Union Bank & Trust Pavilion Events

When: Saturday, September 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Portsmouth Blues Fest (2018)


Pokey Bear, Southern bluesman injects a larger-than-life swagger into his R&B-infused bayou soul. Similar in oldschool

sound and spirit to Willie Clayton, Pokey the Baton Rouge party-starter is also a James Brown-influenced soul

man at heart. In 2014 Pokey Bear released the project “Josephine Son Pokey”. That album produced several hits

including, “They Call Me Pokey”. In 2016 one of his hit single was, “My Side Piece”, which is still a huge success and

is the song that so many of us identify him.

Clarence Carter is a blues and soul singer, musician, songwriter and record producer, born in January 1936. Clarence

was born in Montgomery, Alabama and was blind at birth. Clarence attended Alabama School for the Blind in

Talladega, Alabama and Alabama State College in Montgomery, graduating in August 1960 with a Bachelor of Science

Degree in music, (of course). That’s when Clarence professionalism as a musician/singer really began. Some of his most

successful records – “Slip Away” (1968), “Back Door Santa”, “Too Week to Fight”, “Pacthes”, (1970), and “Strokin”

(1985). Clarence has been in the business for a very long time and you definitely don’t want to miss this legendary blues

artist in concert!

Rolls Royce, an American soul and R&B group, and Los Angeles based, originally began their career in the early 1970s.

In 1973, they toured England and Japan behind Motown soul star Edwin Starr. Starr introduced the group to Norman

Whitfield, Motown’s producer that was responsible for bringing a progressive funk-rock sound to the company. Rolls

Royce are best known for several hit singles during the 1970s including “Car Wash”, “I Wanna Get Next to You”, “I’m

Going Down”, “Wishing On a Star”, and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”. The movie Car Wash and the soundtrack

were great successes, bringing the group national fame. The movie won the Best Music award at the Cannes Film

Festival, and the album received the Grammy for Best Motion Picture Score Album of the Year. Released in late 1976,

the soundtrack featured three Billboard R&B Top Ten singles: “Car Wash”, “I Wanna Get Next to You” and “I’m

Going Down”. “Car Wash” also was a #1 single on the Billboard popular music charts, and “I Wanna Get Next to You”

reached #10.

Latimore, Blues and R&B Singer, songwriter and pianist. In 2017, Latimore was inducted in to the Blues Hall of Fame!

Latimore was born in Charleston, Tennessee and was influenced by country music, his Baptist church choir, and the blues.

Latimore’s first professional experience came as a pianist. His first recording was around 1965. Latimore’s his first

major hit came in 1973 with a jazzy reworking of the song, “Stormy Monday”, which reached #27 on the R&B chart.

Most fans know Latimore for his 1974 hit that stayed #1 on the R&B singles chart for weeks - “Lets Straighten It Out”!

Nellie “Tiger” Travis’ music encompasses both contemporary blues and Southern soul. Nellie was born in the early ‘60s

in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. Because of Travis’ love of music, she moved to Los Angeles at an early age in hopes of

launching her career. In 1992, she left Los Angeles for Chicago. Nellie became a regular attraction on the Chicago blues

circuit and shared stages with some blues great: Buddy Guy, Bobby Rush, Otis Clay, and Little Milton, and was

named “Entertainer of the Year” in a reader’s poll by the Chicago weekly newspaper New City. As years passed,

Nellie scored several hits, including her popular hit “Mr Sexy Man” which was released in 2013. By this time Nillie

“Tiger” Travis was an established star in the blues community.

Theodis Ealey, blues singer, guitarist, and bandleader has earned his nickname as “the Bluesman Lover”. Theodis first

made his name working with some of the best names in the blues and created a hugh following. Theodis was born in

Natchez, Mississippi and at the early age of four (1951), Theodis learned to play the guitar after his older brother Y.Z.

gave him his first lessons. In 2004, Theodis released the album “Stand Up In It” and the title track, a playfully raunchy

bit of bedroom advice - stayed several weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. So many of his fans recognizes him from the

song “Stand Up In It”, and some even refer to him as, “Mr. Stand Up In It”!

Portsmouth, the Blues Is Alright Tour Presents its 1st Annual Seven City Blues Festival, Saturday, September 8, 2018 at

Union Bank & Trust Pavilion, 16 Crawford Circle, Portsmouth, VA. Tickets go on sale at 10am, Friday, June 15th at

Union Bank & Trust Pavilion Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at, www.pavilionconcerts.com or

www.ticketmaster.com - charge by phone, 800-745-3000.