Fronted by the powerful pipes of singer Taneka Clemons, Lockdown brings high-energy hip-shaking blues and soul straight from the heart of Durham.
Abe Reid and Harvey Dalton Arnold are two of North Carolina’s truest blues practitioners. Abe learned at the feet of the Piedmont blues greats, and is the former winner of the International Blues Competition. Harvey played bass with the iconic southern rock band The Outlaws, and is known for his lefty slide blues style. They’re coming together for a night of raw and rocking blues, boogie, and southern rock n roll.
Richmond-based Andrew Alli is the future of the blues harp. Inspired and schooled by the great blues harmonica players Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Junior Wells, Alli is the next generation of the blues and the founder of Andrew Alli and Last Night’s Blues Band and Andrew Alli and the Mainline.
Chuck Cotton (drums), Tad Walters (guitar, harmonica), and T.A. James (bass) join together for a night of blues and beers!
$1 of every draft pint sold goes to benefit the Music Maker Relief Foundation and their mission to support American roots musicians.
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen is an unstoppable force in the blues, channeling all the pathos and style of Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, and Etta James with her own sharp sense of humor, dramatic flair, and real-world outlook. To see Pat perform is to experience the power of the blues to talk back to trouble, celebrate life, and keep it moving no matter what, all while throwing the most fabulous party.
Peoples’ Blues of Richmond brings a carnival-like mayhem to their dark, blues-infused psychedelia, sending you on a musical bender of blues and rock n roll.
“Take this band seriously, or miss hearing what vital guitar rock sounds like in 2016.” – Consequence of Sound
John Dee Holeman is a Piedmont blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and a locally-known buckdancer in earlier years. Holeman has been a highly visible performer of Piedmont blues, in the process meeting musical luminaries such as B. B. King and Lightnin’ Hopkins and recording with Mebane natives Joe and Odell Thompson, as well as with Cool John Ferguson and Taj Mahal.
As always, a portion of your tab at the Bullpen goes to help Music Maker Relief Foundation support and sustain traditional American music by directly partnering with the elder artists who make it!
You have to hear Cool John Ferguson to believe it. The legendary Taj Mahal had this praise for Cool John: “He is among the five greatest guitarists in the world — he ranks with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, and Django Reinhardt.”
Self-taught electric guitarist Cool John Ferguson was born in the Sea Islands of South Carolina, and his Gullah heritage and the gospel music of his upbringing inform his approach to the blues. A frequent performer at blues festivals around the world, Cool John was named “most outstanding guitarist” by Living Blues Magazine two years straight.
Greensboro, NC’s Roy Roberts is the link between Memphis Soul and contemporary blues. Roberts is first and foremost a guitarist, having honed his chops backing soul singer Solomon Burke, Dee Clark, Eddie Floyd, and others. Like the great Otis Rush, much of Roberts’ best blues and ballads are driven by his minor-key songsmithing, which adds a smooth underlying darkness to his themes.
Come out and celebrate the blueswoman who’s been getting our mojo working at the Bullpen like no one else can. If you haven’t heard her sing yet… we don’t even know what to tell you. We’re sorry. Here’s your next chance!
Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen puts on the best blues party in Durham. The unofficially crowned Queen of the Bullpen has all the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James, with her own dramatic flair and wicked humor. Miss her at your own risk.
Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Rec & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer, and community in the heart of Carrboro! Cool John Ferguson is a self-taught electric guitarist born in the Sea Islands of South Carolina. A frequent performer at blues festivals around the world, Cool John was named “most outstanding guitarist” by Living Blues Magazine two years straight. Veteran Chicago blues guitarist and singer Pee Wee Hayes was born in Alamo, Tennessee and relocated with his family to Racine, Wisconsin as a child. Seasoned in the roadhouses of Wisconsin and northern Illinois, Pee Wee embodies the vibrancy, connectivity, and migration of southern roots music across the nation.
Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Recreation & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer and community in the heart of Carrboro! Ernie Vincent is a quintessentially New Orleans musician, deftly fusing funk, soul, blues and pop into a wildly appealing style honed on the party scene of Bourbon Street. Hailing from New Orleans, Guitar Lightnin’ Lee has created a supercharged, blown-out style of New Orleans rock and roll and blues, with a raw and strutting edge.
Music Maker Relief Foundation and Carrboro Rec & Parks present the Freight Train Blues Music Series: four Fridays of music, food, beer, and community in the heart of Carrboro! Harvey Dalton Arnold grew up in the eastern North Carolina town of Rose Hill, where the sounds of deep bluegrass, blues, and the black gospel tradition permeated his childhood. In 1976, Arnold joined the pioneering southern rock group The Outlaws, and played bass for them for nearly a decade. A.J. Ghent is a third-generation singer-songwriter and lap and pedal steel guitar player. Originally from Fort Pierce, Florida and currently based out of Atlanta, Georgia, Ghent comes from a legacy of famous lap steel guitar players, including great uncle Willie Eason, father Aubrey Ghent Sr. and grandfather Henry Nelson, the founder of the “Sacred Steel” rhythmic style that now reaches across the country.