Friday Night: Bushmaster Blues Featuring Gary Brown

Gary Brown, lyricist, composer, guitar player, and vocalist for Bushmaster, is in an energetic, enthusiastic, and natural performer. Born in Washington, DC, and growing up in the DC suburbs of Palmer Park, MD, along with the record collections of his parents, Brown was surrounded by the sounds of such local artists as Chuck Brown, Bobby Parker, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Link Wray, and others too numerous to mention. As a teen Brown learned guitar by jamming with other local talent and musicians. In 1992 Brown took the leap and formed his own band, Bushmaster. The band’s funky, guitar-centric, blues-rock music enlightens as well as entertains. You can hear the influence of such artists as Funkadelic, and Jimi Hendrix among others in their music. Bushmaster’s new CD, “Revolution Rhapsody aka: Uprising Music”, debuted at #41 on the Roots Music chart, at #21 on the Living Blues Magazine Radio Chart, and has received reviews, interviews, and radio airplay from Croatia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia, and The U.K., as well as across the United States.

Saturday Night: Corey Harris Blues Band

Corey Harris was born in Denver, Colorado to parents from Texas and Kentucky. He is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

He began his career as a New Orleans street singer, travelling throughout the southern U.S. In his early twenties he lived in Cameroon, West Africa for a year, which had a profound effect on his later work. He has recorded many old songs of the blues tradition while also creating an original vision of the blues by adding influences from reggae, soul, rock and West African music. His 1995 recording, Between Midnight and Day, is a tribute to the tradition of acoustic blues. Subsequent recordings, such as Greens From the Garden (1999), Mississippi to Mali (2003), and Daily Bread (2005) show Harris’ maturation from interpreter to songwriter. Some of his imaginative compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism; other works stay true to the traditional blues formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. With one foot in tradition and the other in contemporary experimentation, Harris is a truly unique voice in contemporary music.

He has performed, recorded, and toured with many of the top names in music such as BB King, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Henry Butler, R.L.Burnside, John Jackson, Ali Farka Toure, Dave Mattews Band, Tracy Chapman, Olu Dara, Wilco, Natalie Merchant, and others. His additional recordings include Fish Ain’t Bitin’ (1996), Vu-Du Menz (with Henry Butler, 2000), Downhome Sophisticate (2002), Zion Crossroads (2007).blu black ( 2009 ),DC Blues (2010),Father Sun-Mother Earth(2011),Fulton Blues (2013),True Blues (with Taj Mahal,Shemeka Copeland,Guy Davis,Alvin Hart and Phil Wiggins-(2013).

Saturday Late: Miss Freddye’s Blues Band

Singing the Chicago style blues since 1996, she became known as “Pittsburgh’s Lady of the Blues!” Her influences are Delta and Chicago style blues, from artists of yester-year like Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, Bessie Smith, Sarah Vaughn, Denise Lasalle, and Memphis Minnie.


Sunday Night: Anna Cecilia and The Big Time

On Sunday evening, get your heart melted by Anna Cecilia and The Big Time! Not only are they a just solid band, but they have a long-running connection with the blues dance community. So they know what you need. They played at DCLX this year, and are excited to be back for Red Hot!

Anna Cecilia – vocals
Solomon Douglas – piano
Josh Machiz – bassist
Brennen Ernst – guitar
Noah Hocker – trumpet
Paul Butler – clarinet & sax
Steve Tolnay – drums

About Anna Cecilia: A bold adventurer, this trans-Atlantic lover of words in song has traveled the US with her impeccable vocals and rich musicality. Anna Cecilia was born and raised in Vansbro, Sweden to an American mother and Swedish father. With two musician parents, she developed a love for both Swedish and American roots music and jazz. The musical richness of the US beckoned, and she set roots in the thriving music community of Philadelphia PA. Anna Cecilia seamlessly weaves through the lesser-known material of the American Songbook, 50’s and 60’s ballads and bossas, and her own originals. She places an emphasis on her adaptations of traditional songs from her home country of Sweden. Anna Cecilia’s versatility and technical prowess speak of a maturity beyond her years. She’s a true entertainer with an energetic stage presence.

About Solomon Douglas: Solomon’s bands have played at countless exchanges, camps, workshops, and other events in North America, Asia, and Australia since 2000. His influences as a pianist include Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, Count Basie, and Thelonious Monk. His experience as a swing dancer and dance instructor gives him an understanding unique among musicians of the music that swing dancers and blues dancers like to dance to!