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June, 2016

Thursday, June 2

Samantha Fish

8 pm Sold Out, 10 pm $25 

We have two great nights with the very in demand and amazing young talent. Samantha is receiving rave reviews all over the world. Truly a must see and hear.

Growing up in Kansas City in a musical family, Samantha’s first instrument was the drums before she switched to guitar. As she listened to her musical heroes, Fish began to explore their own influences by going back in time. After the sun went down she would visit clubs like Knuckleheads to soak it all in. “They had all kinds of artists come through the doors,” she says. “I really got into listening to the live performances, and that’s just where it rubbed off on me. When you see something right in front of you, that’s where the impact happens.” (Vox Magazine 2014) Over the years, she’s cultivated her own sound by blending her influences ranging from Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, R.L. Burnside and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as her musical peers.

“I fell in love with it,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.”

Only into her mid-20s she already released two CDs, played all over the world and shared the stage with well-established to the legendary artists from Tab Benoit and Johnny Lang to Buddy Guy. Label mate and sometimes touring buddy, Mike Zito has long championed Samantha, produced her critically acclaimed albums, Runaway and Black Wind Howlin’ (2013). Samantha’s had a master’s class in a wide variety of the blues. Her work ethic is unquestioned and her love for performance is obvious.

Boys will be boys it’s a powerful thing-Better learn how to swim or learn how to drink – Bitch On The Run

All that ambition and passion paid off in 2012 when Samantha won a Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut for her 2011 release Runaway (Ruf Records). The wonderful critical praise, winning fans at shows and all the long hours driving came to a shining moment that put more fuel into her fire. This desire is now revealed with Wild Heart as the pivotal moment in her budding career.

Always yearning to learn, Samantha soaked in this experience like a sponge from the songwriting sessions to the final background harmonies. As her songs came together, it was suggested for her to collaborate with another songwriter she jumped the opportunity. Last summer she traveled to Nashville and wrote with accomplished songwriter Jim McCormick, whose songs have been cut by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban. A native of New Orleans, Jim has a flare for blues-boogie and full throttle vocalization to haunting melodies that gave Samantha a chance to growl.

“… Fish’s commanding voice holds its own against the crunching guitar riffs and driving beat.” –Elmore Magazine

Wild Heart, produced by Luther Dickinson (The North Mississippi Allstars/Black Crowes). Having Samantha on guitars and Luther on various stringed instruments, they rounded out the lineup with Grammy Award-winning Brady Blade (Emmylou Harris/Bob Dylan) on drums. Special guests include Lightnin Malcolm (guitar), Sharde Thomas (drums) and Memphis session singers Shontelle Norman-Beatty and Risse Norman. The result is a stunning representation of Americana roots music.

Wild Heart was recorded in three different studios, as they trekked the backroads from Louisiana to Mississippi in the fall of 2014. Starting at Brady Blade’s Shreveport, Louisiana studio, they laid the basic rhythm tracks and vocals. Luther and Samantha then hightailed it to his Zebra Ranch Studios in Hernando, Mississippi where they had a traditional Hill Country Blues session. Then, finally, all roads lead to Memphis where the duo put the final touches at both Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios and the legendary Ardent studios.

Samantha and Jim wrote five of the 12 songs on the album, including the title song, “Wild Heart”, that echoes Led Zeppelin with a whiplash of a steady guitar riff. “Show Me” – a song that could easily be heard at some of New York City’s finest rock clubs – wreaks stale beer. Samantha holds her own on guitar duties on this tune as Brady Blade grinds the drums with a slow steady roll.

As the album opens she’s bashes away with “Road Runner“, a warning to others of this mean man that broke her heart. The driving guitar sounds and thunderous beat supports her voice that is smooth as honey with a sad dash of salt.

Left me waiting by a red-light, I think about him every night – Road runner, road runner – Road Runner

After wrapping basic tracks, it was off to Dickinson’s Zebra Ranch Studios via the back roads of Mississippi. Seeing the culture and environment upfront got her excited for the unknown. The result of that magical setting was a cover of Charley Patton’s, “Jim Lee Blues Pt. 1”, which fits Fish’s voice. It was an organic setting with fellow Hill Country Blues artists Sharde Thomas and longtime friend, Lightnin Malcolm. Sharde is a native Mississippian fife/drum player in the same American tradition of her grandfather Othar Turner. “This session had a whole other vibe to it. The studio is out in the country, no cell service, no distractions. You’re just surrounded by nature and guitars,” beams Samantha.

