Live Music at TRBX 2018

Al Holbrook

Al Holbrook Band

(Friday, January 26, dance lesson at 8:00 PM, music at 9:00 PM, The Stockroom, Raleigh, NC)

Born in Dayton Ohio and raised on funk, jazz, and classical styles, Al Holbrook has truly found his voice as an artist over the past few years. He has perfected his raspy, steeped-in-the-blues brand of gritty blues and soul that is infectiously catchy.

Al Holbrook Band opened the party at Mo’ Better Blues in Nashville last February. Al himself is currently a resident at Columbia City Music Theater in Seattle and was a Resident Artist at Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar in Nashville from 2013 through 2017. He was also a key member of BB King All Star Band onboard Holland America. The band was ranked number one in the fleet for the duration of 2016.

The Al Holbrook Band will make you want to wallow down in the rain and mud until your shirt is torn, your jeans stained, and your shoes say you’ve been somewhere and were thankful for the party and the carefree good times. The band merges elements of improv into each set keeping every performance new, engaging and entertaining.

See more of Al Holbrook Band’s performances at:


Bull City Blues Band
with special guests John Dee Holeman, Tad Walters & Chuck Cotton

(Saturday, January 27, dance lesson at 8:00 PM, music at 9:00 PM, Carrboro Century Center, Carrboro, NC)

Bull City Blues Band

Bull City Blues Band: 

Winners of the 2017 Triangle Blues Society Blues Challenge and participants in the upcoming International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Bull City Blues Band have been North Carolina’s original modern Piedmont blues artists since 1991. Lead singer and guitarist Charlley Ward delivers a classic, Chicago-inspired sound. Daniel Anderson brings his own electric guitar to the mix, while bassist Eddie Werz and drummer Dana Thalhiemer power the rhythm section.

Bull City Blues Band were also recent winners of the 2016 Cape Fear Blues Challenge and are previous winners of the Piedmont Blues Society Blues Challenge. The band has performed live in support of the notable Piedmont blues artist John Dee Holman and has performed as opening act or on the same bill with: Pinetop Perkins, Bob Margolin, Safire The Uppity Blues Women, Cephas and Wiggins, Walter Wolfman Washington, Aaron Funderburk and the Rockets and Tyrone Davis.

Charlley is also a regular at Dance Blues Friday and will be out on the dance floor throughout much of TRBX. Ask him to dance!

Find out more about Bull City Blues Band at:

John Dee Holeman, Tad Walters, and Chuck Cotton:

John Dee Holeman

John Dee Holeman

We’re incredibly excited to announce that local blues legends John Dee Holeman, Tad Walters and Chuck Cotton will be joining Bull City Blues Band to play a set at our Saturday evening dance at TRBX!

John Dee is a master Piedmont bluesman and has been playing since the early 1940s. He’s been the recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the North Carolina Heritage Award. He learned his first blues chords from family and was inspired by recordings of Blind Boy Fuller. In his more than 70 years of playing the blues he’s performed around the world, but is currently local here to Durham.

Tad Walters

Tad Walters

Tad Walters picked up his guitar and harmonica at the ages of 12 and 14 and started his professional music career over 20 years ago with the Bob Margolin Band. He’s played with many other blues greats, including Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Willie Smith, and Hubert Sumlin. He’s currently playin’ and teachin’ locally here in Raleigh.

Chuck Cotton

Chuck Cotton

Chuck Cotton plays drums and is on vocals for the Bob Margolin Trio and his own House of Dues Band based in Greensboro, NC. He’s previously backed artists such as Pinetop Perkins, Nappy Brown, Billy Boy Arnold, and Jimmy Rogers.





(Saturday, January 27, 12:30 AM, Triangle Dance Studio, Durham, NC)

Having spent her early years singing in a cathedral choir in the UK, Durham’s own Janxx moved to North Carolina at the age of 13 and started creating electronic music after finding a beat up old MPC at a pawn shop.  She now writes, produces, and records her own music and plays live regularly around North Carolina, including at Dance Fusion Saturday in Durham, where she shot the video for her 2017 single Undress with local dancers.

More recently, Janxx performed live at Recess Festival 2017 in Seattle, and we’re excited to have her perform in our Saturday late night fusion room this year.

Hear more of Janxx’s music at:

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