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Beverly "Guitar" Watkins 80th Birthday Bash featuring Rick Fowler Band with special guests Blue Roses & Michael Guthrie
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins
Rick Fowler Band
Blue Roses (Ireland)
Apr 27, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Doors open 6:00 PM
Ticket sales ended Apr 28, 2019 3:00 AM. Additional tickets may be available at the box office.
- 18+ Show -
Music : Genre: Blues,Classic Rock,R&B / Urban,Special Event
Beverly "Guitar" Watkins (born 1940, Atlanta GA):
Beverly Watkins' life has been steeped in music. As an 8 year old she picked her first guitar. She was on her way to becoming an incendiary and internationally beloved Blues Woman. If you’ve never seen a blues lady who can play guitar behind her head, belt out powerful songs and lay down James Brown steps, you’ve never been in the audience when Beverly “Guitar” Watkins was burning down the house. As a teen she teamed up with the legendary Piano Red.. Through the years she has stolen the hearts and blown the minds of audiences internationally..
This is a show not to be missed with The King Bees band leader and bass player, Queen Bee Zamagni, as the perfect foil to Ms. Watkins' audacious guitar. Talk about Women of The Blues!!

Beverly Watkins was approximately 12 when her family moved to Commerce, GA. She had begun seriously playing music as a schoolchild, and in high school played bass for Billy West Stone and the Down Beats. In approximately 1959, her junior year of high school, she was introduced to the legendary PIANO RED who had a daily radio show on WAOK. He was impressed by her guitar work and invited Beverly to join his band. Piano Red and the Meter-tones played in Atlanta clubs such as the Magnolia Ballroom and the Casino, before starting to tour throughout the southeast, primarily at colleges. About the time the group renamed itself Piano Red and the Houserockers, they started touring nationally.

The group had successful singles including: "Dr. Feelgood" and "Right String But The Wrong Yo-Yo". After recording "Dr. Feelgood" the group was known variously as Piano Red & The Interns, Dr. Feelgood & The Interns, and Dr. Feelgood, The Interns, and The Nurse. The group also included Roy Lee Johnson (composer of "Mr. Moonlight", later recorded by The Beatles).

Later Watkins played with Eddie Tigner and the Ink Spots, Joseph Smith and the Fendales, and then with Leroy Redding and the Houserockers until the late 1980s. Subsequently she has been based in Atlanta, and is a well-known elder stateswoman of the blues.

Over the years Watkins worked with artists such as James Brown, B.B. King and Ray Charles, and was well respected and loved within the blues community. In the 1990's she was re-discovered by Music Maker Relief Foundation who introduced her to a world-wide audience, In 1998, BEVERLY "GUITAR" WATKINS and KOKO TAYLOR were part of the all-star Women of the Blues “Hot Mamas” tour. Her 1999 CD debut, Back in Business, earned a W. C. Handy Award nomination in 2000.

Ms. Watkins has been busy touring internationally and performing at prestigious festivals State-side and abroad. Teaming up with world-class artists The King Bees, with their own excellent international reputation, has given her music a renewed focus and energy. This is a show not to be missed with The King Bees band leader and bass player Queen Bee Zamagni as the perfect foil to Ms. Watkins' audacious guitar. Talk about Women of The Blues!!

"Beverly Watkins is a pyrotechnic guitar maven whose searing, ballistic attacks on the guitar have become allegorical tales within the blues community." Sandra Pointer-Jones

George Varga, reviewing her debut CD, observed that Watkins “sings and plays with enough poise and verve to make musicians half her age or younger consider alternative means of employment.”

2011 Georgia Music Legend Award Winner more >>>
The Rick Fowler Band is a blues-rock quartet from Athens, Georgia. Their CD releases include Back on my Good Foot, Discordia, and Live from Athens, Georgia (recorded last year at The Melting Point).

The members are:

Rick Fowler: guitar and vocals
Greg Veale: bass and vocals
Michael Doke: guitar, slide guitar, and vocals
Deane Quinter: drums

The band is featured in a new documentary film for Deadwood Guitar Company, produced by Dirtty Toe Productions. They also recorded an acoustic album called The Deadwood Sessions, Vol. One, released in September, 2013.

