Smokey Holman & Tweed 12-03-2018


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Smokey Holman & Tweed 

Joseph "Smokey" Holman has been featured in some of the top blues publications including Living Blues Magazine, Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine, Blues Blast Magazine and Blues & Rhythm Magazine (UK). He has also appeared on the cover of Blues Blast Magazine and Blue Monday Monthly. Smokey's smooth vocals capture the magic of the classic "soul era" and contain a sweetness and joy that evokes memories of a simpler time. Meanwhile his journey and life experiences contribute to the grit and emotion as he belts out a blues shuffle channeling his "ups and downs" into every note. A consummate showman, Smokey is always working it on the stage providing energy and entertainment to audiences large or small. Smokey took home the 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for Male Vocalist of the Year. In 2016 Smokey was nominated for a Living Blues Award for Most Outstanding Blues Singer. In 2015, 2014 and 2012 Smokey was nominated for a WAMI for Male Vocalist of the Year. In 2014 Smokey was nominated for a Blues 411 "JIMI" Awards for Male Vocalist. Smokey has also helped co-write songs on all 4 of Tweed Funk's CDs and helped co-produce and arrange songs on "Come Together", "First Name Lucky", and "Love Is". Smokey rose onto the national scene coming out of Gary, Indiana in the late 60's with the Domestic 4. Initially the band made 2 trips to Memphis and worked with Rufus Thomas and Willie Mitchell recording songs for Hi Records. The business agreement fell apart and the songs were never released. With Stevie Wonder's first cousin (Charles Simmons) in the band - they also got a chance to audition for Motown. Motown liked what they heard and the band was sent immediately to Studio B to record 2 demos. Again the business fell apart and the music was never released. The Domestic 4 were playing a show on the West Side of Chicago. Their manager had arranged for Curtis Mayfield to attend the show and he loved what he heard. Curtis Mayfield renamed the band as Love's Children and signed them to his Chicago based label, Curtom Records. Curtis penned 4 songs for the band to record. Their best known singles were 1971's "Soul is Love" and "This is the End." Soul is Love was a Soul Sauce pick by Billboard Magazine to hit the Top 20 on the Soul Charts. Love's Children toured extensively for 3+ years and had the Ohio Players open for them at a show. Smokey left the band in 1972 and as with many musicians his road took a different path as he joined Marines, got married, and ended-up working in steel mill to make ends meet. During the ensuing years he also faced his own challenges and personal demons that took him further away from the music he loved. Eventually, Smokey righted his ship and in 1994 began performing in the greater Milwaukee area with Marvelous Mack and the Pressure Release Band. Band members:
Joseph "Smokey" Holman - vocals
JD Optekar - guitar/vocals
Andrew Spadafora - saxophone/keyboards
Eric Madunic - bass/vocals
Dave Schoepke - drums


Datum: Mo., 12.03.2018
Beginn: 20.00 Uhr
Einlass: 19.00 Uhr
AK 20€ / VVK 17€ zzg. Gebühr
Ort: Agathen, Schopfheim-Fahrnau

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