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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Big News From Festivals Exclusive


 
Festivals Exclusive is now gearing up for the 2013 festival season. Let Festivals Exclusive help book your entire festival or event with Delta Groove artists, a Delta Groove showcase, or a select group of Delta Groove talent. If you're looking for headliners, Festivals Exclusive has them for you.



VIDEOS:

"YOU UPSET ME BABY"
The Mannish Boys
playing at a private staff after party at the Notodden Blues Festival 2012.


"COLD COLD FEELIN'"
The Mannish Boys
performing at The B'Jazz Festival, Burghausen Germany. Featuring the incomparable Finis Tasby and Franck Goldwasser.


"BABY FORGIVE ME"
The Mannish Boys
at the B'Jazz Festival, Burghausen Germany. Featuring Sugaray Rayford, Kirk Fletcher, and Randy Chortkoff.

Few blues acts have perfected the tricky maneuver of honoring the storied history of the blues, while at the same time keeping the music up-to-date as well as Delta Groove's The Mannish Boys. It's a balancing act that they've honed over the course of six highly-acclaimed CD releases and countless nights gigging on concert stages around the world. Conceived as an all-star showcase for the cream of the West Coast blues crop, The Mannish Boys have stayed true to that vision. They've continually evolved through the years, seeking out and spotlighting the talents of true Blues legends in a setting that stays true to the deep roots of genre, providing them with the support required to excite today's blues audiences. With their unprecedented double studio album release "Double Dynamite" now freshly under their belt, The Mannish Boys are a virtual blues festival contained within one 90-minute to 2-hour set. The current lineup consists of dynamic vocalists Sugaray Rayford and Finis Tasby, acclaimed guitarists Kirk Fletcher and Franck Goldwasser, MC and harmonica maestro Randy Chortkoff, along with a solid, world-class rhythm section consisting of Willie J. Campbell on bass and Jimi Bott on drums.
"...an infectious revival of both '40s jump and '50s to '60s Chess-like styles from a band that lives inside the music..." - Wall Street Journal
"The Manish Boys seem to be in command of virtually every classic, neo-classic, obscure, and almost-unknown riff and lick in the postwar cannon, and they approach it all with unfettered enthusiasm and commitment." – Living Blues Magazine
"…no finer collection of blues talent exists today in one band." – Blues Revue Magazine

BOOKING:

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VIDEOS:

ROD PIAZZA
"I'M A KING BEE"

Rod Piazza at the Irvine Lake Blues Festival.


MITCH KASHMAR
"NICKELS & DIMES"

Mitch Kashmar & Igor Prado Trio performing "Nickels and Dimes" live at Sesc Pompéia - IX International Harp Festival.


RANDY CHORTKOFF
"THE SUN IS SHINING"

Randy Chortkoff and The Mannish Boys on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise (Main Stage).


BIG PETE
"EARLY IN THE MORNING"

Big Pete performing "Early In the Morning" with Kirk Fletcher (guitar), Willie J Campbell (bass), and Jimi Bott (drums), in Basel, Switzerland at the Blues Now! Festival 2011.


AL BLAKE
"THE LAND OF CALIO"

Al Blake performing "The Land of Calio" - Amanda's Roller Coaster at the Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ


BOB CORRITORE
Bob Corritore and Dave Riley at the Cognac Blues Passion Festival.


LYNWOOD SLIM
(SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS)

Lynwood Slim at the Rumble of Harmonicas - Texas.


RJ MISCHO
RJ Mischo at Bischofsmühle Hildesheim.


JASON RICCI
"THE WAY I HURT MYSELF"

