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Southern Supper with Stan Street & Joe Murphy- Wednesday, September 4, 2019

STAN STREET:  Cajun chefs, bluesmen and red-haired women people the art of Stan Street. On his canvas, New Orleans's Delta and Florida’s Big Cypress Swamp blend into a stew of red hot licks and blazing notes. It was only after years as a recognized blues musician in Florida that he took up brush and paint. Street’s earliest art celebrated the blues pioneers in wide slashes of brilliant color on slabs of discarded wood, rescued from anonymity with portraits of the likes of Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Robert Johnson. 

After some time in New Orleans, the juke joints and blues festivals of the deep South started to breathe on his canvas. As he experimented with different styles, drawing on the Impressionists and Expressionists, Street “took what he needed to know and went from there”.  Bold strokes and colors played out the sounds he heard and played as a musical artist. “Being self-taught is an advantage, in that doors are always open for new development. My art will always have a primitive feel to it and I try to give it movement and life.”

The biggest influence on Street’s art is the perspective of being a blues musician. Growing up in New York he was influenced by his father and uncle - classical percussionists - who encouraged his creativity. He took up: sax, harmonica, percussion and singing, accumulating credits in award winning blues groups. He tours the Canadian blues festival circuit as well as blues festivals and honkytonks of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia.  Although Street called Florida his "home" for more than 25 years, he has moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi, where he finds common ground with the primordial blues of the Delta, and also will be closer to New Orleans, Chicago, and Kansas City.

Putting the music in his head and the vision of his travels onto canvas are as natural as blowin’ a slow, low, blue note through his well-worked sax. Street readily acknowledges one art form supports the other and that his art work and his music are works in progress. Leaving open the question “ does the music support the art or does the art support the music?” To the fans of Stan Street, that is a question that hopefully is never answered!

.......Linda-Lou Nelson, founder South Florida Blues Society


JOE MURPHY from the Deep Roots Musical Festival website....

'Joe Murphy has been a fixture in the East Coast blues scene for the past 40 years. He got his start sitting in with Dutch Mason in 1972 and played harp and guitar on Dutchie’s last album, Half Ain’t Been Told. He also played harmonica on Garrett Mason’s Juno award winning “I’m Just A Man,” and has played with most of the blues acts who have come east in the last thirty years.

His Water Street Blues Band has backed up Otis Rush, Johnnie Johnson, Johnny Sansone, Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne and the late great Pinetop Perkins, just to name a few. Joe’s most memorable gigs include playing harp for three nights with John Lee Hooker and a wonderful week playing harp for Sunnyland Slim.

He has 5 CD’s – two with his Water Street Blues Band and two side projects, one with Johnny Sansone and his latest, She Moves Me, featuring Bhrath Rajukumar. Joe and his band also have had one of the longest running blues matinees in Halifax, playing every Saturday at Your Father’s Mustache for the last 21 years'.


Our special menu includes Fried Delta Farm Raised Catfish Fillets; Collard Greens cooked with ham hock; Black-eyed Peas cooked with bacon; Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins; Sweet Potato Pie; Sweet Iced Tea; & Cafe du Monde Coffee & Chicory.  

PLEASE NOTE.....There are NO physical tickets.  Nothing is sent to you in the mail, or via email.  Once your payment is made, through Pay Pal, a notification is sent to me.  Then, your name is written on a guest list.  

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