About the Artists
Blues Week in Redwood City Starts July 20!
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 6pm– 8pm at
The Lara Price Band is a 5 piece rootsy rockin’ blues band. It all started in 1998 when Lara walked into the weekly blues jam at JJ’s Blues in San Jose. With in a year Lara was running her own blues jam at JJ’s. It was at these weekly jam sessions that Lara formed the players for her band. In 2000 “The Lara Price Band” made their first major festival debut at the Legendary Monterey Blues Festival. The journey of Lara’s blues band includes tours across the United States and China. It also includes five CD’s that Price has produced, co-written, and is featured playing drums, guitar, and back up vocals. Lara and her band have shared the bill with R&B legends, Etta James, James Brown, Buddy Guy, Leon Russell and many more. http://www.laraprice.com/larapriceblues.html
Friday, July 22, 2016 from 5pm– 8:30pm at
6:00pm Terrie Odabi
Terrie Odabi is heralded as one of the Bay Area’s most powerful blues and soul singers of recent vintage. Her band, features guitarist Terry Hiatt, keyboardist Ken Cook, bassist Kirk Crumpler and drummer Paul Revelli . Together they supply the steamy and soulful backdrop for the singer-songwriter phenom. Acclaimed trombonist Steve Turre—an occasional collaborator with Odabi—has decreed her a “jewel from the Bay Area.”
Terrie Odabi tends to always make a sizzling good impression on those who catch her at work. Lee Hildebrand, contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and many other publications, asserted that she is “easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the ‘50s. Odabi has a powerful set of pipes, writes terrific tunes, leads a kicking band, and has onstage movements that perfectly match the rhythms of her material. Surely, stardom awaits her.” Her sound is honest, soulful, foot stomping, feel good music, which Terrie Odabi consistently delivers with heart and conviction during her performances.
Saturday July 23rd Festival Lineup!
6:00pm Kenny Neal
Kenny Neal, born in New Orleans and raised in Baton Rouge, began playing music at a young age. Learning the basics from his father, singer and Blues harmonica master, Raful Neal, Kenny is known as a modern swamp-blues and multi-instrumentalist, that draws from the sizzling sounds of his native Louisiana. Neal has received multiple awards including the Blues Music Award for Song Of The Year and the Monterey Bay Blues Artist Of The Year Award – he has also earned multiple Grammy nominations and was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall Of Fame in 2011! Kenny Neal is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and is widely renowned as a modern swamp-blues master. He describes his sound as “Swamp Music, a mixture between Cajun, Blues and New Orleans funk and jazz, which was originally called ‘Ragtime’. Like making Gumbo, it’s got a little bit of everything in it.”
Neal preserves the blues sound of his native south Louisiana, and learned his craft from Slim Harpo, Buddy Guy, and his father. In 1987, Neal cut his critically acclaimed debut album for the Florida record producer Bob Greenlee – an updated swamp feast initially marketed on King Snake Records as Bio on the Bayou. Alligator Records picked it up the following year. Neal has played with blues stars including Lucky Peterson and Lazy Lester, and was at one time a member of The Downchild Blues Band.
4:15pm Taylor P. Collins
Ms. Taylor P. Collins is on the rise! Mentored by her dear friend Miss Ruth Brown, Taylor created her own unique style and brings a fresh sound to the Blues presented as only she can. The Northern California Entertainers Music Awards recognized her talent and nominated Taylor and her incredible band in two categories for the 2016 awards: Female Blues Artist of the Year and Blues Band of the Year. Taylor and her band won the Blues Band of the Year Award and performed for the BB King Tribute portion of the awards show and rocked the house! She is also one of the Northern California Blues Artists to be featured in the upcoming documentary “Every Day We Gots the Blues”.
Taylor is known for her commanding stage presence. She has performed in the company of industry legends including Etta James,The Neville Brothers, Barbara Morrison, Albert Collins, James Cotton, Gladys Knight, Elvin Bishop, and Kenny Neal, performed with John Handy, LaVerne Baker, and Miss Ruth Brown. Ms. Collins is a veteran Bay Area Blues Artist and performer who is truly getting the attention and recognition she and her amazing band deserve. She is working on a new CD and is one artist to watch in 2016…her time has come!!
3:00pm Craig Horton
Oakland-based Craig Horton, on Bad Daddy Records, is a songwriter, singer and guitarist who’s logged regular stage time and toured with Little Walter, The Dells, Sam Myers and The Mississippi Delta Blues Band. On heels of his hit CD “In My Spirit,” Craig Horton releases his second solo effort, “Touch of the Bluesman” on Bad Daddy Records. Think of it as blues with an attitude. Craig’s newest release is a natural progression of the heavy swingin’, hard shufflin’ classic blues sounds of Chicago and the South that was reflected in his first CD. In “Touch of the Bluesman,” he carves out new territory with his deep, gutsy voice, unique delivery and soulful interpretations.
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!”
2:00pm The Mile
1:00pm Debraun Thomas
DeBraun Thomas grew up surrounded by many different musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the age of 15 he began playing in music clubs around the area with his father’s different bands. In 2009 Thomas moved to Lexington, Kentucky to attend the University of Kentucky. He graduated in 2012 and has been focusing on music in addition to working at the local NPR affiliate WUKY. Since 2013, Thomas has been performing his original music as the DeBraun Thomas Trio featuring Lexington veterans Smith Donaldson on bass and Daniel Mohler on drums. His influences range from artists like Jimi Hendrix to Otis Redding and he describes his music as Rock N Soul. Thomas released his first solo album, All My Colors Are Blind in 2015. The album was recorded at Shangri-La Productions in Lexington by Duane Lundy. In addition to playing in different groups in Lexington, he also performs regionally.
12:00pm A.J. Crawdaddy
Angelo J Rossi, aka “AJ Crawdaddy” is an American Blues Guitarist. Born in Palo Alto, California and a long time Bay Area performing artist, AJ is most well known for his work with the popular Marin based pop group, Pablo Cruise which charted multi-platinum albums, A Place In The Sun and Worlds Away producing hits like, A Place In The Sun, Love Will Find A Way, Watcha Gonna Do (When She Says Goodbye), Rio and Cool Love. He is a BMI published writer, and a voting member of N.A.R.A.S. (Grammy). He also owns and operates the Cave Recording Studio, recording, producing and working with many local Blues artists, Bruce Conte (TOP), Terry Hiatt, Steve Freund, Paula Harris, Terrie Odabi and many others. He has worked with notable musical luminaries in his vibrant career including, Flora Purim, Airto, Jaco Pastorius, Huey Lewis, David Garibaldi, Kid Andersen as well legendary record producers Tom Dowd, Bill Schnee and Jim Gains. His love of music performance is infectious, and his presentation of the Blues genre is authentic, energetic and fun for the listener.
Video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zigGNFavTRA