On Saturday, April 4 the San Luis Obispo Blues Society will feature Kara Grainger on the stage of the SLO Vets Hall at 801 Grand Avenue. The show opens at 8:00 p.m. with Guy Budd and the Gypsy Souls with Inga Swearingen. Tickets are sold at the door or in advance at Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo for $20 for Blues Society members; $25 for the general public. SLO Dance offers free dance lessons at 7:30 p,m. This show is open to 21 and over please
The Blues Society relies on volunteers to produce and staff each concert. Volunteers set up, sell tickets and drinks, or clean up after the show in exchange for admission to the show and two drink tickets. To volunteer, leave your name and phone number at (805) 541-7930 and someone will contact you.
KARA GRAINGER travels the world inspiring audiences with her fresh interpretation of rhythm & blues – combining strong vocals, fiery slide guitar, and a heartfelt style of song writing. Her music career began in a small shipping town in Australia (Balmain) that was renowned for its artistic Bohemian community, rich nightlife and live music scene. At the age of 16 Kara joined with her brother Mitch to form the band “Papa Lips”, which made two albums and toured all over Australia in the late 90s.
In 2007 Kara signed with Australian label Craving Records to record her debut solo album Grand and Green River, which received critical acclaim on Americana charts. Since moving to Los Angeles, Kara has collaborated with the area’s musicians and produced two CDs.
LA Blues was released in 2011 as homage to some of Kara’s biggest inspirations and in 2013 she released Shiver and Sigh on Eclecto Groove. If her last CD sounds like it could be performed by an early Bonnie Raitt that is partially because members of Bonnie’s band performed on it.
Kara is truly an international performer. Not only has she and her band played the European festival circuit, they have performed for the Himalayan Blues Foundation in northern India and the Jakarta International Blues Festival. In the states, she has played at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival and opened for Buddy Guy, Tal Mahal, and Jonny Lang.
Kara’s live band consists of fellow Los Angeles residents Matty Algers (drums), Spencer Wright (Bass) and John Thomas (Hammond, keys). With a rhythm session comparable to the sounds of Booker T and the MG’s combined with Kara’s incendiary guitar and stunning vocals, this truly is a show not to be missed.
A regular on our stage for over twenty years, Guy Budd (guitar, vocals) plays a blend of blues, rock, funk, and jazz. Occasional Gypsy, and a favorite Central Coast voice, Inga Swearingen joins the band for this performance and brings her own unique sense of cool heat. Adding a wealth of talent and experience, the Gypsy Souls are Howard Emmons on drums, Ken Burton on keyboards, and Andy Kulikowski on bass.