Bluesman Brother Yusef (USA) –
Downtown Disney, Anaheim California •2001- Current
Doheny Blues Festival, Dana Point California 2003 & 2005
House of Blues, Anaheim. Opening act for James Brown 2004
2006 Belgium Rhythm n Blues Festival, Peer Belgium 2006
Reno Dance Sensation 2006 & 2007
Swift Current Stir Crazy Blues Festival Canada 2011
Saskatoon Blues Festival, Canada 2011
Epcore Centre for the Performing Arts, Canada 2011
Big Apple Blues, Balboa & Lindy Exchange, New York City 2011
Waterfront Blues Festival, Portland Oregon 2011
Emerald City Blues Festival, Seattle Washington 2011
Holy City Blues Exchange, Charleston South Carolina 2011
The Heeby Gee Bees (IL) –
The Heeby Gee Bees, one of Israel’s leading blues acts, are renowned for their energetic live shows, and their fantastic intrepertation and performance of many blues and rock classics. The band has gigged non stop since day one, and has gained a reputation for being one of the country’s hardest working bands.
The Heeby Gee Bees began their way in late 2006 as an acoustic blues duo. Guy Dagan (lead vocalist and vistuoso harmonica player) and Assaf Barak (guitar and vocals) met, like many modern couples, on the internet… Dagan (son of famous Israeli soul singer Tzila Dagan and actor Ezra Dagan), with a long career of acting and music behind him, and Barak, who has played guitar with numerous bands and artists, found a common language in the blues. The two began performing together in an acoustic show entitled Lightnin’ Hits The Rye (which recently also came out on CD), playing blues, rock and soul classics.
About a year later, they decided to put together an electric band, and summoned two of
Israel’s veteran blues cats, bassist Roughy Yedidia and drummer Yechiel Brower. A little later on the band added the amazing Kfir Tzairi on keyboards. Ever since its conception, the band has gigged non stop all over the country, with a current monthly average of 12-13 shows.
The Heeby Gee Bees take the audience on a fascinating journey to the roots of blues, rock and soul music, with unforgettable performances of classic song by such greats as Muddy Waters, BB King, Eric Clapton, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Freddie King, Albert King, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and many others.
Along the years the band has played numerous events and festivals (headlining the 2012
“Jacobs Ladder Festival”, the largest folk/blues/country music festival in Israel, and playing one of the main stages of “Yaarot Menashe Festival” in 2013). They have collaborated with local and international blues artists (Lee Oscar, Mitch Woods, Delmark Goldfarb, Brian Cober, Efraim Shamir, Aryeh Moskuna).
In the near future, the Heeby Gee Bees are planning to record another album – this time
with a full band, which will include original songs, as well as take their act abroad and out of the country – to blues festivals and venues in Europe, The USA, and anywhere else they can.
Bernard Cavasa (FR) –