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March 27, 2018 > Boyd and Donaire headline smokin? sounds

Boyd and Donaire headline smokin? sounds

Submitted By Kassie Shreve

John ?Blues? Boyd earned his middle name the hard way. John?s music and the man himself are throwbacks to a more difficult, but also a more honest and straightforward era. Cousin to bluesman Eddie Boyd, John was born in Greenwood, MS, in 1945 and began working the delta cotton fields at seven years of age. Until he retired from hot tar roofing in 2007 to care for his ailing wife, blues singing and hard labor were the two constants in his life.
When his beloved wife of 49 years Dona Mae, passed in 2014, John naturally turned to the refuge of the blues for solace. In dealing with his grief, John discovered a previously undeveloped talent for songwriting and found himself furiously churning out songs ? Sometimes writing as many as eight in a single day!
With a stylistic range at times reminiscent of shouters like Big Joe Turner and Wynonnie Harris and other times harkening back to blues crooners like Junior Parker and an early BB King, John delivers these songs with sweetness, ferocity, pure old-school charm and always, unfiltered honesty.
In an era when Halloween ?bluesmen? christen themselves with what they imagine to be colorful, authentic-sounding ?blues? pseudonyms, John ?Blues? Boyd and his name are indisputably The Real Deal. (credit: written by -Rick Estrin)

Otilia?s current project ? ?Otilia Donaire and The Back Alley Boys? ? has her combining her singing talents with some of the Bay Area?s finest rock and blues musicians that consistently deliver a fun and interactive show filled with a huge repertoire of upbeat/danceable classic rock, blues, R&B and soul tunes that'll keep you on the dance floor. Band consists of Otilia Donaire, lead vocals; Joe Lococo, guitar and vocals; Chris Matheos, bass; Robi Bean, drums
If you want people out on your dance floor, Otilia Donaire is going to put them there. A staple in the Bay area music scene Otilia has been tantalizing Bay Area audiences with her powerful and gritty vocal style reminiscent of famous icons Janis Joplin and Koko Taylor. She sings with raw depth and emotion and has the adaptability to equally transition from a power-driven rock song to a sultry, blues ballad, making her a crowd favorite. Booking a show of strictly blues or a combo of R&B and classic rock, we can custom tailor a show and set list to fit your needs. Otilia Donaire and The Back Alley Boys ? a top notch rock and blues outfit. You can find Otilia and her band packing dance floors all across Northern California. (credit:

Smokin? entertainment
Friday, Mar 30 (John Boyd)
Saturday, Mar 31 (Otilia Donaire Release Party)
Music Starts at 9pm
Smoking Pig BBQ
3340 Mowry Ave., Fremont
Admission is FREE! Come for dinner and stay for the show. To join our weekly newsletter and receive updates on our music calendar, email

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