Kevin Selfe & The Portland Blues All Star Big Band, Saturday, February 21, Highway 99 Blues Club, Seattle

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Kevin Selfe & The Portland Blues All Star Big Band, Saturday, February 21, Highway 99 Blues Club, Seattle

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The Big Band is coming back to Seattle! We've got some new tunes we've been working on, and looking forward to playing at out favorite venue in the NW, Highway 99 Blues Club. Last time we were there in November we had a full house and packed dance floor...it was a blast! Be sure to make your reservations now for a good seat! What do you get when you add together a super tight horn section reminiscent of the Stax years, a barrelhouse piano player straight out of New Orleans, a Grammy nominated bass player, one of the world’s greatest drummers, and a Cascade Blues Association Hall of Fame guitar player and singer? You have all the ingredients for an epic night of world class music with Kevin Selfe and The Portland Blues All Star Big Band at Highway 99 Blues Club in Seattle on Saturday, February 21! This supergroup is coming straight off a scorching performance at this year’s San Diego Blues Festival, and has won prestigious Muddy Awards for Performance of the Year at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival two years running. The band features Jimi Bott (Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mannish Boys, Rod Piazza) drums, Allen Markel (Insomniacs) bass, Joe McCarthy (DK Stewart) trumpet, Chris Mercer (John Mayall, Freddie King) tenor sax, Brad Ulrich (Duffy Bishop) baritone sax, and Steve Kerin (Atomic Gumbo, Too Loose Cajun Band) on keys. Kevin Selfe has been electrifying audiences nationwide since breaking into the blues scene in 2005. His growing stature as a captivating story teller and passionate performer are surpassed only by his deft mastery of blues guitar. Having relocated to Portland, OR, the Virginia native is now a leading light in the Pacific Northwest’s robust blues revival. Effortlessly combining the guitar traditions of the legends and the modern masters into his own unique approach, Selfe’s stylistic depth and electric performances resonate with audiences. His live shows have grown in legend largely due to his unique gift for communicating, through guitar, the complex range of moods revealed only by blues. Selfe’s songwriting style bridges the gap between joy and angst, using piercing irony, humorous metaphors, and daring autobiographical subject matter from his own occasional walks with the blues. In February 2013, Kevin Selfe signed with world renown blues label Delta Groove, and released “Long Walk Home” to rave reviews. The recording peaked at #15 on the Billboard Blues Chart, #6 on the Living Blues Radio Chart spending three months in the top 25, and was #2 on SiriusXM Radio Bluesville “Pick To Click” list. “Long Walk Home” features 11 original compositions demonstrating Selfe’s musical depth and diversity with forays into West Coast, Texas, Chicago and Delta blues. "Kevin draws the crowds to the band with fiery fretwork that gets "wanna-be" guitar heroes excited and professionals listening closely." Greg Johnson, President, Cascade Blues Association "Selfe plays with rare thoughtfulness and taste...his clean tone and deep well of approaches keep things fresh." - Blues Revue
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