Joanne Shaw Taylor

Wednesday
22
Aug

Killer Licks and Soaring Vocals

The UK’s Number One Blues Rock Star

MEMBER ONSALE: 6/11
PUBLIC ONSALE: 6/13

 

Why you should see this show…

Following international recognition in 2016 including performances on Later… With Jools Holland, BBC’s Glastonbury coverage and outstanding reviews for her latest album Wild (biggest selling album to date), Joanne started 2017 with a sell out UK tour and European tour. “Joanne is a superstar in waiting”- Joe Bonamassa “A Dazzling Talent” – Jools Holland “Joanne Shaw Taylor has been defying blues stereotypes since 2002, when the then 16-year-old British guitarist was tapped by The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart for his supergroup D.U.P. Her debut album showcased not only her fiery, Hendrix- and Stevie Ray Vaughn-inspired playing, but her powerful vocal presence and knack for a song. She’s released five more since, including 2016’s appropriately named Wild, earning accolades from fellow musicians and heroes Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi of Tedeschi Trucks Band, John Mayall and more. Like Tedeschi, Taylor is swimming in a sea of testosterone in the blues world — and kicking most of the boys’ butts. – The Bulletin
 

 

Joanne Shaw Taylor Bio
Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star of the blues rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base as well as having the honour of playing alongside some of her musical idols.

Joanne’s debut album White Sugar first opened the door and Joanne’s career has since gone stratospheric, with her breaking the notoriously hard-to-crack US market. She beat the stereotypes of her age and gender, gaining acclaim from critics and peers alike. Subsequent albums; Diamonds in the Dirt, Almost Always Never and Songs From The Road followed and saw Joanne’s fan base rise globally.

In 2014 Joanne reunited with her White Sugar album producer Jim Gaines and recorded her new studio album in Memphis. That album entitled The Dirty Truth was a return to Joanne’s original sound that mixes rock riffs with blues influences. The album was released in the UK in September 2014 on Joanne’s own independent boutique label Axehouse Records to critical acclaim across the world and has already become her biggest selling album to date.

Joanne is a bona fide star with famous fans across the guitar world including Joe Bonamassa (who described her as a Superstar in waiting), Tedeschi Trucks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Wilko Johnson, Glenn Hughes and John Mayall to name but a few.

Following critical acclaim in 2016 including performances on Later With Jools Holland, BBC’s Glastonbury coverage and outstanding reviews for her latest album Wild, Joanne toured extensively to sell out audiences in 2017 which included a major theatre tour in the UK which visited London’s Royal Festival Hall, Manchester’s Bridgewater hall and Birmingham’s Symphony hall (to name a few). Having just completed a one month tour across America, 2018 is looking very bright for Joanne Shaw Taylor as she embarks on the next chapter of her expanding career.

 

 

JD Simo Bio
A three piece power trio with a small stage footprint and an explosive live show. Think Hendrix meets early Gov’t Mule. JD Simo spins soulful psychedelic blues rock with an improvisational bent reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Though he’s been performing in bands since his teenage years, the 28-year-old has begun to get national attention with his namesake group, SIMO. – Rolling Stone

With their styling, musical references, and equipment drawn from the 1960s, it would be easy to dismiss SIMO as some sort of ironic retro lark. Nothing could be further from the truth. Like Jack White and The Black Keys, JD Simo and his band have taken what was great about the rock music of another era-warm tone, direct emotions, freedom to experiment-and adapted it to now. – Premier Guitar

SIMO released new studio album Rise & Shine on 15 September 2017 on Provogue. On Rise & Shine SIMO widens their sound and is filled with slow-smoked soul ballads, psychedelic desert-rock instrumentals, hard-edged, bluesy barn burners and Stax-worthy funk rockers.

Rise & Shine widens their sound, as the band stretched beyond preconceived notions and produced a nuanced record reflecting their views, talents and ultimately their growth.

