A Brief History Of The Blues

Following the highly acclaimed “Gypsy Road” show, SR is proud to present the next show in our ‘culture series’, A Brief History Of The Blues.

The blues is both a musical style and a musical genre that has tremendously influenced the development of Western contemporary music from jazz to rock, from RnB to pop.  In three sets, this show seeks to “link the dots”, charting a line of the evolution of the blues from its roots in the Mississippi Delta to the music of today.

Date: Friday, 9 August, 2013
Door: 10pm
Venue: Fringe Club (2 Lower Albert Rd., Central)
Ticket: $120 (advance)  $150 (on the day)  price includes 1 drink
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We are pleased to have Albion Amplification, Tsang Fook Piano Company and Pedal Bunker sponsoring this event.

Line up:
Whitemud Slide (Delta blues)
Helter Skelter (Chicago blues)
Just Soda (Blues rock)

A seriously brief and limited history of the blues
The music takes its roots in the African-American communities in the 19th Century on the plantations in the Mississippi Delta, from slaves, ex-slaves and the descendants of slaves – African-American sharecroppers who sang as they toiled in the cotton and vegetable fields. It’s generally accepted that the music evolved from African spirituals, chants, work songs, field hollers and rural music.

As the musical form spread, different styles developed with distinct, often regional flavours.  Among the better known variants is a form of urban blues from Chicago, noted as one of the earliest example of the music’s transition to the use of electrified instrument.  Itself being heavility influenced by Delta blues, Chicago blues in turn went on to leave its mark in the popular music of the 50s, in particular, rock n roll.

Meanwhile, in the UK, where another form of blues derivatives, the skiffle, held sway in the 50s, tours by Chicago musicians (starting with Muddy Waters’ 1958 tour) influenced a new generation of musicians which ultimately led to the “British invasion”, and the beginning of blues based rock music.

The rest, as the saying goes, is history…


Whitemud Slide

Whitemud Slide is: Rev. Michael, summoning the spirits of the Mississippi Delta with his National resonator guitar; and Brother Neil, prestidigitator of the ungentle art of slap-bass. Established in 2011, Hong Kong-based Whitemud Slide delivers raucous Delta-inspired acoustic blues that gets hips swinging and joints jumping.

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Helter Skelter

In 2000, Vincent Lam brings together a group of musicians with the mind to inject a young, exciting Blues act into the Hong Kong music scene.

After a few line-up changes, the band now consists of Vince on guitar and vocals, Hiroshi on guitar, Koya on bass and Jimi on drums.

The band composes its own material that brings a new edge to Blues-based rock and pop. A well known fixture on the live indie circuit, their energetic Blues interpretations, thumping rhythms and dynamic improvisations make an explosive combination. The electric chemistry and seamless communication among the band members bring a delightfully unexpected depth and complexity to their music, making this band a must-see live.

Vincent Lam – Vocals and Guitar
Hiroshi Shimamura – Guitar
Koya Hisakazu – Bass
Jimi Galvea – Drums

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Just Soda

The newest kid on the block, Just Soda makes its debut performance at this show.  Comprising seasoned rock and blues musicians, the band will entertain the audience with a wide range of post 50s blues based from the Yardbirds to John Mayer.

Just Soda is:
Vocal/Guitar: Szechai Bluesman
Guitar: Edward Chun
Bass: Calvin Wong
Drums: Jon Lee

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