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    • 03/13/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • ROHAN REC CENTER, 850 Kristine Way, The Villages 34785
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    http://www.AnthonyGeraciBlue.com

    WHO IS ANTHONY GERACI?

    Pianist, Hammond organist and composer Anthony Geraci was born in New Haven, CT in 1954. His interest in playing piano began at age four when he told his parents “I want a piano!”  Kind of an odd request when most kids want a new baseball glove or bicycle. His parents weren’t musical-not even a record player at their house- but they always supported his undeniable passion for music. They soon bought a Kimball Grand Piano that his mother paid $4 a week to own. Lessons at the Neighborhood School of Music, affiliated with Yale University, soon followed. At around the age of 16 he befriended a fellow musician, Ed Cherry. They began listening to music together after school and one day Ed played a Jimmy Rogers recording, Chicago Bound, that literally changed his life. Ed went on to be Dizzy Gillespie’s guitarist for many years.  

    REVIEWS

    "Geraci is one of the better instrumentalists in the blues world today.”           - Bill Mitchell, Blues Bytes

    "You’re one hell of a piano player.” - B.B King

    “Geraci offers a picture of a time when the piano was THE featured instrument. Geraci’s knowledge of that history is obvious.”                                      - Art Tipaldi, Blues Music Magazine

    "Anthony Geraci is not only a gifted pianist, he also a talented a songwriter .”    - Debra C. Argen, Luxury Experience

    "A stalwart on the New England blues scene for decades as a key member of both Sugar Ray & the Bluetones and Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, keyboardist Anthony Geraci continues to deliver stellar work as a bandleader." - Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine

    CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO

    • 03/28/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • EISENHOWER REC CENTER, 3560 Buena Vista Blvd, The Villages 32163
    • 127
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    www.IndigenousRocks.com


    WHO IS INDIGENOUS?

    Born and raised on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, Indigenous front man Mato Nanji (Ma-TOE NON-gee) dedicates his latest release Time Is Coming (on Blues Bureau International) to the indigenous youth and all young people on the indigenous reservations.

    Mato Nanji’s father, the late Greg Zephier, Sr., was a well-known and highly respected spiritual advisor and spokesperson for the International Indian Treaty Council. In addition to this leadership role, he was an accomplished musician and a member of the musical group, The Vanishing Americans. Formed by Greg and his brothers in the ‘60’s, The Vanishing Americans toured nationally and shared bills with such legends as Bonnie Raitt. Besides being heavily influenced by the music his father and uncles were making, Mato was exposed to Greg’s vast collection of blues records by legendary artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King. Consequently, Mato embraced and began utilizing his own musical talent at a young age. With the experience, love and wisdom of their father to guide them, Mato, his brother, sister and cousin formed the band Indigenous while in their late teens.

    After much time invested in practicing and building a following, they began touring extensively across the country. In 1998, they released their award winning debut album Things We Do. The title track’s video, directed by Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals), won the American Indian Film Festival Award and was shown at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Indigenous’ music caught the attention of blues icon B.B. King and the young band was invited to play on his annual B.B. King’s Blues Tour in 1999. Sadly, Mr. Zephier would pass away before seeing his children receive this great honor.

    With momentum gaining, Indigenous’ 2000 sophomore release, Circle, was produced and arranged by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s longtime friend and collaborator, the late Doyle Bramhall, Sr. Three more cds; Fistful of Dirt (2002), Indigenous (2003) and Long Way Home (2005) would follow before the 2006 decision by the siblings to ‘disband’ and pursue their own musical paths but Mato carried on with the Indigenous band name. “Playing with my family for 10 years was a lot of fun, but it was time to grow and keep moving forward.”

    Mato continued touring and in 2006 released Chasing The Sun. Two of the cd’s songs, “Come On Home” and “Leaving”, were featured on the hit Discovery Channel show The Deadliest Catch. “Come on Home” was also featured on FX’s Sons of Anarchy.

    On 2008’s Broken Lands, an intensely personal record, Mato and Leah, his lyricist and wife, pay tribute to his Native heritage. The album decries the poverty, isolation and reality of life on the reservation with “Place I Know.” The album gains its title from the line, “all is lost in these broken lands.”

    Of The Acoustic Sessions (released in 2010), Mato commented, “It’s a collection of some of my favorite songs that celebrate 10 years of releasing albums. Every song that I have ever written began with the acoustic guitar, so it only felt natural to create an acoustic album.”

