Vanessa Collier and Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials

At 7:30 PM on Friday July 13th, Plattsburgh Blues and Jazz is so pleased to present a great jumpin' double header with Vanessa Collier and Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials at Retro Live. This is two major headliners in music in one night! Vanessa Collier at the age of 27 years of age is a master musician and multi-talented blues performer. She brings her charismatic charm, passionate and fiery performances, soulful voice, searing saxophone solos, and witty songwriting to the stage. Over the past year, Vanessa toured through 11 countries, alternating between tour legs in Europe and the U.S. and Canada with her talented 5-piece band. She is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, starting off in Joe Louis Walker’s band (2012-2013), while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as Best of 2014 Blues Breaker. In 2017, Vanessa continued her success with the release of her sophomore album Meeting My Shadow, earning many prestigious honors and awards. 

Just some of her accolades:
2018 Blues Music Award Nominee – Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
2018 Blues Music Award Nominee – Instrumental – Horn Player of the Year
2017 Blues Music Award Nominee – Instrumental – Horn Player of the Year
2017 Blues Blast Award Nominee – Sean Costello Rising Star Award
2017 USA International Songwriting Competition – First Place – Lyrics
2017 International Songwriting Competition – Finalist (Top 2%) – Performance
2017 Billboard Top 15 – Meeting My Shadow
2017 Living Blues Artist
2017 - 27 weeks on the Roots Music Charts

Check out this video of Vanessa...She is two parts Sugar and one part Lime!

Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials is currently celebrating 30 history-making years together, LIL' ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor's edge. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil' Ed boasts a direct bloodline to blues history—his uncle and musical mentor was the great Chicago slide guitarist, songwriter and recording artist J.B. Hutto. According to The Chicago Tribune, "Williams represents one of the few remaining authentic links to the raucous, pure Chicago blues."

Lil Ed won the BMA in 2017 for “Band of the Year,” making it the third time they’ve won that top award. They also received the Living Blues Award for “Best Live Performer” three times in five years. Their latest Alligator release, The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials was touted as one of the ten best blues albums of the year.