The 12th. Annual Southwest Florida Blues Festival will once again be held outdoors at the German American Social Club located at 2101 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, Florida 33991. (Also known as State Route 78, which can be accessed from I-75 and US-41 and then heading west, OR east if coming from the Pine Island and Matlacha area).
For those of you who enjoy staying in Matlacha or on Pine Island for its many unique galleries and Old Florida atmosphere, don't worry, go ahead and make your reservations, as this venue is only about 3 miles east of Matlacha, (Mat-la-shay). The island also hosts taxi and shuttle services for those who don't want to drive.
Wherever you decide to hang your hat that weekend, we hope you'll come out and enjoy some of the Best Blues Musicians in the business. You really don't want to miss this day of exceptional music! Advance ticket donations for adults are only $15.00 each, and just a $20.00 donation at the gate. Kids 10 and under are free with a paid adult. In an effort to minimize gate staffing requirements and confusion during personnel changes, return entries will be restricted to one per attendee.
Please remember this is a Nonprofit event, sunscreen, blankets and "beach chairs" are encouraged, (this is an outdoor event and we do not provide seating), No Coolers, No Carry in Beverages and No Pets are permitted. There will be plenty of Great Food and Ice Cold beverages on hand. We'll also have numerous art and craft vendors for you to peruse during the day.
Your attendance helps support music education, youth groups, scholarships grants, senior citizen support networks and other local charities. Please do your part, by coming out to enjoy a full day of fantastic music, reasonably priced food items and some ice cold beverages. You can also be assured your support helps Keep the Blues Alive.
Gates Open at 11:30 AM
Stage Times for Scheduled Acts
Pre Show Festivities 11:45 - 12:15
Ellie Lee and Blues Fury 12:30 - 1:30
Deb & The Dynamics with Special Guest Deborah Coleman 1:45 - 3:00
Southern Hospitality 3:15 - 4:30
Tommy Lee Cook & The Boys of Buckingham 4:45 - 6:00
Samantha Fish 6:15 - 7:30
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King 7:45 - 9:00
NOTE: Artists or stage times are subject to change without further notice.
SMOKIN JOE KUBEK & BNOIS KING, for almost 20 years, the red-hot Texas rockin' blues of Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King has been thrilling music fans all around the world. Kubek's raucous roadhouse fretwork is expertly complimented by the equally fiery guitar and soulful vocals of Bnois King.
With literally thousands of live performances under their collective belt, the two create a one-two punch of raw, tough, blues-rock filled with intensity and purpose. Gigging with legendary musicians like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, Freddie King and B.B. King (among so many others), Kubek learned first-hand how to live and play the blues and how to lead a band. Harp declared, "Kubek and King pump out rocking, kicking blues for those times when the feet just want to start stomping."
The band's Alligator Records debut, Blood Brothers, produced by Kubek and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, is a blues lover's delight. The CD features 14 rocking blues songs (13 originals) filled with Kubek's larger-than-life fretwork and King's smoky vocals and economical, tasty guitar playing. Recorded with Kubek and King's road-honed touring unit, the album captures all of the band's legendary live energy and highlights the seemingly telepathic interplay between the musicians.
According to Iglauer, "Joe and Bnois are a real powerhouse blues combination. Joe is an amazing guitarist who can play anything in blues, from the most traditional Texas style to totally blowout blues-rock. Bnois is a gorgeous singer with deep Texas soul, and his guitar playing is subtle and melodic. Together they make an unbeatable two-man front line backed by a solid, versatile rhythm section."
Kubek was born in Grove City, PA in 1956 but grew up in Irving, TX. He was leading his own bands and gigging in clubs all around Dallas when he was only 14. Bowled over by the blues a short time after first hearing Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Kubek soon discovered the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and other early blues masters. By the time he was 19, he was backing many famous blues players in the area, including legend Freddie King. In 1976, Kubek was about to head out on tour with King when King died suddenly of a heart attack. "I was in awe any time I was around him," Kubek recalls. "I learned a lot about feeling and execution. He always came onto the stage hot. You have to entertain people from the second you start."