    Indigenous featuring Mato Nanji (2012) would mark Nanji’s debut on the Blues Bureau International label and the beginning of his collaboration with noted producer, Mike Varney. Joining Mato on the disc’s opening track “Free Yourself, Free Your Mind” is the soulful Jonny Lang. On it, the two guitar-masters trade vocals and guitar solos. It’s truly a blues lover’s ‘match made in heaven’.

    In addition to his Indigenous ‘day job’, Mato Nanji has been a member of the critically acclaimed Experience Hendrix Tour since 2002. Playing alongside original Jimi Hendrix band members Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell, the tour roster includes some of today’s blues greats including Buddy Guy, Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon (Double Trouble), Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Johnson, and Robert Randolph.

    Once the 2012 Experience Hendrix Tour concluded, Mato and fellow EHT tour mates David Hidalgo (Los Lobos) and Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars) would collaborate and release the hard-driving, psychedelic blues-infused 3 Skulls and the Truth (Blues Bureau International) disc. The album’s no-holds barred setting is the ideal foundation for the three veteran axemen to simply ‘let it fly’.

    February 2013 would bring the Mato Nanji-inspired release from trance-blues artist Otis Taylor, My World Is Gone (Telarc). Mato and Otis explore the plight of the American Indian people in a lightning bolt of musical creativity and social commentary. “Mato inspired the entire direction of this album,” says Taylor. “We were talking about history backstage at a Jimi Hendrix tribute concert he had just played, and, in reference to his people, the Native American Nakota Nation, he said ‘My world is gone.’ The simplicity and honesty of those four words was so heavy, I know what I had to write about.”

    “My dad was my favorite musician so he really influenced me a lot with everything. I just felt it was time to pay tribute to him and his band,” says Nanji. That tribute, Vanishing Americans, was released on May 21, 2013 and promptly found its place on iTunes Top 10 Blues Chart. Blues Rock Review (6/5/13) said: “each song is brought together with heavy and powerful guitar riffs akin to those of Carlos Santana and Jimi Hendrix, while bellowing, raspy vocals turn a talented guitarist’s vision into a relatable song for many, just as any praiseworthy blues album should.”

    “Mato continues to refine his guitar and vocal vocabularies with each new release and is also expanding his songwriting skills with his wife Leah,” said producer Mike Varney of Time Is Coming (May 2014). From the infectious opening track of “Grey Skies”; the Soundgarden/Rage Against the Machine influenced “Won’t Be Around No More”; and the gut-wrenching blues of “Don’t Know What To Do”, and at all points in between, Mato Nanji “tears at his guitar strings, bending and shaking them to within an inch of their life, it is clear that he is no mere copyist. He is a genuine virtuoso…” (Rhys Williams, bluesblastmagazine.com 5/14).

    Ultimately, Mato dedicates Time Is Coming, to the Indigenous youth and all young people on the Indigenous reservations. Of the song says Nanji; “still to this day, the struggle continues to just live in peace. Growing up here on the reservation I’ve seen a lot of broken families…broken homes. I feel our families’ “Tiospaye” are the core of what makes us who we are. Now family and its meaning is not as strong as it used to be for our people…almost non-existent. So I send my heart and soul out to the indigenous children having a tough time in their lives and in their homes. This record is inspired by them and made in their honor. I hope for the best for all. Tomorrow is another day.”

    The Plateros, a three piece award winning family band from the Navajo Nation in Tohajiilee, New Mexico consider Mato Nanji and Indigenous one of their greatest musical influences.

    Levi and The Plateros played their first show, a festival in Bird Springs, AZ in December 2004, and by April 2005, they would find themselves onstage performing at the largest PowWow in the world, The Gathering of Nations. Lead guitarist Levi, with his natural born talent, slid across the stage with power chords and screaming blues that amazed the packed crowd. He was just 13 years old.

    In the years to follow, Levi, along with his cousins Douglas Platero on drums and Bronson Begay on bass would receive numerous nominations for native music and video awards, and their cd Hang On would take home a win for Best Blues Album at the 2009 New Mexico Music Awards.

    In 2012, they joined Indigenous for The Kinship Tour, with The Plateros opening the double bill. They would join Mato for blistering encores that would bring the proverbial house down.

    Touring in support of Time Is Coming in the summer of 2014, Mato Nanji would once again call on Levi, Douglas and Bronson to hit the road with him. This time, though, would be different. They would be onstage as Indigenous’ rhythm section; Mato and Levi trading leads and solos while Bronson and Douglas provided the strong, stable rhythmic foundation that allowed the two guitarists to ‘tear it up’.

