The Best of Janis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix
Patty Reese, Jonathan Sloane, Kelly Bell, Mama Moon, Tommy Lepson, Mary Shaver, Jeff Hall, Kristie DiLascio, Scott Ambush, Chuck Underwood, Michael Andre Aubin, Deren Blessman, Robbie Cooper, Andy Hamburger, Sonny Petrosky, Dan Hovey, Vince McCool, Wayne Sulc, Bill Starks & Wes Lanich
Two of musics’ immortals are honored in this brand new show from Newmyer Flyer paying tribute to Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Janis Joplin hailed from Port Arthur Texas where she fell in love with the deep blues and soul she heard on the radio. Arriving in San Francisco in the mid 60’s she joined forces with the psychedelic blues band Big Brother and the Holding Company who released “Cheap Thrills” which contained her mesmerizing performances of Piece of My Heart, Ball & Chain and Summertime. Later she found other bands and more hits like “Cry Baby, Move Over, and Me & Bobby McGee. Her legendary live performances and wildly charismatic personae cemented her legacy. Audiences were spellbound by the passion she brought to every song. She was essentially the first rock-mama and brought the blues to millions. There really hasn’t been one like her since.
Jimi Hendrix burst just like a supernova on the world stage in 1967 when he released “Are You Experienced” a mind blowing display of guitar virtuosity and songwriting genius. It was an instant sensation and coincided with the advent of FM radio. Soon Purple Haze, The Wind Cries Mary, and Foxy Lady were blasting through the airwaves and stereos everywhere. Hendrix’s electrifying live performances were second to none and even in an era full of legends, like Joplin, he was somehow peerless. Hendrix followed his debut with the even better Axis Bold As Love and then Electric Ladyland, an epic double album that fully explored his musical palette. This show will tribute the best of each of these iconic artists recorded work, featuring smash hits, career bests, and deep cuts all performed by 20 of D.C.’s finest musicians.
Newmyer Flyer is the 2nd concert production company from BandHouse Gigs co-founder Ron Newmyer. Featuring the best singers and musicians in the D.C. area to honor music icons, legendary albums and eras, previous Newmyer Flyer shows have included; The Last Waltz Tribute, , Love Songs: The Beatles the Dream Discs Album Tribute Series (Layla & Other Assorted Eric Clapton, The Wild The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, & Moondance, Who’s Next & Every Picture Tells A Story, Tapestry & The Best of Goffin-King), The Songs of Burt Bacharach & Hal David, A Southern Soul Tribute: Music of Muscle Shoals & Stax/Volt, A John Lennon Birthday Tribute, The Everly Brothers Tribute & The Halloween Howl among others.
Patty Reese is a fan favorite and critic’s choice in the Mid-Atlantic region and over the years and she's collected enough WAMMIES (Washington Area Music Awards) to fill the a major DC pothole. Awards include Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Roots Rock Band and Vocalist as well as national songwriting awards.
Reese is excited to get her brand new and fourth release Let In The Sun out to the world. Patty's previous release, Strong Medicine, (WAMA's Album of the Year) held the #1 position on the AirPlay Direct Global Radio Indicator Charts™ (displaying the top singles downloaded for airplay by radio programmers) for 4 weeks and has been played on over 700 stations worldwide.
An acoustic and intimate house concert, rocking the house at the Birchmere, commanding a standing ovation at Maryland's Strathmore Music Hall on the Woodstock tribute, that's where you might have seen Patty Reese and you can be sure she was lighting the place up with uninhibited effervescence. Her strong songwriting, dynamic vocals and solid guitar work make her a powerful solo act — or add in a mega talented band of music vets and lookout below!
Comparisons have been made, that Reese claims as influences, including Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Bob Dylan.
Proven a great match up with national Blues and Roots luminaries, Patty has supported many including Beth Hart, Delbert McClinton, Tab Benoit, Jimmie Vaughan and Dr John.
