BIG BLUES DOUBLE HEADER- FROM PORTLAND BILLY D & THE HOODOOS - SEATTLE CD RELEASE PARTY FOR "OVERNIGHT SUCCESS" WITH SPECIAL GUESTS 2016 CASCADE BLUES ASSOCIATION MUDDY AWARD WINNERS THE THUNDER BROTHERS

Saturday, May 13, 2017 8:00PM

1414 Alaskan Way, Seattle, 98101, WA, United States
Tickets: $16.00

From Portland:

Billy D & The Hoodoos Billy D’s life experience has given him the strength to write his brand of “Bluzy Rock” with a passion that only comes from living it. Heavily influenced by Chicago blues, Rock & Roll, and “Backbeat Roots” music of all types, his songs reflect the tough lessons of his past and show his love for Mother Blues and her first-born, Rock & Roll.

Born on the south side of Chicago, Billy Desmond grew up surrounded by the Blues and early Rock & Roll— a powerful combination. He started playing professionally at the age of fourteen, primarily for teen dances and parties; and by eighteen, he was sneaking into the blues clubs of Chicago to hear such greats as Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, and James Cotton. Within a few years, Billy would be working with blues legends Junior Wells, Big Time Sarah, and Detroit Junior.

By the late ‘70s, he had formed his first band, Skid City Blues Band, taking on the roles of singer, guitarist, and songwriter. After years of touring the Midwest, Billy moved to Los Angeles in 1984, studying with Blues great Tony Matthews, guitarist for Little Richard and Ray Charles. He spent half of the next year playing behind, Don “Sugar Cane” Harris, perhaps the world’s greatest blues violinist.

In the mid-’90s, Billy moved to Santa Fe, and began focusing on writing and playing his original songs. Within the year, Billy D and the Hoodoos were formed.

In 2003, KTAO voted his song “She’s the One”, the number one song by a regional artist. KTAO hosts the Annual Solar Fest in New Mexico and that same year Billy and the band opened the Fest for Los Lonely Boys and Robert Cray. After several more successful years in New Mexico, Billy left the southwest for Oregon in early 2010. His newest CD, SOMETHIN’S WRONG has received outstanding reviews and accolades and has been embraced by the Portland music community as well as the rest of the U.S., Canada and Europe.

The Thunder Brothers "High energy, expertly executed, funky blues! We have a blast playing this music…emotion–very simple…music is emotion…no fake stuff…all passion…and pure Thunder,” that’s how the Thunder Brothers describe their music. But you have to check them out yourselves to fully appreciate their sound that will have your toes tapping and your head bobbing.

Christened by Jason Ricci at the 2015 Sunbanks Blues Festival, the Thunder Brothers have been backing regional and national acts together for nearly two decades. With Michael Quinby and Doug Rowell on guitar and vocals, Edwin Coleman III on drums, and Timmer Blakely on bass, this quartet is appropriately named, bringing power and passion to every note that they play. Come and feel the Thunder. The list of artists that they have recorded, toured, and performed with collectively and independently is extensive and recognizable including names like B.B. King, Ry Cooder, Elvin Bishop, Savoy Brown, Charmaine Neville, the Roseland Hunters, Karen Lovely and many more.