Tuesday, November 6, 2018

THANK YOU. Greetings from Bees Deluxe & everyone at Flippin’ for the Blues As the mid-term election looms, we want to thank everyone who helped support Bees Deluxe’s “Flippin’ for the Blues” tour. From New Hampshire to Ohio we met amazing candidates, talented musicians and wonderful people who came out, dug deep and renewed our faith in the power of acid blues. Thanks to the Maura Sullivan campaign, Brett Anders and the Jugghead Band who graciously shared the Cisco Brewery Stage in Portsmouth. Then it was onto Syracuse where Congressional candidate Dana Balter and her campaign manager, Mike Arnold greeted a group of devoted brunchers at the Empire Brewery. The next stop was Allentown where Gary and Kathy hosted us and we played at the Pig Pen Fun Bar for Susan Wild. Paul rode the animatronic pig and we were thrilled to play with Brian Brazil and Dana Gaynor’s band. Gary toured us around Allentown and we feasted on Allentown’s unique Lehigh Valley (not to be confused with or eclipsed by the Philly-style) Cheesesteak. Next stop Harrisburg and the Midtown Arts Center where Congressional candidate George Scott packed the house and Dana Gaynor and Brian Brazil again provided the perfect counterpoint to our acid blues. From Harrisburg, we drove to Cleveland and the House of Blues where we were honored to play with the Sam Hooper Band to benefit IndivisibleCLE. Carol’s childhood friend Grace showed up and brought her 90-year old father. Proof that you’re never to old for acid blues or political activism.

A quick visit to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and we were off to Columbus where Ann and Richard Levin opened their home to us and introduced their friends to acid blues. The Knight Ave 5 was a terrific venue. Candidate Danny O’Connor was dynamic and even brought his parents! It was a night of optimism and great music with Keith T-Bone Colbert and Bees Deluxe. We were sad to leave Columbus but piled into the van travelled to Pittsburgh where the Allegheny County Democrats packed the house with Congressman Mike Doyle who introduced candidates running for State Senate, State Rep and other positions. It was great to see so many young women on the ballot and so many Halloween costumes in the audience! Thank you The Monday Blues Review and Stone Throwers for playing sets that had all the bartenders singing along.

From Pittsburgh, we did a marathon drive to meet our friends in Brooklyn and wrap up the tour with a celebration at Rocky Sullivan’s. We were joined by Mike Kramer the Cornelia Street Band who’s lead singer, Jennifer Shane Colthart was simply on fire. Thanks to Joan McCabe for buying everyone pizza and to J.R. Rost for graciously hosting us while we were in Red Hook and for surprising us with his amazing voice and Orbison-esque set.

Then we zoomed to Albany the captial city New York, and discovered the Albany County Democratic Committee waiting for us at Pauly’s Hotel and on stage local legends Honey Suckle Vine and the Wildcat O’Halloran Band throwing their musical hats into the ring. We’re back in Boston now. We had a great time but more importantly, we raised more than $20,000 for the Democrats and met musicians and generous strangers who are now our new friends.

We couldn’t have done it without you. We love for you to join us for a homecoming concert at City Winery on Saturday, November 24th we hope that you’ll be with us this Tuesday at the polls. VOTE! We look forward to a bluer future. Advance reservations for the City Winery show are available here: https://goo.gl/YTBGB5

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Our last tour stop in Albany New York, at Pauly's Hotel, featuring magnificent sets of live music by Honey Suckle Vine (top) and (bottom) the Wildcat O'Halloran Band. The Red Sox played till 3:00 am EST and we drove back to Boston switching radio stations as fast as we could to catch the game in real-time. Yet again we survived on a steady diet of cold slices of pizza, ibuprofen, Coors light and MacDonald's coffee.

The Albany County Democratic Committee came out in full force (many thanks Jack and Maureen) and people danced their way to the voting booths furiously. Thanks to everyone who made this tour possible from all of us at Bees Deluxe!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Only 12 days left - this Friday we play at Pauly's Hotel in Albany, NY. If you missed Woodstock. Lollapalooza, Coachella, Austin City Limits and the Montreux Jazz Festival fear not. Now's your chance to make up for it. Come to Pauly's Hotel 337 Central Ave, Albany, NY this Friday evening on October 26th to see and hear the living legends: the Wildcat O'Halloran Band, Honey Suckle Vine and Bees Deluxe. Doors open at 8:00 pm. Advance reservations available here: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/flipblue2018

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Thanks to the Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center we had a great night to benefit George Scott for Congress with Dana Gaynor, Brian Brazil, George Scott, Carol Band, Conrad Warre, Paul Giovine and Allyn "Aldo" Dorr. We stayed up way past our bed-times and played another set with the local musicians, the Democratic Reps stayed up late too - and we all ended up singing campfire songs. We can't wait to get back to Harrisburg next year and meet up with everyone again. Check out Dana Gaynor and her Band here: https://www.danagaynor.com/ and you can find out about the harmonica phenom Brian Brazil here: https://bluesharmonica1.com/

Saturday, October 13, 2018

We're Wild About Allentown!

We left Boston this morning with a a Chevy Suburban from Enterprise Car Rental. It was huge. But it wasn't big enough. So we headed to Peter Fuller in Watertown and rented a Ford Transit wagon.  

It is humongous. With gear loaded up, we headed out to Syracuse.  We proudly decorated the van with our custom made "Flippin' for the Blues" magnetic  signs.  They blew off the sides of the van in Framingham. Six hours later 

we arrived at the Travel Inn, the motel that we had booked in Westmoreland. It was creepy. 

So we left and checked into a Super 8. This is the glamour of a band on tour.  We're looking forward to the waffle bar in the morning.

Tomorrow, we'll be at the Empire Brewery for Dana Balter from 12:30-2:30pm.  Joining us are Brian Brazil, savant harmonica player and Dana Gaynor who plays every instrument. Incredibly. Then, we're headed to Allentown and the Pig Pen Fun Bar. With a name like that, they better have T-shirts. We'll be playing to benefit Susan Wild, candidate for Congress. 

For us, it's worth the drive. She's a fighter for workers, for affordable healthcare, for education and for people like us who are looking forward to taking back the country and to making America blue again.  

More tomorrow.....

Bees Deluxe

Cleveland House of Blues

The House of Blues Foundation Room in Cleveland Ohio hosts the "Flippin' for the Bleus" Tour on Wednesday evening October the 17th. This show features Sam Hooper (above) as our special music guest, and the event benefits IndivisibleCLE.

Launched after the 2016 presidential election, Indivisible became a nationwide movement of thousands of volunteer-led local groups that engage in progressive advocacy and electoral work at the local, state, and national level. InvisibleCLE is part of that movement.

The event at the House of Blues Foundation Room is a chance to learn more about IndivisibleCLE and about the upcoming mid-term election and how to get involved to help support progressive candidates.

Bees Deluxe will perform their self-described “thinking person’s blues,” in a set that combines originals from their new CD Voice of Dog as well as innovative interpretations of tunes by B.B. King, Freddy King, the Meters, Billie Holiday, Amy Winehouse and more. Members of Bees Deluxe are: Conrad Warre, lead guitar and vocals, Carol Band, keyboard, Allyn Dorr, bass and Paul Giovine, drums.

Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. For advance tickets, visit: http://universe.com