Monday, 09 August 2021

Blues Vespers Presents

Johnny Burgin

featuring Joel Astley

6 pm doors, 7 pm show

$10 advance, $12 day of show

All ages welcome

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About Johnny Burgin

Johnny Burgin

Johnny grew up in Mississippi. When he went to University of Chicago at 18 he met a college radio DJ who took him to see Tail Dragger on the West Side of Chicago. Tail Dragger took Johnny under his wing and gave him his first professional gigs. Since them, Johnny has gone on to tour and gig with many blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay and Billy Boy Arnold, and Johnny lives up to his moniker "Worldwide West Side Guitar Man" by performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US. In addition to touring extensively, Johnny has played on dozens of records as a sideman and as a band leader, and has released ten CDs on Delmark and Vizztone records. In 2017, his album Howlin' at Greaseland, a Howlin' Wolf tribute, was nominated for a BMA for Best Traditional Blues CD. Among his recent efforts are Johnny Burgin Live, which featured special guests Charlie Musselwhite, Nancy Wright and Rae Gordon and debuted at #3 on the Living Blues Blues Radio Chart. His most recent release, No Border Blues: Japan, was borne from Johnny's many tours and long relationships in Japan, and it is the first American compilation of the underground Japanese blues scene. Johnny and his blues partner Stephanie Tice host the No Border Blues podcast, the only blues podcast focused exclusively on international blues artists.

"Stellar fretwork, gloriously loose, earthy and immediate Chicago blues" - Vintage Guitar.

"Stunning guitar playing-- the pure Chicago style sound" - Cascade Blues Association.


About featuring Joel Astley

featuring Joel Astley

Joel was a visual artist for 20 years before abruptly switching to music ten years ago. Since starting his first band in 2014, he has been performing around The Pacific Northwest and beyond, and has quickly risen to local favorite. He has been recognized by the Washington Blues Society with music awards including Best Blues Harmonica 2018-2021, Best Male Vocalist 2019 & 2021, Best Songwriter 2020-2021, and several more. He currently leads Seattle-based High Note Group.

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