GOSPEL TO SOUL, Kenny Neal

W.C. Handy Award-winner (Best Album 2005) Kenny Neal's zest for the blues began when the eloquent singer/multi-instrumentalist and dramatic actor was a three-year-old toddler. While growing up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the late 60s, precocious Kenny received his first musical instrument (a harp) as a gift from family friend and legendary musician and composer Slim Harpo. Not only is Kenny a devout disciple and aficionado of Harpo, he's also a fan of his own father, Raful Neal, an accomplished harpist who sported a successful career of his own and proved to be an archetype for his child prodigy. Kennys next career move called for him to leave the swamplands of the Delta for the fresh waters of Toronto in the late '70s. During the Canadian stint, he honed his performance craft while forming the sensational Neal Brothers Band and the Downchild Blues Band. With this acquired versatility, this musical phenomenon was now positioned to embark upon an excursion that would ultimately launch one of the finest blues recording careers of the past decade. In 1987 King Snake Records released Kenny's first solo album titled Bio on the Bayou and this work was a creative revelation for the fledgling recording artist. It created exposure and provided the foundation for a five record deal with a premier blues label in 1988, Alligator Records. Even at that time record deals of that length were rare and revealed deep respect and a desire for a lasting business relationship. The result of this marriage between artist and label was a successful series of releases that separated Kenny Neal from the general cacophony of productions and distinguished him as one of the premier blues artists of the day. Multi-faceted, Kenny Neal has shared the stage or worked with some of the greatest forces in modern concert performance: B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Aaron Neville, to name a few. The result has been a glowing respect for Kennys musicianship from these and countless other stars and super-stars. Some of Kennys additional releases are: Blues Fallin Down Like Rain for Telarc (1998), Homesick For The Road with Tab Benoit and Debbie Davies (1999), What You Got for Telarc (2000), One Step Closer (2001), and Kenny Neal: A Tribute To Slim Harpo for True Life Entertainment (2005). These projects underscore Kennys versatile style, delivery, and direction. His music targets everyone, from the general blues-loving public to the popular, rock, country, and R&B communities. Why, even hip-hop is feeling the influence of blues powerhouses like the incomparable Kenny Neal. From a gifted musical family, Kenny Neal has carved a niche that guarantees his place among blues royalty. His live show is a visual spectacle and a musical treasure for music-lovers of all ages, everywhere. The great masters of the blues have passed on a heritage whose flame will never be extinguished. And with the new Kenny Neal: A Tribute To Slim Harpo (released in August of 2005), get ready to experience the music, the legend, and the blues like youve never experienced them before!

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Hot R&B Band; ready to make you dance. This world class conglomeration of band members consists of a talented array of singers and musicians. Each member has their own story to tell, and has written their own first class colorful reality.

Center Stage is none other than the liveliest band in the Bay Area. You can see each member out playing on the stage of the Whispers, opening up at the Sleep Train Pavilion, being produced in Music Videos, and Overseas performances; they do stay busy, while being involved with many private party venues; weddings, birthdays, intimate evenings of music.

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Under the direction of the legendary Brother George Gill.

$20 Adv / $25 Day of Show

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GOSPEL TO SOUL, Kenny Neal with Center Stage, Joy Unlimited

Sunday, August 18 · Doors 4:30 PM / Show 5:00 PM at Club Fox