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THE DANNY BURNS BAND (Irish Rock, Americana)

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

Don't miss an OBTG Special Feature with THE DANNY BURNS BAND (Irish Rock, Americana) ON FRIDAY, APRIL, 17TH from 8:30pm to Close! This is a FREE show! There will also be promotion by FIN CITY BREWING COMPANY during the show!

Hailing from the wild hills of Donegal in northwest Ireland, Danny Burns comes to America with heartfelt songs, unforgettable melodies, and a voice that commands you to stop and listen. Based in Washington, DC, together with a crack crew of pickers, players, singers and kind souls, the Danny Burns Band wants to take you on a journey from Ireland’s stormy coast to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the glowing streets of Nashville and back again. They call it “Irish heart, American Soul.”

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ROCK THE WALK FUNDRAISER W/SPLIT 2ND & MORE!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

Let’s Celebrate the Survivors and the Progress Made!

Please join us, Debbie Spencer and Lori Miller of “Twisted Sisters” and our Friends at the Old Bowie Town Grille for an afternoon of Rock and Roll with Split 2nd, Hate The Toy, The Bodine Brother, Fubar and Bobby Joe Owens from Retro Deluxe to raise money for the Avon 39 Walk To End Breast Cancer. AVON 39 helps fund research, awareness, and education while providing assistance for families’ currently battling breast cancer, along with supplies, much-needed screenings and treatment to detect breast cancer early.

The Old Bowie Town Grille has graciously offered to donate 10% of all food sales to support our cause, so come hungry and enjoy some great food and music from some of Maryland’s talented musicians. There will be drawings throughout the event including items from some of the area’s merchants and a 50/50 Raffle.

Doors open at 4:00 pm, $10.00/per person with all proceeds going to the Walk.

For additional information please contact Lori Miller or Debbie Spencer.

$10.00

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PATSY'S HONKY TONK TORCH & TWANG!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

Please join us for the return of “Patsy’s Honky Tonk Torch & Twang" on SUNDAY, APRIL 19THTH from 5-8PM (No Cover):

Patsy Stephens – vocals Chick Hall, Jr. – electric guitar and vocals Chris Hall – electric bass and vocals Tommy Auldridge – pedal steel Mike Toole - drums

This unique show will feature classic country and honky tonk music, western swing, rockabilly, jazz standards, and plenty of Patsy Cline! This all-star band includes the fabulous Hall Brothers of “Chick Hall’s Surf Club” fame. WAMA award winner Chick Hall Jr. and Chris Hall, come from a musical background…their father, Chick Hall Sr., owned and operated Chick Hall’s Surf Club in Hyattsville, Maryland. Chick and brother, Chris, grew up playing music in a real honky tonk, and also took over running the club after their father retired. You can’t get more real than that. (The club is now closed.) Chick Hall, Jr. has won numerous Wammie awards for his stellar guitar playing. Our pedal steel player is Tommy Auldridge, brother of the late Mike Auldridge (Seldom Scene) and Mike Toole on drums,

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CHARM CITY TRIVIA NIGHT (FREE TO PLAY)

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

Charm City Trivia is a free-to-play, live trivia game show! Come play by yourself or bring your friends because you can have up to 8 people on a team. Compete to win prizes & house cash that night or come back each week to join our seasonal tournament where you could win $1500 and additional prizes for 1st place alone! Join us every Tuesday at 7pm at Old Bowie Town Grille for the best trivia game around!

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, MD, USA

 

Please join us EVERY WEDNESDAY from 8:00pm to Close for the NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM with house band lineup featuring MIKE MAUTINO (Drums), CARL CIMINO (Keyboard/Vocals), CHARLES SOLOMON (Bass, Harp, Vocals) and JOE POPPEN (Guitar)!

