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April 10 - 12, 2015

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Houston Blues Society Stage

Annika ChambersAnnika Chambers 2015 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE – The powerfully dynamic vocalist along with her group of amazing musicians continue to shock and amaze many Blues lovers who have the opportunity to hear their music. With a variety of soulful, heartwarming and ground stomping tunes, Miss Chambers is sure to rise above and beyond your expectations. She was recently a featured artist at the Woman In Blues Showcase at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. Her debut album, Making My Mark, has rocketed up the charts providing this powerhouse artist with a much deserved next-level stepping stone!

Diunna GreenleafDiunna Greenleaf 2015 BLUES MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE – Diunna Greenleaf, the leader of Blue Mercy, is a native Texan (Houston) who has a background steeped in gospel music. Influenced by the likes of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Rosetta Thorpe, Sam Cooke, Charles Brown and her own parents Ben & Mary Ella Greenleaf (Gospel). She has developed “Diunna’s style of Blues” in the same tradition as so many other great Texas blues men and women. She combines intricate patches of jazz, gospel and heartfelt soul to create a kind of blues that takes one on an emotional roller coaster ride. Her latest CD “Trying To Hold On” reached #1 on XM/Sirius Radio Bluesville Chart, #1 on French Blues charts, #1 on Living Blues charts in 2012, and reached the top of Blues charts in UK, Australia and USA. Diunna and her band Blue Mercy have performed throughout the United States and internationally!

Trudy Lynn with Steve KraseTrudy Lynn with Steve Krase Blues singer Trudy Lynn remembers her parents’ collection of 78 rpm records being both fragile and durable. She recalls their brittle quality: “You got a whupping back in those days if you’d break one of them,” she says. “They were like glass.” Yet the songs that spilled forth from those recordings have remained with her for decades. In addition to her parents’ 78s, she had a lot of casual contact with blues and R&B performers because her mother ran a beauty shop by the Club Matinee. Lynn would walk there from school trying to catch a glimpse of acts like Joe Hinton or Bobby “Blue” Bland, who would play the venue. She wasn’t able to get closer to the music than the club’s door. She sang in a vocal ensemble at Wheatley High School. Her first break came as a teen when late blues great Albert Collins – playing with Big Tiny and the Thunderbirds – invited her onto the bandstand at Walter’s Lounge on Lockwood. She sang “Night Time Is the Right Time.” “I was in, baby,” she says. “I said, ‘Oh yes, this is what I want to do. This is what I want to do.’ ”

Brad Absher & Swamp RoyaleBrad Absher Brad Absher – singer, songwriter, and guitarist, was raised in Lake Charles, LA and his unique sound reflects the area’s Swamp Pop influence he first heard on South Louisiana AM radio. After moving to Tulsa in the late 70’s, teenaged Absher was soon studying with the city’s best, including Gerry Lewis & the Playboy’s guitarist, Tommy Tripplehorn. Absher credits this relationship as the key to his development. Soon thereafter, slide guitar made its way into his sound after seeing Ry Cooder and his East Texas supergroup “Chicken Skin Review.” In 2013 & 2014, he competed and was selected as Houston’s International Blues Challenge Regional Winner. He and his band were sent on behalf of the Houston Blues Society to represent Houston at the IBC’s in Memphis, and made to the Finals on the infamous Orpheum Theatre Stage in 2014. Brad can lead a group of musicians from greasy swamp pop to urban blues and keep his fans groovin’ on the dance floor. His freshly released CD, “Lucky Dog”, is climbing the charts amid rave reviews! Brad’s shares his guitar knowledge on staff at Houston’s well-known Rockin’ Robin music store.

Dave NevlingDave Nevling Dave Nevling has been lighting up audiences in the Houston area for years with his vocals, harmonica playing, and songwriting. Extended stints with respected Blues Guitarists Bert Wills and Mark May helped him make a name for himself, and in 1997 formed his own band, Dave Nevling & The Blues Kats! He remains a Gulf Coast Blues staple with numerous CD’s on the Katastic Record label. Heavy influences include Paul Butterfield and Charlie Musselwhite.

