Raising the Roof Concert for the Blues Hall of Fame Museum

Raising the Roof Concert for the Blues Hall of Fame Museum

Earl Thomas, Wayne Baker Brooks, Kenny Neal, Sista Monica, Lady Bianca, Syreeta Neal, Tia Carroll, King Tuffnstuff, Shane Dwight, Daniel Castro, Kyle Rowland, Greg Nagy, Aki Kumar Band

Sun, March 24, 2013

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm

Club Fox

Redwood City, CA

$15 adv / $20 door

This event is 21 and over

Raising the Roof Concert for the Blues Hall of Fame Museum
Raising the Roof Concert for the Blues Hall of Fame Museum
Be part of history and watch this once in a lifetime show featuring Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors with special appearances of Sista Monica, Ladee Bianca, Syreeta Neal, Annie Sampson, Tia Carroll, KB TuffnStuff, Shane Dwight, Daniel Castro, Kyle Rowland, John Nemeth, Greg Nagy and more! All performing together to help the Blues Foundation build a hall of fame that will honor inductees year-round; listen to and learn about the music; and enjoy historic mementos of this all-American art form! This parade of stars will be doing two shows!

If you can't make the show in person, livestream tickets at: http://www.venmundi.com/events/showevent.php?show=8D778DCD-A640-78AC-16F6-1D0A506B53BF

We will also have video messages to share from:
Nick Moss
Candye Kane
Janiva Magness
Alexis P Suter
Brandon Santini
John Nemeth
Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas
Earl Thomas has been called "one of the most important blues artist of this decade" by the Best of Blues Awards where, in 2011, he took top honors including Best Male Vocal, Best Contemporary Blues Artist, Best Album, and Best Songwriter.

His songs have been recorded by icons Etta James, Solomon Burke, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Tom Jones as well as contemporaries Janiva Magness, Big Llou Johnson, Tracy Nelson and, most recently, blues queen Shemekia Copeland on her new Telarc Records release 33 & 1/3. In 2006, the national blockbuster, In The Mix starring Usher and the Sundance Film Festival Award winning Forty Shades Of Blue with Rip Torn both featured an Earl Thomas composition. He scored again with songs on popular television shows, in 2009 on the hit series E.R and again in 2012 with In Plain Sight and Bones. His latest release Introducing The Blues Ambassadors reached #12 on the Living Blues Radio chart and went to #1 on Sirius XM's B.B. King's Bluesville and with songs on over 500 blues radio stations in the United States and around the world, Earl Thomas is a genuine blues star.

He made his European debut at the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in 1992 and has built a solid reputation and fan base especially in Switzerland, Scandinavia, and England. He has toured with Etta James, Ike Turner, Elvis Costello, Robert Cray, to name a few and his long running residency at Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco with his tight multicultural band The Blues Ambassadors is the hot ticket in the bay area drawing regular SRO crowds to the popular venue.

But Earl Thomas did not come to the blues by any of the usual paths. He had not grow up in the Jim Crow south. He did not build a first guitar with a wire and broom on the side of the house. Yet “the language of our people” as he calls it, surrounded him. His mother was a gospel singer. His father, a blues man and career US Navy officer, sang and played guitar and harmonica. His grandfather was the official fiddle player for the governor of Tennessee state square dances throughout the '40s. He was raised with a wealth of soul, blues, R&B, and gospel music by artists like Aretha, Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Clara Ward, and Mahalia Jackson but he tended to lean more toward the rock aspects of Jimi Hendrix,The Stones, Rod Stewart, and Ike & Tina Turner.

And although born in southeastern Tennessee, Thomas grew up traveling around the world living in the U.S and Asia and wherever else the military required them to be. By the age of 14, he had changed schools 6 times.

In 1983 he enrolled at Humboldt State University in northern California where he was trained in classical voice. Settling in as a Music major with an eye toward teaching, one of his graduation requirements was the completion of a project relevant to the course of study. As a joke, Thomas and fellow student Philip C Wootton approached the department with a proposal to do something outside the box. They asked if they could create a record album from scratch and then follow through with the necessary promotion. They fully expected the idea to be rejected but, the their surprise, it was accepted. They launched into the project using a book they got from the school library. The book, "How To Make And Sell Your Own Recording" by Diane Sward Rappaport, was a complete guidebook from inception to completion on how to make a professional record.

