Thursday, January 19, 2017

ALICANTE CITY'S "MEDICINE MAN" BRING THEIR BEST FOR THE CBBLUES CHICAGO BLUES PARTY

"Once I was checking into a hotel and a couple saw my ring with Blues on it. They said, 'You play blues. That music is so sad.' I gave them tickets to the show, and they came up afterwards and said, 'You didn't play one sad song."  - Buddy Guy
Report by Karla Darocas

A few years ago, I started hearing about the Alicante city blues band called Medicine Man. Great name when you consider the folklore of the Blues. Then I started to get to know two of the performers via other CBBlues events and soon I was convinced that they were the "real deal"! 

Exciting News! This February 18th, 2017 - CBBlues.com is going to appreciate and celebrate with this fabulous blues band. The Medicine Man Blues band has been asked to prove their dedication to the Blues by giving us an uptown CHICAGO BLUES PARTY.

Our Matinee Party will be at El Cid's Tavern & Inn in the picturesque setting of Benidoleig. We have secured their Private Salon Room for this event. We have stylize a custom Delta Americana food Menu with El's Cid's chef too. It's going to be a true blue Blues experience!

Regarding the quote by Buddy Guy, I hear this same sentiment on the Costa Blanca. Many people here are not educated in the ways of the Blues music and its importance to the evolution of all modern music but also its concentration on the elation of the soul and its humanist connections.

That is why I encourage folks to come out to our CBBlues.com events in order to experience the real Blues that is performed by professional musicians who know its beauty, energy, power, reality, form and best of all - can deliver it with heart, soul and panache!

Medicine Man are registered members of the Alicante Blues Society.

Read On...

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Meet Víctor Jordá.. he is the founder and backbone of this legendary blues band that has been performing professionally since 1997. He was 27 years of age when he started Medicine Man. Back then, for a couple of years, he travelled around London and Switzerland. When he returned and hooked back up with his duo performing friend Quique Niveiro. Together they added a bass player Rafa Navas and a drummer - Jose Maria Corbeto and Medicine Man was born.

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Over the years, Quique Niveiro and Jose Maria Corbeto left the band and new players were introduced. Now Medicine Man has adding a kickass harmonica player, who is a friend of CBBlues and was featured at two of our annual Harp Attack Show-Downs. His name is Little Fonsi and he came to the band by way of a some regular jam sessions in Alicante city. 

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The other new addition is Rubén Marcet on drums who joined only last year but has proven his weight in gold - or blue as the case may be!

Medicine Man will be giving CBBlues Friends a full-on tribute to the masters of the big city style of Chicago Blues. Personally, I am a big fan of Víctor Jordá's vocal style. It has that rich "buttered-toast with honey" modulation of intonation and his pitch is all warm and fantastic!

ABOUT THE SHOW

"We´ll play standards from the classics, tunes that you´ll know. Chicago blues tunes are what we really enjoy playing, so I´m sure we will all have a great time. We can´t wait!!!," announces Victor in a recent conversation.

Victor admits that he is rooted in Chicago blues but he is also a fan of Texas blues, West coast, Delta, Jug Bands, Boogie Woogie and everything associated with the Blues.

"There is Blues enough to choose from depending on how you feel or how you want to feel," explains the veteran Blues performer.

So the Big Question...

How did a Spaniard from Alicante find his way to the Blues?

I asked and this is what Victor told me: "I got into the Blues from musician like John Mayall, Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, & Hendrix, etc,, as many people in Spain and Europe, I guess. Then I start searching about the covers they play and people they like and I easily got into the Blues kings like Muddy Water, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon, T- Bone Walker, Albert King, Albert Collins, Freddie King, and many, many more that now I love!"

And while absorbing the Blues via recorded renditions sparked the fire, then it was the "live experience" that set him ablaze. 

"One of the things that really got me into the Blues was a Johnny Clyde Copeland concert in Alicante when I was a teenager," explains Victor.


"It was my first time feeling the real Blues played lived and that got something else that was much more powerful than listening to it on the record. I was really impressed!"

Victor is also a songwriter, composer and recording engineer with a new CD ready to pop onto the scene. Let's hope that "Roots on the Brew", the new CD by Medicine Man is ready for our party!

Check out this Medicine Man video



IN THE NEWS

Thank you to Round Town News & especially Jack Troughton for continued support of our Blues Music appreciation and celebrations. CLICK PIC TO ENLARGE


Thank you to the EuroWeekly News for their support and promotion of this exciting event!

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