Christine Gilardi and her newly formed band brought a mix of blues and soul to Patrick’s Thursday night. Here is a clip of Christine singing Stevie Wonder’s cover song Higher Ground, along with James Ferguson on keyboard, David Lindgren on bass, Rene Woolley on drums, and Walter Gentry on sax.
If you are having a hard day, as I was yesterday, zydeco music can really lift your spirits. So I went to Humphrey’s Backstage last night to hear the Bayou Brothers – one of the few Cajun and blues bands in San Diego, and it got me up dancing along with everyone else. Check them out the next time they play at Tio Leo’s on a zydeco Tuesday or they are back at Humphrey’s!
This is a pretty typical week for the blues downtown. Jams are on Monday-Thursday night around town, and the blues band regulars are playing at the SpeakEasy, Patrick’s, Tio Leo’s and at both Humphrey’s and Kona Kai on Shelter Island.
There is also the Youth Blues Jam on Saturday afternoon at the SpeakEasy, which is always amazing. All kids under 21 who play blues, and there are more than you might think, are invited to the monthly open jam. I’ve seen kids as young as 9, who are incredible. Don’t miss it, if you are in the Gaslamp that day. See you there!
Thursday night at House of Blues from 7-11pm, Kevin Cooper will be playing on bass with the Sully Sullivan band. They aren’t exactly blues – more rock with some R&B, but they are still great and there is an open bar for the first 1000 drinks!!
It is a very light week for Shelter Island, with no blues on the weekend at either Humphrey’s or Kona Kai. Still no word on when Kona Kai will shut down for renovations, but I believe it is still planned for this Spring sometime.