2015 Barrier Beach Blues and Arts Festival

 

Artists in Partnership, Inc., providing cultural arts programs to the community for over 15 years, and the Long Beach Public Library present

  The 7th Annual Barrier Beach Blues and Arts Festival

an eclectic mix of Classic Blues, Americana, Soul and Roots music

  Friday June 12th through Sunday June 14th

Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY. and other venues in the City


This year boasts. on Sunday at 3:00, the artistry of DEBBIE DAVIES, a two-time  Best Contemporary Blues Artist award winner and top blues singer, songwriter and guitar player.  On Friday at 8:00, award winning and internationally and nationally acclaimed TOBY WALKER, a roots music finger style guitar virtuoso, will be taking the stage. Saturday evening at 7:30, join the HOODOO HONEYDRIPPERS, a  Blues Duo out of Brooklyn and at 8:30 join us for Grammy nominated and former James Cotton Blues Band member, SLAM ALLEN.

Additional performers include, on Friday, the LONG BEACH HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ MUSICIANS, and on Saturday afternoon at Arts in the Plaza starting at noon join us for the BETTER LATE THAN NEVER BAND,  HOODOO HONEYDRIPPERS, MICHAEL HILL'S BLUES MOB and BENOIR. Opening for DEBBIE DAVIES on Sunday afternoon will be blues singer/guitarist, ROB EUROPE and the duo, ACOUSTIC BREAKAWAY featuring Howie Haber and Lou Carollo. Join us for a Blues and Bar-B-Q "wrap party" at LOLA's on Sunday at 5:00 featuring the music of Michael Barnett Blues

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY 6/12 - Long Beach Public Library

7:00 - LONG BEACH HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ MUSICIANS
8:00 - TOBY WALKER


SATURDAY Afternoon- 6/13-  Kennedy Plaza with “Arts in the Plaza” – Bring Chairs

(In the event of rain, the program will take place at the Long Beach Public Library)

Join us at 12:00 in the Art Tent for a Children’s “Musical Instruments from Recycled Objects” Art Project.

  Music Schedule:

1:00 – BETTER LATE THAN NEVER JUG BAND

2:00 – MICHAEL HILL’S BLUES MOB

3:00 -  BENOIR

SATURDAY EVENING- Long Beach Public Library

7:30 – HOODOO HONEYDRIPPERS
8:30 – SLAM ALLEN

 
SUNDAY 6/14- Long Beach Public Library

1:30 – ROB EUROPE
2:15 – ACOUSTIC BREAKAWAY
3:00 -  DEBBIE DAVIES

ADDITIONAL VENUES -BLUES AFTER PARTIES:

LOLA'S Winebar-          

180 W. Park Ave. 442-1090

Fri. 6/12-9:30 Li'l Cliff & the Cliffhangers

Sat. 6/13-9:30- BLU MOJO Band

Sun. 6/14 -5:00 Blues-Brews & Bar-B-Q with Mike Barnett Band

 

BRIXX & Barley

152 W. Park Ave. 544-4511

Sat. 6/13-10PM- Breakaway with Sweet Suzi

 

The 7th Annual Barrier Beach Blues and Arts Festival

an eclectic mix of Classic Blues, Americana, Soul and Roots music

  Friday June 12th through Sunday June 14th

Long Beach Public Library, 111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY. and other venues in the City


This year boasts. on Sunday at 3:00, the artistry of DEBBIE DAVIES, a two-time  Best Contemporary Blues Artist award winner and top blues singer, songwriter and guitar player.  On Friday at 8:00, award winning and internationally and nationally acclaimed TOBY WALKER, a roots music finger style guitar virtuoso, will be taking the stage. Saturday evening at 7:30, join the HOODOO HONEYDRIPPERS, a  Blues Duo out of Brooklyn and at 8:30 join us for Grammy nominated and former James Cotton Blues Band member, SLAM ALLEN.

Additional performers include, on Friday, the LONG BEACH HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ MUSICIANS, and on Saturday afternoon at Arts in the Plaza starting at noon join us for the BETTER LATE THAN NEVER BAND,  HOODOO HONEYDRIPPERS, MICHAEL HILL'S BLUES MOB and BENOIR. Opening for DEBBIE DAVIES on Sunday afternoon will be blues singer/guitarist, ROB EUROPE and the duo, ACOUSTIC BREAKAWAY featuring Howie Haber and Lou Carollo. Join us for a Blues and Bar-B-Q "wrap party" at LOLA's on Sunday at 5:00 featuring the music of Michael Barnett Blues Band   

 

 

 7th Annual Barrier Beach Blues Performer Bios:

 

Debbie Davies

Debbie Davies -debbiedavies.com  

 

  She wields an electric guitar as if it were a wand. — LOS ANGELES TIMES 

 

Debbie Davies is an award-winning singer, songwriter, guitar player of extraordinary talent.  A professional musician since the early 1980s, Debbie ranks among the top blues artists in the country. She has received ten nominations for Blues Music Awards, and in 1997 and 2010 won the award for Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist.

