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Adam Hawley

6:00 pm National Recording Artist $Ticketmaster cover

Adam Hawley

Adam Hawley

November 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: National Recording Artist
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Nine #1 hits. 50+ dates per year. Adam Hawley has burst on to the scene as a celebrated and innovative artist, composer and band leader. Originally signed to Maurice White’s (founder of Earth, Wind, & Fire) label Kalimba Music, Adam’s first two albums “Double Vision” and “Just the Beginning” spawned an incredible Six #1 Hits, an unprecedented feat for a new artist. He followed that up with “Escape” which included the 2020 Billboard Song Of The Year “To The Top.” Now totaling 9 # 1’s, Adam sets out with this exciting fourth album “Risin’ Up” which features Steve Cole, Vincent Ingala, Julian Vaughn, Riley Richard & Kat Hawley anchored by the thrilling first single “Risin’ Up.”

 

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Jerry “Hot Rod” De Mink

5:00 pm Americana $5 cover

Jerry “Hot Rod” De Mink

Jerry “Hot Rod” De Mink

December 2, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Genre: Americana
$5 cover

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Art Sherrod Jr

6:00 pm Smooth Jazz $ticketmaster cover

Art Sherrod Jr

Art Sherrod Jr

December 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Smooth Jazz
$ticketmaster cover

 

Ticket Link

https://artsherrodjr.com/

Art Sherrod Jr is “…a man who loves music, a man who loves art, respects the spirit world and thinks with his heart.” 1 He is equal parts heart and soul and it seems as if God gave him an extra dose of expression through music.

The creative part of Art was shaped by rich experiences, the people with the greatest influence in his formative years and exposure of culture, religion, and the arts. These people, places and things have fostered an innate curiosity, and have nurtured and strong desire for expression. This is a perfect narrative of Art Sherrod, Jr.’s life and is a precise summary of his life and how his love for music and faith have been molded.

Art is a work in progress, so he is the first to tell you that his taste in music varies greatly, but the influence of growing up in Texas created an appreciation for everything from Country & Western, to Rock N’ Roll, Rap, Hip-Hop, to Gospel and of course Jazz! But it all began in church sitting alongside his amazing mother who sang and played the B-3 organ and father who sang in the male chorus. Even to this day, their love for singing continues to be very personal. The rest is history! It’s as if Art knew from the age of 5, his muse would be the saxophone and his avocation would be creating music that inspires, heals, praises speaks to the soul and makes us smile.

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Chickenbone Slim

6:00 pm Blues $5 cover

Chickenbone Slim

Chickenbone Slim

December 4, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Blues
$5 cover

Chickenbone Slim has been deeply rooted in the San Diego Blues scene for 30 years, first as a bassist, and since 2011 as a guitarist, vocalist and bandleader.  His sound is reminiscent of Johnny “Guitar” Watson in the Third Ward of Houston circa 1964–Chicago/Texas/Gulf Coast/Uptown Blues with an authentic 1950’s to 1960’s vibe.

By mixing original blues and swing music with traditional covers, Chickenbone’s shows are greasy, down-home, and entertaining, keeping the dance floor packed all night.  Chickenbone has been serving up his style of Blues throughout the Western U.S. to audiences hungry for the real deal.  Since he formed the band in 2012, Chickenbone has played over 1,500 performances, from the San Diego Blues Festival (2018), Gator By The Bay, Adams Ave Street Fair and Unplugged, and on tour throughout CA and AZ.

His newest CD, “Sleeper” (Lo Fi Mob Records ©2020) features ten all original modern blues songs that are soulful and unique, while adhering to authentic classic blues style.   Recorded at Greaseland Studios by Christoffer “Kid” Andersen, the disc balances on the line between originality and creativity with a deep understanding and respect for blues styles and history.  Along with its predecessors,   “Gone” (2015) and “The Big Beat” (2017), Sleeper is picking up rave reviews nationally, and internationally.

Chickenbone’s band, known as “The Biscuits”, is made up of top local and touring San Diego Blues musicians including Scot Smart or Laura Chavez on guitar, Marty Dodson on drums, and Andrew Crane on bass.  Special guests on “Sleeper” include Joey Harris (guitar/vocal), Jerry Rainey (guitar/vocal), and Troy Sandow (harmonica).  Chickenbone doesn’t like to name drop, but looking up his players will attest to their level of musicianship.