Samantha’s love for the Hill Country Blues genre started early on as her musical foundation began to build. This fiery singer-songwriter and guitarist met some of these players when she attended the King Biscuit Blues Festival at age 17. There she met Lightnin Malcolm, a guitarist who befriended the young gun and then a few years later, at Zebra Ranch, she got to record with him. “Working with Malcolm was a longtime coming as I’d known him since I was a teenager. Hearing hill country blues made me fall in love with blues music and he was one of the first artists who let me jam with him.”

“One of my favorite songs on Wild Heart is ‘Go Home’. It became so powerful and we wanted girl power, no-frills and those ladies delivered,” Samantha proudly states. It’s a quiet moment of reflection of an inner self struggle that can either be destructive or productive. The background singers, Shontelle Norman-Beatty and Risse Norman provide a soothing answer to Samantha’s tearful call.

“Maybe in a moment of clarity, I’ll do what’s right, Maybe I’ll finally swallow a bit of my own advice” – Go Home

Both Samantha and Luther wanted to make a live and honest record, capturing Fish’s emotional intensity and power trio integrity. “She is so smart and talented. It was a joy to take her under my wing and share what I’ve learned with her. Samantha brought her emotional energy from her performances which transcended into the record. The songs are very personal and she delivered. I am proud to be a part of the record”, states Dickinson. Samantha was equally satisfied with the results, “I was blown away by his ability to color a song. I stepped out of my comfort zone and I couldn’t be more proud of what we made.”

Fish is an inveterate storyteller as well. Her songs are vivid and compelling with thick guitar lines and catchy riffs. – The Morning Call

As the album comes to a close, Samantha has run the gamut of emotions. Her fingers are tired and her voice is shaking but she is able to pull out one more gem of a performance. A whispering rendition of Junior Kimbrough’s “I’m In Love With You”. This is Samantha at her best-caressing the melody while the guitars and a slight drum beat flickers underneath her reassuring voice.

Samantha has dug her high heels in some rich musical soil with Wild Heart and is poised to reach a new level in her career. She is armed with her guitar and these songs are in her back pocket; for there is no doubt Miss Fish will aim and fire, with confidence.

 

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Friday, June 3

Samantha Fish

8 pm Sold Out,
10 pm $35 (few tickets remaining)

We have two great nights with the very in demand and amazing young talent. Samantha is receiving rave reviews all over the world. Truly a must see and hear.

See above (Thursday) for more.

 

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Saturday, June 4

Duke Robillard

 8 pm $25

The royalty of blues guitarist the great Duke Robillard. Featuring Mark Texeira - drums, Bruce Bear - keys & Brad Hallene on bass.

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Tuesday, June 7

Ana Popovic

8 pm Sold Out,
10 pm $30 

Ana Popovic is about to WOW her fans with her most ambitious project yet. With ‘TRILOGY’ Ana releases three full length albums in one! Twenty-five blues, jazz & funk tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker. Guest appearances
include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Bernard Purdie (The Purdie Shuffle), Cody Dickinson rapper Al Capone and many others.

Belgrade-born guitarist Ana Popovic is about to WOW her fans with her most ambitious project yet. With ‘TRILOGY’ (out May 2016) Ana releases three full length albums in one! Twenty-five blues, jazz & funk tunes produced by Grammy Award winner Warren Riker (Lauryn Hill, Carlos Santana), Grammy Award winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi) and Delfeayo Marsalis, one of the top trombonists, composers and producers in jazz today. Guest appearances include Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Bernard Purdie (The Purdie Shuffle), Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), rapper Al Capone and many others.

The only female guitarist part of the ‘all-star’ Experience Hendrix ’14 and ’16 line-up about her upcoming record: “In an Era where most are skeptic about the current state and future of the music industry, I wanted TRILOGY to tell a different story. The record biz might be broken and Spotify might rip us off, but that can’t keep an artist down. Creativity is very much alive, and music is the celebration of life.’

TRILOGY highlights in musicianship. Ana’s agile shredding and soulful voice, showing you don’t need Southern roots to create fiery blues, jazz or funk.

