Thursday, August 15, 2013

Blues and R&B Friday Rally Night

FRIDAY
September 20, 2013
Dickson Street Beer Garden Main Stage
2:30 - Midnight


The best possible FREE live music in our official beer gardens for the duration of the rally with Friday night being devoted to Blues and R&B.


For your Friday we've got Rockin' Jason D. Williams you will experience how the influence of Lewis comes through in his high-energy performances, Williams says, but his songs get him to a different place. As he says, "It's Jerry Lee Lewis meets Jackson Pollock and Jerry Lee Lewis meets Joe Namath."

According to journalist Jennifer Liebrum,
Andy Frasco is NOT suffering silently, "His first soul mate was a piano. The second shut him down after he proposed. So Andy Frasco went back to the former and wrote a song about the latter.  His mastery of the blues and jazz take you on the journey in a bouncy, hurts-so-good way."

Hailing from the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, with more than a combined 200 years of playing experience,
Earl and Them bring an electricity to the stage that is grounded by a rich history and lasting tradition in the blues.

We'll be rounding off the evening with Leah and the Mojo Band as well as Mr. Blue, two outstanding performers carrying the local blues torch with every bit of style and soul you'd come to expect from international performers.  So here's your Friday, we did good!


Rockin' Jason D. Williams
From MTV to The White House, Jason D. Williams brings a mad-man’s wild energy and a sparking passion to the stage. His Signature brand of wild and rowdy boogie woogie and rock and roll mixed with raw energy and boundless talent is a sure fire recipe for pleasing your audience.

Williams sound skips across multiple genres, incorporating everything from classical to country blues, jazz and rockabilly. But where he really shines is in his live performance, raw energy fueling the tunes as he stomps and bangs and dances behind the keys, and sometimes on the keys. There will be no doubt why fans and critics alike agree that the dynamic piano player from Memphis, TN is a MUST SEE, with the same musical genius as Mozart and the versatility and on the edge attitude to bring you back to the roots of Rock & Roll.

A broad range of musical style, talented story teller and engaging personality attract audiences of all musical tastes and ages, performing venues of less than a hundred to over 80,000, this show fits any market, any venue!

Jason D. Williams has, through the sheer power of his personality and high energy act, carved out a small place for himself in the ever volatile music industry.

Jason D. Williams, piano/vocals, Mike Harber, bass, James "Popcorn" Irving, drums/guitar, Rodney Polk, drums, Steve Clarke, horn





Andy Frasco, a twenty-three blues/jazz musician hailing from the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, is nothing short of an enigma. Influenced by Damien Rice, Sam Cooke, Professor Longhair, Van Morrison and Tom Waits, Frasco’s style is as uninhibited as those artists who inspire him. Let’s call it Party Blues.

Within the past three years alone, Frasco has trekked over 120,000 miles, performed over 700 shows, with spanning over 6 countries. Frasco’s journey, however, is just beginning. This revolutionary is on a mission to alter the music business as we know it.

Frasco’s a rarity in the music business: one who is an industry “insider” and a talented musician. This unparalleled insight is due, in part, to his days of managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old. He’s booked bands like HelloGoodbye, and worked with labels and venues such as Drive Thru, Atlantic Records and The Key Club in Hollywood, Ca.

What’s more, Frasco does not come from a musical background. His family played no instruments, and it wasn’t until the age of 17 that Frasco met his soul mate: the piano. At 19 years old, Frasco traveled to New York to work with friend and colleague Jordan Stilwell, producing his first album Growth and Progress. From there, Frasco toured the country with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, raising money for Music Education in the Public Schools.

In 2011 alone, Frasco received musician of the year at showcases such as Sundance Film Festival, HatchFest, Orion’s Music Festival and the European Independent Film Festival.

Frasco may just be the “Second Coming” of blues music for this emerging generation, changing the course of mainstream music in a blazing path of glory that will someday take him home.

Andy Frasco, piano/vocals, Ernie Chang, saxophone, Shawn Eckels, guitar


Earl and Them
The band's leader is legendary guitar player Earl Cate, who was listed in Steve Cropper's top ten guitar players of all time. He gained fame with his twin brother Ernie as the Cate Brother's Band. Earl has been writing and performing music for five decades now. He has a unique style of playing which sets him apart from the rest. Earl has played and toured with Levon Helm and the Band, Crosby Still and Nash, Bo Diddley, Little Feat and many others. His bands have shared the stage with Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Boz Scaggs, Elvin Bishop, Lynnard Skinnard and many other rock legends of our time. 

In recent years, Earl continued to tour the region with his brother and their band the Cate Brothers, until the end of 2006 when Ernie decided he wanted to slow down and retire. The Cates have continued to play a few select shows each year, but Earl now concentrates his musical interest with his current group of players; "Them". Now in his fifth decade of playing the guitar and performing to the public, there is still a lot of great music left in Earl Cate.

Terry Cagel, drums/vocals, Jason Davis, guitar/vocals, Earl Cate, guitar/vocals, Mike Murray, bass

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Leah and the Mojo Doctors have been playing Blues and Rock & Roll since 2001. The band has received numerous nominations and awards. Leah was awarded the Ozark Music Awards Best Female Vocalist in 2004. In 2008, she won the NAMA for Best Female Vocalist. Leah & the Mojo Doctors were awarded the 2009 and 2010 NAMA for Best Blues/R&B Band. In 2011 the band won the NAMA for Best Cover Band! 2012 is proving to be a wonderful year! Leah is the current 2012 NAMA Female Vocalist, Leah & the Mojo Doctors are the 2012 NAMA Hall of Fame Multi-Category Winners, and the Ozark Blues Society's 2012 Blues Challenge Winner!

Leah Spears, Vocalist, Matt Perrine, Guitar, Jody Andrews, Guitar & Vocals, Eben Jones, Bass & Vocals, Bill Hynes, Drums & Vocals


Mr. Blue is a power trio developed out of Northwest Arkansas, who specializes in rock and rolls very articulate sub genres. Please beware of very loud amplifiers, along nasty blues riffs, accompanied by the over usage of the drum kit.

We found each other in early summer and meshed very quickly. With very deep musical backgrounds , the foundation of Mr. Blue is based on another level of progressive rock. Dustin Parker, Copelin Bates, and Zach Quam are "Mr. Blue and The Re-Education". Giving no discrmination towards any style or genre, the focus is loving to play and to entertain. Mr.Blue is open to learning any general song or style for the occasion, but only specializing in Rock and Roll, Classic Rock, Blues, Alternative Rock, and Classic Rhythm and Blues. Ok. I lied...They do not play salsa.

Cope (Guitar/Vocals), Dustin (Bass/Vocals), Quam (the whippin post/drums)