de Puerto Rico, Apache Hunters, Black Hawk Hunters, Washitaw Nation, and Wild Red Flames Mardi Gras Indians, Kumbuka African Drum & Dance Collective, Jourdan Thibodeaux et les Rôdailleurs, Major Handy & the Louisiana Blues Band, David & Roselyn, Rising Dragon Lion Dance Team, Christian Unity Baptist Church Youth Choir, Brother Martin Crusader Stage Band, Theatre on Tap, Antioch Baptist Church San Antonio Umoja Choir, Young Guardians of the Flame and Congo Kids, The Gospel Inspirations of Boutte, The Chosen Ones Brass Band, New Generation, Nine Times, Single Ladies, and Single Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre.
SUNDAY, APRIL 26
Foo Fighters, Brandi Carlile, Norah Jones, Erykah Badu, Buddy Guy, Chris Isaak, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Asleep at the Wheel, Tab Benoit, Anders Osborne, Marcia Ball, Rebirth Brass Band, Ladies of Hip Hop featuring Mia X and 3D Na’Tee, Zachary Richard, Royal Teeth, Dottie Peoples, Sunpie & the Louisiana Sunspots, Amanda Shaw & The Cute Guys, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & The Golden Eagles, Joe Krown Trio featuring Walter Wolfman Washington, Martha Redbone, Blind Boy Paxton, Wycliffe Gordon, Nicholas Payton 2020, Robert Finley, PJ Sin Suela, Esencia and La Raíz of Puerto Rico, John “Papa” Gros, Maggie Koerner, The Rayo Brothers, Andrew Duhon, The New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, Rumba Buena, Gregg Stafford & His Young Tuxedo Jazz Band, Paulin Brothers Brass Band, Cha Wa, Stooges Brass Band, Big Chief Kevin Goodman & the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indians, New Leviathan Oriental Fox-Trot Orchestra, Topsy Chapman & Solid Harmony, The Knockaz Brass Band, Big Steppers, Untouchables, and The Furious Five Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, New Birth Brass Band, Jambalaya Cajun Band, New Orleans Gospel Soul Children, Jai Reed, Tyronne Foster & The Arc Singers, William Prince, Christian Nieves & Herencia Musical de Puerto Rico, The Jesse McBride Big Band, TBC Brass Band, The Baby Dolls of New Orleans, Big 6 Brass Band, Young Men Olympia, New Look, First Division, and Uptown Swingers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Lars Edegran & the New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra, Native Nations Intertribal, Julio y Cesar Band, Tribute to Al Gray featuring Craig Klein, Michael Watson, and TJ Norris, Spencer Bohren Remembered featuring Dave Malone, Harry Tuft, Andre Bohren, Aurora Nealand, Alex McMurray, Paul Sanchez, Jim McCormick, John Magnie, and Dave Pomerleau, Plena Callejera and Comparsa de Puerto Rico, Shining Star Hunters and Uptown Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Libby Rae Watson with special guest Bert Deivert, Black Magic Drumline, Jacye, Debbie Davis with Josh Paxton, Jonté Landrum, Terry Huval and Friends, Pardon My French!, Electrifying Crown Seekers, Big Chief Trouble & Trouble Nation, Young Eagles, and Young Brave Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, St. Joseph the Worker Music Ministry, Willi Carlisle, Jessica Harvey and The Difference, Magical Moonshine Theatre, Ashé Cultural Arts Center Kuumba Institute, Baby & The Brass Hearts, The NOCCA Student Dance Collaborative.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30
The Black Crowes, Jimmy Cliff, Brittany Howard, The War And Treaty, Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, John Scofield & Dave Holland Duo, Ellis Marsalis, Cimafunk of Cuba, Wayne Toups, Jimmy Hall, Walter Wolfman Washington & The Roadmasters, Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars featuring Tab Benoit, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Leyla McCalla, Ronnie Lamarque, iLe, Pirulo y La Tribu, and Viento de Agua of Puerto Rico, Delfeayo Marsalis & the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, Astral Project, New Hope Baptist Church Mass Choir, The Boudreaux Family of Feathers, Brother Tyrone & the Mindbenders, SOUL Brass Band, Ranky Tanky, Mark Braud, Glen David Andrews & the Andrews Family Band, Forgotten Souls Brass Band, Lil’ Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Black