The Starlet Room presents

Blues & Bourbon: Alabama Mike & the Revelators

All Ages
Blues 440881682419560
Wednesday, June 28
Doors: 5:30pm // Show: 6:30pm

$20 General Admission – $18 SBS Members
This Event is All Ages
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Alabama Mike & The Revelators

“We’ll be saying more about this in the weeks to come, but we’re pleased and proud to announce our first Little Village release of 2023: Alabama Mike’s Stuff I’ve Been Through, due out May 12.  Produced by Christoffer “Kid” Andersen at Greaseland in San Jose, the album shows unabashed candor, beginning with the survivor’s tale of the title cut.

Alabama Mike (Michael Benjamin) recounts life’s missteps and emerges battered with the knowledge that a higher power pulled him through. Featuring Alabama Mike at his most outspoken, It weaves from old-school Southern soul to straight-ahead blues to the earthy street-funk and R&B gleaned from his blue-collar neighborhood of Richmond, California, where he has lived for the past 25 years. And, there’s a gospel power to this music that increases its intensity.

“My reality might be different, but that doesn’t make it wrong,” Mike says. “It just reflects me. As an artist, you have to know what you are, and more importantly, what you are not.”
Alabama Mike
In 1964, Alabama Mike was born Michael Benjamin in Talladega Alabama.  Early on, he was musically influenced by his father Joseph Benjamin who was a very talented tenor vocalist from whom he inherited that soulful, gospel drenched approach to his vocal style that has fans and supporters clamoring to see him and his band.
A stint in the US Navy brought him to Oakland Ca where he now resides. His early influences were ZZ Hill, Johnnie Taylor, Lightning Hopkins, Jimmy McCracklin and Junior Wells. 
He has won various awards, the most recent The Muddy Waters Lifetime Achievement 2023 by the Jus’ Blues Music Awards Foundation. He also has been nominated by The Blues Foundation 2011 & 2014. In addition, he has played major festivals, both domestically and internationally. His most recent release is Stuff I’ve Been Through on the Little Village Foundation label.

Ronnie Smith
Veteran Drummer and vocalist Ronnie “Groove” Smith is a native of the Oakland/East Bay Area. Ronnie has been very active in the Bay Area music scene and beyond playing in a variety of styles from Blues, RnB, Hip-hop, Jazz, Americana and Roots music! Some of the nationally and internationally known artists he’s performed, toured, and/or recorded with are Joe Louis Walker, Kim Wilson, Ledisi, Goapele, The Jubu Experience, Legally Blynd, John Sebastian, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Matt Schofield, Debbie Davies, Kenny Neal, Rick Estrin & the Nightcats, Tommy Castro, Janiva Magness, Bob Corritore, Junior Watson, Darrell Nulisch, Sonny Green, John Nemeth, Rip Lee Pryor, Ron Hacker, Leah Tysse, and Jungle Biskit. Currently, he is a member of Little Village Foundation artists (notable SF gospel quartet group) The Sons of the Soul Revivers. He also still performs as drummer/singer for multiple Grammy nominated Roots music Queen, Maria Muldaur!

A J Joyce
AJ Joyce, professional recording/touring bassist & freelance musician! Performed and/or recorded with Charlie Musselwhite, Mick Fleetwood, Johnny Heartsman, Early Times Band, Calvin Keys, Little Milton, Ron Thompson,  Sista Monica Parker, Harvey Mandel, Ron Hacker, Daniel Castro, Leah Tysse, Andre Thierry, Dwight “Blackcat” Carrier, Mick Martin & the Blues Rockers…etc!

Currently working with: Alabama Mike and The Mighty Revelators, Mick Martin’s Big Blues Band, David Hale’s Blind Lemon Peel, Garrick Davis’s World Blues Band, Gloria T and The Master Grover’s, and GG Amos.

Bernard “Dr B” Anderson
The dynamic Dr. B has been delivering smoking hot Blues and R&B to enthusiastic crowds throughout the San Francisco Bay Area Northern California. Bernard plays tenor and baritone saxophone and lead vocals. He has been compared favorably with the great Jr. Walker (and The All-Stars) and King Curtis. Bernard was named West Coast 2005 Blues Saxophone Player Of The Year by the Bay Area Blues Society in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bernard Anderson has toured worldwide with the likes of Grammy Award winning Queen Ida & her Zydeco Band, Charles Brown, Taj Mahal, Lowell Fulsom, Mary Wells, John Handy, Carla Thomas, Faye Carol, Sonny Rhodes, Jimmy McCracklin, Maxine Howard, Al Wilson, Joe Henderson, Johnny Talbert and Frankie Lee. In 1997, Bernard was featured on his own CD, “Yes There Is A Doctor In The House”.

Bobby Young
Born in Berkeley, and raised in Oakland, Bobby has had a love affair with music, and the guitar for over 50 years. Strongly influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Leslie West, Sly Stone and Freddie Stone, he has played and recorded with a long list of people including; The Natural Four, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Richard “Dimples” Fields, John Lee Hooker, Maria Muldaur, Jimmy McCracklin, Craig Horton, Snooky Flowers, Cool Papa, Archie Lee Hooker, and Zakiya Hooker.

Bobby had the honor of doing guitar work on the Cd’s “From Clarksdale To Heaven – Remembering John Lee Hooker”, and “John Lee Hooker, Face to Face”. Bobby’s band works often with the John Lee Hooker Foundation with their “Blues In The Schools” fundraisers, and in 2016, The Bobby Young Project was named “Blues Band Of The Year”, and they were nominated for the same honor in 2017, and 2018 by the Northern California Entertainment Music Awards. Bobby is also a member of the Sacramento Blues Society.

Lorenzo Hawkins
Lorenzo Hawkins primarily self taught musician began honing his talent in his local church in Richmond California playing drums and gradually progressing to the piano and organ. His first paying gig at the age of fifteen was a wedding ceremony for his next door neighbor. He continued to be employed by various churches while also playing for numerous wedding ceremonies, performing solo and accompanying singers. Lorenzo would later go on to form a band playing his own instrumental Jazz Funk Fusion based original music in local restaurants and clubs. Lorenzo has worked professionally for over four decades as a freelance musician  performing solo and with his band Covert Operations with various artist, bands and musicians. Musical genres include Gospel, Blues, Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, Jazz, Neo Soul and Indie Music.
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