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- Fri, Mar 7 10:00pm (Tad Robinson) Check Availability $11.00
- Sat, Mar 8 10:00pm (Sista Monica) Check Availability $12.00
- Tue, Mar 11 9:30pm (Ron Thompson & The Resistors) Check Availability $7.50
- Wed, Mar 12 9:30pm (HowellDevine) Check Availability $7.50
- Thu, Mar 13 9:30pm (Smoking Joe Kubek & Bnois King) Check Availability $10.00
- Fri, Mar 14 10:00pm (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers) Sold Out
- Sat, Mar 15 10:00pm (Kara Grainger) Check Availability $12.00
- Tue, Mar 18 9:30pm (John Garcia Band) Check Availability $7.50
- Wed, Mar 19 9:30pm (Tommy Odetto Group) Check Availability $7.50
- Thu, Mar 20 9:30pm (Bill Magee) Check Availability $10.00
- Fri, Mar 21 10:00pm (Chris Cain) Check Availability $10.00
- Sat, Mar 22 10:00pm (Delta Wires) Check Availability $11.00
- Tue, Mar 25 9:30pm (Two Tone Steiny) Check Availability $7.50
- Wed, Mar 26 9:30pm (Damon Fowler) Check Availability $7.50
- Thu, Mar 27 9:30pm (Bobby Radcliff) Check Availability $7.50
- Fri, Mar 28 10:00pm (Kim Nalley with Houston Person) Sold Out
- Sat, Mar 29 10:00pm (Earl Thomas & The Blues Ambassadors) Check Availability $12.00
- Tue, Apr 1 9:30pm( Rick Hammond) Check Availability $7.50
- Wed, Apr 2 9:30pm(Eddie Neon) Check Availability $7.50
- Thu, Apr 3 9:30pm (Rick Estrin & the Nightcats) Check Availability $10.00
- Fri, Apr 4 10:00pm (Big Daddy Cade) Check Availability $10.00
- Sat, Apr 5 10:00pm (Big Daddy Cade) Check Availability $10.00
- Sun, Apr 6 9:30pm (Hunter & The Dirty Jacks) Check Availability $7.50
- Tue, Apr 8 9:30pm (The Ray Charles Project) Check Availability $10.00
- Wed, Apr 9 9:30pm (Cathy Lemons CD Release Show) Check Availability $7.50
- Thu, Apr 10 10:00pm (Sonny Rhodes) Check Availability $10.00
- Fri, Apr 11 10:00pm (Janiva Magness) Check Availability $11.00
- Sat, Apr 12 9:30pm (Joe Louis Walker) Check Availability $12.00
- Tue, Apr 15 9:30pm (Craig Horton) Check Availability $7.50
- Wed, Apr 16 9:30pm (Guitar Shorty) Check Availability $11.00
- Thu, Apr 17 9:30pm (Jules Leyhe) Check Availability $7.50
- Fri, Apr 18 10:00pm (Shane Dwight) Check Availability $11.00
- Sat, Apr 19 10:00pm (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers) Check Availability $10.00
- Tue, Apr 22 9:30pm (Alvon) Check Availability $7.50
- Fri, Apr 25 10:00pm (Peach) Check Availability $10.00
- Sat, Apr 26 10:00pm (Earl Thomas & TheRhumboogies) Check Availability $12.00
- Tue, Apr 29 9:30pm (Tia Carroll) Check Availability $7.50
- Fri, May 2 10:00pm (Mr. Sipp) Check Availability $11.00
- Sat, May 3 10:00pm (Mr. Sipp) Check Availability $11.00
- Thu, May 8 9:30pm (Chris Cain) Check Availability $10.00
- Fri, May 9 10:00pm (Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes) Check Availability $10.00
- Sat, May 10 10:00pm (Paula Harris) Check Availability $11.00
- Thu, May 15 9:30pm (SRV Tribute w/Alan Iglesias & Crossfire) Check Availability $10.00
- Fri, May 16 10:00pm (SRV Tribute w/Alan Iglesias & Crossfire) Check Availability $11.00
- Sat, May 17 10:00pm (Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers) Check Availability $10.00
- Thu, May 22 9:30pm (Rae Gordon Band) Check Availability $7.50
- Fri, May 23 10:00pm (The Jarkeus Singleton Band) Check Availability $10.00
- Sat, May 24 10:00pm (The Jarkeus Singleton Band) Check Availability $10.00
- Fri, May 30 10:00pm (James Harman) Check Availability $11.00
- Sat, May 31 10:00pm (Earl Thomas) Check Availability $12.00
Reviews & Ratings
March 4, 2014: Fat Tuesday Band
The FTB presents the great funky vibe of New Orleans’ best music from groups like The Meters, The Neville Brothers, Fats Domino, Rebirth Brass Band, Satchmo and Professor Longhair. The Fat Tuesday Band also features a series of exciting guest musicians, including New Orleans piano man Randy Craig and soul singer Edna Love, among others.
