Monday, July 31, 2023

Sheba The Mississippi Queen - Working the Blues Through the Florida Summer

There is a lot of blues music.
There are very few blues artists
like SHEBA!

Dunnellon Historical Depot
12061 S Williams St, Dunnellon, FL 34432
Ocala Steel Orchestra Presents
International Blues Music Day Dunnellon
A fundraiser for a non-profit, Ocala Steel Orchestra, that
provides free musical instruction for young people
in Marion County.
Saturday, August 5, 2023 | 7pm
Ruby Boddie - spoken word poet.
Sponsored in part by North Central Florida Blues Society. .

Saturday, October 28, 2023 | 6-8pm | $15 at Gate 
On the Mark Productions
Sheba the Mississippi Queen 
& The Blues Men 
Featuring Keith Caton (Bo Diddley, Accelerators)
Masaryk Winery
19125 Phillips Road
Masaryktown, FL 34604 
MAP  WEBSITE (352)308-0110
Outdoors or inside if rain.
Bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy
this beautiful spring evening weather in 
Central Florida. 
Light fare, and, of course, wine
available. No carry-ins.

Sheba's latest release is garnering great
airplay and review recognition. 
Roots Music Report's Duane Verh
rated it at 4-Stars and
noted in his review that the CD presents
 "blues with power and old-school savvy."

The Bluesmen:
Keith Caton – Guitars
Bob Black – Bass Guitar
Ernesto Pierson – Drums

Sheba headlining at Bo Diddley Plaza in Gainesville to
open Downtown Festival & Art Show 2022
Photo Credit - Cindy Oliver

Born to the Mississippi Delta
and raised by the blues, Sheba shares
the lessons and feelings she has 
learned with the world in every song.

SHEBA is the difference
between a band that
plays the blues and

Upcoming Performance
Sunday, June 26, 2023 | 7pm | FREE
Sheba & Dr. Jules 
Acoustic Blues Duo 
Blues on the Patio Series
1013 NW 7th Ave. 
Gainesville, FL 32601

Now Booking Clubs, Concerts
and Festivals for 2023-24

Click on the CD cover above to be 
taken to Sheba's store.

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The Blues Beatles to Perform at Heartwood Soundstage - From Brazil with Love

The Blues Beatles 
- One of the Hottest
Shows on the 
World Touring Circuit
is coming to 

Blues Beatles is a Blues band that mixes the melodies of the Beatles with traditional Blues arrangements, a mix that has been winning in Brazil (their home country)the USA and Europe. And they always become an instant sensation everywhere they go and play worldwide. The Blues Beatles is now that band that you need to know!

Sunday, September 24, 2023 ~ Doors 6:30pm, Show 7pm
619 South Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Facebook Event Page - Invite your friends!
(352) 258-8557 

This is not just another Beatles cover band. This is a world-renowned band that performs Beatles songs, but in a Blues style and performed with excellent musicianship and showmanship.

It took one band member’s love of The Beatles and the rest of the band’s love of the Blues to formulate one of the most entertaining Blues bands in the world today. Their sound is intimately appeasing but at the same time powerful and infectious. Often world-traveled, they have a clear direction and understand where it all originated, how the project was developed and why they are relevant and unique. This eccentric outfit has soaked up the musical ingredients of days long gone and has given it all the spice of today. Their magical musical gumbo can only be achieved when a band is so in tune with each other that the back-and-forth interaction and instrumentation becomes a transcendent musical conversation that is forever engaging.

Blues Beatles started during the breaks of the rehearsals of Today – an original band that Marcos Viana, Flavio Naves, Lancaster Ferreira, Bruno Falcão and Fred Barley started in 2010. Marcos, the singer, would invariably pick up his acoustic guitar and start playing Beatles songs. The other members of the band were amazed at how natural the songs sounded, as if he had written them himself. The reason for this was that Marcos really identified with the songs and never imitated John or Paul. He simply sang with his own voice and from his heart. Being Blues players, the rest of the band started adding their Blues twist to these “break songs”. One day Lancaster said: “why don’t we mix these two things we love to play? We could call this Blues Beatles!” Everyone loved the idea and together they started the Blues Beatles in 2013. The rest is history.

