Music Maker Relief Foundation’s Blues Revue will play new D.C. music venue and restaurant The Hamilton on New Year’s Eve. The Revue, which has toured internationally and received worldwide recognition, will include performances by Cool John Ferguson, Captain Luke, Ironing Board Sam, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Big Ron Hunter, Robert Lee Coleman, Albert White, Nashid Abdul Khaaliq, Ardie Dean, and Hook Herrera. This will be the largest group of artists to perform together in the Revue in many years.
The Music Maker Blues Revue highlights electric blues, boogie-woogie, R&B and soul music with the performances by Music Maker Relief Foundation partner artists. Music Maker works with these artists to elevate their careers and present them to the world, while preserving Southern musical traditions for future generations.
“Get ready for non-stop shredding guitars, soaring vocals and tight rhythms pulling you out of your seat and on to the dance floor,” said Tim Duffy, Music Maker Founder.
The show begins at 9 p.m. and lasts until 1 a.m. with doors opening for the event at 7 p.m. Tickets will include the show, an assortment of heavy hors d'oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. A cash bar and entrées from The Hamilton’s new menu will be available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased for $100 from The Hamilton’s website, http://www.thehamiltondc.com/live.
• Cool John Ferguson, of Beaufort, S.C., began playing the guitar at 3 years old and has been called by blues legend Taj Mahal “…among the five greatest guitarists in the world.”
• Luther Mayer, known as “Captain Luke,” has a deep resounding baritone voice that has entertained thousands throughout his long career; the African-American working class of the N.C. Piedmont heavily influences his music.
• Ironing Board Sam, a singer, songwriter and piano player, was a house musician on the first televised African-American music revue called “Night Train” and then became one of the best-loved entertainers on the Crescent City’s music scene, before relocating to N.C. and working with Music Maker.
• Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen has been a fixture in New Orleans, performing there six nights a week until Hurricane Katrina destroyed her home; she has relocated to N.C. and now tours with the Music Maker Blues Revue.
• Big Ron Hunter plays both electric and acoustic guitars in dramatically different styles, varying between R&B, Rock and B.B. King Blues on electric, and his own sound on acoustic.
• Robert Lee Coleman played guitar for Percy Sledge from 1964 to 1969, as well as on James Brown’s album “Hot Pants”; he most recently performed at PRS Experience 2011, where Paul Reed Smith personally gifted him with a custom guitar.
• Albert White, from Atlanta, G.A., has toured Europe with the Music Maker Blues Revue and frequently plays festivals with former band-mate Beverly “Guitar” Watkins.
• Nashid Abdul Khaaliq, a graduate of Berkeley College of Music, has played bass with Muddy Water's son Big Bill Morganfield and released an incredible Jazz album, proving he is versatile with his musical skills.
• Ardie Dean has drummed for Ernie K-Doe, Bo Diddley, Jerry McCain, Greg Allman, Taj Mahal, and Henry Grey since he began playing the blues in 1969.
• Hook Herrera, who recently released his newest album “No Matter What I Do” plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and harp, and has toured with the Allman Brothers.
Ironing Board Sam – Life is Like a Seesaw
Robert Lee Coleman – Kin Folk
Cool John Ferguson – Here Comes Floyd
Captain Luke – Put On Your Red Dress
Big Ron Hunter – How to Play Blues In Your Underwear
Robert Lee Coleman – PRS Experience 2011
Ironing Board Sam – Night Train, 1965
About Music Maker Relief Foundation:
Music Maker Relief Foundation, Inc. is a tax exempt, public charity under IRS code 501(c)3. Music Maker aims to keep our Southern culture vital by directly supporting senior (over 55) American roots musicians in need, expanding their professional careers, and assisting Next Generation artists in the development of their professional careers. Since the organization’s founding in 1994, Music Maker has assisted hundreds of musicians who represent the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Old-Time String Band, Jazz and more. Music Maker’s programs ensure the talents of these cultural treasures are accessible so that our rich musical heritage can be shared with the world and preserved for future generations.