Ms. Toni Lynn Washington, Boston’s “Queen of the Blues,” will be performing with an all-star band, featuring some of New England’s best and most well-known musicians and entertainers. It will be a truly special night of music and friendship. Raised in a procession of gospel choirs in Southern Pines, North Carolina, Toni Lynn performed with classic R&B artists like Sam and Dave and Jackie Wilson throughout the South in her youth. A stirring vocalist, she will make you melt one minute, and have you on your feet testifying the next. And as if that ain’t enough, she’s one of the warmest and most engaging performers you will ever see! Toni Lynn has been a multiple Blues Music Award winner. She is a national treasure who was recently commended by US Senator Ed Markey for her service as a Blues Ambassador.
Tonight’s MC is drummer and vocalist Eddie Scheer, one of the pillars of the Boston Blues/R&B scene for over 20 years. As the leader of his award-winning band The Love Dogs, he’s toured the U.S. and Europe and recorded four critically acclaimed CDs. He’s played with virtually every top-level musician in the Northeast at one time or another, and has hosted his “Tuesday Night Allstars” series in Brighton for more than a decade. His encyclopedic repertoire is surpassed only by his big smile and love of entertaining.
Johnny Blue Horn has entertained countless fans of music in Boston and the Northeast region for many years. He has since become a double-barreled performer as both a trumpeter and vocalist encompassing a varied range of musical styles, from gritty Memphis R&B to rhythmic New Orleans second-line jazz; from swingin’ Kansas City blues to heartfelt ’70s soul.
Mario Perrett has been known for years as one of Boston’s most moving and soulful, saxophonists/vocalists. His blues-driven, funky sax has been in demand in studios and live settings all over New England. He has performed at nightclubs and music festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe and has recorded with a number of national and regional artists including Luther “Guitar Johnson” Jr., Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Mighty Sam McLain, Joe Louis Walker. and The Love Dogs. Mario is currently touring with the up and coming Dwayne Haggins Band.
Mike Williams is a virtuoso jazz and blues guitarist who has recorded and toured with top-level artists such as the Grammy-winning James Cotton Blues Band, David “Fathead” Newman, Mighty Sam McClain, and David Maxwell, to name just a few. Williams is a professor at Berklee College of Music specializing in a mix of blues and jazz styles, and has traveled to Europe and South America on many occasions as a clinician and performer for the college.
Johnny Juxo is a one-of-a-kind keyboardist, vocalist, storyteller, and accordion player. His two most recent releases, Long Distance Driver and Get Off My Lawn have garnered awards and both popular and critical acclaim. He’s one of the most in-demand performers in New England and can be seen performing all over the Northeast with Lisa Marie, Racky Thomas’ Traveling Medicine Show, The Gin Boys, The Doghouse All Stars, and many others.
Steve Monahan is one of the busiest freelance bass players in and around the Boston area. Holding down the bottom end with such groups as Fandango featuring Fred Griffiths and the Diane Blue Band, he keeps things groovin’ with a warm sound and a swinging feel. He’s been gigging with Toni Lynn Washington on and off since the ’80s. He’s also been known to sing a Johnny Cash song or two every now and then.