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Showing posts with label Blowin' Smoke and The Fabulous Smokettes. Show all posts
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Monday, September 28, 2015

SoCal's Longest-Running Monthly R&B/Dance Party Back at Harvelle's: Larry “Fuzzy” Knight’s Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band







      
                                                

Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue, Is SoCal's Longest-Running Monthly R&B/Dance Party At The Same Location: Harvelle's Blues Club By The Beach In Santa Monica Calif


Saturday, October 10 -Beginning At 9:30 p.m. - Till 1:30 a.m.


   (Santa Monica, CA) -  Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring the Fabulous Smokettes, is honored to be Southern California's longest-running, monthly R&B/Soul/Blues dance party at the same location - Harvelle's Blues Club. The eleven-piece high-energy ensemble, who celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band this past March,  return to that famed blues bastion by the Beach on Saturday, October 10. Showtime is 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. (come early, stay late!). 1432 4th St. $10. Info: (310) 395-1676 or http://santamonica.harvelles.com/.


Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue/Words Of Praise From The Media


"By the time we got to Harvelle's, the room was already packed with people...The Boss (band leader Larry "Fuzzy" Knight") began their evening's musical journey through their own world of electronic rhythm and blues, funk, rock, and Southern soul. The dance floor was soon flooded; at one point the club had reached it's legal maximum capacity. No one could move - but, listening to Knight and his red-hot ensemble, no one could help but move". Highlights of the evening included the band performing "C.O.D." from their album, a cover of Buddy Guy's "Midnight Train", and their wonderful singers (the Smokettes) covering such R&B chestnuts as "Rock Steady", "I'll Take You There", Bonnie Raitt's "Something To Talk About" and Labelle's "Lady Marmalade".All in all, a performance that lives up to the hype".
 
                                           LA. EXAMINER

"The Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Band with the Fabulous Smokettes packed Harvelle's with a crowd that was there to enjoy great music played the way it should be. Larry "Fuzzy" Knight has the kind of voice that is perfect for the blues, a little gritty but with excellent range. Guitarist Dave 'Raven' Rutchinski demonstrated his skill on a Stevie Ray Vaughan song, "Crossfire", wringing a ton of emotion out of his guitar. "C.O.D." with John 'JT' Thomas on organ, showcased the instruments along with Fuzzy's powerful vocals. This is music played and sung the way it was meant to be and "Fuzzy" Knight knows how to get the best out of his musicians and singers".
                                     LOS ANGELES BEAT



 
        
Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue Featuring The Fabulous Smokettes performing live at Harvelle's Blues Club, Santa Monica, CA








 

                            www.blowinsmokeband.com




Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Blowin' Smoke's Big 20th Birthday Bash Blowout at the Beach - You're Invited!


      
                                                

    Announcing Blowin' Smoke's Big 20th Birthday Bash Blowout

 At Harvelle's...And You're Invited!

Saturday, March 28, 2015 from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.


Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue Band Leader Larry "Fuzzy" Knight Proudly Fronts The Same 11-Piece Ensemble He First Started In 1995
    

  (Santa Monica, CA) - On Saturday, March 28, from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m., there's going to be a huge 20th Birthday Bash Blowout presented by, and featuring, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Fabulous Smokettes, at that Bastion of Blues by the beach, Harvelle's, located at 1432 4th St., in Santa Monica. Admission is $10. Info: (310) 395-1676 or http://santamonica.harvelles.com .





Do You Remember Where You Were & What You Were Doing In 1995, The Year Blowin' Smoke First Formed & Started Playing Live in SoCal?


  Two decades ago - 1995, to be exact - a gallon of gasoline was $1.09, a dozen eggs were 87 cents, postage stamps were 32 cents each, and the average cost of a new car was $15,500.00. Also that year, longtime Southern California musician Larry "Fuzzy" Knight formed the Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue, a unique, multi-instrumental band with a big lineup and an even larger sound, augmented by three superb female vocalists collectively known as The Smokettes.  Their debut album "Beyond The Blues Horizon" was hailed by the L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, Music Connection and more for it's smart blend of blues, R&B, and soul, utilization of a rich-sounding horn ensemble and of course, those ever-present Smokettes on vocals.

  Two decades later, much has changed (especially those aforementioned prices!). but one thing has remained constant - Knight and Blowin' Smoke are still going strong, entertaining audiences at festivals and better nightclubs throughout the Southland, often accompanied onstage by renowned guest musicians. "Blowin' Smoke conveys a welcome reminder to all people with a beating heart that putting a full horn section in front of a smoking rhythm section, then layering three charismatic and powerful vocalists on top of that - all live and at the same time - is music at its most enriching," writes MUSIC CONNECTION. "Bandleader Larry "Fuzzy" Knight reminds all of us in the modern technological era that real people with real instruments and real personalities are playing music that hits the gut and forces the knees to bend."