  Our goal is to continue the tradition and keep THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM at the highest level possible for the benefit of our musician friends and music lovers who've enjoyed our jams over the past three years. The Wednesday Night Classic Jam is open to serious Musicians of all ages and skill levels and is primarily an Electric Jam. This is a group jam session and therefore solo performances and original material are not possible in most cases. Jammers will now choose their genre preferences when they sign up and every effort will be made to group them accordingly.   THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM provides an enjoyable night of great food and drink, friends, and exciting and unpredictable Live Classic Sounds from 8:00pm to Close (Sign-ups Start At 7:30pm). Come out early for the best seats and enjoy our fine food and drink. Bring a friend and come join in the fun on Wednesday Nights! You won't be disappointed!

FREE Age limit: All ages

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OBTG'S THURSDAY OPEN MIC NIGHT W/HOST MATTY ROCKVILLE!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

IT'S BACK ONCE AGAIN! Please join us for OBTG's OPEN MIC NIGHT this THURSDAY from 7:30pm to Close (Sign-ups start at 7pm)! Our Open Mic Night is Hosted by Matthew W. Rockville and focuses on young and/or inexperienced musicians who will benefit from playing in front of a live audience and seasoned musicians who would like to stay fresh or tryout new material in front of a live audience. Bands are also welcome! No Hip Hop, Rap or Heavy Metal Rock! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD!

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MOONSHINE SOCIETY (Blues, Rock, R&B)

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

DON'T MISS THE RETURN OF OBTG FAVORITE MOONSHINE SOCIETY (Blues, Rock, R&B) featuring Jenny Langer Poppen (aka Black Betty), Joe Poppen (guitar), Chris Brown (bass), Barry Hart (drums) and Special Guest Ron Holloway (sax) on FRIDAY, APRIL 24TH from 8:30pm to Close ($8 Cover)!

$8.00

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THE OBTG DEBUT OF CATHY PONTON KING!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

DON'T MISS THE OBTG OF CATHY PONTON KING ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25TH AT 8PM ($10 COVER). For reservations call 301-464-8800.

Cathy Ponton King plays Telecaster guitar, BLUES, ORIGINAL MUSIC, jazzy blues, 'Nawlin's music and SWING, Rock 'n Roll/rhythm and blues and sweet ballads. She was born in Washington DC and attended the University of Md. and earned her degree in Journalism, and subsequently worked at ABC news after college, before making the decision to put journalism on the back burner as the call to sing, write and perform music was overwhelming.

Over the years she has played at many events, clubs, outdoor concerts, great blues festivals, (such as Springing the Blues in Jacksonville Florida for 20,000 attendees, and the BlueBird Festival in Largo Maryland with such greats as Little Milton and the Holmes Brothers) -and the band plays all kinds of venues: festivals and clubs, receptions, corporate events, parties, city festivals, and many outdoor summer shows at theatres.

While a student at University of Maryland Cathy met Muddy Waters several times at his concerts backstage and Cathy learned to love his style of playing guitar and passionate vocals. Her friends the Nighthawks brought her backstage for many shows and she always enjoyed his warmth and friendliness and the way he performed so commandingly on stage with deep deep blues.

Later she got the chance to open for Albert King's band at the Wax Museum in Washington, once a large concert venue, and he called her on stage to sing with his band. She also opened for blues greats Koko Taylor, Albert Collins, Earl King, Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Son Seals, Paul Butterfield, Roomful of Blues(with Ronnie Earl on guitar),Marcia Ball, Sonny Landreth, the late Clarence Gatemouth Brown, and Buddy Guy. At the time Cathy was launching her own music career, many of these giants of blues were older and most of them have passed on now. Her education and learning in the style and family feeling and affection with these musicians, has left her with indelible memories and love for the musicians and their music and the sacrifices they made for the music, and she got to meet and socialize and learn and get to know this passing generation at a time when their careers were ending, and hers was just beginning. Fortuitous timing.

