JammingOut Blues Jam with a Fun Twist

This Wednesday night jam at the House of Blues, Robin Henkel (winner of this year’s San Diego Music Awards for best blues in San Diego) came to the jam with Mama Tokus (visiting San Diego once again from southwest England).

They have been performing together all around town during her visit, and here is a delightful song called Too Much Butt by Saffire, the Uppity Blues Women.  On stage with them is drummer Ric Lee.

We also heard Jacinto Casteneda singing that great cover song Got My Mojo Working and playing guitars along with a newcomer to town Jo Hell.  They were joined by Harmonica John Frazer, Reggie Ford on drums and Sam on bass.

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Stoney B Blues Summit Rocked the House – Michele Lundeen & Annette DaBomb

Two of my favorite soulful blues singers in San Diego were at the Stoney B Summit last Sunday night, and they were fantastic.

Michele isn’t called the Queen of Steam for nothing.  Here she is singing one of her original songs, Song Inside Me (title of her CD – great CD!, which you can get link to it on my Tunes page).  She’s singing with Charles Burton on guitar (who also performed on her CD), Ric Lee on drums, John Simons on bass and special guest Irv Goldstein on the organ.

In this video Michele is singing another one of her originals, also on that same CD, called Blues is a Feeling.  Great song.

Here is Annette DaBomb singing cover song Got My Mojo Working, with Andres Acuna on guitar, Doc Holiday on keyboards, Bob Prater on bass, Tony Peterson on drums, and Zach Cole harmonica.

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Stoney B Blues Summit Rocked the House – Gomez Blues Project

Stoney B hosted his third annual blues summit Sunday evening at the TinRoof, and dozens of blues musicians and blues bands participated to a packed crowd.  It was a fantastic event, and I was able to get a lot of great video.

Alex Gomez was there with his Gomez Blues Project band, including a new blues singer in town, Cerissa Cole.  Wow, she has an incredible voice.  Here she is singing Aretha Franklin’s cover song Rock Steady.  She is with Alex Gomez on guitar, Victor Franklin on bass, Tony Peterson on drums & vocals, Walter Gentry playing the sax & Doc Holiday on keyboards.

And this next video is of them performing cover song Chain of Fools.

And last they did a Poppa Chubby cover song Stoop Down Baby, This tune features Walter Gentry on sax doing a solo and Alex Gomez on guitar.

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Stoney B Blues Summit Rocked the House – Stoney B & Phil Diiorio

I didn’t catch Stoney B when he had his own band on the stage during his annual blues summit Sunday, but here he is playing guitar with Phil Diiorio, who is singing I Will Never Take You Back. They are performing along with Irv Goldstein on keyboards, Chuck Arcilla on sax, Bob Prater on bass and Paul Carlomango on drums.

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San Diego Blues Calendar: Oct 6th – 12th

Blues Calendar - Oct 6It’s another good line up of blues bands and jams around town this week, and a full day of blues on Saturday.

The International Blues Competition is in full swing, and the 2nd round of competing duos will perform at Tio Leo’s this Saturday from 1-5pm.  Check out my last post to see Missy & Heine Andersen competing this last weekend.

It appears Hennessey’s Tavern will now be hosting the Youth Blues Jam (sponsored by BLUSD – our local blues society) and hosted by Leilani Kilgore (an incredibly talented young woman) twice a month, where kids under 21 will blow you away with what they can do.  It is a reflection of the success of the BLUSD’s Blues in the Schools program.  If you have kids who can play, or know of kids who can, invite them to join in.  It’s free and it’s fun.

 

The Little Kings – Guest band at JammingOut at HOB

I’ve been hearing about the Little Kings, but hadn’t heard them until this week.  They were the featured band of the month (last Wednesdays of the month) at JammingOut at HOB.  And they were great!  They play again tonight downtown at the SpeakEasy.

Here are some videos of them: The first one is a Magic Sam cover song, You Belong to Me, sung by David Mosby with his band.

This second video is also of a Magic Sam cover tune, Look What You’ve Done to Me.

And third is an Ike Turner cover called Rocket 88.

The night wasn’t complete without jammers, and here we have Nicolas Butterfield performing a Bill Withers cover Use Me Up, which he does so well.  On stage with Nick was guitarist Dave Keefer, Justin Fools on harmonica, Samuel on bass and Reggie Ford on drums.

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San Diego Blues Calendar: Sept 8th – 14th

Blues Calendar - Sept 8

We have a nice mix of San Diego Blues bands and jams around the downtown this week every night.

Greystone is a new restaurant in the Gaslamp, where Stoney B will be playing on Friday night.  It is great to see another venue downtown support live music.  We lost a lot of venues for blues and live music this past year, so check it out.

There’s a bit of blues over on Shelter Island and some folks playing we don’t often see downtown, including Chet Cannon and LaMonte DeMille.  And for those who love Missy Andersen, there are two opportunities to see her at Humphrey’s and Kona Kai.

San Diego Blues Calendar: Sept 1st – 7th

Blues Calendar - Sept 1

There’s a nice mix of San Diego blues this week around town, and most of it is at the Gaslamp SpeakEasy, Humphrey’s and Patrick’s Pub.  The times I have on the calendar for Humphrey’s is an hour later than posted on their site, because often they start late.

Some of the best blues can happen at the jams, which are on Mondays (SpeakEasy), Tuesdays (Patrick’s) and Wednesdays (House of Blues).

In a month (Oct 6th), we will have the San Diego Music Awards and they include best live band (Whitney Shay has been nominated), best blues band and best blues album.  Please vote for your favorite bands and musicians.  You can vote every day if you want  at www.sandiegomusicawards.com.

San Diego Blues Calendar: Aug 18th – 24th

Blues Calendar - Aug 18We have a good week of San Diego blues bands, blues jams and bluesy jazz artists coming up – even naughty dirty blues and jazz on Friday night with Whitney Shay, Robin Henkel and Sue Palmer.

Stoney B will now be playing the blues on the first 3 Wednesday nights of each month at the SpeakEasy, where Lance Dieckmann has been playing the past year or so, but Lance will be back…  he will be stopping in to join Stoney from time to time.  The 4th Wed of the month will be a bluesfest.

Heads up, Stoney will be holding his annual Blues Summit on Sunday October 5th in the late afternoon, so put that on your calendars.  It’s always a great event.  More to come…

And this Sunday is the annual BLUSD (local blues society) member appreciation party (non-members also welcome) at Tio Leos (2-6pm), featuring Kid Ramos, Scoty Williams, Mercedes Moore, Taryn Donath, Eric Lieberman, Jon Atkinson, Marcus Bashore, Missy Andersen, and others.  I hope you’ll be able to make it.

Tuesday Night Southern Blues

Lafayette can steal your heart with his deep southern blues, romanticism and playful charm, and I try to catch him on Tuesday nights where he plays regularly at the Gaslamp SpeakEasy.

Here he is performing Sonny Boy Williams’ cover song Dr Feelgood, with his band members, Chris Terrell on drums and Ronnie Baumslater on bass.  The lighting is better now at the SpeakEasy, but it is still tough to fully capture Lafayette who almost always wears black.  When the lighting isn’t good, the video gets a bit blurry, but most of it is pretty good.

In this video Lafayette sings about that Little Girl of Mine.  I’m not sure who wrote the song, or who was playing the electric acoustic guitar who was sitting in with them last night.

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