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Mojo at the Gateway

The November Mojo Saturday Night is ready to groove with some real deep blues on Saturday, Nov. 19th.

Fourteen-year-old Emma Leigh will perform her first blues show accompanied by John Hoy and some of the Li’l Bill Band. Barb Martin will bring her soulful blues to the stage and The Li’l Bill Band returns “post-graduation” from their gig with Big Bill Morganfield with some new stuff and some big news to share … featuring Robert Ballard (drums) Andy Burdetsky (bass), Kevin Chisnell (harmonica and vocals), Dale Roller (keyboards) and Jack Roy (guitar). Should be a rockin night – you won’t want to miss!

Although Emma Leigh (aka. Emily Henline) is not thought of as blues singer, the Mojo audience will gain a new appreciation for her musical range. Emma has established herself as a professional in the Central Virginia music scene. She performs throughout the region as well as being a regular on WHSV-TV’s “Virginia Dreams CenterStage,” a regional TV show that promotes local talent in the Shenandoah Valley.

Barbara Martin on the other hand is a well-known blues and jazz singer whose soulful voice reveals the essence of what makes the blues live. Shaped by listening to Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace and Billie Holiday and working with bluesman Steve Wolf, Barbara found her musical raison d’etre, the place that is most compelling and comfortable for her.

Also featured on the November Mojo Blues Nite is The Lil Bill Band.  The band made its premiere performance at the September performance and then went on to be backup backing Big Bill Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters) at the September Chili, Blues and Brews Festival. Their success at that venue has moved them into the next phase of their career.  No longer Li’l, the band will graduate to “The Big Bill Band” at the November performance.  The band is still a collection of incredibly talented musicians from all walks of life: Dale Roller (keyboards), Jack Roy (guitar), Kevin Chisnell (harmonica and vocals), Andy Burdetsky (bass) and Robert Ballard as The Beaver (drums)!

The Saturday, Nov. 19 performance is at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Dominos pizza will be available by the slice.  Beverages and food are available.  Tickets are $10.

Tickets for the performance are available online at or at the box office.

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