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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Victor Wainwright & The Train On Tour, Record Release Party at The Bank & Blues, 2 Big Nights!

(Photo by Austin Britt)

Victor Wainwright & The Train On U.S./Canadian Tour
In Support of New Self-Titled Album (Ruf Records)

Perform Locally with The Train Horn Section: THE BANK & BLUES 

Thursday/Friday, March 29/30

(Record Release Party Both Nights)

  (Daytona, FL) - Multiple award-winning boogie-woogie blues pianist-vocalist Victor Wainwright kicks off his 2018 U.S./Canada Spring/Summer Tour in support of just-released album Victor Wainwright & the Train (Ruf Records), with a Record Release Party at The Bank & Blues, 701 Main St., two big nights, Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30. Showtime: 9:00pm each night. Tickets: $48., Reserved Tickets (include new CD); $38., (General Admission) each night. Info: (386) 252-9877 or visit Also joining Wainwright and his band onstage: Star horn players, Doug Woolverton (trumpet) and Mark Earley (alto, baritone sax).                                             

                             ~Victor Wainwright: What The Media Is Saying~

"Wainwright serves as an electrifying guide to a good time-spinning tales, telling his listeners how to beat the blues, and meticulously conjuring raw soul and energy out of his acoustic piano. He displays a sharp sense of humor and a knack for storytelling... every track is brilliant."                              
                                             LIVING BLUES

"Victor Wainwright is a world champion piano player, two times over! Not only is Victor one of the greatest blues piano players in the business, he’s also a world class-entertainer and vocalist."
                                             BLUES REVUE

“Savannah, GA native Victor Wainwright is all about boogie-woogie piano, deep soul, and a voice that recalls Dr. John at his best. He is a blues star, a tremendous player.”

"Victor Wainwright, winner of this year's Pinetop Perkins Award at the BMA's, is a force to be reckoned with on a piano. He IS honky-tonk and boogie, with a dose of rolling thunder. Wainwright's playing is simply beautiful madness."

   It had to be a train. The name of Victor Wainwright's new band - and the sleeve image of their debut album - is also the most fitting of metaphors. In music folklore, the train might have associations with the freight-hopping bluesmen of yore, but with this restless boogie-woogie innovator stoking the furnace, this latest project is a charging locomotive - surging forward, crashing through boundaries of genre, sweeping up fresh sounds and clattering headlong past the doubters.

  As the man himself hollers in the ivory-pounding title track: "If you wanna boogie get aboard this train/Get yourself a ticket or get out of the way..." At a sweet-spot in his career, where most established stars would rest on their laurels, Victor Wainwright & The Train instead rips up all that has gone before. The twelve tracks are originals in every sense, written by Wainwright, pricking up ears in a sterile music industry and stretching the concept of roots in bold directions.

  "I wanted to write this new music mostly on my own," Wainwright explains, "as it was coming and speaking to me. I believe that for roots music to grow, and reach out to new audiences, we have to push it forward." The result is an album that walks a tightrope between scholarly respect and anarchic irreverence. You'll hear Wainwright twist boogie-woogie tradition on barrelhouse thrillers like "Healing" and "Boogie Depression," both driven by his visceral piano style. But you'll also hear him fearlessly explore the gamut of genre, from the Latin flavours and New Orleans horns of "Wiltshire Grave," to the mellow near-psychedelia of "Sunshine." It's a musical cocktail served up by Wainwright's inimitable gravel-flecked vocal.

  His words can be hilarious, as on "I'll Start Tomorrow," on which he postpones his doctor's clean-living advice. But they can also be heartfelt, on the gospel-tinged kiss-off of "That's Love To Me". "I've tried to write songs that remind us to love ourselves," explains Wainwright. "It doesn't matter who voted for who, what your religion is, who you love..." On this white-knuckle ride, only The Train could keep the material on the tracks. "I ended up with a hit-squad of downright amazing musicians that shared my curiosity for all corners of the roots genre. We wanted to capture how we feel performing, right smack-dab on this record, and I believe we've done that. Now I just try to keep up."

  In truth, Wainwright has always been an artist that sets the pace. Born into a musical family in Savannah, Georgia, the formative influence of his father's vocals and grandfather's rolling boogie-woogie piano compelled him into a life of music. By 2005, he'd announced his talent with solo debut, Piana' From Savannah, while his central role in Southern Hospitality and partnership with Stephen Dees in WildRoots has seen him ignite stages and stereos for over a decade. Among his numerous accolades: In 2013 and 2014, Wainwright won the 'Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year' at the Blues Music Awards. Also in 2013, his collaborative album, Easy Livin' , made the Top 10 in the U.S. Billboard Top Blues Album Chart.

