FELIX CABRERA BAND
Ever effervescent, frequently a rascal, and always emotional, blues harp master Felix Cabrera cuts through the din as a consummate musician and performer tirelessly engaging his audiences and fans. Cabrera was recently Inducted into the New York City Blues Hall of Fame as a part of its first award ceremony. He has been recording since the '70s with The Felix Cabrera Band, The Black Italians, and The A Train Blues Band, frequently teaming up with Jimmy Vivino (of Conan O'Brian Show fame) and other top notch musicians.
Part of the first wave of Cuban immigrants landing in Miami in the '60s and working its way up to Union City, NJ, Cabrera gravitated towards the amazingly diverse blues scene that was thriving in '70s New York City. His music is steeped in the heavy, gut-wrenching blues of the Chicago bluesmen of the '50s and '60s, but it retains a contemporary social conscience, as Cabrera brings his audience through time to the present with his original material. At times you can feel him channeling Paul Butterfield, one of his musical heroes, and then with the next tune he draws heavily on his Cuban roots, weaving together the melodies and Latin percussion of his childhood. Cabrera's blues harp solos are nothing short of explosive, and his voice is soulful. This man knows how to work a crowd and deliver!
ROBERT ROSS BAND
Robert Ross is an award winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, slide guitarist, and harmonica player who is known for jazz, blues, soul, rock 'n' roll, and other roots music. Robert is a two time New York Music Award winner (1989 & 2011) who has been nominated a total of 7 times alongside such stars as Johnny Copeland, Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., Roscoe Gordon, Cyndi Lauper and Mose Allison. Robert is also a NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee who has garnered rave reviews on two continents for many years.
Robert worked and recorded with Big Joe Turner for Spivey Records & for Doc Pomus. He also worked with Lightnin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Brownie McGhee, Memphis Slim, Sunnyland Slim, Otis Rush, Dr. John, J.B. Hutto, Victoria Spivey, Louisiana Red, Eddie Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Bobby Lewis, Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, David "Honey Boy" Edwards, Linda Hopkins, Wilbert Harrison, & Champion Jack Dupree. One of Ross' songs was recorded and released twice by Johnny Winter. Two other originals appeared on ABC TV's daytime drama "All My Children".
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