Blue Breeze bringing soul, R&B, Motown and blues

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The Blue Breeze Band is lined up to perform Aug. 14. Photo courtesy Blue Breeze Band

The Blue Breeze Band is lined up to perform Aug. 14.
Photo courtesy Blue Breeze Band

Harold Wherry and his 6-piece Blue Breeze Band return to the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series with their distinctive vocal harmonies and happening horn section, sampling the best of Motown, R&B, soul, funk jazz and blues.

Taking the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, Wherry’s established ensemble plays the kind of smooth and visceral music that comes from musicians whose long association lends their playing a solid groove that drives their sound.

Guitarist Wherry, after a career backing known R&B headliners and appearing with the Coasters and Marvelettes tribute bands, formed his own band, the Blue Breeze, 15 years ago.

Since then, Blue Breeze has created a following for its repertoire of the best of Motown, soul and oldies. From Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and the Temptations’ “My Girl” to Farrell Williams’ chart-blazing “Happy,” and “Hey Ya” from Outcast, Wherry offers up familiar and the fantastic funk, all designed to keep you on the dance floor, moving to the music of the best eras in rock and pop.

With Wherry on electric and nylon string acoustic guitar, Bob Henley on vocals, Richard Moorings on keyboards, vocals and trombone, Darryl Bonar on vocals and four-, five- and six-string electric bass guitar, Buster Harrell on drums and vocals, and Tim Anderson on tenor sax and vocals, the Blue Breeze six are joined for this appearance by Tyrone Griffin on trumpet and vocals.

Said Wherry, “Our music is concert quality, lively, energetic and fun and guaranteed to have you dancing all night long.”

Opening for Blue Breeze at 6:15 p.m. are Roger Dutton and “The Stiff Joints.”

ISCS Producer Ken Dahleen and his board want to thank their Idyllwild audiences for making this the first out of 14 summer series that has made budget prior to the end of the season. “From this point forward, all money donated and contributed will be used to seed the 2015 season,” he said. “Thank you, Idyllwild.”

Concert Series

8/7 New Sensations

8/14 Blue Breeze Band

8/21 Lisa Haley

 

LATIN STYLING BRINGS CROWD GROOVING: Grupo Bohemio Santana Band was last week’s headliner performing at the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series. Many came out to enjoy the beats and dance the night away.         Photo by Jenny Kirchner

LATIN STYLING BRINGS CROWD GROOVING: Grupo Bohemio Santana Band was last week’s headliner performing at the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series. Many came out to enjoy the beats and dance the night away. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

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