After a way to kick start the long weekend ahead? Blues might just be your answer. Two North American stars, Slam Allen from New York and Omar Coleman from Chicago will be showcasing that oh so sweet sound at Teatro Monteviejo from 9PM on Friday evening.
Slam Allen a.k.a The Soulworking Man
Originally setting out to become a wrestler, Slam soon changed his mind to pursue those glorious blues. With his face now on the New York Blues Hall of Fame for the prestigious Master Blues Artist award (one of Slam’s many accolades) its pretty clear that he made the right decision.
This veteran has paid his dues having bopped around the scene for decades, released seven original albums and clocked up nine years as the lead singer, lead guitarist, and band leader for blues legend, James Cotton. Allen has spent years globetrotting, carrying his blues wherever they may take him, not to mention a four year spell aboard a 4000 passenger cruise ship, the largest that harbors in New York City. With this kind of record it would be a chance sorely missed to not see this spectacle.
What’s his music about? “It’s about entertaining, making them forget their own blues and moving people—even if it is new to their ears. I give them a mix of soul, blues and R&B. The blues has that effect. I am a ‘manifester’ of love energy.” says Slam.
This Chicago born blues man keeps with tradition but shapes his sound around the modern world. Retaining a traditional Chicago style (the birthplace of urban blues, and legends like Muddy Waters and Howlin Wolf), Coleman also draws on a folk-funk influence.
Known for his phenomenal harmonica skills, he appeared at the 2005 Chicago Blues Festival as part of the “Chicago Blues Harmonica Project”. Going on to release his first solo album in 2011, his 2015 album “Born and Raised” was nominated for best album of the year by Living Blues Magazine. With a style that refuses to be pigeon holed, this will no doubt this will be an intriguing performance.
Friday 24th February from 9PM
Teatro Monteviejo (Lavalle 3177)
You can grab a ticket here.