  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 - recently announced the addition of a new member to the Blowin’ Smoke lineup, Don Preston.  Preston is a former original member of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention and co-founder of the “GrandMothers”, of which he recorded a total of thirty-plus albums.

  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Welcome in 2015 (A Few Days Early!) with Blowin' Smoke at Harvelle's

      
                                                
 
WELCOME IN 2015 (A FEW DAYS EARLY!) WITH LARRY "FUZZY" KNIGHT'S BLOWIN' SMOKE RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE AT HARVELLE'S
 
              Saturday, December 27, 9:30 p.m. - 1 a.m.
 
 
Blowin' Smoke Are Getting Ready To Celebrate Twenty Big Years of Performing At Harvelle's/Santa Monica  -  More Details Soon!
                     
 
  (Santa Monica, CA)  - Want to get a jump on celebrating New Year's Eve 2015? Come on down and see/hear/enjoy L.A.'s premiere R&B/Blues/Soul Dance Party featuring Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Fabulous Smokettes. The date?: Saturday, December 27. Time? 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Place? Harvelle's, 1432 S. 4th St. in downtown Santa Monica, only blocks from the beach. Price? a very reasobale $10. for what amounts to four big hours of some totally awesome original music! Info? (310) 395-1976 or https://www.facebook.com/blowinsmokeband.
 
   In other related news: Blowin' Smoke are getting ready to celebrate two big decades - yep, twenty amazing years - of performing to packed, appreciative crowds at Harvelle's. More details soon!
 
....SOME WORDS FROM THE MEDIA ABOUT BLOWIN' SMOKE'S LIVE SHOW
 
 "The Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm and Blues Band with the Fabulous Smokettes packed the place with a crowd that was there to enjoy great music played the way it should be," writes Los Angeles Beat reviewer Ed Simon in a recent review. "Larry Knight has the kind of voice that is perfect for the blues, a little gritty but with excellent range. This is music played and sung the way it was meant to be and “Fuzzy” Knight knows how to get the best out of his musicians and singers," Simon concludes. Read the entire review here.
 
 
 
 
Here's Nine (Count 'Em, 9) Great Reasons Why You Should
Get Out To See Blowin' Smoke & The Fabulous Smokettes
 
 
"This is the real thing...great American rockin' blues from a killer group of players...bassist/bandleader Larry "Fuzzy" Knight has assembled a powerful cast of core players and singers. Great band, tremendous release."                               BLUES REVUE
 
"BEYOND THE BLUES HORIZON captures this band at its best...huge band with a lot of talent and some great material, making BEYOND...a CD that is custom-made to dance to, hug to, and hold your honey tight to."
                                                          MUSIC CONNECTION
 
"In the Blues category, it's going to be hard to top BLOWIN' SMOKE, whose recent performance at the House Of Blues was excellent."
                                        ROCK CITY NEWS
 
"R&B band BLOWIN' SMOKE perform songs like "I Put A Spell On You" and "Talk To Me Baby" with amazing vocals and explosive horns."
                                        DAILY BULLETIN
 
"Eleven-piece ensemble presents an extravaganza that regularly turns its audience into a big, groovin' family...led by singer/bass player Larry "Fuzzy" Knight, along with crackerjack horn players and a dedicated rhythm section, BLOWIN' SMOKE keeps the floor show ear- and eye-popping with the three "Fabulous Smokettes."
                                          L.A. WEEKLY
 
"The Catch in Anaheim will catch fire Saturday when a wild and wooly blues band called BLOWIN' SMOKE blows into town...tried to catch them last week at B.B. King's/Universal City Walk but couldn't get near the place. It was mobbed. I already have their CD, and I'm a huge fan."
                                  ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
 
"Modeled after the great 1960s R&B bands of Ray Charles, James Brown and Ike Turner, Knight and his ensemble serve up hefty portions of blues, gospel, swing and soul."
                                                         LOS ANGELES TIMES
 
"Smokin' showcase of rhythm and blues music...this live set captures the heart and soul of this ensemble."
                                    KLOS 95.5 FM LOCAL LICKS
 
"BLOWIN' SMOKE is major record label material...so why hasn't one of the majors signed these guys?"
                     BLUES DELUXE (Nationally-Syndicated Radio Show)
 
 
 
"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. 
 
Blowin' Smoke CDs, Review Passes, & Band Interviews On Request.
                            www.blowinsmokeband.com
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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

                            
        

BLOWIN' SMOKE RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE SELECTED A "HOT 100 ARTIST FOR 2013" BY MUSIC CONNECTION; LIVE AT HARVELLE'S THIS SATURDAY
"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 www.santamonica.harvelles.com.

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   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 bend...it 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.