They wrote the songs, hired the band, produced and recorded the music. And, as called for in the proposal, upon completion, an LP entitled I Sing The Blues was delivered to their professors and unbeknownst to either Thomas or Wootton, a career was born. The book also called for promo copies of the recording to be sent to music magazines and newspapers.

One of the promo copies landed on the desk of veteran Hollywood music impresario and artist manager Herb Cohen who, along with the late, Frank Zappa, signed Thomas to his first recording contract. The album, remixed and including three additional new songs was retitled Blue Not
Blues and released in April 1991 and the rest, as they say, is history.

2011 and 2012 were very busy for Earl Thomas. He toured Colombia, South America, Poland and Spain for the first time. He headlined the Blues To Bop Festival in Lugano Switzerland. He released Introducing The Blues Ambassadors. His 2012 appearance at the Pennsylvania Blues Festival won him universal acclaim and was chosen as the “Best Of The Fest”. He also made his Broadway acting debut playing the Kid along side Big Llou Johnson in the Joe Plummer play Nothing But The Blues and he received rave reviews from critics and fans alike. "I never knew that I could act," says the singer songwriter now turned actor, "But they tell me I'm a natural!"

With his tight multicultural six piece band The Blues Ambassadors, Earl Thomas is the one of the most in demand blues artists on the world stage. Singer, songwriter, producer, and now, Broadway actor, he must seen and heard to be believed. He is the 21st century blues man.
Wayne Baker Brooks
Wayne Baker Brooks
Wayne Baker Brooks serves notice of a new powerful force at play in the music world. Combining outstanding song craft, passionate vocals, and a liquid fire guitar style, this talented artist manages to honor his rich blues heritage while effortlessly expanding the boundaries of the genre.

Born and raised in Chicago, IL amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters in the world, Wayne Baker Brooks blues roots may run deeper and wider than the Great Lake Michigan itself, but this truly innovating artist knows no creative boundaries.

Chicago Blues laid the foundation to Wayne's innovative style. A regular visitor (as a child) at places such as Chess Studios, Checkerboard Lounge, Wisefools, and many other blues landmarks as well as witnessing many live performances by blues masters like Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Luther Allsion, KoKo Taylor, the great Muddy Waters, & his father. The youngest son of blues master Lonnie Brooks was born with the blues, for real! There was or is still no way getting around the fate that was appointed to him.

Failed attempts at being a sports star resulted in a broken foot, twice broken right ankle, broken finger. "Its was God telling me this is not what you're suppose to be doing, I had to figure out the hard way that I'm on this earth to make people smile, laugh, dance, and hopefully feel good through music. So never block your blessing or God will let you know how he feels about it", says Wayne.

With the release of his debut CD "Mystery" in 2004 an album of contemporary blues at it's best draws on blues, blues rock, soul, funk, & even a bit of hip hop. "Mystery" received multiple awards and accolades including a 4 star review in the All Music Guide.

In addition to releasing his debut he was featured on several TV news programs (including CNN's "Showbiz"), multiple radio programs (including Mancow Morning Show), performed the 2003 MLB All Star Game @ Chicago White Sox Cellular Field, & even performed for the First Lady of the United States Hilary Rodham Clinton at Chess Studios (Willie Dixon Blues Heaven Foundation) in Chicago with legends Bo Diddley, KoKo Taylor, & his dad as his special guest while Chuck Berry was in attendance. As the conclusion of the band's explosive set, Hillary pronounced, "My husband is going to be so jealous he missed this!".

