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2011 Performer: Hayes and Fleming

Charlie Hayes and Joel Fleming have been fixtures on the local music scene for decades. Together, they make a powerful blues duet, sensing each other’s musical energy and crafting brilliant blues improvisations.

Charlie’s acoustic blues range from the classic sounds of Robert Johnson to the contemporary picking of Keb Mo. Charlie is known for his rock-solid back beat (both mono and alternating bass) and multi-string leads, coupled with searing vocals and the ability to either play dead-on “in the pocket” or mix it up with some rough and savage playing. Charlie has also been working on blues banjo and the pedal bass, which provides him with even more musical territory to explore.

Joel performed in the mid-1980s with the Air Force Tops in Blue, a musical showcase, touring overseas. In the 1985 Hohner Harmonica contest he placed second in the nation. He is an accomplished harmonica player on both diatonic and chromatic. Joel plays with a unique, jazzy style, employing subtle tones, phrasing and echo effects to create a compelling, mesmerizing counterpoint to Charlie’s guitar.

Joel has been playing harp for over 40 years and Charlie has been playing professionally for over 30 years. On October 23rd, they’ll take those 70+ years of combined experience to deliver an amazing opening act for this year’s Deep Blue Innovators festival, plus they’ll also manage and run the after-show jam and open mic.

In keeping with our Women in the Blues theme this year, Hayes and Fleming will also be joined by some special guests: Tami Rankin will be belting out some powerful blues vocals and Mari Hauge will be performing some blues cello. Who says the blues aren’t innovative?

Blues Harmonica Workshop October 21st

Long-time harp-man David Bernston will be in town with Little Joe McLerran and will deliver a free harmonica workshop at the Wells Theatre on the Monmoputh College campus. The workshop will be at 7pm on Thursday, October 21st at 7pm. Free harmonicas to the first 100 attendees!

For a great read, check out David Bernston’s blog – he covers the trek with Little Joe to the Middle East.

2009 Performer: Hayes and Fleming

Hayes & Fleming

Charlie Hayes and Joel Fleming have been fixtures on the local music scene for decades. Together, they make a powerful blues duet, sensing each other’s musical energy and crafting brilliant blues improvisations.

Charlie’s acoustic blues range from the classic sounds of Robert Johnson to the contemporary picking of Keb Mo. Charlie is known for his rock-solid back beat (both mono and alternating bass) and multi-string leads, coupled with searing vocals and the ability to either play dead-on “in the pocket” or mix it up with some rough and savage playing.

Joel performed in the mid-1980s with the Air Force Tops in Blue, a musical showcase, touring overseas. In the 1985 Hohner Harmonica contest he placed second in the nation. He is an accomplished harmonica player on both diatonic and chromatic. Joel plays with a unique, jazzy style, employing subtle tones, phrasing and echo effects to create a compelling, mesmerizing counterpoint to Charlie’s guitar.

Joel has been playing harp for over 40 years and Charlie has been playing professionally for over 30 years. On October 24th, they’ll take those 70+ years of combined experience to deliver an amazing opening act for this year’s Deep Blue Innovators festival, plus they’ll also manage and run the after-show jam and open mic.

Matthew Skoller Profile

Matthew Skoller

One of the hardest working harmonica-based blues groups in Chicago, The Matthew Skoller Band rocks with a fierceness not felt since the likes of blues harp icons Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Skoller and his band of veteran musicians are at the forefront of a new generation who’ve come up schooled in Chicago’s world-renowned and highly competitive blues scene.

As with many blues performers of his generation, Skoller’s been influenced as much by Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers as by the legends of blues. Skoller’s take on the blues tradition is about letting his own voice come through — his culture, his experience.

Skoller moved to Chicago in January 1987. His already mature harmonica playing led a number of musicians to take him under their wings. He paid his dues backing up a “who’s who” of creative and passionate musicians, including the legendary Jimmy Rogers, Big Time Sarah, and Deitra Farr.

Despite his success working with others, Skoller heard the crying of an inner voice and since 1992 has led his own band. Like a tornado, he’s blown through the Chicago blues scene.

In October 1996, the band was a prizewinner at the International Blues Talent Competition held by the Blues Foundation in Memphis. That same year, Hohner Harmonicas installed Skoller as an endorsee.

(edited from www.matthewskoller.com)

Matthew Skoller Poster

Here’s the poster you’ll see around town. Matthew also send some groovy full color posters that you’ll see out an about as well.

Matthew Skoller

Matthew Skoller Band in Concert!

Matthew Skoller

On Saturday, June 6th, MonmouthBlues.com has a real treat in store for you!

The Matthew Skoller Band will come down from Chicago to deliver an amazing night of harmonica powered blues at the Rivoli Theatre.

If you were at last Fall’s Deep Blue Innovators Blues Festival, than you know that the Matthew Skoller Band nearly stole the show. Raw energy, passion and musicianship are the hallmarks of this hard working Chicago original.

Sally Weisenburg

Blues and jazz singer Sally Weisenburg and her band will open the show and will deliver a set of solid vocal-driven tunes to get the night rolling.

Mark your calendars for this exciting show – can you think of a better way to spend a Saturday night?

Tickets will be $12 at the door or $10 in advance, and will be available online this week and at local retailers next week. Doors to the Rivoli will open at 7pm and the music will get rocking at 7:30pm.

Matthew Skoller Band Website

Matthew Skoller Band MySpace Page

Sally Weisenburg MySpace Page

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