The Mighty OrqMighty Orq Since 2002, The Mighty Orq has been performing solo and with his band across the US and Europe. He has won multiple awards, released six albums, and an instructional DVD for solo resonator slide guitar. He is a uniquely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with a focus in the American Roots Music genres. Always known as a standout guitarist and vocalist, over the last 13 years Orq has matured as both a writer and arranger. Where early on, the musical emphasis was on raucous drum and guitar lines, now Orq takes a more song-centered approach letting songs dictate the instrumentation rather than the other way around. New compositions such as “Love In A Hurricane”, “Say It With Silence”, and the Weissenborn instrumental “Cannon Ball” from the forthcoming album entitled “Love In A Hurricane” feature an experienced composer, instrumentalist, and singer beginning to reach his stride!

John McVey & The StumbleJohn McVey John McVey is a veteran of Texas Blues, who created his signature tone and earned his aggressive guitar chops as a member of touring bands on the Chitlin’ Circuit. He was mentored by Blues legends Larry Davis and Albert King. With no effects pedals, his ‘singing guitar’ emotes heart-rending bends and smooth runs as well as bold chording that has led many, including the legendary ‘Uncle’ John Turner, to call McVey ‘the best rhythm guitar player around.’ His musical resume includes world-wide performances with Hook Herrera & the Hitchhikers and Paul Orta & the Kingpins. After a very profitable Miller Genuine Draft Light television spot, John joined the Lavelle White Band in ATX as guitarist and band leader. With Lavelle, he played the major festival circuit for several years on shows with Luther Allison, John Lee Hooker and more.

Jonn Del Toro Richardson Band Del Toro Jonn Del Toro Richardson is a blues guitarist from Houston, TX representing the strong defining sound of the Texas Blues. Inspired by his uncles he picked up the guitar in his early twenties and immediately started playing in the music scene around Houston. From starting his own bands to having the honor to play with many of the blues greats in Houston early in his career, Richardson discovered his passion in blues music. Richardson is widely known for his impeccable tone, as well as, his incomparable tasteful playing. His soft voice in conversation is a calming cover to the strong and steady singer and the explosive guitar player he is on stage.

Evelyn RubioEvelyn Rubio This Mexico City beauty has been wowing audiences from there to New York City! After beginning her professional career in television, turned to dance and music, and the rest, as they say is history. Exquisite vocals and a remarkable Saxmaniac gives Evelyn an undeniable stage presence. She will captivate you with her amazing talent and her strikingly good looks.

Tommy DardarTommy Dardar Big Daddy Gumbo has Houston roots that go back to the days performing with Lightning Hopkins in the late 60’s. Since then, he has developed his own unique style of Louisiana inflected Rock-n-Roll Gumbo will have you dancing from the first note! When he stops wailing on the harmonica and opens his glorious pipes, you will want to know when and where you can see him next! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Luther & The HealersLuther & The Healers Chicago born & bred, Luther Rada leads the longest running Blues party band in the South. He and The Healers play more gigs around town because they put smiles on faces and fannies on dance floors. Luther & The Healers are of one of Houston’s longest running and hardest working blues bands. Established in 1991 and continuously performing upwards of 300 shows per year since, the band has been steadfastly dedicated to preserving the beautiful sounds of the blues in all of its colors in every imaginable venue with the single-minded goal of bringing joy to the people while remaining true to the integrity of the music. Luther & The Healers are a Texas-based blues band doing their very best every night to uphold the tradition of one of America’s true artistic treasures, THE BLUES. Come watch this left-handed guitar slinger bring his Chicago infused Blues, Rock, and Rhythm to the HBS Stage. He’ll even have the crawfish dancing!

No Refund BandNo Refund Band The No Refund Band is full-tilt, take no prisoner band stacked with talent! Frontman and Lead Guitarist, Ricky Jackson has been keeping the Blues flame burning both here and in Louisiana. No Refund competed and won this year’s Regional International Blues Challenge. They then represented the Houston Blues Society in Memphis at the prestigious Annual International Blues Challenge! If you like big guitars and horns, you won’t want to miss this band! The mix of the horns with blistering guitar and gritty heartfelt vocals is the key. Two things are for certain — electric blues don’t get any better this, and if you like that sort of music, you’ll never ask for a refund from a show!

