John Lupton's PCa Blue Presents
Two Blues Legends for One Great Cause
Bobby Rush, The Bo-Keys, Southern Avenue, Vasti Jackson, Buddy Guy
Sun, April 2, 2017
Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm
$35.00 - $100.00
This event is all ages
PCa Blue Presents: TWO BLUES LEGENDS FOR ONE GREAT CAUSE
Blues Hall of Famers, Buddy Guy & Bobby Rush (backed by the Bo-Keys) special performances by, Vasti Jackson, the Bo Keys & Southern Avenue
Buddy Guy is the national spokesman for PCa Blue.https://www.minglewoodhall.com/event/1449709/
PCa Blue is a 501c3 charitable organization founded on the basic premise that men should be provided the knowledge they will need to make informed decisions about prostate cancer when they or a loved one are diagnosed with this deadly disease.
Our Mission is straightforward:
The Mission of PCa Blue is to educate men and their loved ones about prostate cancer and empower them to make informed decisions about this deadly disease and the numerous options available to them prior a diagnosis either to themselves or to a loved one.
PCa Blue has launched the Buddy Guy Blues for Prostate Cancer prostate cancer education campaign that connects blues music and blues musicians with the prostate cancer cause (blue is the cause color for prostate cancer). The campaign will include a series of local blues concerts – featuring blues legend Buddy Guy as a special guest and national spokesman – that will also deliver the important prostate cancer messages of early detection, treatment options, advanced stage cancer, side effects, and caregiver support to help men learn the facts in a friendlier environment.
Another part of our mission is to advocate for quality cancer care for all people touched by Prostate Cancer. PCa Blue supports policy reforms that will expand access to innovative treatments and health care approaches for Prostate Cancer Patients. We will work with legislators and policy makers to represent Prostate Cancer Patients with the goal to improve their quality of care and quality of life after diagnosis.
Rush estimates that he has cut over 300 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with three Grammy nominations, as well as 41 nominations and 10 awards from the Blues Foundation, and a 2006 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame.
But make no mistake: Rush is not your typical octogenarian. At age 82, he exudes the energy of a 20 year old, and is on the road for over 200 dates a year. His hectic tour schedule has earned him the affectionate title “King of the Chitlin’ Circuit.” Rush has traveled the globe, and has performed in such faraway places as Japan and Beirut. In 2007, he earned the distinction of being the first blues artist to play at the Great Wall of China. His renowned stage act features his famed shake dancers, who personify his funky blues and the ribald humor that he has cultivated during the course of his storied career.
Born Emmet Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, he adopted the stage name Bobby Rush out of respect for his father, a pastor. According to Rush, his parents never talked about the blues being the devil’s music. “My daddy never told me to sing the blues, but he also didn’t tell me to not sing the blues. I took that as a green light.”
Rush built his first guitar when he was a youngster. “I didn’t know where to buy one, even if I had the money. I was a country boy,” he says. After seeing a picture of a guitar in a magazine, he decided to make one by attaching the top wire of a broom to a wall and fretting it with a bottle. He also got some harmonica lessons from his father He eventually acquired a real guitar, and started playing in juke joints as a teenager, when his family briefly relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. The fake moustache Rush wore made club owners believe he was old enough to gain entry into their establishments. While he was living in Little Rock, Rush’s band, which featured Elmore James, had a residency at a nightspot called Jackrabbit.
During the mid-1950s, Rush relocated to Chicago to pursue his musical career and make a better life for himself. It was there that he started to work with Earl Hooker, Luther Allison, and Freddie King. sat in with many of his musical heroes, such as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon,and Little Walter. Rush eventually began leading his own band in the 1960s. He also started to craft his own distinct style of funky blues, and recorded a succession of singles for a various small labels. It wasn’t until the early 1970’s that Rush finally scored a hit with “Chicken Heads.” More recordings followed, including an album for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International Label.
Rush relocated one final time to Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1980s. He was tired of the cold up north, and he realized that setting up his base of operations directly in the center of the South would make it easier to perform in nearby cities on weekends. More indie label recordings followed. Songs like “Sue, A Man Can Give (But He Sure Can’t Take It),” “What’s Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander Too,” and” I Ain’t Studdin’ You” became regional jukebox favorites in juke joints throughout the region, and many of those songs are still fan favorites that are an integral part of his live repertoire.
