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Marchin’ Into The Blues

March 1, 2015

Blues To Do March 2015

March brings a bounty of highly talented blues artists from the Pacific Northwest. Blues To Do Live presented by Thunder Road Guitars. New addition: Blues To Do Audio Podcast recording of news, calendar, new releases, and Reason of the Week for the Blues starts at 6PM/live music 8PM.

THE CARA POWERS BAND
TUESDAY, MARCH 3rd – 8PM
Internationally renowned vocalist Cara Powers returns to the scene after a brief hiatus. You may remember Cara as the lead vocalist of popular Northwest bands CaraplaneLonnie William’s Astral TravelerThe Micheal Powers Quintet and Be Hear. With her recently released new album Songstress, produced by NW musicians Mikel Rollins and Joe Stom, Cara graces the stage again with her fun and flirty presence.

 SHELLY ELY & S.A.S.S.
TUESDAY, MARCH 10th – 8PM

This Tacoma blues woman is one of the region’s top female vocalists, period. For decades she’s belted it out with Tacoma’s Best blues/R&B bands including the most loved Big Nasty along with monster Hammond organist Buck England and the late Jho Blenis on blistering guitar. Shelly has a fistful of regional awards and nominations including the Summy Award, named after legendary Tacoma DJ Bob Summerrise. See her new band of Tacoma’s finest in a rare Seattle performance for this outstanding and, YES, sassy vocalist.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH THE BARE ROOTS
PLUS A VERY SPECIAL ACOUSTIC SET OF
IRISH MUSIC BY ANNIE O’NEILL
TUESDAY, MARCH 17th – 8PM

In 1965 rock ‘n roll reaches adolescence and became ‘Rock’, and Soul music ascends to dominate the pop charts and five junior high school friends form The Bare Roots. Modeling after the Animals, the band focused on covering British R&B and American Soul-Brits & Grits. They added some Northwest classic hits from The DynamicsWailers and Sonics, plus some classic Chicago blues to round out their sound by adding sax, harmonica, piano and organ. Their driving sound is seasoned and inspired as they start their fifth decade together. As a bonus, a VERY special acoustic set of Irish music by Annie O’Neill. This woman comes from a family of talented people and demonstrates her beautiful clear voice and guitar skills in various incarnations all over the Northwest, including this touching acoustic set of Irish tunes for this lucky green holiday.

THE JILL NEWMAN BAND
TUESDAY, MARCH 24th – 8PM

Vancouver based electric guitarist Jill Newman is able to squeeze out a raw, emotional sound, but with the technical skills to play tasteful Chicago style lead and slide guitar work. Michael Usinger, the editor of Vancouver, BC’s Georgia Straight says that Jill’s music “always lands of the right side of tasteful.” As a teen in Wisconsin, Jill discovered her love of the electric guitar, playing her Strat copy until she literally wore out the frets. She honed her chops touring throughout BC and Alberta, playing 6-7 nights a week in everything from country rock bands and original indie roots groups to all women punk and rock bands. Playing Jimmy Page’s blues inspired riffs in an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band led Jill back to her first love – playing the blues. And Jill is one of the Pacific Northwest’s finest female guitarists.

LADIES SING THE BLUES:
AN ALL-STAR MUSIC COLLABORATION
TUESDAY, MARCH 31st – 8PM

This wildly successful concept features the best women artists in the Northwest in an all women blues jam including various outstanding vocalists in a woman’s musical collective always on the last Tuesday of each month.

BLUES TO DO LIVE is recorded for TV and streaming live
on the internet, every Tuesday night, 8PM and is hosted by
Marlee Walker, Queen of Seattle Blues for the last thee decades.

For booking and information, contact Marlee Walker at calendar@bluestodo.com

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