This Zydeco-flavored blues band from Durham brings its mojo to Blue 5 for a special show. Melton's trademark zydeco style of harp playing has been influenced from his past in music rich cities as Lafayette (Louisiana), Austin, and Chicago. Melton has played with the great slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth and opened for stars such as Ray Charles, BB King, Dr John, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Come down to Blue 5 to experience a show that will make you feel like you are at a big party in the Louisiana bayou....
Eclectic singer/songwriter sings & plays a variety of genres—blues, reggae, Appalachian, and jazz—in his own unique style, aided by talented local artists
Paul Nelson Band
Paul Nelson - is recognized as one of today's top guitarists/songwriters and producers not only having the distinction of being the hand picked fellow guitarist to the legendary rock/blues icon Johnny Winter but he has toured the world over performing and or recorded alongside an endless who's who list of top artists from Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy to Slash, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Robben Ford, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, James Cotton, Joe Perry, Susan Tedeschi, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, John Popper, Dr. John, Larry Carlton, Leslie West, Joe Bonamassa, Sonny Landreth, Dickey Betts to Joe Walsh and more...
Nelson received a Grammy award for his work performing on and producing Winter's "Step Back" release on Megaforce/Sony winning "Best Blues Album of the Year" highlighting his already long list of Grammy Nominations. As well as the BMA "Blues Music Award" for "Best Blues/Rock Album" reaching #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and staying at #1 on the Billboard Blues Charts for weeks. He is also a recipient of the Blues Foundation's KBA "Keeping The Blues Alive Award".
His music has reached millions with appearances on Late Night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on award winning documentaries: "Down and Dirty" The Johnny Winter Story and "Sideman: Long Road to Glory" (feat: Bonnie Rait, Gregg Allman, Hubert Sumlin), as well as music written/performed and broadcast nationally on NBC and on multiple major album releases, books, instructional guitar columns, live Concert DVD's, and guest performances on countless recordings.
Staying at #1 on the "Hot New Releases" charts for months Nelson's latest project "Badass Generation" on Sony Records still maintains his unmistakable connection to the Blues, but it also finds the guitarist showing his many other musical dimentions fans have come expect considering him one of music's most respected and influential contemporary artists...
"Love this album - the sound and the energy. Gorgeous, searing guitar work. Like a blow torch!" - Wall Street Journal
"The Paul Nelson Band Rocks. Period." - Goldmine Magazine
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.
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!
Bryan Elijah Smith
Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts are an Alternative-Americana band based out of Dayton, Virginia tucked away in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Smith's unabashedly genuine songwriting and voice go hand in hand with The Wild Hearts raw energy making this band one worth not only listening to but experiencing live. His compositions and aesthetic as a producer create a unique amalgam of Americana that is peppered with mainstream sensibilities crossing a wide array of genres. With over 700 original songs, 8 independent releases, a solid East Coast touring schedule, notable festival plays (Bristol Rhythm & Roots 13 & 14, FloydFest 10 & 11, The Festy Experience 4 & 5, Jam Cruise 9, 11 & 12, Red Wing Roots Music Festival 1 & 2), a Fall 2013 & January 2015 Australia Tours and having NASA take notice & use 'Pour On Me' for their 2013 'Water Falls' movie trailer; Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts have proven themselves to be studio journeymen and road tested workhorses.
Randy Johnston 3
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.
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.