Eclectic singer/songwriter sings & plays a variety of genres—blues, reggae, Appalachian, and jazz—in his own unique style, aided by talented local artists
Bobby Thompson Duo
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!
April Sours 2020
Local favorite, War Chile, brings a great mix of originals and your favorite covers!
Thomas & Allen
Tin Can Locomotive
This train will be pulling into Blue 5!
The lineup includes: Kyle Forry (Barefoot West) on guitar and vocals, Justin Arnett on lead guitar and vocals, Josh Lynch (Tobacco Apache) on bass, Paul Tressel (Tobacco Apache, GroovaScape, The Dead Reckoning) on keyboards, and our guest drummer, Mr. Lawrence Nemenz. Lawrence studied drums and percussion at Berklee College Of Music before hitting the road. He has toured with artists such as Levi Lowrey, Zac Brown Band, Travis Meadows, Joshua James, and more. Lawrence is currently living in Nashville, Tennessee developing his sound on drums, percussion, and guitar.
Harper and Midwest Kind
World blues and roots music from Australia.
14 x Blues/ World Awards - NEW CD OUT IN JANUARY, 2020!!!
Award winning Australian singer/ songwriter "Peter D. Harper", now based in Detroit, creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica, and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Harper possesses a powerful, soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music that some might say has evolved into its own genre. Harper calls it “World Blues” -- a rich musical stew of ‘50s rhythm and blues, a ‘60s message of love and unity, and ‘70s funky soul, stirred up with masterful, virtuoso harmonica and the deep, woody, percussive tones of the didgeridoo, served up in a feast of timeless mystery. Harper has received an amazing 14 x Blues/ World Music awards (including a Gold Record) in the USA, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. He recently won a Detroit Music Award for "Outstanding Vocalist". Karen Albano/ Modern Rock Review (USA) describes “Harper is an original, playing the harmonica like an authentic Chicago bluesman, singing about unity and love like a member of peacenik jam band, belting crisp vocals like a straight-up superb classic rock performer, and then pioneering the didgeridoo into these popular forms of modern music. Unique and quality music of this kind is truly a rare treat”. Harper is backed by his talented Detroit based band "Midwest Kind" For further information please check out the Official Harper Website: www.harper.biz or Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/peterdharper or www.facebook.com/harperandmidwestkind or www.reverbnation.com/harperandmidwestkind or Instagram: www.instagram.com/harperandmidwestkind or Twitter: www.twitter.com/harperband
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.
The Jamie McLean Band
Jamie McLean is a triple threat. As a guitarist for New Orleans royalty Aaron Neville and Dirty Dozen Brass Band he's toured the globe playing fiery guitar everywhere from Madison Square Garden to Japan’s Fuji Rock. His blue eyed southern soul vocals ooze raw emotion and his top line songwriting chops tie everything together. With hundreds of original compositions to his name McLean creates a musical gumbo that incorporates New Orleans soul, Delta blues, middle America roots and New York City swagger.
Jamie McLean Band recently released their long-awaited new album One and Only on February 23rd. Recorded at the famed Sound Emporium studios in Nashville One and Only captures the band's strongest songwriting to date. The album was produced by Ken Coomer of Wilco and features special guests Sam Bush and Jeff Coffin of Dave Matthews Band. Live staples "Virginia" and "One and Only" finally get a beautiful studio performance and Jamie McLean Band will tour behind their new album throughout the US and Canada this year!
The live show is where Jamie McLean Band excels and the band has shared the stage with the likes of Gregg Allman, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Trombone Shorty, Los Lobos, Blues Traveler, Marc Broussard, Gov’t Mule and many more. Jamie Mclean Band has also appeared at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Targhee Fest, Okeechobee Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest, Quebec City Summer Fest, and Warren Haynes’ Christmas Jam to name a few. McLean has also enjoyed the sponsorship of Gibson Guitars, Fuchs Amplifiers, La Bella Strings, Blue Microphones, John Varvatos and Esquire Magazine.
Don’t miss their amazing live set when they roll into a town near you!
"McLean and company ooze drops of southern roots rock, blues, R&B, funk and soul out of every note... the rock & roll swagger of the Rolling Stones combined with the songwriting prowess of Ryan Adams."- Jambase
“Jamie McLean Band is completely original and completely fabulous... The live version of this band is a three-dimensional experience not to be missed” – Hittin The Note
“A honkin' collection of Southern-style blues rock, Americana, and soul.... as bawdy as anything the Black Crowes tried to snag from The Faces or The Stones circa 'Sticky Fingers' and 'Exile on Main Street' and as groovy and gutsy as Bowie's 'Young Americans.'" - Charleston City Paper
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.