Take a look at our Anniversary poster, what do you think?
“Listen to their debut album, And Still I Rise, or witness a live performance by the Heritage Blues Orchestra and you’ll recognize this group as something breathtakingly new even as they honor old African-American musical traditions.
The group is driven by the powerful rhythms of Grammy-awarding winning blues drummer Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith; buttressed by the churning, precise and percussive rhythms of harmonica virtuoso, Frenchman Vincent Bucher; and set ablaze with some of New York City’s heaviest horn players who have worked with everyone from Wynton Marsalis to Sting and Springsteen.
Heritage Blues Orchestra also boasts contributions from Bruno Wilhelm, the group’s highly esteemed tenor saxophonist and horn arranger. A native of France, Wilhelm is influenced by an extensive palette of jazz styles. Whether with ethereal musings or hard-hitting section work, his arrangements punctuate every song they touch.
This, combined with Bill, Chaney and Junior’s collective history in jazz, R&B and gospel, helps articulate and underscore the Heritage Blues Orchestra’s striking voice. At the heart of the group is a broad spectrum of the blues and the longstanding musical mingling between America and Europe that brings together African-American music, Modern Jazz and Western European harmony.
Nowhere is the breadth of Heritage Blues Orchestra’s vision and reach better evidenced than on the album’s closing piece, Hard Times. This song, in 3 movements, demonstrates it all: the traditional call-and-response between a lone voice and guitar; a bewitching horn composition peppered with Miles Davis’ A Silent Way; and a final transition to a roof-raising funk jam that leaps out and shoves you onto the dance floor.”-from http://www.heritagebluesorchestra.com/music.php
For more information on the band visit http://www.heritagebluesorchestra.com
We are very excited to have them in our Greeley Blues Jam on June 14, no doubt it will be PARTY!
“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
We are VERY excited for next year! To celebrate our 10th Annual Greeley Blues Jam, the line up for 2014 is:
-Friday June 13th at Downtown Greeley from 3:00 p.m- 12:00 a.m
-Saturday June 14th at Island Grove Arena from 11:00 a.m- 11:00 p.m
Buy tickets online at www.ucstars.com or over the phone at 970-356-5000
Friday, June 7th events
Downtown Greeley 9th St. Plaza & Surrounding Area
The Friday performances are appropriate for the entire family until around 8 ish pm. After that bring your dancing shoes and go bar-hopping in downtown Greeley!
We will have $25 tickets to buy for Saturday at the GBJ merchandise table on the plaza. Friday night.
Downtown Greeley Plaza Stage
5:00pm -5:30pm -Ben Pu & Crew
6:00pm – 9:00pm – Kris Lager Band
“It Ain’t Nothin But A Party” bar-hopping from 9pm- 12am
1. The Rio Grande Restaurant – MojoVille
2. Penalty Box – Eric Boa & The Constrictors
3. The Jager -Randall Dubis Band
4. Doug’s Hang-up – Tony Rosario -3pm – 5pm
5. Mad Cow Saloon – Tony Rosario
6. Patrick’s Irish Pub – G’Jai”s Jook Joint
7. Roasty’s Steakhouse -Jack Hadley Band
8. Grabo’s Restaurant – Three Shots Band
9. Dutch’s Bar – Al Chesis & DeltaSonics
10. Batter up Cakes – Bad Brad & Nic Clark-Afternoon Patio Gig
11. Kress Cinema -Papa Juke
12. Chop House – Moses Walker Duo.
13. Moxi Theater – Austin Young
SEE YOU SOON!