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Chris Duarte, Will Owen-Gage, Claytie & The Black Note Band, Benny Harp

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Chris Duarte, Chris Duarte Group

Will Owen-Gage, Claytie and the Black Note Band, Benny Harp

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Sam's Burger Joint

330 East Grayson St

San Antonio , TX 78215

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San Antonio Blues Society presents The Fiesta Blues Heritage Series "River City Blues Revue" with Chris Duarte Group, Will Owen-Gage & more

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Doors at 1:00pm

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All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only.

San Antonio Blues Society Presents

Fiesta Blues Heritage Series "River City Blues Revue"

An eclectic presentation of blues and blues influenced music joined with recognition of musical and scholastic achievement by local area students. This events funds various SABS Projects, namely "Blues in the Schools and the "Sam Baird Scholarship" projects. Along with music by four outstanding blues groups, the Sam Baird Scholarship will be awarded.

Chris Duarte

To classify Chris Duarte simply as a Blues Man is an understatement. In his own words, ìrockiní bluesî or îpunk bluesî describes him best. ìFerocious bluesî also fits. Legend has it that Chris will play so hard that his fingers bleed in a set. The legend is true. Photos attest. Chris Duarte is a road warrior playing more than 150 dates a year. As well, Chris has headlined major festivals and clubs throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Chris is a savant, a sorcerer of tone, a master at channeling the spirits and sounds of great musicians of our past, while remaining completely recognizable in his own sound. He has shared his stage with many of the greatest musicians of our time as well as the multitude of ìyoung lionsî and local musicians he meets on the road. From his many years as a side man in Austin, he easily changes roles from front to side, graciously allowing all to share the conversation of the jam. Chris Duarteís music is ever changing. In many interviews, he has said ìMusic must evolve.î His own early offerings often become magical journeys into changing tempo and jazzy interludes before returning to their core. With such a vast catalog of recordings, there are no two shows alike. Every set list is different, and each song may be offered distinctly, based on the feel of a show and the audience. For those reasons, loyal fans often return to a Chris Duarte show again and again, and always walk away awed and satisfied to have witnessed such a legendary, but humble guitarist. The Chris Duarte Group emerged on the scene out of Austin, Texas in the early 90ís and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the South X Southwest convention. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughanís passing, Duarte quickly gained a National reputation as young man imbued with a playing style comparable at times to the late guitarist. After fielding interest from a number of labels, Duarte signed to Silvertone Records and his debut album ìTexas Sugar/Strat Magikî reportedly sold in excess of 100,000 units in the United States, no small feat for a blues/rock guitarist. This coupled with Duarteís strong commitment to touring, was the impetus for Chrisí winning the ìBest New Talentî in Guitar Playerís 1995 Readerís Poll. He also finished fourth in the magazineís ìBest Blues Guitaristî category that year behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.

https://duarte.rocks/

Will Owen-Gage

His introduction to music came through his family: the early influence of Jimi Hendrix from his brothers, Bluegrass, Folk and Mountain music from both his parents, and boogie woogie from his grandmother. His love for the Blues and American Roots Music began to blossom after moving to Texas at the young age of 5. His uncle gave him a copy of "The Vaughan Brothers: Family Style" and he was hooked. He got his first SRV album shortly after, and was off into the world of Blues. He began digging deeper and deeper for the nastiest, grooviest, and raunchy sounds he could find and focused his list of influences to include Albert King, Howlin' Wolf, Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James, Lightnin' Hopkins, Lightnin' Slim, Albert Collins, Otis Rush, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, and the list GOES ON!! He sat in with bands from the time he was 11 years old and began meeting and playing with musicians in the San Antonio Blues scene. Thanks to local SA sax legend Frank Rodarte, Will landed a weekly Friday night gig while in the 7th grade, and 3 or 4 years later landed another weekly gig and began refining his chops. During his senior year of high school, the band got the opportunity to open for and back up the great Stephen Stills in Austin, TX. From there he moved on to other inspiring moments in music, opening for Lynard Skynard, Three Dog Night, and quite a few other notable acts. After graduating from school he co-formed his own group in the style of Classic Country and Rock! The band played legendary Texas venues such as Luckenbach, TX and Gruene Hall. After that Will began playing with anyone and everyone and opened solo for greats such as Dick Dale. When he was 22, he traveled to France to play with "Mitch Webb & The Swindlesî at the Crappone Country Rendezvous Festival. It was there he met the Great-Nephew of Texas Country Legend Ernest Tubb. He joined the band and began touring the USA and Europe with Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours. After getting a bit burned out on the party lifestyle on the road, he left the Troubadours to get back to what he does best, playing Roots/Blues, and writing his own material. In 2013 he released his first self-produced album "Travelin' Man" and proceeded to play all across the State of Texas, and various other places in the Continental U.S. Currently, Will is performing full time with legendary Texas rockabilly group Two Tons Of Steel, touring throughout Texas, the Mid-West US and Europe. To keep up with Will's schedule with Two Tons, check out www.twotons.com. However, in the mean time, Will continues to write, record, perform and sit in with many notable seasoned musicians in the San Antonio area, including the Texas Tornados, among many others. Stay tuned for more from this young rising talent; heís definitely on the move!!!

https://willowengage.com

Claytie and The Black Notes

Clatie Bonds is an R&B Blues and Soul Artist out of the San Antonio area that has been wowing the city for some time now. Performing in the Texas area as a solo artist as well as lead vocals for The Midnight Blues Band. Her voice is so amazing as she keeps the audience amazed with her voice and talent. She performs a wide genre of music and sounds similar to artists like Betty Wright, Millie Jackson, Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin, Amy Winehouse, and so many more artist of many styles. She was born in Corpus Christi and moved at the age of five to San Antoio. Claytie soon began her interest in singing and wanted to try various genres of music. She started sining in elementary school talent shows and events, and later she joined the church choir, eventually becoming choir director. In a citywide Houston talent show she came in second place. She spent the latter part of the 90's Claytie was on the road performing and working with Melvin Waiters; it is there where she honed her craft and became immersed in the entertainment world. Claytie is very proud of some recent events here in San Antonio: she performed for Persident Bush, she opened for the legendary Bobby Rush at The Tobin Cente, and she performed with The Big Robb Show at Santa's Place. She is a fine singer of torchy blues, sad ballads, and jumpy R&B.

