With the incredible entertainment schedule that is offered throughout The Villages, you never have to go very far to find something to do. With live entertainment scheduled 365 days per year, it can become easy to take for granted.
One live act that you certainly won't want to take for granted is Beautiful Bobby Blackmon and his B3 Blues Band. They are scheduled to play at Paddock Square on Sunday evening, July 28, 2013 from 5 PM to 9 PM. This is of course a free event that is open to anyone who wants to come and enjoy Bobby Blackmon's soulful blues guitar playing.
Blackmon is originally from Athens, Texas, which is a small town outside of Dallas. He attended Texas Southern University and has worked a number of sales jobs over the past 25 years while pursuing his music career. Blackmon currently resides in central Florida, where he has made a name for himself in and around the Orlando area. He is widely known as one of the best local live blues acts and regularly performs at BB King’s blues club in Orlando.
Blackmon plays a southern blues style that incorporates some elements of soul and classic R&B. He has three albums available, which are Travelin' Home, I'm Dialing 911, and Yeah Baby – Chillin' With the Blues. His latest album was released in 2011 and has entertained some modest success. The single I'll Show You What I Got has been featured on Sirius/XM Radio's blues station.
After Yeah Baby – Chillin' With the Blues was released in 2011, Living Blues Magazine writer David Whiteis reviewed is by saying, “His band is tight and funkified…Blackmon's gift shines even more brightly on ballads…passion, emotional honesty, musicianship, and taste, you can't do much better than that.”
Writer Thomas J Cullen III echoed those remarks later that year when he wrote, “it's a tight band..Blackmon has a strong, supple tenor voice and his guitar playing is crisp, fluid, stinging and remind me of Little Milton and Mighty Joe Young…Blackmon has the chops to become a major player in the modern blues-soul pantheon.”
Blackmon has opened for legends like Buddy Guy and BB King, and played alongside Barbara Lynn, Jimmy Reed, ZZ Hill, Johnny Taylor, Lavelle White, and Lou Rawls over the course of his career. Blackmon is backed up by one of the best blues bands in all of Florida. His B3 Blues Band features Jack Bumgarner and Ed Krout on keys, Jimmy Seay on bass, and Warren Brown on the drum kit.
If you aren't able to make it this Sunday, Blackmon and his band are scheduled to make a few more appearances in The Villages this summer. They are already booked to play at Lake Sumter Landing on Sunday, August 25, and then at Spanish Springs on Sunday, September 1. They will also be playing at Lake Sumter Landing and Brownwood again later in September.
Beautiful Bobby Blackmon may be the most talented of all of the musicians that regularly perform at The Villages. Having the opportunity to see him play live at no cost is just one more fantastic perk of life at The Villages.