    As the band made its way across the east coast, the after show buzz was audible. The incendiary chemistry of Mato Nanji, Levi Platero, Bronson Begay and Douglas Platero innate.

    They are Indigenous.CHECK OUT THESE VIDEOS

    • 04/05/2024
    • 12:00 PM
    • 04/08/2024
    • 9:00 AM
    • BUS DEPARTURE TIMES (TO & FROM) FESTIVAL BROWNWOOD
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    Does not include VIP festival ticket fee. 

    General admission tickets are free.

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    Bus leaves Brownwood at 12:00pm on 4/5

    and arrives back in Brownwood at noon on 4 /8.



    • 04/10/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • ROHAN REC CENTER, 850 Kristine Way, The Villages 34785
    • 188
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    WHO IS JP SOARS?

    Playing the blues not only requires diligence and dedication, but also an inherent sense of purpose and passion. Guitarist and vocalist J.P. Soars knows those instincts all too well, having been imbued with absolute enthusiasm for the form. It’s not only steered his muse ever since, but also brought him to the heights of success and wide recognition. A first place winner of the Blues Foundation 2009 International Blues Challenge, the Albert King Best Guitarist Award, any number of Blues Music nominations as Best Contemporary Male Blues Artist, and a nod for Best Blues Album, he’s been the recipient of continuing critical kudos, extensive worldwide airplay and sales that have elevated him to the uppermost rungs of every major Blues chart.

    Of course, Soars and his powerhouse trio the Red Hots — including drummer Chris Peet and bassist Cleveland Fredrick — are no strangers to live performance either. Soars and Peet have played together for the past 16 years, while Fredrick, “the new guy,” has been with the band since 2016. They’ve proven their mettle on stages both nationally and internationally, played blues festivals from Belgium to Brazil, and shared stages with the likes of Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa. Brian Setzer and Larry Graham.

    They’ve also been seven time regulars on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, no small wonder considering the fact that they’re familiar faces on both coasts of South Florida, the place Soars proudly calls home.

    “I consider myself both blessed and honored to get to play music for people,” Soars says humbly. “It’s a privilege. I am extremely grateful and I never take it for granted for a minute. I love putting smiles on folks faces and maybe help some folks forget about their troubles for a while. Seeing people dancing,  and having a good time puts a smile on my face.”

    FOR MORE INFO GO TO: http://www.JPSoars.com

    They are Indigenous.CHECK OUT THESE VIDEOS

    • 04/25/2024
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • MULBERRY REC CENTER, 8445 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages 32162
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    WHO IS KEESHEA PRATT?

    The Houston based, International Award Winning Keeshea Pratt Band possesses the skill and artistry reminiscent of Blues old school Motown; a rarity among bands of any genre today. The 9 piece musical collective, lends its energy and passion to traditional blues, contemporary blues and offers a preview to the future of blues. The musical artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel, country and back again.

    Keeshea Pratt is the siren featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing 5 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan. The 4-piece horn section produces thrilling chorded in-sync rhythms that rival those of big bands. The make up of this phenomenal band is , Kiana Smith (Bassist and Vocals), Brian Sowell (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Eugene Botts (Keys & B3 Organ), Dan Carpenter (Saxophone), Brent Nabors (Baritone Saxaphone),  Misaki Nishidate (Trumpet), James Williams III (Trumpet), and Adrew Acuna (Drums)

    In January 2018, The Keeshea Pratt Band secured first place in the Band Division for the 34th Annual International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee. The polished professional soul stirring toe tapping performances assured the judges that KPB was primed to headline major festivals and concert stages as a noteworthy authority on the blues scene, nationally and internationally.  Since that time, they have travel the country performing on some of the biggest festival stages while “Keeping The Blues Alive”.

