Texas-born, Canyon Country-based blues-rock singer and keyboardist Teresa James and her band The Rhythm Tramps will headline the final show of the 2019 Valencia Jazz & Blues summer concert series on Town Center Drive on Friday, Aug. 2 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
James, a singer’s singer originally from Houston, and the Rhythm Tramps earned their first Grammy nomination in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category last year for their 10th and latest album, “Here in Babylon.”
James’ Rhythm Tramps have a colorful history dating back to the 1970s, when guitarist-bassist-songwriter Terry Wilson and drummer Tony Braunagle formed the earliest iteration of the group. Today’s lineup includes top LA-based touring and session players who have worked with Jimmy Reed, Eric Burdon, Jackson Browne, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt (one of James’ biggest fans), Jennifer Warnes, Was Not Was, Johnny Nash and many others.
James and the Tramps have been gigging throughout Southern California and at blues festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and Europe for many years. The band has also been a favorite on Delbert McClinton’s Sandy Beaches Blues Cruise for more than a dozen years.
She has shared stages with legendary artists such as Levon Helm, Delbert McClinton, Eric Burdon, Marcia Ball, Tommy Castro, Big Al Anderson, Kirk Whalum and many others. Her voice is featured on albums by Randy Newman, Eric Burdon, Tommy Castro, Bill Medley, and Walter Trout, among others.
James and the band are also veterans of SCVTV’s “House Blend” music and interview program hosted by Stephen K. Peeples in a special edition airing in November 2014.
Teresa James and Terry Wilson with Stephen K. Peeples on the set of “House Blend,” Oct. 18, 2014.
James’ 2008 album “The Bottom Line” earned her a nomination from the Blues Foundation for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, while her last two albums were voted “Best Blues CD” in the Independent Music Awards.
James has also sung for television and movie soundtracks; she and her band were featured in the Disney movie and soundtrack for “Holes” in 2003.
Friday night’s concert will be presented by Oakmont of Santa Clarita, Audiology Associates, the U.S. Army, D’Willifri DanceArt and Entertainment, K-HUG 97.5 FM, and the Miss Santa Clarita Valley Scholarship Program.
Food vendors will include Salt Creek Grille, Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Wolf Creek Brewery and Mystic Hills Winery.
VIP tables are available. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Cash only. No pets are allowed, either. Photography and videography are prohibited except by media.
The Valencia Jazz & Blues Concert Series’ primary sponsors are Westfield Valencia Town Center, Princess Cruises, Chiquita Canyon, the city of Santa Clarita, Mercedes-Benz of Valencia and Pleasantview Industries Inc.
Media sponsors include Signal Multimedia, SCVTV, Santa Clarita Magazine and Inside SCV Magazine.
Friday night’s nonprofit beneficiary will be the Blue Star Ranch, a Saugus-based equine-assisted safety-net provider for mental health services.
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