He joined his father's band (Lonnie Brooks) as a roadie in 1988, and started playing guitar in the band in 1990. In 1997, he formed the Wayne Baker Brooks Band while continuing to work with his father's band. In 1998, in addition to appearing in the film Blues Brothers 2000, he also co-wrote Blues for Dummies with his father and Cub Koda, earning his first Real Blues magazine award (Keeping the Blues Alive) for the effort.
Kenny Neal
Kenny Neal
W.C. Handy Award-winner (Best Album 2005) Kenny Neal's zest for the blues began when the eloquent singer/multi-instrumentalist and dramatic actor was a three-year-old toddler. While growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the late 60s, precocious Kenny received his first musical instrument (a harp) as a gift from family friend and legendary musician and composer Slim Harpo. Not only is Kenny a devout disciple and aficionado of Harpo, he's also a fan of his own father, Raful Neal, an accomplished harpist who sported a successful career of his own and proved to be an archetype for his child prodigy. Kennys next career move called for him to leave the swamplands of the Delta for the fresh waters of Toronto in the late '70s. During the Canadian stint, he honed his performance craft while forming the sensational Neal Brothers Band and the Downchild Blues Band. With this acquired versatility, this musical phenomenon was now positioned to embark upon an excursion that would ultimately launch one of the finest blues recording careers of the past decade. In 1987 King Snake Records released Kenny's first solo album titled Bio on the Bayou and this work was a creative revelation for the fledgling recording artist. It created exposure and provided the foundation for a five record deal with a premier blues label in 1988, Alligator Records. Even at that time record deals of that length were rare and revealed deep respect and a desire for a lasting business relationship. The result of this marriage between artist and label was a successful series of releases that separated Kenny Neal from the general cacophony of productions and distinguished him as one of the premier blues artists of the day. Multi-faceted, Kenny Neal has shared the stage or worked with some of the greatest forces in modern concert performance: B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Aaron Neville, to name a few. The result has been a glowing respect for Kennys musicianship from these and countless other stars and super-stars. Some of Kennys additional releases are: Blues Fallin Down Like Rain for Telarc (1998), Homesick For The Road with Tab Benoit and Debbie Davies (1999), What You Got for Telarc (2000), One Step Closer (2001), and Kenny Neal: A Tribute To Slim Harpo for True Life Entertainment (2005). These projects underscore Kennys versatile style, delivery, and direction. His music targets everyone, from the general blues-loving public to the popular, rock, country, and R&B communities. Why, even hip-hop is feeling the influence of blues powerhouses like the incomparable Kenny Neal. From a gifted musical family, Kenny Neal has carved a niche that guarantees his place among blues royalty. His live show is a visual spectacle and a musical treasure for music-lovers of all ages, everywhere. The great masters of the blues have passed on a heritage whose flame will never be extinguished. And with the new Kenny Neal: A Tribute To Slim Harpo (released in August of 2005), get ready to experience the music, the legend, and the blues like youve never experienced them before!
Sista Monica
Sista Monica
Mo Muscle Records' recording artist - Sista Monica Parker releases her 9th CD "Soul Blues & Ballads" . It is a CD of her classic jewels of blues which includes: "A Chance To Breathe", "It's A Shame - It's A Mystery", "Never Say Never" and "I Don't Want To Hurt You Baby" just to name a few. Known as the "Lioness of the Blues" Monica is an award winning blues, soul and gospel singer, songwriter, speaker, & music producer. She is a captivating and dynamic performer. Today, Sista Monica is one of the most admired women on the international festival music scene.

This new release follows her gospel & inspirational CD "Sweet Inspirations" in September 2008. The CD is a 17-track compilation songs of hope, faith and changes for our challenging times. Songs selected and made her own are "You Gotta Move" by Mississippi Floyd McDowell, "This Joy" by Shirley Caesar", "Imagine" by John Lenon, "Sweet Inspiration" by the Sweet Inspirations, and her own "All Things Are Possible" and her funkyup-tempo "Live in The Spirit". The last track is a bonus; "To Dream the Impossible Dream" a tribute Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as he gives the baton to the first African American President - Barack Obama.

In 2005, she aptly titled her new release "Can't Keep a Good Woman Down". Sista Monica gives a renewed meaning to blues as healing music. Surviving cancer has given new power and freedom to her lyrics. Each track evokes the gift she feels to be able to write, sing, produce and perform music. "It's a comeback album," she says. "The focus and the theme is speaking to the truth — my truth. It's sorta autobiographical, current and in your face, offering hope and a eflection of my remarkable recovery experience." Radio DJ's say it's a favorite with originals such as the title track "Can't Keep A Good Woman Down", "Show Me What You're Working With", "Cooking with Grease", "Lip Service" and "It's Good To Be Alive!"

Sista Monica is a Soul Survivor!
Determined to sing and live out her purpose, Monica underwent more than eighteen months of aggressive chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and physical therapy. The result was a complete removal of the tumor, but nerves and muscles in her entire upper right side were damaged. Eventually, with determination, faith and patience, Monica regained mobility in her microphone-holding arm and hand. She was faced with fierce physical pain, the emotional confrontation of mortality, and a long road of recovery. It is restored! She drew upon her inner strength, discipline and spirituality - and of course, the music. And, like her music, Sista Monica Parker emerged from the struggle strong, happy and proud.

