Stoney B Blues Summit Rocked the House – Lady Star & Bustin’ Loose Band

Lady Star was one of the many performers at the Stoney B annual blues summit.  She doesn’t play downtown too often, so it was a real treat to see her and her band in town.

Here she is, with that great blues voice, singing Etta James cover song I’d Rather Go Blind, with her band… Randy Summers on guitar, Ken Kinley on bass, Fred Sannipoli on drums and Pat Kelley on keyboards.

And then they did Bobby Blue Bland’s cover sone Love of Mine.

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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.


International Blues Competition – Round One

The annual International Blues Competition (IBC) is underway in San Diego.  Round one was held at Tio Leo’s this weekend, and our local blues society (Blues Lovers United San Diego is sponsoring and selecting a blues duo to compete in the event next January in Memphis.  Round two will be at Tio Leo’s next Saturday, where 5 more groups will compete.  The finals will be after that.

Here is Missy and Heine Andersen, who will go on to the finals in a couple of weeks, performing as an acoustic blues duo their original tune For Better or Worse.

And they also performed Stand Up and Dance.

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Fun Night with Taryn Donath at the Speakeasy

Taryn Donath plays at the Gaslamp Speakeasy frequently, where she rips on the keyboards and sings her funky, blues, swing jazz, boogie style music. But on this night, the Little Kings were playing with Dane Terry on harmonica, and she joined in to see this great cover song, Right Around the Corner.

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San Diego Blues Calendar: Sept 29th – Oct 5th

Blues Calendar - Sept 29

We have a great week of live San Diego blues music around town! There is a lot happening in the Gaslamp, on Shelter Island and even a night in Little Italy.

Tonight we have the weekly and popular blues jam at the SpeakEasy, Walter Gentry’s R&B band at Patrick’s and a beautiful blues singer, Janice Edwards, out at Humphrey’s. What a great way to kick off the week. Enjoy!!

A Fun Twist on Thursday Night

You can find Annette DaBomb and her Bomb Squad band at the Gaslamp SpeakEasy every Thursday night.  I’m a huge fan, and I got there about midnight this week and discovered John January and Chuck Arcilla had joined in as guest musicians.

Here’s John on guitar  playing Eric Clapton’s cover song Key to the Highway with the Bomb Squad (Tony Peterson on drums and Doug Brunell on bass), and Chuck on sax.

Later Tony took the lead and sang the cover song Standing on Shaky Ground.

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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 22nd – 28th

Blues Calendar - Sept 22I’m happy to say we have a much fuller week of blues bands and jams downtown and out on Shelter Island.

At the JammingOut at HOB, there will be a featured local blues band The Little Kings performing early in the evening, probably between 8-9pm.  They are also playing again at SpeakEasy on Friday night.

The Youth Blues Jam is Saturday afternoon at Hennessey’s (they have moved over from the SpeakEasy for these monthly jams).

And new on the schedule is Spike Africa Fresh Fish Grill & Bar at the corner of 4th and Broadway.  They have live music Friday through Sunday, and blues is part of the line up.  This coming Friday you can catch Big Jon Atkinson playing there.



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.

Queen of Steam at Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge

One of my favorite female blues singers is Michele Lundeen, and she performs downtown fairly often – mostly at Humphrey’s Backstage Lounge.  She will be back there next week on Tuesday the 16th 7pm.

I was there Friday night and got this video of her singing the cover song Some Kind of Wonderful with her band.  I need to get more video of her!!   She’s good and lots of fun, and she owns up to her name – the Queen of Steam.

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