Melissa and the Growlers
|Saturday 11/29/2014 |
|Melissa and the Growlers brings their favorite Funk, Blues, and Soul tunes from Candi Staton, Susan Tedeschi, Curtis Mayfield, and many others for a return to Blue 5!|
Melissa Mesko plays with numerous regional acts, including Green Earrings, Downtown Conspiracy, Funk 45, and several acoustic groups. While living in Oxford, MS, Melissa was a founding member of an Oxford favorite, The Sweetbush Revival, honored in 2004 to have an original song featured on the Beanland: Rising from the Riverbed DVD, which documents the rise of Beanland (the band that spawned Widespread Panic).
Guitarist, Brian Mesko, has played with music legends Les McCann, Tony Monaco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, John Jorgensen and Jeff Coffin. He also worked with Roland Gresham, The Tao Jones, Sam Brooker, Greg Bryant, Chris West, Moe Denham, Nioshi Jackson and Charles Treadway. After moving to central Virginia in 2005, he began playing with Robert Jospe, John D'earth, Bobby Read, Charles Owens, Lew Taylor, The Rootdowns, The Nicholson Brothers, Funk45, Liz Barnes, Ray Caddell and recently Wayne Newton. He has also shared the stage with blues legend Bob Margolin, and with DJ Williams Projekt several times.
The Growlers also feature Bryant Cass on drums, Simon Evans on Bass, and Glen Holmes on keys.
|Saturday 12/06/2014 |
|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.|
The Nicholson Brothers
|Saturday 12/13/2014 |
|Deeply rooted in the blues, The Nicholson Brothers Band also pulls from R&B, Rock and Jazz. Growing up in the mountains of Virginia, brothers Mark and Steve Nicholson began playing music together in 1995. Mark’s guitar style is heavily influenced by the three Kings of Blues (Albert, Freddie, and B.B), and his vocals are reminiscent of Bobby Womack and Gregg Allman. |
|Saturday 12/20/2014 |
|Johnny began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations. In the mid-70's, Johnny went to work for OV Wright as Wright's band director. After Wright's death in 1980, Johnny led Little Johnny Taylor's band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording under the Rainbow label.|
Recording under Touch Records, Rooster Blues, Rock House, Reach and JSP Records, Johnny has done it all from producing, songwriting, horn arranging, Rhythm, Lead and Bass guitar, keyboard, vocals and background vocals. Johnny started his own record company, Deep South Soul, in 2002 and has released his CD's Lucky Man, Live in Montana, and The Best of Johnny Rawls. His CD entitled Heart and Soul was released in October 2006 and has been nominated for "Best Soul Blues Album of the Year (2007)" by the Blues Foundation .
Johnny has appeared on the cover of the April 2002 Living Blues Magazine and has been nominated four times for the W.C. Handy Award. His most recent award came from the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame for RB Male Vocalist of the Year 2006.
Johnny has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival twice, The Russian River Blues Festival, The King Biscuit Blues Festival, The Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, Poconos, as well as festivals in Sweden and Poland. He tours constantly, playing well over 200 dates a year. He can also be heard on XM radio's Bluesville. Whether he is playing in a small club or a large blues festival, Johnny gives it his all and the crowds love him!
In 2008, Johnny released Red Cadillac which charted at #1 on the Living Blues radio chart. He was nominated for Best Male Soul Blues Artist and Best Soul Blues Album by the Blues Foundation. He won the Critics Award for Best Album of the Year by Living Blues Magazine.
Ace of Spades was released in 2009 and charted at #4 and remained in the top 20 for three months. Johnny won Best Soul Blues Album of the Year and was nominated for Best Male Soul Blues Artist of the Year by the Blues Foundation. In addition, Johnny was honored with a Blues Trail Marker located at the original site of the Hi Hat Club in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He shares the plaque with soul blues legends Tyrone Davis and Little Milton.
"An ace band leader, singer, songwriter and chitlin-circuit fave who knows all about crowd pleasing." - Minneapolis Star and Tribune
Woolens with Special Guests...
|Saturday 12/27/2014 |
|Some of the area's greatest indie talent returns to Roanoke for a showcase performance at Blue 5!|
WOOLENS, with special guests DANIEL CUNDIFF (of Eternal Summers) and MAJESTIC VISTAS.
Woolens, a rockem sockem trio from the small, mountain city of Roanoke, Virginia, has worked to craft a basement-and-bar-ready batch of catchy, hook-laden rock songs rooted in noise and nineties. Pairing anapestic lyrics of skepticism, love and regret with calculated clamor, Woolens wields pop rock romps suitable for clubs, pubs and headphones.
Backed by brother, Ryan Wirt, on drums and Taylor Lineberry on bass, Matthew Wirt (guitar) fronts and writes for a leaner, more strident band than its forebears in which they all played, including both Orioles (a Pavement-esque favorite of the Richmond, VA music scene) and The Cheap Seats (a workhorse power-pop quintet that supported The Kamikaze Hearts and The Whigs).
Woolens recently performed at the Fall Line Fest, a two-day festival in Richmond, VA headlined by Real Estate and The Hold Steady. Their debut EP was released over the summer, recorded in Roanoke by Drew Grasty, mixed in LA by Ryan Tucker and mastered in Boston by TW Walsh (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion, The Shins, Damien Jurado).
"...Indie-rock band Woolens is working on new music, and what we’ve heard shows smart lyrics and atmospheric harmonies over accessible melodic work." - Tad Dickens, The Roanoke Times
Daniel Cundiff (of Eternal Summers) takes the stage for an acoustic set. He will be joined by John Thompson (of The Young Sinclairs) on guitar.
Salem, Virginia native, Patrick O'Neil returns to the Star City to perform selections from his most recent Project, Majestic Vistas.
Majestic Vistas' website