Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival 2017

Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival 2017

Sat, February 25, 2017

2:30 pm

Chameleon Club

$60-$150

This event is 21 and over

Eric Gales
Eric Gales
Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric's brother Eugene Gales played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King had a thriving career as a blues artist himself before his untimely death in 2002.

Eric released his first record in 1991 at the young age of 16 for Elektra Records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine Reader's Poll named Eric "Best New Talent," in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up in 1996 as The Gales Brothers to record Left Hand Brand, which was recorded for the House of Blues label. Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see the likes of Carlos Santana, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton looking on in amazement. Word was spreading about Eric as he was taking his God-given talents and working his crowds into a frenzy each night while on stage.

The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric as he was signed to Nightbird Records an affiliation of the Hendrix family and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Eric recorded the critically acclaimed record That's What I Am in 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2006 Eric recorded the critically acclaimed CD Crystal Vision for Blues Bureau and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau follow-up, The Psychedelic Underground in 2007. Eric followed that up in 2008 with The Story of my Life and in 2010 hit a new stride altogether with the incredibly successful album Relentless. That album combined with his latest studio album Transformation released in 2011 set the stage for his Double Live CD/DVD, Eric Gales LIVE released in October of 2012. The Eric Gales Trio recorded and released Ghost Notes, Gales' first all instrumental recording, for Shrapnel Records in 2013. All Music Review says Ghost Notes "crackles with energy, a sturdy mix of blues, rock, and straight-out funk fusion, and Gales' playing is joyous and elegant by turns, making this arguably his best album yet." His latest effort, A Night on the Sunset Strip is a live record, just released on Cleopatra Records, in stores NOW.

As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Eric to Hendrix but Eric has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. With a unique blend of rock, funk and blues styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre and is out to blow your mind and expand your musical horizons!

The road can be tough on musicians, and has certainly treated Eric no differently than others. Over the years he has had his ups and downs and battled some of his own demons. As 2016 comes to an end and 2017 comes into play, Eric is clean and sober and his clarity and focus to be the very best he can be is at an all time high! He is fully focused on his music, his wife and his sobriety. There has never been a better time to see Eric Gales LIVE!!!
Mr. Sipp
Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp "The Mississippi Blues Child". Born August 25, 1976 in the town of McComb, MS. He began playing the guitar at the tender age of 6. Due to hard work and perserverance Mr. Sipp has become an awesome vocalist, songwriter, musician, composer, producer and entertainer. Castro has over 130 credits and has played on over 50 national recordings. He has traveled abroad to Russia, Germany, Scotland and other countries spreading his gift of music. Castro is a Malaco recording artist. In 2015 he won the JMA Male Artist of the year, National Artist of the year, Blues Artist of the year. He is also the 2014 International Blues Challenge and Gibson Best Guitarist. He was cast in the recently released James Brown movie, "Get On Up" Mr. Sipp is loving to live the life he loves which is music.
Honey Island Swamp Band
Honey Island Swamp Band
The Honey Island Swamp Band Brings a Sledgehammer
to Demolition Day

Out April 29 During Jazz Fest In New Orleans
"They're irresistible by their name alone…" – Elmore

Think The Band's Big Pink album and add a splash of hot sauce with Willin' by Little Feat – this group of New Orleans vagabonds nails it.

New Orleans, LA or San Francisco, CA– From the pristine waters of the Honey Island Swamp, to the vibrant streets of New Orleans, to the hazy corner of Haight-Asbury in San Francisco, this band has endured devastation, relocation, and revitalization. A group whose sound has been tagged "Bayou Americana," the Honey Island Swamp Band takes the hammer to the nail with the help of producer Luther Dickinson, and presents Demolition Day to the world April 29 on Ruf Records.

This album marks the 10-year anniversary of the Honey Island Swamp Band, which formed in San Francisco, CA via New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina displaced the founding members. With little hope of returning to their beloved city, the band channeled the blues and emotions of their circumstances to develop a soulful style and sound that critics have compared to legendary Blues-Roots-Rock Artists such as The Allman Brothers, Little Feat and The Band.

Recording at the Parlor Studio in New Orleans, Honey Island Swamp Band teams up with producer/musician Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars to capture a rhythm and a feel born straight from the heart of Americana. The album features a host of New Orleans finest musicians, including guest appearances by keyboardist Ivan Neville and Tab Benoit on pedal steel.

"Their all encompassing sound of blues, roots, country, and soul has been described as "Bayou Americana." – No Depression

"We've always wanted to record to two-inch tape, to get that old analog sound," says bandleader Aaron Wilkinson, "and this was our first opportunity to make it happen. Luther was the perfect producer to help us nail that old-school, authentic sound. He was great at keeping us focused on the spirit of each performance, not getting bogged down in details and perfectionism. That's what we were looking for and what we needed."

