It is hard to believe that we are in the midst of our 16th season. In those years we have tried to bring you the best blues in the world: from regional stalwarts (Matt Anderson, Garrett Mason, Joe Murphy), to national heroes and heroines (Dutch Mason, Harry Manx, Fathead, Harrison Kennedy, Sue Foley, Shakura Saida); Grammy award winners (Roomful of Blues, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Joe Louis Walker) and Blues Award Winners (Mississippi Heat, Debbie Davies); legends of the Blues (John Primer, Eddie Kirkland, Eddie Shaw, The Nighthawks, Bob Margolin, Nappy Brown) and current superstars (Duke Robillard, Lurrie Bell, Watermelon Slim), and up-and-comers (Slick Ballinger, Keith Hallett, 24th Street Wailers); from rockin' blues (Moreland and Arbuckle, Anthony Gomes, Larry McCray) to fine acoustic (Guy Davis, Eric Bibb, Ray Bonneville); soul blues (the Holmes Brothers, Jimmy Burns, Toni-Lynn Washington) to straight up soul, Zydeco and beyond (Charles Bradley, Johnny Rawls, Syl Johnson, Ruthie Foster, Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas, Kelly Joe Phelps), and much, much more. (For a full history of our lineup, please go here) We hope that you have enjoyed the music as much as we have, and are grateful for all your support without which we would not be here.
We have every intention of continuing to bring you the best in live blues and roots music, for as long as we can, and we hope that you will continue to support us. We are extremely pleased with this Winter’s lineup, in which we have two shows from two B. B. King Entertainer of the Year Award Winners.
Awarded by the Blues Foundation, the Blues Awards are the highest accolades awarded to blues musicians, and the B. B. King Entertainer of the Year Award is especially prestigious since it is given to most exciting live performer of the year. In the past, this has included B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Little Milton, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Bobby Blue Bland. So here's what's happening:
The Curtis Salgado Band, (Seattle, Washington) Saturday, March 4, George’s Roadhouse. Tickets available at Ducky's (536-1344, starting Monday, Feb. 6) are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (with a special student price of $10 at the door only, ID required).
Curtis Salgado is a blues musical giant. He has not only won the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award (2013), but multiple Blues awards for best soul blues album, artist, etc; he has been playing for 40 years now and stints include co-fronting the Robert Cray Band, touring with Steve Miller and Santana. He has 9 solo albums to his credit and is one of the finest songwriters on the blues circuit today. His full-force vocals—intense and uninhibited—bring an urgency and edge to his timeless original songs. AllMusic says his music is filled with “greasy grooves and rollicking burners boasting all the confidence and swagger the lyrics convey. “
Victor Wainwright and the Wildroots (Memphis Tennessee), Saturday , April 8, George's Roadhouse .Tickets available at Ducky's (536-1344, starting Monday, Feb. 6) are $15 in advance and $20 at the door (with a special student price of $10 at the door only, ID required).
Victor is the 2016 winner of the B. B. King Entertainer of the Year Award, and the Wildroots won the Band of the Year award, a rare double. Victor is a piano-playing Georgia native who has won Blues awards for his piano playing two years in a row. One of the most exciting piano performers on the roots music scene today, Wainwright has been making a very big name for himself. Known for his raucous, high-octane boogie-woogie performances, Victor is a crowd pleaser with Memphis soul to spare. As American Blues News put it, "he is always entertaining and madly talented. You will never see Victor play a room and not go over with the crowd in a big way." He's backed by the firepower of WildRoots, one of the tightest smokin' bands around.