Wednesday Night Concert Series
October Wednesday Night Concert Series
October 2nd | Chris Alvarado
Chris Alvarado is an award winning singer/songwriter and recording artist who is currently based out of Santa Rosa Beach, FL. For the past two years, Chris has been named as a finalist in the Nashville Music City Songwriting Competition. His song "This I Need You To Know" was a finalist in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards and a Semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition that same year. In May of 2013, Chris competed in the Wildflower Music Festival's Songwriting Competition Finals and walked away with top honors as the 2013 Michael Terry People's Choice award winner. He also placed 3rd in the prestigious 2013 Telluride Troubadour Competition at the 40th annual Telluride Bluegrass Music Festival in June of 2013. Last year, the National Recording Academy selected Chris to perform at the Florida Grammy Showcase in Orlando, Florida where a panel of industry judges and executives selected him as the winner out of the six acts that were selected from the entire state of Florida. Chris was also invited by BMI to headline at the BMI Acoustic Showcase during the 2012 Florida Music Festival in front of leading music industry professionals. In 2012, he was asked to open up for GRAMMY nominated recording artist Shawn Mullins along with Daphne Willis. Chris has also had the honor of opening up for Edwin McCain and The Shadowboxers. In the summer of 2012, his song "Find My Way" won 3rd place in the Dallas Songwriters Association's "DSA Songwriting Competition." In 2011, he won the prestigious award of "Best Singer/Songwriter" in the 3rd annual Beachcomber Music Awards. In 2013, Chris received 3 Beachcomber Music Award nominations, and won "Best Solo Artist". For the last three years, Chris has performed at the 30A Songwriter^aEURTMs Festival, an event that draws some of the nation's most accomplished Singer/Songwriters. His self titled album was released in 2012 to much acclaim and is available on iTunes and other major online retailers. Songs from "Chris Alvarado" are featured on Pandora Radio and have seen airplay on national web radio programs such as Indie Castle Radio and The Songwriters Network. His newest album, "Home" was released in April of 2013, and is available on iTunes. "Home" is also available in a limited edition 150 gram vinyl pressing on the "Music" page of this website. "Home" has caught the attention of many national music organizations and publications, including a recient review from "American Songwriter Magazine" where they had this to say about the song "Nothing Left":
October 9th | Luke Langford Band
The Luke Langford Band is a Florida based honkytonk Band with Texas roots. When it comes to their music, they write it like its country and play it like it's rock. They play country music from the Texas & Red Dirt Music Scene as well as outlaw, classic & modern country music. Some of our favorite artists include Pat Green, Randy Rogers Band, Reckless Kelly, Aaron Watson, Wade Bowen, Cody Johnson Band, Stoney Larue and others.
October 16th | Boukou Groove
With the lively international release of their debut LP in 2012 "A lil' Boukou in Your Cup" and the 2015 sophomore release "Let The Groove Ride" gives Boukou Groove the ability to maintain a dynamic tour schedule. The band provides audiences with a genre-bending collective, touching on elements of New Orleans Funk, R&B, Soul and Blues. Founded on the stage at Tipitinas in NOLA in 2010, Boukou Groove is the brainchild of singer/producer Donnie Sundal and New Orleans guitar luminary Derwin "Big D" Perkins. Sundal, sharing stages and recording with the likes of Sam Bush, Col.Bruce Hampton and Nigel Hall of Lettuce creates an infectious blend of energy and enthusiasm as he showcases his multi-octave ranging vocals while sustaining his brand of lavish Moog bass lines. Big D (Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentleman, Bonnie Raitt and Dr.John) provides his smooth and funky guitar licks largely based on improvisation and feel alone. Together, no matter what the venue, the band provides their distinguishing style and creates a kinetic environment that's easily spread throughout the audience. As they continue to refine their unique style and build upon the momentum of the release of "A lil' Boukou in Your Cup" with the 2015 release of "Let The Groove Ride", 2016 promises to be an unprecedented year for the band as they continue to log dates at venues and festivals throughout the globe.
