Chris Bergson & Ellis Hooks at City Vineyard - 11/30Saturday, November 30 2019 6:00pm Doors / 7:30pm Start
Chris Bergson & Ellis Hooks at City Vineyard - 11/30
at City Vineyard at Pier 26
Tickets will be $25 Day of Show. Join us before the show in our Music Venue and experience our full MENU from the comfort of your concert seats.
Chris Bergson & Ellis Hooks
Hailed by MOJO Magazine as "the NY street poet with a blues soul," Chris Bergson was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame at B.B. King’s Blues Club in February 2015. With MOJO Magazine's #1 Blues Album of 2008, Fall Changes, (recorded at Levon Helm’s studio in Woodstock, NY, #2 Blues Album of 2011, Imitate the Sun, #3 Blues Album of 2014, Live at Jazz Standard and Bitter Midnight, #3 Blues Album of 2017, New York guitarist/singer Chris Bergson has established himself as "one of the most inventive songwriters in modern blues music" (All Music Guide.) Chris Bergson has performed and/or shared the stage with Hubert Sumlin, Levon Helm, B.B. King, Norah Jones, John Hammond, Etta James, and Bettye LaVette, to name just a few.
All Music Guide writes of Ellis Hooks, who has recorded critically acclaimed albums as a leader for Evidence and Artemis Records, sung with Stax legends Steve Cropper and Little Milton and performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and Italy's Porretta Soul Festival: "Until the arrival of Ellis Hooks on the 21st century blues and soul scenes with his now-signature meld of R&B, blues and Southern gospel, it seemed that the great stories surrounding these musics had already been told and passed into antiquity...Not so...Hooks is the true continuum in the celebrated Southern traditions of soul, blues, and gospel; his voice, while reminiscent of some of the greats, is nonetheless his own, and his phrasing is a trademark. Given the powerful nature of his recordings and his now-storied intensity in concert, Hooks may indeed be the artist who brings these historic traditions back into the musical dialogue and onto the charts in the 21st century."
Bergson and Hooks first met in New York City in 2004 when they shared a bill together at Joe’s Pub. As Bergson recalls: “I was immediately blown away by his intensity of singing and his incredible groove. We talked that night about getting together to jam but nothing came of it, at first…but we kept running into each other over the years around the city and sometimes Ellis would sit in with my band and he would set the stage on fire singing a slow blues. You could really feel the intensity in the cub rise!” Bergson recalls. “We finally got together to jam on some Howlin’ Wolf, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding songs and something really clicked. We started getting together every week and singing and writing together.” The Stax-inspired Bergson/Hooks original “The Only One” was a product of these early writing sessions and Bergson invited Hooks to guest on his 2013 live album, Live at Jazz Standard. Bergson and Hooks kept writing and performing together and Hooks also appeared on Bergson’s 2017 release Bitter Midnight. Both releases went on to be included in MOJO Magazine’s Top Three Blues Albums of the Year for 2013 and 2017, respectively.
For this rare, intimate duo show, Bergson and Hooks will be performing music from their critically acclaimed CD/DVD release Live in Normandy along with some new original material.
"Live albums don’t get any better than this. Bergson and Hooks are both clearly on the rise...Bergson and Hooks have become a blues-infused modern-day Sam and Dave, bringing a similar kind of gritty, rousing blues that is chill-inducing, whether vocally or via Bergson’s stinging, piercing solos..."