Friday, December 30, 2016

Selwyn Birchwood Brings the Holiday Blues to The Historic Sunset Lounge in West Palm Beach Dec 30, 2016

Multi-Award Winning Bluesman
Selwyn Birchwood
to Shine at the Sunset

Friday December 30, 2016, 8:00pm
Historic Sunset Lounge
609 8th Street
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
$20 ADV, $25 Door

Selwyn Birchwood, Florida’s rising young blues fireball, is a guitar and lap-steel-playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher’s fervor and a natural storyteller’s charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Birchwood plays high-octane blues – at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute – with true passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6’3” 29-year-old with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience – any audience – is proven night after night on the bandstand. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital. His mission is to spread his music far and wide, to share his joy, to play his heart out, and to push the blues into the future. “There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than playing the blues,” he says. “And I try to convey that with every song and with every performance.”

In 2013, Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. He won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, beating out 125 other bands from the U.S. and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. It wasn’t long before Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer offered Birchwood a contract. His debut album, Don’t Call No Ambulance, is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood’s original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, Don’t Call No Ambulance is a window into the future of the blues. “All originals and no filler,” he says of the album. “It’s that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear.

In 2015, Birchwood won a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award in the 'Best New Artist Album' category for Don't Call No Ambulance.

Selwyn and his band will be performing at the historic Sunset Lounge where musical greats such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie performed, as the Sunset prepares to “Rise Again” after several successful concerts signaling its return as a major music venue in South Florida.


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