MVFF Music Presents:
A Music Celebration in Honor of the Great Blues Pioneer Paul Butterfield feat Nick Gravenites Blues Band
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pmSweetwater Music Hall
$25 Advance./ $30 Day of show (plus applicable fees)
This event is all ages
Sweetwater Music Hall presents a live concert celebrating the Mill Valley Film Festival premiere screening of the documentary Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story about the life and career of legendary bluesman Paul Butterfield. Guaranteed to be a blues-lover's concert, the show will feature Paul's friend and musical collaborator Nick Gravenites, accompanied by a band created specially for this event. One of the stars of the film along with Elvin Bishop, David Sanborn and Bonnie Raitt, Gravenites performed with Paul as "Nick and Paul" when Paul was a teenager in Chicago, and went on to write the Butterfield classic 'Born In Chicago', as well as hits for Janis Joplin, Howlin' Wolf and James Cotton. He founded The Electric Flag in 1967, produced the pop hit 'One Toke Over The Line' for Brewer and Shipley and received a Grammy nomination for his work with Otis Rush.http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/event/1556149/
Host: Joel Selvin, Veteran SF Chronicle Pop Music Critic
In addition to authoring the classic “Born In Chicago” and the groundbreaking “East West” for Butterfield, Gravenites scribed hits for Janis Joplin and has his songs recorded by Big Brother and the Holding Company, Michael Bloomfield, the Electric Flag (of which Gravenites was a founding member), Pure Prairie League, Tracy Nelson, Roy Buchanan, Jimmy Witherspoon as well as blues giants Howlin’ Wolf, Otis Rush, and James Cotton. He has a couple of solo albums and has scored and played on the soundtracks for “The Trip”, “Medium Cool”, and “Steelyard Blues”. He has appeared on some 40 albums as singer, songwriter, guitarist, and producer.
Other Bands: He formed the short lived Blue Gravy and joined Big Brother And The Holding Company early in 1969 staying until early 1972. He was involved with the Taj Mahal/Mike Bloomfield live album, and again in 1973 with “Steelyard Blues”. He also formed the Nick Gravenites Band which became Nick Gravenites Blues in 1978 and in the summer of ‘78 he joined Huey Lewis’ Monday Nite Live sessions but by the end of the year that too had disbanded.
Nick also worked a lot with John Cipollina, a connection that started with Nick producing the first Quicksilver Messenger Service albums. Later they built the Nick Gravenites-John Cipollina Band which toured a lot in Europe and their record label Line being based in Germany. One of the band’s drummers was former Clover drummer Marcus David, who later recorded his solo album ‘Greatest Hits’ on Line Records in 1980. Nick Gravenites himself recorded ‘Bluestar’ which was also released on Line in 1980 as a solo album but it already had John Cipollina on guitar. Harmonica player on this blues album was Huey Lewis – at that time being something of a session cat who, after Clover’s demise, played harp also on albums by Phil Lynott, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds and City Boy.
The next album “Monkey Medicine” was recorded in Germany after Nick and John finished their European tour in Germany. Under very primitive conditions but with a lot of heart they recorded this album in Hamburg accompanied by Marcus David on drums and Al Staehely on bass/vocals. In late 1984 Gravenites was again a member of one of John Cipollina’s many projects – Thunder and Lightning – in San Francisco. During the last few years Gravenites regularly played the psychedelic blues in a small club called the Bodega Bay Grange, Marin County – joined by Doug Kilmer (bass), Mark Adams (harp) and Roy Blumenfeld (drums). The German Taxim label released one of these concerts (rec. Jan. 1994) on CD in 1996. 1999 saw the release of yet another Gravenites’ solo album on which Huey Lewis plays harmonica again.
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941