Thu, Oct 6, 2016 at 7pm

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BLIND JOE
North Dakota's Outlaw Country Rebel.  The rowdy non-stop rebel soul that is Blind Joe is as infectious as a night of Jack Daniels and a few Hank Williams songs on the jukebox. Coming from nowhere to being one of the most successful solo musicians in the Minnesota/North Dakota area was not what he expected. Nevertheless, in just a few short years, Joe has shared the stage with numerous top local and regional acts, as well as national recording artists such as John HIatt, David Allan Coe, Craig Morgan, John Anderson, James Otto, Buddy Guy, Bret Michaels of Poison, Collin Ray,and many more.  After four cross country tours, playing to thousands of fans in bars, theaters, and arenas, Joe has sold massive amounts of merchandise and become a staple in the music community. Although if you asked him, he would humbly tell you, “I’m just bringin’ that good sh*t back”... With his quick-witted sense of humor, original country music, and energetic stage presence, Blind Joe is tapping his way quickly into the hearts and minds of people all over the United States. And in case you’re wondering, YES, he’s really blind :)

SON JACK JR.’S DELTA HOTHOUSE
Son Jack Jr & Michael Wilde are an award winning traditional blues duo based out of Seattle, WA.    Neither are strangers to the music industry, counting 30+ years of touring and recording experience between them, both in the US and Europe.  They released their first joint album (“Walk The Talk”) in September 2010 and have received widespread and regular national airplay peaking at #2 Picks To Click on XM/Sirius Radio and hit #49 on the National Roots Music blues).  The duo’s spirited and energetic acoustic performances are what set them apart, and live shows have been described as “intoxicating, intense, exciting experiences”.  “We play blues in the way we believe it was intended to sound back in the day, meaning rough and ready dance music, if you know what I mean”. Theirrepertoire consists of predominantly original material but also pays respect to a carefully chosen set of covers by the likes of Charley Patton, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Big Bill Broonzy, RL Burnside  and Tommy Johnson among others.  “The songs we choose to cover are those that personally connect with us.  When you come to a show you’re guaranteed a good time.  However, we’re not your typical weekend party band, so if you’re looking for “Mustang Sally” we’re probably not gonna make your night”. However, this approach seems to work as evidenced by the reaction of many at their live shows where dancing is common, and many would say, unavoidable. 

 

The duo is much in demand and has performed at every major venue in Washington and Oregon. Some of the highlights to date include sharing the stage with Charlie Musselwhite, Magic Slim, Coco Montoya, Sonny Landreth and Candye Kane.  They appeared at Portland’s Waterfront Blues Festival in 2009 and again in 2010.  As if that wasn’t enough, they also earned the right to compete at the International Blues Challenge semi-finals in Memphis, TN in 2009 and 2010.  In February 2012, they had the honor to travel to St Louis to open for Chuck Berry.

 

The latest album (Walk The Talk) released on September 1, 2010 and has garnered significant praise so far, including reviews in Living Blues and Blues Revue. 

·         “ASTONISHING…"Walk The Talk“ will have you no doubt, correcting your vision and seeing this style of blues in a whole new and appreciative light “ John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

·         EXCEPTIONAL ... A run out and buy it record for anybody who loves Southern blues music. Top shelf material!"  Greg Johnson, President, Cascade Blues Society

·         "UNBELIEVABLE…  "Walk The Talk" is by far the best Traditional Blues Album I have listened to all year“ Jonathan Richards, Host of “Blues House” on KSER 90.7FM

 

Awards/Recognition:
2012

          Winner: "Best Solo/Duo Blues Act" (WA Blues Society)

          Winner: Regional IBC (South Sound Blues Association)

2011:
         Winner: "Best Acoustic Blues Guitar" (WA Blues Society)
WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards:  Also nominated for Best Solo/Duo act, Best Traditional Blues Band.

2010:

·         Winner: Top 10 “Sleeper” album of 2010 (Blues Bytes)

·         Winner: Best USA Blues Album 2010 (Blues Underground)

·         Winner: Best self-produced CD (WA Blues Society)

·         Winner "Best Solo/Duo act" with Michael Wilde (WA Blues Society)

·         Winner "Best Traditional Blues Band" with Michael Wilde (WA Blues Society)

·         Semi-finalist 26th International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN

·         WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards:  Also nominated for Best Acoustic      Blues Guitar.

2009:

·         Winner "Best Solo/Duo act" with Michael Wilde (WA Blues Society)

·         Winner "Best Traditional Blues Band" with Delta Hothouse (WA Blues Society)

·         Semi-finalist 25th International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN

·         Winner Regional IBC (Cascade Blues Assoc)

·         WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards: Also nominated for Best Acoustic Blues Guitar, Best Songwriter, Best Writer and Best New Blues Band

2008:

·         Winner Regional IBC (South Sound Blues Association).

·         Winner  Best self produced CD (When The Devil Calls) South Sound Blues Association

·         WA Blues Society “Best of the Blues” Awards: Nominated for Best Traditional Blues act, Best Solo/Duo act, Best Acoustic Guitar, Best Songwriter.

 

What others are saying

  • “I love country blues and don’t hear much these days so I was happy to hear the new CD by Son Jack Jr. He must really love country blues because he sure has the feel”. CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE
  • "Son Jack Jr. and Michael Wilde summoned the devil at the crossroads...I swear John Lee was seen to hover about the room" Ty Hitzemann, BUKO MAGAZINE
  • “…his accomplished playing and songwriting skills make him an artist to watch” BLUESWAX
  •  “…he makes you shiver. His beautiful voice, his perfectly timed licks and his never ceasing love for the Mississippi Delta amaze me.” ROOTSTIME

TOTAL EXPERIENCE GOSPEL CHOIR
The Total Experience Gospel Choir bursts with love, joy and enthusiasm - humanity! It is hailed as one of the Pacific Northwest's finest soulful ensembles. Pastor Patrinell Staten Wright started the group as a gospel music class at Seattle's Franklin High School in 1973. Since then the choir has grown to become a nationally and internationally known gospel singing group.