March 5, 2014: Jules Leyhe
At 22 years of age, Jules Leyhe already has nearly a decade of guitar-playing experience under his belt, including a degree in Guitar Performance from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. Jules picked up his first guitar when he was just 13 years old, inspired by the movie School of Rock which focuses on a group of elementary school kids who start their own rock band. Jules has been in roughly half a dozen bands over the past nine years, with a preference for those with a blues or rock edge.
March 6-7, 2014: Tad Robinson
He’s a veteran of countless national and international tours, including many of the most important international blues festivals. With harmonica chops schooled by Big and Little Walter, Sonny Boy I and II, Junior Wells, James Cotton, and vocals that compare to Otis Redding, Syl Johnson, Al Green and Teddy Pendergrass, Tad ranks as one of the most unique and talented members of the international blues and soul communities.
March 8, 2014: Sista Monica
Sista Monica Parker, "The Blues Lioness," is an award-winning singer-songwriter who started her professional career in Santa Cruz in 1992. Since then, she has travelled and toured worldwide and has been recognized for her captivating stage presence and rich contralto vocal power. Born in Gary, Indiana, Monica developed her vocal chops between Chicago and Detroit, singing in church choirs and listening to singers on the city streets. Since those days she has stormed through the music scene, traveling and performing major festivals and concert venues in countries such as Italy, France, Holland, Greece, Canada, Norway, Mexico and Spain.
March 11, 2014: Ron Thompson & The Resistors
Ron Thompson is a legendary rhythm and blues guitarist and master keyboardist whose career began in the rough and tumble world of East San Francisco Bay nightclubs and bars in the early ‘70s. During many years of touring coast to coast with John Lee Hooker, Hooker was quoted as saying, "Ron Thompson, he's my main man!"
March 13, 2014: Smoking Joe Kubek & Bnois King
Joe Kubek was raised in Irving, Texas, and while still a teenager, was playing guitar in the band of the original Texas Cannonball, Freddie King. Kubek went on to forge his aggressive guitar style fronting his own band and backing many legendary blues artists throughout the '70s and '80s, Bnois King is a native of Monroe, Louisiana. His musical influences come from a generation earlier than Kubek's, with the smoother sounds of T-Bone Walker and B.B. King in evidence, along with some of the soulful and jazzier sounds of the 1950s and '60s. He was fronting his own band in the '80s when he first met Kubek backstage at someone else's gig.
March 14, 2014: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
The San Francisco-based Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers are a notable exception to the retro-swing norm. The saucy vocalist and her eight-piece crew actually know the difference between jump music and bland R&B in corny suits. They have been a working unit since 1989 and sound as tight as the legendary musicians they choose to emulate.
March 18, 2014: John Garcia Band
As a professional nsinger and guitarist for the last 35 years, John has performed with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Johny Winters, Paul Simon and Huey Lewis. Bo Diddley once stated John as "one hell of an entertainer." As a blues guitarist, there are few his equal. Instrumental virtuosity coupled with a unique vocal style are his trademarks. John has been teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area for 27 years now. His credentials include both private instruction and group instruction for places such as Gavilan College, South Valley Music Conservatory, Morgan Hill Adult Community School, and breakout sessions at Harmonica Masterclass Workshops all around the world.