Jason Ricci takes a solo during "The Way I Hurt Myself, - Mexicali Blues, Teaneck, NJ
Every festival loves a harmonica battle. The Delta Groove Harp Blast has thrilled audiences at recent events such as the Tampa Bay and Edmonton Blues Festivals this past year. Depending on availability, choose from some of the best harmonica talent in the world including Rod Piazza, Mitch Kashmar, Randy Chortkoff, RJ Mischo, Bob Corritore, Big Pete, Al Blake, Lynwood Slim and Jason Ricci backed by the cream of the crop blues band.
ROD PIAZZA
Over 40 years of recording and performance experience has landed Rod Piazza the inimitable role as one of the world's preeminent harmonica players in modern blues today. With over 24 albums to his credit, Rod has clearly demonstrated time and again his mastery and command over the instrument, which has culminated in critical praise and numerous awards including the 1998 Blues Music Award for Harmonica Instrumentalist of the Year, along with four additional BMA's for his work with the Mighty Flyers. In person, Rod's stage shows have become legendary for his electrifying and rousing performances known for whipping an audience into a frenzy and creating a legion of devoted fans around the globe.
MITCH KASHMAR
Mitch Kashmar is one of the most soulful and powerful blues singers in the business today, black or white. His blues harp playing is second to none for creativity, drive and excitement. Over the course of his career Kashmar has achieved what so many set out to do, but few can accomplish; he has found his own voice. From his humble beginnings in the early 80's in Santa Barbara with The Pontiax, to sharing the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2008 with legendary British rocker Eric Burdon & War, Kashmar's own unique talent has always shone through. A two-time Blues Music Award nominee, Kashmar has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in blues over the years and they've all known what the rest of the world is about to find out: Mitch Kashmar is a force to be reckoned with.
RANDY CHORTKOFF
Randy Chortkoff is a man thoroughly possessed and consumed by the Blues. He's made it his life's work to spread the power and message of the Blues to as many people as he can find who are willing to listen. From humble musician to concert promoter; to record producer and ultimately CEO of Delta & Eclecto Groove Records, Chortkoff's boundless passion and conviction for the blues is inexhaustible. As the founding member of The Mannish Boys, Chortkoff has helped preserve the raw sensibility and time tested tradition that encapsulates the blues, while also capturing the attentive ears of music fans around the world.
BIG PETE
Dutch blues vocalist and harp master Pieter "Big Pete" van der Pluijm may not be a familiar name to American blues audiences, but he's already well-established in the Netherlands – his native home base in North-West Europe. At 23, Pete was handpicked for a European memorial tour to honor the music and memory of legendary harmonica player and vocalist Lester Butler (the Red Devils and Thirteen), backed by several of Lester's original bandmates. The project was met with great success and critical acclaim, so more tours and a CD by the Lester Butler Tribute Band soon followed, securing Pete's arrival on the scene as one of the premier next generation blues performers in the Benelux region. Since then, Big Pete has gone on to form and record many other successful projects including his debut release "Bathroom Acoustics" by The Strikes, a couple of CDs by the rockin' 50's Chicago blues outfit The Backbones, and most recently, the more progressive and forward-thinking group M.O.C.T. (Men Of Considerable Taste). Pete's growing reputation has also led to tours and performances backing many internationally acclaimed blues artists including Alex Schultz, Mitch Kashmar, Monster Mike Welch, Hook Herrera, Matt Schofield, and Ian Siegal. Pete's informal introduction to the U.S. market materialized in March 2010 with his appearance on The Mannish Boys' 5th anniversary release "Shake For Me."
AL BLAKE
Al Blake is a multi-talented musician, visionary and is one of the founding members of the legendary Hollywood Fats Band. The Fats Band's one and only LP Rock This House, recorded in 1976 and released in 1979 is considered a seminal moment in post modern blues. Over 30 years after its 1st release, it is still selling well and creating more and more hard-core true believers all over the world. The legend is still growing. Few blues bands working today could make such a claim about past recordings.Currently, Al Blake is the front man for The Fats Band's new incarnation, "The Hollywood Blue Flames." He is the primary vocalist, harmonica player, acoustic country blues guitarist, song writer and producer. When it comes to straight ahead classic blues, Blake has proven, through his many recordings over the last 35 years, that he is clearly one of the best harmonica players working today. He is known for his big sound – a beautiful tone, exceptional musical taste and style. Of the 3 CDs he has produced for Delta Groove Music since 2004, two have been nominated for prestigious Blues Music Awards by the Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation. Soul Sanctuary (2004) and 2 CD set Road to Rio The Hollywood Blue Flames/ Larger than Life The Hollywood Fats Band Live 1980 Vol. 1 (2006). His latest production, 2 CD set, Deep in America Hollywood Blue Flames / Larger than Life, the Hollywood Fats Band Live 1980 Vol. II (2010) was on the Living Blues charts for 4 months with a peak position of #1. (For more information click on 'Reviews' Hollywood Blue Flames)
BOB CORRITORE
It has been forty years since Bob Corritore first picked up a harp. He maximized his early proximity to the 1970s Chicago Blues scene, befriending and learning from masters Louis Myers, Eddie Taylor, Robert Lockwood, Jr., Little Willie Anderson, Big Leon Brooks, Lester Davenport, Big Smokey Smothers, Little Mack Simmons, and others. Since relocating to Phoenix, Arizona in 1981, Bob has been prolific as a player, producer, radio personality since '84, and owner of the renowned Rhythm Room with which he's been associated for nineteen years now. Bob has built on that illustrious foundation, contributing his authoritative harp to about forty releases and it is now routine to find him on European stages or profiled in Blues magazines worldwide.
LYNWOOD SLIM
Armed with an impressive catalog of iconic recordings, Slim's own uniquely cool blues meets jazz approach has landed him international acclaim and endeared him to an audience around the globe with a devout affection for California Blues. His mastery of blues harmonica - both the "little harp" and the more difficult chromatic - is second to none. He is also one of the finest blues vocalists of his generation. His first hand experience and apprenticeship under veteran blues masters such as multi-instrumentalist Leonard "Baby Doo" Caston and harmonica giant Big Walter Horton has served him well as he has mastered the subtleties of tone and phrasing, and developed his own distinctive voice in the blues.
RJ MISCHO
RJ Mischo's formal music career got its start over 30 years ago while working his way up through the thriving Minneapolis blues scene—his first paying gig came by way of Mississippi-bred singer/guitarist Percy Strother in the late-1970s. By the early '80s, Mischo was working with Muddy Waters' band alumni, George "Mojo" Buford, and had discovered the secrets to achieving a full-tone on his harmonica via tongue-blocking, a method taught to him by recent Los Angeles transplant, Lynwood Slim, who had taken up residence in Minneapolis at the time. About a year after establishing an all-star blues jam with guitarist Teddy Morgan every Sunday evening at the Five Corners Bar in 1991, the pair released their collaborative debut effort, "Ready To Go," featuring vocalist Percy Strother on Blue Moon Records. Mischo's first official solo album, "Gonna Rock Tonight," followed in '94. Mischo continued to release top-shelf recordings, building up an impressive and sizable catalog in the process, while always employing the services of high caliber musicians such as Jeremy Johnson, Steve Freund, Junior Watson, Frank Goldwasser, Rusty Zinn, Kid Andersen, Barrelhouse Chuck, June Core and Richard Innes.
JASON RICCI
Blues, Rock, Funk, Jazz Fusion, Eastern, Punk, Carnival, Psychedelic, Performance Art and more are all regularly attached descriptions of Jason Ricci. Defying category, without defying the techniques, authenticity and disciplines of any one of those category is a rare and dangerous high wire act this band has been balancing expertly year after year, award after award, show after show, fan after fan and album after album. Ricci is consistently considered and referred to in print, with awards and in harmonica circles as one of the best and most important harmonica players to have ever picked up the instrument.