Since 2003, Rush has self-released the majority of his work (including the critically acclaimed Folk Funk album) on his Deep Rush label, but recently, he came to the realization that having a bigger record company behind him would be beneficial. “I outgrew myself,” said Rush. “I need someone to help in doing the things I can’t do. When you are wearing all the hats, you can’t be everywhere at once.”
Enter esteemed producer and two-time Grammy winner Scott Billington, Rounder Records’ longtime VP of A&R. Billington first met Rush at a Recording Academy meeting 25 years ago, and they became fast friends. He has wanted to work with Rush ever since. “He is the most vital bluesman of his generation,” said Billington. He continues, “There are many people who still don’t know Bobby Rush, even though he is a hero in the parallel universe of the Chitlin’ Circuit—fans stop him on the street in Memphis and Helena and Little Rock.”
Porcupine Meat will not only please Rush’s older fans, but is likely to win over many new ones. Billington reflects, “We wanted to come up with something fresh, while staying 100% true to Bobby.”
The album was recorded in New Orleans, and Rush was pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to make an album in his home state for the very first time. His impassioned vocals and in-the-pocket harmonica playing are among the best performances of his career. Unlike most of his recent releases, these sessions only feature real instruments and no synthesizers. All of the rhythm tracks were cut live in the studio, often edited down from jams that on several occasions ran close to ten minutes.
For the project, Billington assembled some of the best Louisiana musicians, including Shane Theriot, David Torkanowsky, Jeffrey “Jellybean” Alexander, Kirk Joseph, Cornell Williams, and others. Rush brought along his old friend and longtime collaborator, guitarist Vasti Jackson, who worked with Bobby and Scott on getting the songs ready for the studio. Guitar greats Dave Alvin, Keb’ Mo’, and Joe Bonamassa all make guest appearances on the album.
Rush has always been a prolific and clever songwriter. The songs he penned for Porcupine Meat such as “Dress Too Short,” “I Don’t Want Nobody Hanging Around,” “Me, Myself And I,” “Nighttime Gardener,” “It’s Your Move,” and the title selection, all equal or rival his best material. “Funk o’ de Funk” delivers exactly what the title suggests and what Rush has always done the best, which is putting the funk into the blues. While “Got Me Accused” is inspired by events from Rush’s own life, the lyrics tell an all-too-familiar tale about the rampant racial injustice that afflicts our society. Producer Billington and his wife Johnette Downing (the well known New Orleans songwriter and children’s musician) co-wrote a couple of fine selections, “Catfish Stew” and “Snake In The Grass.”
Bobby Rush is the greatest bluesman currently performing. Porcupine Meat is a testament to his brilliance, which presents him at his very best, and doesn’t try to be anything that he is not. “I just try to record good music and stories,” he humbly states. With this recording, he has more than accomplished his goal, and has produced one of the finest contemporary blues albums in recent times.
"These are exciting times! In the 6 short months since we have been working together, we have poured numerous hours into writing, touring, and growing as a band, and now, with a fresh new batch of songs and a steadfast sense of unity, we feel we are ready to show the world what we have been working on as we prepare to record our first EP with revered producer and engineer, Kevin Houston (North MS Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin, Ana Popovic), this year.
Southern Avenue is made up of award winning, Israeli born guitarist, Ori Naftaly, vocal powerhouse, Tierinii Jackson, and her younger sister, Tikyra Jackson, on drums.
Ori Naftaly won "2013 best blues band" in Israel and came to Memphis, TN to compete at the International Blues Challenge on Beale St. Naftaly reached the 2013 IBC semi finals and sold th largest number of CD's ever in the competition's history. That year, Naftaly gained international recognition and support by the blues community and by an extended fan base, by way of extensively touring the US and Holland, and his recordings circulating around the world by radio. His former band, The Ori Naftaly Band, immediately took the blues world by storm, with over 400 shows in over 42 states, including headlining appearances at some of the most well-regarded blues festivals in the country. There, Naftaly shared the stage with some of the best acts in the business, such as Tab Benoit, Ana Popovic, Bernard Allison, Shemekia Copeland, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Ron Holloway (The Allman Brothers), Marcia Ball, Danielle Nicole, and many more.
