Houston Blues Challenge, Mark May Band feat. Cheyenne James, Sparky Parker Band, Tweed Smith w/Nick Michael Taylor, Keesha Pratt Band

International Blues Challenge

Houston Blues Challenge

Mark May Band feat. Cheyenne James

Sparky Parker Band

Tweed Smith w/Nick Michael Taylor

Keesha Pratt Band

John Egan, Chuck Collins, Nathan Quick Blues Band

Sun · October 1, 2017

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)


Houston Blues Challenge
Houston Blues Challenge
Keesha Pratt Band, Mark May Band featuring Cheyenne James, Sparky Parker Band and Tweed Smith w/Nick Michael Taylor

Solo/Duo acts will also take part including Chuck Collins, John Egan and Nathan Quick Blues Band.
Mark May Band feat. Cheyenne James
Mark May Band feat. Cheyenne James
Equal part blues man and southern rocker, Mark has just released his fifth disc entitled “Release My Soul”, his most ambitious and stylistically diverse project to date. Eleven original tracks that showcase his talent to pen strong melodic songs, featuring warm confident vocals and stinging guitar work and instrumentation. If you dig your blues with an attitude, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.”
The Blues Hound, 90.1 FM KPFT Houston
“Mark May is far and away one of the most talented and passionate bluesmen I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to. His songs work their way into your very soul…in a way that makes you feel naughty for liking them so much. His licks are like narcotic…you simply can’t wait for that next hit.”
Sue Leighton, Program Director QFM96… Host of “Blue Monday”

Release My Soul, the 5th cd from Mark May (former guitarist and vocalist for Dickey Betts and Great Southern), is jam-packed with traditional blues, blues-rock and soulful ballads. Perfecting his craft playing rough and tumble biker bars and blues clubs in Houston, Texas for over 20 years, Mark recently returned to his hometown, Columbus, Ohio, where he performed in nightclubs before his 15th birthday. His astonishing live shows featuring dynamic twin leads and dual harmony guitar work are the perfect complement to Mark’s smooth vocals.

The Mark May Band has performed at Telluride Blues and Brews, Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, King Biscuit, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Dallas International Guitar Show, Chenango Blues Festival, Lone Star Rally, Dogs on Hawgs, Houston International Festival, and in addition, was opening act for Allman Brothers Amphitheater Tour.

Mark currently gets heavy rotation on Sirius/XM and Sonic Tap radio. He has been featured in Blues Review, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar, Tone Quest and other major publications.
Tweed Smith w/Nick Michael Taylor
Tweed Smith w/Nick Michael Taylor
"Tweed Smith is an internationally renowned blues/jazz/gospel vocalist. In addition to having recorded and toured with WAR from 1979-81, Tweed was part of the American National Touring Company production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and has worked with artists such as Dianne Reeves, Sly Stone, Sarah Vaughn, Bobby Womack, Ringo Starr and Ron Wood."
John Egan
John Egan
Musician John Egan has a unique sound ranging from traditional country blues to a more modern songwriter style. He is a masterfully skilled guitar player who uses poetic lyrics and vintage resonator guitars to create an expressive personal music. Often performing solo, Egan’s guitar style includes, in effect, playing bass, lead, and percussion, all at the same time. He says, “the rarefied air where Lightnin’ Hopkins met Townes Van Zandt serves as an inspiration and an ideal.”

He has immersed himself into his music resulting in a wide body of work that documents the progression of an artistic life. Garnering local acclaim and a mention in the New York Times, Egan's last two releases set the stage for a return to his roots. On Magnolia City he produces a 10-song collection featuring just his voice, stomping boots, and a National Steel guitar that focuses on his live playing and songwriting.
It is available everywhere on April 7, 2017.
Venue Information:
Fitzgerald's Houston
2706 White Oak Dr.
Houston, TX, 77007