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Showing posts with label Dave Widow. Show all posts
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Monday, August 17, 2015

New Blues Festival II, Labor Day Weekend, Continues Long Tradition


Saturday, September 5 & Sunday, September 6 /Music Starts 10 a.m.

Visit the Vendor Village - Food Court, Beer Garden, & VIP Lounge

Award-winning jazz/blues vocalist extraordinaire, Barbara Morrison, showcases her impressive talents on Saturday.

Repping SoCal blues with style since 1995: guitarist Kid Ramos,
who performs with The 44's on Sunday.

  (Long Beach, CA) - The place to be for Blues lovers this Labor Day Weekend is the New Blues Festival II, taking place over two big days, Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6, in El Dorado Regional Park, 7550 E. Spring St. Gates open at 9 a.m., and music starts at 10 a.m. each day. Tickets $25, available now at Tickets also available at six Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ locations, including Long Beach, Long Beach Towne Center, and the Cerritos Mall (Lucille's is the festival's Title Sponsor this year). Also available at the gate both days. Amenities include a huge Vendor Village; Food Court; Beer Garden; and all-new VIP Lounge. Bring the family and and settle in amidst the cooling Long Beach ocean breezes!

 The festival has expanded due to the overwhelming success of last year's inaugural NBF, when over 2,000 music lovers of all ages filled POA Park in Long Beach. "Los Angeles and Orange Counties have responded very well to the (New Blues Festival) concept. We definitely hit on a pent-up demand for a long-running inter-generational tradition, and we are excited to once again share all this great music with the public", says William Grisolia, Producer of the New Blues Festival, whose own band, New Blues Revolution, is one of Sunday's Main Stage Headliners.

       Master harmonicist-vocalist, James Harman, performs Saturday.

                  Saturday, September 5 - Main Stage Headliners 


Youth is served: Teen guitar prodigy Ray Goren opens NBF II on Saturday.

  Saturday's powerful lineup is headlined by harmonica master James Harman, who has been playing music since the 1960's and whose James Harman Band over the years has included such musical luminaries as Dave Alvin, Gene Taylor, Kid Ramos and the late Hollywood Fats, among countless others. Also topping the first day of music: jazz/blues singing great Barbara Morrison, who continues to maintain a full touring schedule well into her fourth decade of performing, and whose sparkling resume' includes a Who's-Who of musicians including Jimmy Smith, Kenny Burrell, Etta James, Dr. John, and more. Also: Long Beach legend, acoustic guitarist, Bernie Pearl; Southland staples 2000 Lbs of Blues, fronted by colorful Mike "Pink" Arguello, blues guitarist (and nephew of legendary John Lee Hooker), Teddy Lee Hooker; Americana-Roots artist, Sean Lane; blues-rock quarter, Union Hobos; and opening the show, fifteen-year-old SoCal guitar wunderkind, Ray Goren

 Guitar dynamo Laurie Morvan shows off her considerable chops, Sunday.

             Sunday, September 6 - Main Stage Headliners

   Sunday sees no letup with top headliners, the eleven-piece Caravan of All-Stars, a powerhouse R&B/Soul/Blues revue assembled to showcase some of the unsung heroes of West Coast Blues, representing the Bay Area Blues Society. Also: the Laurie Morvan Band, fronted by Red-Hot rockin' blues guitar ace, Laurie Morvan, who has entertained Southland audiences and toured nationally for the better part of two decades, and of whom has been written, "has all the soulfulness of Bonnie Raitt and the swaggering, muscular guitar tone of Stevie Ray Vaughan"; New Blues Revolution, leading Long Beach-based innovators of the New Blues movement; The 44's with Kid Ramos, an exciting pairing of the popular Johnny Main-fronted Roots/Blues ensemble with the legendary SoCal guitarist; another great pairing of talents, respected Inland Empire-based Latin blues group The Delgado Brothers with soulful chanteuse, Sherry Pruitt; San Pedro guitarist-vocalist, Dave Widow, whose "Waiting For The World To End" was voted a "Top 5 Best CD" in the IBC's; rising L.A. quartet, the George Foster Band; and opening Sunday's show, the Chase Walker Band, fronted by the prodigious teen prodigy of the same name.

Eleven-piece R&B/Soul/Blues revue the Caravan of All-Stars from the Bay Area Blues Society, are Sunday's top Main Stage headliners.

New Blues Revolution, leading Long Beach-based innovators of the New Blues movement, take center stage at the NBF II Main stage on Sunday.

    More First-Class Blues Each Day On The Golden Groove Stage!

