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July 19, 2013

The blues get colorful with Black n Blues

SHAMOKIN DAM — Getting Black n Blues never felt or sounded so good as it will this Sunday night when the area’s premier blues band Black n Blues gets things heated up at Skeeter’s BBQ in Shamokin Dam.

When it comes to a true blues band that kicks the music into high gear and adds a jolt of old school style rock and roll to the mix, Black n Blues is the go-to band for a classic sound that resonates with both soul and smooth style.

“Black n Blues is a solid blues act in the region. The unique thing about this band is that each individual member can solo during a gig and we like to include that in each set we play,” said Sean Farley, guitarist and vocalist for the four-piece band. “We love to give our bassist and drummer their own solos where they can showcase their advanced skills and techniques with the rest of us backing the other up.”

Those impressive skills have made Black n Blues one of the most popular bands in the Susquehanna Valley and also one of the most celebrated.

Over the years the band has worked with some of the best local bands as well as nationally-known acts such as Blue Oyster Cult. In addition, each band member either performs in different bands or as a solo act.

In 2007 Black n Blues won the Billtown Blues Challenge and represented the area at the International Blues Challenge (IBC), an event held in Memphis, Tenn., each year that attracts the best and most soulful bands and solo acts from around the world.

Farley and fellow band member and area musical mainstay Doug McMinn have each won in the Billtown Blues Challenge’s solo division which also earned them a spot at the IBC.

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