Presenting Dance Concerts
at the San Luis Obispo Vets Hall
801 Grand Avenue

Next Blues Show: Saturday, April 4, 2015
Doors open 7:15 pm - Show starts 8:00 pm

Free Dance Lessons from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Provided by SLO Dance

 Kara Grainger
Kara Grainger travels the world inspiring audiences with her fresh interpretation of rhythm & blues - combining strong vocals, fiery slide guitar, and a heartfelt style of song writing. Her music career began in a small shipping town in Australia (Balmain) that was renowned for its artistic Bohemian community, rich nightlife and live music scene. At the age of 16 Kara joined with her brother Mitch to form the band "Papa Lips", which made two albums and toured all over Australia in the late 90’s.

In 2007 Kara signed with Australian label Craving Records to record her debut solo album Grand and Green River, which received critical acclaim on Americana charts. Since moving to Los Angeles, Kara has collaborated with the area’s musicians and produced two CDs. LA Blues was released in 2011 as homage to some of Kara's biggest inspirations and in 2013 Kara released Shiver and Sigh on Eclecto Groove. If her last CD sounds like it could be performed by an early Bonnie Raitt that is partially because members of Bonnie’s band performed on it.

Kara is truly an international performer. Not only has she and her band played the European festival circuit, they have performed for the Himalayan Blues Foundation in northern India and the Jakarta International Blues Festival. In the states, she has played at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival and opened for Buddy Guy, Tal Mahal, and Jonny Lang.   

Kara’s live band consists of fellow Los Angeles residents Matty Algers (drums), Spencer Wright (Bass) and John Thomas (Hammond, keys). With a rhythm session comparable to the sounds of Booker T and the MG’s combined with Kara’s incendiary guitar and stunning vocals, this truly is a show not to be missed.

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 Guy Budd and the Gypsy Souls with Inga Swearingen
A regular on our stage for over twenty years, Guy Budd (guitar, vocals) plays a blend of blues, rock, funk, and jazz. Adding a wealth of talent and experience, the Gypsy Souls are Howard Emmons on drums, Ken Burton on keyboards, and Andy Kulikowski on bass. Occasional Gypsy, and a favorite Central Coast voice, Inga Swearingen joins the band for this performance and brings her own unique sense of cool heat. The band has recently released a new CD Another World. According to New Times, “This is music to lose yourself in. Lots of people play the guitar. Guy Budd goes way beyond.”

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Admission costs $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Tickets will be sold at the door, and may also be purchased at Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo. SLO Blues Society Membership is also available at the door for $10 per year.

Group Tickets
The SLO Blues Society offers a $5 discount on general admission group tickets. Tickets must be purchased in advance; the minimum group size is 8 people; and everyone must be 21 or over. For more information, contact Dan at 805-541-1837.

Your Blues Society is run entirely by volunteers. Besides a sense of accomplishment, volunteers get into the shows for free and receive two free drink tickets.  We could use your help, so call 541-7930 (our voice mail number) and volunteer to work a shift at the show. Click here for more information.