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Seemingly out of nowhere (but actually out of America’s heartland), Matthew Curry is creating a serious buzz. Fresh off a six-city tour with the Steve Miller Band, this rising star from Normal, IL has seen rock star-like standing ovations at 2014 festivals in the U.S. and abroad, and the lines for his autograph at the merchandise booths are longer than most headliners. Even Steve Miller took to Matthew right away, inviting him to sit in every night on their tour and calling Matthew a “…wonderful guitar player, great songwriter; in the Stevie Ray Vaughan area of virtuosity and originality.” (Huffington Post)
Matthew and his rare combination of youth and maturity have been taking audiences–and the music industry–by surprise with his triple-threat talents of compelling songwriting, dynamic vocals, and incendiary guitar work. At 19 years old, Matthew has already been adopted by Fender Guitars and Guitar Center into their exclusive “Brotherhood of The Guitar”. Making the crowd reactions even more notable is the fact that Matthew’s material is all original. His songs have a classic feel, and people respond immediately to the emotional power of the songs and the excitement of Matthew and his band’s strong delivery.
This summer, catch Matthew Curry and his band in Boise for one show only, Thursday August 7 from 6:30-9pm at the Riverside Hotel’s Sapphire Room. The time is now to see this young talent as he starts his march across the national, and international, stage.
“Kid can shout like Joe Cocker, play guitar like a young Jeff Beck and rock like he’s still inside his first pair of shoes.” – Edmonton Sun
“…an authentic blend of original Southern rock, British blues and Jimi Hendrix…” – Rockwrite
When – Thursday, August 7, 6:30-9pm (Doors open at 5:30. Arrive early as we expect a sold-out show and seating is first come, first served.)
Where – Sapphire Room at the Riverside Hotel, 2900 Chinden Blvd, Boise
Cost – Suggested donation of $5 per person to support the work of the nonprofit Boise Blues Society
Idaho Statesman’s music critic Michael Deeds encourages Boiseans who love funky blues to make Boise Blues Society’s July 20 Sunday Blues a can’t-miss event. Deeds writes “Because this amounts to a nearly-free festival, you can’t go wrong… the headliner makes this a can’t-miss show: The ferociously entertaining Hamilton Loomis Band.”
Deeds saw Loomis perform in January at Jo’s Sunshine Lounge, and he raves about that show: “It was packed. It was madness. The Hamilton Loomis Band pretty much floored every person there. The group is stylish (choreographed moves!), meticulously rehearsed and flat-out wicked if you dig soul and blues-rock guitar.”
Loomis will be preceded by several local bands, so you can dance all afternoon on Sunday, July 20. See you there!
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Read Deeds’ entire article here.
Bret Welty is a blues rock singer, songwriter, and guitar player with an inspired approach to blending the soul of blues with a variety of musical genres. Bret has been playing in bands for over 25 years, in a variety of roles.
Born in California and raised on country music, Bret then spent his formative high school years split evenly between Oregon and later California, where he was exposed to blues and rock. “The first time I heard guitar and blues put together, I was hooked,” Bret explains. As a young man, Bret tried his hand at 11 instruments before settling on the guitar. He received his first real guitar at age 15, and by the summer he had saved up enough to buy his first electric guitar. Within 6 months, he was in his first band, and his love of performing live grew from there. Bret studied jazz in college, and has worked as a guitar teacher and faith music leader.
A true musician in every sense of the word, Bret plays drums, bass, lead guitar and mandolin. He has played all over the Northwest at both intimate and large venues, including state fairs and music festivals. Bret has played shows with Daryl Mansfield and has performed with Dennis Agajanian in concert.
Bret will release two albums in 2014. “Anthology,” a collection of blues originals, is due to be released this August 23rd 2014 at High Desert Harley Davidson, and later ths same year “Unlimited Edition,” a blues/rock EP featuring three original songs.
Blues is at the heart of Bret’s music, but listeners will also enjoy elements of jazz, rock, funk, Latin, R&B, southern rock, and country. His albums feature original song writing and topics that listeners can easily identify with: love lost, hard times, triumph, freedom, and patriotism.
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