MTV's Ourstage voted the Rick Fowler Band number one in the Southern Rock category last year and the band is headlining some music festivals. They have also picked up a number of great magazine reviews worldwide. Here are a few quotes:

"Georgia resident Rick Fowler pulls no punches on this fine blues-rock album. It is aptly titled, suggesting some sort of recovery, or perhaps returning to something he does best. His best is very good: a superior riff-based collection of songs, which combine lyrical maturity and attitude in equal measure.”...Blues Matters magazine

“Every musician on this one does an impressive solo—it blew me away.”...Colorado Blues Society

“Fowler sings with an understated intensity and his playing isn't showy, but brims over with a dark soulful power. Fowler's also a superior songwriter, and while his scenarios are unremittingly bleak they're also imbued with a self-effacing humor that keeps things from getting too grim.”...Billboard

“It won’t take long for Fowler’s third release to move you. His songs are sharply written bursts of swampy blues that never overstay their welcomes while leaving space for sincere talk-sung vocals and liquid-metal guitar lines.”...Blues Revue magazine

“Rick is a strong songwriter and above all a storyteller. His texts are as important as the excellent music that he plays, just listen to "Preacher" en "Running For The Truth", in which he slashes down the hypocrite religion and politics. Rick Fowler proves with this "Back On The Good Foot" that not all blues rock comes from Stevie Ray's closet.”...Rootstime, Belgium
"As a writer, Rick Fowler pens songs that reach out and literally grab the listener by the lapels. Add to that his stinging guitar attack and a red-hot band, a highly-recommended listen!!!"...The Music City Blues Society
"Athens, Georgia's Rick Fowler is a midnight stalker on guitar, steady when called for, but fearless when he rips into the moment. As a vocalist he's spooky-smooth. “You've got skeletons in your closet; well mine's out walkin' 'round; and when that jawbone starts to rattle; it spreads the news all over town.” That line alone, on top of a stomping beat, distinguishes Fowler as one hell of a writer. The timely political outrage in “Running from the Truth” and the chic blues in “Walk Softly” are two more cases in point.”...Hittin' the Note magazine, UK

"His lyrically and melodically sharp, swampy songs are sung with a dusky, husky edge and his guitar solos stay taut and sharp. He sounds infected with the blues, as one of his tunes is titled, and he's ready to spread the disease."...Creative Loafing Magazine more >>>
The Blue Roses is a high energy blues band featuring two Americans, Steve Barker on lead vocals and harp, Garry Limuti on guitar and backup vocals, joined by Irish drummer Ian McNamara, British keyboardist Tim Connelly, and Welsh bassist David Christy Jones. They play a blend of Texas, Chicago and traditional blues and soul, with an exciting hard rocking edge, similar to Cream, Rory Gallagher, and Johnny Winter. Steve Barker and Garry Limuti grew up in the Deep South (U.S.A.) listening to, and playing everything from Robert Johnson and The Louvin Brothers to The Allman Brothers and The Ramones. Lifelong musicians, they've played nearly every major rock and blues club in the U.S. and their roots rock band The Roosters was touted as the next big band out of L.A. in the late 80's by Cashbox Magazine. One of Garry Limuti's songs was selected by Roy Orbison for his follow up to the multi platinum Mystery Girl album. Unfortunately Roy died before recording the album. The following years offered vast experiences and great musical adventures and a lot of struggling within a dying live music scene. Frustrated with the ever diminishing live venues, and pay to play mentality, Steve and Garry made a decision to leave the U.S. for greener pastures. Ireland! After Garry and Steve moved to Ireland over a year ago, they immediately set out to form a blues based band, and spent months auditioning musicians before finally hooking up with the current members. Ian, their drummer has played with members of the Cranberries (The Mono Band), and Dave Keary (Van Morrisons long time guitarist), in the popular Irish band The O'Malleys. Tim on Keyboards played the British rock circuit before moving to Ireland and playing with the very popular Heart and Soul Band. Christy, the bassist is talented kid (only 24) who is a multi instrumentalist and plays drums, bass, guitar, and sings for a number of Cork based rock and blues band more >>>
Ticket Prices

College Student Ticket at Door

$8

General Admission Ticket

$13

Reserved Table for 4 (FLOOR)

$80

Reserved Table for 4 (MEZZANINE)

$80

VIP Suite (Includes 10 Tickets)

$200

Event Schedule

Blue Roses (Ireland)

8:00 PM

Rick Fowler Band

9:30 PM

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins

9:45 PM