Sunday, April 15 / 10:00 a.m. doors; 11:30 a.m. show
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SLAM ALLEN BAND
Club ECP: The Jazz Cruises of Entertainment Cruise Productions
DoubleTree by Hilton Reading
Tickets: $45 (Limited Seating; General Admission)
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The internationally renowned Slam Allen, one of the most dynamic and original blues and soul artists on the scene today, is a messenger of love. He uses the genres of blues, soul, R&B and a touch of rock and roll to deliver powerful soul-stirring performances.
More than just a singer, writer and guitar player, Slam connects with his audience like entertainers from a bygone era. Think Otis Redding, B.B. King, Albert and Freddie King, with a blend of Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Sly Stone and a little George Benson and Jimi Hendrix thrown in, all the while captivating you with his own original music. As a solo performer, Slam is the recipient of the prestigious Master Blues Artist award from the New York Blues Hall of Fame and a 2016 Blues Music Award Nominee.
He was one of the headliners of the inaugural Reading Blues Fest presented by Berks Arts Council in October.
As he developed his own style, Slam went to Chicago to learn the ways of traditional Chicago Blues. Once there, it didn’t take long before the offer of a fill-in gig for the legendary harpist, James Cotton — which led to Slam spending nine years (2001-2010) as the lead singer, lead guitarist and band leader for Cotton.
Now on his own, and internationally recognized as a seasoned touring veteran, Slam is dedicated to forging his own legacy in the blues and soul world. With seven original albums under his belt, Slam is here to bring back what the music world is lacking — the love and uplifting honesty that makes for a powerful and entertaining musical experience.
From B.B. King to Otis Redding, Slam has a way of making you feel the soul of the music. It’s often difficult to tell if he’s doing one of his originals or an old blues or soul cover. In the end, it doesn’t matter … Slam has a way of making all the music his own.