Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza: The Blues and More

Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza: The Blues and More

Eric Bibb, Ruth Davies, Brett "Jailbait" Brandstatt, MC Rhodessa Jones

Saturday, September 8th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$35 ADV / $39 DOOR (plus fees)

  • A Two-Night, VIP Pass is available for purchase for this show, which includes premium seating (in the first five rows). To purchase the Two-Night VIP Pass click here.
  • General Admission tickets are for first-come, first-served seating in all seating sections, excluding the first five rows of the front, center section.
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Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza
Linda Tillery's 70th Birthday Extravaganza
Please join me for two nights of musical magic as I celebrate my 70th birthday and the release of my new CD, "It's A Mighty World." I've invited a few of my favorite artists to provide the musical backdrop and it promises to be a memorable weekend.


Sept. 7th - Venezuelan Music Project, Cultural Heritage Choir, Kugelplex and MC Diane Amos will keep you smiling and laughing with her wry wit.


Sept. 8th - Eric Bibb, Ruth Davies, Brett "Jailbait" Brandstatt and Yours Truly will serve up some Blues and Roots music to massage the senses and stir the soul with MC Rhodessa Jones (Medea Project). Plus special surprise guests.
Linda Tillery
Linda Tillery
Linda Tillery's career began in 1967 as lead singer of the Berkeley based, psychedelic soul band, Loading Zone. Since those early days she has collaborated as vocalist and percussionist on more than eighty recordings with the likes of Santana, Huey Lewis and the News, The Whispers, Taj Mahal, Kenny and Pete and Sheila Escovedo. She was both artist and producer at Olivia Records, was a founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra, and founded Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir. Linda’s journey is a true representation of the Bay Area music scene – through psychedelic 60’s soul, groundbreaking 70’s activism, 80’s R&B glitz, numerous cross cultural collaborations and since 1990, her exploration into the roots of the African American music experience. Now, in 2018, she is at the height of her musical powers, continuing her adventures in sound, and exploring what it means to be a local legend.
Eric Bibb
Eric Bibb
A career spanning five decades, 36 albums, countless radio & television shows and non-stop touring has made Eric Bibb one of the leading bluesmen of his generation. A Progressive preservationist, a fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, enjoyable and accessible, his blues are honest and powerful. One critic wrote: “He has all the ingredients for stardom – handsome good looks, a voice as strong and soulful as they come, the guitar chops to hold his own against the best and he writes compelling, sensitive songs. His blues are clean, beautifully sung, soulful and upbeat”. The weekly syndicated American program “House of Blues Radio Hour” host Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd) once declared to Eric: “You are what the blues in the new century should be about.”
Ruth Davies
Ruth Davies
Ruth has performed with such jazz and blues greats as Keb' Mo', Charles Brown, Clark Terry, John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Jay McShann, Van Morrison, Maria Muldaur, Junior Mance, Barbara Morrison, Etta Jones, Terry Gibbs, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Little Jimmy Scott.

She toured the world for ten years with the late Charles Brown, performing at major jazz festivals and concerts and on radio and television broadcasts worldwide. Ruth continues to spend considerable time abroad. She has recorded and performed internationally with Maria Muldaur, Denise Jannah, Dmitri Matheny and European pianist/composer Amina Figarova. Lately she has "returned to the roots" and travels with Elvin Bishop's band.

Her discography (including several Platinum and Grammy-winning CDs) covers various jazz and blues styles as well as movie soundtracks. She has recorded with Charles Brown, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Clark Terry, Vassar Clements, Toots Thielemans, Ernie Watts, Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Jackie Ryan, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others.

Ruth believes in teaching and in bringing music to the public schools. She has been on the faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop for 17 years and has had a very successful "Ruth Davies Blues Night" series at the Stanford Jazz Festival. The San Francisco Symphony’s "Adventures in Music" program and the "Just Say Jazz" project deliver music education to the classroom. By any conservative estimate, Ruth has presented music programs to over two thousand school groups. That's a serious commitment.
Brett "Jailbait" Brandstatt
Brett "Jailbait" Brandstatt
Brett Brandstatt is a Bay Area native who from an early age showed uncanny musical ability. He was exposed to the Blues, early Rock and Roll, and Soul at a very young age. The music of Elmore James, R.L. Burnside, Chuck Berry, Johnny Johnson, Albert Ammons and others inspired him to pick up piano at the age of 5. He taught himself to play Boogie Woogie, Rock and Roll, and the Blues. Later on, he turned the same attention to the guitar. In 2015, he met Linda Tillery at Jazz Camp West, where she was on the faculty. Since then, they have performed together several times, also collaborating with Eric Bibb. Brett is prominently featured on Linda's latest recording "It's A Mighty World" which is slated for an early September release.
MC Rhodessa Jones
MC Rhodessa Jones
Performer, teacher, director RHODESSA JONES is Co-Artistic Director of San Francisco’s performance company Cultural Odyssey. Jones directs The Medea Project: Theater for Incarcerated Women, an award-winning performance workshop committed to incarcerated women’s personal and social transformation, now in it’s 23rd year. As recipient of US Artist Fellowship, Jones expanded her work in jails and educational institutions internationally. She conducts Medea Projects in South African prisons, working with incarcerated women and training local artists and correctional personnel to embed the Medea process inside these institutions. In 2012, she was named Arts Envoy by the US Embassy in South Africa. Recent US residencies include Brown University and Scripps College Humanities Institute. Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from CA College of the Arts, SF Bay Guardian’s Lifetime Achievement Award, SF Foundation’s Community Leadership Award, Non-Profit Arts Excellence Award by the SF Business Arts Council, and an Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theater.