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6/12/2017 ROCKIN’ JAKE plays BLUE MONDAY at The Alamo
Rockin’ Jake has been hailed by many as one of the premier harmonica players in the country. His original sound is a hybrid of second line, swamp funk, blues and zydeco with influences from Paul Butterfield, Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, The Meters, WAR, J. Geils Band, Clifton Chenier, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds. Jake has conjured up this formula that is blowing crowds away from coast to coast. Widely known as a touring juggernaut among his peers, his schedule of over 200 performances per year include clubs, concert venues, and festivals.
Based out of New Orleans since 1990, Rockin’ Jake relocated since being flooded out by Hurricane Katrina, then settled in St. Louis and now lives in Southern Florida. Originally from the East Coast, the “blues bug” bit at an early age for Jake. He immersed himself in the thriving regional blues scene, which boasted such talents as Roomful of Blues, Ronnie Earl, Duke Robillard and Sugar Ray. Primarily self-taught, Jake briefly studied with Jerry Portnoy, harmonica player for Muddy Waters. The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455. Music at 8:00 PM, $4 cover charge.
6/14/2017 KING NEPTUNE @ Chandler Square
See King Neptune at noon on Wednesday, June 14, at Chandler Square in Macomb, IL. The roaring 20’s were called that for a reason. It was a carefree and fun time, and it showed in the music. From the early jazz of Bessie Smith, to the blues of Blind Blake, the 20’s had it all. So how do you go from here to there? Let King Neptune transport you back 90 years with his guitar and voice, playing the music from the golden age of acoustic blues. You’ll understand why his playing has been described as soulful, groovy and happy when you come and see him.
6/15/2017 SUSAN WILLIAMS hosts James Armstrong Presents at The Alamo
Over the years, Susan Williams has performed in a number of bands in central and northern Illinois, as well as in upstate New York. The variety of music Susan plays is well-received by the fans, and she is known as a diverse singer, drawing from the likes of Janis Joplin, Joan Jett, Grace Slick, Bonnie Raitt, and other great female artists.
The Alamo kitchen will be open offering their diverse menu so bring your appetite for the “Food and Drink Specials”. The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455. Music from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM. NO cover charge.
6/15/2017 JAMES ARMSTRONG @ Music Under The Stars Concert Series
Come see James Armstrong perform in concert! Seen live, Armstrong has a confident stage presence that combines grace with mischief. Few blues artists know how to play the crowd as James can, shifting dynamics from a whisper to a growl. Wherever he travels around the world his magnetism continues to hush a noisy rabble or entice a crowd to follow him out into the street or down the length of a beach.
“Music Under the Stars” Summer ’17 on Historic Hill Street outside Samuel Clemens’ Boyhood Home and the Becky Thatcher House, 120 North Main Street Hannibal, MO., 63401. Music at 7:00 PM.
6/16/2017 BRANDON SANTINI plays ‘Blues At The Base
There are many different opinions as to what the future of the blues harmonica will be. Road Dawg Touring artist, Memphis vocalist and harmonica player Brandon Santini is undeniably a worthy player to keep an eye on as the latest surge of young blues artists leave their footprint in blues history. His name is worthy of conversations that include Kim Wilson, Dennis Gruenling, Charlie Musselwhite and other frontline harmonica players by combining his love and respect for traditional blues with a present, colorful style of playing that is often compared to James Cotton or Paul Butterfield. Raised in the Piedmont region of North Carolina, Brandon purchased his first harmonica in 1997 at the age of fifteen when his mother took him to the local music store upon his request. He founded the Blues Music Award nominated band Delta Highway in 2003 and relocated to Memphis where he absorbed the sounds and culture of the Delta and North Mississippi Hill Country, honing his craft night after night, sweating it out in local Beale Street clubs just like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King did decades before him. NO cover charge. Third Base, 410 W. Maple Ave., Springfield, IL. 62704. (217) 522-7915. Road Dawg Touring, (303) 670-9950, Email: email@example.com.