Cathy performed a set at the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival , which was headlined by Mavis Staples and the Steve Cropper band. Her band has played the Kennedy Center "Open House" festival, the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage Series , she's played the Wolf Trap jazz and blues festival with Keb' Mo', and Richard Thompson Band; she's done concerts at Carter Barron Amphitheater, played the Cape Charles Blues Festival with Bobby Blue Bland and Bo Diddley, performed at ARTSCAPE Baltimore in fall 2001 -billed along with Ray Charles and Etta James; played the Merriweather Post Pavilion Wine Festival, the Tinner Hill Festival in Falls Church , Va., and many concerts with the late great guitarist Bobby Parker, whose last concert was with Cathy at Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club before his untimely death in October of 2013.

Cathy has three CDs of original blues, swing, rockabilly and beautiful ballads. World renowned Blues guitarist Jimmy Thackery played guitar on her first, "LOVIN' YOU RIGHT", and he returned again on her latest, "THE CRUX" which also features the great Ronnie Earl on lead guitar, as well as the late great legendary bassist Butch Warren (who played bass with Miles Davis,Herbie Hancock, and Thelonious Monk) as a guest bassist on two of Cathy's original compositions. Her CDs are played from coast to coast on various radio stations such as WWOZ in New Orleans, WRFG in Atlanta, WMNF Tampa, and of course her hometown blues and jazz station WPFW in Washington DC. Many blues DJs around the world feature Cathy's music such as "Drivin' Home with the Blues" in Cairns, (northeast coast) of Australia with Irene Barrett, ROOTS General De Wittestraat 1, a blues program in Belgium-and 'Blues and Friends' www.baarnfm.nl, With BERTWIN, in the Netherlands, and Italy's Simon Bargelli - www.radiorcc.com

On each of her CDs, Cathy has written the songs along with her songwriter producer husband Jeff King. A new EP was released in 2013, which is also all original songs with Cathy harmonizing with four Washington DC blues women singers, on "THAT'S WHEN A WOMAN CALLS THE BLUES BY NAME", and a DUET with the great legendary singer Joe Triplett , on "FAMOUS LAST WORDS".

Cathy and her husband Jeff live in Vienna Virginia and continue to write and record and her band is in demand for all kinds of music festivals and events for the soulful and high energy show. Cathy's set features a mix of her love of traditional blues, mixed with her swing, and ballads and rock and roll upbeat songs which brings the dancers to their feet.

Review from Spanish Bluesman, musician and DJ Vincente Zumel, of "THE CRUX": 2013 Review

MUY BUENO. Third album in the career of this wonderful singer and guitarist called Cathy Ponton King, this time, with the valuable collaboration of guitar players Ronnie Earl and Jimmy Thackery, to round up a delicious work based on blues and ballads. You will also find the good work of jazz and fusion bass player Butch Warren, an effective hard musician, who gives strength and a fine texture to the songs "Sweet Change To My Heart" and "Little House In The Country". All the selected material has been written by Cathy herself, who has been involved for more than twenty years in the music business. As she has not done so much work in studio till now, this new album is even more welcomed. "The Crux" also includes some great musicians, like saxo player Ron Holloway, a genuine versattile musician, whose fruitful career places him as one of the best actual saxo players. Less well known Bill Starks on piano and Antoine Sanfuentes on drums, show a good virtouso technique at their instruments too. In short words, this is a good album that will drive you along the long and winding roads of blues, with very pleasant feelings. VERY GOOD.---"La Hora del Blues" Radio Show from Barcelona (Spain)

REVIEW OF "THE CRUX" - TONY DEL REY, Boston Blues Society :The quick-tempo, boogie-woogie hum of "I'm Just A Woman" has a wired feel, while the laid-back groove of "Bridges That You Burned" finds its charged brilliance in Ron Holloway's saxophone clarion call. Even a relaxed chug-along like King's elementary "Blues Companion," can't help but build to a propulsive swing as it heads to the fade.

Serving as the album's fulcrum, however, are its ballads. The trio of gems that King bequeaths to her listeners is unabashedly ripe with feeling. "Cerulean Blues," "Tattoo On My Heart," and "Sweet Change To My Heart," all bear the scars of King's anguish, the suffering blood that flows within those who have found love, only to lose it.

