Spring is coming and it is time for some fun. Come and join with the SLO Blues Society to enjoy live blues music from some of our best local blues bands. Listen, dance, & party – repeat.

The show is on Saturday March 24 from 7 pm – 10:30 pm at the Guild Hall (formerly the Grange at 2880 Broad Street, SLO). The bands include Code Blues, Burning James and the Funky Flames, and Orphan Jon and the Abandoned. Tickets are $10 for Blues Society members and $15 for the general public. Tickets are sold at the door, and may also be purchased at Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo, and Paradise Records and Trading Post in Santa Maria. Doors open at 6:45 pm. 21 and over please.

The Blues Society runs on volunteers to produce and staff our concerts. At the shows, volunteers set up, sell tickets and drinks, or clean up after the show. Volunteers get free admission to the show and two drink tickets. If you have extra time and energy to contribute, please call our volunteer line (805) 541-7930 and we will contact you.


Code Blues was founded by Rick Munoz to provide a home for his soulful harmonica playing and emphatic vocal style, forged in a blues furnace and road tested on stages over the last 20 years. Joining him on the front line is Craig Louis Dingman, aka “Big Daddy”, on guitar and vocals. Big Daddy brings a jazzy touch to the proceedings with guitar and vocal incitement, and maybe a laugh or two. Bud McCabe pumps out the bottom end on bass and adds a few vocals as well. Code Blues alumnus Rick Pittman, known for his work with Burnin’ James and the Funky Flames and for Rick Pittman’s R&B Jam at the Pour House, will be joining the band on drums for this special occasion.


Burning James and the Funky Flames are a premier funky dance party band! In the six years they have been together, they have played hundreds of shows to swaying, pumped up, sweating crowds. This six-piece 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 get 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 Brad Hackleman (saxophone and vocals).


Orphan Jon and The Abandoned are an American roots & blues band from Southern California. Blues is their lifeblood, showing in the mixture of originals and covers they bring to every show. They are a unique band that captures the traditional fan of the blues, as well as a younger audience. OJATA puts on a show that is both energetic and captivating. Front man Jon English can be moving, emotional, heartfelt and intense, and then soothing, soulful, lustful and desiring in his body language, lyrics and vocals. Guitarist Bruce Krupnik creates a flowing, rhythmic sound that invites your soul on a cosmic expedition to places you might never have been. The rhythm section includes Tony Jack Grigsby with his steady driving bass and Mike Malone with his energetic drumming. Orphan Jon and The Abandoned are a band that captures the essence of what Americana Music is all about; hard work, rough life, grinding days, moving souls, touching hearts and heartfelt love, day to day, and all the time.


We have decided to bring you this all local bands music and dance party at the Guild Hall in lieu of our usual Spring shows at the Veterans Hall. We are re-evaluating our options in how we market and advertise our shows given the rapid proliferation of competing events in SLO. The Blues Society will be back at the Veterans Hall in the fall for our 2018/19 season.

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