Bluestar Band brings you real-deal blues, with our lineup of true blues professionals. Johnny Guitar lives the blues, from to to bottom. And he'll arrive polished, dressed like a bluesman (never in cutoffs and jeans!) Johnny has been playing the blues for most of his life, in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and other cities on Florida's west coast. Skofield brings his keyboard, and sometimes his trombone, to the gigs. Beth the Velvet Hammer is a blues bass player who also hosts a blues music show on WSLR Radio in Sarasota. Bluestar can provide a night of entertainment, at a level that won't hurt your ears. And if you love the blues, you just can't get any closer than this!
Price Range: $500-$1500 Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
What to Expect
Real deal blues. Music from the heart and soul. Bluestar Band has complete Public Address system, instrumentation, microphones, amplifiers and personnel to play host to your party, or other event.
Just one look at Clifford "Johnny Guitar" Scrivens and you will know that he is a man of the Blues. From his cowboy styled hat to his fancy shoes or cowboy boots, and the vest and long key chain he always wears, plus the ever-present guitar slung across his shoulder, "Johnny Guitar" walks the walk and talks the talk of a longtime journeyman Blues artist. Born and raised in West Central Florida, he established himself as a Bluesman early in his life. By the time he was 13 years old, Johnny had played every venue available to him around his home in Brooksville. He brought his act to Tampa, and built a reputation as a solid bluesman and entertainer. He loves to sing and play the guitar.
Skofield is a big guy with an even bigger talent. He makes the keyboards sing, but since his hip surgery he brings his trombone, or even his flute to play along. An excerpt from his biography: "Alexander 'The Mediocre' Skofield, born and raised here in Florida, first ventured into music as a high-school trombone player. Despite intense training at several renowned music schools including the music school at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute and Saint Petersburg College under the tuteledge of Dr. Dave Manson, Skofield never amounted to much as a trombonist. He was, however, able to find a nitch for himself as a trombonist in the Air Force ."
Beth the Velvet Hammer began playing accordion when she was five. In fact, she played her accordion at a fund raiser for President John F. Kennedy as a youngster, and got to meet him at the time. Beth worked in broadcasting, radio then television, and has the distinction of having interviewed 4 U.S. presidents. Bass and blues are what she loves now. She met Skofield and Johnny through their mutual work with the late blues icon James Peterson. Beth also does a blues radio show on WSLR Community Radio, produces music videos, designs websites, publishes CD's for musicians and writes music. She plays bass with the band.
Yes, we have a drummer! Yes we have a saxophone player, Tom Jorno! If we need a spare guitar we invite John Peterson to play with us.
Past Booked Events
|October 29, 2017 • 3:00pm - 6:00pm||Cocktail Party|
|April 12, 2014||Restaurant|
We can list songs, but many of the songs Johnny performs he makes up on the spot. So expect the unexpected, always with a groove and a great sound.
|Johnny Guitar||Lead guitar and vocals|
|Beth Hammer||Bass, vocals|
Influences & Inspiration
Solomon Burke, BB King, Elmore James, Freddie King,
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Public Address System
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