    REVIEWS

    Keeshea Pratt…what can I say? My girl is a force to be reckoned with!!! It’s obvious that she can sing… but Ms. Pratt is an incredible actress. Her understanding of the art is oh so present!!!
    -Charnele Brown (Kimberly Reese of Hit 90’s sitcom “A Different World”)

    From the first time I heard this woman on stage, I knew she was designed for a career in singing the Blues. I featured Ms. Pratt at the 2010 Jubilee Jam KoKo Taylor tribute. She gave nothing short of an excellent performance. There is nothing that can get in her way because she is destined for greatness. The world will know the name Keeshea Pratt.
    -Eddie Cotton (International Blues Challenge Winner, 2015)

    They are Indigenous.CHECK OUT THESE VIDEOS


Past events

02/22/2024 John Primer & The Real Deal Blues Band
02/14/2024 Ghost Town Blues Band (A NON-VALENTINES DAY EXTRAVAGANZA)
01/13/2024 Shaelyn Band - Dress Rehearsal - Driveway Party at M&M's Juke Joint
12/13/2023 The Cinelli Brothers
11/29/2023 Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
11/12/2023 The Avey Grouws Band - Driveway Party at M&M's Juke Joint
11/08/2023 THE SHAELYN BAND Villages Blues Society Challenge WINNER
10/11/2023 Terrance Simien
09/28/2023 THE HADDEN SAYERS TRIO
09/18/2023 The Villages Blues Society Local Blues Challenge
09/13/2023 THE BRAZILIAN BLUES BEATLES
08/02/2023 SOUTHERN AVENUE
07/27/2023 Blues Generators with special guest BRANDON SANTINI & MORE
07/12/2023 RUSTY WRIGHT BAND
06/14/2023 Damon Fowler
05/25/2023 DAVID JULIA
05/10/2023 Trey Wanvig
04/25/2023 Victor Wainwright (Listening Room Seating)
04/12/2023 Kat Riggins & the Blues Revival
03/23/2023 JOHN NEMETH
03/08/2023 JASON RICCI & THE BAD KIND
02/23/2023 Mr. Sipp
02/08/2023 VANESSA COLLIER
12/14/2022 THE MASTERS: Featuring Bobby Blackmon, Mac Arnold & Terry Hanck
11/29/2022 Mike Zito Trio Listening Room Setting
11/14/2022 TVBS Blues Challenge
11/09/2022 Curtis Salgado with Alan Hager
10/27/2022 THE REAL ALLMAN BROTHERS EXPERIENCE
10/12/2022 CHRIS CAIN
09/14/2022 Damon Fowler
08/10/2022 Doug Deming and The Jewel Tones
07/28/2022 TVBS APPRECIATION SHOW FEATURING THE BLUES GENERATORS - Our Very Own "HOUSE BAND"
06/23/2022 EG Kight Trio
06/08/2022 David Julia & Trey Wanvig Reunited again for "I Knew You When"
05/26/2022 Otis Cadillac & the El Dorados featuring The Sublime Seville Sisters
05/11/2022 BILLY PRICE
04/24/2022 The Blues Generators @ GLENVIEW COUNTRY CLUB
04/22/2022 The Blues Generators @ Augustine's 1812 House
04/13/2022 NICK MOSS BAND featuring Dennis Gruenling
03/24/2022 Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers
03/09/2022 THE NIGHTHAWKS
03/05/2022 The Blues Generators @ Lake Sumter City Fire
02/09/2022 The Keeshea Pratt Band
01/26/2022 KEVIN BURT
01/12/2022 JP Soars Gypsy Blue Revue
12/08/2021 Jimmy Carpenter Band featuring Dawn Tyler Watson
11/22/2021 TERRY HANCK with Trey Wanvig Opening
11/10/2021 SEAN CHAMBERS
10/14/2021 The Blues Generators @ CITY FIRE LAKE SUMTER LANDING
10/14/2021 The Blues Generators @ CITY FIRE Lake Sumter
10/13/2021 ALBERT CUMMINGS
10/05/2021 Brandon Santini & Joel DaSilva
09/21/2021 Davina & the Vagabonds
08/20/2021 The Blues Generators @ CITY FIRE SUMTER LANDING
08/11/2021 Julia & Wanvig "I KNEW YOU WHEN" Reunion
07/20/2021 Kat Riggins & the Blues Revival
07/17/2021 The Blues Generators @ CITY FIRE SUMTER LANDING
07/14/2021 Damon Fowler
06/25/2021 The Blues Generators @ CITY FIRE SUMTER LANDING
06/10/2021 The Blues Generators @ CITY FIRE BROWNWOOD
05/26/2021 ANA POPOVIC LIVE Evening show
05/26/2021 ANA POPOVIC LIVE Matinee show
05/12/2021 Mike Zito & His Big Blues Band
04/26/2021 The Leesburg Blues Brothers featuring TVBS house band, The Blues Generators
04/14/2021 Mr Sipp Mississippi Blues Child $25 members, $30 non-members, Tickets available On-Line ONLY
03/22/2021 Gabe Stillman Band
03/10/2021 Ally Venable Band SHOW-2
03/10/2021 Ally Venable Band SHOW-1
03/02/2021 Blues Generators @ CITY FIRE
02/22/2021 DOUG DEMING & THE JEWEL TONES
02/16/2021 Blues Generators WITH GUEST TREY WANVIG @ CITY FIRE