Kubek next worked with R&B singer Al "TNT" Braggs and made a host of new friends, including Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan (with whom Kubek became close), B.B. King and many other blues icons. He often found himself jamming with these larger-than-life blues stars, while playing constantly around the Dallas area. He not only learned tips and techniques, but also soaked up stories and lessons of being a professional touring musician. One night, he even had the chance to play B.B.'s guitar, Lucille. "King admired my enthusiasm and he encouraged me, which really meant a lot. When times got hard, I always remembered how B.B. King had given me some encouragement."
In 1989, Kubek met guitarist/vocalist Bnois King at a Monday night Dallas jam session. The two became fast friends, and melded their seemingly divergent styles—Kubek a rocking and fierce picker and slider, King a jazz-inflected chorder (who could also solo with flaming electricity)—into one of the most potent guitar combinations the Southwest had ever produced. Kubek explains the relationship succinctly: "I pull the blues out of him, and he pulls the jazz out of me. Bnois knows so much about jazz it's amazing."
King was born in Delhi, LA in 1943. He was inspired to play guitar by his high school music teacher. Before long, Bnois was playing blues cover songs with a local band. On his own, he traveled through Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado, finding local bands to gig with and also performing with carnival tent show combos. King made his way to Dallas in 1979, gigging with jazz bands until he hooked up with Kubek 10 years later.
Calling themselves The Smokin' Joe Kubek Band Featuring Bnois King, they were signed to Bullseye Blues and released their debut CD, Stepping Out Texas Style, in 1991. The band immediately grew out of Texas and began touring nationally. After a successful series of Bullseye releases, they signed to Blind Pig Records in 2003. As their popularity continued to build on the strength of their music and the energy of their live shows, Kubek and King began playing over 150 dates per year all across the United States, Canada and Europe.
More than anything else, Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King exist to perform live.
Potent, undiluted 100-proof Texas blues honed to a razor’s edge” –GuitarOne
"Powerful, hard-nosed, authentic roadhouse blues…Punchy Texas shuffles, fierce boogies, tough slow blues and mighty fine roots rock” –Living Blues
"Kubek is one of the fiercest electric guitarists currently plugged-in. Hard-hitting original Texas blues-rock” –Billboard
In fact, it's not all that long ago that the 22-year-old singer/guitarist first discovered the blues and started paying her dues on that city's local scene. Her deceptively mature voice is sultry, yet innocent at the same time, while she intensely wails away on guitar. This deceptivley mature young woman has set out to show the world that although she may be young, she can certainly wail the Blues.
With Runaway, her solo debut, she now breaks out big time, announcing herself as a newcomer to be reckoned with. Throughout, Fish demonstrates astonishing range and depth as a songwriter. Her vocals are cool, confident and nothing less than beguiling.
Backing her on this eclectic collection of modern electric blues is the same crack team that first convened for the making of Girls With Guitars. That collaboration with fellow female artists Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde, released earlier this year, already showed that Fish refuses to be intimidated, even when working with musicians more experienced than herself. "They are incredibly talented and creative, so it made for fun sessions," she says of the well-oiled studio band heard on Runaway. Jamie Little, one of the UK's most in-demand drummers, reunites with bassist Cassie Taylor to give the record plenty of rhythmic thump. Producer Mike Zito, a St. Louis native and 2010 Blues Music Award winner, adds thick, meaty electric guitar on most cuts. "Mike and I have known each other for a few years now, so he knew the sound and style I was after. He did a great job of taking ideas and giving them direction in the studio setting."
In between making these first two albums, Fish spent a month on the road with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde for the first leg of the year-long Blues Caravan Tour. It gave her valuable opportunity to road-test the material heard on Runaway to a discriminating audience. With an exciting new debut album now in her back pocket, the tour continues throughout the summer and into the fall of 2011, touching down at many European and North American festivals and even taking to the seas on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise in October.
Samantha Fish is already a much sought after artist on the music scene, recently performing and making believers of the audience at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival... John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network).
"She's a hell of an entertainer, and she's street-savvy. She's got the pipes and is quite capable of tearing the shit out of her guitar," ... Brad Mallen, owner of the Blue Springs blues venue Trouser Mouse.