Benny Harp Band

Bluesman Benny Harp likes to say he didn't find the harmonica, the harmonica found him. He means that literally. Things were never the same after the teenager found the mysterious Hohner Old Standby model harmonica on his grandparents' piano in the mid-'70s. Nobody seemed to know where it came from. They told him he could keep it if he wanted it. Until that time, he'd never even considered playing the instrument. "The first song I remember learning was Oh Susanna. I learned that song note for note," Harp recalled. "I used to carry that harmonica everywhere with me. It came natural." Today, he is one of its premiere masters. His earliest musical memories are happy ones of bajo sexto and accordion-driven conjunto polkas and Tex-Mex played by his grandfather, father and uncle. "Deep down, I was a little rocker, but blues is my bag! ..." In high school, Harp sang in the glee club and in the concert choir, a far cry from the electrifying ninja showman of today, who's enthralled with the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Little Walter and is prone to dropping to his knees to steal the show. The transformation has been 30 years in the making. Longer than that if one counts the day when schoolmate Johnny Rubio first scrawled "Benny Harp" on his desk. "That's how it started," he said.

Benny Harp the musician became a figure on the local scene in the early '80s, playing blues with volatile brothers Henry and Roy Perez in the Rhythm Kings. That baptism lasted five years, and Harp earned a reputation for flash and rowdiness. He was also the only one in town playing cross-harp in the amplified distorted Chicago style with a hand-held microphone plugged into a tube amplifier. "That was my secret," he said. "Little Walter Jacobs had that sound with Muddy Waters. Henry (Perez) told me he used a Shure Green Bullet microphone and a tube amp. He told me that's how he gets that good sound. That was the sound, Chicago-style blues." The crazy '80s were "the learning and partying years." In those days, Harp was playing little joints now considered legendary: the Mendez sisters' Los Padrinos, Ram Ayala's Taco Land andMike Looney's the Beauregard. They've long since disappeared. On Oct. 10, 1989, Benny Harp nearly disappeared, too.

While working a construction job at an industrial plant he was severely injured and nearly electrocuted, After coming into contact with the main power line to the 15-acre site after it was accidentally severed by a giant crane. The day began as "a beautiful, beautiful damn morning," Harp said. Then disaster struck. Harp was rushed by helicopter to Brooke Army Medical Center. He would spend nearly a month there, undergoing two surgeries for the burns and nerve damage.

Recovery dragged on, and Harp was off the music scene for five years. It's a small price to pay for the blues lover who says he feels blessed to be alive. The Benny Harp Band, featuring bassist Jack Barber of the Sir Douglas Quintet, "Maddog" Rene Lopez on drums and Dangerous Dan, Dan Aaron on guitar a formally member of the band "Dangerous Toys" and San Antonio's best Greg Galindo on guitar.

San Antonio Blues Society

The San Antonio Blues Society, Inc. is a Texas not-for-profit 501(3)(c) corporation, founded in October 1990. The Society was established for the purpose of promoting and preserving blues music. It is our mission to ensure the continuation of blues music by offering educational programs within our community, and to preserve locations and artifacts relevant to the history of blues music and its artists. We support blues venues and blues artists through our promotional efforts and participation in blues-related activities and events. As well as hosting jam sessions where local and visiting artists can sit in and play, SABS also produces / co-produces shows showcasing local and international blues artists. We are always striving to encourage our community to appreciate the historical value and the enjoyment of blues music.

Our Continuing Missions in the Community - Sam Baird Scholarship:

This scholarship continues the legacy of noted musician and SABS member Sam Baird, who supported and nurtured the growth of the San Antonio music community for many years. Announced in 2006, this local scholarship fund is awarded to students displaying academic strength and musical ambition. This award is presented annually at the Fiesta Blues Heritage Series and is a very special event involving family, friends, and a very appreciative audience. SABS works in conjunction with Art and Music Directors to announce and promote this opportunity to eligible local students. This is an ongoing endeavor that we put our full effort into working with schools, parents, corporate sponsors, and community leaders to get as many students involved as possible.

Our Continuing Missions in the Community - Blues in the Schools:

Preserving the heritage of blues music in our region is not our only task. We also bring the music to the community via the local school systems. Actual performances at the local schools give our young people the chance to hear the music that is the foundation of what they listen to today. Since 2004 we have performed before student bodies, presenting the music that is part of our national heritage. We always seek student participation and at these performances we have been able to bring up students to jam with the band. While the majority of our BITS presentations are at high schools, we also include elementary schools. You are never to young for The Blues!

www.SanAntonioBluesSociety.com

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Chris Duarte, Chris Duarte Group

Will Owen-Gage, Claytie and the Black Note Band, Benny Harp

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Sam's Burger Joint

330 East Grayson St

San Antonio , TX 78215

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