Fish draws record crowd to blues society concert
The Southeast Iowa Blues Society announced a record audience of nearly 300 live-music fans for its “Rockin’ in the Blue Year” event featuring Samantha Fish, with opening act the Quay Thomas Band, Friday at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.
“The event was a huge success,” said Casey Cannon, president of the Southeast Iowa Blues Society. “Samantha Fish proved to a packed audience she is a very talented guitar player, vocalist and live entertainer. We expect her to continue to shoot for the stars.”
Following the performance, Fish and her band traveled to Davenport to perform Saturday night at the Redstone Room, and they capped the weekend by opening for Buddy Guy Sunday night at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago.
Along with drummer Danny Montero and bass guitarist Paul Greenlease, Fish, named Best New Artist Debut by BMA for 2012, captivated the audience through the first hour set, the autograph break and second hour set, which ran longer than 90 minutes and closed to a standing ovation.
Fish performed many songs from her debut album “Runaway” and delivered cool vocals, sharp riffs and a stage presence that entertained the audience. Fish and her band closed the event by calling Quay Thomas, lead guitarist from the opening band, to the stage for a jam session, with Fish and Thomas trading lead guitar riffs.
“Wow, what an exciting experience to see outstanding young musicians tear up the stage before an overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience,” said Cannon. “This was a fantastic way for SIBS and southern Iowa to kick off 2013. ... we are welcoming over a dozen new SIBS members that signed up during the event. The interest and demand for live performance in the blues genre is clear in southeast Iowa — we are excited to firm up the 2013 schedule and will announce other upcoming 2013 events soon.”