Great Scott & The AlmightiesGreat Scott & The Almighties Great Scott is Scott Starry, and The Almighties are his smokin’ hot band! They throwdown a Texas styled Blues that have SRV fans reminiscing. In the fall they advanced to the Regional Finals of the HBS International Blues Challenge, and look forward to coming back for more! They will have the crowd rocking for sure!

Seawall GraffitiSeawall Graffiti Seawall is a Galveston Island based youth band consisting of 5 siblings and three friends,focusing on mostly blues.

TreynWrekTreynWrek Have you heard the rumble? Have you heard the sound? There is a TreynWrek a coming with no plans of slowing down. It’s hard to believe that just a little over two years ago, TreynWrek emerged onto the music scene and have been gaining steam ever since. As soon as the Treyn left the station it’s been tearing up the tracks all over town building a huge reputation within the music community. This little high energy three piece blues-rock band from Spring, Texas has easily become one of the hottest acts in the Houston Area delivering original music with a unique sound along with classic rock and blues covers that will please any crowd. TreynWrek delivers a mix of originality, passion and they are devoted to putting on one hell of a show that you do not want to miss!!

Eric DemmerEric Demmer At the age of 10, Eric found a saxophone under the Christmas tree. So began the journey of a natural-born musician, playing anywhere at any time with anyone. He grew up steeped in the blues and rock and roll of the 70’s and 80’s. He absorbed the sounds of The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, B.B. King, and fellow Texan, Stevie Ray Vaughn. One night, ERIC was invited to perform onstage with the legendary Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. From that night forward, Eric joined Gate’s band and traveled all over the world for the next 12 years, until Gate’s death in 2005. The journey with “Gate’s” band led them to tour extensively as the opening act for Eric Clapton during his “From The Cradle” tour. Eric has performed with many well-known and respected musicians: Carlos Santana, B.B. King, George Duke, Joe Sample, David Sanborn, Todd Rundgren, Shamika Copeland, Johnnie “Clyde” Copeland, Johnnie “Be Good” Johnson (pianist with Chuck Berry), Duke Robillard, Buddy Guy, Delbert McClinton, The Allman Brothers, Dr. John, Kim Wilson, and many others. Eric describes his style of music as, “high energy, funky blues with a mix of jazz” and combines a variety of influences while reminding everyone that, “The real thing comes from the heart and soul”.

Oscar Ornelas BandOscar Ornelas
Oscar Ornelas is a multi-instrumentalist from San Angelo, TX. He has been playing music for 20 of his 28 years, starting in church singing and playing music, then later sharing the stage with numerous touring blues and jazz acts from around the world. He was the leader of the Sealy Flats Blues Club house band from 2009 to 2012. Currently residing and working in Austin, Oscar is working on several projects including a musical piece for a theatrical production, fronting his own blues and soul band and he is an in demand sideman working as the saxophonist for several bands in town, including the Eastside Blues Syndicate, and pianist for an upcoming jazz project debuting in 2015.

Rusted AvenueRusted Avenue Rusted Avenue is a collection of four child friends who enjoy music. Their musical roots are firmly established in Blues and Soul.

Eugene Moody

John EganJohn Egan Musician John Egan has a unique sound ranging from traditional country blues to a more modern electric style. He is a masterfully skilled guitar player who uses poetic lyrics and vintage resonator guitars to create an expressive personal music. Often performing solo, Egan’s guitar style includes, in effect, playing bass, lead, percussion and vocals, all at the same time. He says, “the rarefied air where Lightnin’ Hopkins met Townes Van Zandt serves as an inspiration and an ideal.” From the lo-fi sonics of “The Gin Diaries”, through the quiet introspection of “Paperhalo”, to the electro stomp of “Secret Religion.” Garnering local acclaim and a mention in the New York Times, his 2012 release “Phantoms” utilizes two drummers and spectral guitar effects to produce a haunting, intense listen.