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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mayday! Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue Back at Harvelle's

                                                

    Mayday! Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue Featuring The Fabulous Smokettes Back At Harvelle's


Saturday,  May 23, 2015 from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.


  (Santa Monica, CA) - Mayday! Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Fabulous Smokettes, return to Harvelle's, 1432 4th St., in Santa Monica, on Saturday, May 23. Admission is $10. 9:30pm-1 am. Info: (310) 395-1676 or http://santamonica.harvelles.com .

  Knight, a longtime seminal figure in the blues/R&B/soul music scene with a career that streches back several decades, proudly fronts the same eleven-piece ensemble he first started in southern California back in 1995 (the band just celebrated their 20th anniversary in March).

BLOWIN' SMOKE RHYTHM & BLUES REVUE
AND LARRY "FUZZY" KNIGHT IN THE NEWS




   Bandleader Larry "Fuzzy" Knight is interviewed by blues writer Monte Adkinson is an impressive three-page spread in the May-June 2015 issue of Florida's Suncoast News, viewable here.



Blowin' Smoke was feted in the April 2015 issue of national publication, Music Connection (above).

Blowin' Smoke performing live at the California Strawberry Festival







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.

  

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue 'Spring' into Harvelle's

      
                                                
 
    Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue Featuring The Fabulous Smokettes 'Spring' Into Harvelle's
 
 
Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
 
 
  (Santa Monica, CA) - Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Fabulous Smokettes, 'Spring' into Harvelle's,
1432 4th St., in Santa Monica, Saturday, April 25. Admission is $10. 9:30pm-1 am. Info: (310) 395-1676 or http://santamonica.harvelles.com .
 
 
  Knight, a longtime seminal figure in the blues/R&B/soul music scene with a career that streches back several decades, proudly fronts the same eleven-piece ensemble he first started in southern California back in 1995 (the band just celebrated their 20th anniversary in March).
 
  Blowin' Smoke was feted in the April 2015 issue of national publication, Music Connection.
 
  
 
 
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.
 
  

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, August 28, 2014

August Is Sizzlin' And So Is The Blowin' Smoke R&B Revue at Harvelle's!


        
                                                
August Is Sizzlin & So Is The Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue
Returning To Harvelle's In Santa Monica on Saturday, August 30th
                         

Santa Monica's Hottest Monthly R&B/Blues/Soul Dance Party For 2 Decades!


   (Santa Monica, CA) - August is sizzlin' and so is the Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue, who on Saturday, August 30 return to Harvelle's in Santa Monica for their monthly R&B/Soul/Blues dance/musical blowout that nevers fails to entertain and always packs the club with people dancing up a storm! Showtime 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $10. Harvelle's is located at 1432 S. 4th St., in Santa Monica. Info: (310) 395-1976 or https://www.facebook.com/harvelles.

              


                  BLOWIN' SMOKE'S LARRY "FUZZY" KNIGHT IN THE NEWS


   Blowin' Smoke's band leader, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight, does in-depth interviews tracing his long career up to the present with both Professor Johnny P's Juke Joint: http://professorjohnnyp.blogspot.com/2014/06/larry-fuzzy-knight-bringing-music-from.html; and Making A Scene magazine: http://www.makingascene.org/an-interview-with-larry-fuzzy-knight/.





   Come and find out for yourself why the Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue were voted by MUSIC CONNECTION magazine as a "Hot 100 Live Artist for 2013" in their year-end issue, topping several thousand bands around the United States competing for the honor.
   

MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE RAVES ABOUT LARRY "FUZZY" KNIGHT'S BLOWIN' SMOKE RHYTHM AND BLUES REVUE

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. 


                            www.blowinsmokeband.com

Friday, July 11, 2014

July 19 + Harvelle's + Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin Smoke Revue featuring the Fabulous Smokettes = HOT

 
         
                                                
Sat. , July 19 + Harvelle's + Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke 
Rhythm & Blues Revue Featuring The Fabulous Smokettes = HOT!
                             
 
 
Santa Monica's Hottest Monthly R&B/Blues/Soul Dance Party For 2 Decades!
 
 
   (Santa Monica, CA) - It's a simple, yet true, equation: July 19 + Harvelle's Blues Club + Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring the Fabulous Smokettes = HOT!
 
    Catch Blowin' Smoke in concert for your listening and dancing pleasure at Harvelle's, Saturday, July 19. Showtime 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Admission $10. Harvelle's is located at 1432 S. 4th St., in Santa Monica. Info: (310) 395-1976 or https://www.facebook.com/harvelles?fref=ts.
 
              
 
 
                  BLOWIN' SMOKE'S LARRY "FUZZY" KNIGHT IN THE NEWS
 
 
   Blowin' Smoke's band leader, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight, does in-depth interviews tracing his long career up to the present with both Professor Johnny P's Juke Joint: http://professorjohnnyp.blogspot.com/2014/06/larry-fuzzy-knight-bringing-music-from.html; and Making A Scene magazine: http://www.makingascene.org/an-interview-with-larry-fuzzy-knight/.
 
 
 
 
 
   Come and find out for yourself why the Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue were voted by MUSIC CONNECTION magazine as a "Hot 100 Live Artist for 2013" in their year-end issue, topping several thousand bands around the United States competing for the honor.
   
 
MUSIC CONNECTION MAGAZINE RAVES ABOUT LARRY "FUZZY" KNIGHT'S BLOWIN' SMOKE RHYTHM AND BLUES REVUE
 
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. 

                            www.blowinsmokeband.com