March 19, 2014: Tommy Odetto Group
Odetto was a semi-finalist in the King of the Blues contest, making it to the top 25 out of 4,000 competitors in the country. Although very busy with his band Soul Pie, Odetto is often known to sit in with other musicians. Soul Pie is gaining a wide following in the Bay Area and beyond with its distinct funk/rock/blues sound, and has recently released their first album.
March 20, 2014: Bill Magee
Voted the Best Blues Band in San Diego by the San Diego Reader, Bill Magee is one of the most sought after musicians in the city. He has also been featured in numerous newspaper, radio and television interviews.
March 21, 2014: Chris Cain
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues-soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.
March 22, 2014: The Delta Wires
The Delta Wires is a big, high-energy harmonica-and-horns blues band from the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. They were finalists in the Blues Foundation's 2008 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee, and were voted "Best Band" Oakland/East Bay in Oakland Magazine's annual readers' poll, and also by the East Bay Express. They were inducted into the California Blues Hall of Fame in December, 2012.
March 25, 2014: Two Tone Steiny
"Two-Tone Steiny & The Cadillacs" is a high energy West Coast Blues Band performing original music. The band's most recent CD "Welcome To The Club - Featuring Kid Andersen" was voted "Best Self-Produced Blues CD" of 2010. As well, they won the Sacramento IBC Competition in 2010 and went on to Memphis to compete with bands from all over the world. Most recently, the band was nominated for a "Sammie Award" here in Sacramento. This sharp, well-rehearsed band makes it an "event" both musically and visually every time they perform their mix of gritty Chicago style harmonica driven blues and West Coast Swing.
March 26, 2014: Damon Fowler
With his hybrid of roots rock, blues and sacred steel, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In last year's "Best of Tampa" poll, Creative Loafing magazine named him "Best Guitarist... And Slide Guitarist... and Lap Steel Player... And Dobro Player."
March 27, 2014: Bobby Radcliff
When Bobby Radcliff’s first album on the revered Black Top label hit record stores all over the world, critics declared him the next in a long line of guitar heroes. Jazz lovers awarded him a coveted five-star review in Downbeat, New York rockers took him to heart for his edgy energy, and blues fans everywhere knew their favorite music was alive and well.
March 28, 2014: Kim Nalley with Houston Person
In looks, Kim Nalley exudes the aura of a diva from a bygone era. Vocally, she has pipes to burn, packing a 3 1/2-octave range that can go from operatic to gritty blues on a dime, projection that can whisper a ballad yet is capable of filling a room with no microphone, and the ability to scat blistering solos without ever losing the crowd's interest or the intense swing. She has been compared to all the greats, but in the end, it's Kim Nalley and no one else -- an unforced instrument with clarity and jazzy musicality, effortlessly delivered, and a sense of humor to boot.
March 29, 2014: Earl Thomas & The Blues Ambassadors
The Blues Ambassadors are fast becoming a national sensation. People are talking about this slick Bay Area blues band, their dynamic stage show, and interesting cultural mix of African American, Middle Eastern, European, and Latino musicians. Their "last Saturday of the month" residency is the hot ticket in San Francisco, drawing regular SRO crowds of dedicated fans.
April 3, 2014: Rick Estrin & the Nightcats
Rick Estrin & the Nightcats (formerly known as Little Charlie & the Nightcats) are an American four-piece electric blues/ jazz combo, currently comprised of guitarist Kid Anderson, harmonicist/lead vocalist Rick Estrin, bassist Lorenzo Farrell and drummer J. Hansen.
April 4-5, 2014: Big Daddy Cade -- B.B. King Tribute
Big Daddy Billy Cade pays tribute to legendary blues guitarist and singer B.B. King.
