Blues Powerhouse Vocalist Eliza Neals on Tour; In Concert at Sand Dollar Downtown
Blues powerhouse vocalist/keyboardist Eliza Neals is on tour, performing locally at the Sand Dollar Downtown, 1 S. Main Street, Friday, April 21st. Show: 10PM. No cover (21 and under). Info: (800) 634-6575 or visit Thesanddollarlv.com.
Standing before one of America’s truest art forms with an unconditional passion to give the Blues everything she’s got, Eliza Neals — a Detroit born, blues-rock star on the rise — honors the gut-wrenching, soul splitting intent the American roots of contemporary blues represents with inspired songwriting and critically-lauded live performances.
Neal’s original compositions helped win her a 2018 Detroit Black Music Award for “Blues Artist of the Year” and she’s won a Detroit Music Award five different times. Eliza has garnered seventeen Independent Blues Awards nominations along with “Get Ready To Rock UK’s” Best Artists awards in five categories.
Neal’s latest single, “Candy Store” (released this past February), follows in the footsteps of Ruth Brown, Koko Taylor and Etta James. After catching the ‘Pawn Shop Blues,” a “Sugar Daddy” strolled into town but now there’s not enough honey to save him. This tongue-n-cheek gem takes ‘playing the dozens’ to new heights. “Candy Store” will make you laugh until your sweet tooth falls out.
Eliza’s history of performing and/or opening for legendary musicians goes back many years, from Detroit’s songwriting godfather, Barrett Strong; to, among others, George Clinton, The Four Tops, Kenny Olson, Tony Joe White, Lance Lopez, Mike Zito, Tommy Castro, Walter Trout, Poppa Chubby, Albert Castiglia, Micki Free, Victor Wainwright, King Solomon Hicks, Peter Keys and Blues Foundation Hall of Fame bluesman, Joe Louis Walker.
Neal’s full-length release album Black Crow Moan was named a ‘Top Album of 2020’ after landing on so many ‘Best Of’ lists. B.B. Kings Bluesville (Sirius XM) has featured sixteen of Eliza Neals in regular rotation since she released her incendiary album Breaking and Entering, quickly thrusting her onto the national blues scene. Her soulful blues ballad ‘Another Lifetime’ reached #6 on Bluesville’s Rack of Blues, while Black Crow Moan reached #9 on ROB. ‘Sugar Daddy,’ released in 2021 reached #5 and remained on ROB for twelve weeks, finishing #12 in the Top Fifteen Blues Songs of 2021 on ROB year-end list. “Queen of the Nile”, Eliza’s latest ballad from her critically-acclaimed 2022 album Badder to the Bone, is currently in heavy rotation and reached #5 on ROB. Eliza’s albums have ascended to the4 Billboard Top #25; she’s also had five singles and albums in the top five spots on Amazon and ITunes for over three months.
Neals — bandleader, songwriter, vocalist, keyboardist, producer, and record label owner — has had a cadre of amazing musicians back her up over the years. “The best in the business” is what people say, with Neal bringing an all-star line-up wherever she performs. Audiences are thrilled with her band and plethora of special guests.
Her radio charting and press is great; seeing Eliza Neals perform live is even better. Her shows are exciting, intoxicating and jam-packed with sultry powerful vocals, spirited moves, and soulful piano playing while leading her stellar band and never missing a beat. Phil Ohlinger, President of the Ohio “Big Bend Blues Bash” who booked Eliza, said, “in seventeen years we have had some great women vocalists perform, but not one has outperformed Eliza. I think we have a new crowd favorite!”
Eliza Neals started out singing and performing with her sisters and eventually was told, “you have to get a degree to live under this roof.” Eliza chose opera studies, graduating from Detroit’s Wayne State University (WSU) with a Bachelor of Arts degree and Minor in piano. Touring and performing with the WSU Concert Chorale in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium and UK’s Glastonbury as a Mezzo Soprano Opera singer was thrilling, but eventually the blues chose Eliza (and vice versa).
Back in Detroit, Neals sat in and performed at live music venues like Floods, Old Detroit, Burt’s Warehouse, The Rhinoceros, Soup Kitchen, Bakers Keyboard Lounge and more, honing her voice, signature style and piano chops. A chance meeting with Motown Legend Barrett Strong Jr. led to Eliza signing with his record label, where she learned to produce and arrange (vocals to strings) in his multi-million-dollar studio. Eliza and Barrett became good friends; he showed her the many hidden secrets of a Motown-trained singer, songwriter and performer. Soul legends Marvin Gaye and Gladys Knight were previous artists Barrett Strong had produced, making Eliza Neals the last Motown-trained R&B vocalist from Detroit, and landing her in some very special company.
Neals relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey from Detroit to be closer to the East Coast’s big-city blues scenes.
- April 21 (Fri) – Las Vegas NV@Sand Dollar Downtown
- June 8 (Thur) – Westland MI@The Token Lounge
- June 9 (Fri) – Evansville IL@Mojo’s Boneyard Sports Bar
- June 10 (Sat) – Springfield MO@Stomp The Blues
- July 23 (Sun) – Portsmouth NH@Jimmy’s Jazz & Blues Club
- August 4 (Fri) – Port Sanilac MI@Port Sanilac Blues Festival
- August 5 (Sat) – Pomeroy OH@Big Bend Blues Bash
- August 26 (Sat) – Long Branch NJ@Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival
- Dec 1 (Fri) – Bradenton FL@Bradenton Blues Festival
- Dec 7 (Thur) – Brunswick GA@The Blue Door
- Dec 8 (Fri) – Ormond Beach FL@Blues & Brews Bistro
- Dec 15 (Fri) – Biloxi MS@Ground Zero Blues Club
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