"The Fire” is a Contemporary Fusion band whose objective is to bring a dynamic and creative show to their audience. They offer a unique, intricate meshing of Jazz, R&B, Classic Rock, Blues and Show Tunes. Their performances are affectionately called “The Fire Experience.” The Fire invites you to come out to a great meal and a great show.
The band is fronted by lead singer/entertainer Terry Brown. Terry studied both voice and musical theatre at Delaware State University (formerly Delaware State College) and the University of Delaware respectively. Terry is the current, lead singer for the legendary Kings Band, Co-founder of The Terry Brown Ascension Project, and former male vocalist for the Sway Katz Big Band. Terry has the ability to sing a variety of styles of music.
Glen Holmes brings a smooth, Jazzy piano groove to the group, while Brian Jones lays down some funky bass lines to match the rhythmic patterns of the drums played by Delmar Parker. Nigel Banks rounds it off with his guitar stylings of the various genre of music.
Local favorite, War Chile, brings a great mix of originals and your favorite covers!
The Jose Ramirez Band
At 30 years old, Jose Ramirez is Costa Rica’s premier Blues artist and has played with some of the biggest names in the Blues industry. To name a few. these artists include Anson Funderburgh, Mark Hummel, Bryan Lee, Shawn Holt and Albert Castiglia. Jose experienced the American Blues scene for a couple of years and played some of the best Blues clubs in the country including Buddy Guy’s Legends and Rosa's in Chicago, and The Bradfordville Blues Club in Florida. He also played some of the biggest Blues festivals in the U.S. such as the Washington D.C. Blues Festival and the Bonita Springs Blues Festival in Florida.
Jose has done session work as a guitar player for Florida based singer Lauren Mitchell on her latest album recorded in Los Angeles, California by award-winning producer Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt). Jose has also been a part of Panama’s annual Blues and Jazz Festival held in Boquet,e Panama. He was backed-up by the legendary Nighthawks (U.S.A.).
Jose recently completed his second European Tour that included over 30 shows throughout Europe (Holland, Belgium, England, Spain and the Basque Country) . While touring Europe, he recorded his latest EP in England ‘’The UK Sessions."
Now based out of Washington D.C., “The Costa Rican Blues Ambassador” is working hard on the making of his new album. The album will be produced by Blues legend Anson Funderburgh.
Jose and his band took to the highways in a 2019 U.S. Summer Tour that included some of the best Blues venues in the country including Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, the House of Blues in Chicago, the Funky Biscuit and the Bradfordville Blues in Florida, the Zoo Bar in Nebraska, the Time Out Pub in Maine. etc.
The What Four's goal is to play all genres of song through the filter of a mid 1960's organ band. They are simultaneously slinky, greasy, dancey, grooving, and fun. They will play some songs you know and even introduce you to some new favorites.
Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, Seph Custer, brings the tunes from Franklin County, VA. Known mostly for his guitar work and vocals, he's been playing music in the local scene for over a decade in various bands. In recent years, Seph has toured from Texas to Pennsylvania, playing a large variety of venues, events, and festivals. His first solo album, 'Where You Are' was released in January 2016. 'Where You Are' consists of 8 tracks, including three songs with vastly-talented violinist Laurel Brooke. It has been featured on 101.5 The Valley's Music Place, The Roanoke Times, and on various blogs online.
Seph's sophomore album, 'Beginning to End' features twelve original songs, touching on many genres; Americana, Funk, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Blues, Old-Time, and Rock, all performed with only guitar and vocals. 'Beginning to End' was recorded live on November 1st at Windfall Studios and released worldwide on November 18th, 2017.
In addition to performing, Custer also teaches guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, bass, fiddle, slide guitar, lap steel and music theory at Downtown Music in Rocky Mount, The Handmade Music School at The Floyd Country Store, and Fret Mill in Downtown Roanoke.
McFadden & Friends
McFadden & Friends is the coming together of over 150 years of combined local, regional, national, and international musical experience. All members of the group are native residents of the New River and Roanoke valleys of Virginia. They offer an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, R&B, and pop music entertainment for your listening enjoyment. McFadden & Friends pride themselves in delivering a quality experience suitable for audiences of all ages and musical interests.