Nowhere does emotion run deeper than on "Tattoo," where King's gorgeous leap to falsetto at the song's refrain, "It's four o'clock in the morning," carries with it all the despair that one heart can stand. Who hasn't been there?

Clearly, The Crux deserves to be applauded as much for its emotional resonance as its stellar musicianship. The effort King has put forth stands on its own merit as a living, breathing entity. The only "crux" involved in the matter is the concept of a blues album built on pure expression of feeling rather than a fusillade of fast wrist-work. And that's something to cluck over. -2012 Review of CD "THE CRUX"

BLUES MUSIC magazine: Sept. 2013 1st edition, www.bluesmusicmagazine.com

CATHY PONTON KING -The CRUX Long Gone Records

Cathy Ponton King, a female vocalist and guitarist and 20 -year veteran of the blues and bar scene in and around Washington DC, and Baltimore, has teamed with long time musician friends to create a fresh slate of compositions that affectionately embrace the blues and balladry.

"SUGARFACE", the earthy punch initial track on THE CRUX, hgas a nice melody, solid instrumental parts, guitar, horns, rhythm section. Contrast that with the graceful "Cerulean Blues", which possesses a literary quality and imagery not often achieved by those who strive for it.

THE CRUX's ambitious tableau deserves a complimentary frame, that's what King has wisely constructed for us here. Ronnie Earl plays guitar for her on several tracks, and Jimmy Thackery(a friend since grade school), mans the frets for most of the others. Dan Hovey and Dave Chappell -- celebrated in this region, if not beyond, offer their guitar artistry to the effort as well. Saxman extraordinare Ron Holloway, who's worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Root Boy Slim, elevates the discourse just that much more.

A nice little Cajun-style two step, called "I Want You to Be Happy", finds Tom Corradino stitching the song together with his piano accordian. Supplying the Bottom are two of the finest bassists available in this or any region, John Previti ( who worked with the departed "Master of the Telecaster", Danny Gatton, and the late songstress Eva Cassidy). Then there's the renowned bassist Butch Warren. He's recorded with jazz piano colossi Tommy Flanagan, Herbie Hancock, and Joe Henderson; trumpeters Donald Byred and the mystic Miles Davis, and the reedman Dexter Gordon Jackie McLean, Stanley Turrentine and Joe Henderson. Name Dropping? Well yes. But these names are of a heft that, when dropped, like E.F. Hutton, the musical conversation stops.

I do have one slight grouse, not of King's doing. Too often she's been portrayed as another Bonnie Raitt (presumably because she sings and also plays a guitar. DUH). That's not an apt comparison. Her voice lacks Raitt's range and sonority (which can be said of many a vocalist). King knows her comfort zone, however, and she stays within it; her sensibilities and presentation achieve a bluesy style worthy of a larger footprint than she already enjoys. She (along with husband Jeff King), writes sophisticated blues music, she delivers it honestly , proudly, and gracefully. -- written by M. E. Travaglini

$10.00 Age limit: All ages

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DOGFATHER'S SUNDAY JAM!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

Yes it is that time again, so come on out for fine food and drink and good time! This is an open jam. Band style sets. PA, amps and drums are provided. Sign up and join in. Bring your axe, sticks, keys, harps, horns and other instruments of noise you may have. Oh, please NO Kazoos!

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CHARM CITY TRIVIA NIGHT (FREE TO PLAY)

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

Charm City Trivia is a free-to-play, live trivia game show! Come play by yourself or bring your friends because you can have up to 8 people on a team. Compete to win prizes & house cash that night or come back each week to join our seasonal tournament where you could win $1500 and additional prizes for 1st place alone! Join us every Tuesday at 7pm at Old Bowie Town Grille for the best trivia game around!

