Winter Park / Live Music: ‘Like no other blues band you will ever see or hear’
February 20, 2009
When was the last time you saw a three-piece family blues band with two left-handed guitarists?
What about a blues band with strong vocals both female and male?
If you answered “never”, get ready for the experience of a lifetime at the Grand County Blues Society Fat Tuesday blues show during Mardi Gras at Cooper Creek Square.
As the sun goes down, the lights go up for a parade through the square courtyard, complete with acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers (weather permitting) and Grand County’s own Washboard Annie.
Everyone is invited to join in, making their own music with whatever’s handy (pots, pans, shakers, drums, kazoos). There will be specials along the mall, a costume contest, prizes, and Annie will play her signature show (parade starts at 6:30 p.m.).
More stars come out as Smokin’ Moe’s digs into the sounds of Trampled Under Foot, winners of the 2008 International Blues Challenge.
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“This show is a must see,” said GCBS board member Joy McCoy. “Trampled Under Foot has fast become one of my favorite bands.”
They are “like no other blues band you will ever see or hear,” the Blues Society Web site reports.
Music runs in every generation on both sides of their family for “TUF” band members Danielle Schnebelen (bassist and lead vocalist), and her older brothers Kris (drums and vocals) and Nick (guitars and lead vocals). A family tale tells of their maternal grandmother who was a big band singer and sang with the Count Basie Orchestra.
Their parents were always listening and paying the blues, and the three, who played around the house sometimes, all attended a Magnet School that specialized in art and music. Danielle explored other careers; she took professional dance for 10 years (while still singing), but said she “always knew music was in my soul.”
Kansas City, Mo., where they all live, has been a great influence, a place to find “great music and great musicians,” they said. A little bit of a tribute to English rock group Led Zeppelin in the band name, three letters, the three of them, and an acronym that puts out a rocking image, and the three played their first gig two days before Christmas 2002.
All three put their ideas into their signature blues, mostly originals that reflect influences from their top inspirations ” Etta James, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and their mom. As “pure soul and emotion,” music is “the most powerful form of communication,” the siblings say.
They “can’t wait” to get to Grand County for their first show in the Valley. The high-energy trio has performed worldwide, including numerous national and international blues festivals.
“It’s been amazing,” they agreed.
Beyond last year’s IBC award, commendations have included winning the 2007 Kansas City Blues Challenge, a nomination for the 2008 bluesforum.nl CD award, winning the 2008 Albert King Award, and being awarded as the 2008 Tremblant International Blues Festival “Favorite Newcomer.” Their futures include a new CD due out in the spring, European tours, and a couple movie soundtrack projects.
Tickets to see them for the Fat Tuesday show are available at Radio Shack, Smokin’ Moe’s, at http://www.grandblues.org, with tickets also at the door.