The album began taking shape on the road, where SIMO’s three bandmates — singer, guitarist and namesake frontman JD Simo; drummer Adam Abrashoff; and bassist Elad Shapiro — spent most of 2016 on tour. They played 215 shows that year, leaving behind their Nashville headquarters and traveling to nine different countries in support of their Billboard Top 10 blues album, Let Love Show the Way. The trio worked on new music along the way, hashing out chord changes in hotel rooms and tweaking song arrangements during soundcheck. It was a time of growth and self-improvement for everyone, and they became better friends, better musicians, and better people. At the same time, the outside world was changing. Political pundits were screaming at one another. Elections were pitting candidate against candidate, party against party, neighbour against neighbour. The need to write music that truly meant something — music that not only demonstrated the band’s explosive chops, but also sent a clear message — was greater than ever.

“This is an album about change,” says Elad, who joined the band in 2015. “We looked at what’s been happening in our own lives, as well as what’s been happening in the world. Everyone is changing: personally, politically, socially. We’ve seen it. We’ve felt it. And we’re writing about it.”

Rise & Shine introduces the band’s elastic, expanded sound, which blurs the lines between genres and generations throughout the album’s 11 tracks. SIMO’s previous release, Let Love Show the Way, was a spot-on salute to the band’s rock & roll influences, full of big amplifiers, vintage vibe, and plenty of volume. Rise & Shine doesn’t ignore those roots, but it pushes toward something new. Eager to explore uncharted territory, the guys make room for slow-smoked soul ballads (“I Want Love”); psychedelic desert-rock instrumentals (“The Climb”); hard-edged, bluesy barn burners (“Light the Candle”); and Stax-worthy funk rockers (“Meditation”). Gluing everything together is the charisma and chemistry of three musicians who spent more than 300 days together last year, mastering the art not only of nodding to the past, but looking ahead to the future too.

“If you go through my record collection and look at the more contemporary titles,” JD explains, “you’ll see the Roots, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, and Ryan Adams. I listen to a lot of old soul music, too. Isaac Hayes. Funkadelic. Bob Dylan. On Rise & Shine, I was just trying to cull from the vastness that is my normal music diet, and not trying to pander to some target that was easy to hit.”

SIMO began recording Rise & Shine in February 2017, producing the album themselves (with help from engineer Don Bates) in Nashville’s House of Blues Studio D. They moved at their own deliberate pace, taking more than a month to record the album.

“There was a lot more sonic experimentation going on,” remembers Adam. “Every track has a different sonic imprint,” JD adds. “We took great care to make each track’s sonic identity match the mood of the song. Even though that meant starting from scratch every day with how the studio was setup.” They pulled long hours, too, arriving around 3:00 p.m. every day and staying until 6:00 in the morning.

“There are certain records that stick out in my mind as sounding like they were made in the middle of the night,” says JD, who remembers recording the song “Be With You” in a single take at 5:15 a.m. “When Frank Sinatra sings “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” to me it sounds like 2:00 am. Bob Dylan’s “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” sounds like 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. There were certain songs of ours that I knew would benefit from that nighttime feel, where you’re up and working while the rest of the world is asleep.”

A former session guitarist who’s played on nearly 500 albums, JD didn’t take Rise & Shine’s lengthy creation process for granted. “I’ve never worked on a record that took this long to record,” he adds. “I was so grateful to have that opportunity.” Impassioned vocals that call to mind Prince or Al Green; Rhythm tracks inspired by the fatback swagger of Isaac Hayes and funky spirit of D’Angelo; Lush, highly detailed sonic landscapes reminiscent of Pink Floyd; Raw, naked songwriting that lifts the veil for the listener to see all the frailty and ugly parts as well as the beautiful: Rise & Shine makes room for it all, with SIMO looking not to recreate old sounds, but invent new ones. It’s the band’s most expansive album to date — the work of a band at its curious, adventurous peak.

 

Dining Options

If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. Click here to see the Rusty Anchor menu. To make a reservation, click here or call (216) 242-1250. Please allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of your show upstairs.

We are excited to announce a NEW MENU upstairs in the Concert Hall, and we encourage you to give it a try. As always, you dine right in your ticketed seat. Click here to see the Concert Hall menu. There is no additional reservation required for dining in the Concert Hall. Last call for dining upstairs is at show time. Beverage service will be available throughout the show.

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