THE ELECTRIC FLAG 50TH ANNIVERSARY with Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg & Harvey Mandel + Horn Section

THE ELECTRIC FLAG 50TH ANNIVERSARY with Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg & Harvey Mandel + Horn Section

Matt Jaffe

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$22 Advance/ $27 Day of Show (plus fees)

This event is all ages

THE ELECTRIC FLAG 50TH ANNIVERSARY
THE ELECTRIC FLAG 50TH ANNIVERSARY
These three pantheon musicians, all from Chicago, guided the course of the second wave of modern Chicago blues--and brought the sound to California. The Electric Flag (Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, Harvey Brooks, Buddy Miles) was a burning band that combined blues, rock, soul, psychedelia and jazz, made their live debut at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.


Barry Goldberg (Hammond B-3, piano, vocals):
Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee. Goldberg has recorded a ton of sessions with everyone, from Duane Allman and Phil Spector to Neil Young , Bob Dylan and Percy Sledge. He also performed with Bob Dylan, and founded the Steve Miller/Barry Goldberg Band. He wrote "I've Really Got to Use My Imagination " for Gladys Knight & The Pips, and produced soundtracks for many films including "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "Forrest Gump." He is a member of The Rides (Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd).


Nick Gravenites (Guitar, harp, vocals):
Also a member of the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame, Gravenites has appeared on over 40 albums as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer for Quicksilver Messenger Service, John Cippolina, Howlin' Wolf, Otis Rush and James Cotton. He wrote and played with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band with Mike Bloomfield including their seminal songs, "Born in Chicago," and "East-West." A founding member of Electric Flag with Bloomfield and Goldberg, he also wrote and sang, "Grooving is Easy." He wrote "Buried Alive in the Blues " for Janis Joplin.

Harvey Mandel (Guitar):
Legendary blues, jazz, rock, and funk guitarist and musical innovator also known as "Snake." His tapping technique has proved vastly influential. He's recorded with the Rolling Stones, toured and recorded with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, was a member of Canned Heat with whom he played Woodstock, and was the original guitarist with Charlie Musselwhite's Southside Blues Band.
Nick Gravenites
Nick Gravenites
Nick grew up on the south side of Chicago hanging out in the mid-50’s with a coterie of misfit white kids – Elvin Bishop, Paul Butterfield, Michael Bloomfield – who went on to form that protean powerhouse of watershed white blues, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Learning their lessons first-hand from the south side greats – Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush – Gravenites & Co. burst open the seams of the scene with a feverish intensity and undeniable authenticity, redefining the blues with as much impact as the introduction of electric instrumentation had 15 years earlier. From the late 50’s through the mid 60’s, Gravenites gravitated between Chicago and San Francisco, establishing himself in the Bay Area in 1965.

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.
Barry Goldberg
Barry Goldberg
Barry Joseph Goldberg (born December 25, 1942, Chicago, Illinois) is a blues and rock keyboardist, songwriter and record producer.

As a teenager in Chicago, Goldberg sat in with Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, and Howlin' Wolf. He played keyboards in the band supporting Bob Dylan during his 1965 newly 'electrified' appearance at the Newport Folk Festival. He formed The Electric Flag with Mike Bloomfield in 1967, and later formed the Barry Goldberg Reunion in 1968.

Goldberg's songs (some of which co-written with Gerry Goffin) have been recorded by many musicians including Rod Stewart, Gladys Knight, Joe Cocker, Steve Miller, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Gram Parsons and B. J. Thomas.
Harvey Mandel
Harvey Mandel
American guitarist known for his innovative approach to electric guitar playing. A professional at twenty, he played with Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, The Rolling Stones, and John Mayall before starting a solo career.
Born March 11, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Matt Jaffe
Matt Jaffe
Matt Jaffe is a rock & roll singer/songwriter from San Francisco. Cutting his teeth on countless open mics around the Bay Area, Matt started taking music (a little bit) more seriously when Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads offered to produce his first record. Since then, Matt has continued to churn out more songs than he can remember the words to, oversaturate the market with gigs (opening for the likes of Mavis Staples, Wilco, and Blues Traveler), and collaborate with the likes of Chuck Prophet and Tom Higgenson of the Plain White T’s. Fresh off the release of his first LP, California’s Burning, Matt Jaffe is street-teaming with the best of them to bring rock & roll back to the masses.
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/