Randy Johnston is one of the most widely recorded and prolific guitarists of his genereation. He has released 12 albums as a leader for the Muse, Highnote, J Curve, Mel Bay, and Random Act labels and has appeared on dozens of recordings with other top recording artists.
In addition to his recording carreer, Randy has toured and played with some of the most aclaimed names in jazz, including Lionel Hampton, Houston Person and Etta Jones, Lonnie Smith, and has played for 17 years as a regular member of the Lou Donaldson Quartet. He has traveled the world concertizing, both as a bandleader and side musician, performing at the top clubs and festivals all over the United States, Europe, Japan, Thailand, and South America.
Already recognized the world over for his guitaristic prowess, Randy's live performances and last two recordings feature him as a vocalist as well, singing his original songs as well as standards and blues standards. His vocals have been favorably compared to those of Ray Charles, and the combination of instrumental and vocal performances make for an extremely varied and entertaining live set. Both his vocal and substantial catalogue of instrumental compositions enjoy frequent airplay, both in the traditional and internet radio formats.
Randy has also taught music at New York University, the Hartt School of Music in Hartford Connecticut, the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida, and several other major American universities of note, in addition to conducting master classes in such diverse locations as Wales UK and Helsinki Finland.
Terry Brown Ascension Project
Terry Brown is a soulful singer who comes to the Roanoke Valley from Wilmington, DE. Terry studied voice at Delaware State University and musical theater at the University of Delaware. Although he studied classical voice in college, he grew up singing R&B, Jazz, Show and Choral music. Terry has had the privilege to perform with some of the finest musicians in the Roanoke Valley area and beyond. He is the former male lead singer for the Sway Katz Big Band, and is the current lead singer for The Kings Band. He is also the co-founder and lead singer of The Fire Band and The Ascension Project, both bands being an eclectic mix of Jazz, Blues, R&B, & Classic Rock with variation.
Jazz/Blues guitarist Brian Mesko currently teaches guitar at the University of Lynchburg and resides in Roanoke, VA where he leads or plays regularly with many groups. After studying jazz theory at a local University during high school, Brian earned a degree in Recording/Music Industry from Middle Tennessee State University. While living and playing in Nashville with many groups, he was able to share the stage with such jazz legends as Les McCann, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Tony Monaco, John Jorgenson and Jeff Coffin. Since moving to VA in 2005 he has played with several big names in blues (including two of Muddy Waters' sons), and performed with the finest musicians in the state, including current Yellowjackets bassist Dane Alderson, former Dave Matthews keyboardist Butch Taylor, and former Elvin Jones' saxophonist Ken Hitchcock.
More info at www.brianmesko.com
Jason Hoffheins is a Central Pennsylvania bred musician, currently in Roanoke, VA by way of Nashville, TN. He has played in some of the most venerable studios and music venues in the country, performed music ranging from jazz to Americana to alt rock, and spent countless hours writing, recording, and producing music for other artists. He currently plays with several local groups including JStop Latin Soul and Mojo Parker, and in the past has played CBGBs, The Viper Room, Hershey Park Arena and The Ryman Auditorium.
Jayna Brown, Terry's granddaughter, has been performing since the tender age of four. Since starting her musical journey, she has shared the stage with the likes of Tyler Perry, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Holiday of the original “Dreamgirls”, and grammy-award winning band, Snarky Puppy. To top it off, in 2016 she made it to the semi finals of the hit TV show America’s Got Talent in 2016, receiving the honor of the "golde
Groova Scape brings a fresh, powerful vibe to their bluesy shows, which are always packed with fun and surprises. World-class vocalist Brittany Sparks and veteran guitarist Henry Lazenby front this five-piece known for its startlingly good original tunes. Groova Scape has a super solid foundation provided by the spot on and exhilarating drumming of Matt Leonard and tight funky bass grooves provided by Scott Sutton. Ben Hite tops it all off with fresh Jazzy keyboard lines and vocals.
When Sparks turns loose those pipes, audiences sit up and take notice, then howl for more.
“Those guys have written some truly great songs,” says longtime promoter and music scene guru Gary Jackson. All of it adds up to a festival-tested band that is ready to move to the next level after six years and hundreds of shows worth of seasoning on the stages of Virginia, the Carolinas, Maryland and West Virginia.
