Larry “Fuzzy” Knight, and his popular Blowin’ Smoke Revue featuring the Fabulous Smokettes fires up their longtime “home by the sea” venue, Harvelle’s Blues Club, with a concert there this Saturday, May 20, from 9:30pm-1:30am. 1432 4th St. Info: (310) 395-1676 or http://santamonica.harvelles.com/.
As one of the longest-tenured bands in Southern California (together now for over two decades), this eleven-piece revue is renowned for their sensual and intoxicating, energetic blend of R&B, Soul, Blues and Rock. What many people don’t realize is the immense amount of talent on the stage when Blowin’ Smoke performs: Band leader Knight was a former member of renowned SoCal rock band, Spirit, and before that, fronted several well-known groups in the Midwest while also once having performed with the Ike Turner Revue.
“If You’re Looking To Party, This Is The Band To See”
- LA JAZZ SCENE
“Blowin’ Smoke conveys a welcome reminder to all people with a beating heart that putting a smokin’ 4-horn section alongside a burnin’ rhythm section, then layering three charismatic and powerful vocalists, The Fabulous Smokettes, on top of that – all live, intense, soulful, sassy, and powerful – this is music at its most enriching moment. Bandleader Larry “Fuzzy” Knight and his air-tight eleven-piece ensemble are playing music that hits the gut and forces the knees to bend.”
- MUSIC CONNECTION
“Blowin’ Smoke’s scorching blues and soul collective has been tearin’ the roof off Harvelle’s for two decades… they put their soul into performing everything from originals to early music by James Brown, Etta James and Aretha Franklin to classic tunes by Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye. “
- THE ARGONAUT
“Often times, the smaller intimate rooms bring out the best in a group. Such was the case Saturday night at Harvelle’s when the Blowin’ Smoke Rhythm and Blues Band with the Fabulous Smokettes packed the place. This is music played and sung the way it was meant to be and “Fuzzy” Knight knows how to get the best out of his musicians and singers.”
- LOS ANGELES BEAT
“Blowin’ Smoke rocked the house…guitarist David Rutchinski sang and wailed…the Fabulous Smokettes tore up the club with their high-energy vocals. If you’re looking to party this is the band to see.”
- A. JAZZ SCENE
“Larry ‘Fuzzy’ Knight, lead vocalist and bass player, delivers the goods…Blowin’ Smoke as a whole deliver great instrumentation, great vocals and great energy.”
- BMANS BLUES REPORT
“Everyone fell under the spell of (Blowin’ Smoke band leader) Larry “Fuzzy” Knight and his soulful sirens, the Smokettes…both the music and the the dance floor were smokin’, A performance that lives up to the hype.”