SAT – MCBS presents Blues Ball 2018
Blues Ball 2018
The Magic City Blues Society’s 25th Annual Blues Ball December 8th, 2018 at 8pm. Headliner is the Keeshea Pratt Band 2018 winner of the Blues Foundations’ International Blues Challenge. Opening will be Yarbrough & Company winner of the Magic City Blues Society’s Battle of the Blues Bands.
Keeshea Pratt Band
The Houston based, award winning Keeshea Pratt Band possesses the skill and artistry reminiscent of old school Motown; a rarity among bands of any genre today. The 8-piece musical collective, lends its energy and passion to traditional blues, contemporary blues and offers a preview to the future of blues. The musical artistry and dexterity of The Keeshea Pratt Band allows it to journey unapologetically across the genres of classical, jazz, Southern rock, soul, gospel, and country and back again.
Keeshea Pratt is the siren featured on the microphone with soaring and soulful lead Mississippi inspired vocals. She is supported by a talented and diverse group of singers and musicians representing 5 states (Texas, California, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi) and Japan. The female Japanese trumpeter is nestled in the 3-piece horn section that produces thrilling chorded in-sync rhythms that rival those of big bands. The makeup of this phenomenal band is Music Director, Bassist and Vocals, Shawn Allen, Brian Sowell (Lead Guitar & Vocals), Dan Carpenter (Saxophone), Misaki Nishidate (Trumpet), James Williams III (Trumpet), and Nick Fishman (Drums)
In January 2018, The Keeshea Pratt Band secured first place in the Band Division for the 34th Annual International Blues Challenge held in Memphis, Tennessee. The polished professional soul stirring toe tapping performances assured the judges that The Keeshea Pratt is primed to headline major festivals and concert stages as a noteworthy authority on the blues scene, nationally and internationally.
Yarborough & Company
Yarbrough and Company plays the Blues influenced with a little R&B, soul and gospel. A brilliant ensemble lead by its creator, primary singer, and musical director Regi Yarbrough. Come witness the magic this band creates on stage! The lead vocalist, Regi Yarbrough, has an album available on iTunes and most digital music download sites entitled, “4 Right Turns”.