 

https://chickenboneslim.com/

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Randi Driscoll’s Jingle Jam

6:00 pm Americana $www.ticketmaster.com cover

Randi Driscoll’s Jingle Jam

Randi Driscoll’s Jingle Jam

December 5, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Americana
$www.ticketmaster.com cover

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Randi Driscoll

Randi Driscoll is an award winning singer/songwriter and actress. Randi’s original music is a blend of piano driven singer/songwriter music with elements of pop, country and jazz. Her music has been featured in film, television, and a commercial directed by Spike Lee, in which Randi also appeared. Her performance credits include appearances at Lincoln Center, Place des Arts (Montreal), The Japan Center for the Arts, The Ford Theatre and numerous universities, performance halls, nightclubs and cabarets.

Randi studied theatre and music at the University of San Diego, and her theatrical credits include most recently appearing alongside Bradley Whitford and Mary McDonnell in the Broad Stage’s “Laramie Project; Epilogue” (Romaine Patterson). Randi has appeared in several San Diego film and stage productions, and has worked as a teaching artist and director for San Diego Junior Theatre, CYT,  The Musician’s Institute (Los Angeles), The Performer’s Academy (OC) and Wingspan Arts, (NYC). Randi has shared the stage with a wide range of artists, including Pat Benatar, Dar Williams, Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, Anthony Rapp (Rent), Max Von Essen (An American in Paris), Jason Mraz, and Dave Koz.

Randi’s original song “What Matters” has been featured in several stage productions, films and documentaries, and proceeds from the song support the Matthew Shepard Foundation, an anti-hate charity. The choral version of Randi’s song has been performed by over fifty choirs internationally, and has been featured at New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Disney Hall in California. A film about the making of Randi’s song “What Matters” has earned several awards and the song itself was named one of the top Pride Anthems, by the Advocate Magazine. In February of 2019, Randi’s original song, Happy Hour in Heaven won “The Love Song Contest” at Betty Lou’s Lounge, Antioch, TN. Later that same year,”Randi won Nashville’s Top Writer Series contest. Other accolades include, Best Adult Contemporary award in the Song of the Year contest, 2012, Campus Activities Female Perfomer of the Year 2004, Creative Planet “Voice” award, 2012, Matthew Shepard Foundation’s “Essential Piece” award recipient, 2005, and numerous San Diego Music Award nominations. 

Randi has released seven studio albums and has participated in or performed on, over fifty more, for various artists and bands, of varying genres. Randi’s first solo release, “Climb” on East River Records, was recorded at Studio West and produced by Jon Mathias. Since that time, Randi’s cds have been released independently, on her own label, Dramatique Records.

Randi tours year round, solo or with her musical partner, Noah Heldman, performing her original music. Randi’s 2015 release, “Glass Slipper” was produced by Noah Heldman and Grammy winner Larry Mitchell. “Glass Slipper” features a duet with People Magazine’s up and coming country artist, Aaron Parker, and a wide range of musical guests, including Grammy award winning cellist, Dave Eggar. Randi currently resides in Nashville TN, where she is working on her upcoming release with producer, Dean Miller. When Randi is not on tour, she can be found teaching music & theatre, crockpotting, cosuming large amounts of coffee, and cuddling with her family.

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The Resizters Fundraiser

6:00 pm Blues $Ticketmaster cover

The Resizters Fundraiser

The Resizters Fundraiser

December 6, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Blues
$Ticketmaster cover

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Laurie Morvan Band

7:00 pm Blues $Ticketmaster cover

Laurie Morvan Band

Laurie Morvan Band

December 7, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Genre: Blues
$Ticketmaster cover

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http://www.lauriemorvan.com/news.asp

“L.A.’s Laurie Morvan is a member of that still all-too-rare club of female lead blues guitarists. On her third release, Morvan shows strong chops on guitar and a good ear for writing accessible songs. The overall result is an easy-to-listen-to blues-rock hybrid, not so different from what better-known artists such as Robert Cray and Bonnie Raitt have been creating for the last few decades.

While Morvan credits Stevie Ray Vaughan as a specific influence, her playing is far more reminiscent of former Roomful of Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl. It’s got that Texas twang but with a jazz musician’s restraint and even elegance. She’s far more interested in playing well than in playing fast.

As a singer, Morvan sounds a lot like Louisiana swamp blues singer Marcia Ball. She doesn’t show much range here, but has a nice growl and warm tones. And for someone who lives in SoCal and grew up in Illinois, she’s sure got a drawl to her singing.

