We are starting off 2019 with some musical fireworks.
Things start lighting up on Saturday, Jan. 5 when Victor Wainwright and The Train make a whistle-stop in our main hall. Victor and the band just picked up a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, for his latest self-titled album – Victor Wainwright and The Train. We already knew Victor was a rising star, now the world knows as well.
Victor is the best young boogie woogie and blues pianist out there and he’s sharing the stage with the best boogie woogie veteran in the world. That’s birthday boy Bob Seeley, who will be celebrating his 90th spin around the planet in 2019. Bob learned his chops from the original boogie woogie greats and he’s still an amazing showman.
I’m thinking Bob and Victor will likely do a duet or two at some point on Saturday. Bob’s big birthday celebration will happen on Saturday, March 23, when he headlines our annual Boogie Woogie Blues Piano Stomp. Tickets are on sale now for that show as well by following this link.
And another birthday guy is our own John Lamb, who took home Grammys while working with Duke Ellington on the Far East Suite, Ellington ’66 and others during his stint as Duke’s bass player. We’ll be celebrating John’s 85 birthday on Sunday, Jan. 6 with an all-star mainstage concert and a jam in the Side Door after the show.
John’s show, curated by Nate Najar, features a collection of top jazz musicians including La Lucha, Bass Choir with Steve Boisen, Mark Neuenschwander, Joe Porter, Jeff Rupert, James Suggs, Jeremy Carter, Synia Carroll, Bryan Hughes, and Nate Najar. My buddy Bob Devin Jones will also bring some special birthday wishes.
Both shows are selling fast, so get your tickets now. To reserve yours, call our box office at 727-822-3590 or follow this link for online tickets and information.
And that’s not our only Grammy connection in January. Multiple Grammy nominee Shelly Berg will lead a piano trio show in the Side door On Thursday, Jan. 10. He’ll have Mark Feinman and Alejandro Arenas, of La Lucha, sharing the stage with him.