Tue, 23 May|
Alistair Greene Band
Guitarist, Singer, and Songwriter Alastair Greene has been a mainstay of the Southern California music scene for over 2 decades!
Time & Location
23 May 2023, 19:30 – 23:00
The Beaverwood, Beaverwood Rd, Chislehurst BR7 6HF, UK
About The Event
A native of Santa Barbara, Calif., Greene has ridden his Blues-soaked rock into the 21st century, traversing a constantly changing global (and musical) landscape. He’s well-equipped for the challenge, carrying the diverse musical interests he developed at an early age, intrigued by his mother's piano-playing and a record collection that included The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John. His father introduced the youngster to the sophistication of Bach and Beethoven, yet it was Greene’s grandfather, the late trumpeter Chico Alvarez- a member of the Stan Kenton Band in the 1940s and '50s- who inspired him to pursue a life in music.
Greene formed the Alastair Greene Band in 1997 and subsequently released eight solo albums (including two live sets and a compilation record) over nearly 20 years. 2017’s studio effort, Dream Team, landed a four-star review and Best Album of the Year nod in DownBeat; 2018’s Live from the 805 was nominated for Rock Blues Album of the Year by Blues Blast Magazine, garnering inclusion on many ‘Best of 2018’ lists.
A much in-demand guitarist and vocalist, Greene traveled the world, touring with the legendary Alan Parsons Live Project from 2010 – 2017, as well as stints with Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and, most recently, Blues Music Award-winner Sugaray Rayford. His work with Parsons, in particular, sparked a conversation with renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Tab Benoit at a Las Vegas blues festival. In 2019, Greene signed with Benoit’s Whiskey Bayou Records label.
Armed with a cache of new material, Greene decamped to Benoit’s Houma, Louisiana studio outside New Orleans to track The New World Blues. With Benoit, on drums, and bassist Corey Duplechin, the three formed a classic power trio, recording nearly the entire album live in the studio. Featuring funky, swampy grooves and flights of muscular guitar, Greene delivers an album stirred by touchstones such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, yet perhaps most often guided by the roadmap of Gov’t Mule and that band’s synthesis of The Allman Brothers Band’s improvisational firepower and the raw, stripped-down electric Blues-rock of Cream.
Greene says he wanted to “go somewhere; find something.” Fortified by the historic backdrop-a birthplace of Blues and Jazz- as well as his new ‘bandmates’ and their cultural connection to the area, The New World Blues displays Greene’s lifelong reverence for Delta and Chicago Blues, respectfully and affectingly, detailing each of the eleven cuts with honesty and respect. “I endeavor to play the Blues. It’s some of my favorite music. And I have a responsibility to inform where this music comes from,” Greene says. “This is a Black, African-American art form that is basically responsible for everything we love today. I want to be true to what I love.”
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Venue: The Marquee
Tickets: £16.00 (includes £1.00 booking fee), £19 on the door (as long as we have not sold out!)
**It really helps the band and our venue to plan ahead if you can pre purchase.
Time: doors open at 7.30pm. Band starts at 8.15/8.30pm.
Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled or rescheduled, in which case you will be offered an exchange to another date, or a refund. By purchasing tickets, you agree to these terms.
Our Band Nights are generally standing events. There is limited seating available around the room at the rear, on a first-come, first-served basis. We advise that if you want a seat to arrive early when the doors open.
If you have a disability and need a seat please get in touch with us in advance to make arrangements!
Please remember, it is important that you do not attend The Beaverwood if you have Covid. If notified in advance, we can transfer your ticket to another Band Night so you will not lose out.
The Club House has now been demolished and is being redeveloped - please excuse our appearance while we build a fantastic new venue! Access is via a flat footpath with handrail approximately 70 metres long. It is suitable for wheelchairs.