Fri05Jan2018Doors open @ 6:30 show begins @ 8:00pmAnthony Gomes has been creating virtuosic, burning blues since his recorded debut in 1998. 12 releases and numerous awards and ecstatic accolades later, Gomes shows no signs of slowing down with his latest musical offering being his most successful to date. The aptly-named, riff-laden Electric Field Holler has received highly acclaimed recognition; reaching #1 on both Roots Music Report's Blues Rock Chart and ReverbNation’s Global Blues Chart as well as earning several nominations for Blues Rock Album of the Year.
The Toronto singer/songwriter/guitarist is propelling blues rock into the contemporary music culture with his unapologetic approach to reinventing the genre in relevant and fresh ways. “The blues is old, but not tired” said Anthony, adding: “It speaks as truthfully today, and for this generation, as it ever has.” Blues Music Magazine writes, "the formidable guitar chops and authentic singing place him in the forefront of modern blues." This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today. And the facts speak for themselves. Gomes has performed in 17 countries and has shared the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang, Sammy Hagar, 38 Special, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Gomes’ instinctive mastery of his craft is matched by his knowledge of and dedication to blues history. He is an award winning blues history scholar, earning the University of Toronto’s C.P. Stacey Prize for the highest overall academic grade point average by a history student. Anthony also completed his master’s degree thesis on the racial and cultural evolution of blues music, graduating with high distinction. In 2014, his thesis was published and nominated for the Best Blues Book of the Year by Blues 411.
Sat06Jan2018Doors open @ 6:30 show begins @ 8:00pm
35th and Taylor is comprised of members Anna Taylor, Evan Kaler, Max Miller, Jack Osborn, and Spencer Andresen. Originating in the Midwest, the band offers an alternative rock sound with a heavy blues influence. The band offers a blend of classic and contemporary sounds with influences derived from the Black Keys, White Stripes, Grace Potter, and Joss Stone among others.
The bands latest album titled “I Know You’re Trouble” released in June 2016 has seen limited airplay on IHeart Radio as well as multiple college formats. The album consists of 10 tracks featuring heavy guitar riffs and Bass with prominent bluesy vocals. The band formed in 2011 and has toured extensively throughout the upper Midwest.
Anna Taylor, lead singer has no fear of the stage and spotlight having appeared on Season 6 of NBC’s the voice at the young age of 15. The band has also been awarded the “Spirit Award” by the Iowa Rock and Roll Music Association by unanimous vote for their contribution as the “future of rock and roll in Iowa.”
The band has opened for multiple national acts to include Joss Stone, The Revivalists, Trombone Shorty, Fuel, Dishwalla, Marcy Playground, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry and for Bon Jovi during the “This House is not for Sale Tour” for a sold out audience at the United Center in Chicago, IL in March 2017.
Don’t miss your opportunity to witness this untarnished, electrifying group in person.
Wed10Jan2018Doors open @ 5:30 show begins @ 6:30pm
This is an early Wednesday show! Doors open at 5:30. All tickets for this show will be sold at the door for $10.
Hamilton Loomis does indeed go back to basics on his new album "BASICS", which is his most personal and emotional effort to date. Gone are the double entendres for which Loomis is known; this time, his lyrics are direct, personal, and often autobiographical.
The “basics” theme runs through the entire CD, in its lyrics (“Prayer,” “Cloudy Day”), single-chord progressions (“Sugar Baby," "Looking Into a Dream”), simple melodies (“Come and Get Me”), and stripped-down instrumentation of guitar, bass and drums (“Reason," "Getting So Big”). Still, Loomis’s trademark deep-grooved funk and soulful blues-rock is definitely present.
“I wanted this record to be more stripped-down. Even the CD jacket is black and white and pretty basic itself," he says of the disc, which features songwriting collaborations with Grammy-award winning songwriter/ producer/bassist Tommy Sims, co-writer of Eric Clapton's “Change the World."
Sat13Jan2018Doors open @ 6:30 show begins @ 8:00pmRaucous, rowdy, gentle, sweet, eccentric, quirky, and outright irreverent are all words that fittingly describe Tas Cru's songs and testify to his reputation as a one of the most unique of bluesmen plying his trade today. It’s not for nothing that Cru has received wide praise for his songwriting. As Downbeat magazine notes, "His songs are blues poetry - crafted with rare verbal flair and his ability to cast a memorable hook is magical!" Bruce Iglauer, founder and president of Alligator Records calls Cru “a rare, real writer.” Live, these songs are performed with power and passion as observed by Living Blues magazine, "The vivacity and sheer joy with which Cru plays is intoxicating!"
His latest album, Simmered and Stewed released November 11, 2016 on VizzTone Records has received wide acclaim and extensive world wide airplay. It has been featured as a BB King's Bluesville "Pick to Click" on Sirius"XM Radio and made its way on to the highly respected Living Blues Chart. It has been at or near the top of the Roots Music Report's Contemporary Blues Chart for most of 2017. Simmered & Stewed is eleven songs flavored in most part by resonator, cigar box and acoustic guitar. The album features harmonica, honky-tonk piano, Hammond B3 organ ans rich, backing vocals. It is is a worthy follow up to Cru's 2015 album, "You Keep the Money.” - the hottest debuting blues album of that year, almost all year long residing at or near the very top of every major blues chart. It ended up the #3 blues album of 2015 right behind Buddy Guy a #2 with Shemekia Copeland at #4. On the strength of these two albums Tas has performed at several major blues festivals in 2017 including the Daytona Blues Fest, Carolina Downhome Blues Fest, Baltimore Blues Fest, Tinner Hill Blues Fest, Roundbarn Blues Fest, Memphis in May Beale St. Blues Fest, Blues on the Riideau, Jackson Blues Fest and the Wiregrass Blues Festival. A new album, Memphis Song is in the works and will release in 2018.