Larry McCray Band at 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival

Larry McCray’s heart and soul are in the blues. It’s been 25 years — award-winning ones at that — of scalding-hot and tasteful blues from the Arkansas-born, Michigan-based singer, guitarist, bandleader, songwriter and heir apparent to a lineage that includes personal influences and heroes such as B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all of whom he’s had the chance to meet and play with. McCray’s eight albums have blended reverence for that tradition with his own soulful spin on the form, and those achievements have been noted with an Orville H. Gibson Male Blues Guitarist of the Year award as well as the Top Guitarist prize in International Blues Matters’ 2014 writer’s poll.

 

There’s a part of McCray here that has a rock ‘n’ roll beat too, and he’s following that on his latest release, THE GIBSON SESSIONS, a 12-song set featuring some of his personal favorites by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Seger, ZZ Top, Gregg Allman, the Doobie Brothers, the Rolling Stones, Creendence Clearwater Revival and others, with help from six-string brethren such as Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts, Derek Trucks (Allman Brothers Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Eric Clapton), Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Jimmy Herring (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Allman Brothers Band, The Dead, Phil Lesh & Friends). “The blues is my favorite, for sure. I get more out of it, feeling-wise, but I’ve always been a rock ‘n’ roll fan and I’ve always tried to write music that was rock ‘n’ roll friendly,” McCray explains. He adds, THE GIBSON SESSIONS is as much a Larry McCray album as the 1990 or 91 debut AMBITION or any of the others that followed in its wake.

“I always try to move forward and remember where I came from,” McCray says. This album is a way to do these songs I love and maybe get them heard by people who like that music already, but do it in my own way so I can have some of my personality and self-identity within the music.”

Catch the Larry McCray Band at the 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival on Friday August 5th at 6:45 PM. For more information visit the Riverfront Blues Festival website.

 

Mr. Sipp to Perform at the 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival

Castro Coleman a-k-a Mr. Sipp, “The Mississippi Blues Child” was born August 25, 1976 to Johnelle and the late Vera Coleman in the small town of McComb, MS. He began playing the guitar at the tender age of 6. Through hard work and perseverance, Mr. Sipp has become a Delta Blues Force to be reckoned with! Being recognized for his amazing vocals, songwriting ability, musicianship, ability to produce records and entertain Fans with an upbeat, outlandish show all make Mr. Sipp “The Total Package.”

With over 125 recording credits to his name, Mr. Sipp has played on over 50 national recordings with several Grammy nominated projects. He is well traveled and ready to come to play for you and spread his great gift of music to the World.

Mr. Sipp is the 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner by way of The Vicksburg Blues Society as well as The 2014 Gibson Best Guitarist Award Winner and 2014 Jus’ Blues Bobby Rush Entertainers Award Recipient. Mr. Sipp was also cast in the recently released James Brown movie, “Get on Up”.

Mr. Sipp spent 22 years in the Gospel Music Business as a Recording Artist and a Producer! Since his BIG WIN at The International Blues Challenge in 2014 and the release of his debut CD, “It’s My Guitar,” the music community has been a Buzz and welcomed him with open arms! On his debut, Sipp sings all vocals and plays all instruments for the entire record! That surely made listing the credits easy. Yes sir, when God was handing out musical talent, Mr. Sipp apparently was at the head of the line! What a talent!

On his new release, his debut recording for Malaco Records, entitled “The Mississippi Blues Child,” Mr. Sipp once again handles all of the vocals and plays numerous instruments, however this time around he is joined by other reputable Malaco Mississippi “Hitmen.” All songs with the exception of one are originals, and his diverse style of music separates this record from many of the other recent “cookie cutter” Delta Blues recordings.

For additional information about Mr. Sipp’s performance and the 2016 Riverfront Blues Festival, please visit the website. 