After all, polish isn't necessary when you're working with songs this strong. Across its eleven cuts, Demolition Day tips a hat to most of the great American genres, while adding the Honey Island Swamp Band's inimitable thumbprint. There's the spring-heeled slide-blues of "Ain't No Fun", the upbeat funk of "Head High Water Blues", the cat-house piano and country-fried guitars of "How Do You Feel". But then, on the emotional flipside, there's also the reflective wah-guitar lilt of "Say It Isn't True", the mournful funeral-jazz slow-burn of "No Easy Way" and the heart-in-mouth acoustic confessional of "Katie".

"We're diverse and complex people," explains Chris Mule, the band's guitarist, "and our audiences are as well. So we try to let our music reflect that."

Drawing from their diverse backgrounds, the band's lyrical content is quite colorful. "They really are all over the map," Aaron explains of the topics explored on Demolition Day. "Some are rooted in reality and personal experience. "Head High Water Blues" is a look back at the Hurricane Katrina experience now that ten years has passed. Much has been rebuilt, but much has not and never will be – and the song is more about the emotional scars that can never be fully erased. Others are just fiction and storytelling. We had the music for "Through Another Day", and it sounded sort of old and epic and Southern, and that inspired this Civil War-era storyline that became the lyrics. Others are just sort of playful nonsense about life and relationships, like "Watch And Chain."

Demolition Day is about rebuilding more than tearing down. It's about a renewal of purpose, reflected through powerful lyrics and stories, great slide guitar on top of deep bass and rhythms that continue to move the foundation that the band was built upon.

New Orleans has a deep well of music, and that well has no rules – the only boundaries are the ones that we place on ourselves.

On Demolition Day, the Honey Island Swamp Band breaks these boundaries to deliver a sound so relevant and honest that even in the darkest of days – like the violent storm that brought this group of musicians together – Demolition Day still shines brightly.

Meet The Honey Island Swamp Band:
Aaron Wilkinson – mandolin, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Chris Mulé – guitar, vocals
Sam Price – bass, vocals
Garland Paul – drums, vocals
Trevor Brooks – keyboards
Jack Semple
Semple grew up on a farm north of Regina, Saskatchewan. He started his musical career playing with various Regina-based bands, and later relocated to Toronto in the late 1980s to become the lead guitarist of The Lincolns, a popular funk and rhythm and blues band. He left the band after two years and returned to Regina to pursue a solo career and to spend more time with his family. After his move back to Regina, Semple contributed to television and music scores and appeared in the title role of Guitarman, a 1994 television movie. Semple also commenced a solo recording career that has resulted in the release of ten albums. In 1992, Semple came to national prominence through winning the MuchMusic "Guitar Wars" contest. Semple has been twice nominated, in 1999 and 2000, for a Gemini Award for his soundtrack work on the television series Incredible Story Studio. Semple won a Juno award in 1991 for best roots recording. He has won two Western Canadian music awards for "Qu'Appelle" and "In the Blue Light". Semple continues to perform as a solo artist and with The Jack Semple Band, across Canada.
The Steppin Stones
The Steppin Stones
What's the secret to forming a band that has been around for a decade, put out four releases, and shared stages with renowned musical acts including Kansas, Jefferson Starship, Outlaws, Lyle Lovett, Jason Isbell, and Rusted Root all by the age you can legally vote? One answer: start young. Hannah Wicklund (guitar/vocals), Justice Ian Jones (drums), and Andrew Ottimo (bass/vocals) began following their passion for music at ages when most kids still take afternoon naps.
Hannah began taking piano lessons at age 3 and was entering classical music competitions by the age of 4. By kindergarten, her father gave her a book of Beatles cover songs, expanding her tastes from classical to classic rock. At age 6, she played her first show, performing Beatles covers with her brother, Luke Mitchell (also a musician, currently of the band The High Divers). She first picked up a guitar at age 8, and by 9, she had formed The Steppin Stones.
Ian started playing the drums at 5 years old, inspired by musicians like Mike Maple and Carter Beauford. Rounding out the three-piece is Andrew Ottimo, whose lifelong inspiration is Les Claypool, the lead singer and bassist of quirky San Francisco rock band Primus.
While The Steppin Stones began as a cover band, the trio has spent the past three years exploring their own distinct sound, writing their own music, and touring as much as possible. The sound they've accomplished is nostalgic rock, informed by all those years playing classic songs. Hannah's singing voice and guitar playing has earned her comparisons to blues/soul musician Susan Tedeschi, which speaks to the strength of the band's performance style.
In between touring and playing private events (including several parties for AC/DC's Brian Johnson and his vintage racing team), they managed to release a self-titled album last year, recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC.
Venue Information:
Chameleon Club
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603
http://www.chameleonclub.net/