Philly Summer Blues Fest featuring the Dukes of Destiny & The Deb Callahan Band – Tickets – World Cafe Live Philadelphia – Upstairs – Philadelphia, PA – July 20th, 2019

Philly Summer Blues Fest featuring the Dukes of Destiny & The Deb Callahan Band

Philly Summer Blues Fest featuring the Dukes of Destiny & The Deb Callahan Band

Sat · July 20, 2019

8:00 pm

World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs

$18 + Fees

The Dukes of Destiny
The Dukes of Destiny
In 1985 a bunch of young, local musicians got together and began playing old blues songs in a rambling three-story house in Philadelphia. They decided to take the act on the road as The Dukes of Destiny, a name they got from a matchbook cover urging the reader to “Be the Captain of Your Own Destiny.” At first, The Dukes of Destiny played house parties in the Germantown and Mt. Airy sections of Philly, generating interest by word of mouth. A gig at the now-defunct Taker’s Café in Germantown launched their public career, and 31 years later, they are still playing some of the hottest, most danceable blues and old school soul in the Philadelphia area. Today The Dukes of Destiny reign as Philadelphia’s longest-lived and best loved blues act.

There have been changes in the act: guitarists left and came back, bass and sax players moved and or left the band, and sadly, singer and founder Steve Brown died in March of 2000. But the approach and commitment of the band has remained constant for over 30 years, resulting in a band with a unique tightness and an original approach to the music. With a mix of powerful original songs and unique arrangements of blues and soul standards, The Dukes of Destiny continue to grow and develop as they share their music through countless live performances and recordings.

The Dukes have released four CDs: The Dukes of Destiny (1991), House of Forbidden Love” (1997), Dukes of Destiny 3” ( 2004) featuring 6 original compositions by John Colgan-Davis and the debut of Arlyn Wolters, and Higher, (2013) which features original compositions by Arlyn Wolters, AC Steel and John Colgan-Davis. They are regularly featured on Jonny Meister's Blues Show on WXPN and on other Blues and roots shows. This year they will appear at the Philadelphia Folk Festival's Sunday Blues Afternoon playing alongside Walter Wolfman Washington.

Clearly, The Dukes continue to produce strong and unique high-quality music. They are proud to reign as “Philly’s longest lived and best loved blues band.”
Deb Callahan
Deb Callahan
Philly’s blues-soul artist Deb Callahan and her band recently celebrated 20 years of performing, touring, recording and entertaining music fans both regionally and around the United States. Deb has released 5 CD’s since 2002 (If the Blues Had Wings, The Blue Pearl, Grace & Grit, Tell It Like It is, Sweet Soul) and a limited edition World Café Live DVD. She has graced the stages at many festivals nationwide from The Monterey Bay Blues Festival in Monterey, CA, The Springing the Blues Fest in Jacksonville, FL, The Bayfront Blues Fest in Duluth, MN to WXPN’s XPonential Music Festival right here in Philly. Her latest CD Sweet Soul was recorded and produced by producer/drummer Tony Braunagel (Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray) in Los Angeles, CA and released in September 2015. It received some great national and international airplay on blues and triple A radio stations and good press and reviews, including making the top 50 contemporary blues albums for 2016 for the Blues Music Report. She has received the America’s Music Festival Series in Media, PA Hall of Fame Award, made the top 10 for 2015 for reviewer Mark Gallo and was a Blues 411 2015 “Jimi Award Nominee” – nominated for Best Soul – R & B Album. she is currently working on writing material for her 6th CD. Deb performs with her band of Philadelphia greats Allen James on guitar, Garry Lee on bass and Tom Walling on drums.
Venue Information:
World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs
3025 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19104
http://philly.worldcafelive.com/