  "Looking back on your career is a tough thing to do," he says. "Challenges are many, and frequent, but when you get it together, it can also be extremely rewarding." A man of many talents, Wainwright is a composer, producer, vocalist, piano player and award-winning entertainer. A long-standing leader of the boogie-woogie pack, he could refer you to his BMA and Blues Blast trophies, or a catalog that has repeatedly hijacked the Billboard Top 10. But rather than dine out on past glories, this questing artist would rather you joined him for the ride ahead. "Of course, I still have songs on this album that are just about kicking ass and taking names, like The Train," he laughs. "But if you listen to the lyrics, what I'm really saying is, we got to get on the train and move forward together." 


 Victor Wainwright & The Train - Upcoming Live Shows & Special Events

March 29/30 (Thur./Fri.) THE BANK AND BLUES                 Daytona Beach, FL
March 31 (Sat.)                 BRADFORDVILLE BLUES CLUB        Tallahassee, FL
April 1/2 (Sun./Mon.)       PARADISE BAR & GRILL                 Pensacola Beach FL
April 3 (Tues.)                  BLUE BAMBOO ARTS CTR.             Winter Park, FL
April 4 (Wed.)                   ENGLEWOODS ON DEARBORN       Englewood, FL
April 5 (Thur.)                  BUCKINGHAM BLUES BAR              Ft. Myers, FL
April 6 (Fri.)                     THE BLUE ROOSTER                       Sarasota, FL
April 7 (Sat.)                     FUNKY BISCUIT                             Boca Raton, FL
April 8 (Sun.)                    SPRINGING THE BLUES                  Jacksonville Bch FL
April 18 (Wed.)                 CANADIAN CORPS UNIT 44 HALL Thorhold, Ontario
April 20 (Fri.)                    SALLE PROMUTEL ASSURANCE     Montmagny Que
April 21 (Sat.)                   SALLE SAGUENAY                         Saguenay, Que
April 23 (Mon.)                 ROCKLAND PUB                           Rockland, ME
April 26 (Thur.)                LA BASOCHE                                Gatineu, Que
April 27 (Fri.)                   SALLE SANCTUAIRE DE ST. JAX     Monteal, Que
April 28 (Sat.)                  LA BASOCHE                                 Gatineu, Que
May 24 (Thur.)                 TRALF                                          Buffalo, NY
May 25 (Fri.)                    RUSTY RAIL                                  Mifflinburg, PA
May 26 (Sat.)                   MADAMS ORGAN                          Washington, CD
May 27 (Sun.)                  ROOSTER WALK MUSIC & ARTS FEST  Martinsville, VA
June 9 (Sat.)                    GREELEY BLUES JAM FESTIVAL        Greeley, CO
June 23 (Sat.)                  RIVERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL         Ft. Smith, AR
July 2 (Mon.)                   NANTUCKET DEAMLAND                Nantucket, MA
July 4 (Wed.)                   BLUES IN THE BARN                        Kingfield, ME
July 5 (Thur.)                  MUSIC SERIES                                 Norwich, ME
July 10/11 (Tues./Wed.)    MONT-TREMBLANT BLUES                  Mont-Tremblant Que
July 13 (Fri.)                   KALAMAZOO BLUES FESTIVAL        Kalamazoo, MI
July 14 (Sat.)                  LIGHTHOUSE BLUES FESTIVAL         Kincardine, Ontario


Monday, March 6, 2017

Texas Blues Rocker Touring Florida This Month

Three Show Dates - Three Cities

Not one but three separate show dates in the Sunshine state starting with Tallahassee then Spring Hill and then closing out in Tampa

March 16th - The Junction at Monroe - Tallahassee

March 17th - Marker 48 Brewing - Spring Hill

March 18th - Ferg's Live - Tampa

Seeing is believing - click and experience The Ally Venable Band

Toto Announce Itinerary For Summer Tour Of The U.S.


First Set Of U.S. Summer Dates For 2017 Announced

Tickets On Sale This Week

Tickets & VIP Available Via:

Los Angeles, CA --- Multi-Grammy Award winning band TOTO has announced the first set of dates for their Summer U.S. tour, which will begin on June 2nd in Lake Charles, LA.  The shows are billed as "An Evening With Toto” and their performances will feature repertoire for their latest studio album XIV, classic hits, and both band and fan favorites from their vast catalog in performances that will stage two hours of music.  Last summer, Toto embarked their first U.S. headline run in over a decade.

