Award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica player Curtis Salgado sings and plays with soulful authority. He effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt. Salgado grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and was playing his first professional gigs in the late 1960s when he was 18. His early blues and soul musical influences included Otis Redding, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Howlin’ Wolf, and Otis Spann. He formed his own band, The Nighthawks, which inspired John Belushi to create the Blues Brothers. (The Blues Brother album, Briefcase Full of Blues, is dedicated to Curtis Salgado, and the Blues Brothers’ set list was strikingly similar to the shows Salgado was performing.) In the 1970s, Salgado joined forces with his friend Robert Cray and toured with the Robert Cray Band. He has also toured and performed with Roomful of Blues and Santana. In the 1990s, he formed the band Curtis Salgado & the Stilettos, and released the first of his eight solo albums.
Serious health issues sidetracked Salgado’s career in 2006, but after a full and complete recovery, he was performing again by 2008. This experience found musical expression in the album Clean Getaway (Shanachie, 2008), which received four Blues Music Award nominations. Curtis was the winner of the 2010 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist of The Year. His most recent release is Soul Shot (Alligator Records, 2011). Blues Revue says, “Salgado is one of the most down-to-earth, soulful, honest singers ever, and his harmonica work is smoking and thoroughly invigorating…rollicking, funky and electrifying.”
In their fifth year performing together, the Dr. Danger Band continues a soulful blues-based rock tradition going back to Chicago Blues roots and forward to the soul revival of Amy Winehouse. A danceable mix of blues and ballads, honky-tonk, doo-wop, psychedelic, and four-on-the-floor rockers, Dr. Danger shows feature blues classics as well as original grooves. The band was honored in October 2011 for best R&B/Blues recording at the annual New Times Music Awards. Dr. Danger features Brad Kyle, guitar and vocals; Linda Lucille, vocals; Jerome White, bass and vocals; Jim Clark, drums; Brent Dannells, keys and vocals; and Bill Clark, percussion.