Sunday, March 31, 2013

Little Mike and the Tornadoes – Cutting a wide swath across Florida…

Little Mike
The Tornadoes

Blues storm warning ahead!

The new release, Forgive Me is receiving
play in both the US and Europe on
terrestrial and web programs and is
Top Thirty for April 2013.


April 5 & 6, 2013
3349 Northwest 110th Street,
Branford, FL 32008 (386)935-1099

April 7, 2013, 3-10pm
A blues concert benefiting
Big Time Juke & The Joints
R. Mutt Blues Band
Butch Wise Band
Root Redemption
6th Street Rhythm & Blues Review! 
2441 Northwest 43rd Street,
Gainesville, FL 32606

April 13, 2013, 7-10pm
65 North Main Street, High Springs, FL 32643 (386)454-1288

April 19, 2013, 8-11pm
McCall’s Tavern
999 Alvarez Avenue, The Villages, FL 32159

April 20, 2013,
Springtown Saloon
Lake Butler, FL 32615
(Call for directions)

April 26, 2013, 8-11pm
2017 NE 27th Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32609

May 4, 2013
2888 US Hwy 90 W,
Lake City, FL 32055 
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Booking Contact
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Every cloud has a-------Allen Kanovsky

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 3/28/13

A bright and sunny Saturday with a planned visit to UM for a recital in the afternoon. Suddenly the sky(plan) darkens. The recital is cancelled. There is another at the campus and I feel better. I can not find the locations address and gloom settles in. The old BLUES song says "Saturday I go out and play". It looks like the old guy ain't gonna get to play today. The down in the dumps feeling fades with a phone call from Bette. The planned recitals cancellation has inspired a new plan. Sushi at Union on Atlantic in Delray Beach and after maybe hit some of the clubs there. While downing sushi and sake Bette mentions a program at Arts Garage in the evening. "Urban Underground" a JAZZ and poetry program. It sounds interesting.

To say it was interesting would be a gross understatement. It was an evening more than well spent.

The Garage's Director of the Arts, Drew Tucker along with HipHop CafĂ© owner Kadeidra Ward, put together a multiple-arts event that included JAZZ, poetry and the production of a work of art. The silver lining of every cloud in the sky. The stage was set simply. A drum set, piano, a stool for the guitarist, a couple if mics and a blank canvas on which a painting would be made during the show. This was not a poetry reading. This was an evening of performance art. The poets made their writing come to life with their emotional presentations. As with much poetry, the principle subjects were Love, Life and G-d.

Sloan, a 17 year old poet, was first up, accompanied by a JAZZ trio with Drew Tucker on drums, Doug on piano and I didn't get the name of the bass guitarist. It was a great start and had me leaning forward and concentrating on every word and phrase. Vana Rose Dunnon, another 17 year old, recited "Dear Valentine" and  "Ice Cream". They were both love poems. The first for her grandmother the second for a boy friend. Sheim Francis, a teacher, did poems about faith in the Lord, the evils of texting('The TextPimp") and love. Sheim has a book of poems titled My Journey, Poetic.

Bryan Hughes and Substance both drew audience applause but left before I could get any further info. A guy who goes by  the moniker of Mr. Rigz took the stage. And I mean took the stage. A rough and tough looking dude. T-shirt and jeans. Hip-hop style and rhythm. Words that made you think about love. How you make it and how much it means. Sometimes harsh and mean, sometimes soft and tender. Just like his words.

J.R. the Poet came on stage with Kadeidra 'poetically yours' Ward to do a poetic playlet titled "The Argument". It was tragic/comedy and truly a work of art. J.R. continued with 3 more. One of love, one of G-d and the 3d reflecting the BLUES.

Joe Tapper "the Marital Sax" was there, sax in hand. He spoke about marriage, the sex act and love. He played a little alto and explained that married couples make love to music on the radio or records. Most songs last 3 to 5 minutes and so love making is often interrupted by silence. He has recorded two 30 minute tracks to make love by. I say "Good Luck".

Last up and the featured poet of the night was Autrell Reid. He is a Miami 'street' poet and story teller. An animated, finger snapping performer, he completely captivated the audience, making you think or laugh or both. The first poem (or was it) ”I Am Not A Poet-Change". Followed with "Bus Stop Love" a poem about the meaning of true friendship(love). Autrell enchanted the audience with his story telling style and made us all feel so good.

