This is a bit of strange week for San Diego blues. There isn’t much real blues happening at the Speakeasy or Patrick’s, which is highly unusual. But you can hear some good blues at Balboa Park’s December Nights on Friday and Saturday.
I haven’t heard Rosy Dawn before, and she’s playing at Patrick’s and Hennessey’s at the end of the week. From what I hear, she does blues, R&B and soul.
You can also get some downtown blues at the jams Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Take note: the JammingOut at HOB jam is on Thursday, not Wednesday, this week.
Enjoy the music!
The weekly Wednesday night blues jam, JammingOut at HOB, is canceled this week and will resume December 3rd. But there is the jam tonight at the Speakeasy and tomorrow night at Patrick’s for all you jam lovers and musicians.
The rest of the week is pretty typical, with some changes at the Speakeasy now that Lafayette and Annette DaBomb are no longer playing there. The blues band Polar Express will be there Tuesday night, and Wilovalot will be back Saturday night. He used to play there regularly on Sundays, which is now a Rockabilly night.
At the end of the JammingOut at HOB jam Wednesday night, Fuzzy Rankins showed up and played with Lafayette Falkquay, both of them incredible lead guitarists. Here they are having a fun time with Fuzzy singing Stop Following Me Around. On stage with them are Billy Wear on drums, Kevin Cooper on bass and Justin Fools on harp. It was a great way to end the night.
There is quite a bit of San Diego blues happening this week in the Gaslamp. Check out the bands and jams at the Gaslamp Speakeasy and Patrick’s Pub, as well as Hennessey’s (next to Speakeasy) and Spike Africa.
Jams always bring in great musicians from around the greater San Diego area and from out of town. The jams happen Mondays at the Speakeasy with host Fuzzy Rankins, Tuesdays at Patrick’s with Walter Gentry and Wednesdays at the House of Blues with JammingOut at HOB, sponsored by BLUSD.
The Youth Blues Jam will be on Saturday from 2-5pm, so if you know of or have kids under 21 who play, encourage them to participate or watch.
And for some pre-Halloween fun, go see Whitney Shay and Robin Henkel do their spooky blues, jazz and soul at 98 Bottles on Friday night. Or catch Whitney and her trio at the US Grant on Thursday. Lots of great options this week!!
We celebrated Victor Franklin’s 60th birthday at the JammingOut at HOB blues jam, and many of his friends showed up to play with him. Unfortunately most of the video I took didn’t turn out so well, but this one of his good friend Theo Bellow on accordion turned out pretty well.
Theo is singing and playing Big Chief, with Victor on bass, CJ Hutchins on guitar and Ric Lee on drums.
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.
It’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.
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!!
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.
I’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.