“Ana Popovic is one helluva a guitar-player.”- Bruce Springsteen

“Ana rocks the blues in fine, fine fashion.“- Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

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Friday, June 10

Albert Cummings

8 pm $35, 10 pm $30  Both $40

Show Times

The multi award winning and much in demand Albert Cummings returns to Chan’s. Come see for yourself why Albert is in great demand all over the globe!

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Saturday, June 11

Racky Thomas

8 pm 12

 

One of the coolest guys this side of the Mason-Dixon, Racky Thomas lives and breathes the blues. The Racky Thomas Band hails from Boston, but plays the blues as though they came right out of postwar Chicago or the Mississippi Delta. The band formed in 1995 and has been performing throughout the northeast to enthusiastic audiences through out the region and beyond. With energy and passion paralleled to that of a Southern snake charmer revivalist, they continue to earn rave reviews from critics and music enthusiasts alike, opening for blues greats such as Luther ‘Guitar’ Jr. Johnson, Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, Paul Rishell & Annie Raines, and Susan Tedeschi.

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Friday, June 17

Popa Chubby

8 pm $30, 10 pm $25  Both $35

Show Times

The giant of rock’n blues guitar returns and is coming back strong after Double knee replacement. He is back and bad and better than ever! The great Popa Chubby will rock the house of Chan!

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Saturday, June 18

D. D. Bastos & the Sons of Providence

8 pm $12

Comprised of four lifelong musician friends, The Sons of Providence first played together in legendary RI band The Spotfinders with late great guitarist Thom Enright. In the intervening decades, Chris, Marty, Larr and Dickie have gone on to perform with a who's who of popular and influential Blues artists. Now, whenever all four are off the road long enough, they team-up with Blues chanteuse D. D. Bastos to play a few select gigs in and around their beloved capitol city.

D.D. Bastos has spent a lifetime performing and recording music since she began singing in church at age 5. Classically trained at Atlantic Union College she found her niche with Blues, R&B and Soul. As leader of D.D. & The Road Kings she performed coast to coast receiving critical acclaim for her unique vocal styling and “Lover Bird” CD. She has shared the stage with Blues legends such as Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, Sugar Blue just to name a few. Also, RI Blues legends Sugar Ray & The Blue Tones and Roomful of Blues.

Chris Vachon
For the last 25 years Chris has been the guitarist / leader and producer for the multi-award award winning Roomful of Blues. Since joining Roomful in 1990 Chris has produced and co produced the last ten Roomful albums and has received Grammy nominations for the critically acclaimed “Turn It On, Turn It Up” and “That’s Right” He has also been listed and recognized as being in the top 100 blues guitarist’s worldwide. Chris was inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

Richard "Dickie" Reed
Dickie has played Hammond organ and piano with Junior Walker & the All Stars, Earl King, Hubert Sumlin, Darrell Nulisch, Dennis McCarthy, Klem Klimek, Roomful alumni Duke Robillard & Ronnie Earl, and a wide array of Blues, R&B and Rock & Roll bands. Along with singer/songwriter Mark Cutler's band The Schemers, Dickie is a 2015 inductee of the RI music Hall of Fame. A busy sideman and session player, he always looks forward to his next "Sons" gig.

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It’s Rhode Island Music Legends Weekend Friday & Saturday with 2 Rhode Island iconic blues bands.
 
Friday, June 24

Roomful of Blues

8 pm $30, 10 pm $25  Both $35

Show Times

The Multi Award winning, Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame inductees, still going strong after 45 years!

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Saturday, June 25

Sugar Ray & the Bluetones

8 pm $18

The second round of our multi award winning, Rhode Island music legends. This is the blues at its best!

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Sunday, June 26

Nikki Hill

7 pm $15

 

If you haven’t heard Nikki Hill yet, prepare to be knocked over by this Southern Fire Ball. Nikki’s unique voice—with raw rock and soul dynamics mixed with the strength, passion, and honesty of blues shouters of the past will leave you breathless!

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July, 2016

 Friday, July 8

Darrell Nulisch Band

8 pm $15

 

Featuring the soulful Texas blues singer & harmonica ace Darrell Nulisch, Nick Adams on guitar, Mike Law on bass and Chris Anzalone on drums.