 While all of the above was going on, an artist(name Unknown at this point) worked on the blank canvas. He completed it with an amazing Picasso, "Lady in the Mirror", inspired piece.

Had a great time. Wish you were there.

This Urban Underground program will continue at Arts Garage. Look for it!!!!  

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hiromi & Gerald Clayton – FINAL JAZZ ROOTS CONCERT OF 2012-13!

Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 8 PM

"One of jazz piano’s most brazenly virtuosic players."


“(Gerald) Clayton is showing all the signs of becoming one of the most significant young jazz artists to emerge… in recent years.”Los Angeles Times

April 12, 2013 at 8 pm
Tickets: $25 – $130
John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hal

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County and Larry Rosen, together with presenting sponsor TotalBank, present JAZZ ROOTS A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, GENERATION NEXT: PIANO on April 12, 2013 in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall. In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the final concert of the JAZZ ROOTS Fifth Anniversary season will feature thrilling performances by two of the most dynamic, young jazz pianists to emerge on the scene today – the mesmerizing HIROMI, with her high-octane ensemble THE TRIO PROJECT, and three-time Grammy nominee GERALD CLAYTON – both in their Arsht Center debuts. The program will include selections from the artists’ 2013 recordings, and highlight how the next generation of jazz pianists are redefining this uniquely American art form.

Tickets range from $25 to $130 and may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at

“It is with tremendous honor that we present two of the most dazzling, young pianists in their Arsht Center debuts on our Knight Concert Hall stage for the grand finale concert of our Fifth Anniversary Jazz Roots season,” said John Richard, president and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “These piano wizards are well on their way toward etching their own enduring mark on the rich tradition of jazz. Our South Florida concert-goers can expect an evening of virtuosic musicianship as we place the spotlight on the boundless talent, energy and artistic vision of two artists pushing the boundaries of jazz to new frontiers,” Richard added.

Pianist/composer HIROMI UEHARA -- a winner at the 58th Grammys in 2011 -- has been heralded as one of the brightest new lights on the jazz landscape since her 2003 debut. Renowned for her passionate and incendiary keyboard work, HIROMI has stupefied audiences and critics on both hemispheres with her skill and creative energy that defies the conventional parameters of jazz and pushes musicianship and composition to unprecedented levels of complexity and sophistication. The Japanese-born pianist fuses jazz, progressive rock, and classical music into a unique style of her own. With her ensemble, HIROMI: THE TRIO PROJECT, the extraordinary instrumentalist is joined by two equally formidable musicians – contra-bass guitarist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon and Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (The Who and Judas Priest). HIROMI is touring in support of her March 2013 Telarc release, Move (with Anthony Jackson and Simon Phillips).

Three-time Grammy-nominated pianist/composer GERALD CLAYTON has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today’s jazz lexicon. Despite his young age, CLAYTON has already performed extensively with numerous leading jazz musicians, including Kenny Barron, Roy Hargrove, Lewis Nash, Mulgrew Miller, and Clark Terry, to name several. As a composer, his work has been commissioned by the Jazz Gallery in New York City and performed overseas by the BBC Orchestra.  In 2006, CLAYTON received Second Place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition, and in 2010 he was named “Rising Star” in DownBeat magazine’s Critic’s Poll. CLAYTON is currently touring in conjunction with his upcoming debut recording for Concord Jazz entitled Life Forum (April 2, 2013).

JAZZ ROOTS’ in-depth educational partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools has brought approximately 5,200 high school music students to the Center for a complimentary and unique behind-the-scenes experience including: a pre-concert sound check; a Q&A session with featured artists followed by a workshop with a local jazz expert that will highlight the music, the artistic process and the practical skills needed for a career in the arts; and free entry to the evening’s performance. The Jazz Roots education program is made possible in part by a grant from The ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Fund and individual contributions from members of the Jazz Roots Encore Circle.