There's no keeping this good woman down! In 2005, Sista Monica received the "Artist of the Year Award" for all of Santa Cruz County, in California. The award recognizes her talents and community service. She was honored or her leadership for spearheading a Tsunami Relief Benefit Concert. She rallied Linda Tillery, local musicians and the entire community to help to raise twenty five thousand dollars for Oxfam, Save the Children, and Habitat for Humanity's International.

In 2004, Sista Monica compiled several soul and jazz standards remembering Ray Charles' "Georgia on My Mind" and Dinah Washington's "What a Difference a Day Makes? This healing and inspirational CD was titled "Love, Soul & Spirit Vol. 1." The CD was recorded and produced with the softer and sensitive vocals of Sista Monica while she was undergoing treatments. Her piano player - Danny "B" stuck by her side and encouraged her to continue to write. He visited her in the hospital and at home for piano and vocals sessions. She even sang in the hallways of UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center during treatments. She wrote the lyrics to "All Things Are Possible" and "Why Did You Leave My Child?" while Danny B., offered the musical accompaniment. These songs offered an urban contemporary flavor to her repertoire of music. Straight through the storm, she kept singing. She contends that it was the music and the grace of God that kept her live!

16,000 European fans
In 2001 , Monica released "Live in Europe", a CD filled with the huge sound and energy of the artist affectionately called 'The Blues Lioness.' Blues Revue magazine compared the record to the late great "Albert Collins & the Icebreakers - LIVE". Finally, Monica had fulfilled the long-standing request of her fans - she created a recording that captured her lively and powerful stage performances. In a preamble to Monica's current status as a leader among the next generation of great blues women, she once came to what the Associated Press called a "Rockin' Rescue." Monica stood in for her idol Etta James at the San Jose Americas Festival when Ms. James was hospitalized the day of the performance. Sista Monica first calmed the crowd. She finished the headlining set with two encores and standing ovations. By the year 2000, "The Blues Lioness" had built such a reputation that she was invited to perform for President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and thousands of delegates at the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

Two years later in 2002, Sista Monica received the "Artist of the Year Award" at the prestigious 17th Annual Monterey Bay Blues Festival. She joins the ranks of the legendary Buddy Guy, BB King and Etta James. The career momentum took her back to Holland; she completed a 17-concert tour of The Netherlands in November of that same year. Upon returning to the United States, Monica discovered a lump under her right arm. It was diagnosed as a rare and severe form of cancer - Synovial Sarcoma. She was told that without treatment, she had 3 months to live. That was six years ago! She is stronger than ever!

Later in 2001, Monica released her first traditional gospel CD, "Gimmie That Old Time Religion." This CD with songs include: "Walk Around Heaven All Day," "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands," "Didn't It Rain," "Amazing Grace" and "Bye & Bye" captured the enduring qualities of good old time, hand-clapping gospel music. It is filled with congregational singing and music. For Monica, the recording evokes songs she heard as a little girl. Listening to LPs on the stereo while her mother braided her hair before Sunday school. The CD drew inspiration from Mahalia Jackson, The Staples Singers, Evangelist Shirley Caesar, Rev. James Cleveland, Albertina Walker, and many gospel choirs in the Midwest growing up.

In 2000, Monica released a third CD "People Love the Blues" to critical acclaim and talk of Grammy nods. She recruited guest guitarists included Jimmy Thackery, Larry McCray and Dan Caron from the Charles Brown Band. Accolades and industry recognition for Sista Monica came as a whirlwind.

Tom Hyslop of Blues Revue magazine wrote "She's star material all the way…This is a near-perfect record… (Her) huge voice and incredible chops give her one of the best instruments around."

Bill Milkowski of Jazz Times magazine wrote "An explosive singer on the California blues scene, she smokes all the competition (with the possible exception of Koko Taylor) on People Love the Blues"

Self Titled Signature CD
In 1997, Monica co-produced with Daniel Beconcini her piano player and musical director, the second and self-titled CD "SISTA MONICA". Comparisons to Etta James, Mavis Staples, James Brown, Albert Collins, and Koko Taylor followed from her compelling stage presence and powerful, gospel-influenced original blues. "What Difference Does It Make?" "The Sista Don't Play," "I Been Bamboozled," and "Stop Talking 'Bout Me Stalking You" are all hits from this project. She recruited veteran trombone player - Fred Wesley from the James Brown band for horn arrangements and he delivered.

