Friday, January 8, 2016

Acclaimed Roots/Blues Artist Kelley Hunt to Perform in St. Augustine Friday, Jan 15, 2016 Enroute to Blues Cruise!

*Jazz & Blues Florida Special Promotion Event!

Bringing that Kansas City first-class 
sound to Florida's First Coast!

Friday, January 15, 2016 ~ 8:30pm

w/ special guest Amy Hendrickson

501 A1A Beach Boulevard
St. Augustine, FL 32080   (904)460-9311
$15adv / $20door

Kansas City-based, internationally acclaimed roots/blues/americana singer songwriter Kelley Hunt has performed all over the world and on some of the biggest, most competitive festival stages anywhere, but somehow she has managed to miss St. Augustine…until now.  On her way to a fourth featured appearance on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise Hunt and an all-star touring band will be in concert at Cafe 11 Friday, January 15 8:30 pm, and Amy Hendrickson opens.  In the intimate, well-produced confines of Cafe 11 this show promises an electric energy exchange between fan and artist.  Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door and available online at and at the club 501 A1A Beach Blvd. 904.460.9311.

Kelley Hunt will arrive in St. Augustine still riding a wave of accolades for her 6th release The Beautiful Bones which streeted mid-2014 and has been universally hailed by press, radio and fans on both sides of the Atlantic as the best work of her career. “If there truly is a Higher Power, He/She should press PLAY on the latest release by Kansas City’s Kelley Hunt.  Rest assured that the takeaway will be, despite how everything’s been going lately, everything’s going to be okay after all.” said BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE; “Kelley Hunt soars on her new release and invites listeners along for the ride.”  said CASHBOX; “It is not very often that we receive an album that makes us sit down and really listen; like, grabs us and demands our full attention.  Multi-instrumentalist Kelley Hunt has done just that with her new album, ‘The Beautiful Bones’.  This album has depth, soul, personality, and nuance. (It) will definitely lift your spirits and make you smile, on the inside.”  AMERICAN BLUES SCENE; “a beautiful work of art…It is an album you will want to hear over and over discovering something new each time.”  added TUMBLR.  THE SEATTLE TIMES proclaimed her “One of the best songwriters of the genre” in an earlier review.

Hunt’s music has been described as a gumbo of roots music styles influenced by blues, roots R&B, gospel, soul, the piano vernaculars of Kansas City, St. Louis and New Orleans - all framed by her unique identity as a songwriter, crossing roots boundaries and at times taking on social and political issues.  It’s all delivered with superior skills as a singer and keyboardist.  She has a simpler take, however. 

“All the stuff I grew up listening to - things my parents and siblings turned me onto and things I sought out and connected with - it all just went in the way it went in and comes out the way it comes out.  It’s an organic process for me. Sometimes a song or song idea bubbles to the surface seemingly on its own and I have no idea why, I just run with it,” said Hunt.

In addition to a list of favorite traditional artists, Hunt cites as a young girl hearing the sound of her mother’s and grandmother’s voices (both jazz/gospel singers, her grandmother having toured with a gospel choir out of New Orleans for awhile) among her most powerful influences. There were also pivotal piano lessons at age 10 from former Vaudeville / boogie woogie specialist Mary Burke Norton in Emporia, KS where the family lived at the time.  According to Hunt, Norton was a big-hearted, eminently talented caricature - bright red wig, cigarette often dangling from her mouth, gravelly voice and an eye for talent, who celebrated Hunt’s early ability to play by ear, built on it, taught her boogie-woogie and how to read music.

“She was my musical angel and, man, did she have an attitude,” said Hunt.  “But thank God for her - she made me the piano player I am today,” she added.

Kelley Hunt’s career comprises 6 critically acclaimed releases, hundreds of thousands of indie units sold, a long list of appearances on some of the most significant roots/blues and pan-genre festival stages in North America and Europe, song placements in major studio and indie feature films and much more.  The show is presented by Rick Ambrose Productions.

*Special Jazz & Blues Florida Promotion Announcement!!
There will be a drawing for two FREE TICKETS TO ATTEND THE ROBERT RANDOLPH and the FAMILY BAND CONCERT with special guests PARKER URBAN BAND at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Feb 11, 2016! MUST BE PRESENT to win, and MUST ATTEND to enter! All entries will be at this event – SOMEONE IN THE ROOM WILL WIN! 

Entry Process:
- Buy tickets to Kelley Hunt Show and attend Kelley Hunt show!
- Check into the Kelley Hunt show Facebook Event Page, locate the sign-up area at the Kelley Hunt show, fill out the entry slip with name, zip and email address (needed to confirm for Ticket Pick-up) and enjoy the show while you wait to win!
- Drawing will be held before start of last set. 

Come early and get happy!
Half price on all alcoholic beverages.3pm-7pm

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