6/17/2017 JAMES ARMSTRONG @ Buddy Guy’s Legends
Over the years CatFood Records artist James Armstrong has performed in many countries including North America, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and the Middle East. He has worked beside Albert Collins, Keb Mo, Chaka Khan, Coco Montoya, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, Roy Brown, Shemekia Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Ricky Lee Jones, Joe Louis Walker, Mitch Michell (Jimi Hendrix’s drummer), and Jan & Dean, just to name a few. James skill as a performer has not gone unnoticed by filmmakers. Several of his songs have been chosen for movie soundtracks. ‘Bank of Love’ was used in Hear No Evil, with Martin Sheen and Marlie Matlin. ‘Two Sides to Every Story’ is featured in Speechless with Micheal Keaton and Geena Davis also in The Florentine with Jeremy Davies and Luke Perry. Music at 8:00 PM. Buddy Guy’s Legends, 700 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL. 60605. 312-427-1190
6/19/2017 ADRIANNA MARIE & Her Groovecutters play BLUE MONDAY at The Alamo
Adrianna Marie is truly a spell caster in every sense of the word. Whether she’s singing a haunting slow blues or a lowdown shuffle; Adrianna digs deep into blues and roots music with a sense of arrangement, timing and soulful delivery that draws the listener in and leaves them spellbound. Daughter of the well known 60’s folk group The Carolee Singers, her musical road education began at an early age. Travelling as a small child up and down the eastern seaboard with her musical parents, her appetite to sing and perform began to grow. Influenced heavily by the sounds of the 60’s and the vinyl’s played in the house; everything from The Kingston Trio to Louis Jordan and Memphis Minnie, her ears were filled with the eclectic sounds of many genres. Her career in the “family” business began at 10 years old performing in summer stock theaters throughout New England. She continued to study both music and acting which led her as teenager to the stages of New York’s off-Broadway. She even spent some time on the cat walks of the fashion world. Adrianna said, “Though she would probably be arrested today, I remember my vocal coach bringing me to listen and sit in at blues and jazz clubs in the low-down neighborhoods of Bridgeport Connecticut and New York City.” “When I heard those guys playing in the clubs filled with the smell of liquor, smoke, sweat and wood, my heart ached for them and I longed to feel what they were playing and singing about.” “She had her mother’s Gypsy spirit and couldn’t grow-up fast enough to start living her life the way she wanted to.” She left for California at seventeen with nothing but her guitar and desire to experience the world that had been calling her all her life. It was those early musical influences and education that lead her to California where her eclectic, folk, jazz and blues infused vocal styling’s were well showcased by some formidable blues guitarists including: LA Jones (Pine Top Perkins, Otis Rush, Joe Houston), Wali Ali (Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin) and John Marx (William Clarke, Mitch Kashmar.) Adrianna lent her vocal talents on the Mannish Boys “Double Dynamite” cd which won the 2013 Blues Music Award for “Best Traditional Blues Album”. Released on Delta Groove Records, she shared the studio on two tracks
with Mud Morganfield, Finis Tasby, Rob Rio, Kirk Fletcher, Franck Goldwasser, Willie Campbell, Jimi Bott, Nathan James, Fred Kaplan, and Bill Stuve. The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455. Downbeat at 8:00 PM, $4 cover charge.
6/20/2017 The MOJOCATS @ Coz’s Pizza & Pub
The MojoCats have created their soulful blues style through a process of honoring the masters such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters & Junior Wells, then mixed it with the Chicago drive of Buddy Guy & Paul Butterfield, and kept it all current with today’s Rock-n-blues influence of the Allman Brotherss, Taj Mahal, Tommy Castro and many more. The MojoCats are Brad Hessing Frontman, Harmonica & Lead Vocals, Tommy Lewis Lead Guitar & Vocals, Sherman “Frostbite” Elliott Vocals & Keyboards, “Easy” Ed Selinger Drums & Vocals and Denny Moore Bass Guitar. All of The MojoCats music is done with an eye towards originality which creates a loyal group of fans stemming from our notable performances at events such as the Old Capitol Blues & BBQ, the Washington Street Jazz & Blues Fest, the Illinois Central Blues Club’s Road to Memphis Blues Challenge, the Bloomington Blues Club Competition, and the Luther Allison Memorial Blues Fest held in Peoria. More recent festivals include the Champaign Blues Brews and BBQ and Springfield’s own SoHo Festival. Music at 6:00 PM.