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 Saturday, July 9

Johnny Watson & The Watson Blues Band

8 pm $10

 

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Tuesday, July 12

Devon Allman

7 pm $25, 9 pm $20, Both  $30

Show Times

The multi-talented vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter Devon Allman returns with his high level, high energy and exciting band stops here at Chan’s during his summer cross
country tour. Not to be missed.

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Thursday, July 14

Mike Zito and the Wheels

8 pm $25


 

High energy and very exciting Mike Zito with Jimmy Carpenter – sax and guitars; Rob Lee – drums; and Scot Sutherland – bass

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Friday, July 15

Jane Lee Hooker

8 pm $15

This all girl blazing blues/punk/rock tour-de-force is not just some girl cover band! These women do more than just pay tribute to John Lee Hooker, they take everything they've learned about him and other blues legends such as Muddy Waters, 'Big Mama' Thornton, and Johnny Winter, then mix in elements of punk and classic rock to give them such a distinct and unique sound that will indeed rock the roof off the House of Chan playing the blues with some rock
n roll attitude! Not to be missed!

...A blazing blues/punk/rock tour-de-force...They are not just some girl cover band. They are a caucus of chicks hell bent on paying homage to the blues classics they grew up on, and doing it their way, with not a single apology."
- American Blues Scene

"These women do more than just pay tribute to [John Lee] Hooker. JLH takes everything they've learned about him and other blues legends as Muddy Waters, 'Big Mama' Thornton, and Johnny Winter, then they mix in elements of punk and classic rock to give them such a distinct, hard-edged sound."
- Guitar Girl Magazine

"This is serious business. Jane Lee Hooker are playing the blues with some rock n roll attitude. Close your eyes for two seconds while you're listening and you’ll see the history of blues and rock flying by....I haven’t listened to blues this good in a long time, this is one tight band."
- 50thirdand3rd.com

"Black-clad New York blues revivalists Jane Lee Hooker ripped the balls out of Muddy Waters’s Mannish Boy."
- Evelyn McDonnell, Populism

 

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Saturday, July 16

Johnny A

8 pm $25

 

This incredible guitar virtuoso returns to thrill the Chan’s crowd with his amazing talents.

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Sunday, July 17

Quinn Sullivan

7 pm $30

 

Don't miss the debut of teenage guitar sensation and Buddy Guy's protégé the sensational Quinn Sullivan.

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Friday, July 22

Rick Estrin & the Nightcats

8 pm $25

 

Infectious, captivating, powerful – Intense Chicago-style harp playing, witty songs and tough-as-nails grooves.

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Saturday, July 23

Peacheaters

8 pm $15

 

Not just an Allman Brothers tribute band, it is an Allman Brothers experience!

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Friday, July 29

George McCann

8 pm $12

 

George is a guitar player's guitar player - fluid, articulate, emotive - a melodic story teller. He will grab you from the first note, his mastery of touch and tone immediately evident, and hold
you transfixed until the show is over.

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Saturday, July 30

Through the Doors

8 pm $18

This hometown favorite plays the music of Jim Morrison & The Doors and they play it well. So walk Through the Doors and get some Road house Blues!

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August, 2016

Saturday, August 6

Jamba

 8 pm $10


 

CD release party the music of the Beatles. Beautifully arranged by 2 talented musicians John Anter and Marty Ballou.

 

Sunday, August 14

JoAnne Shaw Taylor & Jared James Nichols

 New date is August 14, 7 pm for $18. Purchase below.

You may request a refund by notifying us by email or call 401-765-1900.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

With killer guitar licks, soaring solos and heart-wrenching vocals’ This British Queen of the blues has enough soul to compete even with the best that the Mississippi Delta has to offer!

** Those that had purchased seats/tickets
to Joanne’s previously cancelled show at
Chan’s and did not request a refund your
tickets will be honored for this show.

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Tuesday, August 16

Buckwheat Zydeco

 8 pm $35

 

Boogie to the Buckwheat beat "Louisiana's hottest music" with the legendary Buckwheat Zydeco.

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Friday, August 19

Sugar Blue

 8 pm $15

 

Debut of Chicago harmonica legend Sugar Blue. One can still hear Sugar Blue's historic recording with the iconic Rolling Stone.

