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Moods: Featuring Saxophone Blues: Blues-Rock Urban/R&B: Traditional R&B

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United States - Washington

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Joe Blue & the Roofshakers

Joe Blue and the Roofshakers, are composed of 5 veteran musicians from across the U.S. that perform East Coast R&B and features a wailing blues harp, gritty vocals, soulful saxophone along with a rock-solid rhythm section.

Joe Blue (Vocals, Harmonica) From Queens, New York, front man extraordinaire Joe Blue is a former Capitol Records recording artist and has performed with such blues greats as John Lee Hooker, Marsha Ball, Steve Bassett, Roomful of Blues, and Ronnie Earl. Joe toured Europe with the King Biscuit Blues Band, and played up and down the East Coast with Nine Below Zero, the Aces, and the Nightown Ready Blues Band. He’s opened for Fleetwood Mac, Freddy King, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Junior Walker and the All-Stars, and Sam & Dave. Locally, Joe was a member of the Hot Rod Holman Blues Review.

Bruce Koenigsberg (Bass, Vocals) Born in Detroit, Michigan, home of the Motown Sound, Bruce is one of Seattle’s premier blues bass players, and is a founding member and manager of the Fabulous Roof Shakers-FRS, now called Joe Blue & the Roofshakers. Prior to forming FRS, Bruce was a co-founder of The JamDawgs, who hosted music jams on the Eastside. Bruce is also a sought-after substitute for other bands needing an in-the-pocket bass player who can really spank the plank, such as locals like the Charles White Band, Tim Turner Band or touring acts like the Big Moe Review, and Roger “Hurricane” Wilson. Bruce is also a member of the Washington and the South Sound Blues Societies.

Gordon Benson (Saxophone, Vocals) Another FRS founder, Gordon Benson is the only Roof Shaker who actually was born and raised in the Northwest. He started playing saxophone in grade school and continued to study and practice the instrument through high school and college. College provided Gordon an opportunity for studying music theory, as well as playing in various jazz and rock bands, and learning guitar and bass. Since then he has been wailing on the saxophone in various Northwest bands, including Back Room, Mad Hatter, Blue Field, and most recently, I-5 South. Gordon may occasionally pull out his baritone, alto or soprano, but the gritty, raw tones of his tenor sax are the sounds that really express the soul and emotion of the songs he plays.

Paul Sommer (Guitar) Paul studied music and recording at SF State University, and then managed Gelb Music in Redwood City, California. One of Paul’s first bands in the Bay Area was 11-piece Blue Mountain, featuring 3 singers and a 4-piece horn section, which opened for Tower of Power, Cold Blood, Steve Miller and the Sons of Champlin. With the Gary Smith Blues Band, Paul backed up Big Mama Thorton for a week-long gig. Another 11-piece band, the Hayden Project, played the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and the Whiskey a Go Go in LA. After moving to Seattle to be Area Representative for Peavey Electronics, Paul played the Pioneer Square circuit with Blue Collar, before taking a break to raise a family. Currently he is retired.

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