The Most Influential Blues Singers from Sacramento, California

Sacramento, California is a hub of musical talent, home to some of the most influential blues singers in the world. From Little Charlie Baty and Anson Funderburgh to RW Grigsby and Mark Hummel, these talented musicians have been nominated for awards and have been performing together for over 10 years. Full Circle is a four-member band that covers a variety of instruments and vocal styles. They perform songs by The Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allen Jackson, Tracy Byrd, Johnny Cash, and Eric Clapton.

The Speakeasies are perfect for an intimate evening with friends, playing soft acoustic jazz, swing from the 30s and 40s, classic soul and blues from the 50s and 60s. The A List Jazz is comprised of the best professional musicians in the Bay Area and is available for private parties, corporate events, concerts, festivals and clubs. Campbell's Jazz Soup plays a fun mix of jazz and swing from the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s at events, parties, festivals and weddings throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Greg Jacobs has given more than 1000 shows in the past five years with his quartet playing jazz standards and some original compositions.

Parlor Tricks is an industrial ragtime band with sensual vocals, resonating guitar, vertical double bass and horn or drums. They play a mix of swing, jazz standards, vaudeville and more. THE MULES is a blues band that has been described as “contagious” and “a crossroads full of rhythms where the West Coast in the style of T-Bone Walker shuffles, Stax, the scorching soul”. Lena has been performing at Sacramento Blues Society events for many years.

Blues music has its origins in the communities of the Mississippi Delta based on spiritual themes and songs of worship. Al Arnett was an important part of the rhythm section that built the Sacramento blues scene for more than 40 years. King won several Sacramento area music awards (Sammies), including a Critic's Choice Award for Best Guitarist. Rick Estrin taught Greg Jacobs some harp advice while he was attending the University of California at Berkeley in the early 1970s.

PHIL GIVANT was one of the fundamental figures in the history of Sacramento blues and earned a national reputation as a blues expert. Arbess began singing at her San Diego church in her childhood before going on to sing blues which she calls “deep stuff”. Mick has been producing and presenting The Blues for over 20 years starting with “The KZAP Blues Show” in August 1989. Kenny played with The Hucklebucks from 1996 to 1998 playing 15 to 20 dates a month in Sacramento, Chico, Davis and other areas of Northern California. King received his first blues lessons with Sacramento Blues Hall of Fame member Johnny “Guitar Knox”.

The A List Jazz offers a range of services for booking and making secure online payments through The Bash which is free once the reservation is confirmed. Our U. S.-based team of account specialists has been helping planners connect with providers for more than half a million events since 1997. Using data from quotes sent through GigSalad we have compiled average prices for hiring blues bands in your region. Recently, THE MULES received the SAMMIE (Sacramento Area Music Award) for “Best Blues Band” in recognition of their outstanding local band status.

Omar recorded 3 CDs for the Have Mercy label during his stay in Sacramento.

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