ABOVE: John Németh & the Blue Dreamers
Poppy Hills Golf Club in Pebble Beach is sponsoring a special fundraising concert for the Monterey Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Band on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, from 12:30–5:30pm.
The Third Annual Father’s Day Blues Festival in the Forest will feature John Németh, Tony Lindsay Presents: The Soul Soldiers; the Al James Band, and the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Combo.
In addition to music, food and beverages will be available from gourmet food trucks, the Mad Otter Beer Garden, and Ketel One Courtyard. Tickets for the Blues Festival in the Forest are $30. Kids under 12 are FREE. For more information, call 831.622.8239 or click here. Poppy Hills Golf Club is located at 3200 Lopez Road in Pebble Beach.
Proceeds from Father’s Day Blues Festival in the Forest supports the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Jazz Education Programs.
As a Boise, Idaho teenager in the early ‘90s, John Németh was drawn to the hard-edged hip hop sounds and rock bands of the day – but when a friend exposed him to Buddy Guy and Junior Wells’ classic Hoodoo Man Blues, he was hooked. John played harp and sang in local bands, often opening the show for nationally touring blues acts. John soon caught the ear of established blues musicians, and before long he was releasing his own CDs: The Jack of Harps (2002) and Come and Get it (2004), featuring Junior Watson, and performing in Junior Watson’s band. John relocated to San Francisco in 2004, where he wound up doing a two-year stint with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets, filling in for the ailing Sam Myers.
Németh immersed himself in the deep musical waters of the Bay Area, absorbing more of the soul and funk grooves of what he calls “the early East Bay Grease sound” of San Francisco and Oakland bands. John’s reputation continued to grow, and he soon signed a recording contract with Blind Pig Records. His national debut for that label – Magic Touch (2007), produced by Anson Funderburgh and featuring Junior Watson on guitar – received an ecstatic response from fans and the media, and he was hailed as the new voice of the Blues. Living Blues Magazine enthused, “Magic Touch gives hope that the blues will survive.” In 2008 Németh was recruited by Elvin Bishop to do some performances and contribute four vocal tracks to his Grammy-nominated album The Blues Rolls On.
Németh released two more albums on the Blind Pig label – Love Me Tonight (2009) and Name the Day! (2010) – earning critical raves and strong sales, both hitting #6 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts, and beginning his long string of Blues Music Award nominations, numbering 14 at last count. John also won two Blues Blast Music Awards – Best New Artist Debut Recording and Sean Costello Rising Star Award – voted on by nearly 11,000 blues fans. John followed up with two independently released live albums, Blues Live and Soul Live in 2012.
In 2013 John relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, where he quickly became a key player in the city’s rich musical scene. He teamed up with producer Scott Bomar and his classic Memphis Soul band, the Bo-Keys to create an album of revisited Soul classics, Memphis Grease (2014), on the Blue Corn label, which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Blues Chart. John won the 2014 Blues Music Award in the Soul Blues Male Artist category, and Memphis Grease took the prize for Soul Blues Album in 2015.
John Németh continues to be one of the hottest stars in the musical firmament, touring nationally and internationally with his Memphis band, taking the world by storm. He is currently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award in the category of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year. Feelin’ Freaky will be released in May 2017, on John’s own Memphis Grease label, and it’s already generating a firestorm among his devoted fans and the media. http://johnnemeth.com
After 20 years as the lead vocalist for Santana, Tony Lindsay has garnered 11 GRAMMY® Awards, traveled on several world tours and recorded on seven CDs: Milagro (1992), Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), Ceremony (2003), Food for Thought (2004), Ultimate Santana (2007), and Multi-Dimensional Warrior (2008). Their touring included Santana's first rock residency: 36 shows for AEG at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino's concert hall, "The Joint." When not on tour with Santana, Lindsay performs at various local venues and festivals.
Tony Lindsay also has quite an impressive curriculum vitae as songwriter: "Don't Be Late For Love" (The Whispers); "Look What We'd Have If You Were Mine" (Tevin Campbell); "Can't Get Over Your Love" (Howard Hewitt); "Just Because" (Nikita Germain); and various tracks for Johnny Gill, Howard Hewitt, Mica Paris, Shanice, Diatra Hicks, Jay Spencer, and Diana Ross. www.tonylindsay.com
The Al James Band produces a heady mix of soul, rock, world beat, and the occasional reggae-inspired number. The real emphasis, though, is on the band's original material—songs that range from hard-edge dance grooves to melodic ballads. aljamesband.com