02/11/2021 Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraiser Mardi Gras Party 2nd Night
02/10/2021 Dwayne Dopsie and The Zydeco Hellraisers (Pre-Mardi Gras Party)
01/31/2021 ANA POPOVIC HELD OVER FOR A 2nd NIGHT
01/30/2021 ANA POPOVIC LIVE
01/25/2021 GHOST TOWN BLUES BAND $20 and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
01/13/2021 The Anson Funderburgh & Jose Ramirez Blues Revue FL Tour
01/03/2021 Blues Generators TVBS Scholarship Fundraiser
12/22/2020 Hector Anchondo $20 Donation Public Invited
12/07/2020 MUD MORGANFIELD 3:00 to 5:30 Show $35 members, $40 non-members
12/06/2020 J.P. Soars and the Red Hots $20 @ Shady Oaks Corner
11/24/2020 Blues Generators Free Concert Open to Public
11/16/2020 Rowand, Bang, & Biscuit $20 Donation Public Invited
10/25/2020 Bridget Kelly Band "BKB" $20 and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
10/13/2020 Bluestone blues Band $20 and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
09/22/2020 Jose Ramirez Band $20 and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
09/08/2020 Josh Rowand and The PitBull of Blues $20 and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
08/25/2020 Terry Hank & Special Guest JP Soars $20 and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
08/15/2020 Our Very Own Blues Generators with Bobby Blackmon OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
08/11/2020 Frank Bang & Special Guest Josh Rowand $20 and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
07/31/2020 Damon Fowler Returns $20 and open to all
07/26/2020 Mike Zito $20 and open to the general public
07/14/2020 "I Knew You When" Showcase $20 and open to all
06/30/2020 Rusty Wright Band $20
06/23/2020 Albert Castiglia $20
06/16/2020 Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones $20
06/05/2020 J.P. Soars and the Red Hots $20
03/24/2020 Florida Blues Artists Relief Fund
03/21/2020 The Blues Beatles 6:00 Show $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 at the door
03/11/2020 J.P. Soars / Reverend Raven double headliner $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 at the door
03/07/2020 Free Membership Appreciation Event - Select Buy Tickets to Register
02/24/2020 Brandon Santini $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 at the door
02/12/2020 Big Al and the Heavy Weights featuring Marcel Anton on guitar $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 at the door
02/05/2020 Tas Cru & the Tortured Souls $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, $25 at the Door
01/08/2020 Mr Sipp Mississippi Blues Child $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 at the door
12/11/2019 Vanessa Collier $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 at the door
11/13/2019 Ghost Town Blues Band $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 at the door
11/05/2019 Gabe Stillman Band $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 at the door
10/25/2019 Artur Menezes $20 members, $25 non-members, $30 at the door
10/09/2019 Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials $20 members, $25 non-members
09/11/2019 Tennessee Redemption $20 members, $25 non-members and $25 at the door
08/21/2019 Biscuit Miller and the Mix $15 Members, $20 Non-Members, Everyone $20 at the Door
05/15/2019 The Blues Beatles $20 members, $25 non-members
04/10/2019 Curtis Salgado $20 members, $25 non-members
03/07/2019 Damon Fowler Members $15 Non-Members $20
02/13/2019 Victor Wainwright $20 members, $25 non-members
02/06/2019 Jimmy Carpenter Band $10 online $15 at the door
01/09/2019 JP Soars $15 members, $20 non-members
12/12/2018 Watermelon Slim
11/29/2018 Chris Cain Blues Guitar Master
11/07/2018 John Németh and the Blue Dreamers
10/30/2018 Jeff Jensen Band
10/17/2018 Brandon Santani
09/12/2018 Bobby Messano
08/08/2018 Selwyn Birchwood Band
07/11/2018 Albert Castiglia Band
06/13/2018 Mark Telesca Band
05/09/2018 Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings
04/11/2018 Damon Fowler
03/07/2018 Karen Lovely and Paul Deslauries Bands
02/14/2018 Valentine Bash
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