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John Corabi
May 10th
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John Corabi is a heavy metal singer and guitarist who has worked with such bands as Angora, The Scream, Mötley Crüe, Union and ESP (both with former KISS lead guitarist Bruce Kulick), Ratt (as a guitarist), Twenty 4 Seven (with his then Ratt bandmate Bobby Blotzer), Zen Lunatic, Brides of Destruction, and Angel City Outlaws (with his then Ratt bandmates Robbie Crane and Bobby Blotzer, and former Ratt guitarist Keri Kelli, who he replaced in Ratt). And on May 10th he will play Rascals Live ; )

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The Winery Dogs
May 26th
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The Winery Dogs consists of Richie Kotzen on guitar, keyboard and vocals, Billy Sheehan on bass and backing vocals and Mike Portnoy on drums and backing vocals. If you started adding together all the studio albums, EPs, collaborations, compilations, solo albums, and guest appearances these guys have made then you would run out of fingers and toes pretty quick. You can count over 100 without even getting to many of their more obscure releases, and that isn't even counting live albums. Mike Portnoy is, of course, the former drummer of Dream Theater who surprised pretty much everybody when he bailed out to make a full time commitment with Avenged Sevenfold, though they booted him shortly after that. Since then he has released a few albums with his various other supergroups, and the results have varied. Billy Sheehan is possibly the best living rock bass player in the world, and has worked with David Lee Roth, Mr. Big and Steve Vai. Richie Kotzen was first discovered by Shrapnel Records and started his solo career, but was snatched up pretty quick by Poison. His stint with Poison was cut short when it was discovered that he was having an affair with Rikki Rockett's fiancé. Richie went on to continue with his successful solo career, several other projects, and also replaced Paul Gilbert in Mr. Big. These guys have all pretty much proved their mettle a hundred times over, and did we mention they'll be blowing the roof off our joint this memorial day?
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Black Star Riders
May 30th
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The Black Star Riders is a hard rock band that grew out of the re-formation of Thin Lizzy. The band's roots go back to 2010 when longstanding guitarist Scott Gorham was re-forming the group (again — there had been several reunions since 1996). The reunion members included Gorham, original drummer Brian Downey, former keyboard player Darren Wharton with bassist Marco Mendoza, vocalist Rick Warwick, and a series of guitarists including Viv Campbell, Richard Fortus, and eventually Damon Johnson.

Thin Lizzy played shows in 2010 and 2011, but they also began to write material for a new album to be recorded under the band's name. Gorham and Downey weren't comfortable using the TL name to cut new songs out of respect for the late Phil Lynott. The Black Star Riders moniker was decided on in late 2012, inspired by the name of an outlaw gang in the film Tombstone. Before their debut recording sessions, Downey left the group, citing his inability to endure the long and rigorous touring schedule that would be demanded of a new group. Wharton also left to concentrate on his primary band, Dare. Gorham recruited former Alice Cooper and Megadeth drummer Jimmy DeGrasso to complete the lineup. The Black Star Riders' debut album, All Hell Breaks Loose, was produced by Kevin Shirley and released by Nuclear Blast in the late spring of 2013.

Sena Ehrhardt
June 13th
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Sena Ehrhardt is unquestionably one of the freshest and most dynamic emerging young voices on the blues scene today. Once the lights come on, her commanding stage presence and gritty, soulfully emotional vocal prowess capture the audience, belying her demure appearance. The buzz about Sena has gone nationwide as word has gotten out about her incendiary performances at clubs and festivals across the Midwest and beyond, as well as the uniformly enthusiastic response to her brilliant Blind Pig debut recording, Leave The Light On- voted 2012′s Blues Blast Magazine’s “Best New Artist Debut Release” award winner. Additionally, Sena was a nominee for the Blues Foundation’s 2012 “Best New Artist Debut” Blues Music Award, Blues 411′s award for “Best New Artist Debut Recording” and the 2012 “Sean Costello Rising Star Award” by Blues Blast Magazine.

In 2013 for her second recording, Sena teamed up with one of the foremost producers in the worlds of rock and blues (Santana, Luther Allison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, etc.), multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines. The result of their collaboration is a groove-rich exploration of the blues in all its moods. All In truly delivers on the promise of Leave The Light On and places Ehrhardt among the very best and most versatile of current blues vocalists. Throughout, Sena’s performances are fresh and incisive, delivered in a style that moves effortlessly from sultry to declarative to passionately forceful.

All In received nominations for the Blues 411 2013 Contemporary Release of the Year and 2013 Blues Blast Music Award for Song of the Year for the song penned by Ehrhardt, ‘Dreamin’ or Dyin’. All In marks Sena’s ascendance to blues elite status, is included in Living Blues Magazine’s top Blues Albums of 2013 and is one of the most acclaimed blues releases of the year.

2013 also marks the addition of young blues-rock guitarist and vocalist, Cole Allen, to the band who brings forth a contemporary and fresh dynamic to live performances as well as upcoming recordings in 2014 and beyond!