Inventive singer/songwriter/ guitarist / voice-instrumentalist and former subway musician, Lipbone Redding revs up the party and creates original songs that effervesce with New Orleans swing, Memphis grooves and New York City style. Known for his ability to use his vocal to sound exactly like a trombone, it’s hard to tell the difference -- unless you witness the phenomenon live. Lipbone and his two-man orchestra make for a show greased with uncanny riffs of vocal trumpeting, booming mouth percussion, hilarious side moments and esoteric lyrics.
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, Chris McCorckle 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.
Pints for Preservation
Pints for Preservation is the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation’s annual pub crawl. This years event will be held on Saturday May 30 from 1 to 6pm. As a non-profit 501(c)(3) the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation raises awareness and helps protect the Roanoke Valley’s architectural, cultural, and social heritage. This years pub crawl features drink, food, and shot specials as well as a Roanoke based trivia contest for several amazing prizes. For more information on how you can help visit:http://www.roanokepreservation.org/pints/
Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling
Doug Deming and Dennis Gruenling with the Jewel Tones!
DOUG DEMING - Doug, and his band The Jewel Tones, have been in demand as a backing band for a literal “who’s who” list of some of the top blues acts touring for the past 20 years. This list includes Kim Wilson, Lazy Lester, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Alberta Adams, A.C. Reed, Gary Primich, Louisiana Red, Chicago Pete, Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones, Johnnie Bassett, and more. As a guitarist and vocalist, Doug acknowledges a musical debt to T-Bone Walker, Charlie Christian (among other Texas guitar men), as well as more contemporary players like Jimmie Vaughan. Whether it’s some swinging’ west coast jump blues, low-down Chicago shuffles, or rockin’ swamp blues, Doug Deming’s got the chops to deliver – and then some!
DENNIS GRUENLING – After receiving his first harmonica as a gift from a family friend while in his teens, he had heard his first blues record and his life was never the same! Having been in New Orleans during 1992-3, Dennis came back home to the Garden State of NJ and quickly gained a reputation as a young rising star on the local blues scene working in a couple different local blues bands. In 1998 he started to form his own local “all-star” band, using members pulled from other regional bands, and since his self-titled debut with that band (“Dennis Gruenling & Jump Time!“) in 1999, Dennis has pulled in countless fans and numerous accolades from critics & musicians around the world for his swinging, highly original harmonica sound and style. Taking equal parts from the blues harmonica and swing saxophone traditions and styles, Dennis has pushed the boundaries further for blues harmonica, while in the meantime pioneering a whole new sound and direction for the instrument. Dennis has been named "Best Modern Blues Harmonica Player" by Real Blues Magazine 3 years in a row!
“Dennis Gruenling is the largest new harp talent in the blues world…he’s easily the peer of Musselwhite, Piazza, Hummel, Estrin, Wilson, etc…a harmonica nocturnal visitation that just tears it up.” - DR. BLUES
Hailing from Washington DC, Blueheart Revival combines blues, rock, soul, and jam sounds in to a highly-potent blend of music in the American tradition. With Bobby Thompson (lead vocals, guitars) and Colin Thompson (guitars) soaring in the guitar realms, Kurt Kratch (bass) and Gary Crockett (drums) lay as solid a foundation as a rhythm section can. The group puts on high-energy, soulful shows that are sure to win over fans wherever they perform. Their new full-length album is expected summer 2014.
Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as ‘Hell’s Angels meets the Amish’.
They recorded their last album, ‘Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream’, in their vintage 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer at locations stretching from Philadelphia to Malibu on a three-month tour. For their new release, ‘Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames’, released April 23rd, the twosome kicked it into high gear. They traveled to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit to work with Jim Diamond and recorded live and mixed 12 original songs in just one week.
Along with launching the new CD, Hymn for Her also have a hot sauce under the same name as the album. It features bananas, jalapeños and smoked paprika. Catch the two as they burn up the highway and ignite your town this year to promote ‘Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames’.
Come out and taste the heat, y’all!
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.