6/23/2017 GUY KING plays ‘Blues At The Base’
2017 Blues Music Award Nominee Guy King’s music is fresh and unique while maintaining a strong link to the musical masters that came before him. His natural musical abilities and his one of a kind blend of Blues, Jazz, Soul, and R&B, are some of what makes Guy King so special in the music world and why Mr. Jerry Houghtby is bringing Guy to Springfield, IL. to play Jerry’s ‘Blues At The Base’ Series.
Born and raised in a small rural town in Israel, Guy first arrived in the US, on tour at the age of 16. Five years later he returned to the United States. After a short stay in Memphis and a stint in New Orleans, Guy headed north to Chicago in pursuit of greater things and a musical career. In Chicago, Guy quickly gained recognition, and joined Willie Kent’s band, serving as his lead guitarist and band leader for a period of six years, until Kent’s passing in 2006, when Guy started his solo career, performing at the city’s top venues, such as: Buddy Guy’s Legends, Andy’s Jazz Club, House of Blues, The Green Mill, S.P.A.C.E., B.L.U.E.S., Rosa’s Lounge and others.
Playing at a pace of 250-300 shows a year; Guy had the pleasure and honor of opening the shows of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and touring the world; performing in Japan, France, Belgium, Switzerland, England, Italy, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
In 2009, Guy released his first solo album Livin’ It which was very well received by the public and media alike, and that has opened the doors for two more albums since; I Am Who I Am And It Is What It Is and By Myself.
In 2015 Guy was signed by Chicago’s Delmark Records to record TRUTH, which was released in February, 2016. TRUTH reached #1 at the Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Chart, #5 at the Living Blues Chart and have been receiving rave reviews worldwide.
Some of his appearances include the Montreal Jazz Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, King Biscuit Festival (Helena, Arkansas), Blues on the Fox, The Paramount Theatre, Polanco Blues Festival (Mexico City, Mexico), Mississippi Delta Festival (Caxias Do Sul, Brazil), Basel Blues Festival (Switzerland) and many more.
Named as Chicago’s Latest Royalty by Vintage Guitar Magazine, he continues to perform, write and record new material with an ear sensibly tilted toward producing great music: taking the varied music he loves and recasting it in new directions. Guy King was nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award in the “Best Emerging Artist Album” category.
NO cover charge. Music at 8:00 PM. Third Base, 410 W. Maple Ave. S., Springfield, IL. 62704 (217) 522-7915
6/24/2017 LADY CAROLE & Her Knights @ Fox Run Restaurant & Lounge
Carole “Weyhrich” Vetter was born into a gifted musical family in a Central Illinois farm community. Lady Carole’s musical background dates back to her childhood, performing in school and church. Carole is the manager and founder of Lady Carole and Her Knights, established in 2010. Since its inception, her Smooth R&B super group has mesmerized audiences throughout the Midwest both public and private. Music from 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Fox Run Restaurant & Lounge is open 7 days a week, 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM with Lunch Specials Monday – Friday.
6/26/2017 The BRIDGET KELLY BAND plays BLUE MONDAY at The Alamo
The Bridget Kelly Band is an electric blues band that rocks the house with their unique blend of hot smokin’ blues. Along with playing originals, they also perform music of B.B. King, T. Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Etta James, and Bonnie Raitt. The band’s original compositions have been featured on WXJZ Smooth Jazz in Gainesville, FL. as well as radio shows throughout the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Canada, Italy, Germany, and France. The group performs at a wide variety of music venues, clubs, concerts, and festivals across Florida and the US and have shared the stage with numerous recording and touring blues artists including Albert Castiglia, Willie Green, Jeff Jensen, Brandon Santini, Biscuit Miller, & Victor Wainwright. Bridget Kelly fronts the band with sultry blues vocals and Tim Fik smokes a thrilling blues guitar. The Bridget Kelly Band won the NCFBC Blues Challenge and competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2016. They made the IBC Semifinals in 2015 and 2016! The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455. Downbeat at 8:00 PM, $4 cover charge.
