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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Blues (Plus Classic R&B & Soul) By The Beach: Blowin' Smoke & The Fabulous Smokettes At Harvelles

Blues (Plus Classic R&B & Soul) By The Beach:
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight Presents... 
Blowin' Smoke & The Fabulous Smokettes
(St. Louis-Style Rhythm & Blues Revue)
Saturday, May 25@Harvelle's/Santa Monica   
                                                     (Also Saturday, June 22)
"Blowin' Smoke began their evening's musical journey through their own world of electric rhythm and blues, funk, rock, and Southern soul...the dance floor was packed, and everyone fell under the spell  of Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's band and his soulful sirens, the Smokettes."                            L.A. Music Examiner 

   (Santa Monica, Calif.) - What's hotter than St. Louis Barbeque and twice as much fun? Answer: Blowin' Smoke and the Fabulous Smokettes, who return to that iconic blues club by the beach, Harvelles, 1432 4th St., on Saturday, May 25. 9:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. 21 and over. $10. Info: (310) 395-1676 or (Also performing there Saturday, June 22).  
  To get a better idea what a Blowin' Smoke live show is like, take legendary TV show Soul Train and cross it with Dick Clark's hip-in-its time American Bandstand. That is, a packed dance floor full of sweaty souls enjoying themselves more than should be allowed by law! Hence the band's 'warning/disclaimer:' "Seeing and listening to Blowin' Smoke live will cause permanent joy and happiness to occur during and after performances." 
   "Blowin' Smoke has its very own signature style of taking classic R&B, blues, and blues-rock songs and rearranging them, turning them all into their own style of songs - adding new energy along with the (vocals of the) sassy, sultry and sexy Smokettes - Lyrica Garrett, LaQuita Davis and Madame 'Dee' (Dwanna Parker)," explains longtime band front-person and bassist-vocalist, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight 
"Cross Soul Train with American Bandstand and you get a good idea  
of what a Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue show is like!"    

    The Blowin' Smoke rhythm section - Larry "Fuzzy" Knight (bass); David Raven (guitar); Don Littleton (bass); and John 'JT' Thomas (keyboards) - perform on two songs, "Hush" and "Burnt Biscuits," that appear in the motion picture release "The Sapphires"  - an inspirational tale set in the heady days of the late '60s about a quartet of young, talented singers from a remote Aboriginal mission, discovered and guided by a kind-hearted, soul-loving manager. The film  - which won awards at the Aspen, Palm Springs, Portland, San Jose, Key West and St. Louis International film festivals among others - was released domestically in the U.S. this past March.
   For nearly two decades, Blues/R&B/Soul group Blowin' Smoke has been one of the most in-demand, successful bands on the Southern California live music circuit. Front and center in Blowin' Smoke is its creator, bandleader/bassist/vocalist, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight - whose impressive musical resume' includes a decade-plus stint as bassist for one of the great SoCal bands to emerge from the psychedelic era of the Sixties, Spirit.  Knight has also recently launched a new band project, Sky King, featuring some top-name musicians, all the while keeping Blowin' Smoke going strong

   Here's Blowin' Smoke Rperforming Aretha Franklin's "Won't Be Long" recently at Harvelle's in Santa Monica.    
     Blowin' Smoke CDs, Review Show Passes, & Band Interviews On Request.

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