Friday & Saturday
May 31 & June 1
7:30 & 10:00
Murrell’s subtle and sensitive approach isn’t designed to be condescending or preachy. The title track, “Beautiful” has an infectious groove and anthem-like tribute that should resonate with all women. Another track, “Round Away Girl,” is devoted to inner city teens and young females, who have never been loved, had a father, or had a positive male influence in their life. Other tracks, “Whatever It Is,” “Inhale,” and “Interference,” aptly display Murrell’s penchant for offering uplifting and reinforcing messages to help women battle through tough love and rocky relationships.
Born and raised in Magnolia, New Jersey, Murrell cut his teeth opening up locally for a list of contemporary gospel stalwarts including, Mary, Mary, Byron Cage, Smokie Norful, John P Kee, and Martha Munizzi, among others. He has also recorded and performed as a background vocalist with r & b/urban stars Glenn Jones, Anne Nesby, Coko (of SWV fame), and sang background on a four-month national concert tour with Musiq Soulchild. After high school, he also enrolled and graduated from a recording engineering school that offered an 18-month program.
Murrell’s artistic passion and spiritually motivated sense of purpose are anchored by his family roots, which were embedded in the church. As the youngest of three siblings, he didn’t inherit any musical lineage from his family, but was heavily influenced by his childhood idols, Stevie Wonder, Brian McKnight, Boyz II Men and Fred Hammond. He accepted the challenge of performing his first choir solo, at age 5, and that auspicious debut triggered a lasting and close relationship with his musical minister, who mentored and tutored him as choir member and soloist into his late teens.
When he was 17, the day after Christmas, his mother was diagnosed with cancer. After putting up a courageous battle over the next fifteen months, she finally succumbed to the disease. He also suffered the lost of an older brother to kidney failure. To some, losing such cherished love ones would cause insurmountable pain and adversity, but Murrell’s unfailing faith in God and a resilient inner fortitude, gave him the strength to endure and keep moving forward. “My mother instilled and convinced me God could take anything and anyone and make it beautiful,” he confessed. She also taught me how precious women are, by the way she lived, and how she loved us, so I credit and owe her for the kind of man and artist I aspire to be.” Murrell is a throwback of sorts, in the ilk of classic crooners like Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross and Babyface, whose music exuded an acute sensitivity, appreciation and respect for the feminine perspective and psyche. Murrell has an ominous and daunting task to find an audience and record buyers as an independent artist, but his refreshing and poignant messages should endear him to the ladies, and give him a shot to grab a bevy of his own accolades one day.
Friday & Saturday June 7 & 8
7:30 & 10:00
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Gerald Veasley is an excellent bassist who has played his share of commercial music but definitely has the chops needed for more improvisatory settings. Veasley was exposed to gospel and R&B as a child and went on to play in various R&B bands in West Philly as a teenager in the late '60s and 1970s. Along the way, he discovered jazz and came to appreciate Weather Report and Return to Forever as much as he appreciated Earth, Wind & Fire and Smokey Robinson. Veasley has cited Jaco Pastorius, Anthony Jackson, and Stanley Clarke as his main influences on electric bass, and has named Oscar Pettiford and Paul Chambers as his favorites on the acoustic bass. Having held the music of Weather Report and Pastorius in such high regard, Veasley was delighted when, in 1988, Weather Report co-founder Joe Zawinul hired him as a sideman. Veasley, who stayed with Zawinul until 1995, signed with Heads Up International in the early '90s and recorded his first album for the label, Look Ahead, in 1992 before providing Signs in 1994 and Soul Control in 1997. Veasley continued with the label, issuing the mellow, smooth album Love Letters in 1999, then returned in 2001 with On the Fast Track, an energetic, funk-inflected return to the grooves of his early career.
Father’s Day Weekend
Friday, Saturday & Sunday June 14, 15 & 16
7:30 & 10:00
This dynamic group is comprised of 8 very talented musicians: two lead vocalists, a full rhythm section and a sax player. Jazz, pop, rock, R&B, funk, reggae, Top 40, swing, soul, Latin and pop -- The GLB Band does it all.
Friday & Saturday June 21 & 22
7:30 & 10:00
JaE is a unique and versatile artist that moves audiences of all kinds with her honest, warm-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to music. This Philly-born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose unique and retro style incorporates elements of rock, soul, reggae, folk and ballads is a one-of-a-kind American gem, an experience that has audiences raving. Soulful, Powerful and Amazing vocal ability, engaging audiences with her storytelling, she instantly connects, inspires and empowers her listeners! She comes to Warmdaddy's on June 21st & 22nd unaltered, unadulterated, uncut, Unplugged!
Friday & Saturday June 28 & 29
7:30 & 10:00
From working at Chicago's Red Carpet Car Wash to appearing on national television, from gigging at the smallest ghetto blues bars to performing on the biggest international concert stages, master bluesman Lil' Ed Williams has come a long way. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the deepest slow-burners, Lil' Ed and his blistering Blues Imperials - bassist James "Pookie" Young, guitarist Mike Garrett and drummer Kelly Littleton - deliver the blues, from gloriously riotous and rollicking to intensely emotional and moving. Not since the heyday of Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers has a blues band made such a consistently joyful noise. Currently celebrating 24 rip-roaring years together, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials ply their musical talents with skills that have been honed to a razor's edge. As much a family as a band, Lil' Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have outlasted sports stars and presidents, musical fads and fashion trends. And together, they continue to make blues history with each and every performance and new recording.
The band's wildly energetic and seriously soulful new CD Jump Start is jam-packed with Lil' Ed's incendiary slide playing and rough, passionate singing, as the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cook like mad alongside him. Produced by Williams and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, it is a tour-de-force of untamed slide guitar, rock solid rhythms, heartrending ballads and authentic deep blues vocals. Williams wrote or co-wrote 13 of the album's 14 songs, ranging from the non-stop boogie blast of If You Were Mine to the heart-on-his-sleeve honesty of Life Is A Journey to the bouncing and jazzy Jump Right In to the swaggering, autobiographical Musical Mechanical Electrical Man. The album overflows with the band's full throttle drive and is fueled by Lil' Ed's love of both serious blues and good time fun. Jump Start reveals a band firing on all cylinders and ready to spread the genuine houserockin' fever to their biggest audience yet. "It's all blues, really," says Lil' Ed. "Some of it will make you dance, some will ease your soul Through my music, I want people to feel what I feel."