September 25 Lake Oswego Oregon The Lake Theater and Cafe Johnny Nicholas in concert with special guest Steve James Info at laketheatercafe.com 503 387 3236 Advance tickets are a good idea and are available at https://laketheatercafe-com.seatengine.com
September 30 Seattle The Phinney Center 6532 Phinney Av. N Steve James in concert with special guest Johnny Nicholas Sponsored by The Seattle Folklore Society 206 923 8932 or email@example.com
So mark your calendars for 9/25 and 30 PDX and Seattle! Steve considers his old Texas pal Johnny Nicholas “one of the best blues singers and players alive” and the opportunity for them to share a concert bill counts as a special event since Steve moved NW Solo and duet performances featuring classic and original songs. Git with it!
October 8 Seattle Dusty Strings Group guitar class The “Blues/Roots Tool Box” theme is a favorite. Using compact fingerstyle song arrangements as a vehicle, Steve will detail useful chord shapes, runs and rhythmic patterns essential to the blues guitar sound. For reservations and info, call the music shop at 206 634 1662
October 27 Houston Texas Anderson Fair A welcome return for Steve to this venerable Lone Star folk haven for a solo concert. Always a good time. www.andersonfair.net
October 28 Austin Texas Ham Jam House Concerts SJ recorded most of his “Live Volume 1” album the last time he played this superb concert space. It’s real nice, but it ain’t real big, so get tix and info in advance at www.hamjamhouse.com
October 29 Plano Texas Texasfolk House Concerts SJ did a show for Dallas folkie host with the most Joe Jones about 15 years ago and they’ve been trying on and off to get another one together ever since. This is it! firstname.lastname@example.org
November 5 Seattle Dusty Strings For this hands-on group class, the theme will be Open Tunings and Bottleneck Slide Guitar and the session will be devoted to classic blues/roots themes. 206 634 1662 for info/reservations.
November 11 New Fairfield Connecticut at The Senior Center for the Groovin’ In New Fairfield concert series. Show at 7;30 pm For tickets and info www.groovininnewfairfield.com Roots/Blues Guitar Workshop that afternoon at the Senior Center from 3-5pm Contact Stacey Cohen for reservations at email@example.com
November 12 Brooklyn, New York The Jalopy Theater and School Of Music Evening show at 8pm and two afternoon guitar workshops from 1-5pm This great performance space, vintage guitar shop and beer joint is Steve’s “home away from home” in the Apple! It’s at 315 Columbia Street in Red Hook Call 718 395 3214 for show tix and workshop reservations www.jalopy.biz
And then it’s time for the annual SJ EUROPE TOUR!
First stop is Germany with old friends Chris Iyoha and Peppe Giaquinto, The Bluestones. Their Guitar Stable at Lintorf in Westphalia is where Steve’s room has a portrait of Nina Hagen on the door! Dates include:
November 15 Haan Concert at Fienchen’s Kajute
November 16 Krefeld Concert at Kulturampe www.kulturampe.de
November 17 Remscheid Ariane’s Parlor Concert details tba
November 18 Lintorf Gamble Guitars Roots/blues guitar workshops.
Then up to Bremen where Thomas Schleiken of Blind Lemon Records has arranged:
November 19 Bookholzberg Guitar workshop 11am start time
November 20 Bookholzberg Blue Monday concert series
November 21 Lemwerder Deep River Blues Concert
Reservations suggested. Contact Thomas at: firstname.lastname@example.org
A little bit of fancy traveling to get to the next shows which are:
November 23 London England The Green Note A first time concert appearance at this “A room” in Camden Town and an anticipated return to London. www.greennote.co.uk
November 24 Crawley East Sussex The Hawth Theater Once again hosted by Tony “The Wheel Man” Molloy and the Crawley Blues Club. Cool place to play and listen. Concert with the incomparable Adam Franklin www.crawleyblues.co.uk
November 25 Topsham Devonshire The Bridge Steve’s been playing this ancient country pub for years with concerts arranged by British blues guitarist and author Julian Piper A lovely, long functions room full of old and overstuffed will sell out. Stop in for a pint or call 01 392 873 62
November 26 Topsham The Bridge Back for an afternoon guitar workshop.
Two days to travel back to Germany to wrap up the tour with shows on:
November 29 Mertesdorf Hotel Weis Concert Contact series host Darryl Whiteley for reservations and info at email@example.com
December 1 Hannover Gaststätte Zum Stern Concert for the Hannover Blues Club will include an opening presentation by host, record collector and blues shaman Mike Ideker firstname.lastname@example.org
December 2 Weyern, Bavaria Walhalla Concert with Peter Crow C and Black Patti A reunion of sorts for Steve and his old friend Peter who is one of Germany’s premier blues guitarists and performers. SJ don’t know much about the venue, but always hoped he’d wind up there. www.weyhalla.de
December 3 Innsbruck, Austria House concert for host Poldi Stepanek Details tba
December 10 Seattle Back home for one more guitar workshop at Dusty Strings, this one devoted to a couple of carefully chosen “desert island” guitar solos from the classic blues/roots repertoire. 206 634 1662…and while you’re at it, ask about the upcoming Dusty Strings annual winter concert featuring Steve with Del Rey and special guest Suzy Thompson on February 3rd
Note: 2018 show and workshop dates will be posted later, but be advised that Steve will be at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp (with Jorma and Al Petteway!) teaching blues/roots mandolin October 26-28, 2018. Enrollment is limited and these workshops often sell out way in advance, so…www.furpeaceranch.com
More soon. Contact Steve James directly with concert and workshop inquiries, to arrange private lessons or to inquire about new National instruments or vintage pieces from the guitar store. Thanks for visiting. See you out there!