 

Davies’ rise to the upper echelon of blues music started at an early age as she absorbed the music heard constantly in her home. Her (professional) musician parents were either sitting at the piano or spinning discs on their turntable, filling the air with the sounds of big band jazz, harmony vocal groups, or the pop icons of the day. But the young Davies was particularly attracted to the bluesier sounds of her father’s Ray Charles records, and by the age of 12 realized that her affinity for an instrument was not for the piano, but for the guitar.

 

Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960’s, she found that being a female guitar player meant only one thing: acoustic guitar. Electric guitars were still toys meant only for boys. But when Debbie heard the sounds of the British blues-rock bands, particularly the electric guitar of Eric Clapton with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, she became completely captivated. Going against the grains of society’s accepted roles of the time, Debbie pursued her dream with the passion of an artist and the soul of a rebel.

 

Davies cut her teeth playing in blues and rock ‘n roll bands in the San Francisco Bay area before returning to Los Angeles in 1984, where she landed the lead guitar spot in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs, an all-female band led by wife of British blues pioneer, John Mayall. In 1988 she was recruited by Albert Collins to join the Icebreakers, and for the next three years she was a featured guitarist performing behind one of the most innovative bluesmen of all time. “I stepped through a door into the real blues world when I joined Albert’s band,” Davies says. “It’s one thing to listen to the records and pull off the licks, or sit in the audience watching these artists play. But actually going out and touring with one, turned the blues into something completely three-dimensional for me. I knew then what a special opportunity this was, but I know it even more now.” During her tenure with Albert, Debbie was invited to perform on John Mayall’s 1990 album, A Sense of Place, and in 1991 she recorded with Albert Collins and the Icebreakers on the Grammy nominated self-titled release for Point Blank/Virgin Records.

 

In the summer of 1991 Debbie became lead guitarist for Fingers Taylor and the Ladyfingers Revue, which served as the opening act for Jimmy Buffett’s “Outpost” tour. In September 1993 she came out with her debut solo release, Picture This, on Blind Pig Records, which featured a cameo by Collins on “I Wonder Why.” People like to ask Debbie if she learned her technique from Collins, to which she gently points out that she had to play well from the start to hold her own with Albert at every performance. However, the experience taught her lessons in being a better musician, both onstage and off. Says Davies, “It was the most powerful band I had ever played with, so I learned to dig even deeper into myself to pull out the music. Albert was a man of so much grace and kindness, so I can only hope that I was able to absorb some of his humanity too.”

 

Since 1993, Debbie has produced eleven solo recordings and two collaborative CD’s, one with guitarists Tab Benoit and Kenny Neal, and another with guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Otis Grand. The roster of other artists who have joined Debbie in the studio on her recordings reads like a who’s who of the blues: Albert Collins, Ike Turner, James Cotton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, Coco Montoya, Duke Robillard, Tommy Shannon, Chris “Whipper” Layton, Sugar Ray Norcia, Mudcat Ward, Charlie Musselwhite, Bruce Katz, Per Hanson, Noel Neal, and Rod Carey.

 

Her 2007 Telarc Records release Blues Blast is highly-acclaimed and is a pressure cooker recording that showcases her seasoned guitar and vocal capabilities. It includes guest appearances by three high-profile bluesmen: guitarists Tab Benoit and Coco Montoya, and harpist Charlie Musselwhite.

 

In 2009, Debbie Davies released the ground-breaking and acclaimed all instrumental CD, HOLDIN’ COURT on Vizz Tone Records.  That year also found Davies teaming up with blues singer and harp player, the late Robin Rogers to tour the country with performances at many festivals.

 

Davies also joined Tommy Castro’s Legendary Rythym and Blues Cruise Revue that same year, performing both on the land and at sea.  Debbie Davies is featured on the 2011 release of the review performing the tune ALL I FOUND, on Alligator Records.

 

At the close of 2010, Debbie was deeply affected by the passing of Robin Rogers.  Later that year Debbie suffered a broken arm…a “no-no” for a musician!  As she began to heal, she started writing and putting many of her experiences and feelings into songs.  The result is 2012’s, AFTER THE FALL on MC Records.  The all-original CD also features songs written by Debbie’s long time drummer Don Castagno and a guest appearance by pianist Bruce Katz.

