Matthew Davidson Band News                                                 Festival Time!                                                                          March 22, 2013



Greetings! ,  

Little Freddie King and Matthew Davidson recently participated in a Master Class hosted by the Elllis Marsalis Center for Music in New Orleans, LA. They were accompanied by Tom Chute on drums and Michael Harris on bass. They played blues music for the children in the after-school program at the Center and answered their questions. Parents, friends and invited guests were also in attendance. The Ellis Marsalis Center for Music is a music education center / community center in the upper 9th Ward of New Orleans. This diverse Center provides an after -school/Saturday music education, vocal, dance and homework assistance program for children of the 9th Ward. This project was spearheaded by Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis after Hurricane Katrina.
Matthew presenting Louisiana Tourism Poster to Little Freddie King
Photo by Denise Forbes Photography
Matthew Davidson and Little Freddie King at the Ellis Marsalis Center
Photo by Denise Forbes Photography
Another bit of exciting news....Matthew was recently selected to be on the Louisiana Musicians' Roster on the "Louisiana Soundtrack" website. (Click on the photo below, then scroll down to click on "Musicians Roster", and then click on "Popular".) It's an honor to be included in the same group with these outstanding Louisiana musicians. We appreciate the support! 
Musicians Roster on www.LouisianaSoundtrack.com

We're excited about all of our upcoming festival performances! Please check out our schedule in the newsletter below and see if we'll be playing near you. 
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Ellis Marsalis Center - New Orleans, LA
Little Freddie King and Matthew Davidson by Denise Forbes
The Green Room at the Ellis Marsalis Center
  
WWOZ - New Orleans, LA
Matthew and "Big D" (Dennis Schaibly)
Thanks to "Big D" for the invitation to perform on "Sittin' at the Crossroad" on WWOZ.   
 
Holiday in Dixie - Friday, April 12th - 8:30 PM


Matthew Davidson Band T-shirts are available at band performances, or you can order one now online. Just click HERE and pay with Paypal or a Credit Card. Thanks for your support!
Band logo designed by Brad Kozak
About Matthew Davidson -  
 
"Matthew's got "it". I'm sure he's going to make a lot of people happy with his fine music. He's already an accomplished and powerful performer and bandleader, and I've watched him tear up an audience many times."  ~Bob Margolin, legendary blues guitarist who played in Muddy Waters' band 
 
"Fourteen year old rising child prodigy, Matthew Davidson, has been making major waves in the music world. Getting his first taste of guitar at the age of three, Matthew has been stunning the ears of multiple guitar enthusiasts and organizations across the country." ~William Clark, Guitar International, Jan. 2013

 

"Wonder kid Matthew Davidson may only be 14 but he definitely knows a little something about the blues. "Step Up" is only a taste of what is to come for Matthew. His mature funk'd out guitar skills are inevitably demonstrative of this kids natural talent and devotion to music. You'll never hear another 14-year-old hone that Louisiana Southern blues-funk rhythm the way that Davidson has. " ~Kimmie Tubre, Where Y'at Magazine, New Orleans, LA - December 2012

 

"The next generation of stars in Louisiana...Matthew Davidson...14 years old from Shreveport, Louisiana. He is going to be something special. He is right now and he's going to be in the future. You know, you look at Matthew and you think about Hunter Hayes, who Louisiana has watched grow up over the years...(3 Grammy nominations for him this year), so...the future of Louisiana music is in good hands." ~Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, Louisiana Public Broadcasting - December 2012

 

Photo by Denise Forbes Photography

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In This Issue
Ellis Marsalis Center
WWOZ
Holiday in Dixie
MDB T-shirts
FestForAll
59 Twenty Festival
Matthew's EP - "Step Up"
Year of Louisiana Music
Upcoming Shows
Join Our Mailing List
FestForAll - Baton Rouge, LA - Sat., April 6

The Matthew Davidson Band will be performing at FestForAll in Baton Rouge, LA on Sat., April 6th at 12:15 PM on the Galvez Plaza Stage. The band is excited about performing for the first time in Baton Rouge!
 
From the website: The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will present FestForAll - Baton Rouge's premier art & music festival, April 6 - April 7, 2013! Join us for a full weekend of art and entertainment along North Boulevard in downtown's Town Square and on the grounds of the Old State Capitol and the Shaw Center for the Arts.  The hours on Saturday, April 6 are 10 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 7 are 12 noon - 6:00 p.m.  FestForAll is free and open to everyone.
59 Twenty Music Festival - Meridian, MS

 

(From staff reports The Meridian Star - Feb. 16, 2013)

 

This year's 59 Twenty Music Festival has been scheduled for Saturday, April 13. The lineup features four bands on one stage from 2:45-11 p.m., as well as local artists performing on a side stage. Tickets can be purchased online at www.59twenty.com.


