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Based in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada The NIGHTSHIFT Blues Band has been together performing clubs and major events in Western New York and Southern Ontario for more than five years.
While paying homage to traditional blues artists, The NIGHTSHIFT Blues Band reaches out and explores the outside edges beyond 12 bars with some added jazz, funk and R&B. Still, they never forget where it all came from. Influenced by Marvin Gaye, Big Joe Turner, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Chris Duarte, the band's music blends together a variety of blues ingredients to create a unique sound of their own. Founding members Jerry Salfi (bass) and George Tirpko (guitar) sharing vocal, harmony and front-man duties are backed by drummer Gary Storin (formerly of the Stampeders).
The band has released two CDs of original music.
Their debut CD, Bullet from a Gun, is a fine example of what it means to look beyond the traditional definition of the blues. It offers everything from driving Texas style to the soulful R&B of "What's the Measure of a Man" (a tribute to the style of Marvin Gaye).
Their latest release, Kids are Jumpin', continues the bands powerhouse approach to the blues and willingness to push the boundaries. It includes a raunchy roadhouse grinder called Slip it In and a soulful instrumental featuring Tirpko and his guitar lamenting the loss of a fellow musician in Blues for Billy C. The 10-track CD ends with a tug at the heartstrings message of love torn apart with He Can't Love You.
Seasoned professionals, The NIGHTSHIFT Blues Band knows how to put together a show and present it with flair and excitement, or with smooth laid-back precision from small club settings to large stages. The band has been featured at a variety of venues and festivals including:
· Toronto International Festival of Beer
· Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights
· Fort Erie, Flamboro, Mohawk and Sarnia Casinos
· Pt. Dalhousie Summer Solstice Festival
· St. Catharines Grape and Wine Festival
· Canal Days Festival
· Beach Days Festival
· Fort Erie Friendship Festival
· Kingston's Limestone City Blues Festival
· Blues in the Park Festival
· North by Northeast Festival 2000 Toronto
· Mudcat Blues Festival
· Tall Ships Challenge
· Niagara Falls Fireworks in the Park
· Hillebrand Blues in the Vineyard
They have shared the stage Colin James, Guy Davis, and blues legend, James Cotton,
The NIGHTSHIFT Blues Band is clean and crisp and can lay it down the way it's supposed to sound. The band has a rich, full range from R&B to soulful blues, from Chicago style to full tilt Texas guitar.
It's blues with an edge!
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