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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Dave Widow & The Lineup Headlining Friday Night Blues Show At Alva's This Weekend

                   Dave Widow and the Lineup
    (San Pedro) - The Chicago blues and soul-inspired music of acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Dave Widow and his band The Lineup headline the Friday Night Blues Concert Series at South Bay live music emporium Alvas Showroom, 1417 W. Eighth St., Friday, March 29. 8 p.m. Tickets $20 (includes free Dave Widow CD with advance ticket purchase); $25. at the door. Info:  (866) 479-5644  or log onto Opening the show is an acoustic set by Delta Slide Bluesman, Sean Lane. Performing in Widow's band The Lineup are highly-regarded musicians James Gadson (drums); Reggie McBride (bass); and Marty Grebb (keyboards/saxophone).

     Widow is just back from Memphis, where his recently-released album "Waiting For The World  To End" was touted by the prestigious Blues Foundation as a Top Five Finalist in the category of "Best Self-Produced CD."  The record has received sparkling reviews and both national (and) international radio airplay. Other recent accolades:  2012 "Hot 100 Artist of the Year" selection by noted trade publication, Music Connection; and "Musical Group of the Year" nominee by the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards. 
   Dave's busy performing schedule include a recent performance at this year's NAMM Conference. He will lend his teaching talents at this year's "Down To The Crossroads Blues Guitar And Bass Camp" in Clarksdale, Mississippi from May 28 through June 1, and is set to perform at both the 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival (as part of Michael John and the Bottom Line's band) on April 27; and as a headliner at the 16th Annual Irvine Lake Blues Festival on August 24 (complete itinerary below).

Dave Widow (right, foreground) performing with Coco Montoya at the 2013 NAMM Conference.

  What The Media Has Been Saying About "Waiting For the World To End"
"Fourteen fantastic songs that will keep you grooving song after song. And don't forget about the great axe work by Dave!" 
"Backed by seasoned cats with credits (Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison) and armed with an able voice and a brittle guitar tone, Dave Widow lives to rock the blues...the key to Widow's appeal is he understands the blues is not about being down, it's about surviving and living life. A calling card for well-deserved live gigs and perhaps a film placement."
"If you're a Blues lover and dig the same things I dig, you are gonna LOVE Dave Widow's new CD "Waiting For The World To End." The lineup (no pun intended) on this CD is truly incredible." 

"One of the finest blues discs I've heard all year...his vocals are prominent all over the album, such as on opening cut "Bluesman" as well as the dazzling "Reach Out." He can also groove to the first degree, as he shows on "Leave A Piece Of Me" and "Second Hand Love." Well worth checking out!"        
"On Waiting For The World To End Dave Widow sings and plays a vibrant guitar, while his band provides plenty of rhythm...comfortable blues with a message that we can all appreciate."   
"Dave Widow has assembled a great band including Reggie McBride, Gary Mallaber, Mike Finnegan, Bill Champlin, Barry Goldberg and a crew of outstanding horns and vocalists and they demonstrate their broad background on this stellar part CD...a very entertaining recording."                                          
"Waiting For The World To End is a great, fun album to listen to over and over again. If you love blues; if you love R&B; if you love great, original music, this is a must-have CD."
"Dave Widow is a blues playing singer and songwriter who smokes on the electric outstanding collection of blues songs, demonstrating first-rate production and musicianship." 
"Widow melds Americana, blues, funk, R&B, and soul to forge his signature sound...Critic's Choice goes to "Piss You Off" with its great hooks, blues guitar solo and powerful horns." 


3/29                                   ALVAS SHOWROOM                                San Pedro, CA
4/4                                     HOUSE OF BLUES                                   Anaheim, CA 
4/6                                         LIGHTHOUSE CAFE                                    Hermosa Beach, CA
VENTURA CO. BLUES FESTIVAL          Ventura, CA                5/23                                   HOUSE OF BLUES                                   Anaheim, CA
5/28-6/1                             BACK TO THE CROSSROADS               Clarksdale, MS
8/24                                   IRVINE LAKE BLUES FESTIVAL             Silverado, CA

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