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Free Downtown Blues Concert: Liz Mandeville & the Blue Points
November 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pmFree
Blues singer/songwriter and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Liz Mandeville will play Gainesville for the first time with her band The Blue Points on Friday, November 15, courtesy of the North Central Florida Blues Society.
Once voted as the best Blues singer in Chicago, Liz has honed her craft in the Blues bars of Chicago over the last 3 decades, with house residencies at prestigious clubs such as the Kingston Mines, Blue Chicago, Bill’s Blues, BLUES on Halsted, and Rosa’s Lounge. She’s played every major venue and festival in the Midwest and toured extensively in the US and Canada.
She was heavily influenced by the witty swinging songs of Louis Jordan, Big Maybelle, T-Bone Walker and the soulful voices of Etta James, Tina Turner, Otis Redding, Tyrone Davis and Bobby Bland. With a sense of humor that shines through her impassioned performance, Liz is a polished, consummate entertainer, not to be missed.
See why Blues Blast Magazine says “Her one-of-a-kind vocal prowess captures attention and turns heads.”
411 South and Brett Wellman & Stone Cold Blues will also perform. Those acts won the North Central Florida Blues Society’s 2019 Blues Challenge and will represent the region in Memphis at the 2020 International Blues Challenge.
441 South is a Blues Band with significant gospel, soul, and rock influences. Formed in 2019, it is fronted by Shae Mullberry on vocals. Shae’s husband Tim Mulberry mans the drums, and boasts an impressive resume that includes two years with the Bridget Kelly Band and a six- month world tour with The Black Eyed Peas. Guitarist Frank Bougher and bassist Greg Mullins are also noteworthy band members.
Brett Wellman & Stone Cold Blues is a Chicago-style electric blues band featuring Brett Wellman on lead vocals and guitar and Chris Balding on harmonica and vocals. The band’s performances have been called “engaging” and “high-energy” and its manin fluences include Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Little Milton.