Ava Grace and Big Earl Present: A Blues and Rhythm & Blues Review


Featuring Big Earl and the Crying Shame and Gravel & Grace

We are proud to present a night of classic and original music from some of the most talented musicians in Stanislaus County.
Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame is a West Coast blues band from Modesto, California. Eli Lester and Jason Finley share guitar duties. The rhythm section is Randall Niemann on bass and Dave Rodgers on drums. The group is fronted by “Big Earl” Matthews who belts out the blues. The band members come from varied backgrounds and have played just about every musical style from Jazz to Rockabilly to Rap. Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame has built their music on a sturdy foundation of 50’s Chicago style blues infused with infectious funk rhythms, this unique blend of classic styles has been filling dance floors since 2007. The boys independently released their first CD, “Low Cash Blues”, in October, 2011. In 2015 they released their second CD Live at the Gallo Center. They have had the pleasure of opening from such well known acts as; Charlie Musselwhite, Chris Cain, Cafe R&B, John Nemeth, MoFo Party Band, Billy TK Jr, Greg “Fingers” Taylor, Mark Hummel and BB King.

Gravel & Grace is a six-piece Blues and R&B outfit that plays a wide range of classic covers and original songs. The band features Big Earl Matthews on vocals, Ava Grace on vocals and keyboards, Ricky Galvan on Guitar, Will Melendez on Saxophone, Raul Slaps on Bass, and Ray Vazira on Drums. Drawing on a wide range of influences, they have developed a unique blend of classic and contemporary music. Gravel & Grace had their first taste of national touring pre-pandemic and has plans for hit the road again in 2022. Their first studio album, “Gravel & Grace: Bringing the Blues”, Charted number 25 internationally and is available now for purchase and streaming.

Doors at 5; show at 6 p.m.

GA Tickets: $20

Additional Information

Run Time:
120 min


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