Nakia and The Blues Grifters Album Release, Hector Ward & The Big Time

Six Springs presents Nakia and The Blues Grifters and Hector Ward and The Big Time

Nakia and The Blues Grifters Album Release

Hector Ward & The Big Time

Sat Aug 25

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:59 pm)

$9.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Nakia and The Blues Grifters Album Release - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Nakia and The Blues Grifters Album Release
NAKIA RELEASES NEW ALBUM “BLUES GRIFTER” IN STORES ON VINYL, CD & STREAMING AUGUST 17

Before he was on "The Voice," Nakia was a Blues Grifter. Named for the age-old concept of stealing from the greats, the Blues Grifters formed in 2010. The band quickly became a hit on the club circuit in Austin performing at the legendary "Home of the Blues," Antone’s Nightclub, and the South Austin hot spot, C-Boy’s Heart & Soul and began recording its first album. A video of Nakia's full-throated, soulful performances found its way to television producer Mark Burnett who insisted on recruiting Nakia for a new show. Reluctant but hopeful, Nakia put the band, and the album on pause to go to Hollywood.

On the first season of "The Voice," Nakia immediately became a fan favorite before finishing as a semifinalist. More than 14 million viewers tuned in each week to witness Nakia wowing the show's four celebrity coaches with his electric stage presence and using his gritty voice to make Top 40 songs his own.

Using the momentum from the whirlwind of reality TV, Nakia focused on writing songs for a new EP and subsequent tour, still leaving the band on hold. Nakia knew it was time to call up the Blues Grifters again when he was invited to appear on the ALL ATX compilation album in 2016. Together, they transformed The Allman Brothers Band's “Whipping Post” from a prog-rocking guitar dirge into a lowdown gritty sax-infused soul jam that culminates in a double time frenzy. Renewed from that studio experience, Nakia was ready to finish the album he started almost a decade ago with his long-time collaborator and fellow Grifter, Mac McNabb.

“I started the band as a way for me to cut loose and get lost in the blues, so I wanted this album to be a homage to the great blues artists who inspired me," Nakia recalls, "but ‘The Voice’ happened and I couldn't reach the finish line on the record. Once Mac and I got back together and listened to the tapes, we committed to finish the album. We cut these songs using old ribbon mics, analog gear and tape machines. Many of the songs recorded live, all in the room together. Real live blues -- the way it was meant to be."

After all this time, “Blues Grifter,” is finished featuring songs by blues and soul greats Otis Rush, William Bell, Johnnie Taylor, Howlin' Wolf, Luther "Snakeboy" Johnson and more. Nakia will celebrate the release with a concert at Richardson’s best venue for live music, Six Springs Tavern. Nakia will donate a portion of all “Blues Grifter” physical album proceeds to The Clifford Antone Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Austin dedicated to preserving blues music culture and community by caring for our elders and investing in our youth. Nakia is a two-time Black Fret artist grant award recipient.

Pre-order bundles including shirts, posters, limited edition 7” singles & exclusive live EP available now at NAKIA.NET

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Hector Ward & The Big Time - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Hector Ward & The Big Time
Stir up some Gritty Funk, Rock n Roll and New Orleans' Blues with a dash of Latin seasoning and you'll have what Hector Ward & The Bigtime are serving up! Bam!



From Austin, Texas The Live Music Capital of The World, Hector Ward & The Big Time is an original 8 piece Latin Grooves Funk Orchestra seared in Blues and Rock & Roll. Endeared to audiences worldwide, the son of Cuban refugees twenty years of experience in the Austin music scene shows in the band's ecclectic high energy, dance-floor filling shows.



The Big Time’s engulfing sound mesmerizes and surrounds their audience with tasty horn-rimmed roots, raunchy guitar licks, powerful vocals and good times. HWBT delves into many different styles that captures Blues, Soul, Country, Funk and Afro-Cuban Roots.



With several Austin music scene accolades including Austin Chronicle's Best New Local Acts list, one Writer's Top 25 songs, a Best Of Criticks Pick in the Austin Music Awards, two albums under their belts, their impressive annually running SXSW "Blackfinger Festival" (https://www.facebook.com/BlackfingerDayParty/ ), new music in the works and a just released 22 song live record, 'Evolution - Live From The Saxon Pub', Hector Ward and the Bigtime are coming at you like a runaway freight train.



The funky members include Hector Ward on guitar and lead vocals, Mike McGurk on Drums, Scott Beardsley on Bass Guitar, Nate West on Lead/Rythm Guitar, and David Farris on congas and percussion. The horn line, known for enthusiastically leaving the stage and taking the music into the audience, include: Stephen Farmer on trumpet, Oscar Ornelas on tenor saxophone and Ben Taylor on trombone.



The band is proud to have shared the stage with: Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Zombies, Christopher Cross, Gary Clark Jr., Black Joe Lewis and The Honey Bears, Ruthie Foster, Del Castillo, Bob Schneider, W.C.Clark, Ian McLagan, Carolyn Wonderland, George Porter Jr., Dennis Quaid, Malford Milligan, Red Young, Guy Forsyth, Ozomatli, Eric Tessmer, Papa Mali, Tommy Taylor, Van Wilks, Tommy Shannon, Shiny Ribs & Uncle Lucius.
Venue Information:
Six Springs Tavern
147 N Plano Rd
Richardson, TX, 75081