John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall
1300 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132

JAZZ ROOTS: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series is presented by TotalBank, a subsidiary of Banco Popular Espanol, S.A.; WPBT Channel 2, WLRN 91.3 FM are media sponsors of JAZZ ROOTS. The JAZZ ROOTS series is also sponsored in part by Steinway & Sons, the official piano of the Adrienne Arsht Center. In addition, Jazz Roots - Generation Next: Piano is supported by Bombay Sapphire.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
of Miami-Dade County, Inc.
 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL 33132
Administrative Offices (786) 468-2000
Box Office (305) 949-6722
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Killer Blues Headstone Project Plants Their First One

The Killer Blues Headstone Project is happy to announce their first headstone recipients of 2013. St. Louis blues pioneer Milton "Lindberg" Sparks and folklore legend "Stagger" Lee Shelton will be honored with markers this spring.
Milton Sparks’ substantial and noteworthy contribution to blues music often goes unrecognized. Along with his twin brother Aaron, the Sparks Brothers were the first artists to record popular lines such as "61 Highway - longest highway that I know”, and "Every day I have the blues". The brothers were also one of the first, if not the first, to record the foundation for what we know as "Dust My Broom". They recorded twenty four sides between 1932-1935 for labels such as Bluebird, Victor, and Decca. Any blues enthusiast knows the story of cruel old "Stagger Lee" who shot Billy Lyons during an argument over a Stetson hat. The song has been recorded well over 400 times in a plethora of variations and styling. Although "Stagger" Lee Shelton was not a musician, the events that transpired on that fateful Christmas Eve in 1895 made a significant historical impact on American music. The public ceremony will take place on April 14 at 2pm at the historic Greenwood Cemetery in Hillsdale, MO. Due to overgrowth the exact locations of the burial spots of both Sparks and Shelton are unreachable. Therefore, the Killer Blues Headstone Project has partnered with the nonprofit Friends of Greenwood to create a memorial garden near the cemetery's entrance where the headstones will be placed. For information regarding the ceremony contact Aaron Pritchard at 314.775.6953 or To learn more about the Killer Blues Headstone Project's past or future endeavors please visit
Our Mission:
The Killer Blues Headstone Project exists to provide headstones
for deceased blues musicians lying in unmarked graves.
Killer Blues Headstone Project 
120 N. Livingston
Whitehall, MI 49461

Friday, March 29, 2013

Florida International University –Jazz at The Wertheim, The Wolfsonian and at The Park

FIU Jazz -
Happening all over town…

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 ~ 7:30pm
FIU Faculty Jazz Quartet
w/ Andy Laverne
Wertheim Performing Arts Center
Florida International University
10910 SW 17th Street
Miami FL 33199
(305) 348-0496

April 12, 2013 ~ 70pm, FREE
FIU’s Jazz Combos present
an evening of jazz including original
compositions by group members and
\unique interpretations of standard
jazz repertoire
1001 Washington Avenue Miami Beach
FL 33139 (305)531.1001

April 14, 2013 ~ 6-9pm
Four Seasons Cultural Series Concert #4:
FIU Studio Jazz Big Band presents a
concert of swinging jazz including exciting
newer compositions and favorites of
the big band era.
Heritage Park
19200 Collins Ave,
Sunny Isles Beach, FL 33160

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Gil Anthony's Blues Power Top 30 April 2013

BLUES POWER w/ Gil Anthony (2013 Keeping Blues Alive Award Winner)
TOP 30 - APRIL 2013