  Saturday: Lil' A & the Allnighters; Kelly Chappue & The Soul Collectors; The Other Mules; Shadow Blue featuring Lady Faye; L.A. Parks & Wrecks; Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams and BLUESPOWER; South River Slim; The Arc Flash Blues Band.

  Sunday: East Falsted Blues Project; Jack Roberts Harvey Band; Tracy Niles; Crooked Eye Tommy; Frankie and the Crew; Seatbelt; Matt Picarelli and Raul Watson.

 Orange County's blues scene is ably represented by guitarist-vocalist Kenny "Big Daddy" Williams (center) and BLUESPOWER on the Golden Groove Stage, Sunday at New Blues Festival II.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog Welcome Guitarist Dave Widow To The Session This Wednesday

Fresh off their win for "Best Blues Band" at the Ventura County Music Awards, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog welcome smooth-sounding blues/r&b guitarist Dave Widow as their Special Guest to The Session this Wednesday, May 22 the at Bombay Bar & Grill in Ventura.
   (Ventura, Calif.) - Fresh off their win for "Best Blues Band" at the recent Ventura County Music Awards,  Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog welcome smooth-sounding blues/r&b guitarist Dave Widow to The Session at The Bombay this Wednesday, May 22. Sponsored by Ventura County Blues Society) - 143 S. California Ave.; 8-11 p.m. No cover. Info: (805) 643-4404 or
    The Chicago blues and soul-inspired music of acclaimed singer-songwriter-guitarist Dave Widow can be heard to fine effect on his recently-released album "Waiting For The World To End," 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 Dave widow 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.
Tommy Marsh performing at the recent 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival with Michael John and The Bottom Line. (Photo by Joy Neely)

           Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog To Perform At Finis Tasby Benefit in June

     Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog are proud to be taking part in a benefit concert for longtime Southern California bluesman Finis Tasby on Saturday, June 15. More on that event here:
About Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog 
   "Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog is a red-hot blues outfit. He has a strong crowd showing up on a weekly basis seeing great out-of-town talent with some very hot locals. The Ventura Blues Society sponsors the weekly event, with a featured artist showcased, (with) Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog backing that person. Afterward there is a jam with Bad Dog, that is fun to watch. At some of these jams you can see some real talent come to life. The room was humming with people casually dancing, some more intense than others - all having a wonderful time. If you are in Ventura you need to check out The Tavern. It is a fantastic place with good food and spirits." -  B Noel Barr, Random Lengths News.
    Wailing Guitars, Soulful vocals speak to the listener.... drawing from Blues, soul, country and Southern Rock roots, Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog have a sound you will truly enjoy listening to. Great originals and a few extended guitar solos make Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog a real Jam band -  one you will want come back to see again and again!
     Check out an interview with Tommy in a recent issue of Blues E-News

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Blues Foundation Touts Guitarist Dave Widow's CD "Waiting For The World To End" As One Of Five Finalists In "Best Self-Produced CD


    (MEMPHIS) - "Waiting For The World To End" by Los Angeles-based guitarist Dave Widow is one of five Finalists in the "Best Self-Produced CD" contest being touted by the Blues Foundation, with the winner to be announced Saturday, February 2 at the 29th IBC (International Blues Challenge) Finals at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee.       
    Widow's acclaimed album -- which has received international radio airplay and charted on the Roots Music Report - represents the Ventura County Blues Society in the Blues Foundation competition (Dave also sits in with Michael John And the Bottom Line at the 8th Annual Ventura County Blues Festival on Saturday, April 27).
     Prior to leaving for Memphis, Widow performs at the 2013 NAMM Conference at the Eminence Speakers Booth with fellow axe ace Coco Montoya on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 (1 p.m.) and January 27 (12 noon). Dave is also front and center on guitar, backed by harp great Stanley Behrens (from the group War) at the Sonic Core Booth on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Dave Widow and the Lineup also appear at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Thursday, February 7 in the Voodoo Lounge. Dave has also been invited to be part of the prestigious "Down To The Crossroads" Blues Guitar and Bass Camp in Clarksdale, Mississippi from May 28 through June 1.
  Here's What The Media Has Written 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!"
Wayne Reinhart/BLUES E-NEWS
"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!"
"Leave A Piece Of Me" by Dave Widow And The Lineup is our Blueblood Artist Of the Week." 
"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."
Randy Patterson/BOOMERCITY
"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."
Will Phoenix/L.A. EXAMINER

"Great music from a great artist...American Veterans Radio is proud to spotlight Mr. Dave Widow."

                                                  Dave Widow - Background/Bio.

