Detroit native, Doug Deming and his band, The Jewel Tones, blend the best of traditional Blues with their rockabilly roots & original songs. They are based out of Florida now and are touring through the upper midwest this Labor Day weekend. Showtime 8 PM.
Yes, it's a THURSDAY again, but we just can't say no to great Blues! Welcome Paul Bonn & The Bluesmen from St. Louis, MO. Think washboard Zydeco and dancing shoes.... Showtime at 7 PM.
Singer, composer and entertainer Paul Bonn fronts a blues band that features “cream of the crop” players from the St. Louis area. Paul Bonn & The Bluesmen features Paul on vocals and percussion, John Higgerson on lead guitar, Slim Louis on bass, and Derek Bonn on drums. Their material includes traditional blues, soul, R&B and Cajun covers and originals. The band members have years of experience touring regionally, nationally and worldwide with St. Louis as their home base.
We recommend you make plans for your live music fix this weekend, starting with Chicago's Rockin Johnny Burgin, who makes his Flatted Fifth stage debut at 8 PM. Johnny grew up in Starkville, MS and Greenville, SC, went to college in Chicago to become a writer but "...fell headfirst into the Chicago Blues scene." Experience traditional Chicago Blues style from a master guitarist with soulful vocals and an engaging stage presence. Reservations encouraged & don't forget Joyann parker is back tomorrow night, Sept 23rd!
Welcome back to Joyann Parker! She represented Minnesota at the 2015 IBC awards in Memphis. " A powerful, animated blues-rock singer, capable guitarist and pianist, and a writer of praiseworthy originals. - Jon Bream, Minneapolis Star Tribune (We think so too!)
Showtime 8 PM.
You may have last seen Brother Sun Sister Moon on our stage for a pretty stunning night of music with special guest Bobby Messano. Our best description is that when this duo takes the stage, they allow you to leave your distractions at the door and truly experience the Blues.
From Minneapolis, MN. Showtime 8 PM.
It is our delight and privilege to showcase Blues talent from all over the world. It also means that there are talented bands right here in Iowa, and we couldn't be happier to introduce Wooden Nickel Lottery to the Flatted Fifth stage July 1. Showtime is at 8 PM. Come join the awesome Bellevue Heritage Days this weekend!
Florida is cranking out some great Blues artists. Welcome Bridget Kelley Band for their Flatted Fifth stage debut. Check out this quote from a review by Bill Wilson, Reflections in Blues: "This woman has a voice that is both hard-driving, powerful as a locomotive with a full head of steam, and sultry enough to melt the soles of your shoes and burn a hole straight through to your soul."
Okay. We're in! Showtime 8 PM.
We're giving a warm welcome back to Chris Antonik from Toronto, Canada. He's continued to shape the Blues scene for our northern neighbors. "Blending innovative, thoughtful songwriting with stunning blues guitar work, some music critics have drawn comparisons to Eric Clapton." We hope that's enough of a hook! Showtime 8 PM.
What an honor to have Dave Fields back at Flatted Fifth this year! This multi-instrumentalist brings an understanding of blues from all angles: bass, piano, guitar, drums....you get the picture:) Dave has a new album to share, and we're happy to support live music! From NYC. Showtime at 8 PM.
The retro Jump Blues quartet Madison Red and the Band That Time Forgot is slated to rock The Flatted Fifth Blues & Barbecue in Bellevue, Iowa on Saturday, May 6 from 8 to 11 pm. The band is in the midst of a tour promoting its new record 21st Century Blues and Ballads, it first all-original CD release.
The new disc’s most notorious tune is “Jocko’s Rocket Ship,” a veritable musical documentary about an infamous Madison “coke” bar, but there are plenty of other delights in this nine-song collection including a record number of 8-bar blues, and several ballads, both celebratory (“Reefer Dan”) and romantic (“Age of Reason”). “My background is in comic books and movie criticism,” says guitarist Tom Flinn, who graduated from Columbus High in Waterloo and had a hand in writing all nine tunes, “so I have a narrative bent. I wanted these songs to tell stories, however elliptically.” In 21st Century Blues & Ballads the group has taken elements from a diverse group of classic 20th Century song forms and creatively applied them to contemporary subjects. Check out one of the band’s blues-drenched offerings here
Led by flame-haired vocalist (and keyboard player) Megan Levy (aka “Madison Red”), The Band That Time Forgot is a swinging quartet that specializes in playing classic jump blues from the likes of T-Bone Walker, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, Wynonie Harris, and Johnny Moore along with danceable Chicago-style blues from artists like Junior Wells, the Kinsey Report, and Gary Primich. Here’s what Tom Radal said about the band in the Wisconsin Blues Society Newsletter: “On Saturday, July 6th at Oshkosh’s Sawdust Days several bands put on impressive performances. Particularly interesting was a new group out of Madison who brought and interesting brand of 1930s, 40s, and 50s jump and swing music to the stage. Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Louis Jordan, Tampa Red, and Wynonie Harris tunes got great treatments long with some sharp as a tack renditions of Hollywood Fats and Jimmy Rodgers tunes. “
For additional information on the band, check out our website: http://madisonredandtbttf.com/
Welcome Sonic Sunshine, a new and exciting world beat/funk/contemporary jazz group that features ex members and sidemen for Queen Latifah, Save Ferris, Shaggy, Sister Carol, The English Beat, General Public and Paul Taylor. From California. Check out their videos. We're thinking they know how to have fun in the sun! Showtime 5 PM.