Bleaux Bros • Brother yusef BarbarA Morrison
Rev Tall Tree • Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins
ERICA BROWN •Cheyenne amen
Our 2019 lineup of live music was incredible! If you want the real deal, you came to the right place. We've got live blues in the flavors of Chicago, New Orleans, Delta, Funk, Jazz and Soul!
Is the reason Signifyin' Blues is happening. The event is a fundraiser for Barbara's museum, the CA Jazz & Blues Museum.
Originally from Detroit, Barbara Morrison’s decades long career as a performer and recording artist includes appearances worldwide with some of the greatest names in jazz and blues. She has performed with artists such as, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Buddy Collette, Joe Williams, Gerald Wiggins, Jimmy Witherspoon, Hank Crawford, Eddie Harris, Nancy Wilson, David T. Walker and Jimmy Smith. She has performed in such highly regarded venues as Carnegie Hall, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Bern Jazz Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival. Among countless awards, Barbara has been nominated for a Grammy 3 times!
4x Grammy winner. 11x Grammy nominee and visionary roots music storyteller, Keb' Mo' has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music. His genre-blending artfulness, intuitive lyrics, unique guitar style, distinctive voice, and magnetic charisma on stage have gained him the significant honor of being called "a musician's musician." He is literally a living legend. In addition to playing at the White House for President Obama, he has collaborated with Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Dixie Chicks, Albert Collins, Big Joe Turner, Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Morrison, Martin Scorsese, Booker T Jones, Joe Walsh, Shelia E. and many, many others. Seeing Keb' Mo's incredible and heartfelt live performance in person is an experience you will never forget!
Brother Yusef has been described as a master solo guitarist, as well as a uniquely passionate vocalist. His performances are as raw, honest and real as the genre has ever aspired to be. Honed over thirty years, he calls his multifaceted style, fattback blues for it’s a rich mix of Delta , Chicago and Texas blues alongside a hard driving Louisiana stomp. Fattback Blues combines "traditional" fingerpicking and slide guitar playing with the contemporary feel of urban blues, rock and funk. He uses his right hand thumb to beat out a percussive bass-line and shuffle, while the index finger plays rhythm and lead lines, creating a full band sound with a solo guitar.
Reverend Tall Tree
Shouting, moaning, stomping, shuffling & hollering, Reverend Tall Tree plays original Blues Soul & American Roots music. Reverend Tall Tree is widely known for a "never the same" live concert experience that hits the core of the music and emotion, much like the powerful mid-century Blues & Soul performers of the golden era of Blues & Soul. The debut album by Reverend Tall Tree is available now on all formats.
Lenny "fuzzy" rankins
Skilled storyteller, writer, composer and producer, Fuzzy is well known for his masterful control of his fretwork on the guitar which combined with his soulful yet powerful vocals and witty entertainment style is sure to capture your attention and stir the emotions. Oh yeah.... he's also won a Grammy for his work with Ike Turner!
blacktop trio feat. dan seeff
Dan Seeff is a multi-Grammy nominated musician, songwriter and the director of the Monk Institute in Los Angeles. He co-wrote and played on the hit song “I’m the Man” with Aloe Blacc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGy9i8vvCxk
He’s played on albums for Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, Eminem, Talib Kweli, etc..
Sunday at Signfiyin’ Blues he will be performing with the Blacktop Trio for the Jazz Brunch and giving a presentation on “What is Jazz” where the band will play the same song as a blues arrangement, jazz arrangement, etc… explaining what exactly makes it jazz. The Blacktop Trio will be Dan Seeff, Miles Senzaki (Pharcyde, Breakestra) and Michael Birnbryer-Lao (Blaux Bros) and possibly some other very special guests.
Born to Jamaican parents in the Bronx, New York, Cheyenne Amen (b. Cheyenne Dunbar) has been writing, performing and producing music since he was a teenager. He discovered his love for music at an early age by imitating the sounds of instruments he heard on the radio. Cheyenne's mother recognized his talent as he sang and danced to the old-school Jamaican Soul & Jazz records she would often play, and placed him in the Brooklyn Boys Choir at age 8. Cheyenne moved to California's Inland Empire in the early 90's, forming and participating in various musical acts in a wide range of genres including HipHop, Reggae, Afro-Fusion (of various types), Jazz, Blues, R&B, Soul, Rock, & Jarochero. In 2018 Cheyenne released his first solo EP, entitled “Kalafia Echoes”, produced by Srikala Roach. Cheyenne is also the frontman and lead singer for Glifos, a 13-piece Afrofunk/Vodou-funk collective from Los Angeles, CA, who released their first self-titled EP in the Spring of 2018.
Miss Erica Brown is a bona-fide Blueswoman from Denver, CO. She has worked with some of the finest artists in the world, and has shared stages with such heavyweights as B.B. King, Al Green, Delbert McClinton, Tab Benoit, Kenny Neal, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Bob Margolin, Janiva Magness, Todd Park Mohr (Big Head Todd) Billy Branch, “Mud” Morganfield, and Debbie Davies, to name just a few. Erica will be MC-ing the event and singing.
Playing powerful, stripped-down covers and originals in a jazzy-blues groove is the Blaux Bros specialty. Michael Birnbryer and Jared Noble formed the band after they started blues dancing and an organizer friend wouldn't stop bugging them to make a band. Michael has performed in some amazing bands including Breakestra, the Sidewinders, and Tom Kenny & The Hi-Seas (aka Sponge Bob Square Pants' real life band!).
6 String Showdown Semi-Finals and Finals
Friday at 9:30pm the Semi-Finals will feature winners from across California. Sunday at 7pm will be the finals. Each guitar player spins a wheel with different genres of blues and the house band will play that style as the two competitors take turns trying to best each other while being judged on adherence to the genre chosen, musicality and interaction between musicians and audience . The audience will have 1/3 of the vote so be sure to show up! 2019 finalists include John Michael Agundez (pictured), Lenny "Fuzzy" Rankins, Teddy Lee Hooker and, Kirk Browne.
included Cedric Burnside, Van Hunt, Phillip Bailey Jr. (Earth Wind & Fire), Missy Andersen, Deantoni Parks, Ash Riser, Lonnie Marshall (Weapon of Choice) and many others