"Samantha Fish takes the KC blues scene by the b-lls" ... Berry Anderson / The Pitch
In 2010 the Top festival in Winter Park, Colorado, put Fish alongside Walter Trout, Curtis Salgado, Mike Zito, Ana Popovic and Trampled Under Foot.
TOMMY LEE COOK and THE BOYS OF BUCKINGHAM with CANDACE ZONA.
If you don’t get out east very often you may not know about one of our local Blues artist who’s getting some recognition on blues charts around the world, his name is Tommy Lee Cook. Tommy also owns one of the premiere blues clubs in Lee County, the World Famous Buckingham Blues Bar.
Tommy will undoubtedly bring his “A” game along with an onslaught of musical talent referred to as, the Boys of Buckingham with special guest Candace Zona. With four CD’s under Tommy’s belt, "Outside Looking In", his newest CD debuted recently at No. 35 on the Roots-Blues Top 50 Chart.
"Unlike his prior releases, which featured at least a dozen of his usual suspects as band mates, Tommy Lee Cook seems to have shown a bit of a versatile approach to his music on "Outside Looking In." On this project it's just Tommy on electric and acoustic guitars, Dobro, lead and background vocals and midi-programming; Danny Shepard on electric guitar, background vocals and midi-programming; and Pat 'Cleanhead" Hayes on harmonica. The eleven tracks are all originals and contain a lot more ballads, a lot more sensitive lyrics and a lot more soulful and heartfelt vocals than a familiar listener may expect from Tommy", said Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro Blues Editor at Mary4Music.com.
“Your music reminds me of a hybrid of Leon Russell, Johnny Guitar Watson, and Delbert McClinton, yet you're unmistakably you. Continued success...” Bryan Locke Program Director WDNS.
"Southern Hospitality"... could be your perfect Florida storm...
The phrase "highly anticipated" can carry some dangerous baggage with it; there's a huge potential for a letdown, and on the overall, precious few bands live up to the moniker. Thankfully, Southern Hospitality not only meets those expectations, but exceeds them.
A dramatic leap for three of the blues world's most dynamic performers, Southern Hospitality is a confident yet unforced triumph of family and friends, offering a cohesive vision: an idyllic, musical world in which the echoes of so many great traditions reside; Delta blues, Memphis soul, Boogie-Woogie and Funky grooves organically flowing together, blending with an entirely original, modern sensibility.
Damon, Victor and J.P. are friends, all working towards the same goal; To leave no corner of the blues unexplored and no fan of the blues unhappy. Show these gentlemen to your stage, and take advantage of this truly unique and rare phenomenon. Damon
Fowler, (Blind Pig Recording Artist)
With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, Brandon, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his guitar 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 musical prowess and maturity as well as his technical expertise.
Fowler's guitar work has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes. Damon's Blind Pig debut showcases his soulful blend of Southern rock, swamp blues and lightning slide runs.
"After three self-released albums, Florida native Damon Fowler makes his Blind Pig debut with this notable project. Fowler oscillates between country, electric blues and Americana. He's a formidable slide guitar player, as heard on the up-tempo piece "Lonely Blues." He has also mastered lap steel and dobro as well as electric guitar, and his playing throughout the album is deft. Indeed, Fowler may be so skillful that he prefers pickin' tasty to larger-than-life guitar heroics. Fowler wrote nine of the 12 tunes on the album, and his original material is solid. Check his slow burner "I Hope It's Gonna Rain," highlighted by another judicious guitar solo." – Billboard
Victor Wainwright, the twenty something singer, pianist, “hepcat” from Memphis by way of the Savannah, Georgia; creates powerhouse blues and roots rock by playing his own unique style of boogie piana’. He effortlessly pays frequent homage to past music greats, while simultaneously adding his own youthful excitement. He’s a raucous high-octane dynamic performer and crowd pleaser with soul to spare. After earning what he calls a “double major in Boogie, a Ph.D. in Swing and a master’s in Rhythm,” the “Piana’ from Savannah” is undoubtedly making a name for himself in a big way.