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Saturday, August 20

Sari Schorr

 8 pm $20

 

Sari Schorr is a stunning vocalist, powerful, energized and engaging. Come listen to one of the hottest raising stars of the blues. NY based
soulful singer Sari and her brand new recording.

Come listen to one of the hottest raising star of the blues. NY based soulful singer Sari and her brand new recording.

“New York vocalist Sari Schorr has the effortless range and sense of drama to give any song real purpose and tonight she connects with her showcase crowd as if delivering a personal message face to face.”
Pete Fenestra for Get Ready to Rock

“So, how far will Sari go? Somewhere towards the top of the glass ceiling of the Blues, for certain, as she is a genuine talent.”
Darren Weale for WRC

“Sari Schorr is the embodiment of the best the blues and beyond has to offer. Sari is definitely the next big blues diva that will sweep through the blues scene”
Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine

AWARDED: 2012 Best Performance by a Blues Singer In A Band by Broadway World – “The sensational Sari Schorr who channeled Janis Joplin and Tina Turner during the show by the Joe Louis Walker Band at B.B. King’s in August.”

” A Phenomenal and Beautiful Singer who I like to say, “let’s all her passion and artistry come out through her amazing voice.”
Trevor B. Power for WNTI

“Bodacious-voiced new front singer Sari Schorr, whose power vocals are a hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, with a touch of a contemporary female blues singer like Janiva Magness. Walker and Schorr reached an orgasmic climax on this section of the show with the Willie Dixon’s classic “I Just Want to Make Love to You,”…and Schorr transitioning from a whisper to a wail like a car going from zero to 60 in eye blink.”
Stephen Hanks for Broadway World

“Sari Schorr is a stunning vocalist, powerful, energized and engaging…. Sari Schorr and other members of the band took the song to church and made believers of us all.”
Jimi Patricol for Blues 411

“…the very talented Sari Schorr, who has the raw vocal power of Lydia Pense [Cold Blood].”
Dan D. Harrell for Blueswax

“(Mike) Zito called up New York City’s blues ambassador Poppa Chubby and singer Sari Schorr. Schorr contributed husky come-hither vocals to a rollicking “Sugar Coated Love…”
Debra Devi for American Blues Scene Magazine

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Friday, August 26

James Montgomery Blues Band

 8 pm $20

 

The legendary James Montgomery returns to Chan’s. High energy, high entertainment and great blues!

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Saturday, August 27

Joe Louis Walker

 8 pm $25

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Sunday, August 28

Gray Sargent Quintet

 7 pm $20

 

Jazz guitar virtuoso Gray Sargent has been accompanying the great Tony
Bennett (90 years young on August 3) for the last 18 years. Tonight's concert
is a special home coming for Gray and the fabulous bassist Marshall Wood (7
years with Tony Bennett). Rounding out this magnificent quintet is Arnie
Krakowsky on tenor sax, Jeff Stout on trumpet and Jim Gwin on drums.

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September, 2016

Friday, September 9

Duke Robillard

 8 pm $25

 

We're kicking off the weekend with the royalty of blues guitarist the great Duke Robillard. Featuring Mark Texeira - drums, Bruce Bear - keys & Brad Hallene on bass.

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Saturday, September 10

Scott Hamilton

 8 pm $25

 

Tenor saxophonist and jazz giant-
Concord Records Recording artist

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Saturday, September 10

Duke Meets Scott: Scott Hamilton and Duke Robillard

 7 pm $30

 

This special meeting of two dear friends who grew up listening to Scott's father RISD painting professor Robert Hamilton's jazz record collections. Scott moved to New York City in the mid 1970's and became an instant hit with his rich, warm tones from his tenor sax playing. Duke started the legendary jump blues band with a powerhouse horn section called Roomful of Blues (47 years). This rare meeting of these 2 masters happen about once every decade ... not to be missed otherwise, you might have to wait another decade when all the stars are in line again.

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Friday, September 16

Victor Wainwright and Wild Roots

 8 pm $15

 

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Saturday, September 17

Frank Potenza

 8 pm $20

 

Special guest saxophonist Dan Moretti.

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Saturday, September 24

Greg Abate

 8 pm $20

 

Special tribute to Phil Woods

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