Sultry, raw, soulful, and most notably, powerful. That's Tierinii Jackson. Raised in the church in the heart of Memphis, TN, and beginning her singing career from childhood as the youngest member in the choir, this preacher's daughter developed the kind of spirit in her voice that can move mountains, and pipes that can blow the roof off a building. There's a hot, hot heat to Jackson's coolness in her impressively expansive range and the emotion that backs it. It's the big kind of voice that catches you off guard, blasting like a firecracker from her petite frame, as her vocals captivate the room. In her adult years, Jackson, who has been compared by critics to the likes of Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Tina Turner, has starred as lead vocalist in several musical theatre productions, including "Dream Girls", "Spring Awakening", and Disney's "High School Musical 2", to name a few. Recently, she has toured internationally with Todrick Hall, including on his most recent musical venture, "Twerk Du Soliel", as well as with the Hybrid Performace Group, where the multitalented songstress performed as both a singer and dancer. As she continues continues to soar with such ease in her artistic journey with Southern Avenue, it is undeniably clear that there is nothing small about Tierinii Jackson.
Tikyra "TK" Jackson, is the younger, but no less talented, sister of leading lady, Tierinii. Don't be fooled by her age though, because when it comes to talent, Tikyra has no trouble "holding her own". Raised alongside her siblings in the church, gospel music was her first love and influence. Growing up in such a musically driven family and environment, choosing an instrument (well, in TK's case, multiple instruments) was just a natural first step; and it was at only 9 years old that she first discovered her drive and passion for the drums. With the encouragement of her family and able to hone her abilities as an active member in the church band, the younger Jackson sister spent hours upon hours a day practicing every possible rudiment and skill necessary to master her craft—which many would argue she has already achieved at the young age of 21. The precussion prodigy, now music business major at the University of Memphis, has continued to develop herself as an artist as an active participant in the university's marching band, The Mighty Sound of the South, and in the Memphis Tigers basketball season pep band at games. Tikyra, who was essentially raised amidst some of Memphis's best known artists, states that becoming a part of Southern Avenue and the opportunity to work with some of the city's finest talent, has re-defined and re-invigorated her love for music and performing. It shows. She makes you feel it.
Vasti Jackson is a soulful world renown guitarist, and vocalist whose presence captures an audience the moment he takes the stage.
Vasti (pronounced Vast-Eye) Jackson is a consummate performer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer. From his early beginnings playing in church, and juke joints in McComb, Mississippi, to festivals, Concerts, and theatres around thw world . Vasti and his band move effortlessly from Blues to Soul to Jazz to Funk to gospels, Raggae, and beyound.
– 2010 Found Vasti in the studio producing for Kenny Neal, and Marc Stone.
– 2009 Vasti toured spain, Italy, Norway and Poland. And relased his Mississippi Burner CD.
– 2008 Vasti performed in Italy, Tunisia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Norway and England.
– 2007 Vasti received the best blues guitarist award West Coast Blues Hall of Fame.
– 2007 Vasti produced New Orleans jazz chanteuse Lisa Lynn's "I'm No Angel" CD.
– 2006 Vasti won the 32nd Annual Jackson Music Awards Bottleneck Blues Bar Award.
– 2006 Vasti appeared the film "Infidelity" that featured his composition "Casion In The Cottonfield" on the Lifetime Television Network.
– 2005 Vasti performed as the balladeer in the Missississipi Opera's production of "Gospel At Colonus".
– 2004 Vasti produced and composed for New Orleans piano legend Henry Butler's Homeland CD on Basin Street Records.
– 2003 Vasti was featured in Martin Scorsese's seven part documentary "THE BLUES" performing an original titled "Train Rolling Blues".
– 2003 Vasti also wrote and performed "America, Proud and Strong" with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and a 1,500-voice choir, for the Mississippi ETV presentation, Mississippi, The Birthplace of America's Music.
– 2002 Vasti was featured as Narrator, composer, and performer in the Starz Encore Cable Documentary Last of the Mississippi Jukes.
– 2001 Bobby Rush Hoochie Man CD was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues recording.
– 2000 Vasti served Producer, engineer, and guitarist on the Booby Rush CD "Hoochie Man"
– 1999 Vasti played the character Ike Zinnerman in the film Stop Breakin' Down for which he compose two songs and served as musical director.
– 1998 Vasti formed Roots Gospel Voices Of Mississippi, release the "Rooted and Real" CD, and tour Italy, Germany, Sicily, Switzerland, and Spain.