April 6, 2014: Hunter & the Dirty Jacks
Hunter & the Dirty Jacks comprise a virtual all-star cast of Los Angeles and Orange County-area musicians that have been playing locally and regionally for over ten years. Fronted by lead singer and multi-instrumentalist Hunter Ackerman, and anchored by Jon Siembieda and Carmelo Bonaventura on guitar, Aaron Barnes on bass, and Brian Lara on drums, the Dirty Jacks put forth an extremely high-energy, emotionally compelling performance coupled with a rare combination of soulful originals and tasty covers. The sound is rock and roll with a bluesy core, ala the Black Keys, Rolling Stones, Black Crowes and Jet. The Dirty Jacks debuted at House of Blues Sunset Strip in September 2012 to a resounding success and haven’t looked back since.
April 9, 2014: Cathy Lemons CD Release Show
Cathy Lemons celebrates the release of her new album Black Crow with guests Kid Andersen and Volker Strifler. Hailing from Dallas, TX, Lemons has worked with Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, Tommy Castro, Ron Thompson and more modern blues greats. Her solo music blends blues and singer-songriter styles into a compelling whole.
April 10, 2014: Jules Leyhe
At 22 years of age, Jules Leyhe already has nearly a decade of guitar-playing experience under his belt, including a degree in Guitar Performance from the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. A Bay Area native, Jules picked up his first guitar when he was just 13, inspired by the movie, School of Rock, which focuses on a group of elementary school kids who start their own rock band. Jules has been in roughly half a dozen bands over the past nine years, with a preference for those with a blues or rock edge.
April 10, 2014: Sonny Rhodes
Sonny Rhodes is an American blues singer and lap steel guitar player who's recorded over 200 songs. "I'm what you call a self-proclaimed Disciple of the Blues!" said Rhodes about his years playing and singing for fans of blues around the world. He has been nominated fifteen times for the Blues Music Awards, and won the Instrumentalist-Other category in 2011.
April 11, 2014: Paula Harris
Paula Harris delivers a mix of impudent, humorous, and naughty lyrical content in a fusion of blues, funk and jazz. Her band, the “Beasts of Blues” and her Horn section “Big Ass Brass” are world-class and they put on a show that is as impressive as their sound. They won the 2012 Battle of the Bands for the Golden Gate Blues Society and the San Francisco Bay Area, the 2012 Monterey Blues Festival’s Battle of the Bands, and finished in the top three worldwide in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge ( after receiving standing ovations at all stages of the competition!).
April 12, 2014: Joe Louis Walker
San Francisco’s Fillmore District of the 1960s is known worldwide as the birthplace of psychedelic rock. But it was also a hotbed of modern electric blues, and it was the place where one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers, Joe Louis Walker, was born, raised and schooled. The award-winning guitar slinger, deeply soulful vocalist and gifted songwriter has been releasing groundbreaking music since 1986, but his career goes all the way back to the mid-1960s. As a 16-year-old, he was the house guitarist at San Francisco’s famed musical playground, The Matrix, where he played with or opened shows for everyone from Lightnin’ Hopkins (who once threw him off the stage) to Jimi Hendrix to Thelonious Monk. These ear-opening surroundings explain the ease with which Walker blends blues, rock, gospel, jazz and country.
April 19, 2014: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers
Lavay Smith & her all-star 7-piece little big band pay tribute to the swingin’ Kansas City tradition, featuring the music of Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, Joe Williams, Helen Humes, Lester Young, Jay McShann, Walter Brown, Jimmy Witherspoon, Myra Taylor & Big Joe Turner! Lavay Smith is internationally recognized as the qeen of classic jazz & blues in the authentic style of the 1940's and 1950's. Lavay's last album received a prestigious 4 & 1/2 Star review in Downbeat magazine.
April 22, 2014: Alvon
Alvon Johnson is the award-winning 2005 Guitar Player of the Year, the former vocalist with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group The Coasters and the regional winner of the Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" national contest in 2006 and 2007. His latest CD Guitars and Cars was voted one of the Top Ten by the prestigious blues magazine Real Blues.
