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

Next Blues Show: Saturday, May 9, 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

 Janiva Magness
Janiva Magness’ new album Original stretches the artistic boundaries of roots, rock and soul music. Its 11 songs seamlessly weave all three genres into a highly original approach defined by nakedly honest storytelling and the live-wire emotionalism. Janiva, the album, and the opening song “Let Me Breathe” have been nominated for Blues Foundation awards this year. She had much to overcome in making this adventurous album. Since 2010 she’s endured the dissolution of a 17-year marriage, the deaths of eight friends and relatives, and an operation for a serious neck injury. But Original finds the Los Angeles-based artist undefeated — turning in her finest recorded vocal performances and co-writing a majority of tracks. “I always want to push myself,” she explains, “but this album demanded a high level of vulnerability to tell the absolute truth in every song, holding nothing back.”

Magness parted ways with Alligator Records after a six-year period that included 2012’s Stronger For It, 2010’s The Devil Is An Angel Too and 2008’s What Love Will Do. During her tenure with the respected blues and roots label, she won her fourth Blues Music Award for “Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year” plus the “B.B. King Entertainer of the Year” and “Song of the Year” (for “I Won’t Cry”) awards.

Since the release of her debut album More Than Live in 1992, Magness has relentlessly pursued her craft to become one of the most beloved figures in the blues and roots world, reaching a larger audience with each succeeding album and developing a reputation as a live entertainer. And she has lent her singular voice to the cause of foster care activism, becoming a spokesperson for Casey Family Programs’ National Foster Care Month and an Ambassador for Foster Care Alumni of America.   

The fact that Janiva’s voice was jeopardized in December 2012 by surgery that left her unable to speak for several weeks makes her performances on Original all the more impressive. In tunes like the powerful “Twice As Strong” and “Badass,” the epic “When You Were My King” and the intimate “Standing”, she displays the entire scope of her vocal range — from confidential whisper to soaring declamation. “Now, I’m really looking forward to getting out and performing these songs live. When you’re on stage in front of an audience that’s singing along to your own songs, there’s no better feeling — and no place I’d rather be — in the world.”

“Sista Janiva’s robust and soulful voice is showering each cut with determination to make us all fall in love. Her delivery is as always sincere and straight from the heart.  Soul music is alive and kicking.”  Mavis Staples

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 Burning James & the Funky Flames
Burning James & the Funky Flames is the premiere funk 'n' soul powered combo on the West Coast. This six-piece funk band features a live horn section, a dynamite rhythm section and an exciting frontman performer. With an extensive playlist of old school funk, soul and blues as well as great original tunes, the Funky Flames really gets a dance floor jumping. The members of the Funky Flames are all accomplished musicians, veterans of many bands and musical styles. They have to be, to pull off one of the most interesting and unique playlists to be found anywhere.

The diverse backgrounds of the Funky Flames season their funky musical gumbo with jazz, blues and rock influences, but deep down they all just love James Brown! The band includes “Burning” James Scoolis (guitars, vocals, and soul), Ken “Hammond” Burton (organ, piano, synthesizer, and vocals), Rick Pittman (drums and vocals), Billy Baxmeyer (bass and vocals), Bob Bennett (trumpet) and Scott Liddi (saxophone).

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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.