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Joe Louis Walker & Friends featuring Chris O’Leary

May 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

The irrepressible blues icon, Joe Louis Walker, celebrates his Falcon Residency every Monday in May, with extraordinary Special Guests.



The Chris O’Leary Band’s music is rooted in the blues and steeped in the tradition of Memphis, Chicago and New Orleans with shades of New Orleans, rockabilly and big, high-energy sound. Levon Helm can be heard in Chris’s early sessions, and sitting in with regular gigs. Soon, Levon asked Chris to join the house band at his new club in New Orleans. Chris’s band relocated and became the focal point of Levon Helm’s Barn Burners, backing up touring stars and opening for New Orleans’ finest players.

Their third CD on the Vizztone label, ‘Live at Blues Now!’ was recorded in Basel, Switzerland with very special guest Alex Schultz.

Awards include Blues Blast Best New Artist Debut winner and BMA nominee. The band features Chris O’Leary/Lead singer/harp, Chris Vitarello/guitar, Matt Raymond/Bass, Andy Stahl/tenor sax, Chris DiFrancesco/ baritone sax and Jason Devlin/drums.

Joe Louis Walker


Joe Louis Walker is a walking encyclopedia of blues history, and blues vocal and guitar styles. In many ways, Walker’s story is unusual. Born in San Francisco on Christmas Day 1949, now based in Westchester, NY. He was part of the Bay area blues scene in his early teens, and by age he was sixteen he had soaked up the sounds of T-Bone Walker, Amos Milburn, and boogie woogie pioneers Meade Lux Lewis and Pete Johnson. As he grew up, he found himself on stage with tutors John Lee Hooker,

Thelonius Monk, The Soul Stirrers, Steve Miller and Jimi Hendrix.

Walker’s career stretches across decades and a variety of musical styles, including gospel, blues, rock and jazz. Along the way he played President George Bush’s inauguration, helped President Bill Clinton induct B.B. King into the Kennedy Centre Awards, and performed on several of America’s most-watched late-night television shows.

NPR Music has called Walker “a legendary boundary-pushing icon of modern blues,” and has been referred to within the blues world as a living legend. “I’d really like to inspire younger musicians to carry on the legacy of blues/roots music. But play, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. There’s no right, or wrong way. Just the way you wanna express yourself. And above all, ENJOY YOURSELF.” – Joe Louis Walker


May 9, 2016
7:00 pm
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