The band has worked and reworked many different songs since it was formed, but only the ones that sound natural to their ears stay in the repertoire. Most of the vocal melodies are kept in their original form, but interpreted with Marcos Viana’s unique voice, in an unpretentious and heart-felt way.  The arrangements combine Blues and soul grooves that suit the vocals of the songs while adding a different feel to them. Instrumental solos and improvisation, typical elements of the Blues, are an integral part of the Blues Beatles style. Their fiery live performances showcase their individual and collective skills as soloists.

Root Redemption is a roots-based Blues band that plays Delta and Chicago Blues along with original material that stands easily alongside the standards. Root Redemption’s lineup is Alan Yeatter (vocals, guitar), Gus Olmos (harmonica), Mark Armbrecht (bass), and Rick Wagner (drums). All band members have represented the North Central Florida region in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.



at the
A. Quinn Jones Museum & 
Cultural Center
1013 NW 7th Ave
Gainesville FL 32601

Sunday, August 27, 2023 | 7-9pm
Root Redemption Duo

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Thursday, August 31, 2023
(Last Thursday of Every Month)
Gainesville Acoustic Blues JAM
Hosted by Dr. Jules
Top Hog BBQ - Kanapaha
6500 SW Archer Rd, 
Gainesville FL 32608

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NCFBS Regional IBC Challenge
Registration deadline for bands, solo/duos, 
and self-produced CDs is September 28, 2023.
Competition date: October 15, 2023
Competition location:  High Dive, Gainesville FL
Contact for rules and registration.

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.   

Funded in part by


Mr. Sipp
John Primer
Chris Cain

Biscuit Miller
JP Soars & The Red Hots
Early Times
Mick Kolassa
The Lucky Losers
The Nighthawks
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Terry Hanck & His California Band

Mike Zito
Albert Castiglia
Bridget Kelly Band
Snacks Blues Band
Josh Miller Blues Review
Eric Gales
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
Pam Taylor & The Flyin' V's

Pam Taylor & The Flyin' V's
Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One
Doug MacLeod
Rev Shawn Amos

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Vanessa Collier
Little Mike & The Tornadoes
Bridget Kelly Band
George Worthmore
Jason Ricci
Shane Dwight
Damon Fowler
Tennessee Redemption
Patti Parks
Toronzo Cannon
Albert Castiglia
Roy Book Binder

Birthday Blues Bash-O-Rama w/ Anthony Gomes, Danielle Nicole & Bridget Kelly Band
BLUEZAPALOOZA: Ghost Town Blues Band & Betty Fox Band & Bridget Kelly Band
Lauren Mitchell
Rev Shawn Amos
21 Blue featuring Longineu Parsons and Ted Shumate
Bill "Sauce Boss" Wharton
Doug MacLeod

Zora Young
Norman Jackson Band
Selwyn Birchwood
Jason Ricci
Gracie Curran & The High Falutin’ Band
Albert Castiglia
 Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials

Annika Chambers
Cash Box Kings
Doug MacLeod
Matt Schofield

Mac Arnold & Plate Full O' Blues
Long Tall Deb Feat. Colin John
Jeff Jensen
Samantha Fish
Terry Hanck
Zora Young
Tinsley Ellis

Tas Cru
Selwyn Birchwood
Janiva Magness
Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’Blues
Joe Moss Band 

Brandon Santini
Matt Schofield
Nikki Hill
Albert Castiglia

Jimmy Thackery
John Nemeth
Roomful of Blues

Kenny Neal
JP Soars
Victor Wainwright

Tommy Castro
Mike Zito
Watermelon Slim
Nick Moss
John Nemeth
Ana Popovic

Janiva Magness
Duke Robillard
Michael Burks

Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials
Magic Slim
Jimmy Thackery
Lurrie Bell
Mighty Lester
Tab Benoit

