On Saturday, October 29 Sista Monica will be the headliner for the San Luis Obispo Blues Society. The show opens at 8:00pm with the Mojo Combo at the SLO Vets Hall (801 Grand Avenue). All tickets are available at the door. Admission is $17 for Blues Society members and $20 for the general public; 21 and over, please. Free dance lessons are offer at 7:30pm by SLO Dance.
Monica Parker, affectionately known as Sista Monica, is an accomplished, awarding winning blues, soul, and gospel singer, a songwriter, and dynamic performer.
Born in Detroit, by the age of 7 she was singing in a gospel choir and touring by age 12. She absorbed the soul and rhythm and blues music of the Motor City with influences such as Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, and Etta James. In the early 1990s, she made the transition from working in the IT industry to being a blues singer. She released her first CD, Get Out of My Way, in 1995. Since then, eight more CDs have followed including Live in Europe (2001) her only live recording, Can’t Keep a Good Women Down (2005) which celebrates her recovery from cancer, Sweet Inspirations (2008) which is a mixture of gospel and inspirational songs, and Soul Blues and Ballads (2010) which is a collection of classic jewels of the blues. She has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe playing at blues festivals. In 2002, she was voted Artist of the Year at the Monterey Blues Festival. She has been nominated three times as Best Blues / Soul Female Artist by the Blues Foundation. Sista Monica is a soul lifting, inspirational blues performer.
The Mojo Combo brings together five local musicians (Eric Boege, Gordon Jennings, Dudley Dean, Ted Ashburn, and Efren Macias) to form one of the most dedicated, progressive blues bands on the Central Coast. These guys love the blues and want to share that love with local audiences.
The San Luis Obispo Blues Society presents seven dance concerts a year. It is run entirely by volunteers. In appreciation for helping with set up, ticket and drinks sales or clean up after the show volunteers receive free admission and one drink ticket. To work a shift at the next show or for other information, leave a message on the voicemail 805/541-7930 and someone will contact you. Or visit the website: www.sloblues.org.