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Big band blues at Stokers Siding

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A Big Band Blues Spectacular – Taking his cue from the legendary innovator and master of the Big Blues band sound, Andrew Baxter presents an afternoon of the finest blues music by, and inspired by BB King. A big band with a smoking hot horn section of some of the finest players around.

Andrew Baxter was exposed to the grit and honey of the blues from birth, his family’s classic collection of old blues records cranking through his earliest memories, his father, the aficionado, strumming along on a beaten up ol’ steel string. It came as no surprise to anyone when the young man found inspiration, comfort and solace in this powerful music.

Thus began a lifelong instruction and inspiration from the blues masters, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon and BB King. Andrew Baxter immersed himself in their music. It’s fundamental beat and melodies seemed to provide answers to life’s questions and the sirens call of the blues caught him in its voodoo clutches forever.

He eventually found like-minded musicians and co-founded the legendary blues institution Blind Lemon. The crowds and the gigs got bigger. Big festivals were played to great acclaim. Andrew Baxter was on a mission to share the blues and played tirelessly to the faithful, and converted many more.

In 2009 he decided to branch out on his own to indulge and experiment with his fascination for the big band spectacle of smoking hot horn sections. He began organising his renowned Blues Extravaganzas and found time to release a solo CD which has spent two years in the top 25 of the national blues charts.

Witness the celebration and spectacle of the Big Band Blues sound brought to you by the loving hands of Mr Andrew Baxter. Dance and revel in the eternal groove of the blues as inspired by one of the great blues masters of our time, BB King. Stokers Siding Hall Sunday.


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