Our Next Concert: Saturday, February 23, 2019

Blue Rhythm boys

Southern Maryland Traditional Music and Dance is proud to present Blue Rhythm Boys, February 23, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Christ Church, Chaptico, parish hall. Door opens at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members.

The Blue Rhythm Boys, Jim Stephanson and Tom Mitchell, bring their own swinging mix of hot jazz, country blues and hokum to Southern Maryland on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019.  You won’t want to miss this latest concert. It is a real treat to see two extremely talented musicians playing off each other, swapping licks, and just having fun.  This is music for acoustic guitar music lovers. Influences of soulful blues and raucous swing, will take you on a trip through time, from the roaring 20’s and 30’s, from Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, the "hot club" swing of Django Reinhardt, the western swing of Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys to the  music of  the great Fats Waller.  The Blue Rhythm Boys play the music they love, and their great delight and considerable chops will be evident pretty quick into their first set.  Tom and Jim have played in just about every state in the union and many countries as well, and if you ask, they will say the best gigs are playing for folks that love the acoustic sound of music that is sophisticated in the way it is played, not in what it is processed through.  

Tom‘s style is rooted in the 1920’s and 30’s jazz, western swing, country blues and old-time music. Playing a variety of stringed instruments, with legendary hipster Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks took him around the world and led to the recording of two acclaimed CD’s including “Beatin’ the Heat” which featured guest appearances by Bette Midler, Ricki Lee Jones, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Brian Setzer.

Jim’s musical life is woven into the fabric of the mid-Atlantic coast musical scene. A guitarist of wide ranging musical interests, delivering powerful heartfelt vocals, Jim Stephanson is a fixture in the Washington DC roots music scene. Listening to his music you will hear echoes of Chet Atkins, Danny Gatton, Les Paul and Mississippi John Hurt.  The Washington Post says:  "Washington DC can lay claim to a heritage of great guitar players; Jim Stephanson is part of that great legacy”. 

This is a show you will remember;  no matter how you feel when you come in, no matter how old  or young you are, you will leave with strains of music ringing in your ear that will put a bounce in your step and make you think it is springtime in your own roaring twenties.

Previous Concerts at SMTMD