Chris Cain
Sean Costello
Sauce Boss
Bryan Lee
Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors

Eddie Kirkland
Gary Primich
Smokin’ Joe Kubek & B’Nois King
Debbie Davies

Delta Moon
Little Charlie & the Nightcats
Pat Ramsey & the Blues Disciples
Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets

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Friday, July 28, 2023

Faena Theater's Jazz Series Season Finale (Rescheduled from June) w/ Big Chief Donald Harrison August 2, 2023

Big Chief Donald Harrison

Wednesday, August 2, 2023 | 8pm
Big Chief 
Donald Harrison

In keeping with Faena’s commitment to delivering unparalleled event offerings and experiences, on June 7, 2023 the Jazz Series at the Faena Theater is honored to close out their fifth season with NEA Jazz Master Big Chief Donald Harrison.  An accomplished saxophonist and composer arranger, Harrison is fluent in all languages of music: fusion, bebop, funk, R&B, hip hop, contemporary classical and of course the music of his native New Orleans.

Donald Harrison has been called ‘a one-man jazz festival’ as his show takes us through the history of jazz, each piece invoking the masters from Scott Joplin to Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Eddie Palmieri.  Harrison and his band have an uncanny ability to bring back the sound of each of these jazz giants while never sounding derivative or academic.  Coursing through the show is Harrison’s compelling storytelling, ending with a genuine Mardi Gras Indian zydeco jam.  Members of the audience are encouraged to get up and dance!

In addition to being honored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Donald Harrison has also received an Honorary Doctorate from the Berklee School of Music and was titled Person of The Year by Jazziz Magazine.  Most importantly he is officially the Big Chief of the Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans Cultural Group, having inherited the title from his father, Donald Harrison Sr.   Harrison has participated in groups with many other great artists, including Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Roy Haynes, Eddie Palmieri, Dr. John, Lena Horne, McCoy Tyner, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Notorious BIG.   He also appeared as himself in eleven episodes of the HBO Series ‘Treme’ and in Spike Lee’s documentary ‘When The Levees Broke.”

Harrison’s most recent album release, the epic “Congo Square Suite” is being hailed by critics, music lovers and musicians as an engaging musical masterpiece the touches the heart and moves music in a beautiful new direction.  

Come join us for this final concert of our 2023 season.  It’s been a great few months for jazz at the Faena and in Miami Beach, with sold-out shows and a lot of great music.  We’re looking forward to continuing this tradition and will be announcing next year’s lineup soon.

For tickets to see Big Chief Donald Harrison on Wednesday, August 2nd click HERE.

Faena Theater at
Faena Hotel Miami Beach
3201 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
MAP (786)559-6016

Reservations & More Information:
Tickets start at $55. 
For more information, call +1 786 655 5742
Open to guests of all ages.
Check-in time starts 45 minutes prior to show time 
For group reservations and series information, please call Faena Theater Sales at + 1 786-559-6016 or email

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Bridget Kelly Band Plays Chicago's Iconic Blues Club - Buddy Guy's Legends in August as Summer Tour Continues

Bridget Kelly Band -
Back in Florida in September 
to Debut at the
Bradford Blues Club
Reincarnated as
"BBC @ The Legion"

Big Blues on the Big Stages Across the Nation!

Aug 3: Buddy Guy's Legends, Chicago IL
Aug 4: The House of Blues, Chicago, IL

Sauls Bridges American Legion Post 13
229 Lake Ella Drive
Tallahassee, Fl 32303

Oct 14: Blues on Broadway, Norwich Ct 
w/ David Pastorius

Oct 6: Hot Sauce & BBQ Fest, WPB, FL

Gulfport FL

Brooksville FL

Dec 1: Blues & Brews Bistro, Ormond Beach, FL

Dec 10: Birthday Blues Bash, 
High Dive, Gainesville FL
Booking Contact: 

Click HERE for complete current schedule.

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