Fiesta Blues Heritage Series "River City Blues Revue" with Chris Duarte Group

San Antonio Blues Society Presents:

Fiesta Blues Heritage Series "River City Blues Revue" with Chris Duarte Group

Will Owen Gage, Claytie and The Black Note Band, Benny Harp Band

Sun, April 14, 2019

Doors: 1:00 pm / Show: 2:00 pm

$20.00-$50.00

This event is 18 and over

NO Seating GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final. 

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

Chris Duarte Group
Chris Duarte Group
To classify Chris Duarte simply as a Blues Man is an understatement. In his own words, “rockin’ blues” or ”punk blues” describes him best. “Ferocious blues” 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 “young lions” 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 Duarte’s music is ever changing. In many interviews, he has said “Music must evolve.” 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 90’s and gained notoriety after wowing a packed room of industry insiders at the South X Southwest convention. In the wake of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s 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 “Texas Sugar/Strat Magik” reportedly sold in excess of 100,000 units in the United States, no small feat for a blues/rock guitarist. This coupled with Duarte’s strong commitment to touring, was the impetus for Chris’ winning the “Best New Talent” in Guitar Player’s 1995 Reader’s Poll. He also finished fourth in the magazine’s “Best Blues Guitarist” category that year behind legends Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King.
Will Owen Gage
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!!!
Claytie and The Black Note Band
Claytie and The Black Note Band
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
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.
Venue Information:
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215
http://samsburgerjoint.com/