Her January 2017 release Let In The Sun on the Azalea City Recordings label, just keeps delivering song after song with clever, timely subjects and solid musical prowess. Aside from the title track “Let In The Sun” other standout songs are “Awesome Sauce” incorporating a New Orleans “second line” groove. The song title itself is a good analogy for the mix of musical styles, love and energy that is delivered here. “Good Neighbor”, a song everyone can relate to, (you might find your head nodding yes and chuckling over the truth in this upbeat sophisticated shuffle) takes familiar thoughts and winds them unpredictably into a rant of the good and bad things about neighbors.
The CD features guitarist Jonathan Sloane; bassist Sonny Petrosky; drummer Andy Hamburger and Tommy Lepson (co-producer with Reese).
“Music has always been my inspiration, my challenge, and a respite and safe harbor to express my sorrow, pain, anger, love, humor, and everything that makes us human. I’ve always had a strong desire to explore, grow and improve. I love the work of being a musician — meeting new friends and fellow music lovers, a life surrounded by musicians and fellow creatives, being in a new place every night — it's always new, always fresh.
“This collection of songs is an honest representation of who I am, where I come from, and where my heart is. The Blues remains the rock on which I have built every song I've ever written. I also love to incorporate songs by artists that inspire me and this time it was Steve Earle and Bob Dylan.”
Her powerhouse vocals, strong work ethic and sharply honed songwriting skills have led her to the release of Let In The Sun, her most captivating work to date. Be assured, the future in store for Patty with this release is already bright.
Jonathan Sloane Trio
Jonathan Sloane is a multi-talented, lifelong musician, instructor, guitarist and lyricist based in Rockville, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. His compositions, tone and lyrical lead guitar playing are deeply rooted in the blues; expanding into R&B, rock 'n' roll, funk and soul.
Sloane has played to sold out crowds at both the local and national level. He is a sought after talent in the Baltimore and Washington, DC music scenes. Recently, he performed with the Bandhouse Gigs collective, a group of local musicians intent on honoring the legacy of legendary acts like Jimi Hendrix and The Band; and has shared the stage with some of the top performers in the region, including The Patty Reese Band, Daryl Davis, The Nighthawks, saxophone extraordinaire Ron Holloway, Mary Ann Redmond and the Cris Jacobs Band.
Jonathan writes and performed with several of his own bands, each offering a unique outlet for his eclectic influences to shine.
Yellow Dubmarine is a tribute band that reimagines the beloved Beatles catalogue through syncopation and soul of early rock-steady, dub and roots-rock reggae. In addition to working out song arrangements, Jonathan contributes vocals and rhythm and lead guitar. Known for their live performances, in 2011, the band released the well-received studio album, Abbey Dub. The band has performed across the country, with gigs at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC; Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado; The Mint in L.A.; and The House of Blues in both Houston and New Orleans. For more information, please visit Yellowdubmarine.com.
Sloane also performs and writes songs for Jamison and Double-O-Soul, Wayward Dog and the Jonathan Sloane Trio. Each group performs a mix of original compositions and classic soul and blues covers. Find them at local music venues such as The Hamilton, the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, the 8X10 Club and Penn Social. Jonathan is currently in the process of recording original works as each band continues to impress audiences with the electricity of their live performances.
Jonathan is available for session and live work as a guitar player and vocalist. He also teaches private lessons for aspiring musicians. For more information, please see the "contact" page. You can also visit Jonathan's Facebook page.
Kelly Bell is the leader of one of the Mid Atlantics’ most popular and electrifying bands, the Kelly Bell Band, “among the most genre-expanding acts on today’s blues scene. Who else can combine elements of hip-hop, funk, and blues-electrified here, Delta there, horn driven elsewhere- and still manage to sound sincere? A forward view of the way blues is transitioning in today’s scene…Bell’s an honest poet and an outstanding singer with lots to say. ” Blues Revue Magazine.
