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Kingdom Brothers are a red hot electric blues band based in St. Louis, MO. The band’s unique blend of classic blues along with catchy originals make them a favorite at any blues venue. Be sure to sign up for the band’s newsletter for upcoming shows. The members hail from different musical genres and mix it all together to create a memorable sound. They can be seen at local blues establishments as well as concerts and festivals. Read more…

Dec
10
Sun
Road to Memphis Benefit @ BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Road to Memphis Benefit @ BB's Jazz, Blues & Soups | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

It’s the Road to Memphis Benefit. We expect to see you all at BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups, downtown St. Louis, on Sunday, December 10th, from 3 pm until 6 pm. Join the St. Louis Blues Society in celebrating the two groups who will be representing St. Louis at the 2018 International Blues Challenge: Torrey Casey & The Southside Hustle and Kingdom Brothers Duo. Funds from the event will help support the musicians’ trip to Memphis.

Located just one block south of Busch Stadium, BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups, part music club, part blues museum, features the best in great blues and jazz seven nights a week. Since its original construction in the mid 1800’s, in an area then known as “Frenchtown” with a further 3 story addition at the turn of the century, the location has been used as a home, boarding house, reception hall, mercantile, millinery, transient hotel, bar, diner and house of ill repute with 37 rooms between its 2nd and 3rd floors.  Brimming with enthusiasm, BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups is proud of their staff, the St. Louis music and culture, the food, the drinks, the artworks, the memorabilia – the whole overall operation.

The St. Louis Blues Society is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating blues music in and from St. Louis, while fostering its growth and appreciation. The St. Louis Blues Society provides blues artists the opportunity for public performance and individual improvement in their field, all for the educational and artistic benefit of the general public.

Torrey Casey & the Southside Hustle, the winners of this year’s St. Louis Blues Society’s local band competition for the International Blues Challenge provides “an old school sound with a new school feel…bringing soul grooves to bars and venues across the city.” With the one-two punch of vocalists Torrey Casey and Teec’a Easby, and featuring Casey’s signature guitar work, the Southside Hustle band includes the formidable trio of Alex Sinclair on keyboards, Donnell Robinson on drums, and Brad Waller on bass.

This event marks the second trip to Memphis and the IBC for the winners of the solo/duo competition – singer-songwriter Chris Shepherd and lead/slide guitarist Ron Roskowske. As a five-piece blues band, Kingdom Brothers earned the trip in 2015, when they advanced to the semi-final round, performing three nights on Beale Street. The duo will be performing many of the band’s fan favorites, including tunes from their latest CD, TIMES HARD

 

Jan
14
Sun
The Listening Room at KDHX @ The Stage at KDHX
Jan 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Listening Room at KDHX @ The Stage at KDHX | St. Louis | Missouri | United States

KDHX presents “Kingdom Brothers Live from the Listening Room”, January 14th at 7 pm. Join the red-hot electric blues band in concert from The Stage at KDHX, as they present an evening of the blues. The program will include an opening set by Kingdom Brothers unplugged duo, Ron Roskowske and Chris Shepherd, this year’s St. Louis Blues Society’s representatives to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis; a special on-air performance and interview; and close with the full Kingdom Brothers band bringing their fans’ favorite tunes, including material from their 2016 CD release TIMES HARD.

Doors open at 6:30. Music begins at 7 pm. $12 in advance (https://kdhx.ticketfly.com/) and $15 at the door on the day of the show.

KDHX is an independent, non-commercial, listener-supported community radio station in St. Louis, Missouri, United States located at 88.1 MHz FM offering a full spectrum of music along with cultural and public affairs programming since 1987. KDHX broadcasts 24 hours a day online and with 42 kW of effective radiated power in stereo with RBDS data.

KDHX is not your typical radio station and The Stage is not your typical venue. “Our intention is to provide a space for creative events that might not otherwise be able to find a home. We’re looking to book shows that have something a little different, that are a little risky and might be hard to pull off in other spaces. We especially like collaborative efforts and outside of the box thinking.”

The St. Louis Blues Society is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating blues music in and from St. Louis, while fostering its growth and appreciation. The St. Louis Blues Society provides blues artists the opportunity for public performance and individual improvement in their field, all for the educational and artistic benefit of the general public.

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage. The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music.

