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The Santa Barbara Blues Society Presents
The Annual Acoustic Show Featuring Award Winning Bluesman

Curtis Salgado

Famed harmonica ace and soul blues singer Curtis Salgado, in tandem with guitarist Alan Hager, headlines the annual acoustic Member Appreciation Show of the Santa Barbara Blues Society at the New Victoria Theatre on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Oregon native Salgado has been delivering outstanding blues for over four decades.  Former lead singer with the Robert Cray Band and Roomful of Blues, Salgado was also a mentor of John Belushi in the formation of The Blues Brothers.

Salgado is winner of a myriad of awards, including B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Soul Blues Artist of the Year from the Blues Foundation.  This will be his first appearance for the Santa Barbara Blues Society, as part of the CD release tour for his new acoustic duo album with Hager.

The show is FREE to all SBBS members, and only $10 for anyone else.  TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR ONLY.  For further information call (805) 722-8155.


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Paradise KingsThe Santa Barbara Blues Society (SBBS) is a proud Affiliate of The Blues Foundation, the largest blues music organization in the world, and is once again sending local musicians to the International Blues Challenge (IBC).  The IBC is held annually in Memphis, TN, along historic Beale Street.  This year’s local winning band, Paradise Kings, will be representing SBBS at the IBC in January 2018. As part of our Blues for Youth program, the SBBS along with Notes for Notes, non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with free access to musical instruments, instruction, and recording studio environments, will also be sponsoring for the first time a youth band, East Valley Road, in the IBC Youth Showcase on January 19, 2018.

2017 Battle of the Blues Bands judgesOur local Battle of the Blues Bands, held on October 1, 2017, at the Carriage and Western Art Museum of Santa Barbara, provided enjoyable entertainment for a huge crowd. The judges were all notable blues musicians: Fred Kaplan, Carl Sonny Leyland, Jim Pugh, Don Holm, and Al Blake; they were given a difficult task in selecting a band to represent us in Memphis. The talented local bands vying were: Mo’ Betta’ Blues, Alastair Greene Band, Jumpin’ Blue, Pacific Coast Blues, Special When Lit, Rent Party Blues, and Paradise Kings. Youth blues band, East Valley Road, played a bonus set at the end of the Battle, while the judges’ scoring was tallied.

Thank you all who attended, the participating bands, judges, SBBS members, the Carriage and Western Art Museum, Don Paco Mexican Food, Firestone Brewery, Carr Winery, SB Drum Lab, DSR Audio, and volunteers.

The Santa Barbara Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to perpetuating and preserving Americas unique musical contribution to the world – the Blues. We are the oldest blues society in the United States. We present concerts every other month that feature all types of blues musicians giving them a venue to utilize their talent. The Blues Society also gives yearly scholarships to students in the Santa Barbara area so they can pursue their education in this important style of music.

We are constantly seeking volunteers to assist us in this endeavor. If you are interested please contact us or call us at (805) 886-9862.

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