Thursday, March 7, 2013

Steamin' Blues Down San Diego Way: Charles Burton, Bayou Brothers In Concert With "Queen of Steam," Michele Lundeen

                       San Diego Blues 'n' Swing Dancers Alert:
               The "Queen Of Steam" Michele Lundeen In Concert
         With Charles Burton & The Bayou Brothers - Friday, March 8 
   (Cardiff By The Sea) - Calling all San Diego area Blues, Zydeco, and Swing Music Lovers: Here's a show that can't be beat - blues singer extraordinaire  Michele Lundeen a/k/a "The Queen Of Steam," teaming up in concert with guitar ace Charles Burton and San Diego's favorite zydeco group the Bayou Brothers, all together under one roof at the Encinitas Elks Club, 1393 Windsor Rd., Cardiff By The Sea, Friday, March 8. Early 7 p.m. start; $10. Info: (760) 753-2443.

                                              Meet The Artists
      Michele Lundeen, dubbed the "Queen Of Steam" for her stirring vocals and electrifying stage  presence, does indeed command attention. Often described as "Janis Joplin meets Bonnie Raitt" (or think Lydia Pense, Bonnie Bramlett, Bette Midler, Etta James, Aretha Franklin!), Michele is a POWERFUL, SOULFUL vocalist with an incomparable style all her own, effortlessly blending classic roadhouse rhythm & blues, jump swing, Memphis groove, sultry jazz and funky soul into a satisfying musical stew. An established, popular and respected veteran of the club, concert and festival circuit in both Northern Nevada and Southern California, Michele has shared stages with dozens of nationally known blues and roots artists from John Lee Hooker to Elvin Bishop and Savoy Brown to Queen Ida while gaining a reputation as a talented headliner in her own right.
     Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Charles Burton plays with fire, and when he does, his articulation and phrasing are instantly recognizable. This tall drink of water has been playing Blues, Country, Rock, and Roots music for over forty years. He has played lead guitar in Country bands in Los Angeles (1970's), Honolulu (1980's), Tokyo (1990's), and Fresno, California. He headlined the Fresno Blues Festival playing with the late great Hosea Leavy in 1995. As a blues guitarist and singer, he has released four CDs with the Charles Burton Blues Band, and has toured Europe headlining festivals, culture houses, and clubs twice a year since 2005. In 2007/2008 he toured Scandinavia with Maury "Hooter" Saslaff (Big Jack Johnson and the Oilers), playing over 200 gigs in seven months! In 2009 he won San Diego's International Blues Challenge finals. That same year he took first place in San Diego's King of the Blues competition. Widely regarded as the best blues guitarist in San Diego, Charles is San Diego's Blues Ambassador to the world.
   With a sound straight out of Louisiana's dance clubs, bayou festivals and backyard crawfish boils, the Bayou Brothers will rock you right on into "Fat Tuesday" with their extensive experience and endless enthusiasm to deliver a rousing, rollicking, heart thumpin', foot stompin' musical gumbo y'all won't soon forget!!! Start with a blend of accordion, keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and rubboard, add three-part harmonies, mix it up with a lot of rockin' Zydeco, blues, R&B and that great Mardi Gras sound, toss in dazzling showmanship and a big old dance floor and you get the hot, spicy musical jambalaya that IS the Bayou Brothers!

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