 

In 2013 Davies felt it was time to treat her fans to a RETROSPECTIVE and she self released a CD of tunes recorded through the years both live and in the studio.

 

Davies brand new 2015 release, LOVE SPIN, is at once funky, rocking’, and bluesy. It’s  collection of all original tunes showcases an artist at her peak, and will no doubt put smiles on the faces of long time fans and bring many new ones into the fold.  Released by the VizzTone Label Group.

 

A thirty-year veteran of the road, this latest recording leaves no doubt that Debbie Davies is truly one of the leading lights on the contemporary blues music scene today.  

     

TOBY WALKER Toby Walker

 


Internationally and nationally acclaimed Toby Walker has been hailed as a roots music fingerstyle guitar virtuoso who has toured the US, England, Wales, France, Germany, Belgium and Holland. Walker has been featured in the
New York Times, the London Sunday Times, the London BBC, Sirius-XM radio and was the 1st place recipient of the International Blues Challenge Award - Solo division - given out by the Blues Foundation in Memphis TN.

Walker blends the styles of blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, rock and old time jazz into his own unique style.  Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane says "
Flat out... you have to hear this great musician... I'm blown away" and has employed Walker to teach at his famous Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp for 6 years. In 2010 Walker won the NY Music Award for 'Best Instrumental CD,' sharing the honors with Mariah Carey, Rufus Wainwright and Judy Collins among many others.

Walker has recently released three instructional guitar DVD's for the world famous company Homespun Tapes which have been getting rave reviews. His latest CD release -
'What You See Is What You Get' - has been hailed as a shining success in the genre of traditional blues recordings.
Carnegie Hall acknowledged his rare talents and  hired him to augment and teach in their "American Roots" program aimed at honor level middle school students.

Toby’s passion for blues, rags, folk, and other traditional American music drove him to leave an apartment crammed full of recordings, books and instruments for the
Mississippi Delta, Virginia and the Carolinas where he tracked down some of the more obscure - but immensely talented - music makers of an earlier era. He learned directly from Eugene Powell, James "Son" Thomas,Etta Baker, and R.L Burnside, among others.

Quotes:
"If he doesn't get them with his phenomenal guitar playing or catchy songs, he gets them with his wonderful stories. True entertainers have an engaing spirit that puts a smile on your face. Arlo Guthrie has it. David Bromberg has it. And so does Toby. "
- John Platt - WFUV


"As a blues guitar player, I am stunned and in awe of Toby Walker's pickin'! Add to that his fine songs and singing and friendly presentation, and it's obvious that Toby Walker is one of the most enjoyable artists in today's Blues World."
- Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin
Guitarist for the late Muddy Waters

"A fingerpicking guitar virtuoso"

- Happy Traum

"When Toby Walker straps the guitar on, the notes fly at a rate that is dizzying. They dance with speed, grace and precision. The effect is one of steel-like strength. His blues are a flash of muscle and his gentle fingerstyle ballads speak poetry."

-Richard Cuccaro - Acoustic Live

 

www.littletobywalker.com

   Hoodoo Honeydrippers  Hoodoo Honeydrippers

     

    The Hoodoo Honeydrippers are A country and delta blues duo based in Brooklyn, NY and comprised of Sarah Wonsever (aka Short Slide Saree) on vocals, guitar, percussion andJerie "La China" Choi on vocals, fiddle, guitar, percussion.

     

    Their musical influences includeMemphis Minnie, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Trixie Smith, The Mississippi Sheiks, R.L. Burnside, Andrew & Jim Baxter, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, Cecil Barfield, Bud Spires & Jack Owens.



Slam Allen    Slam Allen          

www.slamallen.com

Slam Allen couldn’t help but play the blues. His folks had the blues down home in Alabama, and when they came to the cold north with the great migration of African Americans, they brought it up with them. The blues’ve always been there, like a member of the family, through good and hard times, passed on through generations like an heirloom. The family couldn’t shake the blues, just like their distinct Southern way of talking that still carries through today. When Slam greets his audience with “How are ‘ya’ll tonite” it comes straight from the deep south and deep from within the heart. His daddy, Harrison Allen Sr., a superb blues bassist and guitarist and the greatest influence on Slam, taught him how to play. When Slam was growing up, the blues and all other African-American music was all around. His uncle, his cousins, everyone played it. Slam Allen was born with the blues.

