(GAINESVILLE, FL) – Blues singer/songwriter and Chicago
Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Liz Mandeville will play Gainesville for the first
time with her band The Blue Points on Friday, November 15 at the Gainesville
Downtown Blues Concert, a free show sponsored by the North Central Florida
Blues Society at the Bo Diddley Plaza.
Voted as the best blues singer in Chicago, Liz has honed her
craft in the Blues bars of Chicago over the last 3 decades, with house
residencies at prestigious clubs such as the Kingston Mines, Blue Chicago,
Bill’s Blues, BLUES on Halsted, and Rosa’s Lounge. She’s played every major
venue and festival in the Midwest and toured extensively in the U.S. and
She was heavily influenced by the witty swinging songs of
Louis Jordan, Big Maybelle, T-Bone Walker and the soulful voices of Etta James,
Tina Turner, Otis Redding, Tyrone Davis and Bobby Bland. With a sense of humor that shines through her impassioned
performance, Liz is a polished, consummate entertainer, not to be missed.
See why Blues Blast
Magazine says “Her one-of-a-kind vocal prowess captures attention and turns
“We’re excited about having Liz Mandeville play
Gainesville,” North Central Florida Blues Society president Rob Richardson
said. “She’s a fantastic talent that Florida audiences don’t often get an
opportunity to see as she’s often playing in Chicago or touring Europe. Anytime
you can see someone talented enough to play the Chicago Blues Festival, you
really shouldn’t miss it. She’s a fantastic artist that writes some top-shelf
songs. She has a great voice and her music will get you dancing! When we talk
about how the North Central Florida Blues Society works to bring the very best
to Gainesville, Liz Mandeville is a perfect example of what we are striving
Also performing will be 411 South and Brett Wellman & Stone Cold Blues,
winners of the North Central Florida Blues Society’s 2019 Blues Challenge. 441
South (band) and Wellman (solo/duo) will represent the region in Memphis at the
2020 International Blues Challenge.
441 South is a Blues Band with significant gospel, soul, and
rock influences. Formed in 2019, it is fronted by Shae Mullberry on vocals.
Shae’s husband Tim Mulberry mans the drums, and boasts an impressive resume
that includes two years with the Bridget Kelly Band and a six- month world tour
with The Black Eyed Peas. Electrifying guitarist Frank Bougher and bassist Greg
Mullins are also noteworthy band members.
& Stone Cold Blues is a Chicago-style electric blues band featuring Brett
Wellman on lead vocals and guitar and Chris Balding on harmonica and vocals.
The band’s performances have been called “engaging” and
“high-energy” and its main fluences include Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy
Waters, and Little Milton.
The Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert runs from 7-11 pm and
is held at the Bo Diddley Plaza at 111 E University Ave, Gainesville, Florida.
It annually kicks off the weekend of the nationally recognized Gainesville
Downtown Festival & Art Show.
The North Central Florida Blues Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, cultivation, nurturing and promotion of Blues Music. See more at the website.
Funded in part by Visit Gainesville, Alachua County