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Poor House Bistro Studio

87 South Autumn Street

(Studio showroom adjacent to bistro.)

San Jose, CA 95110

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Third annual BLUES SAVES LIVES benefit for Freedom House, featuring critically acclaimed and award-winning blues artists.

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Come enjoy an uplifting, talent-packed blues concert to benefit Freedom House, Northern California's first “safe house” and long-term aftercare program of its kind for adult female survivors of human trafficking. Blues Saves Lives will be an empowering afternoon and evening of original blues, vintage R&B, and roots music featuring recording artists Tommy Castro, Terrie Odabi with Terry Hiatt, Tia Carroll, Laura Chavez, Marina Crouse, and The Lucky Losers (Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz). Guests also will have the chance to bid on unique live and silent auction items!

Freedom House, a Bay Area-based nonprofit, provides human-trafficking survivors with a comprehensive 18-month shelter program, including holistic case management, mental-health therapy, and educational and career-building resources. One-hundred percent (100%) of all Blues Saves Lives concert and auction proceeds will go directly to Freedom House. Representatives from the organization will be at the show to share stories, educate our guests about volunteer opportunities, and accept additional donations.

Tickets: Advance Online Tickets $25; At Door $30

Together, we can raise funds for Freedom House, show support for our community leaders, and contribute to the fight against modern-day slavery. To learn more: http://theluckylosers.com


TOMMY CASTRO (guitarist/vocalist/songwriter)

“This is the future. It’s very positive and fruitful. The blues is in good hands. When someone has the right intentions, with sincerity, you can never go wrong. This is the person who has the voice, the sound, and the intentions, to touch everybody’s heart.”Carlos Santana

Tommy Castro is at the very top of the blues world. He is the winner of the coveted “B.B. King Entertainer of The Year Award” in 2010 (the very highest award a blues performer can receive) and dozens of others. Whether he’s squeezing out the deepest blues or playing the funkiest soul grooves, Tommy Castro knows how to ignite a crowd. Over the course of his still-unfolding career, the guitarist, vocalist and songwriter has released 16 albums ranging from horn-fueled soul and R&B to piping hot blues to fiery rock ‘n’ roll. He’s performed all over the world, earning countless fans with his legendary, sweat-drenched, exhilarating live shows.

Video of “Killin' It LIVE,” Tommy Castro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=dSIzXvtRkL4

Website: http://tommycastro.com

TERRIE ODABI (vocalist/songwriter)

"Terrie Odabi is easily the most dynamic blues and soul woman to have emerged in the Bay Area since Etta James came out of San Francisco’s Fillmore District in the Fifties. Terrie has a powerful set of pipes, writes terrific tunes, leads a kicking band, and has onstage movements that perfectly match the rhythms of her material. Surely stardom awaits her."

Lee Hildebrand, contributor, San Francisco Chronicle, East Bay Express, and Living Blues

Few vocalists own the stage like Terrie Odabi. When the statuesque Oakland native begins to sing, a hush falls over the audience. Terrie performs original blues straight from the soul. Her compelling arrangements create a contemporary sound that support Terrie's witty lyrics and compelling voice. She takes pride in her urban roots, appealing to a wide, new audience and signifying the evolution of the blues. Terrie was nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award for “Best Soul Blues Female Artist” and in 2016 she was nominated for “Best Emerging Artist Album/: My Blue Soul”. She is one of the featured performers with Anthony Paule’s Soul Orchestra and regularly performs at festivals such as The Porretta Soul Festival in Italy, the Maspalomas Soul Festival on Grand Canary Island, and the Annual Monterey International Blues Festival.