Debut CD
In 1995, Sista Monica released her debut CD, "Get Out Of My Way!" Originally intended as a sales tool "demo" for corporate gigs, Monica changed her vision once in the studio. Realizing the full potential of her band-and weighing the costs of studio rental and production - she set a new goal. She announced to her musicians "We are going around the world on this CD." Sure enough, the lead single "Windy City Burner," written by guitarist Vasti Jackson and Monica climbed the public radio, AAA, and commercial radio charts. Monica's international recording and touring career took off. She started out first in The Netherlands - Utrecht, Holland, Mexico, and Canada sharing stages with Luther Allison, Lil Milton and Keb Mo.

Gary - Chicago - Detroit Blues & Gospel Roots
Sista Monica was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. At the age of 7, she began putting down her gospel roots, singing and touring with her Great Band Missionary Baptist church gospel choir. This early exposure to gospel music stuck with her. But it wasn't until later that Monica turned this early love of music into her life's calling - and most recently - her redeemer. At the age of 12, Monica started participating in the choir's mini-tours between Gary, Chicago and Detroit.

She soaked up the rich melodies of soul, rhythm & blues and gospel music. Monica was heavily influenced by Rev. Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Buddy Guy, Shirley Caesar, Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers, Lil Milton, James Brown and Sam Cooke. After some college, she enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, making her way to the rank of Sergeant (E-5) in three years. Returning to civilian life, she owned and operated her own engineering and IT executive search firm in Chicago, Illinois. In 1987, she relocated to the hi-tech hotspot of Northern California's Silicon Valley. Monica became a full time as a recruiting consultant for clients including Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems, Excite, Yahoo, Microsoft and Kaiser Permanente Information Technology-KPIT.

In The Beginning
In 1992, after seeing her former neighbor Stanley Burrell (a.k.a. M.C. Hammer), perform on the Arsenio Hall Show, Monica decided to turn her singing talent into more than just performing in her automobile and bathroom. Already accustomed to hard work and discipline, she set up her garage to make a living performing the music inside her. Almost immediately, she was sharing the Monterey Bay Blues Festival stages with Etta James, Gladys Knight, The Neville Brothers, Koko Taylor, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and other greats from the world of blues and R&B.

Award Winner
Monica is a the winner of the 2007 Santa Cruz County's Artist of the Year Award, the 2002 Monterey Bay Blues Festival - "Artist of the Year" Award; the 2003 Gail Rich Award; the 2004 San Jose Mercury News' Most Creative Women in Silicon Valley Award; and the 1999 BAMMIES - Bay Area Music Awards. She has been nominated two times as the United Kingdom's Best Blues Female Artist. In 1998, 2007 and 2008, she was nominated as Best Contemporary and Blues/Soul Female Artist by the Blues Foundation (formerly known as the W.C Handy Awards, Memphis, Tennessee).

In addition to touring and performing, Sista Monica started writing her autobiography. The book is about a young girl who sang in the church choir, became a woman Marine, a high tech recruiter, later discovers her voice and becomes an international festival favorite and headliner. Finally, she is diagnosed with a terminal illness and eventually is healed and survives cancer. She learns the truth about human dynamics, the healing process, about transformation and the will to thrive beyond prognosis.

Because of her distinct voice and compelling story, she is invited to sing and perform public speaking engagements worldwide. Sista Monica performs with more conviction, passion, energy and power. She has expanded her musical career to include her veteran blues band, and the development of a 50 voice gospel workshop choir. She performs festivals, weddings, corporate events, in nursing homes, hospitals, and diverse spiritual communities. The Sista is a show stopper! Monica sings and leads her band towards the type of events that allow her to impact audiences. She makes a favorable difference and lifts the spirit with her blues, soul and gospel music.
Lady Bianca
Lady Bianca
Lady Bianca is one of the most creative and talented Women in the Blues field today. Her Charismatic style and humor place her amongst the top Female Blues performers of her generation.

Her Talent is magnified as a Soul Singer and Pianist. Lady Bianca skills as a song writer and arranger are superb. Lady Bianca's style makes her one of the rare handful of original Female Blues Artist of the day.

