In support of their highly acclaimed CD Beyond the Blues Back Alley Players will be performing a free concert at the Goddard Riverside Community Center in NYC on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm. Back Alley Players is a group of seasoned musical pros from a variety of musical backgrounds from Jazz and Funk, to Hip-Hop and R&B. But make no mistake, this tight and tasty ensemble is creating a joyful blues for the 21st century that draws on many of the disparate elements of traditional blues which are rarely heard in one setting. And this is exquisitely demonstrated on their successful CD release Beyond the Blues.
“Beyond the Blues is a fantastic and fresh debut . . .”
—Jon Norton, Music Director at WGLT, Normal, IL, for Blues Blast Magazine
At the Goddard Center the Back Alley Players’ rhythm section will feature drummer Stix Bones and bassist Al Brisbane—and what a foundation these players provide! They create a pocket that effortlessly propels the band and allows singers L. Umar Conry and ShiNuh Holt, and guitarist Johnny Turco, along with the band’s surprise special guest keyboardist, to put the icing on the cake as they glide on that propulsion like an ice cube on a hot stove. As Blues Blast Magazine has pointed out in reference to Beyond the Blues, these dudes “deliver one of the tastiest and schizophrenic soul and country blues releases since, well, ever.” Back Alley Players are a soulful combination of the talents and energy of a group of very impressive individuals who form a flawless, seamless whole.
“The baddest band to bring you Nuttin’ But the Blues”—Nick Ashford of Ashford & Simpson
Don’t miss this opportunity to catch a live performance by the Back Alley Players. Putting on Beyond the Blues at a party is a sure bet, and seeing Back Alley Players live is an experience that you won’t soon forget.
“Great guitar work and a locked in rhythm section . . .”—Robert Lynn, KSPQ-FM
When: Wednesday, November 6, 2013, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: 593 Columbus Ave. (at W. 88th St.), New York, NY 10024, (212) 799-9400 ext. 206 (LaKisha Williams), www.goddard.org