The products of that experience are blues/rock arrangements that conjure up all sorts of jazzy, funky surprises. Groova simply knows how to find the groove every single night, and they'll do it without assaulting your ears or insulting your intelligence.
In recent years, Groova has opened for top acts such as Dave Matthews’ sideman Tim Reynolds and TR3 (twice), for Zach Deputy; for EOTO; for RAQ, for Thievery Corporation, for Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, for the Bridge, for U-Melt, for Basshound and numerous others.
Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Groova Scape has drawn a strong international following over the internet with especially heavy regular listenership in California, Texas, and North Carolina, plus the United Kingdom and France. The band has made numerous appearances on regional television and traveled to make appearances in the prestigious Crozet Music Festival in Charlottesville, Culturefest and Pink Moon festivals in West Virginia, and the Day-Glo Music Festival in North Carolina, among others.
Virginia Electric is Appalachian Rock 'n' Roll that's good for the soul. Taking influence from Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Dawes, The Rolling Stones, Drive by Truckers, Virginia Electric takes you on a musical journey from old time country tunes, Classic rock (even the deep cuts), Blues, and work in their own originals for the perfect blend of entertainment.
Richie and the Wildlife
Come get wild with Richie & The Wildlife!
Richie & The Wildlife bring soul music with a shot of rockin' blues. They rip and shred, croon and wail.
Founder and lead guitarist, Richie Ursomarso, has been studying guitar for 20 years, and playing professionally for the last ten. He plays with The Aliens, Soul Good Family Band, and The Emily Brass Band. Richards guitar style is funky, bluesy and soulful. His vocals are pure growling soul, deep and powerful.
The Wildlife performs an array of music: Soul, R&B, songs about life and love. Soul stirring vocals and guitar work wrap around grooving rhythms and original compositions. The Wildlife is influenced by Jazz, Motown, West African drum rhythms, B.B. king, Al Green, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Wooten. The Wildlife comes together to create a diverse soundscape for the nightlife of our time.
Bobby Thompson Trio
Awe-inspiring master guitarist and vocalist Bobby Thompson is no stranger to the blues and rock world. He cut his teeth learning to play in the old blues clubs of D.C. from the likes of Bobby Parker. After honing his craft as a much sought after support man, Thompson decided to step out as a solo artist, releasing three albums since 2011. A recent review from Roots Music Report claims Thompson’s songs portray "muscular blues- and soul-rock strong on soulful vocals and cut-above-the-norm originals." With his smooth, gripping vocal stylings and his perfect musical taste on anything with a string, Thompson is what’s referred to as a “musician’s musician. Considered a “must see” act of the Northeast region, Bobby was nominated for the D.C area Musician of the Year award in 2015.
Whether he's touring solo, as a trio, or with Revelator Hill, Bobby Thompson brings a show you don't want to miss!
OmegaWolfe is a group of talented musicians and songwriters hailing from Roanoke, Va. Many of the guys have played with numerous projects from the Valley and beyond. Together they strive to compose well structured songs that will please from young to old with focused dedication to composing all original material.
OmegaWolfe plays R&B tinged country rock with an ambitious range. From Heartbreakers to Rock Anthems, these six can bring the heat!! Featuring Lee Melozzi on Vocals & Rhythm Guitar, John Thompson on Lead & Rhythm Guitar, Thomas Lancaster on Drums, Jay Malone on Lead & Rhythm Guitar, John Paul Cox on Bass, and Geoff Conley on Vocals and Percussion.
James Lagueux Band
James Lagueux has been performing and producing music more than 30 years in Austin SanAntonio and Now Roanoke. The style is Progressive Blues with fusion, Jazz, and classical influences including instrumentals and soulful vocal tunes. James has Many album credits and several solo records and has opened for national and international touring acts including Blackberry Smoke, The Fix, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ian Moore and Charlie Sexton.
The Jose Ramirez Band
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.
The band: Roscoe McFadden (lead vocals & harmonica, Salem, VA)
George Penn (drums, Pulaski, VA)
Milton Eddie (guitar, Pulaski, VA)
Jimmy Dickason (bass, Salem, VA)
Glen Holmes (keyboards, Christiansburg, VA)
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.