Her style is a mixture of Blues, Boogie, Soul, Latin, Gospel and Comedy.

She has studied the vocal masters of Blues, Jazz, and Soul, Bobby Blue Bland, Etta James, KoKo Taylor. Little Willie John, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith.

Lady Bianca listened and studied the Piano Styles of Ray Charles, Meade Lux Lewis, Charles Brown, Mable Scott, and Amos Milburn.

Lady Bianca started her career as a background singer in the Rock field with Artist as Frank Zappa, Sly Stone, and Van Morrison

She recently appeared with Van Morrison at the Prince Albert Hall in London 2009. She has recorded numerous albums with Artist Taj Mahal, Lee Oskar, James Ingram, and Lamont Dozier to name a few.

Midway her career Lady Bianca left the Rock world to pursue her love of Blues, Soul, and Gospel and stepped out as a solo Artist. She has formed
a thriving enterprise which consist of her own record label Magic-O Records, Production company, and publishing company with her Partner Stanley Lippitt.

Lady Bianca tours throughout the US with her four piece band. Lady Bianca has released six CD's. Three of them have been nominated for Grammies in the contemporary Blues Field.
Syreeta Neal
Syreeta Neal
Spirit, soul and truth are not only Syreeta Neal's foundation, they are also the essence of her art, her music. Born in Toronto to an Italian mother and an African-American father, the fourth generation musician was exposed to music and the art of performance long before she was able to articulate her passion for it.

She began studying jazz and classical music at the age of 11 but her most influential "classrooms" were those of her musical family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where her father, grandfather and many aunts and uncles are all accomplished blues musicians.

Syreeta grew up hearing stories of Blues legends like Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and Big Mama Thornton taking her father on the road when he was just a young teenager. And, as is the tradition in the Neal family, in October of 2000 Syreeta traveled overseas to Paris to open for her father, Kenny Neal and his Blues Band. During this time Syreeta also began carving out a place for herself in the live music scene in Toronto and in the last two years she has had the opportunity to perform in Blues and Jazz festivals throughout the U.S.

These experiences were the catalyst for Syreeta to move on to composing and performing her own original material while simultaneously honing her skills on electric and acoustic guitar. This lead to performing acoustically on a weekly basis at local restaurant/lounge Spaha, a residency which continued for a year and a half, as well as playing weekly at a Yorkville blues club (Blues on Bellair), exclusively showcasing her original work with a full band.

Syreeta recently completed her independent debut album, entitled Stand Tall. Innovative and unique, Stand Tall is an eclectic fusion of organic soul, blues and rock & roll; Syreeta's writing has best been described as powerful, deep and honest.

Ever since Syreeta Neal was a young girl she has been called an old soul, startling people with the strength and maturity of her voice. Even through all her formal training she has never lost the rare, soul stirring sound that sets her apart from so many of her peers. She now wears these attributes proudly and she is now ready to be heard.
Tia Carroll
Tia Carroll
Tia's constantly being compared to legendary female singers Tina Turner, Koko Taylor and Aretha. Sure her power and sassy style of story telling may be similar, but TIA CARROLL has her own unique star power that's evident in her new self-titled album. Don't pass on America's hot new sweet heart Tia Carroll. Name drops not required when the sound is this hot. Tia has toured with legendary blues icons Jimmy McCracklin & Sugar Pie DeSanto to Canada, France and Italy where she left a great impression on the audiences there. Tia Carroll was featured during the Jazzkarr featival in Tallinn Estonia. Awarded West Coast Female Blues vocalist of the year 2007 and recipient of the Jus Blues Music Foundation’s Traditional Blues Woman Of The Year 2008 and Band Leader of the Year in 2009.
Her 2009 Italian tours earned great reviews and her performance in Switzerland at the Lucerne Blues Festival is highly anticipated. Tia Carroll is carving a name for herself on the blues wall of fame.
King Tuffnstuff
King Tuffnstuff
KB aka Kali Boyce is a Two-Spirit musician whose adventures have brought hir from teenage punk band appearances at CBGBs in NY, to B-grade horror movies in LA, and on to solo Drag King blues performance as TuffNStuff in San Francisco. TuffNStuff composes and performs music that pays homage to African-American and Indigenous legacies of resistance through art. S/he conjures the spirit of cross-dressing Blues performers – reflecting the history, creativity, and aesthetics of the ancestors. TuffNStuff (aka KB Boyce) is the Co-Founder and Director of Queer Rebels, a Queer People of Color arts company that connects generations – and honors our queer legacies with visionary art for the future.
Shane Dwight
Shane Dwight
Northern California native, now Nashville-based, Shane Dwight is a young American Roots Music artist for the 21st century – a killer blues player who can rock the house all night long with the best of them, and an introspective singer-songwriter whose voice rings true at alt-country, Americana, R&B, and flat-out Rock N Roll. Shane's talent is so fierce and his inspiration so strong that his music draws in equal measure from classic blues and urban R&B, from alt-country and modern rock without compromising his integrity or missing a beat.
Daniel Castro
Daniel Castro
Daniel Castro is a force on guitar. With his pure passionate sound reminiscent of B.B. King, Albert King, and Albert Collins, he is on the forefront of the Bay Area Blues Scene.