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Fleetwood Max

8:00 pm Classic Rock $15 cover

Fleetwood Max

Fleetwood Max

December 8, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Genre: Classic Rock
$15 cover

San Diego’s Premier Fleetwood Mac Cover Band

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Next Level

8:00 pm Dance $12 cover

Next Level

Next Level

December 9, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Genre: Dance
$12 cover

Next Level is one of San Diego’s Hottest R&B Soul & Funk Bands –all-star seasoned professionals with many years of experience!!

https://www.facebook.com/BAND619SD/

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Stellita’s Groove

6:00 pm Smooth Jazz $12 cover

Stellita’s Groove

Stellita’s Groove

December 10, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Smooth Jazz
$12 cover

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Dusty and the Love Notes CD Release

6:00 pm Americana $Ticketmaster cover

Dusty and the Love Notes CD Release

Dusty and the Love Notes CD Release

December 13, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Americana
$Ticketmaster cover

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Miss Velvet

7:00 pm Classic Rock $Ticketmaster cover

Miss Velvet

Miss Velvet

December 14, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Genre: Classic Rock
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MISS VELVET DUO INFO :

MISS VELVET and her writing partner Esjay Jones (Grammy featured producer / songwriter) team up to perform originals and classic covers in stripped down acoustic performance full of timeless energy.

Miss Velvet has previously performed in over 100 cities across 5 continents, including opening a world tour for the iconic George Clinton – who calls her voice “the definition of rock n roll.”

Link to DREAM ON acoustic cover :

https://youtu.be/-QrZliifhmg?si=N8L0W3FPZGDXNlUa

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Zavala Sol

5:00 pm Blues $5 cover

Zavala Sol

Zavala Sol

December 15, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Genre: Blues
$5 cover

Smokin’ Guns

8:00 pm $12 cover

Smokin’ Guns

Smokin’ Guns

December 15, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Genre:
$12 cover

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Sugaray Rayford w/ Michele Lundeen

7:00 pm Blues $Ticketmaster cover

Sugaray Rayford w/ Michele Lundeen

Sugaray Rayford w/ Michele Lundeen

December 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm
Genre: Blues
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Gourmet Blues Series

A chance meeting in Memphis laid the groundwork for a unique musical partnership between soul-blues powerhouse Sugaray Rayford and producer, songwriter Eric Corne. Combining classic soul melodies with funky R & B grooves, raw blues power, and mashed up with modern sensibilities, the pair’s first collaboration, Somebody Save Me, earned Rayford a 2020 Grammy nomination while later that year he took home Blues Music Awards for ‘Soul Blues Male Artist’ and ‘B.B. King Entertainer of the Year.’ 

Last summer’s adventurous single “Homemade Disaster” took things further, landing on multiple retro soul and new blues playlists on Spotify, with PopMatters declaring the track “will appeal to fans of Gary Clark Jr. and Chicano Batman.” 

Sugaray Rayford returns with In Too Deep. Combining classic soul melodies with funky R&B grooves, raw blues power and mashed up with modern sensibilities, the album takes on issues, such as PTSD, civil rights and social justice. With vibrantly detailed arrangements tailored to showcase Rayford’s deft portrayals and interpretations, In Too Deep is a poignant album that seeks to inspire and uplift. 

Albumism described Rayford as having “a sound that’s undeniably fresh and inspired,” while PopMatters declared it “will appeal to fans of Gary Clark Jr. and Chicano Batman.” 

At his core, Sugaray Rayford is a galvanizing uniter. His live shows are a party. Some conversations may be had, and some self-reflection may occur, but at the end of the day, people leave feeling a sense of joy and togetherness.

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San Diego Jazz All-Stars Ft. Mark Lessman, Roger Friend, Anthony Smith, Cecil McBee, Tate McKay & Santino

6:00 pm Smooth Jazz $15 cover

San Diego Jazz All-Stars Ft. Mark Lessman, Roger Friend, Anthony Smith, Cecil McBee, Tate McKay & Santino

San Diego Jazz All-Stars Ft. Mark Lessman, Roger Friend, Anthony Smith, Cecil McBee, Tate McKay & Santino

December 17, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Smooth Jazz
$15 cover

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Join us for an epic night of Smooth Jazz featuring some of San Diego’s Jazz royalty!

