Good Lineup at Wednesday’s Blues Jam

JammingOut at HOB had a full house and one good set after another Wednesday night.  It was a great night.

Returning for a third time to the jam was Willie Simmons, who got up to perform a song I’ll call Good Woman (not sure what the song is really called), and rocked the house.  He was on stage with Jacinto Castaneda and Rich Giglio on guitars, Matt Casey on drums, Earl Pratt on bass and two sax players I don’t know.

In the next set, Kammie Thomas sang BB King’s cover song Thrill is Gone, with Jacinto Casteneda and Fuzzy Rankins on guitars, Kevin Cooper on bass, Reggie Ford on drums.

The night ended with Fuzzy Rankins and Lafayette Falkquay singing and playing guitars together, along with Kevin Cooper on bass, Timothy on drums, and the two sax players whose names I didn’t catch

San Diego Blues

 

 

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.

Another Fun Surprise at Blues Jam

I’ve said it before, but you really never know who will show up at a jam and amaze you.  An unknown, but local blues singer from Atlanta, showed up at the JammingOut at HOB last night, and he gave us a great performance of a song I think is called Break It Down.

Check out this delightful song with Willie Simmons singing, David Lewis is on harmonica, Nicholas Butterfield and Doyle Thomas are on guitars – and Lafayette Falkquay too in back, Harry on bass, and Rio Rhythm on drums.

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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.

Wednesday Nights Jamming Out at HOB

Every jam has its own familiar faces and this week we had  a good mix of regular JammingOut musicians who were back to jam together and have a good time.  As one of the JammingOut hosts, Rosa Lea Schiavone, recently said, “everyone leaves their ego at the door” and its so true.  It’s a great group of people and a lot of fun, and the jam runs from 7-11pm every Wednesday night.

In this video another one of our hosts and a guitar player, Doyle Thomas, got on stage and sang the cover song One Way Out.  Playing with him are David Damaso and Mike (standing in back and not sure of his last name) on guitars, David Lewis on harmonica, Matt Casey on drums, Dino on trumpet and I didn’t catch who was playing the bass.

At the end of the night and last song, we were entertained by Kevin Cooper on bass, singing Mustang Sally – who was joined by Tony Peterson who amped it up even more, along with Lafayette and Mike on guitars, Dino on trumpet, and I can’t remember who the drummer is.  Lots of fun for everyone!

San Diego Blues

 

Stoney B is Back in San Diego

Stoney B has been in New Orleans for the last year, and he’s back playing in San Diego to the delight of local blues fans, including me. He is the real deal – a great blues man who plays the guitar and sings with a passion, grit, storytelling and talent you can never get enough of.

He was playing with Lance Dieckmann’s band at the SpeakEasy the past couple of weeks, and that may be where you’ll find him for a while. Here he is performing Jimi Hendrix’ great cover song, Red House. The lighting at the SpeakEasy makes this video a bit grainy and out of focus, but it is worth viewing. I will get more videos of Stoney, and hopefully better quality.

San Diego Blues

Typical Wednesday Night of Blues N More

As readers of this blog know by now, I’m a regular at the JammingOut at HOB (House of Blues Voodoo Stage in the Gaslamp) on Wednesday nights.

Last night Carrie Shannon, who I’ve never heard before, got up and sang a sassy ZZ Top cover song, Tush.  On stage with her was Nicholas Butterfield and Junya Isogawa on guitars, Kevin Cooper on bass, David Lewis on harmonica and Edward Cleveland on drums.

Later Will Lovalot performed that great Freddie King song Big Legged Woman, along with David Damaso (and then Lafayette Falkquay) on guitars, Harmonica John (Frazer), Dino on trumpet, Kevin Cooper on bass and Michael Minor on drums.

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San Diego Blues Calendar: July 14th – 20th

Blues Calendar - July 14

It’s a fairly typical San Diego blues week around downtown, although a bit light for straight up blues at Patrick’s and just one night of blues at Humphrey’s.

There is more R&D/soul bands performing than blues bands, so you might want to check out the jams if you want blues on Monday (SpeakEasy), Tuesday (Patrick’s – often has some R&B too) and Wednesday (JammingOut at HOB).

English Invasion at JammingOut blues jam

Many of the regular musicians were at the JammingOut at HOB last night, including Nick Butterfield and Rich Giglio – on guitars together (once again) and performing “English Invasion” songs.  As Rich explained to me, from British bands in the 60s and 70s who brought their blues rock to America, which they both enjoy.

Here they are playing a Cream cover song Crossroads, with Nick singing.  The vocal mic didn’t pick up as well as it usually does – not sure why.  They are on stage with David Falkquay on bass, Duke Ventra on drums and Dave Lewis on harmonica.