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, MD, USA

 

Please join us EVERY WEDNESDAY from 8:00pm to Close for the NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM with house band lineup featuring MIKE MAUTINO (Drums), CARL CIMINO (Keyboard/Vocals), CHARLES SOLOMON (Bass, Harp, Vocals) and JOE POPPEN (Guitar)!

  Our goal is to continue the tradition and keep THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM at the highest level possible for the benefit of our musician friends and music lovers who've enjoyed our jams over the past three years. The Wednesday Night Classic Jam is open to serious Musicians of all ages and skill levels and is primarily an Electric Jam. This is a group jam session and therefore solo performances and original material are not possible in most cases. Jammers will now choose their genre preferences when they sign up and every effort will be made to group them accordingly.   THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM provides an enjoyable night of great food and drink, friends, and exciting and unpredictable Live Classic Sounds from 8:00pm to Close (Sign-ups Start At 7:30pm). Come out early for the best seats and enjoy our fine food and drink. Bring a friend and come join in the fun on Wednesday Nights! You won't be disappointed!

FREE Age limit: All ages

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CHARM CITY TRIVIA NIGHT (FREE TO PLAY)

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

Charm City Trivia is a free-to-play, live trivia game show! Come play by yourself or bring your friends because you can have up to 8 people on a team. Compete to win prizes & house cash that night or come back each week to join our seasonal tournament where you could win $1500 and additional prizes for 1st place alone! Join us every Tuesday at 7pm at Old Bowie Town Grille for the best trivia game around!

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, MD, USA

 

Please join us EVERY WEDNESDAY from 8:00pm to Close for the NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM with house band lineup featuring MIKE MAUTINO (Drums), CARL CIMINO (Keyboard/Vocals), CHARLES SOLOMON (Bass, Harp, Vocals) and JOE POPPEN (Guitar)!

  Our goal is to continue the tradition and keep THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM at the highest level possible for the benefit of our musician friends and music lovers who've enjoyed our jams over the past three years. The Wednesday Night Classic Jam is open to serious Musicians of all ages and skill levels and is primarily an Electric Jam. This is a group jam session and therefore solo performances and original material are not possible in most cases. Jammers will now choose their genre preferences when they sign up and every effort will be made to group them accordingly.   THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM provides an enjoyable night of great food and drink, friends, and exciting and unpredictable Live Classic Sounds from 8:00pm to Close (Sign-ups Start At 7:30pm). Come out early for the best seats and enjoy our fine food and drink. Bring a friend and come join in the fun on Wednesday Nights! You won't be disappointed!

FREE Age limit: All ages

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CHARM CITY TRIVIA NIGHT (FREE TO PLAY)

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

Charm City Trivia is a free-to-play, live trivia game show! Come play by yourself or bring your friends because you can have up to 8 people on a team. Compete to win prizes & house cash that night or come back each week to join our seasonal tournament where you could win $1500 and additional prizes for 1st place alone! Join us every Tuesday at 7pm at Old Bowie Town Grille for the best trivia game around!

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WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, MD, USA

 

Please join us EVERY WEDNESDAY from 8:00pm to Close for the NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM with house band lineup featuring MIKE MAUTINO (Drums), CARL CIMINO (Keyboard/Vocals), CHARLES SOLOMON (Bass, Harp, Vocals) and JOE POPPEN (Guitar)!

  Our goal is to continue the tradition and keep THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM at the highest level possible for the benefit of our musician friends and music lovers who've enjoyed our jams over the past three years. The Wednesday Night Classic Jam is open to serious Musicians of all ages and skill levels and is primarily an Electric Jam. This is a group jam session and therefore solo performances and original material are not possible in most cases. Jammers will now choose their genre preferences when they sign up and every effort will be made to group them accordingly.   THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CLASSIC JAM provides an enjoyable night of great food and drink, friends, and exciting and unpredictable Live Classic Sounds from 8:00pm to Close (Sign-ups Start At 7:30pm). Come out early for the best seats and enjoy our fine food and drink. Bring a friend and come join in the fun on Wednesday Nights! You won't be disappointed!