BOOKING:

FESTIVALS EXCLUSIVE
(818) 907-1613
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www.festivalsexclusive.com

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VIDEOS:

DVD PREVIEW
In this star-studded show, each artist gives the audience a taste of their individual specialty, and then combine voices in ways that make The Blues Broads far more than the sum of its parts. Click the image above and view a clip for the DVD.

Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli, all highly regarded vocalists in their own rights, have joined forces as The Blues Broads. Reflecting more than two centuries of collective experience in blues, country, gospel and rock, this awesome aggregation is nothing less than a roots music "supergroup" of the first order. The group's self-titled recording debut is a CD/DVD combination set, recorded live, that will be released by Delta Groove Music on September 18th.
"This lively crew of Clean-Up Women called The Blues Broads are four female singers that have every single style you need to make your monkey-nerve well-satisfied for the foreseeable future. Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Annie Sampson and Angela Strehli have been there, sung that and now come together to bring the big spirit in the sky right down to earth. Hearing is believing." - Bill Bentley, The Morton Report

BOOKING:

FESTIVALS EXCLUSIVE
(818) 907-1613
booking@festivalsexclusive.com
www.festivalsexclusive.com
MORTY WIGGINS (Manager)
(707) 773-2939
mwiggins@secondoctave.com

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SUGARAY RAYFORD

FINIS TASBY

MITCH KASHMAR


SHAWN PITTMAN

NATHAN JAMES

BIG PETE


BOB CORRITORE

JASON RICCI

FRANK GOLDWASSER


KIRK FLETCHER

RJ MISCHO

LYNWOOD SLIM


ROB RIO

TERRY HANCK

KAL DAVID




Check out the Festivals Exclusive roster at www.festivalsexclusive.com for top notch festival talent like new additions Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers, Kal David & The Real Deal, and Shawn Pittman & The Rhythm Rascals.

For more information contact Festivals Exclusive at (818) 907-1613
or email us at booking@festivalsexclusive.com

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