Saturday, February 15, 2020

*CANCELED* Brad Vickers & his Vestapolitans Touring Florida on TWICE AS NICE CD Release

"We regret to report that all of our dates have been cancelled. We love bringing our music to you in person, but we must postpone for now. We look forward to seeing you again. Meanwhile, please stay safe and well. Much love!"  
Brad Vickers
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Brad Vickers & His Vestapolitans 
bring their good-time blues, jump, 
roots 'n' roll back to Florida!

“The blues is a big tent community, from jazzy Bessie Smith to screaming Buddy Guy and everything in between. On Twice As Nice, Brad Vickers’ sixth album, he brings the tent and the whole three-ring circus. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, and much more going on that the musicians’ proficiency makes it seem.” 


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 ~ 7pm 
Eanglewood, FL
Reservations Recommended (941)475-7501

Thursday, March 19, 2020 ~ 8pm
Dunedin FL

Friday, March 20, 2020 ~ 8pm
Sarasota, FL 
Reservations needed.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 ~ 12:15-1:30pm
Brooksville FL

Sunday, March 22, 2020 ~ 7pm
AVIVA Concert Series
Sarasota FL
Open to the public, but please 
call (941)377-0781 to request a spot.

Guitarist/songwriter BRAD VICKERS  learned on the job playing, recording, and touring with America’s blues and roots masters: Pinetop Perkins, Jimmy Rogers, Hubert Sumlin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Odetta, Sleepy LaBeef, and Rosco Gordon—to name only a few.  Brad cut his teeth backing up these elder statesmen. He had the good fortune to play on Pinetop Perkins’ Grammy-nominated discs, “Born in the Delta” (Telarc), and “Ladies’ Man” (MC Records), and ‘Pinetop Perkins & Jimmy Rogers, Genuine Blues Legends’ (Elrob) was up for a 2017 Blues Music Award. Now his own group, The Vestapolitans, offers a good-time, crowd-pleasing mix of Blues and great American Roots 'n' Roll. Touring with their great, new fall 2019 CD, they will play at the 2020  Blues Bash at the Ranch Festival. Past performances include the 2016  Bucks County Blues Picnic, Pennsylvania Blues Festival, Easton, PA Garlic Festival, and headlining the 2017 Thouars, France Blues Festival. Their great CDs have met with terrific reviews (Downbeat gives them ****½ stars), “Best Of” lists, and great radio play. But most important, audiences love them!

Brad Vickers - Guitars/Vocals
Margey Peters - Bass/Vocals/Violin
Jim Davis - Sax
Rafael de los Reyes - Drums

"As always we celebrate the music that we love, and the styles that have influenced us: blues, folk, jump, and “great American roots ’n’ roll”. Along with new originals by both myself and Margey, we chose to cover a few long-time favorites, and start the album off with one of those, “Worried LifeBlues” by Big Maceo (by way of Chuck Berry). Right off the bat we were able to feature some of our special guests. “Mississippi Swamp” gets the humor going as I encounter a (possibly) talking bullfrog. Margey’s “Love Can Win” is a soulful, optimistic anthem for our times. On Jimmy Reed’s “Close Together” we have a chance to do a rendition of a song by the aguably ultimate bluesman. The rocking “Coast To Coast” is our take on the classic road trip theme. On “Twice As Nice” Margey pays homage to the early risqué female blues singers. “Red Dust” is my lament for the American Indian. Our “Everything I Need” gives yet another bow to Jimmy Reed with a Chicago-style shuffle. Next we cover Will Shade’s jugband classic, “Stealin’ Stealin’”. For me, blues founding-father Tampa Red is a must. Here we do his “Look A There Look A There”. Finally, Margey’s “Brooklyn Evenings” is an idyll to a bygone urban era. We hope you have half as much fun listening, as we had making “Twice As Nice”! " — Brad Vickers 2019

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