Victor is a blues star on the rise... "Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers"
Great songwriting, stellar performances and great sonic range... will take you on a "Blues" ride from
the pumping soul beats of Memphis to the down home Blues of the deep south... "Bryan Bassett, FOGHAT Guitarist/Mix Engineer"
J.P. Soars, History was made on February 7, 2009 at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee, as J.P. SOARS & THE RED HOTS took the Blues world by storm by winning the coveted 25th annual International Blues Challenge (IBC).
With the mission to find the best unsigned blues band, the annual IBC competition is held worldwide on a regional level by The Blues Foundation's 150 affiliated organizations around the world. A record number of 164 bands and solo/duo acts from blues societies around the world took the stages of Memphis’ legendary Beale Street on Thursday and Friday of the 2009 International Blues Challenge to compete for over $20,000 in cash and prizes. Acts from all over the world performed before notable blues industry judges in hopes of making the finals on Saturday, drawing an audience of many thousands to Beale Street in downtown Memphis.
When the dust cleared, J.P. Soars & the Red Hots sponsored by and representing the South Florida Blues Society, took first place and the title, becoming THE BEST UNSIGNED BLUES ACT IN THE WORLD!
J.P. Soars also individually won the Albert King Award, which establishes him as the best guitar player in the 2009 competition.
He can play it all, rock, metal, jazz, swing and the blues. Catch this guy as soon as you can before he decides to venture off into another genre of music! - "Bob Keiser, Blues Blast Magazine".
J. P. Soars is one of those rare young guitar slingers that can play anything, anywhere, at any time. The blues world is fortunate to have him." "Don Crow - Music City Nashville".
Tossing off hot licks like you’d toss off old socks, but with passion and fire, Soars is a first class shredder no matter what the discipline. There’s a good reason why he’s been racking up the blues awards and roadhouse rollers might do well to step up and find out what others already know. Hot stuff. "MIDWEST RECORDS, CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher ".
DEB AND THE DYNAMICS ,
Deb Salyer (Bass, Vocals), Originally from Connecticut Deb has played in several hi-profile bands. It was in Virginia that she joined an all woman - all original band, "MOXXIE", in this band Deb would be the lead singer and play bass guitar for several years.
Collaborating on their original compositions Moxxie put a lot of time into those songs and it paid off. On their second gig, they opened for rock legends, "Emmerson Lake & Palmer" at the Hampton Coliseum.
Her next project combined her and guitarist Deborah Coleman from "MOXXIE" in a power trio named, "Mis' Behaven" a group that set the audience's on fire, winning showcases for major labels and opening for acts like Delbert McClinton and KoKo Taylor. They had a ball for about three years and eventually went their separate ways.
Deb then formed her own nine piece band, "The R&B All-stars", playing the old music from Stax Records as well as the Temptations and Otis Redding, perfecting her "in the pocket" bass technique along the way. This band would find itself sharing the bill with the Beach Boys, the Spinners, Huey Lewis and The News, and Percy Sledge. Four years later and after playing with what she calls some of the soulfulist people she ever met, the band split up. Some six years later, they still get together on special occasions to play.
After moving to Florida Deb got a call from her friend Deborah Coleman asking her to go on tour, Coleman had gotten a contract with Blind Pig Records and now eight years later she was playing bass again with Coleman. Performing sold out shows not only in the USA but Europe and Japan, Deb toured with Coleman for four years and appeared on her last two albums "Living on Love" and "Live in California Soul Be It".
Deborah Coleman is unquestionably, as USA Today notes, "one of blues music's most exciting young talents." Though she has released four studio albums on the Blind Pig label that have firmly established her as one of the leading lights in the blues field, it has been her knockout live performances that have made her one of the hottest commodities on the contemporary scene.
Coleman has earned a well-deserved reputation for raw energy and crowd-pleasing shows. A highly charismatic stage performer, Coleman is able to stretch out in the live setting and demonstrate her considerable guitar skills. USA Today called her a "fiery guitarist who makes the spine tingle with her unbridled raw energy."
Among people seeing Coleman perform live for the first time, a common reaction is: "Wow, I like her records, and I knew she was good, but I didn't know she was this good." Coleman's first live recording, Soul Be It!, finally captures what Living Blues called her "fire on the fretboard flamboyance."
