The San Luis Obispo Blues Society presents the Dennis Jones Band on Saturday, April 8 at 8:00 pm at the SLO Vets Hall (801 Grand Avenue). Guy Budd and the Gypsy Souls with Inga Swearingen will open the show. Tickets are $20 for Blues Society members and $25 for the general public. Tickets are sold at the door, or in advance at Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo. SLO Dance offers free dance lessons at 7:30pm. 21 and over please.
DENNIS JONES BAND
High-energy stage performance. Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this is the Dennis Jones Band. Dennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues.
Dennis was born and grew up in rural Baltimore County, Maryland. He started playing guitar at 13, citing as his influences Albert King, B. B. King, Guitar Shorty, Jimi Hendrix, and Jimmy Page. In 1997, in his late teens, he moved to Europe and spent years developing his skills. On his return to the United States in 2004, he gigged with the Zac Harmon Band when they won the International Blues Competition (IBC) in Memphis. Since then, he has participated at the IBC as performer, presenter, producer, and judge at various times.
Based now in Los Angeles, he has performed in many California and national venues, toured extensively in Europe, and performed on at least five Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruises. He is a featured performer in or has written songs for several movies, including “Sea of Fear” (2006), “Babe and Ricky’s Inn” (2013), and “How We Got Away With It” (2013). In 2012, he produced Four Shades of Blue at the New Daisy Theater on Beale St., Memphis, featuring the Dennis Jones Band, Zac Harmon, Eddie Turner, and Lazy Lester.
Dennis writes most of the songs he performs, saying “Blues music is my therapy. Writing songs has been a way of helping me understand and deal with life, love, and loss.” He has released five well-regarded CDs, including the recent Both Sides of the Track (2016), which is ranked the #1 blues-rock album on February’s Roots Music Report. His band mates are Sam Correa on bass and Michael Turner on drums.
“It’s risky to make predictions, but if anyone has a legitimate shot at filling the blues guitar hero void it is Dennis Jones. He has the head, heart and hands to do it.” – Dave Rubin, “Keeping the Blues Alive”
GUY BUDD AND THE GYPSY SOULS WITH INGA SWEARINGEN
A regular on our stage for over twenty years, Guy Budd (guitar, vocals) plays a blend of blues, rock, funk, and jazz. Adding a wealth of talent and experience, the Gypsy Souls are Howard Emmons on drums, Ken Burton on keyboards, and Andy Kulikowski on bass. 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. To learn more visit: Guy Budd and The Gypsy Souls on the web or on FaceBook search Guy Bud.. Learn about Inga Swearingen on her website or visit go to Inga Swearingen Fans on FaceBook.