Air Apparent Carolina Edition! Armen (piano), Ashlin Parker (tp), Mike Frost (b), Brendan Bull (d)
Davies rise to the upper echelon of blues music started at an early age as she absorbed the music heard constantly in her home. Her (professional) musician parents were either sitting at the piano or spinning discs on their turntable, filling the air with the sounds of big band jazz, harmony vocal groups, or the pop icons of the day. But the young Davies was particularly attracted to the bluesier sounds of her fathers Ray Charles records, and by the age of 12 realized that her affinity for an instrument was not for the piano, but for the guitar. She wields an electric guitar as if it were a wand. - Los Angeles Times Davies playing is extraordinary - full of propulsion and energy and melodic invention People Magazine She has been the featured guitarist in several female based bands including Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs (led by John Mayall's wife) and Fingers Taylor and the Ladyfinger Revue (who opened for Jimmy Buffett during his 1991 tour). Besides her solo work, Davies is best known for her work with Albert Collins as a member of his band, the Icebreakers, from 1988 to 1991. Over the years she has collaborated with several well known artists such as Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton (aka Double Trouble), Coco Montoya, J. Geils and Duke Robillard. Robin Rogers Robin Rogers sings the blues, plain and simple, but Robin doesn't just 'sing' the blues - she does it with every fiber of her being. You can hear her heart and soul in every word, every nuance, and each breath in between. A gifted vocalist with an amazing range, she'll grab you from the onset of every song, and you won't want to be let go. Her stage presence is formidable and she, along with her husband, guitarist Tony Rogers, will take you on a journey that you'll not soon forget. interpretations recalls the exciting and magnetic presence of Janis Joplin. And she plays a mean blues harp, too. Surrounded by guitar, piano, upright bass, drums, and a few guest horn players, Rogers belts her blues message in a tradition that began several hundred years ago in the fields and settlements of early America. Southland Blues Magazine Skinny Legs and All Skinny Legs & All is Asheville, North Carolina's freshest young band whose members range in age from 14 to 19. Don't let their ages fool you - these gifted performers deliver lip-smacking, dance-inspiring originals as well as youthful renditions of classic Blues, Funk, & Soul. The Doubting Thomas Band From these musical personalities comes a single sound , with soaring vocals laced together with melodies that never leave you -- but it can only truly be described as the sound of DoubtingThomas. The band toured extensively from 1990-2000;Reformed in 2009. Released five albums; Blue Angel, the band's first album, was produced by John Keane (Widespread Panic) with guest turns from Peter Buck and Bill Berry of R.E.M. Their second release, Two, features special guest Kristen Hall (Sugarland) and Emily Saliers (Indigo Girls) on the tracks "Tiny Lights" and "How High." Their 13-song release, Who Died And Made You King, was also produced by Keane. The record has been hailed as their best work to date. The Doubting Thomas band was also voted "Best Band" in Charlotte's Best magazine, and named "Most Deserving of National Attention" by the readers of Charlotte's Creative Loafing weekly. Doubting Thomas performed for nearly one million people in a ten-year period in the United States and Japan. Opened for No Doubt, Lisa Loeb, Indigo Girls, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Hootie and the Blowfish, Live, Clint Black, Jennifer Nettles, The Murmurs, and many more. One the founding members of the group "Fetchin Bones" Gina Stewart started Doubting Thomas with her guitar and a batch of self-penned songs that drew on her many influences, from the folksy stories and celtic-tinged melodies of the Old South to the raging thump of the sound. But like a perfect picture without color, the core of the Doubting Thomas band sound couldn't be complete without the soaring vocal talents of co-founder Brenda Gambill, an extraordinary Generation-X poet and songwriter who continually tips the emotional scale with her powerful musical performances that include her masterful violin, harmonica and percussion skills.
Armen Boyajian, solo piano 6:30-9:30 pm, jazz
Bio: Air Apparent won Best Jazz Band and Best Dance Band in successive years in the Augusta Magazine Best Of poll and Armen Boyajian has moved to Charlotte but is bringing a different version of Air Apparent to Riverwalk. Armen Boyajian is a jazz violinist and pianist who lived in Augusta from 1993 un...See Full Bio