The core Toto members, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Steve Porcaro, Joseph Williams will be joined by Lenny Castro (percussion), Shannon Forest (drums), Shem von Schroeck (bass), Warren Ham (saxophone, vocals).   Guitarist Steve Lukather shares, “We had such a great time last summer that we wanted to regroup and hit some cities we didn’t get to last time.  Always a thrill to bring our full show around the country.”

Few ensembles in the history of recorded music have individually or collectively had a larger imprint on pop culture than the members of Toto.  As individuals, the band members can be heard on an astonishing 5000 albums that together amass a sales history of a half a billion albums.  Amongst these recordings, NARAS applauded the performances with more than 200 Grammy nominations and were inducted in to the Musicians Hall Of Fame in 2009.

With close to 40 years together and literally thousands of credits, including the biggest selling album of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and accolades to their names, TOTO remains one of the top selling touring and recording acts in the world. They are the benchmark by which many artists base their sound and production, and they continue to transcend the standards set by the entire music community, being simply synonymous with musical credibility.  Their repertoire continues to be current via high profile usage on broadcast television.  They are pop culture, and are one of the few 70’s bands that have endured the changing trends and styles to a career enjoy a multi-generational fan base.

In 2015, Toto released their first new studio album in ten years – TOTO XIV. The album exhibited world-class musicianship, masterful arrangements, topical lyrical commentary, and melodies that the collective talents of Lukather, Paich, Porcaro, Williams and their assembled band-mates brought to life.  It debuted Top 10 in nine countries around the world and became their most successful album since 1988 in the U.S. and UK. 

In 2016 they released the Blu-Ray/DVD title Live At Montreux which quickly charted Top Five or better around the globe as well. With the band’s 40th Anniversary coming up in 2018, TOTO has major plans in the works to celebrate their enduring career. 


6/2/17                Lake Charles, LA                     Golden Nugget Lake Charles-Grand Event Center

6/3/17                Biloxi, MS                               Hard Rock Hotel and Casino-Hard Rock Live

6/4/17               Chattanooga, TN                      Tivoli Theatre

6/6/17               Durham, NC                            The Carolina Theatre

6/7/17              Charlotte, NC                           Knight Theater

6/10/17            Rama, ON                                Casino Rama-Entertainment Centre

6/13/17            Greensburg, PA                        Palace Theatre

6/14/17            Annapolis, MD                         Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

6/16/17            Easton, PA                               State Theatre Center for the Arts

6/17/17            Lincoln, RI                              Twin River Casino

6/18/17            Wilkes-Barre, PA                     The F.M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts

6/20/17            Torrington, CT                        Warner Theatre

6/21/17            Morristown, NJ                         Mayo Performing Arts Center

6/23/17            Peekskill, NY                           Paramount Hudson Valley

6/24/17            Waterloo, NY                           Del Lago Resort and Casino-The Vine

6/25/17            Derry, NH                                Tupelo Music Hall

6/28/17            Saint Charles, IL                      The Arcada Theatre

7/1/17              Salina, KS                                Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts

More Dates To Be Announced

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Mekons Announce Rare, Full-Band Tour

The Mekons Announce Rare, Full-Band Tour

And, additional screenings for the documentary film Revenge of The Mekons


“The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock ‘n’ roll”
– legendary rock critic Lester Bangs


Celebrated British musical miscreants The Mekons ( announced they will tour select U.S. cities in July as a full band. The group will make stops in Chicago, Cleveland, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and more during the two-plus-weeks stretch.

The genre-defying collective Mekons emerged from the 1977 British punk scene, and progressed from socialist art students with no musical skills to prolific, raucous progeny of Hank Williams. Theirs is an improbable history: a surprising and influential embrace of folk and country music, with occasional forays into the art world. The current lineup has remained intact since the mid ‘80s marked by defining releases The Mekons Rock ‘n’ Roll, Fear and Whiskey, I Love Mekons, and their most recent Ancient & Modern in 2011.

July dates for the full-band lineup can be found here:

The Hideout (SOLD OUT)
Mineral Point
Rehoboth Beach
New York

For those who can’t make any of the shows, Revenge of the Mekons, a documentary about the band, is being screened at select theaters across the U.S. For more information and to watch the theatrical trailer, click here:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bo & The Bluesdrivers: SoCal's Hardest-Working Blues Band On Tour


Performing Locally: Sue's Tavern in Frazier Park - Saturday, February 7

   “I’m out on the streets again/I’ve been sleeping in my car/I got these worn-out shoes/ Just smoked my last cigar,” drawls the St. Augustine, FL, native known simply as Bo, front-man of Bo and the Bluesdrivers, buttressed by a stinging guitar and a sturdy rhythm section held down by longtime musical partners, Bluesdrivers bassist Brian “Chewy” James and drummer, J. J. Garcia.