7/3/2017 The 24th STREET WAILERS play BLUE MONDAY at The Alamo
Experienced, road-tested and tougher than a two by four, The 24th Street Wailers are five musicians who originally met in music school. Their major influence? The sounds from the freewheeling period in the ‘40s and ‘50s when the Blues gave birth to Rock and Roll in black communities in major American cities. When showmanship mattered. When the sax player, not the guitarist, got the girls. 2014′s album WICKED was nominated for a Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) and received widespread radio play including major radio shows and broadcasters such as B.B. King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM and thebluesmobile.com (House of Blues Radio Hour) as well as CBC. They released another album, WHERE EVIL GROWS in March 2015. This album has further cemented the band’s reputation as one of the best Blues acts out there who bring a much needed high energy Rock n’ Roll approach to the game.
Led by Lindsay Beaver, a wild and crazy front woman and singing drummer. This band is filled out by Michael Archer on Upright Bass, Marc Doucet on Guitar, Jesse Whiteley on Piano, and Jonny Wong on wailing Sax. This band has been winning over the masses with their unbeatable live performances and a sense of showmanship from a time gone by, something many consider lost in modern day music. With no signs of slowing down, The Wailers have had a non stop touring schedule and played over 650 shows across the USA, France and Canada in the past four years, sharing stages with legends including Jimmie Vaughan. They have racked up several reviews from Major Blues, Roots, and Rock n’ Roll Publications and nods from American, Canadian, and European Top 10 lists. The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455. Music at 8:00 PM. $4 cover charge.
7/5/2017 SELWYN BIRCHWOOD CD Release Party at The Alamo
The Selwyn Birchwood Band has been touring non-stop since winning the 2013 International Blues Challenges. Selwyn also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award from Memphis that year. It wasn’t long before Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer offered Birchwood a contract. His debut album, ‘Don’t Call No Ambulance’, is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, ‘Don’t Call No Ambulance’ is a window into the future of the blues. Now we are honored to host a Party for the release of Selwyns’s CD ‘Pick Your Poison’!
The band has performed at festivals including The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Springing The Blues Festival, The Tampa Bay Blues Festival, The North Atlantic Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival as well as on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. Birchwood has opened for major blues stars including Robert Cray and Buddy Guy and has shared the stage with another friend and teacher, Joe Louis Walker. He recently had the opportunity, when performing in San Francisco, to bring his friend and mentor Sonny Rhodes on stage to sit in with his band. It was a moment Birchwood will never forget. “He did so much for me; it was a real honor to return the favor, if only a little.” Downbeat at 6:00 PM, $5.00 cover charge.
7/5/2017 Open Pic Night at ABE’S OLD HAT ANTIQUES & COUNTRY STORE
We’ll see you at Abe’s Old Hat Antiques & Old Country Store the 1st Wednesday of each month for Mike & Trudy’s Open Pic Nights. Bring whatever it is you play along with an appetite for FUN. The happenings begin at 6:00 PM each Wednesday and last until 8:00 PM or longer!
Abe’s Old Hat Antiques and Country Store specializes in quality Americana including Folk Art, Advertising, Civil War, Arts and Crafts, Pottery and Paint. Open 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday & Tuesday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Wednesday thru Friday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Saturday & 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Sunday.
7/6/2017 SOUNDFIRE hosts James Armstrong Presents at The Alamo
Due to unforeseen circumstances James Armstrong Presents, SoundFire and The Alamo announce that this performance Has Been Canceled.
7/8/2017 KILBORN ALLEY plays ‘Blues At The Base
Nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category “Best New Artist Debut” for their 2006 Blue Bella Records release, Put It In The Alley AND nominated for a BMA in the category “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for their 2007 release, Tear Chicago Down, the music of The Kilborn Alley Blues Band has impressed countless critics and fans worldwide. Andrew Duncanson, Chris Breen, Josh Stimmel, and Aaron Aplus Wilson are a true band, together of personal volition and sheer joy. They are already hardened players and determined innovators with deep study of the music and with a real feel for the life. Kilborn Alley is not a super-group; they are a true band. It is their band, and their vision. The music here is not guitar-hero, guitar-solo-driven music. In the tradition of the Chicago Blues band created by Muddy Waters, the emphasis in each song is on the ensemble. For Kilborn Alley, whose guitar work from Duncanson and Stimmel has always received critical praise, the point of the act is not the virtuoso solo. Duncanson and the band meld the parts into the whole to transmit that special blues experience. Third Base, 410 W. Maple Ave., Springfield, IL. 62704 (217) 522-7915. NO cover charge.
