GUAVA IN DA GUMBO - WET WILLIE BAND with Jimmy Hall and THE SAUCE BOSS (Cookin' up slide guitar blues and gumbo!)

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GUAVA IN DA GUMBO - WET WILLIE BAND with Jimmy Hall and THE SAUCE BOSS (Cookin' up slide guitar blues and gumbo!)

Johnny G Lyon & JGLB, Sydney

Sun, March 24, 2013

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

The Orpheum

Tampa, FL

$20 - $50

This event is all ages

Wet Willie
Wet Willie
More than 40 years on and Southern Rock icons Wet Willie are still thrilling fans young and old with their potent blend of high energy R&B, downhome soul, greasy blues rock and gospel harmonies. Featuring powerful vocals by frontman Jimmy Hall and strong musicianship throughout, the band had always been closer in spirit to rhythm and blues legends like James Brown or Wilson Pickett than to their label mates Marshall Tucker or the Allman Brothers.

The five original members of Wet Willie, all from Mobile, Alabama, came together in 1969 and soon realized they had something special. Jimmy was out front, a triple threat on lead vocals, sax and harmonica; as one writer said, "Jimmy Hall was who Mick Jagger wanted to be!" Ricky Hirsch played guitars and wrote or co-wrote much of the band's material, with Jack Hall, Jimmy's brother, on bass, Lewis Ross on drums and John Anthony on keyboards.

The band relocated to Macon, Georgia in 1970 where they were signed by Phil Walden's Capricorn label, and got right to work on their self-titled first album. Upon its release later that year, Wet Willie began a relentless touring schedule, and soon became known as one of the hardest working bands of the Southern Rock era. As they put it, they "opened for everyone from A to Z: Allman Brothers to ZZ Top!"

Their second album, Wet Willie II came out a year later, followed by Drippin' Wet, a live set recorded in New Orleans that captured the intense energy of their live shows. With the release of their fourth album in 1974, Keep On Smilin', the band broke into the charts with the title track, hitting number 10 on national radio charts and number one in many Southern markets. Another track, "Countryside of Life," became a staple of Wet Willie's live shows and was later covered by country artists Alabama.

Vintage photo of Wet Willie BandAlso featured on Keep On Smilin' and it's follow up, Dixie Rock, were female backing vocalists The Williettes, including the Hall brothers' sister, Donna Hall. They added even more dimension to the band's gospel and soul sensibilities. Wet Willie also had chart success with the title track "Dixie Rock," another fan favorite on the band's set list. Another talented Alabama musician, Michael Duke debuted on Dixie Rock on vocals and organ and stayed with the band through their tenure in the Southern Rock era. The Wetter the Better was recorded in 1976 and became the band's last studio album for Capricorn.

A second live set, Left Coast Live in 1977 and a greatest hits collection followed before the band entered a period of personnel and record label changes. Emerging in 1978 with a new Epic Records contract, the new line-up included Jimmy and Jack Hall, Mike Duke, Drummer T.K. Lively, and guitarists Marshall Smith and Larry Berwald. Wet Willie's first Epic album, Manorisms, cut in England at the Manor Studios (thus the title), was released in 1978 and had a more polished, almost pop sheen. The harmony-filled track "Streetcorner Serenade" also hit the charts and became another fan favorite. The band's last album for Epic followed in 1979. Titled Which One's Willie?, it included "Weekend" which added a bit of a disco edge and was also well received on national radio.

The members of Wet Willie spent the 80's pursuing varied projects and regrouped in the early 90's following a reunion concert in Mobile for Mardi Gras. Photo of the new Wet Willie BandThe core of the band, siblings Jimmy, Jack and Donna Hall-Foster and drummer T.K. Lively remains intact today. Completing the current line-up are long-time members Ric Seymour, a multi-talented vocalist/guitarist; Ricky Chancey, versatile on electric and acoustic guitar, steel guitar and harp; and latest addition, very capable keyboardist Bobby Mobley.

At varied points in their career, Wet Willie has been featured in showcases and displays at the Alabama and Georgia Music Halls of Fame, and in 1976 received the prestigious America's Music Award from the Alabama Hall of Fame.

Recorded in Woodstock, GA in 2011, Wet Willie's newest release, Miles of Smiles, on Atlanta's Hittin' the Note label, is their first live CD since 1977 and includes their anthem "Keep On Smilin'," along with other crowd favorites and some previously unreleased songs. The band continues to tour, bringing their unique brand of high energy Southern Rock to festivals and other venues throughout the South and beyond.
Sauce Boss
Sauce Boss
The inventor of gastronomic boogie woogie. He sings the blues, he cooks the gumbo, he plays the slide, and he makes his own hot sauce. After a lifetime of music, travel and food, over a million miles on the road, over 180,000 bowls of gumbo served for free, tons of hot sauce, and thousands of gigs, the Sauce Boss is a soul shouting picnic of rock and roll brotherhood.

