Blues Blowout 2016

IPR and the Friends of KUNI/KHKE present:

Shaun Murphy
With guests the Cash Box Kings and the Bob Dorr & the Blue Band
Saturday, February 6th at 7 p.m. (Doors at 6 pm)
Electric Park Ballroom
310 West Conger Street, Waterloo, IA 50703

Tickets:  $25
Purchase tickets Here.
At the door the night of the event for $30

Proceeds benefit Iowa Public Radio

The show is sponsored by Dupaco Community Credit Union

The Shaun Murphy Band:
Murphy started out with Motown Records in 1971 as Stoney and Meatloaf.  She later left Motown, and in 1973 began work with Bob Seger. She has continued to work with Seger on studio session work, in addition to all of his tours since 1978.  She worked with Eric Clapton on his “Behind the Sun” album and was later toured with Clapton.  “The Behind The Sun” tour was featured at the first Live Aid concert in 1985.

Murphy's career in vocals has been both as band lead singer and session singer. She has sung, toured, and recorded with such acts as the Moody Blues, Herbie Hancock, Phil Collins, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Maria Muldaur, Bruce Hornsby, Michael Bolton, J.J. Cale, Coco Montoya, Alice Cooper, Chuck Brown Little Feat, and rock musicals, Hair and Sgt. Pepper's.  In 1993, she became a full-time member of the Los Angeles based band Little Feat. She stayed on for the next fifteen years, recording and touring with them until 2009.

Her album “Ask for the Moon,” released in 2012, was nominated for three Grammy Awards and won two Blues Blast music awards. She released "Cry Of Love" in 2013, followed by   "Loretta” in February 2015.

The Cash Box Kings:
Living Blues called them simply "one of the best blues bands in the land.  Any of these musicians could have played with the great bands of the golden blues era.  Together they keep a sound alive that many thought was no more."  On the Kings’ 2011 Blind Pig label debut, “Holler And Stomp”, they put together a collection of songs that captured the various byways where traditional blues and country music intersect. They covered Ray Sharpe with his own style of rockin' country blues and Hank Williams Sr. singing about the 'blues'.

"The Cash Box Kings' cast of aces sizzle the hip side of classic Chicago blues with an old delta branding iron,” said the Hittin’ the Note magazine.

On their follow-up release, 2013’s Black Toppin’, the band remained dedicated to carrying on the musical traditions of post-war 1950's Chicago blues, while stretching out and covering some of the other musical landscapes that blues music has traversed over the last 70 years.  The album won the 2013 Blues Blast Music award for “Traditional Blues Album of the Year” and was also nominated for a 2014 Blues Music Award in the same category.

Bob Dorr and the Blue Band:
In the Blue Band's 30 year history, the group has averaged playing 125 dates a year, traveling mainly 300 miles from its base in Cedar Falls IA, playing the majority of those dates in Iowa but also making appearances in Minneapolis, Omaha, Kansas City, and Chicago. For 15 years the band made trips to Colorado ski resort areas and also traveled to Sun Valley Idaho. The band was also invited to the international Bluestock Celebration in Memphis, where they appeared at B.B. King's nightclub on Beale St.

The Blue Band has opened shows for B. B. King, Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Bobby Rush, Robert Cray, Roomful of Blues, Tower Of Power, Leon Russell, Duke Robillard, Maria Muldaur, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Asleep At The Wheel and many others. Career highlights include a 25-year run at the Iowa State Fair, five appearances at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, and two appearances at the Kansas City Jazz & Blues Festival. The Blue Band has also appeared on the internationally distributed Beale St. Caravan radio show, produced by the Blues Foundation in Memphis.