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BluesView – April is Picking Up


by Big Earl Mathews

It’s April and things are picking up, folks. I don’t know about you, but I am ready for it.

I have some exciting news for you: I have re-joined forces with my old partner in crime Ray Vazira and all this month, we are again playing shows as the “Poorhouse Millionaires”. Along with our other band members Eli Lester and Nathan Ignacio, we will be out and about and working on a new cd. I am so happy to be back in this project and playing music with these fellas again! I hope you can make it out and see all the new songs we have in store for you.

Starting things off this month: Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame will be at the TIlted Turtle on the 1st. If you haven’t made it in to see the remodel and meet the new staff yet, now is your chance. On the 2nd Shane Dwight will be up at Black Oak Casino. Shane puts on a great show and if you love guitar this is one to see.

On the 3rd Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood will be out in Isleton on Moore’s Riverboat at 1pm for a Sunday Funday party. Jeramy and his band are one of the hardest working blues bands in the valley and have been for years. Jeramy knows about a million songs and always shows up with a smile ready to make it a party. You can also catch Jeramy and the boys at the Garlic Brothers in Stockton every Thursday night for an open blues jam, so bring your axe and join the fun.

On the 17th The Poorhouse Millionaires will have their first public show in a couple of years over at Deva Cafe. Come on down and grab some breakfast and see what we been cooking.

April 22nd is going to be a real treat for guitar fans because Blues legend Jimmy Thackery is coming to Black Oak Casino. With 23 albums under his belt and a list of accomplishments a mile long, all you have to do is type his name into youtube and you will know why you won’t want to miss this guy.

Finishing out the month in style is a great weekend of music. Friday the 29th the Poorhouse Millionaires are playing Music on the Plaza next to Fuzio in the 10th Street Plaza in downtown Modesto. Then on Saturday the 29th at Black Oak Casino The Zydeco Flames are ready to make you move your feet. If you are unfamiliar with Zydeco music, it’s as spicy as its Cajun roots. Take the spirit of the bayou and mix it with accordion, washboard, fiddle, guitar and a big ol’ smile and you have the gumbo that is zydeco music.

To finish out this month of blues music Bob Hope theater welcomes Joe Bonamassa to their stage. Joe has been playing guitar since he was 4 years old, he has played with everyone from BB King to Eric Clapton and has a Grammy nomination too. He is one of the biggest stars in the Blues world today and you can still get tickets, pretty cool.

Well, thanks everyone. I hope you have a great month and I hope even more to see you out at a show.

April Gigs

1st Big Earl and the Cryin Shame at the Tilted Turtle 9pm No Cover

2nd Shane Dwight at Black Oak Casino 8pm No Cover

3rd Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood at Moore’s RIverboat in Isleton 1pm No COver

10th Shane Dwight at Moss landing Inn 3pm

17th Poorhouse Millionaires, Deva Cafe 10 to noon

22nd Jimmy Thackery at Black Oak Casino 8pm No Cover

24th Shane Dwight at Moss landing Inn 11am

29th Poorhouse Millionaires, Music on the Plaza, 10th St Plaza Downtown Modesto 7pm No Cover

29th Zydeco Flames at Black Oak Casino 8pm No Cover

30th Joe Bonamassa at the Bob Hope Theater in Stockton



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