1...Andy T/Nick Nixon Band...Drink, Drank, Drunk....Delta Groove
2...4 Jacks...Deal With it ...Ellersoul
3...Grady Champion...Tough Times Don't Last..GSCD
4...Ben Harper...Get Up...Stax
5...Teeny Tucker...Voodoo To Do You..TeBo Rec
6...Brandon Santini...This Time Another Year..Swing Suit
7...Bobby Rush...Down in  Louisiana..Deep Rush
8...Kevin Selfe..Long Walk Home...Delta Groove
9...Otis Taylor...My World is Gone...Telarc
10.Southern Hospitality...Easy Livin'..Blind Pig
11. Little Mike & Tornadoes ... Forgive Me ... Elrob Rec
12.Cash Box Kings...Black toppin'..Blind Pig
13.Jesse Dee...On My Mind/In My Heart...Alligator
14.MikeEldred...61/49..Rip Cat
15.Franco Paletta..I Like It Just Like That...Blue Buzz Prod
16. Robert Top Thomas ..Town Crier .. Wild Roots Rec
17.Big Bill Morgenfield..Blues With A Mood..Black Shuck Rec
18.Fabulous Thunderbirds...On The Verge..Severn
19.Frank Bey...You Don't Know Nothin'...Blue Dot
20.Sena Ehrhardt..All In >>Blind Pig
21.Alan Wilson..The Blind Owl...Severn
22.Long Tall Deb..Raise Your Hands..
23. Rick Randlett ... Change Comin' On .. Fox Run
24.Doug MacLeod..There's aTime..Reference Recordings
25.Brad Vickers...Great day in the Morning..Man hat tone
26.Big Papa & TCB Six Pack of Cool..BPTCB
27.JJ Grey & Mofro..This River...Alligator
28.Andy Poxon...Tomorrow...Ellersoul
29.Sterling Koch..Let It Slide..Full Force Music
30.Jason Elmore...Tell You What..UND

Blues Power..2 different programs heard Sunday & Monday 6-11pm cdt on 2 different stations in 3 different cities..WWNT, Dothan, Al...WVVL. Enterprise, Al...streamed live at and on radio station web sites

Mailing Address:
Gil Anthony
1301 Alexander Dr. #K-81
Dothan, AL 36301

Phone: (334)718-1736    

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Blue Tuesday – Bluer than the Deep Blue Seat at Boston’s on the Beach

Blue Tuesdays at
Boston’s on the Beach.
Your friends are here…

Boston’s on the Beach
40 South Ocean Blvd (A1A)
Delray Beach FL 33483

9pm Sharp, Cover $5-$10

More Great Upcoming Shows!

 April 2: Victor Wainwright & The WildRoots

April 16: Dave Fields

April 23: Brandon Santini

April 30: Nicole Hart's "Split Second" CD Release Party

May 14:  Southern Hospitality

May 21:  Selwyn Birchwood

May 28:  Josh Smith

Always a great time.
Every Sun: Grateful Dead Night (7pm)
Every Mon: Reggae Night (10pm)
Every Thur: Classic Rock Night (9pm)
And other great music throughout the week.

Come early for a fantastic ocean-view
dining experience upstairs at Ocean 50.
Luxurious setting and a spectacular view with
the finest food & service around.

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Big Blues Benefit Bash in Gainesville April 7, 2013

The North Central Florida Blues Society will hold a benefit concert, Everybody Gets the Blues, on Sunday, April 7 from 3-10 pm at the Dirty Martini Bar (2441 NW 43rd Street--Thornebrook Village) with proceeds going to the Friends of the Crisis Center.  Tickets are $10 in advance/ $15 at the door.  
Come all day or stay for just a while - either way, you're guaranteed to hear great music!

Participating bands are:

Little Mike & the Tornadoes
The Pete Karnes Blues Band
The 6th Street Rhythm & Blues Review
Big Time Juke & the Joints
The Butch Wise Band
The R. Mutt Blues Band
Root Redemption
The headliners, Little Mike and Pete Karnes, are local blues singers and harmonica players that have national profiles, having played with numerous Blues legends!

Come join us for an afternoon and evening of great music and fun!

Please contact Donna Lawson at 352.284.9303 or email for more information.

from humble beginnings...and out of the fire and into the pan goes Al...