Bands booked for this year's festival are:

    * The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band: Kenny Wayne Shepherd, barely in his 30s, is a Louisiana-born axeman and songsmith who has been selling millions of albums, throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens. He met Stevie Ray Vaughan at age 7, and shared the stage with New Orleans legend Bryan Lee at 13. As an adult, he continues to create genre-defining blues-infused rock n' roll.

    * Rosco Bandana: Rosco Bandana is a Gulfport-based band whose act includes blues/Americana style music blended with modern folk and a hint of gypsy fanfare. The band formed recently and has been shaking up the local music scene with their energetic live performances.

    * The Matthew Davidson Band: Fourteen-year-old award-winning guitarist/vocalist Matthew Davidson from Shreveport, La., began performing professionally in 2010 and since then "has achieved an immense amount of recognition, support and admiration," according to International Musician magazine. With musical influences as diverse as The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Maroon 5 and John Mayer, Davidson is a triple-threat: guitarist, vocalist and songwriter ... performing rock, blues and pop with equal command. Matthew released his debut EP "Step Up" in 2012, produced by legendary bassist Joe Osborn. "Matthew has been making some major waves in the music world, and stunning the ears of multiple guitar enthusiasts and organizations across the country," reports Guitar International. Matthew was the 2011 winner of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award. "His style was advanced for his age," said Steven Johnson, Robert's grandson and vice president of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation. "It was crisp; it was professional. His style with that electric guitar was amazing. I know Matthew will be a great ambassador for the Foundation".

    * HanaLena, formerly Nash Street, is led by the sister duo Hannah and Caroline Melby. Currently based in Nashville, Tenn., their roots reach all the way back to the state of Mississippi where they grew up playing old-time, folk and bluegrass music. In 1996, they formed the band as Nash Street, named after the street they grew up on in Starkville. Since then, Hannah and Caroline have been traveling across the country performing and developing their unique blend of bluegrass, country, pop-acoustic, and blues. The band was declared the "Best New Act in Country Music" at the 2008 Colgate Country Showdown in the Ryman Auditorium.

    The 59/Twenty was started in 2011 by the Young Professionals of Meridian as a fundraiser to support the Care Lodge, a local domestic violence shelter serving a nine county area in East Mississippi.

Order Matthew's debut EP - "Step Up"
Photo by Neil Johnson/Design by Brad Kozak
Thanks to those of you who have already purchased Matthew's EP. The EP, produced by legendary bassist Joe Osborn, is available in Shreveport at Disc Daddy, in Bossier City at Bittersweet Flower and Gifts, and in New Orleans at Louisiana Music Factory. You can order a physical copy online from Matthew's website, or download it from iTunes. We appreciate your support! Click HERE for more information on this recording.    
Year of Louisiana Music!
 
2013 is the official "Year of Music" in Louisiana. Click on the logo below to find out about music and more in Louisiana. 
 
 

Upcoming Schedule:

 

 Sat., April 6  - Fest for All - Baton Rouge, LA - 12:15 - 1:00 PM

  

Fri., April 12 - Holiday in Dixie - Festival Plaza - Shreveport, LA - 8:30 - 10:30 pm

 

Sat., April 13 - 59 Twenty Music Festival - Meridian, MS - 5:00 - 6:30 PM

 

Sat., April 20 - Party for the Planet at Alexandria Zoo - 11 AM - 1 PM

 

Fri., April 26 - American Cancer Society Relay for Life - Airline High School - Bossier City, LA

7:00 - 8:00 PM

 

Sat., April 27 - Downtown Rivermarket - Monroe, LA - 11 AM - 1 PM

 

Sat., April 27 - Going Green on the Red Festival - Coushatta, LA  5:30 - 6:30 PM

 

Sat., May 4 - Mayfest - Ft. Worth, TX - 10:00 - 11:00 AM

 

Fri. June 21 - T-Bone Walker Blues Festival - Linden, TX - 6:30 - 7:30 PM

 

Sat., June 22 - T-Bone Walker Blues Festival - Linden, TX - 7:15 - 8:15 PM

 

Sat., July 6 - Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Festival - Crystal Springs, MS - 3:00 - 4:00 PM