Winner of the Gibson/Albert King Award for Best Guitarist and 3rd place on Band Category at the International Blues Challenge 2018, Artur Menezes is a high-energetic guitarist and plays with such a feeling that impresses the crowds. Based in Los Angeles, the brazilian artist is making his name playing around US and he is releasing his 4th album, produced by Josh Smith. In addition to performing the traditional blues with expertise and respect, he also plays modern blues, mixing with other styles. Recently, Artur shared the stage with Joe Satriani in a festival in Brazil for a 20 thousand people audience. Two years ago, when he was still living in Brazil, Artur was the headline of inumerous festivals. In 2014, headline at Augustibluus Festival in Estonia and played in clubs in UK. In 2015, he had a tour in Mexico and in 2013 in Argentina.
In 2012, Artur played the opening shows for Buddy Guy in his South American tour in Brazil.
In 2013 Artur led a contest during the 1st phase – tied with a band from Los Angeles – among more than 2000 artists from around the world for a place to play with Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, one of the largest and busiest guitar festivals in the world, held at Madison Square Garden in NY.
Concerned about disseminating and expanding access to blues in Brazil, Artur was one of the founders of the society Casa do Blues (House Of Blues), which promotes weekly shows with free entrance, remaining on the board of the project until early 2013.
Artur was a speaker at TEDx,, an annual event licensed by TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) in 2013, where personalities share their experiences and knowledge in presentations broadcast live on the Internet and later released on video, the TEDTalks accessible to billions of people worldwide.
Black Market III crosses over, using the Blues as the root of the sound. In addition to their original music, BMIII features more obscure covers from Tom Waits, Dead Weather, Jimmie Vaughan, Freddie King, Otis Blackwell, Leadbelly, Social Distortion, Led Zeppelin, and many more. No pigeon holing this band--Blues and American Roots firmly planted, yet not like anything you've heard or seen before.
Formed in the Fall of 2011 by Scottie Blinn* (former front-man for the iconic, multi-award winning San Diego band The Mississippi Mudsharks) and Roxanne Coverdale, Black Market III quickly turned into a red hot band focused on playing hard hitting, soulful Blues, American Roots, and Rock (the vein of Social Distortion and the Clash).
BMIII was touted as "the band to watch" by Dave Good of the San Diego Reader, and was nominated for a 2012 San Diego Music Award as "BEST BLUES BAND".
2018 started with a bang as BMIII received a nomination for "Best Blues Band" by the SDMA's, and con-currently signed with Rip Cat Records, based out of Southern CA. The year was spent recording their CD "Dashboard Jesus" while relentlessly touring the U.S. and Europe, performing close to 200 shows.
"Dashboard Jesus” was released in Nov. '18 and debuted at #25 on the Roots Music Report's Top 50, with the singles "Daddy Rollin' Stone” hitting #4 and "When The Sun Goes Down" reaching #36.
2019 is already set to be a big year, with"Dashboard Jesus" getting a nomination for "BEST BLUES ALBUM" by the San Diego Music Awards. Even more extensive touring and recording is on the schedule for the entire year.
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When Tommy Marsh and Crooked Eye Tommy released Butterflies & Snakes in August of 2015, little did the Ventura County-based blues musician realize how well the band’s debut album would be received. An indication of what lie ahead: Winning “Best Blues Band” at the 2015 Ventura County Music Awards this past Summer. Tommy’s third consecutive VCMA is quite the accomplishment, considering the number of talented blues artists who call Ventura County their home!
In less than five months, Butterflies & Snakes has ascended as high as #15 on the National Roots Music Report Contemporary Blues Chart, a strong barometer for radio airplay where hundreds of on-air deejays submit their weekly playlists to. For the week beginning April 18th, B&S was a very respectable #32 on the RMR Top 50 California Album Chart.