The Funky Biscuit Presents
Women In Blues Showcase Hosted By Bridget Kelly Band - Featuring Ruth Wyand, Christine Alexander, Michelle Banfield, Leigh-Anne Stanton, Doris A. Fields, Niecie, Brigitte Rios Purdy, Barbara Armbrecht, Patti Parks, Tullie Brae & Other Special Guests
303 SE Mizner Blvd
Royal Palm Place
Boca Raton, FL, 33432
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is minors under 21 with parent or legal guardian
Watch & Listen
Bridget Kelly Band
Inspired by classic & electric blues, the award winning Bridget Kelly Band has placed their unique stamp on the blues genre, with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas and Memphis Blues with various Southern Blues traditions. The powerful and sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and the incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature hybrid sound that combines female urban blues with riff-driven rockin' blues guitar; held together by a dynamic rhythm section comprised of Tim Mulberry on drums and Mark Armbrecht on bass. The band has been performing at blues clubs, concerts, and festivals throughout the United States, and recently had a standing ovation at BUDDY GUY’S LEGENDS in Chicago, Infinity Hall in Hartford, Ct and the Funky Biscuit in Boca Raton! Their last two albums, Blues Warrior and Bone Rattler have made the “For your consideration list” for a Grammy nomination. As IBC Semi-Finalists in 2015 and 2016, the group continues to gain national media attention. Blues Warrior, Released in June 2018, has been on the RMR Rock Blues Charts for 24 weeks, Bone Rattler, Released in June of 2017, was #1 RMR Electric Blues for over 6 months, made the Living Blues chart, and all five of the Bridget Kelly Band has intense air play all over the globe including Sirius XM radio (B.B. King's Bluesville) and stations around the world. "Outta the Blues" (2016) rose to #11 on the RMR Contemporary Blues chart, hit #1 on the RMR Electric Blues Chart in July and August of 2016, and was the #4 ranked Roots Music Radio "Electric Blues" album of the year. The Bridget Kelly Band has favorable media reviews and regular airplay on Pandora, Spotify, Jango, and Internet radio which expand the band's International fan base.
Ruth Wyand & The Tribe Of One is a one woman band from Kill Devil Hills, NC. that generate the power a full band, with her powerful yet intricate picking style, alternating thumb bass, bottleneck slide, multiple foot drums and raw blues vocals Ruth presents a full high-energy and engaging show playing an eclectic mixture of styles of blues & Americana originals.
From juke joints to jazz clubs this award-winning blues fingerpicker, slide player and singer/songwriter draws on her deep love of American roots music to demonstrate her strengths as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.
The Shakedown is a Gainesville based five-piece band with a contemporary blues-rock and classic soul edge. It is comprised of stage veterans well-seasoned in a variety of musical genres but who have a special affinity for the unique expression of heart and grit that blues music offers. Some of the bands greatest influences include Albert King and Koko Taylor, and the newer stylings of artists like Walter Trout, Susan Tedeschi, Eric Clapton, and Danielle Nicole.
The Shakedown's featured vocalist, Michelle "Velvet" Banfield, is vocal powerhouse who can rip the paint off the walls with her blistering, full bodied voice, and then stir you to your core with her soulful, emotional performances. Over the years of her singing career, Michelle has enjoyed success and recognition as lead singer in a funk band, jazz ensemble, and classic rock group, but fondly describes singing the blues as "coming home". This band enjoys sharing their genuine love of the music with their listening audience and especially loves to make people dance. Get ready to be moved ..... be prepared to get shook!
Cashbox Magazine has described Niecie as a “raw and soulful…..rocking blues powerhouse” who has shared the stage with the likes of Koko Taylor, Larry McCray, Magic Slim and the Teardrops, former Allman Brothers Johnny Neel, Outlaws guitar slinger Chris Anderson, blues rock sensation Anthony Gomes and the legendary Shaun Murphy. A workaholic who relentlessly pushes herself to improve her craft, Niecie has been topping playlists and radio charts around the world including France, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Australia and Canada.
Brigitte Rios Purdy
As a singer, Brigitte Purdy is a hidden gem. Her depth of expressivity and emotiveness, together with her rich, compelling, and soulful tone, and her flawless technical prowess, make Brigitte Purdy a world-class lead vocalist of legendary potential. On stage, Brigitte quite naturally commands the attention of every member of the audience with her musical presence, finesse, and sense for nuance. Combining her talents with her kind, sturdy, and insightful personality, she is a bright star on the horizon. If success is the intersection of preparedness and luck, her future triumphs depend only on a modicum of the latter.