Roscoe McFadden: Keyboards, Harmonica and Vocals
Jimmy Dickason: Bass Guitar
Kelly Gravely: Drums
Glen Holmes : Keyboards
Davel Burch: Saxophone
St. Patricks's Day Celebration
Becki and the Boom Booms
“Vocalist Becki Morrison is carrying on the tradition of her multi-generational musical family. The Boom Booms’ eclectic cocktail includes favorites from Bonnie Raitt, Howlin Wolf, Big Mama Thornton, Erin Bode, and Melody Gardot just to name a few.
The Boom Booms include Willis Greenstreet on sax and guitar, Wyatt Allen on bass and vocals, and Robert Vaughan on drums.”
Smokestack Lightning & Little Roger
Smokestack Lightnin' Blues Band is a veteran outfit fronted by the famed Little Roger Crowder and bassist Marcus Morris. The band plays a host of traditional blues as well as modern numbers. It features the expert blues harp play of Harry "Buster" Sink and the slide guitar work of Jeff "Sunshine" Criner.
The band takes special delight in interpreting the work of blues greats Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, BB King, Billy Boy Arnold & others.
Lazy Man Dub Band
Local favorite, The Lazy Man Dub Band, has been laying down the jams all across the state and leaving in its wake an exploding fan base. Members include Wayne Shorter on drums, Adam Beason on guitar, Brad Taylor on bass, Justin Pinckney on saxophone, and Matt Leonard on percussion
Lazy Man relentlessly experiments with their sound, by bringing new and different arrangements to the table each night. No two Dub shows will leave you feeling the same. The Lazy Man Dub Band is bringing roots rock reggae to the masses, one party at a time.
These guys have played with Snarky Puppy, Sol Creech, & Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and many many others.
Music Road Co.
Join Music Road Co., a cooperative of common creative companions conspiring to command your cognitive locomotion.
This crew digs through a wide and deep catalog of tunes and musical traditions to get you groovin’ and your hip bones movin’!! Where does Music Road Co find its inspiration? And why does it connect so perfectly with audiences of all ages and backgrounds? The answer might lie in their widespread roots. Coming from such diverse places as South Africa, Ecuador, Key West, Maryland and Virginia, the band brings many cultural influences together to produce music without boundaries.
Moving fluidly from funk to reggae, rock to afrobeat, their sound bounces from blues and soul to island dance and back again, bound together by one common ideal: Music should feel good and spread positive vibes. They get on stage to lift themselves up to a higher frequency and they won’t stop until they bring the entire audience with them!
The Ambassador and The Chosen Few
“The Ambassador” is… Stephen Gabriel Lewis, born in Virginia in 1980. Much of his decision in choosing the performer title “The Ambassador” was based on his mother’s words to him throughout childhood encouraging him to be a leader rather than a follower and to be a peacemaker. As Webster defines it, “a diplomat…accredited as representative from one country to another; an ambassador of good will.” The moniker went hand in hand with his passion for traveling and learning from other cultures while sharing and shaping his own. He found what many others who have sought to quench their curiosity for questions on faith in humanity have found—“All of human nature shares a harmony no matter the geographical or political divisions. No matter the race or creed, we can all feel love, desperation, hope, fear and the struggle and joy that is life. Staying conscious of these concepts enables us to focus not on the unfamiliarity in our differences as individuals/cultures but on our similarities as people. We can revel in the fact that we don’t all wear the same clothes, eat the same meals or play the same music. It’s exciting to know there’s always more we can learn from each other” – S.G. Lewis. Throughout his songwriting, Lewis has made it a point to couple thought provoking lyrics with a positive message written with today’s youth in mind, to encourage, exhort and capitalize on the importance of family, community and relationships…
Led by Jojo Stockton, Solacoustix brings the fun. Lead singer, Stuart Brown (aka "The Human Jukebox"), takes you on a musical journey from Kings of Leon to Bonnie Raitt, Journey, Otis Redding, Michael Jackson, and more. This high-octane show will keep you entertained with crazy-good mash-ups from start to finish.
Solacoustix also features David Miller on keys, and Chis Eural on drums.
Eclectic singer/songwriter sings & plays a variety of genres—blues, reggae, Appalachian, and jazz—in his own unique style, aided by talented local artists
April Sours 2020
Blue 5 Weekend Reservations:
On nights we offer music, Blue 5 offers two seatings for our guests:
1) An early seating for guests who do NOT wish to stay for the live entertainment.
2) A late seating for guests who want the option to stay for the live entertainment.
PLEASE NOTE: Early seating reservations have a 2-hour allotment before the seating
following their reservation, which allows plenty of time to enjoy dinner with us.