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International Blues Challenge Competition

The Sacramento BLUES Society presents:

2017 International Blues Challenge Competition

Sunday August 6, 2017

Door Open: Noon

IBC: 1pm

Stoney’s Rockin’ Rodeo – 1320 Del Paso Blvd. Sacramento 95815

Tickets $5 at the door

Sign up’s end at midnight on July 23, 2017.

 

Austin Mo Xperience

Foxtrot Mary

Matt Rainey and the Dippin’ Sauce

The Zach Waters Band

If you have ever wanted to play and compete in Memphis, this is your chance!  We are looking for up to 10 bands to compete.  Registration will begin on May 15th and is first come first serve, so register early.  This year SBS will be offering $4000 in travel expenses and the registration fee is only $25.

To Sign Your Band Up or For More Info CLICK HERE 

About the Challenge

The International Blues Challenge represents an worldwide search for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affilated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

Doug MacLeod

The Sacramento BLUES Society presents:

Winner of the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist of the Year

Doug MacLeod

Sunday August 13, 2017

4:00 – 7:00 pm

Torch Club – 904 15th St. Downtown Sacramento

Tickets coming soon!

Doug MacLeod, a prolific singer, songwriter, engaging storyteller, and masterful guitarist was born in the blues and is rooted in the American tradition. MacLeod is a perennial Blues Music Award nominee and multiple Blues Music Award winner. He recently won the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year.

He is a traveling artist who writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of a Doug MacLeod performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.

Gin Blossoms

Carerra Productions presents:

Gin Blossoms

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom

Show Time: 8:00 PM, Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $55, $48, $40

For more than two decades, Gin Blossoms have defined the sound of jangle pop. From their late 80s start as Arizona’s top indie rock outfit, the Tempe-based combo has drawn critical applause and massive popular success for their trademark brand of chiming guitars, introspective lyricism, and irresistible melodies. Gin Blossoms soon unfurled a chain of crossover favorites spanning five different formats, from “Hey Jealousy” and “Until I Fall Away” to “Follow You Down” and the GRAMMY®-nominated “As Long As It Matters,” earning the band sales in excess of 10 million in the US alone.

Golden State-Lone Star Review

The Sacramento BLUES Society presents:

Blues Music Award winner for  Best Blues Album & Best Traditional Blues Album of the year

Golden State-Lone Star Review

Sunday September 3, 2017

4:00 – 7:00 pm

Torch Club – 904 15th St. Sacramento

Tickets coming soon…

The Golden State/Lone Star Revue is an all-star, cross-country melding of musicians from California — Mark Hummel (harp-blower, vocalist, bandleader and Grammy nominee), RW Grigsby (bassist) — and Texans Anson Funderburgh (guitarist and Rockets bandleader) and Wes Starr (famed Austin drummer who has played with a who’s who of Texas music royalty).

Hummel’s Blues Award nominated release; “The Hustle Is Really On”, features the GS/LS Revue, which has just completed a new recording for 2016 release. Besides producing and playing on Blind Pig’s “Remembering Little Walter” with Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, James Harman, Little Charlie Baty, Nathan James, June Core & RW Grigsby, the CD was nominated for a Grammy Award and has recently won Best Blues Album & Best Traditional Blues Album of the year at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.

Hummel’s latest CD on ElectroFi “The Hustle Is Really On” just placed #2 on Living Blues Radio and features the Golden State/Lone Star project.

Al DiMeola

Carerra Productions presents:

Al DiMeola

Elegant Gypsy 40th Anniversary Electric Tour

Thursday, September 14,, 2017

Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom

Show time: 7:30 PM; Doors: 6:30 PM

Tickets: $55, $45, $35 – Plus a special “40th Anniversary Meet & Greet” – priced separately at $150

VIP Experience – 40th Anniversary Meet & Greet Package: This VIP Experience is an “Add-On” to any ticket purchase. Once you add your selected seats to your order, you will be given the opportunity to Add-On the VIP package to your purchase for $150 per ticket. VIP package includes: Meet & Greet during a portion of the recordings and worldwide tours, Di Meola has regenerated the jazz idiom three times over while dedicating himself to his art. And at age 60, this guitar hero seems inspired to begin a new chapter in his career with the release of Elysium.sound check prior to the show, 20 minute Q & A session with Al DiMeola and autographed 40th Anniversary Poster.

 

Al DiMeola has celebrated a career that has spanned four decades and earned him critical accolades, three gold albums and more than six million in record sales worldwide. A bona fide guitar hero, perennial poll-winner, and prolific composer, he has amassed over 20 albums as a leader while collaborating on a dozen or so others with the likes of the fusion super-group Return to Forever (with Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke and Lenny White), the celebrated acoustic Guitar Trio featuring fellow virtuosos John McLaughlin and Paco de Lucia, and the Rite of Strings trio with bassist Clarke and violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. And while his dazzling technique on both acoustic and electric guitars has afforded him regal status among the hordes of fretboard fanatics who regularly flock to his concerts, the depth of Di Meola’s writing along with the soulfulness and the inherent lyricism of his guitaristic expression have won him legions of fans worldwide beyond the guitar aficionado set.

 

Los Lobos

 

Carrera Productions presents:

AN EVENING WITH LOS LOBOS

(FULL ELECTRIC SHOW)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom

Show time: 8:00 PM; Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $57, $47, $35

 

“We’re a Mexican American band, and no word describes America like immigrant. Most of us are children of immigrants, so it’s perhaps natural that the songs we create celebrate America in this way.” So says Louie Perez, the “poet laureate” and primary wordsmith of Los Lobos, when describing the songs on the band’s new album, Gates of Gold.

