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Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
8:00 PM
When the average fan thinks of hotbeds of the blues, he or she thinks of cities like Chicago, Austin, and Memphis, and even such far-flung outposts as London and Paris. That's all set to change, however, as this red-hot Brazilian, guitarist Big Gilson a TopCat Records artist, is poised to put Rio de Janeiro on the blues map.

Big Gilson has released twelve CDs in his native country, honed his chops the last fourteen years gigging on his own (in Brazil, Argentina, Europe and USA) and as the opening act for Johnny Winter, Steve Winwood on his Brazilian tour, Johnny Rivers (70.000 people audience), and twice to the master B.B. King among others. While touring America, and gigging at such clubs as Florida's Bamboo Room, New York's Blue Note, and all over Chi-town, the band wowed such blues gods as Corey Harries, Duke Robillard, Lonnie Brooks, Magic Slim, Ian Parker, Animals, Steve Crooper, Saffire, Walter Wolfman Washington and Buddy Guy, who extended the Boy from Brazil an open invitation to play his Legends Club anytime.

...When I see such a young man so far from America, playing the blues so well, I feel happy and proud that my mission in this life is done
B.B. King December 1998.