Arriving in the Bay Area only a short time ago with his trademark Fender Telecaster and backed by one of the hottest bands around, he has already gained quite a reputation as a Bluesman.

Born in 1954, Daniel started playing guitar at the age of 12, when his older sister gave him a $13 guitar and a stack of B.B. King albums. She taught him his first three chords and he's had the Blues Bug ever since.

His real Blues education came at the age of 15 when he began playing the Blues Scene in South Central L.A. There he was noticed by "Loud Mouth" Delmar Evans, who had been working with the Johnny Otis Show. Daniel cut his teeth backing up many of the great artists from the Johnny Otis Show, including Pee Wee Crayton, Little Ester Phillips, and Delmar Evans himself. They all took Daniel under their wings and he toured with many of them across the U.S. From there, Daniel began fronting his own Band, playing clubs from San Diego to L.A., always playing from his heart, and trying to live up to the integrity of the musicians who taught him how to play the Blues.

In 1989, Daniel began commuting to the Bay Area, playing a series of monthly venues. In 1995, he made the move permanently, putting together a band that literally burns up the stage. The Daniel Castro Band provides an incredible musical spirit and is an awesome vehicle for Daniel's guitar playing, leaving audiences in a cold sweat of amazement.

The Band is just as comfortable playing tough, raw Chicago Blues as they are playing a hard-driving-funky-rockin'-down-home-boogie. Continuously playing to a captivated audience and consistently bringing the house down, Daniel keeps his band soaring while always remaining true to his Blues roots. His style of Blues has taken him through tours of Japan and the U.S., including Chicago, New York, New Orleans, St. Louis, and Austin. He has shared the stage with John Mayall, Joe Lewis Walker, Walter "Wolfman" Washington, The Staple Singers, CJ Chenier, Long John Hunter, Tab Benoit, and many other great artists.

With the Daniel Castro Band you are guaranteed great Blues. The kind that gives you the uncontrollable urge to dance, as well as heart wrenching songs to move your soul.

Daniel Castro is a legend in the making.
Kyle Rowland
Kyle Rowland
Kyle Edward Rowland was born on June 8, 1993 in Sacramento, California. With a stretch of the imagination, one could say that Kyle has been playing the harmonica since birth. When he was just a baby, his father put a harmonica in his crib. For his first couple of years, Kyle used his harmonica as a pacifier/teething ring. Kyle’s first memories of playing the harmonica are when he would sit along side his father and listen to him play the harmonica for fun. One day when Kyle was 10 years old, his father heard harmonica music coming from the front yard. He went outside and was amazed to find Kyle playing the Blues. In May of 2004, at the age of 10, Kyle was sitting in front of a stage during the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee listening to “Mick Martin and The Blues Rockers”. Kyle quietly began to play along on his harmonica and when Mick heard Kyle playing he asked him to join the band on stage. This was the beginning of Kyle’s venture with the Blues. Shortly after the festival Kyle began taking lessons from Mick Martin. Kyle feels privileged to be learning from Mick who is known as one of the best blues harmonica players in Northern California.

