March 10, 2018, 7:30pm
Winners of the 2017 Granite State Blues Challenge - Baza celebrates the tradition of the guitar and harmonica duo, performing hip shaking, toe tapping original and traditional Delta and Piedmont style blues. BAZA traveled to Memphis, TN to represent New Hampshire in this years International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category. They played through the quarterfinals two nights at the "Pig on Beale" and they did NH proud. Now they are back from Memphis and itchin' to play for y'all at their favorite venue Simple Gifts! Get ready for a trip back in time to the roots of the Blues.
Baza celebrates the tradition of the guitar and harmonica duo, performing original and pre-war country blues from the 1920s through the 1930s. This New Hampshire based duo features Doug Philbrook, resonator guitar and vocals and Geof Goodell, harmonica and vocals. Their live shows keep audiences entertained with their dynamic instrumental interplay, gritty soulful vocals, stories and historical knowledge of the music and the musicians that gave birth to the blues.
"What a great night of blues! Many great songs with interesting stories about the artists who wrote them." - Diane Heer, director, Kimball Library, Atkinson NH
Doug was inspired to play the blues after hearing the recordings of Delta blues icon Robert Johnson. The polyrhythmic guitar playing and “tough living” lyrical poetry of Johnson’s music set the hook. Doug’s playing on National Resonator guitars employs a variety of blues tunings, picking and bottleneck styles and his vocals are emotive and evocative of the classic blues howlers. Doug’s encyclopedic knowledge of the music and his ability to craft a story is engaging and entertaining to listeners of all ages.
"Doug Philbrook, guitar and lead vocals, always delivers with heart, soul, and a voice meant to sing the blues." - Anya Zakiewicz, Simple Gifts Coffeehouse, Nashua NH
Influential in the development of Geof’s melodic and fluid style of harmonica playing is his enjoyment for many styles of music including, jazz, rock ’n’ roll and bluegrass. His blues journey began with the music of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and harmonica stylist, Paul Butterfield. Geof’s harmonica sound can go from “silk to grit” and his vocals are passionate and “spot on.” His stage presence and ability to connect with audiences is in harmony with his easy going and laid back nature.
"Doug and Geof have developed a special symbiosis; they are true complements to each other as they play, each allowing room for the other to shine." - Anya Zakiewicz, Simple Gifts Coffeehouse, Nashua NH
Together since 2002, these bluesmen conjure the sounds of the “Deep Blues” with wailing harmonica, sharp vocal harmonies and driving steel guitar rhythms. They play songs of hard living, love, lost love, natural disasters and celebration with deep respect and affection. Their performances paint a picture of the blues through the songs and stories of its pioneers and the times they lived. Their sound has been described as “gritty and soulful” and their story telling engaging and insightful.
Yes, you can Bring Your Own Beer and Wine to enjoy at the concerts. Beverages are allowed in the dining room and auditorium only. As always, there will be coffee, tea, and a variety of baked goods available.
Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show, $10 for children 13 and younger. Senior (65+)/Military discount available on request at the door.
For advance sales (excluding credit cards), call 603-320-7751 or look for our table at coffee hour after Sunday morning church service (cash or check).
You can buy tickets online. For credit card purchases, please use the Brown Paper Tickets link below if it's available. Brown Paper is a fair-trade ticketing company.
You can also buy regular tickets via PayPal below.
Brown Paper Tickets are allowed until the day before and PayPal sales until Noon on the day of the show. Tickets will be held in your name at the door.
The show starts at 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm, seating is general admission.
Simple Gifts Coffee House is a non-profit volunteer run concert venue hosting regional and nationally known musical acts for over 25 years. We are long-time members of the Boston Area Coffee House Association (BACHA).
Third Thursday Open Mic at Simple Gifts!
Simple Gifts Coffee House hosts an Open Mic on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00pm. Come join host Bob Pope.
Photo Copyright 2013 Dan Tappan
Admission is $5 for all, including musicians. No need to register, but please read the Open Mic Guidelines.
Bob Pope sings and plays folk, bluegrass, and flamenco style acoustic guitar. Bob has been playing guitar for over 50 years and is currently a member of three bands: Monadnock Bluegrass, Folk River Run, and the Pine Hill Boys. He is host to a monthly Bluegrass jam and attends several open mic venues in the sourthern NH area. He is often accompanied by Lisa Greenleaf, his fiancée, and/or his daughter, Curran Pope-Konner.
We here at Simple Gifts have always enjoyed Bob's playing and are very pleased to have him as host and coordinator of our new Open Mic series. You will get to hear Bob play at these events so come on out and support Bob and all the other performers on the third Thursday of the month.
If you want to play, please read the Open Mic Guidelines.
Third Thursday Open Mic
September 21 - October 19 - November 16 - December 21 - January 18 - February 15 -March 15 - April 19 - May 17
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Would you like to volunteer with Simple Gifts? There are many little jobs we need help with and one may be perfect for you! We will also be initiating a stewardship program for those wanting to work with the team. For info, contact Anya Zakiewicz .
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