On Thursday, August 15th, the Alberta Rose Theatre will present one of the hottest twin bills to hit town this summer as Kansas City’s blues & roots piano playing Kelley Hunt will be showcased alongside San Francisco’s Quinn DeVeaux & The Blue Beat Review.
In some ways Roots R&B/Americana singer/songwriter/piano player/guitarist Kelley Hunt is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry’s penchant for easy artist definitions — a woman who has muscled her way into the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues/roots/gospel traditions and a refreshing originality. She makes music with its righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.
Quinn DeVeaux has packed houses and astounded audiences in the bay area for years with his smooth and dirty spank you voice and cool melodic songwriting. First he started an early Chicago Blues band and then a New Orleans soul and gospel band. Both groups had audiences clamoring for more. Now he has combined it all in the Blue Beat Review a self-styled crossroads of his many musical roots. Quinn harnesses the likes of Ray Charles, John Hurt, Fats Domino and Bo Diddley. His songwriting is the classic influence made fresh. With all the style and subtlety of the great soul/blues singers of the earth bound golden days, his band keeps audiences in a state of joy.
The Alberta Rose Theatre is located at 3000 NE Alberta St. Showtime is 8:00 pm and minors are okay when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets are $15.00 advance and $18.00 day of show, available on-line at www.albertarosetheatre.com.