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Sunday August 13th, 7pm: The Anni Piper Blues Band

With albums titled “Jailbait”, “Texas Hold ‘Em”, and “Chasin’ Tail” your likely to hear some earthy, down and dirty Blues!  Australian vocalist, bass player and songwriter Anni Piper’s latest CD ‘Split Second’ received rave reviews, debuting at #3 on the USA RMR Blues charts. Anni is poised to win America with her 2017 tour. Beyond provocative titles, Anni can do it all. Upstage presents Anni at Studio Bob in Port Angeles on Sunday August 13th, 7:00pm, $18.

Early 2004 Piper made the decision to record Jailbait, her debut CD that featured all original compositions. Black Market Music, a record label well known to Australian blues aficionados, immediately signed her. The album was an instant success, winning Piper Best New Talent at the 2005 Australian Blues Music Awards.

“Piper has the kind of voice that lulls men to their doom. Its soft and sweet when it wants to be, scared and vulnerable a moment later, then ripping through you like a razor Piper commands songs utterly.  “Jeremy Loome, The Edmondton Sun

“She has the kind of voice and delivery that goes straight to your heart. The music is passionate in-your-face blues and blues rock, played well and best heard LOUD…. Anni Piper will, as my friend Don says, melt your face right off.”
Sunday Night Blues Project, USA

Anni’s career achievements include nomination as a top five finalist in the 2010 MusicOz Awards in the Blues / Roots categoryiper was also a finalist for ‘Best Female Vocal’ at the 2008 Australian Blues Music Awards and received a nomination for the ‘Rudy Brandsma’ award at the 2007 Australian National Songwriting Contest.

Piper began playing bass guitar at age 14. By 19 years of age, she had completed a Bachelor of Contemporary Music degree at Southern Cross University. Piper remembers with clarity the first time she heard the blues back in her school days (It was Paul Butterfield Blues Band playing Born in Chicago – I knew straight away this was the direction I was heading. she says).

Pipers second album, Texas Hold Em, recorded in early 2007, earned her a nomination for the Rudy Brandsma award at the 2007 Australian National Songwriting Contest for her song Untrue. She was a finalist for Best Female Vocal at the 2008 Australian Blues Music Awards, and finalist in the APRA Professional Development Awards in 2009.

‘Twos Company (a compilation of tracks from Jailbait and ‘Texas Hold Em) was released in January 2009. Pipers American debut for Blues Leaf Records. The album reached #1 on the Australian Roots music charts, and #21 on the Living Blues charts, though Piper had yet to tour the USA.

“Chasin Tail is Piper’s 2010 release, placing her as that top five finalist in the 2010 Musicoz Awards. With her voice somewhat akin to Janiva Magness, this is solid blues.”
Jim Hynes, Elmore magazine, USA

“Australia has produced several noteworthy blues and roots acts in recent years, including some remarkable female vocalists. Anni Pipers two previous releases… established her as a card-carrying member of that club……Twos Company offers 12 tracks driven by Pipers distinctive, smoky alto, but it also highlights her considerable talent on bass….”
Jonathan Black, Blues Revue magazine, USA

Thursday August 3rd: The Andy T Band w/Alabama Mike & Anson Funderburgh

Upstage presents The Andy T. Band with Alabama Mike and Anson Funderburgh on Thursday August 3rd at Studio Bob in Port Angeles.  The six piece virtuoso all-star band is a “tour de force” musical event. It’s touted as one the great collaborations in Blues history and one of the best touring bands on today’s circuit. Andy T’s release, Numbers Man was nominated for a 2016 Blues Music Award as Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year & Band of the Year by the Blues Foundation.

The Andy T Band, fronted by guitarist Andy T, began in 2011 as the Andy T – Nick Nixon Band. Upon Nick’s retirement, Andy T enlisted Alabama Mike Benjamin as lead singer. Mike is a dynamic, energetic vocalist who strongly connects with his audience – a titan on the microphone with his first rate, church house tenor. In the past, Mike was nominated by the Blues Foundation as Traditional Male Blues Artist of the Year. (Charlie Musselwhite won that year!)

10X Blues Foundation award winner, Anson Funderburgh has over 30 Blues Award nominations and won too many awards to detail. He’s regarded as one of the greatest blues/rock guitarists of all time. After producing Andy T’s 2016 award winning latest album, he joined the band!  Funderburgh led the renowned  Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets since 1977. Anson himself has played with Delbert McClinton, Boz Scaggs, Snooks Eaglin, Grady Gaines, Earl King, Jimmy Buffett, and Little Charlie Baty.

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Tickets are also available at Harbor Art Gallery, 110 E Railroad Av, Port Angeles

The Andy T Band featuring Alabama Mike has recently completed a new album, again produced by Anson Funderburgh. This band is a force to be reckoned with and will not disappoint.

Andy T Band Blues Music Award nominee for
2016  BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
2016  BAND OF THE YEAR
2015 BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM
2013 BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM

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