On his telephone answering machine, Slam Allen has a simple, but poignant message, “… and remember”, he says, “…there is no black, no white, only the blues”. Actually, his musical repertoire includes far more than “only the blues”. He comfortably encompasses the entire African-American musical spectrum he grew up on, including blues, soul, R&B, funk and even a bit of hip-hop. “I am foremost an entertainer”, says Allen, “I play music, all kinds of music. Not just the blues. My job is to make my audience happy, and I do it well”. That he does, indeed.

Since he first lead his own band in 1994, the musical persona that is Slam Allen has been multi-faceted. A soulful singer, a versatile guitarist with lightning fast speed when he wants it, he prefers a warm feeling and a tight groove over show-off guitar theatrics. His emphasis lies more in a good overall band sound- cohesive, full and exciting. Slam Allen is equally at home in a variety of styles and he reflects the entire range from Memphis to Chicago, from blues to soul, from the gritty inner city to the heart of the country blues on which it is all based.

For Slam Allen, it’s all about the show for the people. When he talks about “entertaining” he means it. They call Slam Allen “The Working Man” for a reason. He works harder than anyone to please an audience. He knows how gives it all up for his listeners as he coaxes, caresses and charms the crowd with his earnest ear-to-ear smile that comes from truly and totally enjoying what he does. He works the crowd as if he was the reincarnate of Louis Armstrong; he solicits their call and response, and he sings and plays until the sweat pours off him profusely- always with a giant smile on his face. He loves what he does and it shows, as he spins out buoyant, cheerful melodies, with a tinge of funky blues and pop, soul, gospel and R&B. Slam’s walks out to the audience for the personal, up-close and intimate portion of the program moving people with his lilting harmonies and irresistibly snappy, knee slapping rhythms. He shakes hands and touches hearts while kicking out some of the best blues imaginable. His sound is fresh and eminently listenable both for the hard core blues audience and newcomers. Another reason for his appeal maybe that Slam Allen’s songs are of the “happy blue” variety. No heavy torment and pain, no gut-wrenching deep wailing moans, no death letters or killing floors.

Slam Allen makes an impression, and the prevailing response is overwhelming. People love his show. They know that they’ve enjoyed a world-class act, equal or better than anyone they’ve ever heard, worthy of comparison to the biggest acts in the blue scene , today or yesterday. Put him next to B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, Albert Collins, Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett or James Brown and Slam Allen would not be intimidated. He delivers! He knows how to work hard and he has the right stuff. Slam Allen puts on as good as a show can get. Period. Nobody who’s ever seen his show will deny that.

Audiences all over the country will attest that Slam brings down the house, be it in festivals, clubs and concert halls from Chicago’s ‘Rosa’s Lounge’ to ‘Warm Daddy’s’ in Philadelphia, ‘B.B. King’s Blues Club’ in Memphis, as he spreads his good-news sound all the way down to key West, Florida.

His combination of showmanship and guitar virtuosity, heartfelt entertainment and superb musicianship is Slam Allen’s trademark, but his legacy may well be the substance of his songs – the strength of his songwriting. In 1995 he was voted “Best New Soul Blues Artist” by the Manhattan Blues Alliance. His critically acclaimed 1998 release on the RaveOn label “Things Sho’ Done Changed” raised eyebrows among blues aficionados and established Slam Allen as the blues act to watch, a singer/songwriter and bandleader destined to ascend.

His new release “Still Working” on the Level B label, has Slam Allen fronting a new band and touting a new sense of independence. As brilliant and heartfelt as Slam Allen's past work was, this new record surpasses even Slam's highest expectations.  Here is a musician in his prime, one of the most exciting and promising contemporary blues players with the sparkle in his eyes. Slam Allen is his own man charting his own destiny and believing in the inevitable success that is due to a man who has paid his dues, over and over, and who puts out 110% for everything he does.  He's still waiting for he can already hear that whistle blowing.

 

 

 .

 



 



 



 

   

 

 

 .

 

The Better Late Than Never Jug Band Better Late Than Never Band

Jug Bands formed in the twenties when southern blues musicians got together to play. They usually had a guitar and harmonica.  Others joined in with a washboard for percussion, a comb and tissue paper (predecessor of the Kazoo) and a bass made from a wash tub and a broom stick. There was a Jug Band revival in the early Sixties  and groups such as the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Even Dozen Jug Band recorded several albums of old time and Blues music.  The Better Late Than Never Jug Band has six members. “Big Mike” Meyer plays guitar, sings and plays Kazoo. Rob “The Blue Streak” Bellassai plays harmonica, jug and a bunch of other things that make noise. Angela Giannotti plays wash board and sings. Rich Fuller plays mandolin and sings. Carl Batchelder plays upright bass. Rich Giannotti plays guitar and sings.

  http://www.betterlatethanneverjugband.com

 

  

  Michael Hill's Blues Mob: Original York-Style Blues

  

  Michael Hills Blues Mob

Michael Hill’s Blues Mob has recorded six internationally released albums

of their Original, New York-Style Blues. The Mob has captivated audiences

in twenty-nine countries around the globe. Beginning with Bloodlines, their

1994 Alligator Records debut, they’ve built a distinguished body of work

that has drawn world-wide critical and audience acclaim for dynamic

musicianship and vivid storytelling.

