Saturday, March 17, 2018

21 Blue Featured at Heartwood Soundstage in Gainesville March 24, 2018 - Middleground to Open

Lift Your Spirits and 
Your Feet to the Swingin' 
Music of 21 BLUE
21 Blue w/ MiddleGround Opening
Saturday, March 24, 2018 ~ 7pm Doors, 8pm Show
619 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
(352) 258-8557 

21 Blue featuring Longineu Parsons II and Ted Shumate is at Heartwood Soundstage in Gainesville Saturday, March 24, 2018 presented by the North Central Florida Blues Society. And one of the most talented young musicians on the scene today, Longineu Parsons III (LP) will be joining on drums! World-class musicians in a listening room environment, what a delightful opportunity!

21 Blue is Blues for the 21st century, the nexus at which authentic down & dirty Blues meets world-class Jazz. This quintessential intersection of Blues and Jazz features the world-renowned musicians trumpeter Longineu Parsons II and guitarist Ted Shumate, resulting in authentic Blues played at an impeccable level of musicianship – world-class musicians who express the heart and soul of American music! 21 Blue will take you from Louis Armstrong to Howlin’ Wolf to Miles Davis to Jimi Hendrix and beyond. This group does what no other group can in terms of playing the history of American music and making you love the fact that you are there to dance to it.

Longineu has been hailed as being one of the world’s finest trumpet players, and he plays the cornet that once belonged to his mentor, Nat Adderley. Longineu has performed in some thirty countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has performed for such dignitaries as the King of Morocco, the President of Gabon, the Royal Family of the Netherlands, the President of Austria, the U.S. Ambassador to France, The Royal Family of Monaco and for UNESCO.

Ted Shumate was born in Meridian, Mississippi. His earliest musical experiences were the gospel music of the Southern Baptist Church and native Delta Blues. At the age of four, his family moved to the musically rich state of Florida. The great migration of Cubans, South Americans, and other Caribbean nationals in the early ‘60s brought a wide variety of experiences to the young musician to absorb and would later help shape his musical personality. Ted moved to Los Angeles, California in 1980 to attend the Guitar Institute of Technology. Upon his graduation, he was hired as an instructor at G.I.T. while also playing and recording in the Los Angeles area.

“The material they chose … mirrors the eclectic nature of the project, from Howlin’ Wolf to Hendrix to soul jazz. They paint a picture using every shade of blue, with their technical skill deftly applying the brushstrokes. I don’t know when I have had so much talent at work in our studios. It was a thrill for me just to be in the control room holding my breath as they walked the musical tightrope between the various genres. I know it will be equally thrilling for you to listen and take this journey with these modern-day masters back to where it all began. Spring water flows strong and pure. Drink your fill.”
Bob Greenlee – President, King Snake Records

Also performing is acoustic Blues duo Middleground. Middleground consists of Barbara and Mark Armbrecht and is the product of over 35 years of collaboration between these two professional musicians. The music has evolved over the years to now include an eclectic mix of folk, pop, Blues, ragtime and classic favorites, all of which have been flavored by Barbara’s finger picking style, use of open tunings and occasional use of slide and supported by Mark’s solid and expressive bass technique.

$25 general admission and $15 for North Central Florida Blues Society members. Grab Advance Admission before this intimate venue sells out of seats!  Purchase at:

The North Central Florida Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, cultivation, nurturing and promotion of Blues Music. The Society also hosts monthly electric and acoustic jams. See website for more information.   

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