9 April – Blue Collar Blues @ The Chubby Pickle!
This will be the first in an ongoing series know as “The Chubby Pickle Musician Exchange Program” whose mission is “Connecting Musicians and Audiences Providing Exciting, Inspirational and Reciprocal Performances”
These acts will play together at a venue in the Philadelphia area expanding the energy and reach of the music they and we love so dearly
The Incinerators – Founded by Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundations’ newest board of trustees member and extremely capable ax man John Fernandez and supported by Marcos Orozco on harp, Steve Smith on bass, Chris Martell on percussion and the Hot and Steamy vocal stylings of Little Miss Kimmy, their sound is solidly rooted in the blues tradition of the last several decades yet modern, fun and interesting delivered explosively guaranteed to set any crowd on fire. The Chubby Pickle is very happy again to have them host this special event.
Mikey Junior – hits the stage answering the questions: What is the future of the blues and who will lead the charge? His infectious personality and absolute command of his medium leave little doubt the blues is in good hands.
Self-taught from his impressive collection of blues vinyl, Mikey was a full time musician before he even graduated high-school. By the time he was in his early twenties, seasoned players were taking notice and it wasn’t long before one blues society after another scrambled to get him to their stage. Before long, Mikey was a staple of the summer blues circuit on the East Coast.
So it came as no surprise that his newest release “Traveling South” found its way into the eclectic and youthful roster of the VizzTone Label Group. It reveals a young blues artist at the top of his game, telling stories we can all relate to, while drawing us deep into the roots of blues music via his utter mastery of the diatonic and chromatic harmonicas.
His writing shows a level of depth, maturity, restraint and musicality that reaches the soul through his impassioned vocals, bringing a whole new dimension to his already impressive catalog. Well-written originals and choice covers are brought to life with a vision that truly separates Mikey from his contemporaries. He brings fellow Philadelphia powerhouse performers/co-conspirators Roger Girke and Jimmy Prichard as support to this rare New Jersey area performance.