91.5 KRCC Presents Blues Under the Bridge
Blind Boys of Alabama, The Paladins, Bob Corritore and Big Jon Atkinson, Erica Brown with the Movers and Shakers, Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds
218 West Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80903
Doors 1:00 PM / Show 1:30 PM
Blues Under the Bridge
Blues Under the Bridge is now entering its 11th year and has been designated a Signature Event by the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority. The festival is a production of 91.5 FM KRCC. Blues Under the Bridge has become recognized as a premier blues music festival attracting blues fans from all over Colorado, and even the greater Southwest United States! Artists that have performed at Blues Under the Bridge include Koko Taylor, the Holmes Brothers, the Fabulous Thunderbird, Booker Jones, Bettye LaVette, John Hammond, Charlie Musselwhite, Shemekia Copeland, Robert Belfour and many others. Headlining the 11th Annual Blues Under the Bridge Festival on Saturday July 29th are 6 time Grammy Award Winners, the Blind Boys of Alabama.
KRCC Member tickets available at the 91.5 KRCC station (912 N. Weber St.) during regular business hours.
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PPBC Member tickets available at PPBC events, check their website calendar or FB page for details. http://www.pikespeakblues.org/
And if you're not a member, now is a great time to join and get the benefits of membership!
Catch the official 2017 BLUES UNDER THE BRIDGE PRE-SHOWS:
Wednesday, July 26 at Ivywild School with Jeremy Vasquez and The Survivors
Thursday, July 27 at The Gold Room with The Paladins
Friday, July 28 at The Gold Room with Bob Corritore and Big Jon Atkinson
• Doors at 7pm / Show at 8pm
• $10 tickets available at the door
• First 100 guests with BUTB tickets get in free!
Blind Boys of Alabama
The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st. Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s (including Jimmy Carter, who leads the group today), the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world.
The Blind Boys' live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to virtually every continent. The Blind Boys of Alabama have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 75 years and shows no signs of diminishing. “We appreciate the accolades and we thank God for them,” says Jimmy Carter, a founding member and the Blind Boys’ current leader. “But we’re not interested in money or anything other than singing gospel. We had no idea when we started that we would make it this far. The secret to our longevity is, we love what we do. And when you love what you do, that keeps you motivated. That keeps you alive.”
The Paladins from San Diego California are the preeminent blues/rockabilly band in America. Founded in 1980 by guitarist Dave Gonzalez and bass player Thomas Yearsley, they have recorded five singles, nine full Length studio records, and three live albums. Along the way they built a solid reputation as one of America's hardest-working and best live bands.
The Paladins helped pave the way for the Rockabilly craze of the early 1980s. Their tagline at the time was "Western & Bop", as they played a combination of rockabilly and vintage country together with a blues groove.
Bob Corritore and Big Jon Atkinson
Bob Corritore is one of the most active and highly regarded blues harmonica players on the scene today. His style passionately carries forward the old school of playing that Corritore learned as a young man directly from many of original pioneers of Chicago Blues. His sympathetic, yet fiery harmonica playing is featured on over 50 releases to date, on labels such as HighTone, HMG, Blue Witch, Blind Pig, Earwig, Ruf, Putumayo, Random Chance, and the VizzTone Label Group and the great Delta Groove label, which he is currently signed to. Many of Bob’s acclaimed releases have been nominated or winners for various Handy, Grammy, and Blues Music Awards and Blues Blast Music Awards.
2016 saw the release of Bob’s album with Big Jon Atkinson titled House Party at Big Jon’s. The album was released on the Delta Groove label and features guest appearances from Willie Buck, Alabama Mike, Dave Riley and Tomcat Courtney.
Erica Brown with the Movers and Shakers
Erica Brown is a bona-fide Blues woman. As frontwoman for the Award-winning Erica Brown Band, Erica electrified audiences all over the Rocky Mountain region with the band’s brand of searing blues rock. The band won every award the region offered, including Best Blues Band (Westword Magazine) Best Underground Blues Band (Denver Post) and The Rocky Mountain News’ Best of in the Blues Category. The band released two critically acclaimed CD’s, “Body Work” in 2000, and “Rough Cut Stone” in 2003. Don’t miss seeing Denver’s Queen of the Blues!
The Movers and Shakers are a tight knit band of four music enthusiasts whose influences range from old school soul stars like Otis Redding and Sam and Dave to The Red Hot Chile Peppers, Talker, Joe Cocker and Jonny Lange. The band is fronted by dynamic vocalist Andy Webber, along with Ryan Borthick on guitar, Dane Vernon on bass, and Kyle Borthick on drums and vocals. Kyle Borthick has been around the Denver music scene for many years. He has worked with such legendary Denver bands as J.D. and The Love Bandits, The Captains, Red Hot Blues Band and The Delta Sonics. He has also worked with national acts such as Bo Diddley, Dr John and Bob Margolin.
Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds
First gaining notoriety from a series of frenetic dance‐party live performances in 2011‐2012, Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds deliver a style steeped in rock & roll and suffused with garage soul, showcasing a super-group’s worth of Colorado blues, folk and rock artists in their prime: Inaiah Lujan (guitar/The Haunted Windchimes), Marc Benning (bass/34 Satellite), Alex Koshak (percussion/The Grant Sabin Band), Grant Sabin (trumpet/The Grant Sabin Band), and Ian Bourgal (sax/The Changing Colors).
While it references the greats of soul and rock & roll, from Otis Redding to Roy Orbison and Creedence Clearwater Revival, Round and Round is something original, fresh and new. Round and Round’s 8 tracks, produced and recorded by Marc Benning and Mike Clark, will take you on a epic journey; riding on a wave of emotion through troubled waters and smooth sailin’ through the good times. Round and round you’ll go, moving and grooving, singing and dancing. Come along and take a chance on The Sugar Sounds!