Saturday, April 20 at 8: Grammy- Nominated artists Ike and Val Woods have performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean. The Miami-based blues duo completed their recent CD, “Movin’ Up,” after returning from an eighteen city European Tour where they electrified their audience with their high energy yet soulful Blues performances.
Band leader and lead vocalist/guitarist Ike Woods has enjoyed a long and productive career, first as a sought-after sideman and later as the front man for his own band, the Ike and Val Woods Blues Band. At the age of seventeen, lke auditioned for Jazz greats Nat Adderly and Curtis Fuller at a high school music workshop. They immediately offered this exciting and accomplished young guitarist the opportunity to travel to New York and play with them professionally. Ike, however, chose to remain in Florida to finish his education and purse his career.
In 2007, the Ike and Val Woods Blues Band competed and won first place at the Monterey Blues Festivals’ “Battle of the Bands.” They have shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Gill Scott, Ramsey Lewis, KEM, Jerry Butler, Jeffery Osborne, Bobby Blues Band, the Whispers, Tommy Castro, Eddie Cotton Jr., Jonathan Butler, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh, Betty Wright, Nestor Torres, the Ruppingtons, Pancho Sanchez, and the O’Jays.
The new LP “Movin’ Up” highlights Ike Woods’ virtuoso guitar performances along with Ike and Val’s soulful blues vocals providing the listener with a musical experience second to none. The first single release from the LP entitles “The Party’s Jumpin” has held the number three spot on the Reverbnation local blues chart for eight weeks.
Arts Garage is located at 94 NE 2nd Ave in Delray Beach. Tickets are $30-$35-$40 at artsgarage.org or 561-450-6357. BRING YOUR OWN ... WHATEVER! The theater boasts cabaret-style table seating, where patrons can bring their own food and drinks, including alcohol. Music courtesy of KCC Productions.