BLUES BLOWOUT 2017
We're gearing up for the 2017 St. John Blues Blowout and it promises to be an epic night.
Given our experience from the last three years and the relationships we have forged, we have paved the way to an unforgettable experience like no other, one we plan to build on year after year. Our hopes to serve the community and provide a great night of the blues will undoubtedly begin to reach our goals.
Our new location at Estate Susannaberg is a venue like no other. Nestled on the hill overlooking the island this historic sugar plantation is a perfect place to enjoy the blues live.
Check out the lineup for this year's show below and make sure to mark your calendars for March 25, 2017! We'll see you in St. John!
Slam Allen-American Showplace Music recording artist Slam Allen is one of the most dynamic and original blues and soul artists on the scene today. More that just a singer, writer, and guitar player, Slam connects with his audience like entertainers from a bygone era. As a solo performer, Slam is the recipient of the prestigious Master Blues Artist award from the New York Blues Hall of Fame, a 2016 Blues Music Award Nominee and the proud endorsee of custom guitars by Gerhards Guitarworks and boutique amplifiers by Soul Tramp Amplification.
Growing up, Slam played drums for the family soul band “The Allen Brothers” and later on, learned guitar from his Dad, Harrison Allen and his Uncle, Cecil Allen. As he progressed in their eyes, the family knew they had a special talent to nurture! As he developed his own style, Slam went to Chicago to learn the ways of Traditional Chicago Blues. Once there, it didn’t take long before the offer of a fill in gig for the legendary harpist, James Cotton - which led to Slam spending the next 9 years (2001 - 2010) as the lead singer, lead guitarist, and band leader for Mr. Cotton. Slam is also credited with writing and singing on Cotton’s 2011 Grammy nominated comeback album, “Giant.”
Now on his own, and internationally recognized as a seasoned touring veteran, Slam is dedicated to forging his own legacy in the blues and soul world. With seven original albums under his belt, Slam is here to bring back what the music world is lacking - the love and uplifting honesty that makes for a powerful and entertaining musical experience.
John Nemeth-Boise, Idaho is hardly the place anyone would conjure up as a hotbed of soul music. But for John Németh, it’s where his love for the genre began—and the starting point for a journey that’s taken him from his first gigs fronting a teenaged band to five Blues Music Award nominations in 2013 alone. It’s where this preternaturally talented son of a Hungarian immigrant gained his early chops on the harmonica, building on the style of rootsy heroes like Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson. Németh’s first paid performance came in 1991, when he was hired to perform drinking songs for a pinochle luncheon held by the Catholic Daughters of America before setting his sights on the Boise club scene, where, for nearly a decade, he played seven nights a week at local pubs, taverns, joints, and parties.
After opening a show for Junior Watson, Németh was tapped as tour opener for the guitar great, a gig that took him across the United States, to Scandinavia, and into the recording studio for his 2004 solo debut, Come And Get It, featuring Watson. When Németh’s girlfriend decided to relocate to California, he knew he couldn’t lose her, so he packed up the house and traveled west. It was an astute move: shortly after his arrival, Németh was signed by Blind Pig Records to a three-album deal.
In early 2013, Németh traded his life on the west coast to settle down in Memphis, Tennessee. He and Jaki, that girlfriend he followed to California, had married and started a family, and Memphis made sense. Németh landed in the perfect place: Electraphonic Studio, home of producer and musician Scott Bomar. Backed by the Bo-Keys, Bomar’s group of veteran Memphis performers who made their names backing the likes of Al Green, O.V. Wright, Rufus Thomas, and the Bar-Kays, Németh quickly laid down thirteen tracks that, as he describes it, “live in the style like I live in the style.” The tapes from that session caught the ear of manager Charles Driebe, who took the record to Denby Auble of Blue Corn Music. The Americana/roots music label signed Németh that year, adding him to a roster that boasts the likes of Ruthie Foster, Gurf Morlix, and Steve Forbert.
DieDra-The Alabama Blues Queen-Born in Norfolk, Virginia, DieDra has been singing since a very young age. She was raised by her maternal grandfather, who wrote and sang songs in the church. He saw God-given talent in DieDra at the age of nine. Her grandfather would encourage and create a musical foundation and platform for the very young DieDra by creating a family singing group with her as the lead singer. DieDra would soon move to Jacksonville, Florida where she spent the majority of her adult life. After becoming a mother and ex-military spouse, DieDra would be encouraged to return to her musical roots once again. In 1996, she met the late Charlie Cross, of Brunswick, Georgia and started her professional career. After a couple of years, DieDra would sign with Boogie Down Productions based in The Bronx, New York and Big East Entertainment along with Keithen Ruff assigned as producer on her debut CD.
After a 10-year delay due to scheduling conflicts, DieDra would signed on with Keithen Ruff under Ruff Pro Records and together they launched “DieDra and the Ruff Pro Band” and finally releasing her debut album “Overcoming Hurdles”.
DieDra has worked hard and has lived up to her well-deserved titles, “The Blues Diva” and most recently “The Alabama Blues Queen”.
The St. John Blues Society is a US Virgin Islands all volunteer, non-profit association founded in 2013 for the sole purposes of helping others while promoting and preserving blues music here in the Islands... Let's keep the Blues alive!