The stories on Gates of Gold are snapshots of experiences that Perez and his band mates have had, based on where they are emotionally and how they respond to evolving life circumstances.  “We live out loud most of the time and share our life this way, but then there are more intrinsic things that happen, and our songs are part of the way we react to them. We sit down and basically tell people what has happened. We certainly didn’t start this project with aspirations to create the musical equivalent to great American literary works.”

After celebrating their 40th anniversary with the cleverly titled 2013 live album Disconnected In New York City, the hard working, constantly touring band – David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin – leaps headfirst into their fifth decade with an invitation to join them as they open fresh and exciting new Gates of Gold, their first full length studio album since 2010’s Tin Can Trust (a Grammy nominee for Best Americana Album) and second with Savoy/429 Records.

2017 Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony

The Sacramento BLUES Society presents:

2017 Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony

Sunday September 24, 2017

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Harlows – 2708 J St. Sacramento 95816

Tickets will be available online and at the door

 

 

2017 Hall of Fame AFTER-PARTY

2017 Sacramento Blues Society Hall of Fame AFTER-PARTY

Sunday September 24, 2017

6:00 pm

Torch Club – 904 15th St. Sacramento

 

Take me to the River LIVE

Carerra Productions presents:

Take Me To The River LIVE

A Memphis Soul and Rhythm & Blues Revue

Featuring: Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby Rush & William Bell

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom

Show time: 8:00 PM; Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $55, $45, $30

Take Me To The River is a live performance based on the award-winning film and record that brought together multiple generations of iconic Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians to record a historic new album that re-imagines the utopia of racial, gender and generational collaboration of Memphis (Stax, Hi Records) in its heyday. This show features legends William Bell (2017 Grammy Winner), Bobby Rush (2017 Grammy winner), and Charlie Musselwhite (2014 Grammy Winner) sharing the stage to perform classics and new TMTTR collaborations. Backed by an all-star Memphis band, The Hi Rhythm Section and The Stax Academy Alumni Band with music director Boo Mitchell, plus Academy award-winner Frayser Boy and Al Kapone.

Robben Ford

Carerra Productions presents:

Robben Ford

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom

Show time: 7:30 PM; Doors: 6:30 PM

Tickets: $45, $38, $30

Guitar virtuoso and five-time Grammy nominee Robben Ford’s latest album, Into The Sun, debuted at #2 on The Blues Charts and shines a bright light on his artful, contemporary songwriting and stunning playing.

Guitar Player Magazine claims it “explores the breadth of Ford’s sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history.”

Robben has recorded more than 35 albums under his own name and with various bands. There’s also his session and sideman work, which included hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Miles Davis, George Harrison, Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Jimmy Witherspoon, Larry Carlton, Brad Paisley, Gregg Allman, Phil Lesh and Rickie Lee Jones. Robben continues to tour heavily and teach master classes in the US and worldwide.

Manhattan Transfer

Carerra Productions presents:

The Manhattan Transfer

45-Year Anniversary Tour

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom

Show time: 8:00 PM; Doors: 7:30 PM

Tickets: $60, $50, $35

Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups. Winners of ten Grammy Awards, with millions of records sold worldwide, this amazing quartet is building upon the extraordinary legacy created by founder Tim Hauser who organized the four-part harmony group on October 1, 1972 in New York City.  Now consisting of Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), and newcomer Trist Curless (bass) who replaced Hauser following his passing on October 16, 2014, the group is proud to extend Hauser’s vision more than four decades later.

2017 Annual Member Party

The Sacramento BLUES Society presents:

2017 Annual Member Party

Featuring The Ben Rice Blues Band

Saturday December 2, 2017

7:00 pm

VFW Hall – 2784 Stockton Blvd. Sacramento

 

Ben Rice has been leaving huge impressions on audiences around the Northwest and winning awards for his vocals and guitar playing for the last seven years. In 2014 at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee he left the audience speechless with a raw emotional delivery of his version of “Key To The Highway.” His second consecutive trip to the International Blues Challenge he made the finals in the solo/duo category. Where he was awarded the St. Blues Guitarist award for best guitarist.

    His debut on the international stage in 2014, was a landmark step forward in his career from being a regional act playing primarily around the NW to a national and international touring artist. Captivating audiences and presenting himself as someone who has a lot of depth in the various soundscapes of American music. Ben is gaining fans all over the world who love his playing, singing, songs, and stage performance.

His original music blends Soul, Delta-Blues, Rockabilly, Jazz, and Funk into a Roots Stew. Influenced heavily by his parents record collection from Al Green to Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendergrass to Marshall Tucker. Ben at a young age began investigating into Blues and it’s history. Starting with B.B. King and going through the various regions and time periods he is inspired and influenced by historical figures like Muddy Waters, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Skip James to name a few. Ben spent his college years studying Jazz Guitar at the University of Oregon as well as classical music. Playing in the Celtic Folk ensemble and Mariachi group on campus. He has been well versed in a lot of musical styles that all contribute to the unique sound of his originals.

As a performer Ben looks to the greats for inspiration. Always striving to connect with the audience through his music and stories. He also has an interesting arsenal of guitars playing resophonic guitars and homemade cigar box guitars. More important than the visual appeal Ben has an amazing way of making these guitars sound, often bringing audiences to tears with his slide playing.

Ben Rice has been a growing talent in the NW,  winning awards for his singing, guitar work, writing, and performing. He is stepping into the national and international scene. Using his vast influences of American music to fuel his music and performance.

“He gets it…”

– Lloyd Jones

 

 

 

Lee Ritenour

Carrera Productions presents:

An Evening With Lee Ritenour

Friday, January 12, 2018

Harris Center for the Arts, Folsom

Show time: 8:00 PM; Doors: 7:00 PM

Tickets: $45, $35, $25

Growing up in L.A. in the 60’s, Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious “Alumnus of the Year” award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit “Is It You,” which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic.