Dave Widow and Bernie Pearl Reunite at the Grand Annex
By B. Noel Barr, Music Writer Dude
Funky Blues rocker Dave Widow and The Line Up is returning to The Grand Annex with veteran blues artist Bernie Pearl on June 18. Pearl is opening the show with an acoustic set.
Although the Widow and Pearl are power hitters on the blues scene, the Line Up are awesome in their own right.
Popular session drummer and musician James Gadson will be laying down a groove on this night. He has played with the greatest, from Marvin Gaye to Paul McCartney, and has been a part of 500 gold selling records.
One of the great bass players working the Los Angeles music scene Michael Be Holden, is joining the Line Up on this date.
Also featured is special guest blues guitarist Kirk Fletcher whose resume includes playing with the legendary Fabulous Thunderbirds and Joe Bonamassa.
If you were privileged enough to have been at this year’s Doheny Blues festival a few weeks ago, you would have seen a tour de force performance that concluded with a standing ovation for Fletcher. His brilliant string is talked about globally. This will be a very unique evening for blues fans, witnessing an impressive array of talent across the board.
Bernie Pearl is one of the true American treasures, his wealth of knowledge and experience has set him a cut above others who play the country or really any style of blues acoustic or electric.
Dave Widow and the Line Up tore up The Grand Annex with two blistering sets with his guest Bill Champlin (Chicago and The Sons of Champlin) in 2015. At the time, the versatile Gadson had the room jumping with his version of Ray Sharpe’s “Linda Lou.” Bassist James “Hutch” Hutcherson (Bonnie Raitt) just added to the excitement .
Widow and Pearl’s performance at The Grand Annex last year sold out was sold out. Tickets for their return engagement are expected to sell out quickly. On the night of the show, door tickets will be $5.00 more than if your purchased them in advance at all ticket levels. Online sales ends at 7:00 pm, day of show.
Time: 8 p.m., June 18
Venue: Grand Annex, 434 W. 6th St., San Pedro