Lodge Singers, Feufollet, Cedric Watson et Bijou Creole, Music Maker Blues Revue featuring Willie Farmer, Robert Lee Coleman, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Alabama Slim, and Lee Allen Zeno, Tracksuit Wedding, Shiny Ribs, High Steppers Brass Band, One Mind Brass Band, VIP Ladies and Original Four Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Seratones, Jonathon Long, NOLA Reggae featuring Renard Poché, Water Seed, Lisa Knowles-Smith & The Brown Singers, Square Dance NOLA, Daria & The Hip Drops, White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Son del Batey, Comparsa de Puerto Rico, Sporty’s Brass Band, Revolution and Men Buckjumpers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Tom McDermott with Evan Christopher, The Pfister Sisters’ Tribute to The Andrews Sisters, Otis Wimberly Sr. and The Wimberly Family Gospel Singers, Tommy Sancton’s New Orleans Legacy Band, Phillip Manuel, Buffalo Hunters and Cheyenne Mardi Gras Indians, Andrew Hall’s Society Brass Band, Mark Brooks & Friends, Khari Allen Lee – Tribute to Grover Washington Jr., Betty Winn & One A-Chord, Caren Green, Marina Orchestra, Keyla Richardson, A.J. Loria, Roadside Glorious, Huval-Fuselier Cajun Band, Shades of Praise New Orleans Interracial Gospel Choir, Craig Adams & Higher Dimensions of Praise, Anne Elise Hastings and her Revolving Cast of Characters, Fermín y Merengue4FOUR, The Trio Plus One, Rosa Metoyer, Kurt Hunter Marionettes, Muggivan School of Irish Dance, Young Audiences Performing Arts Showcase.
FRIDAY, MAY 1
Lionel Richie, Wu-Tang Clan featuring The Soul Rebels, Aaron Neville, Of Monsters and Men, Irma Thomas, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, Leo Nocentelli, Davell Crawford plays James Booker, Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas, Sweet Crude, Bonerama, Savoy Family Cajun Band, The Brubeck Centennial Celebration with The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Bobby Millitello and Joey DeFrancesco, Hot 8 Brass Band, Le’Andria Johnson, Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie, Charlie Sepulveda and The Turnaround, Pirulo y La Tribu and La Tribu de Abrante of Puerto Rico, Motel Radio, Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, Eric Lindell & Marc Ford’s West Coast Reunion, New Orleans Suspects, Shannon McNally, Storyville Stompers Brass Band, Paul Sanchez & the Rolling Road Show, Comanche Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Nigel Hall, Johnny Sketch and The Dirty Notes, Stanton Moore, The Iguanas, Gregg Stafford’s Jazz Hounds, Charlie Gabriel and Friends, Herlin Riley, Jason Neville FunkySoul Band, Jazz Violinist Michael Ward, Gregg Martinez & the Delta Kings with special guests Johnnie Allan and T.K. Hulin, Kim Che’re, Palmetto Bug Stompers, Josh Kagler & Harmonistic Praise Crusade, Germaine Bazzle, Bamboula 2000 with special guest Deacon John, Viento de Agua and Son del Batey of Puerto Rico, Tribute to The New Orleans Rhythm Kings featuring Steve Pistorius, Washboard Chaz Blues Trio, Wild Tchoupitoulas and Black Feathers Mardi Gras Indians, Marc Stone, James Martin Band, Herbert McCarver & The Pin Stripe Brass Band, Charlie Halloran’s Tribute to Louis Armstrong and the Allstars, The Mid-City Aces, 7th Ward Creole Hunters and Golden Comanche Mardi Gras Indians, The Wanting, Black Lodge Singers, Panorama Jazz Band, Kerry Grombacher, The City of Love Music & Worship Arts Choir, Seva Venet’s New Orleans Banjo Celebration, Micaela y Fiesta Flamenca, Jackson Square Allstar Brass Band, Men of Class and Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Voices of Peter Claver, The Swing Setters, Gina Forsyth and Friends, Comparsa de Puerto Rico, Spy Boy J & The Young Generation Mardi Gras Indians, Sylvia Yancy Davis, Pastor Terry Gullage and Kingdom Sound, Nineveh Baptist Church Mass Choir, New Generation Brass Band, Lady & Men Rollers and Perfect Gentlemen Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Delgado Community College Jazz Ensemble, The Showers Family, New Orleans Council on Aging Community Choir, Quincy Avenue Rhythm Band, Arte Reviver Capoeira New Orleans, Puppet Arts Theatre.
