Mon 18th Jan at 7:30pm 2021 to Mon 18th Jan at 11:00pm 2021
100 Club in London, United Kingdom
January Blues Festival A celebration of KOKO TAYLOR
January Blues Festival presents
A celebration of KOKO TAYLOR
feat. KYLA BROX & GILES ROBSON Band
+ special guest: THE JAMES OLIVER BAND
+ Host & DJ: SNOWBOY
January Blues Festival celebrates 'The Queen of the Blues'
Chicago Blues legend Koko Taylor was discovered by Willie Dixon in 1962 which led to her signing with Chess Records where she joined a roster including Etta James, Mitty Collier and Irma Thomas. Her 1965 single 'Wang Dang Doodle' was originally recorded by Howlin' Wolf five years previously but is the song for which she is most well known.
Her 1969 self-titled debut album is mostly a compilation of her Chess singles. From 1975 and for more than 30 years she recorded for Alligator Records. Her 1985 album 'Queen of the Blues' won her a Grammy Award for 'Best Traditional Blues Album' that year. Performing till the end, she died after complications from surgery in 2009.
Kyla Brox was crowned 'Best Female Vocalist' in the 2019 European Blues Awards. Factory Records boss Tony Wilson dubbed her 'Manchester's answer to Aretha Franklin' and Manchester Evening News have declared she is 'The finest female blues singer of her generation'.
100 Club's longevity is due to an open minded music policy which has seen many different musical styles performed at this venue over it's long history.
The Clubs heritage is legendary and has seen performances from acts as diverse as The Sex Pistols, Muddy Waters, Hugh Masekela, Lee Konitz, Oasis, Lonnie Donnegan, Jimmy McGriff and Travis to The Clash, The White Stripes, Yank Lawson, Sinead O'Conner, Nico, Chris Barber and Beverly Knight, to name but a few.
Artists like The Rolling Stones, Joe Strummer, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Paul Weller, Ocean Colour Scene, The Handsome Family and Squarepusher have performed here long after becoming established.