Vasti's talent has been enlarged by an amazing array of musical experiences over 35 years of his vibrant career.
Jackson's Recordings "No Borders to the Blues", "Live In Nashville" and Mississippi Burner present audio buffet of Vasti´s limitless energy and boundless imagination. It spotlights his talents as singer and composer, and his utterly thrilling guitar mastery.
Rooted in the music of Mississippi, Vasti Jackson recorded on B.B. King's Grammy award winning Blues Summit in 1994. In the 1980s and early 1990s Vasti was session guitarist for Malaco Records (Mississippi) and Alligator Records (Chicago). Musical director, and guitarist ZZ Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Bobby Bland, and Swamp queen Katie Webster. He also worked with gospel greats - including the Williams Brothers, the Jackson Southernaires, and Daryl Coley; with soul artist Percy Sledge, Eddie Floyd, Betty Wright and with jazz artists Harry Connick, Jr., Wynton Marsalis, and Cassandra Wilson, just as well.
Festivals and international tours have taken him to Japan, Germany, France, Greece, South Africa, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Sicily, Norway, Finland, England, Uruguay, Brazil, Japan and Portugal.
Vasti Jackson has been featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Living Blues, Nothing But the Blues, Juke Blues (England), Blues Revue, and many other publications. He has performed on Dan Akroyd's House of Blues Radio Hour, the Starz Encore Network, WGN-TV in Chicago, and PBS. He has performed, written, produced, and recorded music for HBO, VH1, Mississippi Educational Television, the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), and radio and television programs in Australia, Uruguay, Finland, and Canada. Vasti co-produced Bobby Rush's Hoochie Man, earning a Contemporary Blues Record of the Year Grammy Award nomination in 2002.
Vasti Jackson is professionalism at its best. He is a combination of talent, broad experience and versatility. His soulful and energetic performance will take your audience on a journey they will never forget.
Buddy Guy released his brand new studio album Born To Play Guitar on July 31, 2015 via Silvertone/RCA Records, which debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart. The follow-up to his 2013 first-ever double disc release, Rhythm & Blues, which also debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Blues Albums chart, Born To Play Guitar is produced by GRAMMY Award winning producer/songwriter and Buddy's longtime collaborator Tom Hambridge. The new release features guest appearances by Van Morrison, Joss Stone, Kim Wilson and Billy Gibbons.
Though Buddy Guy will forever be associated with Chicago, his story actually begins in Louisiana. One of five children, he was born in 1936 to a sharecropper's family and raised on a plantation near the small town of Lettsworth, located some 140 miles northwest of New Orleans. Buddy was just seven years old when he fashioned his first makeshift "guitar"—a two-string contraption attached to a piece of wood and secured with his mother's hairpins.
In 1957, he took his guitar to Chicago, where he would permanently alter the direction of the instrument, first on numerous sessions for Chess Records playing alongside Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and the rest of the label's legendary roster, and then on recordings of his own. His incendiary style left its mark on guitarists from Jimmy Page to John Mayer. "He was for me what Elvis was probably like for other people," said Eric Clapton at Guy's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 2005. "My course was set, and he was my pilot."
Seven years later, July 2012 proved to be one of Buddy Guy's most remarkable years ever. He was awarded the 2012 Kennedy Center Honor for his lifetime contribution to American culture; earlier in the year, at a performance at the White House, he even persuaded President Obama to join him on a chorus of "Sweet Home Chicago." Also in 2012, he published his long-awaited memoir, When I Left Home.
These many years later, Buddy Guy is a genuine American treasure and one of the final surviving connections to an historic era in the country's musical evolution. He keeps looking to the future of the blues through his ongoing work with his 16-year-old protégé, Quinn Sullivan.
"I worry a lot about the legacy of Muddy, Wolf, and all the guys who created this stuff," he says. "I want people to remember them. It's like the Ford car—Henry Ford invented the Ford car, and regardless how much technology they got on them now, you still have that little sign that says 'Ford' on the front.
"One of the last things Muddy Waters told me—when I found out how ill he was, I gave him a call and said, 'I'm on my way to your house.' And he said, 'Don't come out here, I'm doing all right. Just keep the damn blues alive.' They all told me that if they left here before I did, then everything was going to be on my shoulders. So as long as I'm here, I'm going to do whatever I can to keep it alive."
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