Central Valley Blues Society Thank You Party

Central Valley Blues Society Thank You Party

Sun, March 3, 2019

Doors: 4:30 pm / Show: 5:00 pm

Fulton 55

Fresno, CA


This event is 21 and over

Bill Clifton's Chicken & Whiskey Band
Bill Clifton's Chicken & Whiskey Band
Four old friends walk into a bar...
Deja Blues
Deja Blues
Déjà Blues. Together for over a decade, DB is a home brewed blues concoction bringing you some of the hottest blues entertainment anywhere. The mission of Déjà Blues, and that of the Central Valley Blues Society, is to preserve, perform and pay tribute to the unique style of American music called the blues.

We cover all styles of blues from the Mississippi Delta to the Chicago Shuffle, from the West Coast Jump to the Texas Boogie. Together with the sounds of our original blues, we cover tunes from Charlie Musselwhite, Stevie Ray, Albert, Freddy, and BB King, Hollywood Fats to Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and all of the artists in between. We play blues with all the grooves.

If you’re a blues lover or just want to see what the blues is all about, Déjà Blues is your band—guaranteed to make you dance your tail off. So come on down and get your groove on— we’ll see you at the next show.
Richie Blue
Richie Blue

Recent inductee into"The Blues Hall of Fame"Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Richie Blue's blistering guitar playing and heart and soul vocals have taken him to his current status as one of the top drawing acts on the club and festival circuit all over California, the northwestern states, Canada, and Mexico. His brand of music although rooted in the blues, is a blend of rock-a-billy, country swing, New Orleans swamp, and soul.

Born and raised in Washington State, Richie won his first talent show contest in 1969 and went on to play in succesful 1970s northwest bands such as The Nashband and Greasewood before moving to San Francisco in 1980. His stint with The Fabulous Beaumont Brothers featuring Amos Garett brought attention to Richie's Twangin Blues and slide playing. Soon he was gigging the San Jose, San Francisco and Sacremento club and festival circuit with just about everyone in sight — some big names, others not so big — but always adding his tasteful, graceful, unpredictable and amazing guitar playing!

Richie began performing with his own band in 1994 and has released three CDs on the San Francisco Farmboy label. His original song "Rooster" has been performed by the band Zero, Norton Buffalo, Stu Blank, The Sonoma Swampdogs and other Bay Area blues bands! With production help from Norton Buffalo and Steve Miller, Richie recorded and shopped his song "Run Through The Night" with favorable notices!

Wherever Richie performs, the place is jumpin' and he has lived up to his buisness card slogan "No Bar Too Far". Richie has been a guest guitarist on 30+ albums and CDs! The following is a list of a few notable artists Richie has performed, toured and or recorded with: Amos Garrett, Steve Warner, Doug Kershaw, Roy Clark, Little Anthony, The Drifters, Fabian, Elvin Bishop, Norton Buffalo, Steve Miller, B.B. King, Little Milton, Johnny Copeland, Buddy Miles, Terry Hanck, Johhny V, Tommy Tu Tone, Bobby Voltage and Doyle Bramhall 2.
Baby Bee
Baby Bee
New Orleans is a city built on myths. Whether it's the pervasive influence of voodoo, jazz, Mardi Gras, and bourbon, the legends of Louisiana continue to intoxicate future generations. The sights, sounds, and smells of the Big Easy are unlike anything else in the world. Once you've visited, you're never quite the same. Lest we forget, this is the area that produced Louis Armstrong, The Meters, Fats Domino, and even Lil Wayne. Music might as well be in the water. That brings us to Baby Bee. The brotherly duo of Joe Stark [vocals, guitar] and David Stark [vocals, drums] proudly pick up the rock 'n' roll mantle for Louisiana.

"When you tell people you're from South Louisiana and New Orleans, it's like saying you're from Jamaica or something," smiles Joe. "From a young age, we got exposed to so much incredible music indigenous to the city. Then, there's all kinds of crazy shit like our great-grandmother was a Traiteur who messed with faith healing. We feel connected to the bloodline. At the same time, it's just a fun place to live. People know how to cut loose. They want to dance. We want to make them dance, and it plays a huge part in our sound."

In essence, the boys began cultivating that sound from the moment they picked instruments as kids and started jamming together. Their parents played in local cover bands and always encouraged their musical pursuits.

In 2010, they officially formed Baby Bee, rehearsing and recording in a practice space affectionately dubbed "The Tackle Box". Their self-released Drop It Like A Bomb—produced by Dave Cobb [Rival Sons, Jason Isbell]—organically garnered some high-profile attention. Eventually, it made into the hands of Republic Records who signed the band after a hyper-energetic New York showcase during the summer of 2012.

Quickly, they hopped a plane to Nashville to record at the legendary Blackbird Studios with Brendan O'Brien [Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Stone Temple Pilots] behind the board. The result of their work is the group's four-song debut EP, The Shaker. It's a swaggering, sweaty, and sizzling gumbo of bluesy licks, walloping rock distortion, funky beats, and soulful howls.

"We draw from so many different places," David admits. "There are those South Louisiana rhythms that speak to us. There's a Cajun feels that comes from listening to guys like Cleveland Crochet. At the same time, we love Queens of the StoneAge and The Hives. As a result, I feel like we hunted down our own style."

You'll feel itimmediately on the revved-up riffs of the first single "High Heel Leather Boots". It's a sexy anthem that's worth dancing along to. Joe puts it best, "The song paints the perfect picture of the Louisiana lustfulness and a hot night down here. That melody was super sticky."

Elsewhere on the EP,the rousing "Another and Another"—co-written with Butch Walker—echoes a lusty New Orleans night with skittering guitars and propulsive beat, while "Jet Black" and "Bang It Out" are rousing rockers.

While finishing up The Shaker EP, the group unveiled "Love Bug" during a key episode in Season 3 of the highest-rated show on cable, AMC's The Walking Dead. It also appeared on the show's soundtrack, which debuted #2 on the iTunes Top Album Chart and #1 on the Soundtrack Albums Chart.

Ultimately though, Baby Bee feel like they're continuing a tradition. "We hope our songs move listeners the same way our favorite songs move us," Joe concludes. "We wanted to make this band our favorite band. If someone can be removed from their lives and feel transported to our world, that's our dream."
Venue Information:
Fulton 55
875 Divisadero Street
Fresno, CA, 93721