Doors open at 5pm for dinner and drinks
At the door: 15.00 GA, 10.00 for Rainy Day Blues Society Members Click here to join!
Johnny Burgin and Joel Astley really brought the Chicago vibe to Mac’s in Eugene last May for the RDBS 2nd annual Blues Festival and we are so pleased to bring them back by popular demand!
Joel Astley’s CD debut, featuring Kid Andersen and Johnny Burgin, is slated for release in early ’23. Johnny and Joel will be previewing material for this release at the Mac’s Nightclub in Eugene Oregon!
Johnny grew up in Starkville, Mississippi and went to University of Chicago at 18, but ended up attending “blues university”. Since the early 90’s Johnny has toured and recorded with blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay, Tail Dragger and Billy Boy Arnold as well as ten of his own CDs. Johnny was nominated for a Blues Musical Award for Best Traditional Blues CD of 2017 for Howlin’ at Greaseland, a Howlin’ Wolf tribute. Vintage Guitar stated of his most recent effort, “No Border Blues Japan”: “Stellar fretwork and gloriously loose, earthy and immediate Chicago blues”.
Joel was a visual artist for 20 years before abruptly switching to music ten years ago. Since starting his first band in 2014, he has been performing around The Pacific Northwest and beyond and has quickly risen to local favorite. He has been recognized by the Washington Blues Society with music awards including Best Blues Harmonica 2018-2021, Best Male Vocalist 2019 & 2021, Best Songwriter 2020-2021, and several more. He currently leads Seattle-based High Note Group.
“[Joel] can sing like Lowell Folsom and play like Cary Bell.” – Bluesletter article February 2018 “Joel you can write, you can play harp, and boy can you sing.” – Leslie Fleury KSER Blues Odyssey DJ
Presented by Macs Restaurant and Nightclub and Blue Dragon Entertainment we are happy to announce that these guys are coming back to Eugene!