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The Santa Barbara Blues Society Presents
Kim Wilson

November 18, 2017 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Carrillo Recreation Center

For nearly three decades, Kim Wilson has been the voice and soul of the Texas band The Fabulous Thunderbirds. He’s also an accomplished solo recording artist, and in the minds of many people, the greatest harmonica player performing today. His new CD is entitled Lookin’ for Trouble.

In 1970, he decided to drop out of college to play the blues full time, learning the ropes from such San Francisco Bay Area blues musicians as Charlie Musselwhite, John Lee Hooker and Sonny Rhodes. In the mid-1970s he moved to Austin, where he met Jimmie Vaughan, with whom he co-founded The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1974.

Although Wilson has often been compared to legendary harmonica player Little Walter, he calls the analogy “sacrilegious.” He says his biggest influence was Muddy Waters, whom he befriended after moving to Austin. Although he acknowledges the influence of many great blues harmonica musicians, he calls his own playing a “very modern” take on a traditional music form that is thoroughly his own.

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Kim Wilson

Saturday, 18 November 2017 7:00 pm

@ Carrillo Recreation Center

Creator: Santa Barbara Blues Society

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The Santa Barbara Blues Society Presents the 2017/2018 Battle of the Blues Bands

October 1, 2017 12PM – 5 PM
Santa Barbara Carriage & Western Arts Museum

The Santa Barbara Blues Society (SBBS) is a proud affiliate of the International Blues Foundation and is excited once again to participate in the International Blues Challenge (IBC). The SBBS Battle of the Blues Bands will decide who the SBBS will sponsor in the IBC Competition in Memphis TN, January 16 – 20, 2018.

One of these local bands will be selected to represent your Santa Barbara Blues Society at the international blues challenge in Memphis Tennessee:

Mo’ Better Blues Band • Alastair Greene Band • Jumpin’ Blue • Pacific Coast Blues • Special When Lit • Rent Party Blues • Paradise kings Only

For the 2017/2018 Battle of the Bands, we are expanding to include a new venue and wider regional eligibility. We will be hosting the event on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at the SB Carriage Museum. Only $10 all day admission, $5 for SBBS members. Food and drink will be available.

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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