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Laura Rain & The Caesars: Walkin’ Blues on the Motor City Roads

Blues on the Banks
Stewarts in Caldwell
August 2nd
7:00 pm

Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars transform funky soul and r&b into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice. Formed in the Motor City in 2012 with her husband George Friend, the pair set off on a creative journey writing and recording their own music. The two garnered many accolades within the music press and radio with their debut release “Electrified” in 2013. Performing with a stripped down lineup of organ, guitar and drums the band developed it’s signature sound, and cultivated a vintage toned energetic foundation. The second release “Closer” (2014) expanded the sound exposing the bands’ love for Memphis soul, juke-joint blues and tough Detroit funk and r&b. Starting in 2014, the band began touring heavily within the U.S. and Canada. Starting in Chicago with regular appearances at the House of Blues and Buddy Guy’s Legends, Laura Rain has stunned audiences with her intensity and powerful voice.

Performing in over 25 states from California to New York, the band has delighted audiences with their dynamic performances. Featured at the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, Marquette Area Blues Fest, Edmonton Blues Fest, the Legendary Blues Cruise and many other top tier clubs and festivals, Laura Rain and the Caesars continue to grow making new friends and fans along the way. In 2015, the release of the third album “Gold” broadened their audience considerably thanks to substantial Triple A airplay of the single “Work so Hard” (a pounding homage to Motown). “Gold” also propelled Laura Rain onto the national radio charts making the top 50 on Roots Music Report for numerous months, and holding at #1 in the state of Michigan for over a year! 2016 highlights also included a tour of France and winning a prestigious Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Blues Songwriters.” With the upcoming release of the fourth recording “Walk with Me,” Laura Rain pushes the envelope of her unique soul music. Channeling inspiration from Detroit’s long history of dance music, funk, blues, soul and r&b, Laura Rain gives modern music a raw, yet sophisticated shot of much needed authenticity and heart.

Anni Piper Band

Fri Oct 11 
7:30-10pm   
Anni Piper Band 
SAPPHIRE ROOM

Piper has the kind of voice that lulls men to their doom. It’s soft and sweet when it wants to be, scared and vulnerable a moment later, then ripping through you like a razor… Piper commands songsutterly.”

One listen will tell you why in her homeland Anni Piper is known as the First Lady of Blues. Not only is she a sultry vocalist, but an insightful composer, accomplished bass player and show stopping performer. Born and raised in Australia, her passion for blues was ignited by the sound of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Piper has called Cocoa Beach FL home since 2014. 

‘More Guitars Than Friends’ (Sugar Daddy Records) is the latest release for Piper and the first on her own label. Already an internationally acclaimed recording artist, her latest achievement is becoming a 2015 finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest. 

Picking up a bass guitar at age 14, Piper completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at 19 years of age. Finding it difficult to resume her performing career following the birth of her son, Piper recorded her debut album ‘Jailbait’ in 2004. The all original album was meant to be a good quality demo and wasn’t intended for commercial release. 

To Piper’s surprise, she was immediately signed to Black Market Music, Australia’s most prestigious blues label and began touring throughout the country. The ‘Jailbait’ album won multiple awards including Best New Talent at the Australian Blues Music Awards, the ABC Radio National ‘Fresh Air’ contest, and 2nd place at the Australian National Songwriting Contest. 

Her subsequent releases saw her placed as a finalist in the Australian Blues Music Awards (Best Female Vocal), Australian Performing Rights Association Professional Development Awards and MusicOz awards. Piper has earned a reputation as a songwriter of distinction, her work having a blues sensibility while still addressing the issues of today. 

In 2008 Piper signed with Blues Leaf Records USA (Janiva Magness, Albert Castiglia) and released ‘Two’s Company’, a compilation of her earlier releases. The album reached # 21 on the Living Blues chart even though Piper had yet to tour the USA. She quickly made up for lost time and has performed in 35 American states and Canada. Piper has performed to packed houses at premier venues such as the House of Blues and BB King’s. She has earned critical acclaim from publications including Blues Revue and Blues Matters (UK). 

New Blues Jam Venue: Ironwood Bar and Grill on July 14

The Boise Blues Society Jam

NEW VENUE at

Ironwood Bar & Grill

for JULY 14 JAM

When:
2nd Sunday of each Month

Jam Date & Host Band:
July 14, 2019
Tone Kings

Venue:
Ironwood Bar & Grill (5467 N Glenwood St,)
Full Bar, Grill Food Menu, and Friendly Wait Staff
FAMILY FRIENDLY

Time:
3pm to 6pm

Music:
Blues Only

LISTENERS and MUSICIANS ARE WELCOME! No Cover Charge….FREE!!

Venue

The Ironwood Bar & Grill is a family-friendly environment with a stage, large dance floor, and a sound system. Youth are encouraged to participate in jam sessions. BBS mentors will be available to answer any questions these young blues musicians may have. All ages are welcome to come, observe, and learn. Drinks and a selection of grilled food items will be available for sale by the Ironwood Bar & Grill, as well as BBS merchandise.
Management

Each Jam session will be managed by a volunteer appointed by the BBS Board of Directors. The goal to make playing the blues both fun, as well as organized for smooth transitions. The BBS volunteer will be responsible for placing individuals into jam bands and designating the order, or priority, in which individuals and bands will play. Each band or BBS composed jam band, or individual musician will be able to play for 15 minutes (or 3 songs not lasting more than 15 minutes) in order to allow full participation of those wanting to jam.

Hosting Showcase Bands

BBS is seeking host bands that will be showcased at the Jam and play a 30-minute set to start the Jam Session. Host bands will be able to sell their CD’s or other marketing materials to those attending. Musicians in the Host band will also be responsible for covering when the need arises for a bass player, drummer, or another musician. If you have a band and would like to be considered for a Host Band, please send an email to Boiseblueswilson@gmail.com (Dale Wilson) with your email, telephone number, and the name of your band. Host Bands will be selected based on BBS review of the band’s musical performance of at least one blues song by CD, Facebook or Youtube post, or another means of displaying their band’s musical ability. Application to be a Host Band does not assure selection as one.

Jam Players

Individuals and Bands will sign up for the Jam session when they arrive at the Ironwood Bar & Grill. Each Jammer, whether signed in by Band or Individual, will be assigned to play in the order in which they registered to play when they arrived. If a Band is not ready to play at the time called because a member is missing, the Band will be moved down to the next available priority until they arrive; or, the Band may choose to play with an Individual Jammer substituting for the missing player(s).

Equipment

The Showcase Host Band will be providing a drum kit and bass amplifier for all musicians. BBS will be providing microphones and providing both the sound equipment and sound engineer. Bands or individuals needing a keyboard should bring their own. Other instrument equipment is also the responsibility of the individual or band participating.

We appreciate your support and hope to see you there!

Our latest Blues In The Schools (BITS) Program:

Our latest Blues In The Schools (BITS) Program: The students were instructed to listen to “Before You Accuse Me” by Eric Clapton and then write their own words to that song. We spent the five classes talking a little about Blues but mostly playing and singing the students compositions to them and talking in general about 12-bar blues songwriting.  During the session of this photo. Jesse the school’s choir teacher sat in on acoustic guitar and their teacher Krista played bass.  Fun for the kids, great lyrics from the kids, and fun for volunteer BBS players!  Thanks to BBS volunteers today: Ken Harris, Joe Ryan, Becky Blake, Carmel Crock and Bob Kohnke for presenting the blues to five, 7th grade reading classes.