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The last date listed for Biscuits & Blues was Saturday November 30, 2013 / 10:00pm (Earl Thomas & The Blues Ambassadors).
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- “Biscuits and Blues biscuits are one of the top 100 reasons to live in San Francisco.” --San Francisco Chronicle
- “A cool vibe permeates throughout … a SF treasure.” --Travel and Leisure
- “Almost too good to be true. Great food at reasonable prices and the absolute best place to see live music.” --California Rough Guide
- “A top nightclub spot to see the blues or any music for that matter … a professional run nightclub that shines.” --SF Examiner
Mondays at 7:30pm: Mike Olmos Presents: The Jazz Session
Jazz trumpet star Mike Olmos hosts a four-hour all-pro jam session featuring some of the Bay Area's top talent. Olmos, one of Northern California's most in-demand trumpeters, was a member of Etta James' final touring band, and has toured and recorded with dozens of top jazz, soul, R&B and rock stars. When he's at home, Mike performs with bands such as the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Realistic Orchestra, Brass Mafia, The Shotgun Wedding Hip-Hop Symphony, John Calloway, Joe Bagale and more.
Nov. 7-8 at 10:00pm: SRV Tribute w/ Alan Iglesias
Alan Iglesias has been playing guitar professionally since 1969 when he first started playing dances at his local VFW. After high school, Alan 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.
Nov. 9 at 10:00pm: Cafe R&B
Nov. 10 at 9:30pm: 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 apiece. 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 band is very seasoned for all players being in the late 20s and early 30s. The Dirty Jacks debuted at House of Blues Sunset Strip on 9/29/12 to a resounding success and haven’t looked back since.
Nov. 12 at 9:30pm: Kevin Russell
Nov. 13 at 9:30pm: Alvon
Alvon Johnson: 2005 Guitar Player of the Year, Former vocalist with the Rock and Roll Hall of fame group "The Coasters", Regional winner of the Guitar Centers "King of the Blues" national contest in 2006 and 2007, his CD “The Blues Grew up was nominated for Outstanding Blues Album 2004 and Voted in top ten CD in Japan in 2005. His latest CD Guitars and Cars was voted in top ten CD’s of 2008 by the prestigious Blues magazine “Real Blues ”. His early influences were Guitar players such as Wes Montgomery, Andre Segovia, Charlie Christian, and of course Jimi Hendrix. His vocalist influences were Joe Williams, Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole, and Frank Sinatra.
Nov. 14 at 9:30pm: Nick Moss & The Fliptops
There’s a ‘Renaissance Man’ revival in the music industry these days, and Nick Moss has taken advantage of it. Unprecedented upheaval in the entertainment field has thrown open the doors of opportunity for artists with vision and courage to take advantage of it. Most artists spend years honing their skills in order to shop themselves around to different labels, hoping someone will believe enough in their potential to take a chance on them. Nick didn’t waste time waiting for someone else to believe in him. He had the passion, confidence, and drive to start his own label, Blue Bella Records, in order to pursue his dream and artistic vision.
Nov. 15 at 10:00pm: Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes
Kevin Selfe has been electrifying audiences nationwide since breaking into the blues scene in 2006. His growing stature as a captivating story teller and passionate performer are surpassed only by his deft mastery of blues guitar. Having relocated to Portland, OR, the Virginia native is now a leading light in the Pacific Northwest’s robust blues revival. Effortlessly combining the guitar traditions of the legends and the modern masters into his own unique approach, Selfe’s stylistic depth and electric performances resonate with audiences. His live shows have grown in legend largely due to his unique gift for communicating, through guitar, the complex range of moods revealed only by blues. Selfe’s songwriting style bridges the gap between joy and angst, using piercing irony, humorous metaphors, and daring autobiographical subject matter from his own occasional walks with the blues.
Nov. 16 at 10:00pm: Paula Harris
Nov. 17 at 9:30pm: Macy Blackman CD Release
Since moving to the Bay Area from New York in 2000, vocalist/pianist/cornet player Macy Blackman has been a dynamic figure on the local scene. Nancy Wright on sax and vocals has all the right stuff to shake the room. Check them out. His quintet, the Mighty Fines, offers a singular take on the Crescent City continuum, combining the freewheeling polyphony of traditional jazz with the rolling grooves of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. The song list includes jump blues to get you dancin', some gumbo grooves to make you stroll, slow blues to put you in the mood, and the surprising 'Papa's Cool Blues', an instrumental that conjures up a smoky Bourbon Street club.
Nov. 18 at 9:30pm: Craig Horton
Craig builds his music on a diverse foundation of sounds, having played jazz, R&B and rock ‘n roll, in addition to the blues, during his early years as a musician. Over the years, Craig has earned respect from just as diverse an array of musicians and critics. Joe Louis Walker has called Horton “A Great Musician, Great Singer, Great Band Leader.” Tom Mazzolini, producer of the San Francisco Blues Fest, reported after last year’s event that, "Craig Horton gave one of the memorable sets that had people talking. It was impressive and it was deep mountain high! The real thing!"
Nov. 19 at 9:30pm: The Pulsators
With a get-up-and-dance kind of orchestration, their music has been defined as a spicy blend of driving blues, New Orleans-funky R&B, rock steady reggae and rock-and-roll. Their music supports an ever-growing legion of faithful fans who keep coming back for more. California music magazine to call them “one killer band with irresistible hooks.” The Press Democrat’s “On Q” responded to the second album, HERE’S TO YOU, with “this firecracker band proves it’s only getting better with time,” adding that The Pulsators reproduce “the hyper essence of their live shows, along with a tight professional musicianship."
Nov. 20 at 9:30pm: Mitch Woods & The Rocket 88s
Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage, not for three years but three decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n’ boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n’roll. Woods styled his group after the jumpin’ n’ jivin’, shoutin’ n’ honkin’, pumpin’ n’ poundin’ bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin’ piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call “rock-a-boogie.”
Nov. 21-22: Jarekus Singleton
Blues guitarist Jarekus Singleton,touted as the "New Face of Blues," will blow you away with his alternating soulful and blazing guitar licks -playing beyond his 28 years. His band is tight and they perform as seasoned musicians .arekus will tell you, " I play what I feel," and that is evident in his music and lyrics. Feeling comes out of his guitar, vocals and his band. He was named 2011 Guitar Center's King of the Blues in Mississippi and labeled as a "star on the rise" by Blues & Rhythm Magazine in the United Kingdom. Jarekus received a guitar endorsement from Clevenger Guitars. Jarekus has been chosen as the 2012 Blues Artist of the Year by the Jackson MS Music Awards.
About the Ticket Supplier: Biscuits and Blues
Biscuits and Blues was originally developed as an offering to music lovers who wanted an intimate setting to see their favorite blues artists. Now, sixteen years later, we are one of the top blues clubs in the nation. We offer San Francisco's best in National and Regional Blues acts while showcasing award winning Southern Cuisine.