Bringing the sound of Memphis all the way to Broadbeach is ‘Memphis Soul Man’ Marcus Scott and the legendary soul outfit The Bo-Keys.
Led by Grammy-nominated producer Scott Bomar, this world-first collaboration will be arriving at Blues on Broadbeach from 18-21 May, bringing with them the true, authentic sound from the home of blues itself.
As true custodians of all things blues and soul, we sat down with a few members of the band to discuss what blues means to them.
“It’s a feeling, it’s a lifestyle, it’s a struggle, it’s pain, but it’s the joy that comes out of that. It’s that joy that comes through the voice. It resonates, the people feel it. So blues to me is really a feeling.”
Making his Blues on Broadbeach debut, Marcus Scott was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. As a young boy, Marcus would sit with his ears glued to the radio, mimicking every sound he heard. His musical journey started in 2005 as a hit in local Memphis talent shows and it’s been nothing but up since then.
“There’s different forms of blues. There’s happy blues and there’s sad blues. But I think it brings people together. When you’re performing blues, people all over the world can relate to that feeling.”
Another Memphis native, Scott Bomar is the bandleader and bassist for The Bo-Keys. An Emmy Award-winning film composer and a Grammy-nominated music producer, Scott has worked on music with Al Green, Cyndi Lauper and Samuel L Jackson just to name a few. In 1998 he formed The Bo-Keys and gathered historic session musicians from Stax and Hi Records. The band is not only an homage to the spirit of classic Memphis music, but also produces a new chapter for the sound we know and love.
Archie “Hubbie” Turner
“Blues is kind of like a healer, for people not only in America but an international healer all over the world. Whatever is going down, whatever the situation is, go to a good concert and all your downs seems to go away and you go home with a happy feeling. And that’s what it’s all about.”
Keyboard player Archie “Hubbie” Turner has been active in the blues scene since the 1960s. As a member of the Hi Rhythm Section in Memphis, he has featured on over 40 albums with artists like Al Green, Syl Johnson, Ann Peebles and more. After joining The Bo-Keys in 2008, Archie has toured with the band across the world, making countless appearances at major festivals and we can’t wait to welcome him and the rest of the band to Blues on Broadbeach!
For a sneak peak of this world-first collaboration, check out Marcus Scott & The Bo-Keys below and make sure to catch their performance on Saturday 20 May 7:00 PM to 8:15 PM.