 

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Stoney B Blues Band

6:00 pm Blues $5 cover

Stoney B Blues Band

Stoney B Blues Band

December 18, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Blues
$5 cover

Stony B is the real deal bluesman and we are so excited to welcome him back to our stage after over a decade!

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Lindsay White & Anna Ballew

6:00 pm Americana $5 cover

Lindsay White  & Anna Ballew

Lindsay White & Anna Ballew

December 19, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Americana
$5 cover

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Billy Nation Holiday Celebration

8:00 pm Billy Joel Tribute $www.ticketmaster.com cover

Billy Nation Holiday Celebration

Billy Nation Holiday Celebration

December 22, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Genre: Billy Joel Tribute
$www.ticketmaster.com cover

Billy Nation is a premier tribute band authentically playing the music of Billy Joel, one of the best-selling artists of all time.

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Paradygm

8:00 pm Dance $12 cover

Paradygm

Paradygm

December 23, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Genre: Dance
$12 cover

One of San Diego’s premier dance bands!

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DJ John Phillips Christmas Eve Party

6:00 pm Dance DJ $10 cover

DJ John Phillips Christmas Eve Party

DJ John Phillips Christmas Eve Party

December 24, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Dance DJ
$10 cover

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Merry Christmas – NO BAND

Merry Christmas – NO BAND

Merry Christmas – NO BAND

December 25, 2023
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Private Domain

6:00 pm $5 cover

Private Domain

Private Domain

December 26, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre:
$5 cover

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Side Street w/ Thea the band

6:00 pm Soul and Funk $5 cover

Side Street w/ Thea the band

Side Street w/ Thea the band

December 27, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Soul and Funk
$5 cover

San Diego music makers Joshua Taylor, Sandi King, & Tony Econom with an all-star rotating stable of local and touring original musicians. Creating nights of well-loved music interpreted in our own fresh way, with featured sets of the band playing the original music by our invited guest artists.

King Taylor Project – KingTaylorProject.com

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Stoney B Blues Band

5:00 pm Blues $5 cover

Stoney B Blues Band

Stoney B Blues Band

December 29, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Genre: Blues
$5 cover

Stoney B was born in Chicago in 1954. He grew up listening to his father, Lil’ Howling Wolf play the blues and his father learnt his blues from Howling Wolf.

 During Stoney B’s career he has played behind well known blues musicians such as Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Johnny Guitar Embry and the Blues Kings, Son Thomas, Homesick James, Lavelle White, Lovie Lee, Roosevelt Boobie Barnes and Willie Mississippi Foster.

https://stoneybbluesmusician.com

 

 

Rising Star

8:00 pm Dance $12 cover

Rising Star

Rising Star

December 29, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Genre: Dance
$12 cover

Playlist:
It wasn’t me – Shaggy
Beat goes on – Whispers
Night to remember – Shalamar
Disco nights – GQ
Ain’t no stoppin us now – McFadden Whitehead
Skate – Silk Sonic
Kool & gang
*Get down on it * Ladies night
Electric slide / Hustle
September – EWF
Rick James/Mary Jane girls
*Give it to me * In my House * SuperFreak
Havana – Camila Cabello
Latin reggaton
*Bailando – Taki taki – Mia – Mi Genti
FreeStyle medley
*Point of no return – Expose
*Party your body – Stevie B
*Don’ stop the rock – FreeStyle
*When I hear music – Debbie Deb
*Diamond Girl – Stevie B
Farruk – Pepas
move your body – Nina Sky
Fireball – Pitbull
Uptown funk – Bruno Mars
Leave the door open – Silk Sonic
Smokin out the window – Silk Sonic
Cupid shuffle
24k magic
Too close – Next
Return of the Mack – Mark Morrison
Hey Mr DJ – Zhane
On a Sunday afternoon – Lighter shade of brown
Family affair – Mary J Bligh
Bobby Brown
*Every little step * My Prerogative
Motownphilly – Boyz II Men
Poison – Bel Biv DeVoe
Cha cha slide
My Goodies – Ciara
Humpty dance – Digital Underground
Crazy in love – Beyonce
90’s hip hop medley
*Clear my throat * Ice ice baby * hip hop hooray * Apache
Be faithfull – Fatman Scoop
Pary up – DMX
Yeah – Usher
Finesse – Bruno Mars
This is how – Montel Jordan
Wobble
In da club – 50 cents
California love – Tupac
Nest Episode – Dr Dre
Whats my name – Snoop Dogg
Aint no fun when homies – Nat Dogg
Baby I got your money – ODB
Pitbull medley
*Give me everything * Don’t stop da party
*Want me * Hotel Service
Push it – Salt n Pepper
Flo Rida
*Get Low * Hands in the (Ayer)
Im still in love – Sean Paul
Mary Jane – Rick James
All night long – Mary Jane girls
Bartender – T-Pain
Sex you up – Color me Badd
I like the way Kissing game – Hi 5
Kiss me more – Doja Cat
Say so – Doja Cat
Step in the name of love – R Kelly
Cold heart – Elton John & Dua Lupa
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Platinum Vibe

