Boston’s on the Beach is fast becoming known for more than just great burgers and brew. The Delray Beach eatery is ground zero for live music, particularly on Tuesday nights with its “Blue Tuesday’’ lineup of top notch artists hosted by “Famous” Frank Ward.
This month’s Blue Tuesdays’ performances include:
May 2: Skyla Burrell Band – Known for their passionate and high-energy shows, the Skyla Burrell Band dishes out nonstop, electric blues nightly. Singer and lead guitarist Skyla Burrell was born to croon the blues. “Skyla has one of those perfect, whisky-soaked-with-honey voices that is full of the passion and conviction that it takes to be a great blues woman,” writes the Nashville Blues Society. She’s joined onstage by lead guitarist and band co-founder Mark Tomlinson, bass guitarist Charlie Hilbert, and drummer Ezell Jones.
May 9: Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues – Mac Arnold’s first band included James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul,” on piano. Born in South Carolina, Mac later moved to Chicago where he auditioned for Muddy Waters, the “Father of Modern Chicago Blues.” Muddy hired him on the spot. He toured and recorded with the Muddy Waters Band and recorded LPs with Otis Spann and John Lee Hooker. Later, Mac moved to Los Angeles where he played bass on the Sanford and Son sitcom theme music, and co-produced the music-dance TV program Soul Train with his good friend Don Cornelius. Today, Mac weaves his musical magic onstage with Austin Brashier (guitarist and vocals), Max Highwater (keyboard, harmonica, guitar, and bass), and Scotty Hawkins (drummer).
May 16: JP Soars Gypsy Blue Revue and The Red Hots – South Florida resident JP Soars, kicked off his dynamic music career in the heavy metal, hard rock, and swing genres. Today, Soars is best known for his stylistic versatility as a blues guitarist, composer, and arranger, and his expressive vocals. Recent accolades include a 2011 Blues Music Awards nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Male Artist of the Year, and the Best New Artist Debut Release winner (for Easy Livin’) at the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards.
May 23: Nucklebusters Blues Band – The Nucklebusters Blues Band have been a South Florida favorite since 1988, playing countless gigs at the finest clubs and festivals in the area. The Nucks’ swinging style of up-tempo, high-energy blues has built them a loyal following of self-declared “Nuckleheads,” who follow the band for their humor, musicianship, freestyle arrangements, and one-of-a-kind entertainment. The band features founder “Famous” Frank Ward on guitar and vocals, Pat Ward on upright and electric bass, Tim Kuchta on drums, and Ken Burkhart on keyboards. CD releases include One More Chance (1997), Road Rage (2003), and Somebody Better Have My Money (2008).
May 30: Midnight Johnny Morana Band – Influenced by blues from artists like Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, the UK-based Midnight Johnny Morana Band has been mesmerizing audiences since its formation in 1994. Their stomp-the-carpet-till-the-dust-flies combination of blues, R&B, and roots rock has established a loyal following. American front man Midnight Johnny has worked extensively throughout the United States and the United Kingdom to become one of the greatest living blues guitarist of his time. He is joined onstage by Norm Helm on bass guitar, Ian Cross on keyboards, and Paul Burgess and Tim Franks, each on drums.