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Cost: $15.00
Date: Saturday Ocotober 28

Doors open at 6:15pm with beer, wine and snacks for sale.  Music starts at 7pm.
Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips have been playing high-energy R&B around the Inland Northwest since 1994.The band combines elements of soul, funk, jazz and rock with classic rhythm and blues to create a danceable sound that stirs the emotions of the audience. Charlie was recognized by the Inland Empire Blues Society in November 2016 both as best harmonica player and best instrumentalist for his high-power sax playing. Guitarist Joe Brasch was also recognized as best guitarist. With Mark Norton on keys, Eddie Ramirez on bass and Luther Hughes on drums, the group presents an all-star lineup that should not be missed.

Charlie Butts and the Filter Tips is one of the longest-established R&B dance bands in the Inland Northwest. This five-piece band has been playing in Washington, Idaho and Montana since January of 1995.Their musical influences run the gamut from R&B to soul to funk to blues and jazz. They present a wide variety of styles, with the common thread that it's all danceable. This is now an all-star band, with members representing some of the greatest bands in the Inland Northwest. They play with intense passion, and obviously have fun doing what they do.

Charlie Butts plays saxophone and harmonica, both with a super-high-energy style. The saxophone sounds like Junior Walker or Maceo Parker, with perhaps a little David Sanborn influence mixed in.It's a soulful, driving, rhythmic style that sounds like a very happy person making music. His harmonica playing has an aggressive, Chicago blues style that sounds like someone holding nothing back, like a mixture of the hard blowing of Paul Butterfield with the funkiness of Junior Wells. His singing is R&B oriented, rhythmic and smooth.With a career dating back to 1970, he has developed unique styles with his voice and both instruments.

Joe Brasch is the Filter Tip guitar player. He combines exceptional talent and technique with tremendous experience in almost every musical style.His emotions run from introspective soulfulness to explosive intensity. He has been lighting up stages locally and nationally since the 1970s, having played with the legendary All Fall Down and lately with Rare Earth's Peter Rivera. When Joe starts a solo you never know where he'll take you, but it's generally somewhere you haven't been before, and you'll want to stay there! He is the perfect complement to Charlie's energy; Charlie just wishes he could make the saxophone sound like that. In 2015 and 2016, the Inland Northwest Blues Society recognized Joe with the "Best Blues Guitarist" award - that says it all.

Mark Norton on keyboards has been playing and singing professionally around Spokane and the western U.S. for over 30 years. His classical training evolved into a love for jazz, funk, R&B and fusion. He has played with several touring acts including Del Shannon and The Diamonds, and has been a featured soloist at jazz concert venues throughout the Northwest. He currently can also be heard playing with the awesome Spokane horn band Soul Proprietor. He brings consummate technique, energy and passion to the band, along with the perfect feel for whatever style the band is playing. He can complete the perfect groove with Eddie and Luther, provide a smooth flow or explode with riveting solos.

Luther Hughes sings and plays drums. His experience over 30 years includes R&B, Rock, Funk, Gospel and Blues. During his tour of duty with the Air Force, he played in officers' clubs from the Philippines to Korea to Spokane. He became well known in the Spokane area with the band Black Moon Rising in the early 90's.He has provided the power for several other projects, including Da Blues Funk Party, the Burner Brothers and the Dara Quinn Project. His steady strength and tightness seem effortless, like something that can be taken for granted. His pocket is so secure, it makes it easy for everyone else to sound profound.

Eddie Ramirez plays the bass guitar, completing the Filter Tips' perfect groove. With over 30 years of stage and session experience, Eddie is one of the funkiest, thumpingest, and hard-drivingest bass players going on today. His roots include Gospel, Salsa, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Reggae and Soul. Besides the 'Tips, he can be heard with the superb Latin band Milonga, Peter Rivera, Donnie Emerson, the Real Life Rockas and Raggs & the Bush Doktor. He has an instinctive feel for the groove, and he lays in the pocket with Luther so well it’s mesmerizing. But watch out for the bass solos — he can really light the place up. His energy is contagious, and pushes everyone to the limits of their imagination.

Paul Ely Smith and Bigger Boat
Cost: $15.00
Date: November 4, 7pm-9pm
American Roots Music, with North Idaho's Loudest Sea Shanty Band

Paul Ely Smith has been part of the traditional and acoustic music scene in the Northwest for nearly four decades, beginning with a pair of critically-acclaimed LPs on the Flying Fish label in the early 80’s and performing music all over North America. His work as a composer has been performed by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Chanticleer, Pacific String Quartet, and Northwest Chamber Orchestra and he taught World Music at Washington State University for 15 years.30 years ago, Smith found the Rosetta Stone of American music hiding in the piano music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk, especially in his 1854 piece "The Banjo,” which turned out to be a transcription, in fact the only surviving document of African-American banjo music until the 20th century, a link between West Africa and the heart of American roots music. In the next few decades, Smith published his research, built gourd banjos, and mastered this intoxicating banjo music, culminating in this CD project, "American Akonting."

Bigger Boat History/background of group: In 2014 Rochelle Smith conscripted three friends to form Bigger Boat, which has rapidly become northern Idaho's loudest sea shanty band. Over the last three years they have performed in various places in Moscow, Palouse, Sandpoint, and at Folk Life in Seattle. Rochelle grew up on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Ben James is from western England, where he periodically worked on his granddad's fishing boat. Dylan Champagne is from San Francisco bay, where he lived on a boat off and on. Rob Ely is from, Er, Colorado but he's seen Jaws and has a nice fisherman's sweater.

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