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444 Release Party w/ Clarence “Bluesman” Turner

Thu Jul 3 8:30pm
$14, $12 mbrs.

Celebrate the 4th with one of the country’s greatest all-American/Americana roots blues bands! The Nighthawks premiere their new disc 444 with special guest artist, DC’s fave blues guitarist Clarence Turner. Expect high-energy rockin’ DANCEABLE blues! 

444 is a rich American stew of blues, soul, rock ‘n’ roll, and roadhouse country music. In one of the most dynamic live performances, the ‘Hawks play from 444, an organic mix of originals and classic cover tunes. Some are well known, like Muddy Waters’ Louisiana Blues, and some more obscure, like the Du Droppers’ Walk That Walk. Mark Wenner’s Honky Tonk Queen is an original that sounds as if it could have come from an old Rolling Stones’ session outtake. From there the disc ranges from early Elvis songs to a blue grass influenced number.

Gritty, soulful, Clarence “Bluesman” Turner, the darling of the DC blues scene shows off the fretwork that earned him the moniker The Caster Blaster. As Clarence puts it, “Why use a pick when you can use a cell phone?” He’s performed in DC’s prestigious Blue Alley to blues festivals in The Netherlands. Should be a rocking night. We’ll have plenty of seats and a dance floor for those so inclined. In honor of July 4 we have BBQ in the Marquee Lounge and beer specials all night. 8:30pm | $14, $12 mbrs.

Come early and enjoy BBQ Specials in the Marquee Lounge before the show!

On the ‘Hawks last disc….“one of the best roots records of the year from a bunch of blues-tinged roaddawgs who still know how to rock.No Depression

“… this is as good as anything the band’s ever done and portends even better ’cause there’s an extra something present…” Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

On Clarence..    

 “Turner… brought the house down at Blues Alley…has developed a cult following, dazzling crowds with his frantic fret work and a compulsion to jump, dance, and play the guitar in unusual positions.” Right on Rhythm


"A nitty, gritty, pure blues band that incorporates jump blues and soulful swing into their charged performances…making dancers sweat." DC Lindy Exchange


Nice doc coming in ’15 on the ‘Hawks!

The Nighthawks--Documentary Film from Michael Streissguth on Vimeo.

Video from ‘09 showing off ‘Hawks harp player Mark Wenner’s great Elvis vocal chops…

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