The third concert in the Coffeehouse Series will take place on Wednesday,
April 12th, 2023, with DAVE KEYES AND FRIENDS performing at Anomaly Craft
Brewing, 135 West Front Street, in Berwick, Pa. Sponsored by the Berwick
Arts Association, with booking and sound by The Exchange, the Coffeehouse
Series features regional, national, and international musicians in this
intimate venue at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.
Previously known as A Perfect Blend, Anomaly Brewing has added craft beer
to the same great food and same great family.
You won’t find better music or a better place to see it live!
Coming on May 10th, the Phyllis Hopkins Trio. Later in the year, guitar
gods Claude Bourbon and Brooks Williams will make their Berwick debuts —
both of them based in Europe and including the Coffeehouse Series on their
Native New Yorker, keyboardist, singer and songwriter, Dave is a 30-year
veteran of the Blues and American Roots music scenes. With the release of
his 7th CD, “Rhythm, Blues and Boogie”, on October 21st, 2022, featuring
special guest legendary drummer Bernard Purdie and others, the three-time
Blues Music Award nominee has returned to his own soulful roots, having
toured the world both as a solo artist and with his own Dave Keyes Band.
For much of the last 10 years, in addition to his own band and solo gigs,
Dave worked with bluesman Popa Chubby, and with R&B queen Ronnie Spector
until her recent passing. Previously Dave had lengthy stints with such
iconic and varied artists as Odetta, David Johansen, Bo Diddley, rockabilly
legend Sleepy LaBeef, and gospel great Marie Knight.
Dave’s music finds its roots in deep blues, soul and rock and roll. These
roots are the foundation of his recent albums and vibrant live shows. His
well-received previous albums are rambunctious sets of mostly original
material that range from New Orleans second line funk to slow sensual
blues, swaggering shuffles and boisterous rocking boogie woogie.
Dave’s live work with his own band has earned him many kudos including
winning the Blues Foundation’s International Blues Challenge. He has made
numerous festival appearances both in the US and abroad including three
appearances at France’s prestigious Cognac Blues Festival and annual
appearances at Lugano, Switzerland’s Blues to Bop festival among many
others. He also worked as a sideman for a who’s who of roots, soul and Rock
and Roll music masters such as Eddy Clearwater, Big Jay McNeely, Tracy
Nelson, Gladys Knight, Pam Tillis, Darlene Love, and the late great Ruth
Brown, Lou Rawls, and Levon Helm.
Dave’s extensive Broadway and TV music credits include being the conductor
for the six-year Broadway run of the Grammy winning show “Smokey Joe’s
Cafe”. Other credits include most recently music directing “Rock and Roll
Man” a show based on the life of trailblazing DJ Alan Freed.