Today Coleman's accomplished guitar style reflects the influences of Buddy Guy, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton and Jimi Hendrix. Her vocal inspirations are as often found in the singing of Chrissie Hynde and Patti Smith as in the recordings of Bessie Smith, Janis Joplin, Memphis Minnie, and Alberta Hunter.
Coleman won the Orville Gibson Award for "Best Blues Guitarist, Female" in 2001, and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Blues Music Award nine times.
Rounding out the Dynamics are: DAN KEADY (Lead, Rhythm Guitars & Vocals), Don Hulgas (Baritone, Tenor Saxophone, Percussion & Vocals), Newt Cole (Tenor, Alto Sax, Baritone Sax, Vocals & Percussion), Michael Vear (Keyboards and Vocals) and Nick Longobardi (Drums).
If you’re from anywhere near Southwest Florida you clearly understand Deb and The dynamics are infectious, they are a group of seasoned musicians who will undoubtedly pack the house everywhere they go.
As always the namesake of the band Deb Salyer leads the band with the skill and passion accumulated from a life time in the music business. People know they are seeing and hearing the “real thing” when she gets a hold of a song.
Dynamic fans should get there early because this show is scheduled to be one you will rarely get to see if ever again, with special guest "Deborah Coleman". Inside sources indicate Deb may have some additional surprises ”with other guest musicians” slated for this show, so get there early and stake out a good spot. ..
ELLIE LEE AND BLUES FURY... is an exciting rockin’ blues band with a powerful on stage performance. Ellie is a blues guitarist/singer/songwriter that fronts the band with her unique vocals and ripping guitar solos.
Ellie Lee & Blues Fury formed to satisfy the need to play the music they love and have great fun doing it. “Our excitement and enthusiasm on stage are infectious to the crowds we play to. Time and time again people have told us how much fun we seem to be having during our performances. For us, it's an itch we must scratch.” People enjoy the fact that Ellie plays and sings like there's no tomorrow. She gives it her all every time.
Ellie Lee grew up playing in rock, blues, funk and show bands. She traveled extensively in the southern states honing her skills as a blues musician. After a 25 year hiatus to raise a family, Ellie is now back with a deep and ernest desire to play the music she loves... the blues... the musical soul of our nation. Ellie, “ I want to present an eclectic collection of old, new, and original tunes with a focus on variety, energy and dynamics”.
Worth Including in Ellie's bio details is, a portion of an interview she did with, Lauren Hutchison and published in the, Columbus Blues Alliance "Bluespaper," March/April issue, 2011. This will do more to tell you about the artist and her music than anything else we could publish.
"The blues is the musical soul of our nation," Ellie declared. "It’s true, because jazz came from blues, zydeco came from blues and so did rock and roll. The precursor to rock and roll was jump blues.”
Within blues, there are dozens of sub-genres: the more traditional but electrified Chicago blues of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, the improvisational and swing-infused Texas blues of Blind Lemon Jefferson and Stevie Ray Vaughn and the highly danceable jump blues of Big Joe Turner. Jump blues grew into rhythm and blues, the genre of rock pioneer Chuck Berry.
Blues Fury's music doesn't rest on one style or mood; their repertoire covers a wide variety of blues genres and styles. For Ellie, the band's primary songwriter, the foundation for every song is rhythm.
"I like different grooves, beats, rhythms, whatever you want to call them, so I’ll find a really good groove that I like -- like a shuffle or a good straight blues beat -- and I’ll go from there," she explained. "Every writer has their own little way to do it, and for me, it’s the rhythm, and I think that kind of goes back to my roots with the drums."
Ellie Lee got her start in music in her early teens with a used set of drums her father bought for her ("Joe Vitale's drums! He played for the Eagles," she beamed). When she had the urge to be more melodic with her music, she picked up an acoustic guitar and drew on Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck for inspiration. Through young adulthood, Ellie played with different blues bands, touring from West Virginia to Alabama while listening to cassettes of blues greats like Albert King and Muddy Waters.