Saturday, November 19 / 8:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Grand Ballroom
Tickets: $59


Born into a musical family in Memphis, guitarist/singer/songwriter Eric Gales learned to play the electric guitar upside-down and left-handed, and his masterful playing and vocals have earned him two BMAs for Blues Rock Artist of the Year in 2019 and 2020.
His first eponymous album was released in 1991 on Elektra Records, earning him a Best New Talent in the 1991 Guitar World Magazine’s Readers’ Poll.
In 1996, he and brothers Eugene and Manuel recorded “Left Hand Brand” as the Gales Brothers. His discography includes 19 albums, the latest of which is “Crown” (2022), produced by Joe Bonamassa, who is also a guest on the album.
The album addresses Gales’ struggles with addiction and expresses his opinions on the state of the world today.
Gales has been influenced by Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, jazz and classical music. (Incidentally, he is right-handed, but learned guitar from his older brother, who is left-handed.)
Eric Gales Website

Dawn Tyler Watson

The pandemic year of 2020 wasn’t too bad for Montreal-based blues singer/songwriter Dawn Tyler Watson.
She was nominated, along with Mavis Staples and Curtis Salgado, for the 2020 Blues Music Award for Vocalist of the Year. Her latest album, “Mad Love,” won Canada’s 2020 JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year.
She recently won two of Canada’s Maple Blues awards, for Songwriter of the Year and Best Album/Producer.
Since 2017, when she won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., her star has been on the rise.
Now she’s back on the road, bringing her fiery, soul-stirring performances to live stages.
Dawn Tyler Watson Website

Photos by Joseph A. Rosen