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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Music Connection 2013 "Hot 100" Band BLOWIN' SMOKE RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE Return To Harvelle's


"The packed club was in good hands, as a diverse audience came together to be inspired and entertained. Band leader Larry "Fuzzy" Knight had a classic, fun, and positive approach, and every pro on the stand was clearly in love with the craft. Blowin Smoke conveys a welcome reminder to all people with a beating heart that putting a horn section in front of a smoking rhythm section, then layering three powerful and charismatic vocalists on top of that - all live and at the same time - is music at its most enriching."          MUSIC CONNECTION 

   (Santa Monica, Calif.) - Popular longtime SoCal blues/soul/r&b ensemble Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue were chosen by Music Connection magazine as a "Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artist for 2013" in the issue that comes out December 1. Music Connection - one of the industry's top trade publications for over 35 years - selected Blowin' Smoke from among a list of several thousand bands around the United States that vie for the yearly honor, based on a superlative review the band received from MC staff writer Tim Reid, Jr. a few months back.

  Catch the Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue live in concert at Harvelle's, 1432 S. 4th St., in Santa Monica, this Saturday, November 23. 9:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m. 21 and over. $10. Info: (310) 395-1676 or


   Music Connection reviewer Tim Reid Jr. writes, "(bandleader Fuzzy) Knight must know a thing or two about putting the right pieces in place to make a show, as he has done in this case. Even with a couple of subs in the horn section, the clear fact is that Knight is going to present true professionals whenever Blowin' Smoke takes the stand. Knight himself is a quality bass player and bluesy singer with an almost grittier Randy Newman kind of sound. The Fabulous Smokettes live up to their name - working the harmonies and each singer knowing how to take the spotlight when it hits. "Fuzzy" Knight reminds all of us in the modern technological era that real people with real instruments and real personalities playing music that hits the gut and forces the knees to makes one happy to be alive and in the community of other living people."
"Cross Soul Train with American Bandstand and you get a good idea  
of what a Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue show is like!"    
   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 Performing Aretha Franklin's "Something's Gold A Hold On Me" recently at Harvelle's in Santa Monica.    

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