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Join the party at the Inland Empire Blues Society’s (IEBS) July 12 Blues Boogie, this month and next month at the Roadhouse (at Bolo’s usually). Show up a little before the music starts at 6:30pm, sign in, and get a red ticket for a door prize drawing. Then we start giving stuff away during our short meeting around 7:30. Afterwards, the band will play until 10:30 pm, so stick around and boogie with the rest of us. Come to the dance and enjoy Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method from the west side of Washington. If you have something to donate to IEBS, like CD’s or anything else, bring it to a Blues Boogie. There is a food bin just inside the door at Bolo’s, so bring something for the Food Bank. Thanks to all who have donated. This is an all ages venue until 9pm.
If you are not a member of the Inland Empire Blues Society, we would really like you to join. A large membership helps with all the expenses involved and keeping IEBS alive. There are also real perks to being a member, such as reduced admission to some events and discounts from some supporting businesses. In addition, we give away a free blues cd to anyone joining or renewing their membership at the Blues Boogie each month. We are having a special this summer: Memberships are $15 a year instead of the usual $20! Student discounts and family discounts also apply.
IEBS has its monthly boogie on the second Thursday of every month - regular monthly meeting for the Inland Empire Blues Society (15 minute meeting) plus a featured live local blues band! This month we Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method up for 7 Washington Blues Society Awards. Polly O’Keary and The Rhythm Method up for 7 Washington Blues Society awards! https://wablues.org/2018/01/washington-blues-society-announces-2018-best-blues-awards-nominees/
“Black Crow Callin” makes the finals at The International Blues Challenge in Memphis this year. https://blues.org/2018-ibc-best-self-produced-cd-nominees/
LA Music Critic awards Polly O'Keary and The Rhythm Method Best Blues Band for the first half of 2017!
Today, Polly OI'Keary is a PhD student, a world-traveled bassist, one of Washington State’s most highly-awarded female blues singers and songwriters (six-time Washington Blues Society Best Female Vocalist, four-time Best Blues Songwriter, etc.).
Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method is the trio she built with her husband and drummer Tommy Cook, also a highly sought touring drummer and winner of the 2017 Washington Blues Society Blues Drummer award, with whom she shared rhythm section duties for international touring act Too Slim and the Taildraggers for four years.
Rounding out the trio is David Miller, who grew up listening to blues in Texas. At 17, then living in California, Miller met a piano player who was then working for Tommy Castro. The older musician recruited Miller to come play at several bars, and assured the young man that he could get him in, underage though he was. Miller became a regular in clubs in the Bay Area, sitting in with local and touring acts night after night. At 25, then living in San Luis Obispo, he assembled The Dave Miller Band, and for the next 18 years, he and the group went on to become one of Southern California’s most popular blues bands, leading one reviewer to describe his “jaw-dropping guitar licks” and praise his “extraordinary mixture of inspiring virtuosity both vocally and instrumentally.”
Critics love Polly O’Keary and the Rhythm Method’s 2017 album Black Crow Callin’, which has been in the Top 20 on Roots Music Report’s blues rock chart since its May 1 radio release:
“With powerful pipes like Bonnie Raitt and Etta James, bass licks worthy of Sir Paul or Sting, and a musical chemistry that is head and shoulders above many other bands, these cats have come to sing. They immediately grab your attention from the first note of the album, and never let up… The combination of rich guitar and bass riffs and soaring blues vocals creates music that will stimulate your senses and make you want to move. Get out and get it and thank us later.” LA Music Critic
“Blues from the heart, full of enthusiasm and life experience,” Rudolf’s Music.
“This hard hitting, primal blues rocker knows her mind and heart…O'Keary can blaze her own trail and beat all comers to the finish line…Excellent stuff.” –Midwest Record.
Come join a group of friendly, live music-loving folks. You won’t believe how good this band is!