December 10, 2017



DOORS: 5:00PM        SHOW: 6:30        AGES: 13+

Whether one leans towards the blues, opts for Americana or ignites some special fervour by playing with a garage band, there’s a common bond that suggests a reverence for the roots. Looking back towards an earlier template -- no matter what the genre -- proves the point that appreciating what came before can be a stepping stone for what comes next.

Samantha Fish knows that all too well, and it’s been evidenced in the music she’s made her entire career. While she’s well known as a purveyor of blues, having been lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Luther Dickinson, her real love is simply raw, scrappy rock and roll. “I grew up on it,” she insists. “Working with Luther on my last album further instilled that spirit in me. It made me realize just how much that basic, unfettered sound means to me, and how well it ties into soul music, R&B, country and so many other forms of music that are essential even today.”

The fact is, Fish has never been bound by any expectations whatsoever. Growing up in Kansas City, she switched from drums to guitar at the tender age of 15. She spent much of her time in local watering holes listening to visiting blues bands. Samantha caught the attention of Ruf Records. The label subsequently released her album, Girls with Guitars, which found her co-billed with Cassie Taylor and Dani Wilde. That led to her forming her own trio and recording three more albums, Runaway (2011), Black Wind Howlin’ (2013) and Wild Heart (2015), as well as reaping an award for Best Artist Debut at the 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis. Along the way she found herself working with other artists as well -- Jimmy Hall, Devon Allman, and Reese Wynans, among them.

Still, nothing she’s done before can prepare her faithful fans and followers to the seminal sounds of Chills & Fever.

I don’t think I ever enjoyed making a record quite as much as I enjoyed making this one,” Fish insists. “I love the sound of the brass and the edgier intensity. Channeling timeless artists who sang like their lives depended on it. To me, that's what this music is all about."

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Louie Fontaine and the Starlight Searchers
New Orleans has always attracted interesting artists, adventurers, entrepreneurs, and musicians, from Lafitte the Pirate to Edgar Degas to Tennessee Williams. Louie Fontaine is a little bit of all of them, a Danish rock 'n' roll star who lived in New Orleans  from 2000-2002 and has returned with a powerful new CD - THE SUN AIN'T BLACK. Louie Fontaine is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter who writes songs in a wide range of styles that often tell elaborate, macabre stories.  On THE SUN AIN'T BLACK Louie delivers a riveting set of original songs remanence of Tom Petty Rock-n-Roll  with the lyrical depth of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Tom Waites. Louie is a true Gen X-er in that his theatrical stage skills and video savvy seem plucked from the heart of the MTV era. He is also an effective blues singer who honed his craft hanging out and playing with Louisiana soul/R&B master Rockie Charles. Fontaine toured with Charles in Europe, played on his records and produced his last two albums, Have You Seen My Uncle Steve and I Want First Class. Charles wrote the song "That's Rockin'" on Fontaine's new record.


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