Submitted by Al Kanovsky 3/28/13

The people of Trinidad utilized all sorts of things, brake drums, hub caps, etc. in order to make music and rhythm. The steel pan we know today. bright and shiny can trace its origins back to the late 40's when craftsmen cut off the tops of steel oil drums and created the "steel drum". Imagine the persistent hard work it took to make a finely tuned instrument out of what would have been turned to scrap. The steel drum has evolved into the modern instrument we now call Steel Pan. The master of the "pan" is Othello Molineaux. Mr. Molineaux entertained an audience of about 100 at the JAZZ in the Grove concert yesterday afternoon. Appearing with him were Felix Gomez(keyboard), Nicky Orta(bass) and Carlo(magnific)o Araya on drums. Othello has played with almost all of the well known JAZZ artists including Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie.  He is only one of a handful of "pan" players willing to face the challenge of JAZZ improvisation on the instrument. Othello is the recognized master. Pianists, guitarists, bassists can play multiple notes at one time. Horn players, only one. With dexterity a pan player may manage two. It is a wondrous thing to hear what Othello does on the instrument. The performance ran the gamut, swing to samba and all in between. From Ellington's "In A Mellow Tone" to a swinging "I'm Making Believe" and ending the concert with a really jumping "I Remember April". Othello had brought several of his CDs to sell. They "sold out" quickly to an enthusiastic listening audience. Jeannette Pina and her Dad were there along with my dance partner Grandma Pixie. We didn't dance though. I was tuckered out from too much "salsa" at BJB's the night before. There was a young man in the audience that I thought looked familiar. It turned out, as it often does nowadays, that I was mistaken. His name is David Fumero and he is a student/guitarist studying at Miami/Dade. One of his classes is JAZZ Appreciation and requires him making observations of live performances. He had not heard any of the musicians prior to today. 

When talking to Othello about the humble beginnings of steel pan it was interesting to note that although the instrument itself has changed, the mallet has stayed essentially the same.

I openly admit that I am not qualified to be a music, JAZZ or BLUES critic. I am a listener and fan. In listening to Felix Gomez on the keyboard it seemed to me that he and Silvano Monasterios had similar styles. I mentioned that to Nicky Orta, who has played with both of them. He said that both of them are great but he sees distinct differences in their style of play. It just goes to show you what little I really know!!!! Felix felt flattered by the thought.

The Miami JAZZ Co-op has another presentation at the Museum this evening with the young Gary Thomas and his band.     

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The Biscuit in Boca – Cooking its Funky Self!

Need a Biscuit Fix?
April 4-7, 2013

Yo’ Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band
Billy Iuso
Roosevelt Collier
The Heavy Pets
Rockin’ Jake
The Runnin’ Pardners
Tommy Malone
Southern Hospitality
David Shelly & Bluestone
Biscuit Fest All Star Finale

(If you don’t think this is going to sell out,
well, you are just trying to fool yourself!)

303 SE Mizner BlvdBoca RatonFL 33432    (561)395-2929
Open 7 days, Full Dinner menu.

Every Monday, 8pm
Biscuit Jam with The Funky Biscuit All Stars - John Tillman, Ron Tillman, Al Poliak, Kenny, Larry Dinan
Different local & national artists joining in every week.

Every Tuesday, 8pm
Billy Gilmore & Friends - Acoustic Night, $5, No Cover 5-8PM with purchase of entree.

Every Wednesday, 8pm
Classic Rock w/ Breeze, $5, No Cover 5-8PM with purchase of entree.

Every Friday, No Cover, 5-8pm
Funky Happy Hour
Live Entertainment by SOSOS


Thu, Mar. 28, 2013 ~ 8:30 PM - $5 
Unlimited Devotion- A Tribute To The Grateful Dead

Friday, Mar. 29, 2013 ~ 9:30 PM 

Sat, Mar. 30, 2013 ~ 9:30 PM - $7Adv/$10Door

Thurs, April 11, 2013 ~ 8:30 PM

Fri, April 12, 2013 ~ 9:30 PM
Turnstiles – Billy Joel Tribute

Sat, April 13, 2013 ~ 9:30 PM
The Fabulous Fleetwoods
w/ Very Special Guests

Thurs, April 18, 2013 ~ 9 PM
Sol Driven Train
Pre Wanee Fest Party

Fri, April 19, 2013 ~ 9:30 PM
Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs
w/ Special Guests The Flyers

Sat, April 20, 2013 ~ 9:30 PM
The Valerie Tyson Band

Sun, April 21, 2013 ~ 9 PM
The Monophonics – Post Wanee Fest Party

Thur, April 25, 2013 ~ 8:30 PM
Unlimited Devotion

Fri, April 26, 2013 ~ 9:30 PM
LowDown 13

Sat, April 27, 2013 ~ 9:30 PM
Sigmund Floyd

 Sun, April 28, 2013 ~ 5 PM
David Shelley & Bluestone & Special Guests
BeatLink Music Network Benefit for St. Jude’s