7/10/2017 JP SOARS and The Red Hots play BLUE MONDAY at The Alamo
Since starting his recording career as a blues artist with the critically-acclaimed 2008 CD Back of My Mind, guitarist and vocalist JP Soars has channeled uncommon inøuences into a signature sound. Anyone could simply list revered blues artists like Muddy Waters and Guitar Slim, jazz guitar giants like Django Reinhardt and Wes Montgomery, and uncompromising rock acts like Black Sabbath and Slayer, but Soars has lived the diversity, cutting his teeth touring and recording with South Florida metal bands, and learning the complex style of Reinhardt to continue to perform in “Gypsy Jazz” solo and duo settings. All of these artists, and more, color and shade Soars’ blues vocals and playing, whether on his hollow-bodied Epiphone six-string or home-made, two-string cigar box slide guitar.
In 2009, Soars’ unique approach paid off as he and his trio The Red Hots defeated bands from around the world to win the annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. Soars also won the Albert King Award for most promising guitarist. The group then channeled the excitement of that victory into its sophomore CD, the 2011 release More Bees With Honey. Like Back of My Mind, it received substantial airplay on XM Radio, even earning accolades from Little Steven on his “Underground Garage” program. The CD also garnered Soars a Blues Music Award nomination for “Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist of the Year” and was named both “Best Blues CD” and “Album of the Year” by the Palm Beach Post.
In 2011, Soars teamed up with Tampa singer/guitarist Damon Fowler and Memphis singer/keyboardist Victor Wainwright in the all-star blues act Southern Hospitality. Now Blind Pig recording artists, the group released a 2013 CD Easy Livin’ that earned a Blues Blast Music Award for “Best New Artist Debut Release.” The collective tours in-between the schedules of its three bandleaders’ solo careers. Soars also released a 2013 live CD with The Red Hots to document their European tour, Live From the Netherlands ,after recording as a special guest with former Nighthawks guitarist and current blues star Jimmy Thackery on his 2012 release As Live As It Gets. “When I heard JP Soars,” Thackery says, “I knew he was separate from the rest of the pack.” A third studio CD, Full Moon Night in Memphis, by Soars and the Red Hots was released in the spring of 2014. The bandleader has also democratically added a second guitarist, Steve Laudicina, for the group’s live shows. Factor in a promising new bassist, Pat Ward, and longtime rock-solid drummer Chris Peet (who also works with Southern Hospitality), and the future is indeed looking red hot for Soars. The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455. Music at 8:00 PM. $4 cover charge.
7/17/2017 JOEL DaSILVA and The Midnight Howl play BLUE MONDAY at The Alamo
Joel DaSilva has soul and blues running through his veins. Born in Rockford and raised in his sweet home, Chicago, he hails from a musical family. His mother and father traveled throughout Brazil, Ukraine, and the USA, his mother a singer and father on vocals and accompanying her on guitar. His father passed away when he was only 3, but Joel continues to channel that soulful energy in his live performances to this day. As soon as he was old enough to work, Joel took a job as a bar back at various blues and rock clubs, one in particular called the Back Room in it’s heyday, where his older brother tended bar. The goal was to get closer to the feel and emotion of the music, immersing in it and the scene. Eventually, he was setting up equipment for touring bands and getting to know the, lessons from the masters and lessons in music business 101. By the age of 18, DaSilva joined his first band and as lead guitarist for “Junior Drinkwater and the Thirstquenchers”. He went on to play guitar and sing in jump blues with “The Regulators”, psychobilly surf band “The Underbelly’s”, and was the frontman for “The Hep Cat Boo Daddies” for 13 Years before breaking out on his own as a solo artist.
With a resume that includes acting in independent movies as well as performances with heavy hitters like B.B.King, A.C.Reed, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Reverend Horton Heat, JJ Grey, Mofro, Nick Curran, the Smithereens, Ray Charles, Foghat, Los Lobos, the White Stripes, Leon Russell, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, the Black Crowes, Nighthawks, Coco Montoya, Edgar Winter, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, Robin Trower, etc, etc, to various venues, concerts and festivals worldwide (the International Jazz Festival in Canada, Tremblant Blues Fest, Soulive Fest in CA, various blues and rock fest in the US, IBC Challenges in Memphis) etc etc etc, DaSilva has already made a mark in the industry; and is poised to become a power player. He is the real deal.