The new CD ,"Live at the Green Parrot", is definitive Sauce Boss. It's edgy, slide guitar, rockin blues grooves, with a large serving of fun in the Sauce Boss tradition. These songs come straight out of the life of a true character, adventurer, raconteur, and poet.
Johnny G Lyon & JGLB
Johnny G Lyon & JGLB
Johnny G Lyon & JGLB (aka the Johnny G Lyon Band, or just JGLB) is inarguably one of the most durable bands in Tampa history. Almost any venue in the bay area that has featured live music within the last 3 decades has hosted the JGLB (or its' antecedents) at one time or another. JGLB has performed at Raymond James Stadium, Tropicana Field, Tampa Stadium, The Times Forum, The Bayfront Center, The Sun Dome, Al Lang Field, Al Lopez Field, Tampa Theater, the State Theater, Lowry Park, Vinoy Park, Curtis Hixon Park, and countless other concert venues. JGLB has opened concerts for B. B. King, James Brown, John Lee Hooker, The Outlaws, Marshall Crenshaw, Marshall Tucker, Three Dog Night, Los Lobos, The Monkees, BTO, Gregg Allman, The Rubber City Rebels, James Harman Blues Band, and many more.

JGLB has been named "Best Local Band" by the Tampa Tribune reader's poll three times. JGLB produced the soundtrack for a series of promotional videos for Tampa's WFTS Channel 28. They have also been the subject of feature stories on Newschannel 8 and on Channel 13.

JGLB is led by 56 year old Johnny G. Lyon, a lifelong professional musician. Although Johnny was raised in "Country Music Mecca" Nashville, he grew up loving rock and roll. Johnny learned guitar from a Nashville Blues Legend he remembers only as "P.I." Johnny began performing at schools and community centers at age 10.

46 years later, Johnny G. Lyon has done a little bit of everything in the music business. In the late 70's and early 80's, Johnny's band gained notoriety in Tampa, being named "Best Local Band" by the Tampa Tribune for the first time. In 1981, Johnny moved to L.A. California. Since then, his music has appeared on major motion picture soundtracks, including the Columbia Pictures hit, "Just One Of The Guys," which featured Johnny's composition "Comb My Hair." Describing a California gig, the L. A. Weekly said Johnny "ignites the room with tough rhythm and rock sounds."

In 1984, Johnny returned to Tampa. A short time later, he changed his stage name to "Johnny G Lyon" and began calling his band JGLB. JGLB almost immediately became hugely popular, playing all over the Tampa Bay Area, getting overwhelmingly postive reaction from large crowds in diverse venues. From biker bars to beach bars to upscale venues throughout the region, JGLB was a big hit.

In 1990, JGLB released the eight-song LP, "Good Cheap Rock-N-Roll." A single, ''Call Me Lover Boy," received solid local airplay.

In August 1995, JGLB released a nine-song CD, "Give The Kid A Chance." Reviews include Focus Magazine's assertion that "Kid" is "one of the most commercially accessible discs to be released locally in some time." In the surrounding hoopla, Johnny was asked to sing the National Anthem at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game.

Johnny is one of the most outstanding vocalists and virtuoso guitarists ever to emerge from the Tampa Bay music scene. As such, he has performed and recorded with blues legends like the late Sonny Terry, Blind Willie James, and the late Rock Bottom, punk rock icons like the Rubber City Rebels, the quirky Billy C. Wirtz, and Americana hero Ronny Elliott. But Johnny is also an explosive high-energy performer onstage, and he is considered to be one of Tampa's greatest entertainers. It is frequently said, "No one walks away from a JGLB show dissatisfied."

26 years after its' inception, and 37 years after Johnny first appeared on the Tampa Bay music scene, JGLB is still going strong. JGLB still can be seen playing somewhere, usually around Tampa, most weekends. A search of "JGLB" on youtube returns over 200 results.

Drummer Ray Blade played JGLB's first gig in 1985, and still plays in the JGLB. A USF graduate, Blade has also performed with Sam and Dave, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Little Anthony and the Imperials. His brother is another widely known Florida rocker, Bobby Friss.

Bassist Benny "Ben Jammin" Sudano first joined JGLB in 1992. Originally from New York, He is on his third stint in the band. A widely respected bass player, Benny has performed the Toler Brothers, James & Lucky Peterson, Les Dudek, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge among others. Benny is an excellent vocalist as well.

Vocalist Tommy Duncan helps Johnny front the band. In addition to having a powerful voice whose work compliments Johnny's own singing, Tommy (AKA Gregg Burrage) is a media personality in his own right. He is currently the website director for WFTS TV.

Vocalist Freight Train Annie is the most recent addition to the band, continuing a tradition of females who have been featured in JGLB. Annie has performed with legends like Buddy Miles and Big Bill Morganfield, as well as local favorites The Marys, The Fire Ants, Greenflash, and the eponymously named Freight Train Annie Band.
Growing up in the southern church choir Sydney developed a passion for soulful music at a young age. Over time Sydney has opened for various local bands in the Tampa Bay and Land O Lakes Florida areas. Sydney's solo acoustic act of original and cover tunes will grab your attention with her powerful bluesy and raspy voice!