SATURDAY, MAY 2
Dead & Company, Lizzo, The Isley Brothers, Keb’ Mo’, Nicky Jam, Tank and The Bangas, The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra, PJ Morton, Galactic featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph, Cyril Neville, Tribute to Art Neville featuring Aaron Neville, The Meters, and The Neville Brothers Band, Boyfriend, Doug Kershaw, Partners-N-Crime & The BIG Ez Band, Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, Cowboy Mouth, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Fred Hammond, John Boutté, The Cookers featuring Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, Donald Harrison, David Weiss, George Cables, Cecil McBee, and Billy Hart, Walter Wolfman Washington Trio, Pine Leaf Boys, Molly Tuttle, Mia Borders, Chris Thomas King, Yvette Landry & The Jukes with special guest Warren Storm, New Breed Brass Band, Kenny Neal, Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers, Gathering of Chiefs: Walter Cook & The Creole Wild West Mardi Gras Indians with Friends, Westbank Steppers and Valley of Silent Men Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, La Tribu de Abrante, Pirulo y La Tribu, and Atabal of Puerto Rico, Tommy McLain + CC Adcock, Sweet Cecilia, Bill Summers & Jazalsa, Lena Prima, Tribute to George Lewis featuring Dr. Michael White, Sammy Rimington, and Tommy Sancton, Conjunto Típico Samaritano and Son del Batey of Puerto Rico, Tony Dagradi & Down Time, The Zion Harmonizers, Khris Royal & Dark Matter, Leroy Jones’ New Orleans Finest, New Orleans Nightcrawlers Brass Band, Blodie’s Jazz Jam, Eden Brent, J. Monque’D Blues Revue, Don Vappie & the Creole Jazz Serenaders, Smitty Dee’s Brass Band, Undefeated Divas & Gents and Original Pigeon Town Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, T’Monde, Mariachi Jalisco, The Palm Court Jazz Band featuring Sammy Rimington, Young Magnolias, Wild Squatoulas, and 9th Ward Black Hatchet Mardi Gras Indians, Muévelo, Jermaine Landrum & The Abundant Praise Revival Choir, Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries Choir, Da Truth Brass Band, Original Nine Times Ladies and Sudan Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Rich Collins, Grupo Sensacion, Claude Bryant and The Allstars, DinosAurchestra, Big Chief Juan & Jockimo’s Groove, Xeno Moonflower, Black Lodge Singers, OperaCréole, Comparsa de Puerto Rico, Northside Skull and Bone Gang, Connie & Dwight Fitch with St. Raymond and St. Leo the Great Choir, NOCCA Student Jazz Ensemble, Neo-Tokyo 2020 featuring Takeshi Shimmura, Keiko Komaki & Satoru Ohashi, Jack Barksdale, Tonia Scott & Anointed Voices, Creole Osceola Black Masking Indians, Black Foot Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, The Legendary Rocks of Harmony, Curtis Pierre with The Samba Kids, Donate Puppets of Puerto Rico, Stephen Foster’s Foster Family Music Program, E’Dana & Divinely Destin, New Orleans Dance Collective.
SUNDAY, MAY 3
Stevie Nicks, The Lumineers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, John Prine, Kool & the Gang, Chick Corea: Vigilette with Carlitos Del Puerto and Marcus Gilmore, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Jenny Lewis, Lowrider Band, The Radiators, Tribute to Dr. John with special guests Irma Thomas, Jon Cleary, Ivan Neville, Davell Crawford, Deacon John, and John “Papa” Gros with the Dr. John All-Star Alumni Band, The Campbell Brothers, Davell Crawford, Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective, Zigaboo Modeliste and The Funk Revue, Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters, Kermit Ruffins’ Tribute to Louis Armstrong, Original Pinettes Brass Band, James Andrews & the Crescent City All-Stars, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Jo-El Sonnier & Friends, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Mr. Sipp “The Mississippi Blues Child”, Bobby Lounge, Deak Harp, Naughty Professor, MoFess, J & The Causeways, .AM., Atabal and Conjunto Típico Samaritano of Puerto Rico, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Da Souljas Brass Band, Original New Orleans Lady Buckjumpers and Prince of Wales Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Tim Laughlin, Preservation Brass, Amina Figarova Sextet, DJ Captain Charles, Lulu and the Broadsides, Esther Rose, Lawrence Sieberth featuring Michael Rodriguez, Big Chief Bo Dollis, Jr. & The Wild Magnolias, Joy Clark, The Caesar Brothers FunkBox, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, Leo Jackson & The Melody Clouds, Ninth Ward Hunters, Monogram Hunters, and