Saturday, June 27, 2009

Café R&B : Byl's Birthday Party

Happy Birthday to Byl!! 

Café R & B's electric axeman celebrates another turn of the globe with what will surely be a night to remember (if you can!). Byl and Roach and the rest of the band will all be there, dressed sharp and ready to party. 

Jimmy Z : Dazzled

Jimmy Z. took over last week and dazzled the crowd with his awesome displays of  sax and harmonica mastery. Etta James' main (sax) man showed why he's a world class player. One of Harvelle's favorites, Jimmy Z. always throws down and keeps the dance floor packed.  

Friday, June 26, 2009

Kirk & The Gang :
Kirk Fletcher Shreds Into The Night.

Kirk Fletcher stayed in the shadows - dressed in black jeans, black t-shirt and black skateboard shoes -but his unmistakable guitar ability was definitely center-stage. His shredding pays a debt to everyone from Buddy Guy to Eddie Van Halen.  Matching his Telecaster with equal amounts sweet and gritty - on his right - was Strat wielding Sam*.  Legendary drummer James Gadson held down the beat in his unflinching heavy-soul style. The band even jammed out on "Use Me" (Gadson played on the original Bill Withers version). 

Baadasss Brian Allen played the bass - his bandmate from Miss Willie Brown - Luke* played all the keys. Paulie* kept the whole thing together, leading the group with Otis-y style vocals and saxophone.

*(didn't get their last names...
will re-post with the correct info)

Miss Willie Brown : Kasey & Her Cowboy Boots

Everybody's fave bar-b-que slinging country girl, Kasey, from Miss Willie Brown was hanging out at Harvelle's last night! She was there in support of bandmates Luke and Brian (keys and bass respectively) as they jammed the night away as part of Kirk Fletcher's group. Here she is in the parking lot showing off her boots.

Jammin' With James Gadson

James Gadson (born June 17, 1939) is an American drummer and session musician. Beginning his career in the late 1960s, Gadson has since become one of the most-recorded drummers in the history of R&B music.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Gadson played with the first line-up of Charles Wright's Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and recorded three albums with them between 1968 and 1970. He started to become well-known as a drummer following the release of the album Still Bill by Bill Withers (Columbia Records, 1972). He has gone on to record with Martha Reeves, Randy Crawford, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, BB King, Albert King, Rose Royce, Dyke & the Blazers and The Temptations.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

House Of Vibe: Chillin' with Chali

Chali 2NA is the deep-voice of Jurassic 5 and one of hip-hop's most original. Tonight the House Of Vibe All-Stars will be playing and blowin' off the roof at Harvelle's. 
Business as usual for these guys. 

Their Wednesday night sets are legendary jam-fests; a blend full of reggae, rap, rock and jazz. Special guests always appear. Chali 2NA is with 'em live and in the house tonight. 

Is summer in the city gettin' you sweatin'? 
Come cool off at Harvelle's.