April 25, 2014: Peach
Southern California-based musician Peach is at the forefront of female fronted blues acts performing both modern and old-time blues, with an All-Star band of musicians featuring keyboardist Ken Stange (Joe Cocker); bassist Del Atkins (James Ingram); and guitarist BR Millon (producer Richard Perry). Peach has recorded with Taj Mahal, Marty Grebb (The Buckinghams), Reggie McBride (Elton John), Joey Delgado (Delgado Brothers), Garth Hudson (The Band) and Paul Barrere (LIttle Feat). She has co-written with Keb’ ‘Mo’ and Marty Grebb but diversifies with an occasional ‘Dylanesque’ treat.
April 26, 2014: Earl Thomas
One of west coast's premier bands from the late 1980s The "World Famous" Rhumboogies brings to Biscuits & Blues a show featuring original members Eric Lieberman (guitar), Earl Thomas (lead vocals), Brad Karow (drums), Scott Corey (guitar), Tom Mahon (piano), Jonny Viau (saxophone), and Joey Jadjusky (bass).
April 29, 2014: Tia Carroll
Over the last ten years, Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the Bay Area and has become one of the most sought-after female singers on the West Coast. Carroll has headlined venues and festivals all over the world with her band Hard Work and has shared stages with legends Ray Charles, Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie DeSanto. She’s earned a reputation for her sizzling stage show, and always generates a buzz whenever she brings her band to town.
April 30, 2014: Cee Cee James
Take a lifetime of heartache and loss starting at birth and gift it with a lyric writing style that is filled with an honesty so vulnerable that it catches the most hardened heart off guard, knocking that back with a shot of WHISKEY DRENCHED VOCALS and a sweat dripping, take no prisoners performance, and you have one hell of a Blues Woman. Dubbed the "Vocal Volcano" by Robert Horn from the Washington Blues Society, Cee Cee has been singing and writing songs for 20 years gathering up stellar reviews and awards from all three CD's she has released.
May 2-3, 2014: Mr. Sipp
Castro Coleman, aka Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child," began playing the guitar at the young age of 6 and has since become a vocalist, performer, songwriter, musician, composer and producer. He has over 125 credits to his name and has played on over 50 national recordings including several Grammy-nominated projects.
May 10, 2014: Paula Harris
Paula Harris delivers a mix of impudent, humorous, and naughty lyrical content in a fusion of blues, funk and jazz. Her band, the “Beasts of Blues” and her Horn section “Big Ass Brass” are world-class and they put on a show that is as impressive as their sound. They won the 2012 Battle of the Bands for the Golden Gate Blues Society and the San Francisco Bay Area, the 2012 Monterey Blues Festival’s Battle of the Bands, and finished in the top three worldwide in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge ( after receiving standing ovations at all stages of the competition).
May 15-16, 2014: SRV Tribute w/Alan Iglesias & Crossfire
Alan Iglesias has been playing guitar professionally since 1969 when he first started playing dances at his local VFW. After high school, Iglesias toured the New England area extensively with local blues-based rock bands, garnering a loyal regional following. Feeling a strong affinity for Stevie’s music and stage show, he felt that endeavoring to reproduce a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert as close as he possibly could just seemed to be the right thing to do. He considers it a privilege to have the opportunity to play such soulful music in the style of someone who played so much from his heart, and would love to think that in some small way, he and the band are helping to keep the legacy of Stevie and his music alive.
May 23-24, 2014: The Jarkeus Singleton Band
Jackson, Mississippi’s award-winning guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, 29-year-old Jarekus Singleton, is one of the brightest young stars on the blues scene today. His cutting-edge, streetwise music turns audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his blazing guitar licks and strong, soulful voice, Singleton brings his up-to-the-minute take on the blues to every song he writes and performs. From ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a young blues master carrying the blues into the future. The Jarekus Singleton Band has become one of the most popular blues bands in Mississippi, and they are positioned to conquer the national and international scene.