There’s going to be “Blazing Hearts” at Vasa Park in Mount Olive when Samantha Fish brings her rockin’ blues to town for a special performance on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14.
Fish, who has taken the blues scene by storm the past two years, including two sensational shows at the Blues Bash at Centenary College, will spread the love of Valentine’s Day in Vasa Park’s Indoor Cultural Hall. Doors open at 2:30, with the high-energy Quimby Mountain Band taking the stage at 3:15 and Fish at 5.
This special show is being presented by Vasa Park and Joe Hirsh Productions and doubles as a kickoff party for the upcoming Blues Bash at Centenary College, March 18 and 19, which features the Edgar Winter Band and Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown.
Fresh off her newest – and highly acclaimed – CD, Wild Heart (Ruf Records), Fish has been touring the world with the same powerhouse on-stage showmanship that tore up the Sitnik Theater in her two Blues Bash performances there.
Growing up in Kansas City in a musical family, Samantha’s first instrument was the drums before she switched to guitar. As she listened to her musical heroes, Fish began to explore their own influences by going back in time. “I saw Ronnie Baker Brooks, Tab Benoit and Mike Zito (in Kansas City). That was when I knew something was happening (musically) because I almost had to leave their shows early to go home and play my guitar,” she related in a Deep Roots magazine article. Over the years, she’s cultivated her own sound by blending her influences ranging from Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, R.L. Burnside and Stevie Ray Vaughan as well as her musical peers.
Only into her mid-20s she already previously released two CDs, played all over the world and shared the stage with well-established to the legendary artists from Tab Benoit to Johnny Lang to Buddy Guy. Label mate and sometimes touring buddy, Mike Zito has long championed Samantha, for he produced her critically acclaimed albums, Runaway and Black Wind Howlin’ (2013). Samantha’s had a master’s class in a wide variety of the blues. Her work ethic is unquestioned and her love for performance is obvious.
Quimby Mountain Band, is the perfect pairing for Fish. The hugely popular Northwest Jersey based band, a blend of rock, bluegrass, jam and funk, continues to turn heads wherever they play, frequently taking their music to major clubs in the Mid-Atlantic and the South regions. This past June they toured with Midnight North, fronted by Phil Lesh’s son, Graham, and included stops in Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Norfolk and Roanoke, VA., Asbury Park, and New York.
In addition to the great music, there will be a select group of vendors, as well as snacks and beverages for purchase. Advanced tickets for the show are $15. All attendees will receive a discount card for dining at the nearby Eastern Asian Bistro (Rt. 46, Budd Lake) for after the show, or for use on another day. For further information about the show and advance tickets, visitwww.joehirshproductions.com. For directions to Vasa Park, conveniently located off of Route 46, go to www.vasaparknj.com.