Video of "I'm a Woman," Terrie Odabi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QqsRKxHpIc

Website: http://artistecard.com/Terrie

TIA CARROLL (vocalist/songwriter)

“A powerful singer with brassy, full-throated delivery, Carroll is no youngster, but in the past few years she’s quickly gained recognition as one of the most exciting new voices on the scene.” Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

Over the last twenty years, Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the Bay Area, and she has become one of the most sought-after female singers on the West Coast. Tia has a power and sassy style of storytelling that is unique. Tia Carroll was featured during the Jazzkarr featival in Tallinn Estonia, and the Switzerland at the Lucerne Blues Festival. She was awarded “West Coast Female Blues Vocalist of the Year” in 2007, the Jus Blues Music Foundation’s “Traditional Blues Woman of The Year” award in 2008, the Jus Blues Music Foundation’s “Band Leader of the Year” award in 2009, and the “Tia Carroll Ambassador of the Blues Award” (2019) from The Golden Gate Blues Society. For over a decade Tia regularly tours to Brazil to perform on television and festivals with the Igor Prada Blues Band.

Video of “I'd Rather Go Blind,” Tia Carroll: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HU4GoNpnuaE

Website: tiacarroll.net

MARINA CROUSE (vocalist/songwriter)

"A new voice as strong as the best blues singers of the past as she sings with the intensity of a Koko Taylor, heartbreak of Etta James, raw emotion of Big Maybelle... Marina Crouse has all it takes to be the next top lady of the Blues."Noel Hayes, KPOO 89.5FM

Marina Crouse is one of the most notable talents on the San Francisco/Bay Area music scene. Her early classical training is reflected in her powerful and versatile vocal style that creates a genuine excitement in every performance. Blessed with an incredibly expressive voice early in life, Marina Crouse applies her distinctive talents to a wide range of material while delivering an emotional authenticity that consistently cuts deep. “When I sing,” she says, “I feel like I break myself open and let a little piece of myself come out. I’m reaching out to people with hopes to connect on a personal level.”

Video of "Directly From My Heart," Marina Crouse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9kmZ2xp0UQ

Website: https://www.marinacrouse.com

THE LUCKY LOSERS Cathy Lemons & Phil Berkowitz (songwriters/vocalists/ harmonica player)

“An ANTIDOTE to the multitude of emotionally vacant singers, Cathy Lemons sounds genuinely wise, gritty, tender, wounded, and flirtatious, sometimes all at once. Fortunate to have harmonica champ, Phil Berkowitz, as her partner in songwriting and singing, she crystallizes her creative resolve to put across a program of smart, likeable originals, that sport winning riffs. Refreshingly mixing rock, blues, R&B, soul, and a dash of country, The Losers lean on technique and spirit equally.” Downbeat, Frank John Hadley

Winner of “Best Independent Blues Soul Artist” of 2019, The Lucky Losers’ music is a throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s with impassioned vocals, electrifying vocal interplay, and some powerful harmonica. Described as “the finest light-skinned female blues vocalist in the U.S” (Real Blues/2010), fiery Dallas-born entertainer Cathy Lemons has a velvet voice with a gritty edge and the rebel conviction of a woman risen from the ashes. New Jersey native Phil Berkowitz "has earned renown as one of the West Coast’s most distinctive harp players, as well as for his sharp, resonant tenor" (Living Blues/ 2018). Based In San Francisco and accompanied by a dynamic four-piece ensemble, The Lucky Losers have been nominated for a total of 15 awards since 2015.

Video of “Take the Long Road,” The Lucky Losers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSOtCLzyHJs

Website: http://theluckylosers.com

ABOUT THE CAUSE: Human trafficking has become the second-largest crime in the world, right behind drug trafficking. It’s a $32 Billion dollar industry which exists in over 160 countries, including the United States. It’s happening here in our own backyard, with the San Francisco Bay Area being a major hub, accounting for more than 40% of all human-trafficking cases in California.

Freedom House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (#27-0248325), with a mission to bring hope, restoration and a new life to survivors of this heinous crime, with a vision to eradicate modern-day slavery by rescuing one human being at a time. By providing women with long-term housing, primary needs, therapy, educational resources, career opportunities, and wraparound services, Freedom House acts as a safe haven where a survivor can heal from multiple layers of trauma, find her voice, and become independent and self-sufficient. For more information, please visit www.FreedomHouseSF.org

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87 South Autumn Street

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