October 23rd | Geoff McBride
You've heard him on "The Voice." Now get ready to hear the true voice of Geoff McBride, a voice born of tradition. The powerhouse singer blew away millions of viewers - and judges Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green- with his explosive twist on Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" during the blind auditions phase of NBC's mega-hit talent competition. McBride, whose rough video demo of Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On" got him in the door and who sealed the deal singing "Drift Away" for the show's executive producers, never viewed his time on the show as a competition - but rather an opportunity to share his gift. Having only returned to singing live professionally a few years ago after some years away from the industry, McBride's rekindled passion inspired his decision to become a recording artist once again. A key part of this was the on-screen encouragement of Aguilera, who snagged McBride for her team after a mini-battle for him with Green. During a handful of years outside the industry, he eventually found his way back to music and started doing commercial work while performing regularly at Caf'e 290 in Atlanta - a venue that was frequented often by a lot of heavyweights of the music industry. An opportunity for the McBrides led him to move his family to the Florida Panhandle in 2006. There, he performed for locals and tourists alike at popular elite restaurants, private events, venues and working with the Emerald Coast Children's Advocacy Center for a number of years, performing at various benefits, including three with Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman. Now, he is available in Atlanta, Asheville and across the Southeast, as he has recently relocated with his family to the mountains of Western North Carolina.
October 30th | Selwyn Birchwood
Blues fireball Selwyn Birchwood is a guitar and lap steel playing bundle of pure energy. He delivers his original songs with a revival tent preacher's fervor and a natural storyteller's charisma made all the more impactful by his raw, unvarnished vocals. Since the 2014 release of his Alligator Records debut, Don't Call No Ambulance, Birchwood has set the contemporary blues world on fire. His high-octane blues-at once deeply rooted, funky and up-to-the-minute-are played with passion and honest emotion. With his band feeding off his drive and exuberance, the striking 6'3" young man with his trademark Afro roams the stage (often barefoot), ripping out memorable guitar licks with ease. His ability to win over an audience-any audience-is proven night after night on the bandstand. With his warm, magnetic personality, Birchwood is as down-to-earth as his music is fun, thought-provoking and vital. His mission is to spread his music far and wide, to share his joy, to play his heart out, and to push the blues into the future. "There's nothing I'd rather be doing than playing the blues," he says. "And I try to convey that with every song and with every performance." In 2013, the Florida-based Birchwood catapulted from local hero to shooting star. He won the world-renowned International Blues Challenge, beating out 125 other bands from the U.S. and abroad. He also took home the Albert King Guitarist Of The Year Award. It wasn't long before Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer offered Birchwood a contract. His debut album, Don't Call No Ambulance, is a fully realized vision of contemporary blues. Birchwood's original songs range from raucous romps to hill country stomps, from searing, serious slow blues to modern blues rock. Between his uninhibited sense of fun and adventure and his serious-as-a-heart-attack musicianship, Don't Call No Ambulance is a window into the future of the blues. "All originals and no filler," he says of the album. "It's that genuineness of emotion in the songs that people can hear." Rave reviews ran in publications from Rolling Stone to The Wall Street Journal, from The Washington Post to The Chicago Tribune and The San Francisco Chronicle. The Washington Post says, "Selwyn Birchwood is an indelibly modern and original next-generation bluesman; his tough vocals, guitar and lap steel touch on classic Chicago blues, Southern soul and boogie" According to Iglauer, Birchwood is the real deal. "Selwyn Birchwood is a terrific young blues talent with a huge future. He writes smart, infectious, fresh songs and delivers them with a warm, conversational vocal style and a fun-loving attitude. He's a killer guitarist, switching between a regular six-string and lap steel. Live, he's a ball of energy, interacting with the audience like they were in his living room. Selwyn is destined to be one of the next stars in the blues world."