The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455. Music at 8:00 PM, $4.00 Cover.
7/20/2017 BLACK MAGIC JOHNSON hosts James Armstrong Presents at The Alamo
Black Magic Johnson is BACK! Black Magic Johnson is a funtastic original blues band that does some covers from the 50’s & 60’s. BMJ has been voted best Blues act 6 times by the Illinois Times and also, their CD Walk With You Baby has been in the top 10 in Europe, Germany, France and Italy. Black Magic Johnson’s has been voted Illinois best upcoming blues band by Chicago’s Blues Magazine. They have opened for Lonnie brooks, KoKo Taylor, Bobby Rush and Buddy and Phil Guy. Reggie Britton is the founder, drummer, lead singer and harmonica player for Black Magic Johnson and yes, he can play them all at the same time. Black Magic Johnson views the blues as a natural fact — the raw emotional juice that flows through all American music.
Music from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM with NO cover charge. The Alamo’s great staff will be serving you “Food & Drink Specials”. The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455.
7/22/2017 CHATHAM JAYCEES SWEET CORN FESTIVALS “Blues Day”
The 44th Annual Chatham Jaycees Sweet Corn Festival takes place Friday and Saturday July 21 & 22, 2017 in Chatham Community Park, Chatham, IL. In addition to their world famous sweet corn and cow chip throw it’s a family-friendly event with great food, beer, music and people.
The live entertainment the Illinois Central Blues Club presents, known as “Blues Day”, takes place Saturday, July 22, on the Main Stage. This years stellar lineup of Blues bands is…Jeff Chapman, from St. Louis, MO., brings his Brother Jefferson and plays a broad mix of electric blues, that vary from contemporary originals to straight ahead blues classics from 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM. From 2:20 PM – 3:40 PM is Alex Jenkins & The Bombers out of Danville, IL. They are an Americana / Roots band with a heavy blues edge. A power trio that puts out a big sound! Springfield’s own, Back Pack Jones takes the stage from 4:10 PM – 5:30 PM and has opened for the legendary B.B. King, Bobbie Rush and Jimmy Thackery. In 2013, 2014 & 2017 Back Pack Jones performed at the prestigious International Blues Challenge held in Memphis TN.
7/24/2017 KILBORN ALLEY with RONNIE SHELLIST play BLUE MONDAY at The Alamo
Nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category “Best New Artist Debut” for their 2006 Blue Bella Records release, Put It In The Alley AND nominated for a Blues Music Award in the category “Best Contemporary Blues Album” for their 2007 release, Tear Chicago Down, the music of The Kilborn Alley Blues Band has impressed countless critics and fans worldwide. Andrew Duncanson, Chris Breen, Josh Stimmel, and A Train Wilson are a true band, together of personal volition and sheer joy. They are already hardened players and determined innovators with deep study of the music and with a real feel for the life. Kilborn Alley is not a super-group; they are a true band. It is their band, and their vision. The music is not guitar-hero, guitar-solo-driven music. In the tradition of the Chicago Blues band created by Muddy Waters, the emphasis in each song is on the ensemble. For The Kilborn Alley Blues Band, whose guitar work from Duncanson and Stimmel has always received critical praise, the point of the act is not the virtuoso solo. Duncanson and the band meld the parts into the whole to transmit that special blues experience.
Ronnie Shellist has been honing his harmonica skills for the past 20 years. His musical career began in 1997 working with singer/songwriter Hugh Fadal from Austin,TX. Blues great Gary Primich, living in Austin at the time, was a huge influence on his music as well. Guy Forsyth and Walter T. Higgs were other big blues/harmonica influences at the time in Austin. In 1998, Ronnie moved to Colorado where he teamed up with the band Available Jones and toured the U.S. in 2000. He has worked with many greats in Colorado throughout the past 15 years including such locals as John Alex Mason, Lionel Young, Rich Reno, Bob Pellegrino, and Erica Brown. By 2006, Ronnie began posting performances on YouTube which currently have over 8 million views. Ronnie’s live performances include opening for such greats as B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Robert Cray and the Neville Brothers. His style is a combination of mostly Chicago and West Coast blues influenced by funk and jazz as well. The first CD that Ronnie recorded was in 2007, titled Chicago Sessions. Blues Revue said: “the show belongs to Shellist’s toneful harp..” Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine. His newest CD “Till Then” was released in March 2012, and features both original songs, and a few classics. The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455. Music at 8:00 PM, $4.00 Cover.