Best Kept Soul

 

BEST KEPT SOUL ON THE RODNEY SQUARE SUMMER STAGE

The Band ‘BKS’, hailing from Delaware with roots extending through New York, Philadelphia & Baltimore and has even as far as Indonesia. The Members of Our Band are well versed in many genres of music, ranging from Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop and Rock just to name a few….. Individually they have acquired many different accolades in the areas of Music Education, Live Performance, Video & Record Production. ‘BKS’ has opened for &/or shared the stage with the likes of TR (formerly the Twilites), The Dells, Levert II, the Roots, Musiq Soulchild, LL Cool J, Bunny Sigler, Miles Jaye, Alyson Williams, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Stylistics, Al B. Sure, The Intruders, Marvin Winans, Carol Riddick, Jaguar Wright and Eric Roberson. Although ‘BKS’ is relatively new, on the scene, they are an ‘Intact Group’ ~ collectively offering over 75 years of experience in the Music Industry. Honored as the ‘Peoples Choice’-Best Live Band @ the 2010 & 2012 DelawareBlack.com Awards Ceremony, ‘BKS’ continues to be recognized for their ability to remain Innovative, SOUL Filled & Classic. Allow us to introduce you to BEST KEPT SOUL~ The Band ‘BKS’!

The Rodney Square Summer Stage is a free outdoor concert series taking place in Wilmington, Delaware. The free outdoor concerts begin Friday July 15th, and will showcase performances over the last three weekends in July.

This new concert series was created by Mayor Dennis P. Williams in 2015.  The series was designed to offer more opportunities for residents and visitors experience arts, music, and culture in the City of Wilmington.

Artist or Band:  Best Kept Soul
Date:
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Where: Rodney Square, Tenth and Market Street, Wilmington, DE
Time: Performances Begin @ 6pm
Cost: Free

Best Kept Soul Band Saturday July 30, 2016

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BEST KEPT SOUL ON THE RODNEY SQUARE SUMMER STAGE

Performing on the 2016 Rodney Square Summer Stage on July 30, 2016 will be  BEST KEPT SOUL ~ The Band ‘BKS.’ Hailing from Delaware with roots extending through New York, Philadelphia & Baltimore. ‘BKS’ has even reached as far away as Indonesia. The Members of Our Band are well versed in many genres of music, ranging from Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop and Rock just to name a few….. Individually they have acquired many different accolades in the areas of Music Education, Live Performance, Video & Record Production. ‘BKS’ has opened for &/or shared the stage with the likes of TR (formerly the Twilites), The Dells, Levert II, the Roots, Musiq Soulchild, LL Cool J, Bunny Sigler, Miles Jaye, Alyson Williams, Ray, Goodman & Brown, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Stylistics, Al B. Sure, The Intruders, Marvin Winans, Carol Riddick, Jaguar Wright and Eric Roberson. Although ‘BKS’ is relatively new, on the scene, they are an ‘Intact Group’ ~ collectively offering over 75 years of experience in the Music Industry. Honored as the ‘Peoples Choice’-Best Live Band @ the 2010 & 2012 DelawareBlack.com Awards Ceremony, ‘BKS’ continues to be recognized for their ability to remain Innovative, SOUL Filled & Classic. Allow us to introduce you to BEST KEPT SOUL~ The Band ‘BKS’!

The Rodney Square Summer Stage is a free outdoor concert series taking place in Wilmingotn, Delaware. The free outdoor concerts begin Friday July 15th, and will showcase performances over the last three weekends in July.

This new concert series was created by Mayor Dennis P. Williams in 2015.  The series was designed to offer more opportunities for residents and visitors experience arts, music, and culture in the City of Wilmington.

Artist or Band:  Best Kept Soul
Date:
Saturday, July 30, 2016
Where: Rodney Square, Tenth and Market Street, Wilmington, DE
Time: Performances Begin @ 6pm
Cost: Free

4th of July Celebration

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4th of July Independence Day Celebration

Beginning at 3pm on Monday, July 4th the first band takes the stage on the Wilmington Riverfront at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. With 4 live  bands, live DJ, midway style carnival games, food trucks, and face painting for the children. At dusk an amazing 22 minute fireworks show set to music begins to commemorate our country’s independence. Please bring your family, friends, blankets, lawn chairs, and  smiles to Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park on Monday, July 4th!

Band Line-up to be announced today.

Local Filmmaker Premieres at Theatre N in Downtown Wilmington

On Saturday, June 4th at 8 PM, local filmmaker Albert Grant will premiere the debut screening of his independent film, Shattered.

Shattered is the story of Reymond Chase, who after incarceration, returns home as a new person through a new found love.

Albert Grant hails from Wilmington, Delaware and is a recent graduate of Wilmington University.

 

 

Click here to read additional information regarding this special event at Theatre N.