Jan
17
Wed
IBC 2018 Round One @ International Blues Challenge
Jan 17 @ 4:30 pm – 11:30 pm
IBC 2018 Round One @ International Blues Challenge | Memphis | Tennessee | United States

It’s IBC 2018 Round One !!!   Book your flight! Reserve your rooms! Save the date! The Kingdom Brothers Unplugged Duo of Ron Roskowske and Chris Shepherd return to Memphis in January to compete in the 34th International Blues Challenge. Festivities begin on Beale Street, Tuesday, January 16th. Competition rounds start on Wednesday with the finals Saturday at noon in the historic Orpheum Theater. $100 buys a pass to the entire week of events. See the hottest new blues acts from around the world, and be sure to cheer Ron and Chris in the duo competition, and St. Louis’ own Torrey Casey & the Southside Hustle, in the bands competition. Go STL!

With 4000 members, 200 affiliated local blues societies, and over 50,000 fans and professionals, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation has made its mission to “preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form.”

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affilated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

Jan
18
Thu
IBC 2018 Quarterfinals @ International Blues Challenge
Jan 18 @ 4:30 pm – 11:30 pm
IBC 2018 Quarterfinals @ International Blues Challenge | Memphis | Tennessee | United States

It’s IBC 2018 Quarterfinals !!!   Book your flight! Reserve your rooms! Save the date! The Kingdom Brothers Unplugged Duo of Ron Roskowske and Chris Shepherd return to Memphis in January to compete in the 34th International Blues Challenge. Festivities begin on Beale Street, Tuesday, January 16th. Competition rounds start on Wednesday with the finals Saturday at noon in the historic Orpheum Theater. $100 buys a pass to the entire week of events. See the hottest new blues acts from around the world, and be sure to cheer Ron and Chris in the duo competition, and St. Louis’ own Torrey Casey & the Southside Hustle, in the bands competition. Go STL!

With 4000 members, 200 affiliated local blues societies, and over 50,000 fans and professionals, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation has made its mission to “preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form.”

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affilated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

Jan
19
Fri
IBC 2018 Semifinals @ International Blues Challenge
Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
IBC 2018 Semifinals @ International Blues Challenge | Memphis | Tennessee | United States

It’s IBC 2018 Semifinals !!!   Book your flight! Reserve your rooms! Save the date! The Kingdom Brothers Unplugged Duo of Ron Roskowske and Chris Shepherd return to Memphis in January to compete in the 34th International Blues Challenge. Festivities begin on Beale Street, Tuesday, January 16th. Competition rounds start on Wednesday with the finals Saturday at noon in the historic Orpheum Theater. $100 buys a pass to the entire week of events. See the hottest new blues acts from around the world, and be sure to cheer Ron and Chris in the duo competition, and St. Louis’ own Torrey Casey & the Southside Hustle, in the bands competition. Go STL!

With 4000 members, 200 affiliated local blues societies, and over 50,000 fans and professionals, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation has made its mission to “preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form.”

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affilated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

Jan
20
Sat
IBC 2018 Finals @ Orpheum Theater
Jan 20 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
IBC 2018 Finals @ Orpheum Theater | Memphis | Tennessee | United States

It’s IBC 2018 Finals !!!   Book your flight! Reserve your rooms! Save the date! The Kingdom Brothers Unplugged Duo of Ron Roskowske and Chris Shepherd return to Memphis in January to compete in the 34th International Blues Challenge. Festivities begin on Beale Street, Tuesday, January 16th. Competition rounds start on Wednesday with the finals Saturday at noon in the historic Orpheum Theater. $100 buys a pass to the entire week of events. See the hottest new blues acts from around the world, and be sure to cheer Ron and Chris in the duo competition, and St. Louis’ own Torrey Casey & the Southside Hustle, in the bands competition. Go STL!

With 4000 members, 200 affiliated local blues societies, and over 50,000 fans and professionals, the Memphis-based Blues Foundation has made its mission to “preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form.”

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC.

The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Affiliated organizations are required to stage a regional preliminary IBC competition, with the winner of that event representing the organization in the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, TN along historic Beale Street. While Affilated Organizations are encouraged to follow The Blues Foundation’s structure and rules during their local challenges, each organization is free to structure its preliminary rounds as it sees fit, as long as a true challenge between multiple acts takes place resulting in a single band and/or solo/duo act being identified.

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