Bill Brown will be bringing his Kingbees to Vashon for return visit at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. Many folks in the Northwest are familiar with Bill’s high energy ‘rockin’ blues show that he’s been performing in the Northwest since 1986. Islanders will remember Bill from his performances at the Beer Garden during Strawberry Festival in years past.
Bill has been likened to Paul Butterfield in his use of the harmonica and his vocals have garnered many a discussion concerning his cultural background. Bill grew up in a farming area outside of Columbus Ohio, listening to his Mothers Lionel Hampton records. Later on, his tastes went to Paul Butterfield’s Blues Band. He actually learned how to play harmonica from a guitar player, Gary Watson, while hitchhiking from San Diego to Seattle in 1969. Bill was also heavily influenced by Muddy Waters, Little Walter, and Sonny Boy Williamson.
Bill’s love of this genre is evident in the players he surrounds himself with. John Gaborit toured nationally with a band called Krome Circus and Mike Stango toured Asia with a band called Cece Rider. Tony Handy toured with Rose Royce from Los Angeles; many know them from their #1 hit Car Wash. More often than not, they are joined by Jim Smiley on keyboards. Jim toured with Bill Brown from 1990 until 2003 and then went on to do solo performances….but he’s back, playing with Bill Brown full time and busy writing and arranging music for Bill’s next album of all originals!
All of these road veterans of the music business are sure to entertain you at this upcoming show at the Red Bicycle.
Saturday, December 21 at 8:30pm. This is a free cover all-ages show ‘til 11pm, then 21+ after that.
At the Red Bicycle
17618 Vashon Hwy SW