   *Bo and the Bluesdrivers perform locally at Sue's Tavern, 3440 Mt. Pinos Way, in Frazier Park, Saturday, February 7. Showtime 9 p.m.-1:15 a.m. Free Info: (661) 245-1100 or


Bo and the Bluesdrivers Cover Story in the December issue of All Access Magazine. Read it here:

   That’s right, Bo & the Bluesdrivers play it like they’ve lived it, paying those hard-living dues, forming from a chance meeting after joining forces at an open jam hosted a decade ago by Chewy and J.J. Ten years after, they’re still together and tighter than ever.

   “From the streets of New York/To the streets of L.A./It seems all the same/Day to day/I’ve been through the darkness/I’ve walked through the light/The streets are all the same/Night after night.”

   The band have performed on special occasions in the L.A. area over the years at clubs and parties of friends, but more recently have started to develop a strong following that has seen them with consistent bookings all over Southern California (full itinerary below).
“The band came together both naturally and organically, with no stress or drama…Just making music that we dig," says drummer JJ Garcia.

    Says Bo: “We’re a band of brothers with mutual respect for each other and our abilities. Always striving to be the best at what we do.”

   A veteran of the Florida club scene, Bo’s travels have seen him sitting in with legendary drummers Buddy Miles (Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies, Delfonics, Bootsy Collins) and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle, before moving from Florida to L.A. fourteen years ago. A world-class guitarist, you can hear his affinity for a variety of genres - from jazz, funk and soul to rock & roll, coming through loud and clear on such originals as “Out In The Streets”; audience favorite “Walkin’ In The Park”; and tasty instrumentals like “Sea Song” (and) “Chillin’”, along with well-chosen covers of classics by Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Pink Floyd and ZZ Top, among others.

  Bo’s Bluesdrivers backbeat is provided by the stalwart team of J.J. and Chewy, who have worked together for close to two decades - previously performing in renowned SoCal-based band Stone as well as also currently with the steadily-growing rock group, Judge Jackson. The longtime rhythm section have several national tours under their belts and a resume that includes collaborations with famed horror director John Carpenter, both on-screen and as part of the soundtracks for his films, including Vampires and Ghost of Mars. Judge Jackson has performed and recorded music that has appeared on a variety of TV, movies and sporting events, including Fox Sports and Super Bowl XLV.

  Bo & the Bluesdrivers have just finished recording a new album at Pawnshop Studios, which is slated for release later this year.

               "Out On The Streets" - Bo and the Bluesdrivers 


Feb. 5 (Thur.)            BERGIES                                   Santa Clarita, CA
Feb. 7 (Sat.)              SUE'S TAVERN                          Frazier Park, CA
Feb. 13 (Fri.)             KX93.5 FM LAGUNA BLUES*     Laguna Beach, CA
Feb. 17 (Tues.)              HOUSE OF BLUES                      West Hollywood, CA
Feb. 20 (Fri.)             ARCADIA BLUES CLUB              Arcadia, CA
Feb. 21 (Sat.)            LAKESIDE SPORTS BAR             Helendale, CA
Feb. 28 (Sat.)            MADD BAILEY'S PUB                 Pine Mtn. Club, CA
March 1 (Sun.)          MADD BAILEY'S PUB                 Pine Mtn. Club, CA
March 5 (Thur.)         BERGIES                                  Santa Clarita, CA
March 7 (Sat.)            HARRY'S NIGHT CLUB             Pismo Beach, CA
April 2 (Thur.)           BERGIES                                  Santa Clarita, CA
May 22 (Fri.)              RUN-A-MUCCA RALLY           Winnemucca, NV
May 23 (Sat.)             RUN-A-MUCCA RALLY           Winnemucca, NV
May 24 (Sun.)            RUN-A-MUCCA RALLY           Winnemucca, NV
May 30 (Sat.)             INDIAN HILL MUSIC FEST        Tehachapi, CA
May 30 (Sat.)             DOGHOUSE SALOON              Tehachapi, CA
July 3 (Fri.)                 WINDY MESA                         Page, AZ
July 4 (Sat.)                WINDY MESA                         Page, AZ
Aug. 8 (Sat.)               FIESTA DAYS FESTIVAL          Frazier Park, CA