Nicholas Payton Returns to the 28th Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Nicholas Payton is returning to Wilmington, Delaware for the Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival after his last performance in 2005. Payton, who hails from New Orleans, a town chock-full of trumpet players, originally followed in the footsteps of a mile-long line of tradition-based players including Buddy Bolden, Louis Armstrong, Al Hirt, and of course, Wynton Marsalis. Payton is the son of Walter Payton a well-known bassist on the Crescent City music scene. His mother played piano. Given his upbringing in a musical family, Payton often spent upwards of ten hours a day practicing trumpet in his youth. He began playing trumpet as a four-year-old, after asking his father to get him one. He began accompanying his father to shows at clubs in his youth and had the chance to hear many great trumpet players.

 

“I had a chance to hear some great trumpeters like Wendell Brunious, Leroy Jones, Clyde Kerr Jr., and Teddy Riley,” Payton said in a 2003 interview, and he also recalled seeing Wynton Marsalis when he was in high school. “I got to hear a bunch of people play trumpet in a town that has been noted for trumpet players since Buddy Bolden. For me, trumpet fit my personality. It suited my voice. You’re able to express a wide range of emotions on the instrument,” he said.

 

The turning point for the young Payton came when he was 11, when he heard a Miles Davis quintet album that was in his parents’ record collection. With the opening notes of the recording, he knew then he would pursue a life as a trumpet player and artist. He started performing publicly as a 10-year-old and began playing in the streets as a year later. He worked everywhere from funerals to weddings to bar mitzvahs, and played on the streets for tips. Although he knew he wanted to be a musician, he also knew “you can’t make a living in New Orleans being a genre-oriented musician.” Payton said, “A lot of the guys my father played with in bands were school teachers during the day, and they would play gigs at night and on weekends.”

 

“When I was younger, I wanted to get so inside their character that I could improvise a solo a la Miles 1956, or, say, 1958, or 1963, without necessarily playing any of his licks verbatim. Same thing with Louis Armstrong. Same thing with Clifford Brown. I wanted to be at the point where I could sort of summon their spirits, so that it was free improvisation, not just verbatim regurgitation of licks and phrases. Approaching it like that perhaps makes it easier for me to feel expressive within an idiom, because I’m not looking at it like a style, I’m looking at it like an expression. When you do that, it’s open for all and anything to happen.”

 

Payton signed with Warner Bros. in 2001, releasing the ’70s fusion-influenced Sonic Trance 2003. He returned with Into the Blue on Nonesuch in 2008. Well known as a risk taker, Payton took one of his grandest on 2011’s Bitches. A concept recording that details the stages and ending of a romantic relationship, Payton composed and arranged all 16 songs (which include lyrics), played every instrument, sang and played trumpet throughout, and produced the entire set. He is accompanied on the album by special guest vocalists Cassandra Wilson, Esperanza Spalding, N’Dambi, Chinah Blac, and Saunders Sermons.

Payton, one of the great stars of the present-day trumpet, says of Clifford Brown “I doubt if we’ll ever see the trumpet played that way again.

This year’s Clifford Brown Jazz Festival will take place June 21 – 25 in Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington. Visit the Dupont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival website to view Nicholas Payton’s performance details as well as additional festival artist announcements, updates and information. 

 

Rise Up Wilmington : A Short Film by Chuck Purnell

In the last day or so, you may have carelessly scrolled through your Facebook feed filled with commentary from your friends, loved ones and strangers about any given event happening both near and far from where you stood at that moment. In the midst of the statuses and selfies, a different type of post has caught the attention of thousands of Wilmingtonians.  Residents across the city has been captured by an aerial film of Wilmington, Delaware almost completely shot with a drone by local videographer, Chuck Purnell.

When asked of his inspiration behind the short production, Purnell mentions,

“The latest senseless act of violence where a 16 year old girl who was an honor student, was badly beaten inside her high school and later died of her injuries at the hospital gave me the inspiration to shoot this short aerial film. With all the negativity with shootings and murders in the city, I wanted to show Wilmington in a positive light.” 

The visual accompanied with the vocals of the new and vocally stunning, Andra Day. The song, Rise Up, is a reminder and inspiration to us all to be filled with the hope that we can rise up. In spite of pain, tragedy and mourning we can rise up in resilience, hope and the coming of better, beautiful days.

Chuck Purnell is an award winning videographer with over 15 years of experience working in broadcast television and video production. Whether its a video production or a photo shoot, creating a unique look for you, your product, or your event, excellence is his number one goal with Cre8tive Minds Entertainment, LLC.