8:00 pm Dance $12 cover

Platinum Vibe

Platinum Vibe

December 30, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Genre: Dance
$12 cover

 

A high-energy live music ensemble based out of sunny San Diego, California. Getting the crowd moving and having a good time comes naturally to this well-seasoned band. Our varied repertoire of Today’s Top 40 hits, R&B, Funk, Rock and Pop/Dance Hits is unmatched and guarantees a fun and entertaining night for all.

 

https://theplatinumvibeband.com

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New Years Eve with Detroit Underground

8:00 pm Dance $Ticketmaster cover

New Years Eve with Detroit Underground

New Years Eve with Detroit Underground

December 31, 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Genre: Dance
$Ticketmaster cover

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Celebrate New Years Eve at Humphreys Backstage Live

Featuring Detroit Underground!

~Dancing, Party Favors, Champagne Toast ~

$99 per person – Reserved Seat Tickets available Here

or call 619.224.3577 to book your seats now!

Hotel Packages available from $539 per couple (based on double occupancy and includes: Entry for 2 with reserved seating, one night’s accommodation, breakfast buffet for two and late checkout of 1pm on Monday January 1st, 2024.)

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Happy New Year! No Live music

Happy New Year! No Live music

Happy New Year! No Live music

January 1
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Blue Largo

6:00 pm Ameriana $5 cover

Blue Largo

Blue Largo

January 2 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Ameriana
$5 cover

lue Largo was formed by guitarist Eric Lieberman and vocalist Alicia Aragon in 1999. Eric has been a fixture on the Southern California blues scene since 1981, when he began his four year stint with San Diego’s now legendary King Biscuit Blues Band. He then went on to form The Rhumboogies, which featured vocalist Earl Thomas, and subsequently The Juke Stompers. As part of the Southern California blues community during the 1980’s, Eric became closely associated with The Paladins, The James Harman Band, Hollywood Fats, Kid Ramos and Junior Watson. He was even lucky enough to play a gig with Hollywood Fats at the Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, California, just two weeks shy of Fats’ untimely and sudden death. Both The Rhumboogies and The Juke Stompers have shared bills with B.B. King, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Hank Ballard & The Midnighters, Little Charlie and The Nightcats, Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets, The Paladins and The James Harman Band. And two of Eric’s greatest disciples, Robby Eason and Nathan James, both went on to play guitar for James Harman in the nineties and 2000’s. In addition to Robby and Nathan, pretty much any blues musician who has lived in San Diego at any time from 1981 to the present, regardless of what instrument they play, will attest to Eric’s major influence on the San Diego music community for almost the past four decades.

Eric first met Alicia Aragon when he was playing guitar with The King Biscuit Blues Band in 1982. That band had a steady gig, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at a club in San Diego called The Mandolin Wind, which lasted longer than the four years Eric was with that band. Because Eric was all of twenty seven years old at the time, and meeting girls at the gig was high on his list of priorities, he had a self imposed policy of not dating the waitresses who worked at the club. But when Alicia started waitressing there, that rule went right out the window. While Alicia was too shy to be singing in public back then, she always had a deep and genuine love for blues and jazz, and therefore very deliberately sought out work in venues that featured such live music. Subsequent to working at The Mandolin Wind, she worked for fourteen years at Elario’s in La Jolla, where artists such as Kenny Burrell, Barney Kessell, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Hand Crawford, Pappa John Creach and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson performed on a semi regular basis. Now that’s a lot of music and soul to ingest over fourteen years!

