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Tickets for Signifyin' Blues Available Now at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, August 3, 2018 04:45pm | Post a Comment

Signifyin Blues 2018

Amoeba Music is proud to support Signifyin' Blues, a 3-day music and dance event in November benefiting The California Jazz & Blues Museum! Taking place November 9th-11th at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys, CA, the benefit event includes live music performances, dance workshops and competitions, as well as interactive talks, all with the goal of honoring the origins of Blues and highlighting the deep impact it has on our culture.

Tickets for Signifyin' Blues are available now at Amoeba Hollywood with low service fees. Plus, you'll receive a free $10 Amoeba gift certificate with every ticket purchased! 

Music performers include:

  • RL Boyce
  • Barbara Morrison
  • Missy Anderson
  • Brother Yusef
  • Weapon of Choice
  • Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins
  • Blaux Bros
  • Cheyenne Amen

The dance workshops will be led by instructors Damon Stone, Kelsy Stone, Heidi Fite, Kenneth Shipp and more. More information about the event can be found here.

Signifyin Blues 2018

Joe Goldmark's "Blue Steel" Out Now

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2018 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF's own steel guitar master, Joe Goldmark, has just released his most exciting album to dateJoe Goldmark, Blue Steel with Blue Steel. Mixing Americana, blues, and roots music, Blue Steel showcases a number of original songs, plus a diverse mix of cover tunes ranging from Jimmy McCracklin, Graham Parker, B.B. King, and Jeff Lynne, to Lefty Frizzell, Rufus Thomas, and Dallas Frazier. Best known for his honky-tonk country and Americana sounds, Goldmark has combined an extra component this time with the addition of blues/roots songs like “All Night Worker,” “The Wobble,” and “Beautician Blues.”

“My album cover is loosely based on an old Starday Records album by Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith called Blue Guitar,” Goldmark says. “The artwork is blue, but the title Blue Steel actually reflects the R&B feel of the music on the album. Although the pedal steel guitar is considered a ‘country’ instrument by many, I’ve always placed it in other musical genres with excellent results. Blue Steel is colored by a soulful approach to all the tunes, especially on the handful of blues numbers.”

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Oakland Public Conservatory of Music's "The Black Arts Movement" ArtsJam Soul Session

Posted by Billyjam, May 6, 2018 11:57am | Post a Comment



Today is the third and final in the highly commendable East Bay music-as-art series produced by the Oakland Public Converatory of Music; The Black Arts Movement arts/jam soul session that's billed as an, "interdisciplinary foray into Oakland's Music History." Free, all ages, open to the public and taking place at 3445 San Pablo Ave this afternoon/evening's "Black Arts Movement" portion of the series that already featured a "Blues" part and a "Latin Jazz" part [interestingly no hip-hop?!] promises to,

 

 "illuminate Oakland's rich musical legacy through workshops led by some of Oakland's most celebrated musicians, poets, and visual artists."

Today's event will open with a 2pm history talk on Oakland's Black arts movement given by historian Kim McMillon that will be followed by workshops from 3:30pm until 5pm. Then, as over the previous two weeks, today's edutainment gathering will finish with a big musical jam session that wil
l include (provided they are inspired to do so) participants from the musical workshops joining in the freestyle jam which, reportedly, are the most fun part of these events.Hosting today's 2pm workshop will be noted jazz guitarist / Black Jazz Records artist Calvin Keys whose catalog includes the 2013 album Electric Keys and whose rich resume includes collaborating with such greats as Ray Charles, Ahmad Jamal, John Handy, Bobby Hutcherson, and Pharoah Sanders.

Dr. John’s Best Albums

Posted by Joe Goldmark, February 11, 2018 06:06pm | Post a Comment



Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

Dr. John is the funkiest white dude. Listen to his vocals, relate to the lyrics, enjoy his wonderful piano playing, and dig the arrangements. His bag includes blues and soul music, street parade music, trad jazz, and rock & roll, all played with N’awlinz sensibilities. Any questions? Here’s the four albums that move me the most:

Dr John Gris Gris

Gris-Gris

This is Dr. John’s masterpiece and it still sounds fresh and unique. When this album came out in 1968, it was played on underground rock radio and sounded otherworldly. With tunes like “I Walk On Gilded Splinters,” “Mama Roux," and “Jump Sturdy,” you can see how alien it was from a West Coast perspective. In retrospect, some of the production credit has to go to Harold Battiste, the legendary N.O. horn player and producer.


 

Dr. John's Gumbo
 

Dr. John’s Gumbo

Watch Blues Legend Bobby Rush Play a Rare Solo Set at Amoeba Hollywood

Posted by Amoebite, March 4, 2016 06:06pm | Post a Comment

Bobby Rush Live Amoeba Hollywood Chicken Heads

In celebration of his new career-spanning box set, blues legend Bobby Rush recently took the Amoeba Hollywood stage. "I don't claim to be a young boy, but I am blessed; November the 10th, I'll be 83 years old," he told the crowd before easing into his own version of the Howlin' Wolf classic "The Natchez Burning," which tells the true story of a Mississippi nightclub that burned down, killing 209 people. In his own version Rush changes the names of the musicians involved in the fire to those of Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Jimmy Reed - all legends who have now passed. But Bobby Rush lives on, which is something he doesn't take lightly. He was sure to tell the audience how thankful he was to have them there, and to be able to live as long as he has "to see the world change, in a lot of different ways.

While Rush's music usually features a full band and rides a line between blues, soul, and funk, his performance at Amoeba was a special, intimate show; his singing only accompanied by his guitar, his harmonica, and the beat of his feet. The stripped-down set brought the very essence of the blues out of his tunes, while still infusing them with his own brand of funk and sense of humor. With his cutting (yet never rushed) guitar, his thick, howling harmonica, and his steady stomping Rush kept the audience riveted, responsive, and wanting more.

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