Formed as a backup band for Bo Diddley, the Kelly Bell Band is now in its twenty-second year of playing, recording, and entertaining fans. The KBB released their debut album, Phat Blues Music in 1998. It remains one of the best selling CDs in Mid-Atlantic region history.
In addition to his role as one of the premiere front men in the music industry today, the KBB’s success has also been promoted by Bell’s presence in Baltimore. Bell is a regular on several area radio shows, performs as a professional wrestler, has written, recorded and acted in commercials, and has several television and movie appearances to his credit.
Mama Moon is a singer/songwriter/stage wrecker born and raised in Washington, DC . Her 4 octave vocals have been heard in the DMV, Atlanta and NYC tri-state area singing funk, rock, classical, jazz and blues with various eclectic musical units. She is the lead vocalist for the band Full Power Blues in DC and just released her Urban Alternative solo EP under the name Moon Newbill called "Come Through Mother'.
WAMA Hall of Fame and multi award winning vocalist and instrumentalist, has been performing since the mid 1960s and has toured the US,, Canada and Europe. His musical associations include: Nils Lofgren, Rootboy Slim, Danny Gatton, Jimmy Thackery, Tom Principato, and DCs own SoulC rackers. Currently writing and recording with former Allman Brothers Band member Johnny Neel,a nd Dave Chappell.
Vocalist/arranger Jeff Hall is a versatile and creative musician. After residing in Nashville, TN for several years, where he was a faculty member at the Nashville Jazz Workshop, he recently returned to his native Baltimore, MD area. Jeff has three CD’s to his credit; the 2003 debut CD "Let's Face the Music, 2009’s live CD “Get Out of Town” released on vocal jazz giant Kevin Mahogany’s label, and 2016’s “Life Collected”, featuring the great pianist Tamir Hendelman. Jeff also sings with, writes and arranges for his Nashville based vocal quartet “3rd Coast Vocals”, which debuted “3CV” in 2012. He has performed worldwide, including the Montreaux and North Sea Jazz Festivals.
Kristie Di Lascio is frontwoman of DC synthpop trio Loi Loi, whose inaugural EP, Viva La Vulva, premiered in March 2017, six months after Kristie’s return from Spain to Washington, DC. Loi Loi’s upcoming full-length album will be out Summer 2018, and promises to deliver on the dancepop, with a new terrain of influences, cultures, and experimental moody vibes. Kristie counts Janis Joplin as one of her top three vocal influences, alongside Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.
After 30 years playing sideman in DC based bands such as Junior Cline & the Recliners and the Cathy Ponton King Band, and the last 10 years as a member of Americana/Country band Ruthie and the Wranglers, and as a featured performer on BandHouse Gigs concert productions, Bill Starks recently released his first ever CD of original music "I See Trouble"
With a lovable, lived-in voice, amazing piano chops, and a distinctive Blues-infused style, the new cd is a long awaited treasure of eclectic tunes showing Bill Starks’ versatile and charming songwriting style.
Mary Shaver is a two time Washington Area Music Association winner in the Rhythm and Blues/Blues Female Vocal category. Her 25 years of experience on the DMV blues scene and three recordings (No Time Like Now/Live/Full Circle) are the result of hard work and dedication. She’s opened for William Clarke, Sue Foley, Southside Johnny, the Marshall Tucker Band, the Outlaws and Joe Louis Walker. Her influences include Janis Joplin, Etta James and Muddy Waters.
Deletta Gillespie is a multi-disciplinary performing and teaching artist whose first performance was at age six in her mother’s nightclub act. She has opened for acts such as Patti Austin, Al Jarreau, Lalah Hathaway, New York Voices, and alongside Broadway legends such as Carolee Carmello, Sharon Wilkins, and James Leslie. Gillespie teaches theatre arts at Towson and Coppin State Universities. Future performances include the launch of her book panties UP, dress DOWN: Things My Mama Used to Say (May 26) and a performance at the Silver Spring Blues Festival (June 16).