2nd Annual Spring Blues Fling / Ladies Who Rock The Blues
Appearing with the Laurie Morvan Band will be the incredible Mick Martin on harmonica, percussion and vocals. When Laurie and Mick get together massive fireworks will be happening!
12:00 -3:00 – Red’s Blues (FirePit Stage)
3:00 – 6:00 Shari Puorto
6:30 – 9:30 Laurie Morvan Band with special guest Mick Martin
Laurie Morvan Band
Laurie Morvan Band is a five piece high energy, rockin’ blues band lead by their female lead guitarist vocalist, Laurie Morvan. Based in Long Beach, CA, the band carved out its tight sound performing at over 70 festivals and 700 special events and club dates throughout the USA, with additional dates in Canada and Europe.
1st Round 2018 Grammy Ballot for Best Contemporary Blues Album!
Best Blues Album 2018 Nominee, Downbeat Mag Reader’s Poll!
Best New Artist 2018 Nominee, Independent Blues Awards!
Winner SCVBS 2018 Best Self-Produced CD!
“Tasty yet blistering Strat work that hits all the right notes and overflows with soul.” (Vintage Guitar)
“Laurie is one hell of a great guitarist and if you have not had the pleasure of seeing her, put it on your must do list!” (Blues Blast)
“Morvan has all the soulfulness of Bonnie Raitt and the swaggering, muscular guitar tone of Stevie Ray Vaughan” (News Gazette, Champaign, IL).
About Mick Martin:
On Blues harmonica, Mick Martin has played professionally since 1968 and, since 1983, led “Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers.” On March 31, 1994, Mick did something highly unusual for a harmonica player: he performed at Carnegie Hall for the nationally-broadcast “Blues in Jazz” concert with mentor Jimmy Smith, Jimmy Witherspoon, Grover Washington Jr., Carrie Smith and Mark Whitfield. That same year, he was featured on Jimmy Smith’s Fantasy/Milestone Records release, Sum Serious Blues. Mick has played harmonica on stage behind Freddie King, Jimmy Rogers, Bo Diddley, Mick Taylor, the Yardbirds, Roy Brown and many others. He is a featured artist on Dig Music’s Bob Dylan tribute, “Positively 12th & K,” which also features Sal Valentino and Jackie Greene.
Mick shared the “Best West Coast Blues Harmonica Player” nod with Mark Hummel in 2001. Mick Martin and the Blues Rockers have won the Sacramento Area Music Award (a.k.a. the SAMMIES) for “Best Blues Band” three times, thus entitling them to a place in the SAMMIES Hall of Fame. Mick produces and hosts “Mick Martin’s Blues Party” each week on KXJZ.
Shari Puorto will captivate you as she does each and every performance. She is the Real Deal. From her vocal tone and controlled natural vocal ability to her infectious stage presence. Her music and show is raw, real, and authentic.
Shari, is an American award-winning Blues/Roots/Rock singer and songwriter, who has been performing professionally since early 2000. Shari has performed continuously all over California across the U.S and abroad. You would think Shari’s been doing this forever. She has the sensibility of an old soul reborn and is undeniably passionate. She possesses a deeply expressive and soulful voice; one that catches you off guard. She is a powerful and dynamic live performer who quickly and quite naturally connects with her audience. Her infectious enthusiasm overcomes you, you have no choice but to get pulled in.
“Shari has always provided an honest and powerful musical experience that sticks at the very core of what music is all about. Great energy, original material, a true group performance, and a talent that reaches off the stage to touch the audience.” Joe Wagoner AKG/Harmon
Shari Puorto Band is a Roots/Rock/Blues Band with a whole lotta soul who have been touring together for many years combining originals and covers. At SPB shows you will see and feel a band combining today’s Modern Root’s Blues/Rock approach with yesteryears traditional Blues. Their connection with the audience and their performance onstage is compelling. With notable nominations and awards under their belt they continue to electrify audiences from Coast to Coast and abroad. If you haven’t seen them yet, you must! It’s an experience you will not forget.
June 21, 2018: Little Lightning Productions is pleased to announce, American Blues/Roots/Rock singer, songwriter and performer Shari Puorto and her band to release new album, ‘Live at Bogies’. In Shari’s albums and at her live shows she known for her passionate, and driven style. This powerhouse vocalist consistently delivers standout performances. Now she finally has a Live CD to prove it! “Live at Bogie’s” is Shari’s 5th Album release, but her 1st Live release. 2018/2019, WINNER – Best Live Release “Live at Bogies’ LA Music Critic Awards.
About Red’s Blues:
Here’s what reviewers are saying about Red’s Blues’ Second CD, Released December 2017:
“As soon as Beth Grigsby opens her mouth over the harmonica and blues guitar there is no doubt that this is traditional blues music. . . . With a mix of original and cover songs, Red’s Blues is the cure to those in need of a traditional blues fix, and those that want their roots/Americana music to include traditional blues. . . . Recommendation: This one is a must for all traditional blues lovers. We highly recommend you Get It.” The Journal of Roots Music, NO DEPRESSION, January 2018
“Red’s Blues knows it doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel or the genre to play satisfying music. . . . Their song, ‘Poor Girl,’ inspired by RW and Beth’s time managing a bingo hall in Montgomery, Alabama, features a slinky beat and a stunning character portrait. . . . When what you want is hardy, down home fare, you can’t go wrong with Red’s Blues.” Blues Blast Magazine, May 2018
“‘There’ll Be A Day’ opens the album and sets the easy-rolling and no reason to hurry tone for all that follows. . . . Beth Reid-Grigsby’s confident alto vocals are breezy and unaffected by histrionics. . . . In addition to blues, the influence of country and jazz is clearly discernible in her laid back style. The most unusual original, ‘I’m Trouble,’. . . has RW talk-singing over a minimalist groove of throbbing string bass and percolating bongos. . . . A solid set of blues and roots that won’t set the blues world on fire, but nonetheless, does a commendable job of gently fanning the flames.” Blues Music Magazine, October 2018
“Beth Reid-Grigsby resides at the forefront of the band, Red’s Blues, but it’s a team effort, one that includes her husband, RW, on bass, and a host of guest musicians. The overall sound is smooth and supple. . . . Grigsby definitely sets the tone and timber from the sultry and seductive invocations of ‘Poor Girl’ and ‘Looking the World Over,’ to the assertive shuffle that underpins Jimmy Reed’s ‘Ain’t that Lovin’ You, Baby,’ Gary Primich’s ‘Stone Broke,’ and [RW’s original], ‘Baby Walk On.’ It’s an engaging and entertaining effort.” Living Blues Magazine December 2018