Winners of the 2017 Granite State Blues Challenge - Baza celebrates the tradition of the guitar and harmonica duo, performing hip shaking, toe tapping original and traditional Delta/Piedmont style blues. BAZA traveled to Memphis, TN to represent New Hampshire in this years International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category. They played through the quarterfinals two nights at the "Pig on Beale" and they did NH proud. Now they are back from Memphis and itchin' to play for y'all at their favorite venue Simple Gifts! Get ready for a trip back in time to the roots of the Blues. In honor of National Women's Month, the guys have added to their repertoire a selection of tunes and tales honoring the great ladies of the Blues: Memphis Minnie, Ida Cox, Bessie Smith, and more
Baza features Doug Philbrook, National resonator guitars and vocals, and Geof Goodell, harmonica and vocals. Dougs guitar playing employs a variety of blues tunings, picking and bottleneck styles and his vocals are emotive and evocative of the classic blues howlers. His encyclopedic knowledge of the music and his ability to craft a story are engaging and entertaining to listeners of all ages. Geofs harmonica sound can go from silk to grit and his vocals are passionate and spot on. His stage presence and ability to connect with audiences is in harmony with his easy going and laid back nature.
"What a great night of blues! Many great songs with interesting stories about the artists who wrote them." - Diane Heer, director, Kimball Library, Atkinson NH
Together since 2002, these bluesmen conjure the sounds of the Deep Blues with wailing harmonica, sharp vocal harmonies and driving steel guitar rhythms. They play songs of hard living, love, lost love, natural disasters and celebration with deep respect and affection. Their performances paint a picture of the blues through the songs and stories of its pioneers and the times they lived. Their sound has been described as gritty and soulful and their story telling engaging and insightful.
"Doug Philbrook, guitar and lead vocals, always delivers with heart, soul, and a voice meant to sing the blues." - Anya Zakiewicz, Simple Gifts Coffeehouse, Nashua NH
"Doug and Geof have developed a special symbiosis; they are true complements to each other as they play, each allowing room for the other to shine." - Anya Zakiewicz, Simple Gifts Coffeehouse, Nashua NH
Simple Gifts Coffee House is a non-profit volunteer run concert venue hosting regional and nationally known musical acts for over 25 years. Guests attending Simple Gifts Coffee House performances are invited to bring their own beer or wine to enjoy at concerts. Coffee, tea, and baked goods are available at each show. Members of Boston Area Coffee House Association.
Simple Gifts Coffee House (View)
58 Lowell St.
Nashua, NH 03064
|Minimum Age: 8|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|