Venue Address (Get Directions)Highway 99 Blues Club
Date and Time
Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 8:00pm
This all-star Portland Sextet infuses classic cuts, obscure nuggets and DK Stewart originals with a fresh take on the blues, New Orleans funk and R&B. Nothing you've ever heard before. Jazz you can dance to and blues you can feel in your chest. Blue-eyed soul with genre-specific and historically accurate presentations. Original charts that you'd swear were written in the 40's or 50's. And a "live" performance that sounds like the stereo in your living room with a dance floor full of people to share it with.
Stewart, whose New Orleans, boogie-woogie piano style has been a driving force behind such Northwest blues giants as Robert Cray, Paul deLay and Curtis Salgado, has for the past several years been tearing up major festival stages with his own group, the DK Stewart Band. Backed by Joseph Conrad (recently of "Rhythm Culture") on 5 string fretted and fretless Fbass, and Ed Pierce on the drums, formally of Bill Rhoades and the Party Kings. Guitarist Peter Dammann's collaborations with D.K. Stewart stretch back more than a decade. You can hear his T-Bone Walker -inspired guitar solos on some of Stewart's earliest solo recordings. In addition to his work with Stewart, Peter was also manager and lead guitarist for the Paul deLay Band, before deLay's untimely death in 2007. He has performed on, and co-produced several of the band's five releases on the Evidence Music label.
The Soul Survivor Horns.. feature legendary London session man ..Chris Mercer.. on sax and arrangements and ..Joe McCarthy.. on trumpet. A journeyman musician, Mercer's worked with John Mayal's Bluesbreakers, Brian Ferry, Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Dr. John, Bob Marley and scores of other touring bands and studio sessions. His cohesive charts and melodic improvisational solos are legendary. Joe McCarthy brings those heady days in Eugene Oregon where DK's adventures with soul singer Curtis Salgado garnered international fame as the first touring version of the Robert Cray Band included Joe at many formative performances. With Sax man Barry Cline and the legendary Warren Rand, Joe has continued to make a contribution to the NW music scene over three or four decades of "live" performance and studio work. McCarthy has lent his fiery horn lines to countless Portland bands and recording sessions since the 70's but was a featured artist of note on the first few Paul deLay records that were released in the early 80's.