Eric is a band leader who doesn’t sing himself, and that’s not the best spot to be in. You’re always dependent on having a great singer, who fits into the band both stylistically and personally, and that is not always so easy to find. So throughout the years, whenever Eric lost a singer, he would try and talk Alicia into singing with him. He knew Alicia’s genuine love for the music he loved, and how supportive she had always been of his music. But more than all that, Alicia would learn these Billie Holiday or Sarah Vaughan songs on her own, just for the love and desire of learning them, and when Eric would hear her singing them a cappella, he was almost moved to tears. And that convinced him that she could bring the same passion, emotion and honesty to the forefront of his band. But it took many pleas and many rejections, before Alicia finally acquiesced one day in 1999. And once she said “yes,” Blue Largo was born!

Blue Largo released its debut album, What A Day, produced by Mavis Staples’ guitar player and musical director, Rick Holmstrom in 2000, and released its second record Still In Love With You in 2002. While maintaining its home base in San Diego, Blue Largo has traveled up and down the California coast, playing such well known venues as Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, The Derby in Los Angeles and the legendary Blue Café in Long Beach in the early 2000’s.

But in November 2006, Eric developed a neurological condition known as Focal Dystonia, which caused him to lose coordination in his right hand. He probably should have stopped playing altogether at that point, as he could barley even play in time. If he could hold onto a pick at all, it was as if it was attached to a rubber band. But playing guitar is an addiction for Eric, and he couldn’t force himself to stop, just as most addicts can’t force themselves to stop whatever their addition is. So, he kept the band going, playing mostly small local gigs, while doing everything possible to overcome his Focal Dystonia, including learning to read Braille and taking formal piano lessons. The idea here is to learn new tasks, using the affected parts of the body, in order to create new neurotransmitters, which hopefully replace the damaged neurotransmitters that are causing the dystonia. Because Eric tried such a multitude of remedies to help him conquer his dystonia, it is difficult to know which were the most effective. But he believes that if it was any one specific thing, it was spending approximately five hours a day for over eleven years, retraining himself how to play, one note at a time, without the dystonic, spasmodic hand motions. And while he’s still not one hundred percent free of his dystonia, he’s about ninety five percent back to normal, and still spending those five hours a day working towards getting back to a hundred percent.

Because of Eric’s condition, Blue Largo didn’t record another record for fifteen years, from 2003 to 2015. But by 2015, with Alicia’s encouragement, he became convinced that he was healed enough to once again commit something to tape, and the result is the band’s third album, Sing Your Own Song. Up until this time, Blue Largo has always been a traditional 1940’s / ’50’s era blues band, specializing in covers by such artists as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Louis Jordan, T Bone Walker and Julia Lee. But Eric started jotting down some song ides of his own over the years, which he and Alicia revisited when they decided to record this new record, and lo and behold, Sing Your Own Song contains seven original songs, dealing with life’s big issues…….. confronting challenges, despair, hope, perseverance, and ultimately prevailing! Music wise, the record contains everything from gospel to Louisiana swamp grooves, 1960’s rhythm and blues, jump blues, sensual ballads and lowdown acoustic country blues. And as a result of the spark that this new record gave Blue Largo, the band played the Gator By The Bay Festival in 2016 and 2018, and both The Baja Blues Festival in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, and The San Diego Blues Festival in 2017.

Blue Largo has now completed its fourth album, Before The Devil Steals Your Soul, scheduled for release on October 19, 2018. Believing Devil to be the band’s strongest and most creative record yet, it contains ten original songs, as well as Nina Simone’s Feeling Good, Jimmy Ruffin’s What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted, Nat Adderley’s Work Song, and a mambo guitar instrumental entitled Bodas De Oro, which pays tribute to the great Cuban guitarist, Manuel Galban. As for the original compositions on Devil, once again Eric chooses to write in his own voice, addressing life’s big issues, such as the political and social state of our country in Wash Away and Same Race, the loss a loved one to terminal illness in The Long Goodbye, and the need to live our lives to the fullest, in truth and righteousness, before it’s too late, in Before The Devil Steals Your Soul. If I Can Make It To Augusta is a tribute to all the musicians who have been out there paying their dues on the road for decades, and who now wish to settle down to a more serene, peaceful life at home. Monrovia is the first song Eric has written as a fictional story, the theme being betrayal of love, infidelity, jealousy and ultimately murder. For its musical ambience Eric was channeling a Quentin Tarantino or Ennio Morricone Spaghetti Western soundtrack. And finally, I’m Alive addresses the incredible inspirational healing power of music itself!