Since that day in 2004, Kyle has played with some of the Blues greats such as James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Norton Buffalo, Roy Rogers, Tommy Castro, Jerry Martini (founding member of Sly & The Family Stone, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee), John Juke Logan, Frankie Lee, Barry (The Fish) Melton from Country Joe and the Fish, Nick Gravenites from Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Frank Hannon from Tesla, Angela Strehli, Zakiya Hooker, John Mayall, Mark Hummel, Rick Estrin, Kenny Neal, James Harmon, Charlie Musselwhite, John Nemeth and Rusty Zinn and others. Kyle has performed at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee since 2004, at the California State Fair since 2005, and at various other festivals in California and Nevada, including the popular Monterey Blues festival. Kyle can be found playing with the 'The Kyle Rowland Band' and sitting in with other bands in the area, such as: Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers, Gary Mendoza, Mere Mortals, Darrell Mansfield and others. Kyle's band is comprised of experienced adults with more than 30 years of musical experience each. Kyle released his first CD in Oct 2009 titled, 'Kyle Rowland, Messin with the Kid, a tribute to my blues heroes'. He has also received 'the blues harmonica player of the year, and blues new artist of the year' in 2009 from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame Award show. Kyle’s joy of performing and love of the audience's response are visible in his showmanship. He is a natural, and thoroughly enjoys playing the harmonica.
Greg Nagy
Greg Nagy
GREG NAGY, formerly with the Root Doctor Band, took his rightful place among today’s leading American roots musicians with the 2009 release of his first feature album, Walk That Fine Thin Line. His songwriting, singing, and guitar playing were at high levels, the ten tracks evidencing a personalized blues music refreshingly infused with elements of soul, r&b, rock, and gospel. Greg’s album earned him a prestigious Best New Artist debut nomination from the Blues Foundation in Memphis, as well as favorable reviews from hard-to-please critics at top media outlets like All About jazz, Blues Revue, DownBeat, and Elmore. Blues/roots DJs throughout North America, Europe, and Australia responded enthusiastically to Greg’s music, with Walk That Fine Line added to enough playlists to appear on the Living Blues radio chart. At XM satellite radio, the album peaked at number three, no small achievement. Blues societies all over joined notables like Living Blues 2009 "Producer of the Year" Jeff Konkel and writer-Producer Dick Shurman (who contributed the liner notes) in praising Greg’s stellar release on the Big O label (www.big-o-records.com).

Born in 1963, in Flint, Michigan, the “Auto City” birthplace of once-mighty General Motors, young guitarist Greg was fortunate to grow up with friends whose older siblings encouraged them to explore soul, rock, funk, jazz, and the Motown Sound originating down Interstate 75 in Detroit. The emotional blues of Muddy Waters and Albert King made a particularly strong mark on the Kearsley High School student who went on to college and military service before, in the early-1990s, working regularly seven nights a week in blues and funk bands. There probably hasn’t been a better blues or soul band than Root Doctor in the Wolverine State, and Greg happily signed on with that long-established group in 2004. He prompted singer Freddie Cunningham and the other three guys to record their debut album, the aptly titled Been a Long Time Coming. Two more discs, Change Our Ways (2007) and Live At The Cadillac Club (2008), followed. All three were critically acclaimed, played frequently on blues radio, and turned out to be favorites of award-show nominating committees. Word about the superior talents of the Root Doctor group spread far beyond the Midwest. Not too long after Cadillac Club appeared and the band performed at the highly regarded Pocono Blues Festival, Greg left the band on good terms for a solo career. Walk That Fine Thin Line marks its auspicious beginning.
~Frank John Hadley
Aki Kumar Band
Aki Kumar Band
Front man and harp player for the San Francisco Bay Area band Tip of the Top, Akarsha Aki Kumar is an ardent student of the blues and a master of the amplified Chicago blues sound.

Kumar derives his style mainly from American harp masters Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Walter Horton and George Smith, among others. His own playing reflects elements of these players, blended in with a signature sound of his own.

He has shared the stage with some of the finest contemporary harmonica players alive: Rod Piazza, Lazy Lester, Gary Smith, Rick Estrin, Mark Hummel, Charlie Musselwhite and Lee Oskar. Aki Kumar’s latest venture, Tip of the Top, is a collaboration with Bay Area blues veterans and has been the culmination of his journey through American roots music. The group performs vintage blues with subtle flair and a respect for the deep history of the genre. Tip of the Top can be seen performing regularly at various venues and festivals in and around the San Francisco Bay Area.

Aki Kumar is a Seydel endorsed artist and plays Seydel 1847 Classic harmonicas at his shows. He is also a featured contributor on David Barrett's Bluesharmonica.com.
Venue Information:
Club Fox
2209 Broadway Street
Redwood City, CA, 94063