FREE Age limit: All ages

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THE UPTON BLUES BAND!

Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Avenue, Bowie, Maryland, US

 

Don't miss the return of THE UPTON BLUES BAND on FRIDAY, MAY 15TH at 8:30PM ($10 Cover)!

Alvin Nichols- vocals, trumpet Twila Smith- Vocals Gregory Wells- guitar Ross Hechinger- guitar BJ Simmons- Sax Adrian Norton Bass William "Speedy" Truss- drums Hometown Washington, DC Short Description Upton Blues Band plays a perfect mix of traditional and modern blues favorites Long Description Members of Upton Blues include seasoned pros who have played with, Marcus Johnson, national recording artists Earl Carter, Memphis Gold, Experience Unlimited, and African bluesman Jimi Hope. Venues include Blues Alley, Bethesda Blues and Jazz, Strathmore Hall, Twin Jazz, The Hamilton, the West Maryland Blues Festival, BlueBird Blues Festival, Hot August Blues & Roots Festival, and the Verizon Center. The band is well-equipped to handle all types of events.

Upton Blues Band is comprised of true professionals who will exceed your expectations and make your event even more successful. Bio Alvin Nichols- Vocals, Trumpet and Flute

Alvin’s musical roots took hold in Tennessee, where he began singing publicly at the age of four. He formed his first professional band (The Cameos) at 13, performing at universities, high schools and entertainment venues throughout the Southeast. A classically trained Choral Vocalist, Alvin’s Blues Roots sprang from late night listening to the likes of blues artists Jimmy Reed, Lowell Fulson, Lightning Hopkins, Albert King, Muddy Waters, and BB King. Alvin studied voice under renowned contralto Jamesena Edwards, who herself was recognized in performances with Blues/Jazz Icon Ethel Waters.

Alvin’s performance passions range across vocals, trumpet and flute, but his first love is “singing the blues”. With long-time friend Ross Hechinger, Alvin formed an R&B group in the mid-90s, which played embassies, private parties and sponsored events for over a dozen years. The “Upton Blues Band” taps deeply into all of Alvin’s musical roots.

Twila "Big T" Smith

Twila "Big T" Smith, born and raised in southern California. She grew up performing in various groups, choirs, and choruses including a touring English handbell choir out of Los Angeles, The University Bell Ringers. She studied music theory under the late Genevieve Lewis and Mistress Johanna Hodges both of Long Beach, CA. Her parents facilitated a love of music and an understanding of cadence. Twila learned to appreciate music while performing with the Lynwood Academy Lynaires (Lynwood, CA) under the direction of the late Richard Jackson and with the Oakwood College Aeolians (Huntsville, AL) under the direction of Dr. Ricky Little. That is where she earned her first degree.

She then attended Howard University to study Occupational Therapy. She moved to California to practice OT. She volunteered teaching music theory, directed the children's choir at her church, co-directed the University Bell Ringers, performed as a soloist and with her father's band, Jimmie Smith & Co. Since then she has returned and made DC her home. Upon her return, she has performed as a choral member for the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church of DC. She has kept herself busy singing background vocals, composing vocal arrangements, consulting in studio sessions, and vocal coaching.

Ross Hechinger- Guitar

Ross Hechinger, a native Washingtonian, started playing drums and guitar when he was 12. He studied classical guitar at Syracuse University and has performed professionally since his college days when his band, Sweetlyn Sound, was one of the opening acts for Bruce Springsteen’s Dr. Zoom and the Sonic Boom (pre E-Street Band days). He studied jazz and electric guitar for 10 years under Eric Ulreich, a prolific instrumental composer and Washington Area Music Association Best Instrumentalist nominee. After taking a couple of decades off for a career in retail, Ross and Alvin Nichols, formed an R&B band, the "Grateful Dads". With the creation of the Upton Blues Band, he continues to pursue his passion for the Blues!

