Take a look at our Anniversary poster, what do you think?
These 6 amazing musicians frequently back up Taj Mahal, but their individual lists of performers they have recorded or toured with includes Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Cocker, Jimi Hendrix, Etta James, Elton John, Leon Russell, Little Feat and B.B. King (just to name a few)
The line up is ready, and we are ready for a great party!! Are you ready?
“With a background in West African and New Orleans drumming, Ben Malament has provided a funky rhythmic backdrop to Wierzynski’s soulful vocals and soaring trumpet playing since their subway busking days. The addition of saxophonist Johnny Bones brought to the band his influences from time working with Eddie Palmieri, Nell Carter, and Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums, to form the core of the group. Growing bigger and gathering steam, the Honeydrops have expanded from an acoustic street trio to a full band: piano and keyboards, electric bass, and additional percussion round out their sound. Beyond the band’s shared musical vision remains a greater purpose: to make people dance, sing, and enjoy themselves. The Honeydrops’ music speaks not just to the heart and soul, but also to the body; people have no choice but to dance. Drawing heavily on Southern soul and Bay Area R&B with twist of New Orleans second-line street music, the Honeydrops defy genres. Their style may not have a name, but one thing is certain: The California Honeydrops don’t just play music. They throw parties.”- From http://www.cahoneydrops.com
For more visit http://www.cahoneydrops.com
We are very excited to have The California Honeydrops at the Greeley Blues Jam this year, we are sure you’ll love them!
Born in Orange, Texas, in 1949 to a family whose female members all played piano, Ball grew up in the small town of Vinton, Louisiana, right across the border from Texas. She began taking piano lessons at age five, playing old Tin Pan Alley tunes from her grandmother’s collection. From her aunt, Marcia heard more modern and popular music. But it wasn’t until she was 13 that Marcia discovered the blues, as, one day in 1962, she sat amazed while Irma Thomas delivered the most soulful and spirited performance the young teenager had ever seen.
Marcia Ball is a woman with a reputation. The Texas-born, Louisiana-raised pianist/vocalist/songwriter is famed worldwide for igniting a full-scale roadhouse rhythm and blues party every time she strolls on stage. Ball’s groove-laden New Orleans boogie and rollicking Gulf Coast blues have made her a one-of-a-kind favorite with music fans all over the world. But she’s also a master at transfixing her audience with an emotionally rich, passionately sung ballad. The Boston Herald says, “Ball plays masterful, red hot tracks from the Texas-Louisiana border. Her voice can break your heart with a ballad or break your back with a rocker.” On her new CD, Roadside Attractions (her 15th solo recording), Ball’s songwriting is at the forefront, ranging from tales of wild parties to stories of twisted motel affairs to declarations of the enduring power of love and family. It is inspired by her years on the road and from insights gained from everyday life, making it her most autobiographical album. Roadside Attractions is certainly more than capable of starting a no-holds-barred bash. But more than that, it’s a tour-de-force of Marcia’s seemingly endless talent, and among the most emotionally moving recordings she has ever made. (Taken from www.facebook.com/MarciaBallBand/info )
We are very excited to have Marcia Ball back on our line up to celebrate our 10th anniversary!
For more info visit http://www.reverbnation.com/marciaballband
Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago.
Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy’s Legends.
The Reverend was the Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008 and again in 2010. They also received the People’s Choice Award in 2006, 2008 and again in 2010. They were nominated for a Grammy Award in 2007 for Bamfest 2007.
Make sure you save June 14th on you calendar to listen and dance with us and many more blues bands at 10th annual Greeley Blues Jam!
For more information visit http://www.reverendraven.com
The GBJ is proud to be helping promote the first FAC Blues show at the MOXI Theater in historic downtown Greeley headlining the fabulous Ori Naftaly Band from Israel with special guest Austin Young and Michaela Rae. Both Austin and Michaela have played at the Greeley Blues Jam.
This is the first ever Blue Star fundraiser in Greeley. Anyone bringing a working instrument to donate will get a free membership to the Colorado Blues Society! For every CBS membership signed up at the event CBS will donate $10 to Blue Star.
Come on down to The Moxi Theater at Downtown Greeley ! Doors open at 5:00 PM and show starts at 6:00 PM. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.
Buy online tickets at http://www.moxitheater.com
See you there!!