   Neither flashy nor egotistical, Dave widow doesn't necessarily fit the parameters of what might be your prototypical Los Angeles-based guitarist, circa 2012. And that, of course, is a good thing - because as any musician (or true music lover) knows, substance trumps sizzle any day of the week, especially when it comes to playing the most high-profile instrument in music, the guitar. Keep this in mind when listening to the fourteen quality tracks that populate Widow's latest independent release, Waiting For The World To End.
    Dave's humor, droll and tongue-in-cheek, is on display in both the CD's cover art (on his throne, horns on head, suitably smoked out and whimsically attired...waiting on the world to end), and in the album's title (which refers to the predicted end of all life foretold by the Mayan Calendar).        
   One true indication of a musician's worth is the level of fellow musicians that will both play and record with you. Not only did Widow co-produce Waiting For The World To End with noted drummer Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller, Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt), he also enlisted the talents of several  A-List musicians - including keyboardist/vocalist Bill Champlin (Sons of Champlin, ex-Chicago); bassist Reggie McBride (Stevie Wonder, Etta James, Keb Mo'); organist Mike Finnigan (Bonnie Raitt, Crosby Stills & Nash, Rod Stewart); drummer James Gadson (Ray Charles, Bill Withers, Quincy Jones); and pianist Barry Goldberg (Electric Flag, Chicago Blues Reunion Band), to name a few. Several of the aforementioned musicians regularly perform as "Dave Widow And The Lineup" at his L.A. gigs; with players like those by his side, its easy to see why Dave Widow And The Lineup were nominated for "Musical Act Of The Year" by the 2012 Los Angeles Music Awards. 
   In his own words, Waiting For The World To End  "runs the gamut of the music spectrum - from Funk, R&B, and Rock, to Roots, Americana, and Blues."  Adds Widow, "some of the tracks are brand new, conceived during the course of the recordings for the album, and some are older tunes, that are now seeing the light of day." Dave describes some of the record's songs: "One of my new songs is called "Piss You Off" and I think that needs little explanation. "Picture Of You" is a melancholy song about remembering a lost love, via an old photo I found, on a rainy afternoon, and it's an Americana/dreamy-sort of tune. "Leave A Piece Of Me" was written about an old girlfriend who broke my heart."    
   Waiting For The World To End is available on I-Tunes, CD Baby and

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Sweet-Sounding Guitar Ace Dave Widow Is Tommy Marsh's Guest At Wednesday's Ventura County Blues Society Jam At The Tavern

    Tomorrow Night! Wednesday, December 12  
Catch The Sweet Sounds Of L.A. Guitar Ace Dave Widow As He Joins Host 

Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog At SoCal's Best Weekly Blues Jam At The Tavern 


  (VENTURA) - Like your Blues with a touch of R&B and a little bit of Soul? Then tomorrow night is for you, as sweet-sounding guitarist/vocalist Dave Widow joins Tommy Marsh and Bad Dog as Special Guest at SoCal's best and most talked-about weekly Blues Jam, Wednesday, December 12 at The Tavern in Ventura. 211 E. Santa Clara Ave.; 8-11 p.m.; no cover. Info: (805) 643-3264. Sponsored by the Ventura County Blues Society.

                    What The Press Is Saying About Dave Widow & His New CD,  
                                              Waiting For the World To End  

"Waiting For The World To End" contains fourteen fantastic songs that will keep you grooving track after track...from great vocals to fabulous horns and clever lyrics, they are a tight band! Don't forget about the great axe work by Dave. I am impressed."              WAYNE REINHART/BLUES E-NEWS                                            
"Dave Widow has put together a great lineup of musicians on Waiting For The World To End. 'Piss You Off,' like a lot of the album, has a heavy dose of Soul /R&B stirred in to the blues stew. We've all been there...we've all done that. This song plays out a slice of every-man's life. Dave uses his vocals to express his pain and plays some stinging guitar riffs to make his point."         BMANS BLUES REPORT  

"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"...fourteen original tracks laid down by top-notch professionals including Chicago Blues legend Barry Goldberg, Mike Finnegan, Bill Champlain, James Gadsen and Gary Mallaber...from traditional Blues cuts to Californicated styles you hear creeping in, "Waiting For The World To End" is well-produced and engineered. You'll want to buy this one."          CASEY REAGAN/AMERICAN BLUES NEWS            


   Tommy Marsh & Bad Dog In The (Blues) News: Check out a brand-new interview with Tommy (gotta love the headline - "Tommy Marsh: Damn Good Music For Damn Good Folks") in European online music publication, Mixalis Blues:    


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