Blues

Tinsley Ellis

Saturday April 11, 2020
8:00pm
On Sale To Public: February 1, 2020 at 12:00pm
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"Feral blues guitar...non-stop gigging has sharpened his six-string to a razor’s edge...his eloquence dazzles...he achieves pyrotechnics that rival early Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton." - Rolling Stone

Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen. He has performed in all 50 United States as well as in Canada, Western and Eastern Europe, Australia and South America, earning legions of fans with his guitar virtuosity, passionate vocals and memorable original songs. Ellis is also revered as a guitarist’s guitarist, with famous friends including Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Oliver Wood, Jonny Lang and members of Widespread Panic calling on him to sit in and jam. “A musician never got famous staying home,” he says.

Over the course of his career, Ellis has shared stages with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, Willie Dixon, The Allman Brothers, Leon Russell, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, Albert Collins and many others. Whether he's on stage with his own band or jamming with artists like Buddy Guy, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov't Mule or Widespread Panic, he always plays with grit, soul and unbridled passion. Back home on Alligator Records with his new album and a massive live tour in the works, Tinsley Ellis is ready to prove again that whenever he picks up a guitar, he's playing with a winning hand. - Alligator Records

Tinsley Ellis

Since his Alligator debut 30 years ago, Southern blues-rock guitar wizard, vocalist and songwriter Tinsley Ellis has become a bona fide worldwide guitar hero. The Chicago Sun-Times says, “It’s hard to overstate the raw power of his music.” Now, he makes his triumphant return to Alligator Records with a powerful new album, Winning Hand. Armed with his signature molten licks, melodic riffs and rousing, intense solos, Ellis, as his legions of fans will attest, is among the blues world’s best-loved, hardest working and most well-travelled statesmen.

Coco Montoya and Ronnie Baker Brooks

Thursday March 26, 2020
8:00pm
On Sale To Public: January 1, 2020 at 12:00pm
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“In Ronnie Baker Brooks’ powerhouse hands, blues-rock never sounded so outrageous. The soul never sounded so delicious. And the blues never sounded so profound… one of today’s top live performers.” – Blues Revue

“In a world of blues guitar pretenders, Coco Montoya is the real McCoy. He exudes power and authenticity. Be prepared to get scorched by the real thing.” – Billboard

With Ronnie Baker Brooks and Coco Montoya sharing the stage, it's going to be a night packed with profound blues and hard-rocking good times.

Between his white-hot guitar playing and his soulful, emotional vocals, Coco Montoya has talent to burn. In a career that spans almost four decades, he’s gone from drumming for blues icon Albert Collins to holding the lead guitar spot in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to leading his own band and touring worldwide. Montoya is revered for his ability to move from subtly melodic guitar playing to slash-and-burn pyrotechnics. Equally forceful are his deep, soul-baring vocals. Years of constant touring, playing unforgettable shows at clubs, concert halls and festivals, have earned him his position at the top of the contemporary blues world. And it all started with a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who offered Montoya a spot in his band, where he stayed for the next five years. Coco was initially hired as Collins’ drummer and later—with Albert mentoring him on the guitar—became the band’s rhythm guitarist. A few years after leaving Collins’ band, British blues star John Mayall heard Coco jamming onstage and was so impressed that he hired him for the newly reformed Bluesbreakers.

On the first day recording Times Have Changed – the eleven-track album from Chicago bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks that brings a sound so big it could topple a Louisiana juke joint – industry-revered album producer and drummer Steve Jordan told Brooks to put his pedal board back in the van. For the first time in his professional life, Brooks, the son of Texas and Chicago blues legend Lonnie “Guitar Jr.” Brooks, would plug a Gibson into TKTK amp and rip it straight from there.

Coco Montoya and Ronnie Baker Brooks

With Ronnie Baker Brooks and Coco Montoya sharing the stage, it's going to be a night packed with profound blues and hard-rocking good times.

Tab Benoit

Thursday April 2, 2020
8:00pm
On Sale To Public: February 1, 2020 at 12:00pm
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Tab Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues and acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way, as well as 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.  He has recorded and/or performed with Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kenny Aronoff, Allen Toussaint, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Thackery, Charlie Musslewhite, Kenny Neal, Chris Layton, Ivan Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Anders Osborne, and Alvin Youngblood Hart to name a few. Tab's accomplishments as a musician are matched only by his devotion to the environmental health of his native Louisiana wetlands. Benoit is the founder and driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to preserve the coastal waters of his home state. In 2010, he received the Governor's Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina's effects and a call to protect and restore the wetlands.

Tab Benoit

Tab Benoit is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues and acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way, as well as 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.  He has recorded and/or performed with Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr.

The Duke Robillard Band

Thursday November 21, 2019
8:00pm

“Duke’s one of the great players.” – B.B. King

Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence. Duke is a Grammy nominated blues guitarist and singer, a founding member of blues and swing band Roomful of Blues, a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds (replacing Jimmie Vaughan) and has released over 30 albums under his own moniker. An accomplished bluesman, Robillard has won a handful of Blues Music Awards over the years, including Best Blues Guitarist four out of five years (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) and most recently in 2016 for Best Acoustic Blues album of the year, The Acoustic Blues of Duke Robillard

The Duke Robillard Band

Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence. Duke is a Grammy nominated blues guitarist and singer, a founding member of blues and swing band Roomful of Blues, a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds (replacing Jimmie Vaughan) and has released over 30 albums under his own moniker.

Deborah Henson-Conant

Saturday February 1, 2020
8:00pm

"Virtuoso out-of-the box … rockin’ bad girl of the harp world.” Tom Ashbrook, NPR’s ‘On Point’

“a role model who’s played with the best in the mainly male genre and is drawing raves from those who encounter her intriguing music." Chicago Tribune 

Grammy-nominated electric harp legend, singer & composer Deborah Henson-Conant (“DHC”) brings her riveting performance style back to TCAN two weeks after her appearance at TEDx. A celebration for her new album release!

A one-woman orchestra on stage, she layers sounds in real time with electric harp, voice and looper pedal - then weaves solo lines and vocals above it.Forget the demure harpist – forget dozing off in the back row. Henson-Conant is a showman, entertainer, humorist and a solid musician, a pioneer in the world of jazz and an innovator in the world of new instruments - a genre-busting musician who “plays stuff you just wouldn't think could possibly come from the instrument that St. Peter hands out to new arrivals at the pearly gates." (Grand Rapids Press)

She’s toured her solo show throughout the US and Europe, and most recently in China. She's been a featured symphony soloist, performing her original works for electric harp and orchestra with symphonies nationwide including the Boston Pops and National Symphony Orchestra and she’s toured the world as a rock harpist with legendary rock guitarist Steve Vai. She’s opened for Ray Charles at Tanglewood, jammed onstage with Bobby McFerrin and offstage with guitarist Sharon Isbin. She’s been featured on National and international media from Charlie Rose to NBC Today Show including own music special on PBS, “Invention & Alchemy.”

Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters

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Saturday December 14, 2019
8:00pm

Legendary Blues guitarist Ronnie Earl is a four-time Blues Music Award winner as Guitar Player of the Year (1997, 1999, 2014, 2018) most recently receiving the award on May 10, 2018 in Memphis. He has served as an Associate Professor of Guitar at Berklee College of Music and has taught at the National Guitar summer workshop in Connecticut. Known for his clean clear tone Ronnie has been called more than once “The John Coltrane of the guitar.” (Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine)

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