Matthew Curry and The Fury
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
Curry’s roots certainly run muddy-waters deep, something that’s not been lost on the guitar legends he’s had the honor of sharing the stage with over the past few years. “Matthew Curry is a phenomenal guitar player,” marvels Peter Frampton. “A highlight from my tour last year was jamming with him. He’s the next guitar hero!” Echoing that sentiment is Steve Miller, whom Curry both opened for and joined onstage during an exhilarating nine-date run in Canada in 2014 — and will again be his opening act for a slew of dates starting in May. Steve Miller declares that Curry is a “wonderful guitar player [and] great songwriter in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality.” Besides continuing on with the Steve Miller Band, Curry will also be opening for The Doobie Brothers and Don Felder. “I’m absolutely thrilled,” Curry says of supporting these and other heavy hitters. “We have so much fun out there and I really, really enjoy it. I grew up listening to those guys, so to be out on the road with people like Don Felder, The Doobie Brothers, and the Steve Miller Band is quite an honor.”
Not only does he get to go toe to toe and string to string with some of his heroes, but Curry recently became one of only 10 artists asked to be a part of The Fender Accelerator Tour, a program that provides developing artists the resources needed to get out on the road and spread the good word about what they do and where they can be seen next. Fender provided a touring van, promotion, equipment and publicity to their 2 Million plus fans!
While Curry loves it when his band headlines its own gigs, he also sees the opening slot as a way of winning over new fans one lick at a time. “Part of the reason people like us so much is because we’re not just a corner-bar blues band,” he reflects. “We’re trying to make an impact and connect with audiences as best we can, even though when they see this young blond kid with a Stratocaster walk out there, they’re thinking, ‘Just get it over with.’ I know they’re there for someone else, but we’re able to grab their attention, so I like to think some of those people are walking away as fans.”
Curry believes the way to convert an audience is to perform an undeniably engaging set. “One thing I really enjoy is putting together a show,” he acknowledges. “We all have so much fun when we’re up there. Interacting with your bandmates or interacting with the people in the crowd — like maybe jumping off the mike and stepping out front and singing to them really loud — can really make people think, ‘This is so great!’ Sometimes it’s the real simple things that will connect you to the audience like that.”
As much as Matthew Curry is invested in summoning the spirit of the blues — a commitment that’s in full display on the pair of smokin’ hot albums he’s released to date, 2011’s barn-burning If I Don’t Got You and 2014’s hard-charging testifier Electric Religion — the 19-year-old guitar slinger and soulful singer from Bloomington, Illinois likes to take a much broader view of his style. “If somebody came up and asked me what I would call my music, I don’t think I would say ‘the blues,’” he admits. “And I don’t think I would say ‘rock and roll,’ either. I would actually say, ‘good music.’ Blues is my first love, but I also love ’60s rock like Cream, The Beatles, and Jimi Hendrix. I’m also into things like Southern rock, Chet Atkins, and The Allman Brothers. All of those artists are complete musicians. They write great songs, and they sing great too. They’re just incredible.”
All in all, it’s been an amazing trajectory for someone who just couldn’t get enough of that guitar stuff at age 4 to having a tune he’d written, If I Don’t Got You’s epic tour de jam “Blinded by the Darkness,” win accolades as the Best Blues Song in the International Songwriting Competition. “My dad had this beautiful Martin acoustic guitar, and he was really big into old-school blues like Muddy Waters,” Matthew recalls. “It really caught my ear. I can remember my dad sitting in his recliner and playing his acoustic while I would just sit on the floor, watching every single movement his fingers made. I was mesmerized by the sound.”
- Mike Mettler || 5/15
I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the band Sister Groove and the Cross Town Jam. With hundreds of appearances over the past 16 years at local nightclubs, festivals, fairs, student events, corporate events, and private parties, Sister Groove has gained a reputation as a professional, well-organized, audience focused musical act.
Sister Groove is a funk, disco and R&B cover band fronted by two dynamic singers, Karen Berry and Sharon Harper. The musical lineup consists of veteran performers with over 125 years of collective experience: Tracy Campbell (Drums), Michael Hill (Bass), John C Morris (Guitar/Vocal), Joey Bianco (Keyboards) and John Schalk (Sound).
Sister Groove credits influences such as Etta James, Roberta Flack, The Rolling Stones, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Temptations, Jackson Five, KC & Sunshine and Gladys Knight as the foundation for the style of Funk/Disco and Rhythm & Blues covers that they perform.
Sister Groove and The Cross Town Jam are known for their professional and crowd-pleasing shows, with the ability to provide a personal touch that makes every performance unique. We also are equipped with both a small PA system for smaller events and a larger system with lights for big events.
I am including a promo pack for you to review and ask for your consideration in booking Sister Groove and The Cross Town Jam at your establishment. We are available for either two hour or four hour shows – and also are a great, proven opening band for touring groups.
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