BJ Simmons- Saxophone

BJ Simmons is a native Washingtonian who began studying music at the age of nine. His studies on the saxophone and clarinet provided him the opportunity to become a member of the DC Youth Orchestra Program.

BJ has performed at the DC Jazz Festival, J Dilla DC Benefit Concert, The Youth Inaugural Ball for President Obama 2008, East Coast Jazz Festival, and the AFRAM Festival. BJ Simmons has made appearances with famed actor, Danny Glover, Ray Goodman & Brown, WALE of Maybach Music Group, Victor Wooten, Fife of Tribe Called Quest, Millie Jackson, Deborah Bond, Bilal Salaam, Yahzirah, and the Washington Jazz Arts Institute Big Band under the direction of Davey Yarborough, Wildflower, and the Hubie Blake Big Band (Baltimore, MD). He has recorded with Andre Alexander and Andre’s World (2009), recorded on Jazz in the Diamond District motion picture movie soundtrack (2008), and Yamama’nym (2002), (neo-soul band) Charles Butler & Trinity (2010), and Subtle Thoughts (2010). BJ is the newest member of the Upton Blues Band.

Greg Wells -Guitar

Greg Wells' passion for guitar playing was inspired by many guitar greats, including Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Albert King, Buddy Guy, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After a previous career playing a variety of different styles of music, Greg became a lawyer and was recently recognized in the Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s Top Lawyers of 2011. Greg was encouraged by his band mate and good friend Alvin Nichols to pick up his guitar again with Upton Blues Band to fulfill his passion for playing the blues.

Adrian "Egg" Norton - Bass

My musical journey began by playing the trumpet in Elementary and Jr. High School. In the seventh grade I made the transition over to the Tuba. The fact was that everyone else played the trumpet too and there was a great need for someone to play the Tuba. That is where I started and fell in love with the foundation of the bass and how very important it was to the overall sound. In addition to the Upton Blues Band, I am also a managing partner and the bass guitarist for Phaze II, a six piece contemporary jazz band. Phaze II has been performing together in and around the Washington, DC area for about 15 years. Phaze II was also chosen the winners of the 2005 Capital Jazz Challenge Competition. In 2008, I had the honor of playing for Pope Benedict in front of about 60,000 people at Nationals Stadium in Washington, DC. In 2010, I had the opportunity of a life time to travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for three months and perform with Hajji & the Jump Street Band.I have also had the privilege of working with such artist as; Ayre Rayde, Phaze II, The Softones, Rob Maletick, Yvonne Johnson, Youthful Spirits, The Men for Christ, Keith Killgo, Corinthia Cromwell, NexXzit, Vince Chapman, Frank McComb, Ricky Wellman, Lori Jenaire, Miriam Wright, Sha' Summerlin, The JD Experience, James “Kelly Fox” Davis, Earl Johnson Jr., Marcus Anderson, BK Jackson, Althea Rene, Gail Jhonson, Yancy, Oli Silk, Lynn Fiddmont, Kevin Whalum, Cindy Bradley, Jackiem Joyner, Lin Roundtree, Bob Baldwin, Paul Taylor, Tony Exum Jr. and the late Sam Smith along with countless other artists.

William "Speedy" Truss - Drums William Truss Jr. has been given the gift of drum playing at the age of two. Since then, he has excelled in playing many different styles such as Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Blues, and Amharic. He has played in numerous US professional venues such as Constitution Hall, Howard Theatre, The Fillmore, Blues Alley. Outside of the US he has performed on The Smooth Jazz Cruise, in Bermuda, Ethiopia, Mexico, and the Grand Caymans. He also performed with numerous mainstream artists such as CeCe Peniston, Everret Harp, Kirk Franklin, Twinkie Clark, Karen Clark-Sheard, Kenny Lattimore, Frank McComb, Kim Burrell and many others. William Truss Jr. is currently the drummer for The Upton Blues Band, and helps them create a unique and distinctive sound, which differentiates them from other blues bands.

$10.00

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