The Total Experience Gospel Choir was organized in September 1973 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Seattle, WA. The core group represented members of the “Black Experience Gospel Choir” of Roosevelt High School and the Franklin High School Gospel Choir of Seattle. United, the choir became known as “Total Experience Gospel Choir”. When the choirs merged, the community’s youth were also invited to participate. And, participate – they did! The Choir’s numbers grew to 108 within the first two months, with the youngest person being 8 years old. Today the choir is made up of young and old alike. Since their inception, MUCH history has taken place. The choir has become known nationally and internationally. Their travels have taken them to 36 contiguous states as well as Hawaii and Alaska – for a total of 38 states. They have performed on 5 continents and in 28 countries.

The Total Experience Gospel Choir has over 150 awards and recognitions locally, statewide, nationally and internationally. They have performed on the same billing with the late Dr. James Cleveland, founder of the Gospel Music Workshop of America; Quincy Jones; Ray Charles; the Hawkins Family of “Oh Happy Day” fame; Take Six – award winning acapella group; Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Winans; Michael Bolton; Sweet Honey in the Rock; The Judds; Charlie Daniel; Pete Seeger; Steely Dan; Olympia Dukakis; Chuck Mangione; Foreigner and many others. Total Experience Gospel Choir is a regular performer of the National Anthem at many professional sports events as well as halftime activities. They have been the featured group for fifteen seasons of Langston Hughes’ play “Black Nativity” at Seattle’s Intiman Theater which is now at the Moore Theater . Each performance is SRO for 25-30 shows per season (month of December). They are also the featured voices of many local and national commercials.

Most recently (Summer, 2012), Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir journeyed to Japan where they not only presented the Word of God through song, they also once again delivered much needed supplies to victims of the Tsunami who were located at a Refugee Camp in Ishinomaki, Japan. Also, in August, 2012, they made an expedition into the South covering Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi to check on individuals they helped following the Katrina Hurricane where they rebuilt and refurbished homes for two hurricane victims in Gulfport, Mississippi. The Choir‘s ministry is not only musical but a hands on and Jesus powered endeavor doing whatever they can to help those in need while leading those that are lost to Christ. During this expedition they sang in the cities of Texarkana, Texas; Natchitchitoches, Louisiana; and Lake Charles, Louisiana. In Lake Charles, the Choir was given the Key to the City along with other awards.

And the beat literally goes on and on. Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir are always a well oiled spiritual machine of perpetual movement. They are always out and about doing what they can to help their community, city, state, nation, and world while never forgetting that Jesus Christ is reason for all of their seasons.

So, if you want to be engulfed by a good foot tapping, multicultural, heart thumping, soul saving, gospel music extravaganza; you need to take a listen to Pastor Pat Wright and the Total Experience Gospel Choir. After all, they are always singing somewhere near you.

A very few of the Choir's feats and accomplishments by year:

1973 - Organized

1974 – World Baptist Youth Conference – Portland, Oregon

1974 – Expo ’74 (3 times) – Spokane, Washington

1976 – Official representatives for Seattle’s Bicentennial Celebration seen on national television

1981 – Goodwill ambassadors to the Bahamas 1982 – Tours of the East and Southern United States

1983 – Hawaii

1984 – Another extensive tour of the United States

1985 – Extensive touring of the United States

1986 – Central America tour to Mexico, El Salvador, Managua & Bluefields, Nicaragua

1989 – Salt Lake City, Utah – Mormon Tabernacle

1992 – Kazan, Russia

1993 – Australia – Sydney Opera House – 1st Place (Gold) in International Choral Competition

1994 – Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D. C.

1994 – Japan

1995 – Russia & Siberia

1995 – First place in 5th Annual Washington State Christian Talent Contest

1997 – Germany

1998 – St. Helena Island & Gullah Island, South Carolina

1999 – Germany

2000 – California and British Columbia

2000 – First Place in the Acapella Competition and represented the Puget Sound Area in the national competition held in California

2001 – Bermuda

2002 – Anchorage, Alaska

2004 – Japan

2005 – Paris, France

2006 - Southern U.S. Tour

2006 - Japan

2007 - Japan

2008 - Hurricane relief on the Gulf Coast - Gulfport, MS (twice)

2008 - Japan

2009 - Texas and Mississippi Tour

2012 - Japan

2012 - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi

Recordings:

1976 – Shine

1979 – Lift Him Up with the late Reverend Isaac Douglas

1989 – We Remain Faithful – Charlie Murphy

1998 – We Come This Far By Faith – 25th Anniversary Celebration

1999 – We Shall Overcome with the Lunebery, Germany Gospel Happening Choir

2000 – Live At McGowans

2001 – Black Nativity

2001 – Shout Out Loud – a healing tribute for 9-11

2002 – selected by Starbucks Coffee for their Christmas CD, distributed internationally

2004 – Solo CD by Director, Pastor Pat Wright “Drums & Voices! A Spiritual Reunion”

2005 – Total Experience Choir Sings Old School Gospel

2008 - "Seven Songs for America and One for the World" written by the Bergevin Brothers of Kirkland, WA and performed by Total Experience Gospel Choir. This CD was inspired by President-Elect Barack Obama

7pm doors / 8pm show
$12 adv - $15 door / 21+