Michael Hill’s lyrics eloquently convey the passion, the humor and the

desire for freedom and justice that are intrinsic to the blues. The band

transmits those lyrics through blues that is seasoned with flavors of rock,

R&B, funk and more, making every show a celebration of music, life and

love. Michael is a 2011 inductee into the New York Blues Hall of Fame as a

Master Blues Artist. Michael Hill’s Blues Mob’s most recent album is

Goddesses & Gold Redux on JSP Records.

 


  BENOIR     Benoir

Benoir plays the electric blues with influences ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan to B.B. King and Robert Cray. His Blues quartet will include Michael Carman a.k.a. the "Great Carmonica", Chris DeCarmine - drums, and Tony Breit - bass.  Selections include his originals "If I Could Only Hold You", "Trepidation", "Stormy Wednesday", "Refugee", "Soulful of Blues", and "Nothing But Trouble" co-written by singer/guitarist "Pretty Finger Ganji".



Rob Europe     Rob Europe

 

  Rob Europe is a NY blues guitarist mesmerizing audiences wherever he appears - And at 24 years old, he's just getting started. 
Long Island's 2014 International Blues Challenge representative plays with an expertly executed Piedmont style upstaged only by a voice so soaked in soul it comes as no surprise that musical mastery runs in the bluesician's family.
Europe is the great-grandson of Jazz Hall-of-Famer James Reese Europe of the Harlem Rattlers; ragtime music and the Clef Club Orchestra.
This ancestral connection gives context to how deeply this rising young musician – whose unique, gravel-laden vocals jibe perfectly with fingers that pluck notes as powerfully as they wield a slide – bleeds the blues, particulary the pre-war country variety.
His 'tier one' idols include the genre's oldest – Charlie Patton, Robert Johnson and Eddie James “Son” House – Artists he covers with so signature a stamp that the judges who chose him to represent Long Island in this January's international competition often stopped Europe between songs to clarify whether he had just played them an original song. 
“He made old originals his own,” one judge wrote on Europe's score card, noting a “hot” slide ability that captivated the audience.
“Very authentic blues.”
Europe began studying guitar and cello at eight years old.

 

EMAIL: robeuropemusic@gmail.com



Acoustic Breakaway   Acoustic Breakaway

 


Howie Haber and Lou Carrollo are two-time members of the NY Blues Hall of Fame both as solo artists and as members of the band Breakaway. With a 35 year history they have offered their take on original blues from New York City to Memphis. This acoustic version offers a look at the duo's original songwriting in a more intimate light.

 

 

Mike Barnett     Mike Barnett

 

Mike Barnett was House guitarist at Tramps NYC in the 80s.He performed frequently with Big Joe Turner, Otis Rush,Cousin Joe, Charles Honeyboy Otis,and Louisiana Red to name a few.Mike and his band opened up for Many national acts like BB King, Sam and Dave ,Muddy Waters etc.
Mike and his band perform frequently in the tri-state area.
  

"I started off playing clubs and bars before I was old enough to drink.I worked plenty of Dives, and "buckets of blood" before My Band started working as an opening act at Concert Halls.Many times we opened up the show for BB King,Albert King,Muddy Waters,Sam and Dave,Johnny Winter,Mike Bloomfield,John Mayall, among many others.I was guitarist in the house band at NYC's St.Regis Hotel and also performed frequently at other NYC venues which included,the Limelight,Dr.Generousitys,Dan lynch bar,Chicago Blues, and Pops place.I was hired by the Famous Drummer Charles" Honeyboy" Otis to play Guitar in his Band.We performed primarily at the World famous Nite club Tramps in NYC, where we were working five nights a week over two years. I also Performed over 200 gigs playing Guitar with Honeyboy and the Great Big Joe Turner.I learned alot about the Blues ,also working frequently with Otis Rush,Louisiana Red,Charles Honeyboy Otis ,Cousin Joe,Little Buster and many other"Blues Greats".
Over the last several years I have been performing Local Festivals,Clubs and recording Original Compositions with my Jazz-Blues trio ,The Mike Barnett Band.
www.reverbnation.com/mikebarnettband