Ironclad Venue Management and Quiva Productions Present
Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos
2014 Atlantic Ave.
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
3 X Grammy Nominated, 4 X Blues Music Awards "Entertainer of the Year" and 5 X "Contemporary Male" Blues Music Award Winner the Legendary Tab Benoit.
Tab Benoit is a Cajun man who's definitely got the blues. Born November 17, 1967, he grew up in Houma, Louisiana. A guitar player since his teenage years, he hung out at the Blues Box, a ramshackle music club and cultural center in nearby Baton Rouge run by guitarist Tabby Thomas. Playing guitar alongside Thomas, Raful Neal, Henry Gray and other high-profile regulars at the club, Benoit learned the blues first-hand from a faculty of living blues legends.
TAB BENOIT PRESCRIBES A DOSE OF MUSICAL MEDICINE! Medicine co-produced by ace songwriter Anders Osborne and features drummer Brady Blade, keyboardist Ivan Neville, bassist Corey Duplechin and the legendary Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil,
You've tried the rest, now try the best! Tab Benoit's amazing new Medicine, 100% pure musical snake-oil. A melodic potion that provides immediate and satisfying relief for all aches and pain. Benoit's Medicine is a guaranteed cure for heartache. It's the genuine article this Medicine is for whatever ails you.
Medicine, Benoit's seventh solo release on Telarc International, a division of Concord Music Group, successfully joins two gifted guitarists/songwriters in a session that proves greater than the sum of its very talented parts. Set for April 26, 2011 release, the 11-track recording features seven new Benoit originals co-written with ace songwriter Anders Osborne (his song "Watch the Wind Blow By" was recorded by Tim McGraw in 2002, hitting No. 1 on the country charts for two weeks and selling over three million albums, and Keb' Mo's 1999 GRAMMY-winning album Slow Down, featured two songs he had co-written).
"Anders and I have been friends for years, and we have a very comfortable relationship," says Benoit, a GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter, as well as a guitarist and singer with a repertoire that ranges from swamp-pop classics to gritty blues and rootsy jams. "Songwriting needs to feel natural. It needs to flow easily. When he and I went out on the bayou, we came back with seven songs! Anders also played most of the rhythm parts on the album. He does a good job of not stepping on what I'm doing and making it fit the song."
In an unusual twist, Osborne (who also co-produced the album) uses B.B. King's famous guitar 'Lucille' on Medicine. "He played half the album on that guitar, basically anything that's not slide guitar," Benoit says.
Medicine showcases a lean, energetic young band, and vibe-wise it's hipper and groovier than anything Benoit has ever done before. The recording also spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville (son of Aaron Neville and nephew to members of the Neville Brothers), drummer Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Dave Matthews) and bassist Corey Duplechin (Chubby Carrier & Bayou Swamp Band). Fiddler/singer Michael Doucet of BeauSoleil makes a special appearance on three tracks.
Medicine was recorded at Louisiana's legendary Dockside Studio (B.B. King, Dr. John, Keb' Mo', Taj Mahal, Buckwheat Zydeco), located on a 12 acre estate in the heart of Cajun country on the banks of the Vermilion Bayou, and engineered by David Z (Prince, Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, Gov't Mule). The award-winning music producer/engineer worked with Benoit on three earlier releases (Fever for the Bayou, Power of the Pontchartrain and Night Train to Nashville). "When David's in the booth, I don't have to worry," says Benoit. "He's always comfortable with the way I work. We have a lot of fun and like to joke around."
Benoit's blazing guitar kicks off the title track of the recording. 'Medicine' captures what this album is all about, he says. "Let music be the medicine. Like John Lee Hooker once said, Blues is the healer."
Tab Benoit is Louisiana's No. 1 roots export. More than just an acclaimed bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana's wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor's Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina's effects and a call to restore the wetlands.
In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards). In 2006, he received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for Brother to the Blues, a collaboration with Louisiana's LeRoux. LeRoux joined Benoit on Power of the Pontchartrain in 2007 and the live Night Train to Nashville in 2008.
Medicine is more than another strong entry in Benoit's increasingly impressive discography it's one of his most defining albums. 'Magic happens when you least expect it,' says Benoit. 'Most of the stuff here was played live ~ these are mostly first takes. When it came down to playing, we weren't trying to structure things. We were open to the moment.'
If music has the power to help relieve pain and suffering, then Tab Benoit's Medicine might be just what the doctor ordered.
An environmental activist as well as a stellar blues musician, Benoit has made the preservation of the endangered delta wetlands his personal crusade. He serves as president of Voice of the Wetlands, an environmental organization he co-founded in 2003, and he appeared prominently in Hurricane on the Bayou, a 2006 documentary by filmmaker McGillivray Freeman that chronicles life in Louisiana after Katrina. Hurricane on the Bayou played in iMax theaters in the U.S., Canada and Europe throughout 2007.
In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) in Memphis.
In 2010, Benoit received the Governor's Award for Conservationist of the Year for 2009 from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation.
Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos
Funk'n Rock and Soulful Blues
Formed in July, 2012 Anthony and the Conqueroos quickly made a name in the Local and National blues scene. Within days of forming, they won the local nomination, and represented the Natchel Blues Network in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. With TONS of support from their quickly built local following, they made it all the way to the Semi Finals. No small feat for a band only months old ~ on their first trip to Memphis! The band released an Ep called " Live at Tegu" and are working on a full length release for later this year. With Major Festivals booked for the near future and a spot in the 2014 International Blues Challenge representing the Blue Ridge Blues Society, there is no sign of things slowing down anytime soon. The band mixes blues with heavy doses of funk, rock, and jam band influences.If modern blues with a no holds barred drive is your thing, you must check this out!
Featuring Guitar and Vocals by Anthony Rosano, Paul Warren on Bass,
Jack Campbell on Harp, and Scott Smith on Drums ~ they blend a unique style of Funk and Rock and Roll heavily steeped in the Blues tradition. Drawing on varied influences they seamlessly blend these elements into a style that is New and Exciting with the nostalgic feel of classic rock.
Live performances flow from straight ahead Delta blues through 60's Bay area jams into Crescent city second line funk. With a band of musicians this diverse you can cover a lot of ground ~ they also write strong songs with instrumental hooks and lyrics that speak with emotion and depth. Constantly evolving, The CONQUEROOS are always pushing each other to new horizons. Instead of the same formula night after night, The CONQUEROOS will often try new arrangements augmented by inviting out guest musicians. Tweaking the recipe just right for a new show every time. One sure thing you can expect at a CONQUEROOS show is you will leave knowing you just got 100% from the band and can't wait for the next experience... and thats what it is all about not just listening to music but feeling it, so it is a true experience.