The Late Night at the Marquee line-up for 2015
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Leo “Bud” Welch & Dixie Street Sabougla, Mississippi
All weekend in the Lounge area
Friday & Saturday: 10.30pm-11.30pm Sunday: 10pm-11pm
Leo “Bud” Welch is exciting to watch playing both Gospel and Blues.
He released his first record entering his 80’s, although Leo “Bud” Welch has always considered himself a bluesman. The 82-year-old Mississippi singer and guitarist took a long break from the blues—for decades, in fact—while he played gospel music instead. “Blues is what I was born into,” says Welch, who returns to his roots on his upcoming second album, “I Don’t Prefer No Blues,” which includes the song “Girl in the Holler.”
Check him out in the lounge area of the marquee all three nights.
The Selwyn Birchwood Band Florida
Friday 4th September
In 2013, Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. He won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, beating out 125 other bands from the U.S. and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. It wasn’t long before Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer offered Birchwood a contract. His debut album, Don’t Call No Ambulance, is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, “Don’t Call No Ambulance” is a window into the future of the blues. “All originals and no filler,” he says of the album. “It’s that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear.”
“Selwyn Birchwood is an indelibly modern and original next-generation bluesman; his tough vocals, guitar and lap steel touch on classic Chicago blues, Southern soul, and boogie.” –Washington Post
“A powerhouse player and emotive performer…his band, his material and both his skilled guitaring and soulful vocals are the essences of fully-formed. Birchwood is a major player. Highly recommended.”
The Nikki Hill Band North Carolina
Friday 4th September
Hill and her band have been touring the United States, Europe, and Australia extensively following the independent release of debut album ‘Here’s Nikki Hill’ in April 2013 leaving jaws on the floor along the way.
Nikki’s unique voice with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past, steers the driving guitar from Matt Hill, and a tight rhythm section provided by Ed Strohsahl (bass) and Joe Meyer (drums, percussion), to create a breath of fresh air with their authentic approach to American roots music..
Those who have seen Carolina girl Nikki Hill sing her ass off agree—this isn’t just another newcomer on the scene, this is a… ‘whiplash’ moment. Her memorable live performances have drawn a wide range of people from every avenue and musical tastes to their shows. One club advertisement will call Nikki “The Southern Fireball”, “the New Soul Sensation”, “amazing R&B Shouter”, and even “the new Queen of Rock n’ Roll”.
The Congo Faith Healers London via Havana
Saturday 5th September
Are you ready for some down and dirty savage swamp infested gypsy blues!? The Congo Faith Healers are like nothing you have heard or experienced before. Combining down and dirty swamp infested gypsy blues with wild savage guitar playing, voodoo vocals, latin American drum and trumpet grooves with rockabilly swing double bass and hooks that you will be singing for days, they have one of the most intense and utterly compelling live shows around!
The Jarekus Singleton Band Mississippi
Saturday 5th September
Jarekus Singleton melds hip-hop wordplay, rock energy and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues, turning audiences of all ages into devoted fans. With his untamed guitar licks and strong, soulful voice effortlessly moving from ferocious and funky to slow and steamy to smoking hot, Singleton is a fresh, electrifying bluesman bursting at the seams with talent.
Jarekus Singleton is making some serious blues noise…blending modern-day blues and emotionally intense soul with melodic, hot-toned lead guitar, funk-seasoned rhythms and hip-hop flavored lyrics” – LIVING BLUES
Jarekus Singleton is one of the most exciting blues guitars to come along in years…..Boundless enthusiasm…..Singleton shoots super-heated notes through the chords with an emotional directness and a musical spirit that’s all his own. – DOWNBEAT
The Dana Fuchs Band New York
Sunday 6th September
All Dana Fuchs has to do is sing. All it takes is one note from those celebrated lips and clocks stop, crowds snap to attention, hearts beat like bass drums and neck-hair tingles. It’s often been said that the Florida-born front-woman could sing the phone directory and still hold her listeners spellbound. True enough, but in 2013, when Dana applies that extraordinary voice to the classic songs from her third album Bliss Avenue, you’ll realize that you’re in the presence of once-a-generation greatness.
“… Dana Fuchs offers a virtuoso demonstration of primal blues-rock vocalizing in service to feelings of betrayal, lust and longing … Fuchs often unloads vocally with Plant-ian authority. Yet the nuanced southern soul groove of her slinky, horn-inflected “Summersong” kiss off and her acoustic-based, shimmering soul ballad “keepsake” show a singer-songwriter who can bring home bittersweet reflective musings as credible as she can rage at the heavens. Sonically, she and co-producer/guitarist Jon Diamond let it roar, hot and unyielding across the channels…. Love To Beg is awe inspiring …”
– The Absolute Sound Magazine USA
“To look at, Fuchs is willowy flower-fairy with a head of Titian curls, like a wayward Joss Stone. Her voice, though is juke-joint dirty and illicit, evoking Joplin, Jagger, and a fag butt bobbing in a glass of bourbon … She’s backed by a superior wingman and co-writer in Jon Diamond, a session veteran and soulful slide guitarist who turns co-writes like “Nothing’s What I Cry For” and “Golden Eyes” into Scorching, muscular grooves. Naturally, the blues police will say she isn’t sufficiently grizzled, road-worn or male enough for serious consideration. Fuchs the lot of ‘em.”
– Classic Rock Magazine UK
The Chris Bergson Band New York
Sunday 6th September
Four stars – Another bulletin from the New York street poet with a blues soul…the music is as tight as a hangman’s knot.”
MOJO, Blues Album of the Month
“Chris Bergson plays the kind of guitar you can build a house on…its B.B. meets Steve Cropper meets John Schofield.” ROLL Magazine
“Chris Bergson is a serious talent…both jazzy and bluesy with a slight dash of rock and massive amounts of melody, Fall Changes is a treat.” Living Blues