Santa Barbara Blues Society’s 47th Annual Birthday Show

The Chris Cain Band

March 23, 2024 • Carrillo Recreation Center
100 E Carrillo St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Doors Open – 7:00 PM • Show Begins – 7:15 PM

Chris Cain playing guitarAfter nearly 10 years, we welcome back Chris Cain and his band to celebrate our 47th Annual Birthday Show!

Chris Cain offers up a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues. His deep vocals and jazz-inspired, blues guitar riffs are unforgettable; uniquely his own, while reminiscent of the legendary BB King and Albert King. With more than three decades of touring and fourteen albums, master blues guitarist and vocalist Chris Cain has earned his reputation as a musician’s musician and has garnered multiple Blues Music Award nominations.

Since his first release in 1987, Cain has created his very own blues sound inspired by his heroes — B.B. King, Albert King, Ray Charles, Albert Collins, Grant Green, and Wes Montgomery. His jazz-informed blues guitar playing is fiery, emotional, and always unpredictable. His vocals — gruff, lived-in, and powerful — add fuel to the fire. His indelible original songs keep one foot in the blues tradition and both eyes on the future. The pure joy Cain brings to his playing and singing is palpable, and draws fans even closer in.

Birthday cake will be served at intermission! Beverages available for purchase (cash preferred) and snacks (while they last).

This show is made possible by a grant from The Towbes Fund for the Performing Arts and by media sponsors Noozhawk and The Santa Barbara Independent.

Opening act, 7:15 to 7:45 PM: Celso Salim & Darryl Carriere

Show openers Celso Salim & Darryl Carriere captivate audiences with inspired performances featuring a soulful blend of guitar and harmonica sounds. Brazilian born Salim is one of the most respected guitarists in California, has won five independent music awards, and took 3rd place in the band category at the 2019 International Blues Challenge (IBC), while Carriere won the IBC’s Lee Oskar Harmonica Award that same year.

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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) 668-6884.

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