12:00 – 12:20 Wred
12:30 – 1:30 Charlie Frey’s Blue Plate Specials
1:30 – 2:30 Midnight Shift
2:30 – 3:45 Vanessa Collier
3:45 – 4:45 Sister Blue
4:45 – 5:15 Vocal Fusion
5:15 – 6:15 Steve Guyger & The Excellos
6:15 – 7:30 Dave Fields
7:30 – 8:45 Billy the Kid
9:00 – 10:00 The Dukes of Destiny
The Blue Plate Specials is a 5-piece band that has been rockin’ joints in and around Philly for a good long time now.
If they sound like a band that’s played a LOT together, it’s because they have. They are built for speed, hold the corners, stop on a dime and give 9 cents change.
Although their sound has its foundation in the Big Blues Band sound of BB King, T-Bone Walker, Wynonie Harris, and the like, their influences range from Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Albert King, to bands from the Golden Age of Rock and Roll like Little Richard, The Rolling Stones, Mott the Hoople, and ZZ Topp.
Servin’ it Up is a smokin’ hot 11 course meal with a variety of flavors. Come Out Baby shuffles, Blue Plate Boogie swings, Me and My Baby is a slow dance, Going to Mississippi boogies and Heartache and Cigarettes ROCKS.
Check out blueplatespecials.net for more information about Charlie Frey’s Blue Plate Specials.
Midnight Shift (1:30 – 2:30) – “Midnight Shift transported me back to rock and roll’s infancy as I heard rock, blues and rockabilly as they might’ve been performed n 1955. This band spurred my imagination and conjured thoughts of Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, and Johnny Cash as they might have rocked audiences in teh 50’s and 60’s before I was even old enough to appreciate the music.”
“They harken back to an era when rock and roll was just getting its legs. By keeping the 50’s rock and rockabilly music alive, Midnight Shift has givenus some insights into our American musical heritage and rock n roll’s origins. -You’ll love the pure unadulterated sound of this group.”
Check out www.mnightshift.com for more information about Midnight Shift.
Vanessa Collier (2:30 – 3:45) is a captivating and multitalented blues vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter, hailing from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music where she earned dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering. Prior to releasing her debut album in August 2014, Vanessa spent a year and a half touring in the U.S. and internationally with Grammy Award-winning, Blues Hall of Fame Artist Joe Louis Walker. Vanessa has also played alongside Annie Lennox, Kathy Mattea, Willie Nelson, and other notable artists.
Check out www.vanessacollier.com for more information about Vanessa Collier.
Sister Blue (3:45 – 4:45) – “A BELTER OF THE BLUES”, is how “PHILA. INQUIRER MAGAZINE” featured SISTER BLUE in a 1998 feature of “LOCAL ANGLE”. That same year “NORTHEAST TIMES” described her as a singer whose…”soul fights its way out and fills the room with well-seasoned wisdom and joy”, and “strums her guitar with a trance-like fervor”. In 1999, “CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL” exclaimed, “she bellows, belabors, and blasts the blues as if it’s exploding from a howitzer. There are no pretty bows on her songs, just a barbed wire of passion hot enough to burn up the furniture in the room.
A Philly native, Sister Blue fronts a driving blues band, with powerful vocals and stinging guitar leads. For variety, Sister Blue also leads an acoustic duo, playing blues and ragtime, including renditions of her favorite Bessie Smith songs, as well as compostions of her own
Check out www.sisterblueband.com for more information about Sister Blue.
Steve Guyger & The Excellos (5:15 – 6:15) – Philadelphia is home to one of the finest blues harp players in the world, much to the surprise of people not “inside” the blues scene. Over the past forty-plus years, 2009 Handy Award nominee Steve Guyger has been dishing out some of the finest blues to be heard anywhere. Whether in a duo, trio, or with his band, The Excellos, Steve always rocks the house.
Steve has toured with the late Jimmy Rogers, among others, and has played with many of the great Chicago bluesmen and contemporary players, yet he remains one of the best kept secrets in blues. The late William Clarke called Steve “the best harp player I’ve ever seen.” Mark Hummel called him “a monster player.” If you have heard Steve play, you know what they’re talking about. If you’ve never heard him, you’re missing a major page in your blues portfolio.
Check out steveguyger.com for more information about Steve Guyger & The Excellos.
Dave Fields (6:15 – 7:30) – Dave grew up in New York City the son of a noted gifted composer arranger producer Sammy “Forever” Fields. From the time Dave was a young child he grew up in his father’s recording studio being exposed to the likes of Sammy Kahn, Rupert Holmes and Stevie Wonder. Being raised by nanny who was from Waycross Georgia, an eclectic dash of southern culture was mixed into Dave’s persona. In a strange twist of fate, his sister Launa a gifted musician in her own right, lost her hearing by the time she was 14. Witnessing his sister’s struggles in a hearing world profoundly affected Dave. “After seeing my sister’s agony from being discriminated against for her condition I was determined to never let that kind of injustice happen again in my presence. I always felt that one of my missions in life was to be able to communicate with people and to listen to them. It’s one of the beautiful things about being a human being. We all want to connect with one another”. Nowhere is that feeling more evident than in Dave’s music. His gift of making his guitar talk combined with his uncanny way of weaving many different styles of music together is an example of how we as humans are a fabric of many different cultures and walks of life. Dave, “growing up in NYC I was exposed to so many different foods, music, cultures… It was truly a melting pot of humanity. I believe I am the kind of artist that reflects what I see and what I’m exposed to. As a musician I was put on this this earth to spread joy, love and life to everyone. I try to do that what every note I play, with every lyric I write and sing. If I do anything less than that I feel like I’m letting the listener down”.
Check out www.davefields.com for more information about Dave Fields.
Billy The Kid (7:30 – 8:45) are a high powered, guitar driven, horn infused, rhythm and blues band based in Pittsburgh. Lead singer Billy Evanochko is widely-known across the Steel City for his impassioned lyrics, seductive vocals, and stinging guitar riffs. Together with his band, The Regulators, they deliver a well-balanced dose of funky rhythm and blues, with heart and soul being the main ingredient. Playing countless clubs and festivals throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, the band attracts fans with their fresh mix and interpretation of the iconic R&B experience.
Check out www.billythekidband.com for more information about Billy the Kid.
The Dukes of Destiny (9:00 – 10:00) It was a rambling three story house on the edge of the woods in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. The year was 1984 and four young musicians lived in that house, spending hour upon hour jamming on old blues songs. They decided to take the act out as The Dukes of Destiny, a name they got from a matchbook cover urging the reader to “Be the Captain of Your Own Destiny.” At first they played house parties in Germantown, generating word of mouth interest. A gig at the now-defunct Taker’s Cafe in Germantown launched their public career, and 20 years later they are still playing some of the hottest, most danceable blues and R’n’B in the Philadelphia area. The Dukes of Destiny reign as one of Philadelphia’s longest lived blues act.
Check out facebook.com/dukesofdestiny for more information about The Dukes of Destiny.