7/31/2017 SKYLA BURRELL BAND plays BLUE MONDAY at The Alamo
The Skyla Burrell Band is a full time, hardworking traveling blues band. With co-founder Mark Tomlinson on lead guitar and Skyla Burrell on vocals/lead guitar, the band’s live show consists of all original high energy electric blues. The band released their debut studio CD, “Working Girl Blues” in 2004, containing 12 original songs. Several of the cuts topped the charts on independent music websites and internet radio stations and received local, national and international airplay on blues and mainstream radio. In 2005 the band was a semi-finalist in the 22nd Annual International Blues Challenge. In 2006 the band recorded and toured in Europe, and released their sophomore effort, “Livin’ Day to Day” which again received local, national and international air play on mainstream and blues radio. The band played 240 shows in 2006 and secured the #1 Top Booked Band slot on Sonicbids.
The band kept up their busy schedule (between 2006 and 2007 playing a total of 465 shows) and expanding their tour radius to include the Mid-West and New England and in the late summer shot of 2007 filmed a live DVD with the Digital Cafe Tour in NYC at the Baggott Inn. In the fall the band went back into the studio to begin work on their 3rd studio CD. In 2008 the Skyla Burrell Band signed with Blues Boys & Divas Talent and released their third CD of all original material, “Tough Luck”. Cuts off of “Tough Luck” received airplay on over 150 blues stations in the US and abroad. The band kept up their hard working schedule of touring and started work on writing tunes for their next CD in 2010. “Real Love” the band’s 4th studio CD was released in the early Fall of 2011 containing 14 new original tracks and saw the band touring extensively and working hard. With 2012 came more tours up and down the East Coast and recognition within the Blues Industry with an induction into the Blues Hall of Fame representing Pennsylvania. 2013 was a busy year of touring with several high profile Festivals including the Bonita Blues Festival, The Western Maryland Blues Fest, and the Winchester Blues House Festival. In 2014 the band returned to the recording studio for their 5th studio CD titled “Blues Scars” and signed with the VizzTone Label Group. “Blues Scars” was released on October 7, 2014 to critical acclaim. As with all Skyla Burrell Band releases “Blues Scars” contains all original material written by Skyla and Mark. In September of 2014 the band signed exclusively with Road Dawg Touring Co. to represent all bookings world-wide. The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455. Music at 8:00 PM, $4.00 Cover.
8/3/2017 The DAN RIVERO Trio hosts James Armstrong Presents at The Alamo
Nary a band around can compete with the flexibility and diversity of the Dan Rivero Trio set list. For more than 21 years, Rivero as drummer, booker and organizer (and namesake as well) has steered his group through every kind of gig scenario one could imagine. With the variety of material available to the well-schooled and extremely experienced musicians it’s no wonder they play jazz clubs, rock bars, country taverns, pop venues and big band dances with equal adeptness. A sampling song list includes “Sunny,” “Unforgettable,” “Red House Blues,” “Margaritaville,” “Because of You,” “Thrill is Gone” and “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay,” giving a slight view into the enormous pool of songs available for performance at any given time. This Trio worth seeing!
Stop in The Alamo from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM for some Soothing Music to compliment the Food & Drink Specials. NO Cover Charge. The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455.
8/17/2017 SAM CRAIN & Friends host James Armstrong Presents at The Alamo
Sam Crain started the band in 2006, scaled down from a Quartet, with Bill Schlipf replacing Kevin Ellis on bass. Bill has played with the Merchant Street Rowdies, Jazz Chocolat and many other ensembles in the area. Drummer Don Cochran had played in the Barrington Coleman Trio, and has worked with Sam since 1998. Their first gig was at Robbie’s on January 27 (Mozart’s birthday). They also played at The Loft in Springfield, and Medici’s & Central Station in Bloomington. Their second Robbie’s gig that year was on September 26th (Snoop Dogg’s birthday). Music and Food & Drink Specials from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at The Alamo, 115 N. 5th St., Springfield, IL. NO cover charge! The Alamo, 115 N 5th St., Springfield, IL. 62701 (217) 523-1455.