Algiers Warriors Mardi Gras Indians, Pastor Cynthia Girtley, Troy Turner’s Blues Band, Kim Carson, Gerald French & the Original Tuxedo Brass Band, Evangelist Jackie Tolbert, Zulu Gospel Male Ensemble, Dayna Kurtz with Robert Mache, David L. Harris, Shake ‘Em Up Jazz Band, Doyle Cooper, Davis Rogan, Johnette Downing and Scott Billington, Ryan Foret & Foret Tradition, Patrice Fisher & Arpa with Eddie Balzola & Oriente Cuban Band, Black Lodge Singers, Son del Batey of Puerto Rico, Mohawk Hunters and The Seminole Mardi Gras Indians, UNO Jazz Studies Allstars, The Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music Band, Southern University Baton Rouge Jazzy Jags, Val & Love Alive Mass Choir, Franklin Avenue Music Ministry, Real Untouchable Brass Band, Ole & Nu Style Fellas, Good Fellas, and Original C.T.C. Steppers Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, Arthur and Friends Community Choir, The RRAAMS, Kai Knight’s Silhouette Dance Ensemble, Versailles Lion Dance Team, Burke Riley Cajun Quintet, Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company.
by American Blues Scene·Comments Off on Roomful of Blues Set To Release First Album of New Material in Nine Years
Roomful of Blues, the world-renowned, horn-powered, houserocking blues band, will release In A Roomful Of Blues on Friday, March 13, 2020 on Alligator Records. The Rhode Island- based group has been delighting audiences for over 50 years.
In A Roomful Of Blues, the band’s fifth release on Alligator (and 19th overall), was produced by guitarist and bandleader Chris Vachon and features 13 wide-ranging songs, including nine band-composed originals—more than on any previous Roomful album. Eight songs were written or co-written by Vachon (including one authored with vocalist Phil Pemberton) plus one each by sax player Alek Razdan and keyboardist Rusty Scott. From the rocking “We’d Have A Love Sublime” to the funkified “You Move Me” to the closing-time lament “She Quit Me Again” to the up-to-the-minute “Phone Zombies,” In A Roomful Of Blues is filled with soaring blues, zydeco twists, late-night ballads, Latin-tinged funk and a touch of vintage, fifth-gear rock ‘n’ roll.
On record and on stage, Roomful of Blues continues to deliver its bone-shaking mix of original songs and carefully chosen covers ranging from jump, swing and proto rock ‘n’ roll to funky, contemporary blues. Their impeccable musicianship and larger-than-life vocals have earned Roomful five Grammy Award nominations and a slew of other accolades, including seven Blues Music Awards.
Roomful of Blues began in 1967 when a group of southern Rhode Island teenagers with a shared passion for the blues formed a straight-ahead Chicago-style electric blues band to explore the music of their heroes. They added a horn section (including Rich Lataille) in 1970 and released their self-titled debut album in 1977 on Island Records (reissued on Hyena Records), which brought them to the attention of fans and critics from coast to coast. The band has performed in cities around the world, traveling abroad to 22 countries including Lebanon, Poland, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Turkey and Russia.
Vachon first joined Roomful in 1990, and has been leading the band since 1998. The band has maintained its signature sound through great musicianship and a stellar horn section—featuring tenor and alto saxophonist Lataille, whose masterful playing can evoke either the fat-toned, honking sax of the glory days of early rock or the cool elegance of big band swing jazz.
While Roomful of Blues has always been one of the tightest, most joyful blues ensembles in the world, they have never sounded fresher or stronger than with the current line-up. Along with Vachon and Lataille, the band includes vocalist Phil Pemberton, baritone and tenor saxophonist Alek Razdan, trumpeter Carl “Geerz” Gerhard, bassist John Turner, drummer Chris Anzalone and keyboardist Rusty Scott.
With In A Roomful Of Blues, the band has once again captured all of their frenetic energy and musical power in the studio. Roomful of Blues will be hitting the road and bringing the new material to their fans around the world, proving without doubt that this is a band built to stand the test of time. While keenly aware of the group’s half century of history, Vachon is quick to note, however, that they are constantly looking forward. “We always keep things fresh and we keep the excitement level high. Playing this music is an immense amount of fun for us,” he says. “And it’s just as much fun for our audience.”