Patti Parks has a reputation as being a riveting liveperformer who has earned her acclaim as the Best Female Blues Vocalist, awarded by Night Life Magazine Blues Music Awards. “Parks’s soulful and sensual voice cranks out an uplifting, ebullient blend of Chicago Blues, Memphis Soul, Blues Funk”
Tullie Brae is most definitely the real deal.The first time I saw Tullie it was at the East End Grill’s the Thrill at the Grill. The first thing you notice about Tullie is how beautiful she is. She’s a tall blonde with amazing blue eyes and a beautiful smile. The second thing you notice is she doesn’t seem to be aware of it.She not only took to the stage, she took it over. Yes, she’s easy on the eyes but she has the stage presence of a veteran. She draws you in like someone who has been performing for decades. She allows you to know her. There’s no wall between her and the audience.Tullie only did a couple of songs that night, one of them was B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone”. When B.B. sang “I'm free from your spell and now that it's over, all I can do is wish you well” you think okay, she did him wrong and he’s moving on. When Tullie sang those very words, it cut through me like a knife. I was thinking NO, don’t move on. The lyrics took on a whole new meaning.I had to see more of Tullie and I did, just a week later. I caught her at the Band Box on Beale, again the following Saturday night in Bolivar, TN for Music on the Square and then back on Beale at Club 152.Tullie isn’t just talented and genuine; she’s a class act too. I noticed that Tullie’s assistant, Jayme was handing out long stem red roses to all the ladies at each show. I thought that was a nice touch. The roses are courtesy of Tullie and Four Roses Bourbon. G. Gordon plays bass and is Tullie’s song writing partner. Her band is one of the best blues bands I’ve heard. They’re like a who’s who of Memphis blues musicians, each one an award winner.Tullie Brae never stops moving and works the entire stage at every performance. While watching her perform, it occurred to me that she is sexier by accident than other women are intentionally. She moves to the music and has a voice of an Angel, albeit a bluesy Angel. As she works the stage she introduces the other members of the band to the audience. It’s not all about her; it’s about all of them. She’s as gracious as she is talented. The Medicine Man Revue also includes: Robert “Nighthawk” Tooms - keys and harp, he has worked with B.B. King, James Cotton, Little Milton, Blind Mississippi Morris, and his own band, the Wampus Cats. “Memphis Mike” Forrest - lead guitar, he is one of the most respected blues guitarist around and is also a member of the Wampus Cats. James Cunningham - drums, he has also worked with the Memphis Sheiks, Blind Mississippi Morris and is another member of the Wampus Cats. Roy Howell - Slide Guitar, Roy is considered one of the best slide guitarist in the world. He is also known for his award winning music for The Discovery Channel and numerous movie scores.So you see, Tullie has surrounded herself with musicians that are also at the top of their game. She has mastered the set list too, each song complements the last. The songs that they cover are not necessarily blues songs. Some are contemporary songs that they give their bluesy treatment to. They’re not a traditional blues band; they’re on the cutting edge. One of the standouts is their version of “I Almost Cut My Hair”, the Crosby, Stills and Nash song.When I had a chance to ask her about how she came up with such a unique arrangement on it, she told me “I had never heard it. My bass player wrote out the lyrics and then played it for me. I heard the CS&N version just recently.”They moved from that song into Tullie playing a sultry piano intro into their original song “Modern World”, it has become one of my favorite songs they do. There’s a great line in the song that says “Now if Jesus was running to be the president, do you think he’d talk to you about your taxes?”They also did a great version of Loverboy’s “Turn Me Loose” and gave it a whole new feel. As Simon Cowell would say they make each song their own.So the good news for blues fans is “Sexy is back” and what makes Tullie Brae sexy is that she doesn’t try to be. She feels the music and allows you to feel it with her. Her stage presence and her personality are one and the same. What you see is what you get. I know, a cliché but it really does apply in this case. Make it a point to see the Tullie Brae Band and you’ll see what I mean.
Pam is an American roots musician born and bred in the South, well versed in the blues. Her debut album Hot Mess hit #1 on the Roots Music Report, #3 on Sirius XM BB Kings Bluesville and #25 on The Living Blues charts, making a name for herself in the blues world. When her band broke up in 2014 she was mentored on guitar by the legendary blues woman, Debbie Davies. She then formed roots duo, Stolen Hearts and released an album called Dirty Southern Soul in 2015. Now she is back in the studio recording her next solo album. Although she has many awards and nominations under her belt she finds the most rewarding aspect of her career to be the impact her music has on people. After earning the right to sing the blues, by overcoming addiction, depression and physical ailments, she serves up a positive message along with her music; Knowing how it healed her, she plans to carry this message to others in hopes it will heal them too. Pam is currently touring as a power trio called Pam Taylor & the Flyin’ V’s with bassist, Peter Von and drummer, Kevin Hanson. They head out on a major US tour this May 2019.
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