BAZA to play Saturday at Simple Gifts

Doors open at 7:00 PM, show starts at 7:30 PM

NASHUA – BAZA will bring its brand of country blues to Simple Gifts Coffee House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Simple Gifts is located in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashua, 58 Lowell St. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

Winners of the 2017 Granite State Blues Challenge, Baza celebrates the tradition of the guitar and harmonica duo, performing-hip shaking, toe-tapping, original and traditional Delta- and Piedmont-style country blues. BAZA traveled to Memphis in January to represent New Hampshire in this year’s International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category. They played through the quarterfinals two nights at the Pig on Beale, and they did New Hampshire proud.

This New Hampshire-based duo features Doug Philbrook on resonator guitar and vocals and Geof Goodell on harmonica and vocals. Together since 2002, these two bluesmen conjure the sounds of the “Deep Blues” with wailing harmonica, sharp vocal harmonies and driving steel guitar rhythms. They play songs of hard living, lost love, natural disasters, celebration of life and love with deep respect and affection.

Their sound has been described as “gritty and soulful;” their performance as engaging and dynamic.

Philbrook’s playing on National Resonator guitars employs a variety of blues tunings, picking and bottleneck styles and his vocals are emotive and evocative of the classic blues howlers. His encyclopedic knowledge of the music and his ability to craft a story is engaging and entertaining to listeners of all ages. Goodell’s harmonica sound can go from “silk to grit” and his vocals are passionate and “spot on.”

Simple Gifts Coffee House is a nonprofit volunteer-run concert venue hosting regional and nationally known musical acts for more than 25 years.

For additional information, visit www.simplegiftscoffeehouse.org or call 603-320-7751.