With the completely organic and unforced stylistic change from playing vintage blues covers to writing its own original material, Blue Largo now likes to think of its music as “Original Vintage Rhythm and Blues.” The songs are definitely original, and Eric just lets them come to him as they do. He doesn’t intentionally try to write in anyone’s voice other than his own. He most certainly doesn’t try to write in the voice of some African American blues artist from the 1940’s or ’50’s, because in spite of his great love and respect for that music, it is not his music, nor does it reflect the life and times in which he grew up. In spite of dedicating the better part of his adult life to studying and paying tribute to the blues of the 1940’s and ’50’s, it only makes sense that the songs which come out of Eric are much more evocative of the rhythm and blues and soul music from the 1960’s, that he came of age hearing on his parents’ car radio. And in the end, because Eric, Alicia and all of Blue Largo’s musicians have been so genuinely steeped in vintage blues for so many decades, Sing Your Own Song and Before The Devil Steals Your Soul can’t help but to capture and evoke the essence of that sound and vibe, without even trying.

In addition to Eric and Alicia, Blue Largo’s current line-up consists of Taryn “T-Bird” Donath (piano), Raphael Salmon (organ), Marcus P. Bashore (drums), Mike “Sandlewood” Jones (Fender bass), and Dave Castel De Oro and Eddie Croft (saxophones.)

Blue Largo was formed by guitarist Eric Lieberman and vocalist Alicia Aragon in 1999. Eric recruited his old music partner, saxophonist Jonny Viau from as far back as 1982, when they were both sidemen in the King Biscuit Blues Band, and together with pianist Sue Palmer, drummer Phil Rowley, bassist Roger Daschle and baritone sax man Troy Jennings, the band released its debut album, “What A Day!” produced by Rick Holmstrom in the year 2000. The band went through a few personnel changes, and with piano virtuoso, Carl Sonny Leyland and bassist Chris Crepps on board , released its second record “Still In Love With You” in 2002. While maintaining its home base in San Diego, California during the past fifteen years, Blue Largo has traveled up and down the California coast, playing such well known venues as Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco, The Derby in Los Angeles and the legendary Blue Café in Long Beach.

In November2006, Eric developed a rare neurological condition called focal dystonia, which affected the coordination in his right hand, thus putting an end to any further recording plans  until May 2015. With great dedication and hard work, Eric has  overcome his focal dystonia to the point where he felt he would be able to record again, and the result is the band’s third album, entitled “Sing Your Own Song,” to be officially released September 18, 2015.

Blue Largo has always been a traditional 1940’s / ‘50’s era blues band, specializing in covers by such artists as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Louis Jordan, T Bone Walker and Julia Lee. Eric never considered himself a songwriter, but has rather always focused on paying tribute to the great artists whom he loves so much. However, he jotted down a few ideas over the years, which he and Alicia revisited when they decided to record their current album, and lo and behold, “Sing Your Own Song” contains seven original songs, which the band is most proud of and excited about! These original songs deal with life’s big issues…….. the challenges, despair, hope, perseverance, and ultimately prevailing! Music wise, the record contains everything from Louisiana swamp grooves to gospel, rhythm and blues, jump blues, sensual ballads and lowdown acoustic country blues, and Blue Largo is ready and rearing to bring it all to their live shows.

Along with Eric and Alicia, the current Blue Largo line-up features Jonny Viau on tenor and baritone saxophones, Marcus Bashore on drums, Taryn Donath on piano and Art Kraatz on bass. “Sing Your Own Song,” which was recorded and co-produced by Nathan James, also features Nathan on rhythm guitar, resonator guitar and upright bass,  Ron Felton and Marty Dodson on drums, Joey Jazdzewski on both Fender and upright bass, Rafael Salmon on organ, Dave Castel de Oro on tenor saxophone and Missy Anderson on backing vocals.

As Charlie Parker said, “Now’s the Time,” and we believe now is the time for Blue Largo! So people get ready, get on board, and don’t let this soul train leave the station without you!

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Fuzzy Rankins

6:00 pm Blues $5 cover

Fuzzy Rankins

Fuzzy Rankins

January 4 @ 6:00 pm
Genre: Blues
$5 cover

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Stoney B Blues Band

5:00 pm Blues $5 cover

Stoney B Blues Band

Stoney B Blues Band

January 5 @ 5:00 pm
Genre: Blues
$5 cover

Stony B is the real deal bluesman and we are so excited to welcome him back to our stage after over a decade!

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