May 13, 2017 · 8:00pm

8 pm
$5 Cover
21+

Octavia Blues Band w/ Bushmaster Blues

 

Octavia Blues Band

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PA’s First Lady of the Blues

Expect to be “wowed!” Octavia’s wicked harmonica playing and sultry powerful vocals delivers shivers down your spine.
Fueled with amazing audience interaction backed by her smokin’ hot band you have the region’s hottest Blues, Soul, and R&B act.

Octavia’s two Great Aunts sang for the Czar and Czarina of Russia. Cousin Mark Mostovoy was conductor & founder of Philadelphia’s Concerto Soloists  and cousins Stephanie Greenberg & Laurie Sonsino are professional classical musicians. Octavia’s mother Sylvia was a concert pianist at the age of twelve. Octavia’s early exposure to artists such as Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, and the Motown family often influence what Octavia brings to her outstanding stage show, originals and recordings.

Octavia was born and raised in Philadelphia. Her first stage experience was at the age of five. Octavia’s journey with music began in 1963 with the guitar. Influenced by Bob Dylan she purchased her first harmonica in 1966. She attended Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts majoring in sculpture and painting but her passion for live performance dominated her path.

 

 

Bushmaster Blues

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Gary Brown, lyricist, composer, guitar player, and vocalist for Bushmaster, is in an energetic, enthusiastic, and natural performer. Born in Washington, DC, and growing up in the DC suburbs of Palmer Park, MD, along with the record collections of his parents, Brown was surrounded by the sounds of such local artists as Chuck Brown, Bobby Parker, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Link Wray, and others too numerous to mention. As a teen Brown learned guitar by jamming with other local talent and musicians. In 1992 Brown took the leap and formed his own band, Bushmaster. The band’s funky, guitar-centric, blues-rock music enlightens as well as entertains. You can hear the influence of such artists as Funkadelic, and Jimi Hendrix among others in their music. Bushmaster’s new CD, “Revolution Rhapsody aka: Uprising Music”, debuted at #41 on the Roots Music chart, at #21 on the Living Blues Magazine Radio Chart, and has received reviews, interviews, and radio airplay from Croatia, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Canada, Australia, and The U.K., as well as across the United States. Gary was also named “Best Up and Coming Blues Rock Artist” for The Rock Over America Magazine Music Awards 2012.