Bill Magee’s Got the Blues (and We Are Very Happy About It!)

Voted the “Best Blues Band in San Diego” by the San Diego Music Association, as well as by The Reader, The Bill Magee Blues Band is a perennial favorite of the San Diego blues scene.

Born in Mississippi, Magee, who was known then as “Willie” Magee was orphaned at 13 and went to live with his brother in Ithaca, NY, where, inspired by the likes of Muddy Waters, BB King and Elmore James, he bought his first guitar. Within a few years, he was nurturing his talents in the blues clubs of Harlem, where he met a budding guitarist who called himself Jimmy James.  The two formed a band, Jimmy James and the Flames, in 1963. By 1967, Jimmy James had changed his name to Jimi Hendrix and gone to England, and Magee took his new band, The Kansas City All-Stars on a tour of Europe.  After leading that band for almost 3 decades, performing with just about every living blues great, Bill Magee relocated to Southern California in the late 1980s and formed his current band in 1993.

Catch the Bill Magee Blues Band at Gator By the Bay on Sunday on the Festival Stage and see how good the blues can make you feel.

 

 

The Bill Magee Blues Band

Gator By The Bay (GBB) and the Bon Temps Social Club (BTSC) are proud to announce the addition of the Bill Magee Blues Band to Balboa Park’s “December Nights”The Bill Magee Blues Band Musical Lineup. The Bill Magee Blues Band is schedule to play on Saturday December 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm on the GBB and BTSC Stage.

A Mississippi native and long-time Southern California transplant Bill Maggee has grown to be a San Diego staple in the local and international music scene and has consistently mesmerized us time and again with his soulful blues. Having worked with many legendary artists including but limited to: Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Otis Redding, and Bo Diddley…Magee’s timeless performances are nothing short of amazing making him the perfect bluesy-fit for the GBB and BTSC stage this year.

Bill Magee Blues Band

Bill MageeGator By The Bay is thrilled to announce the addition of the Bill Magee Blues Band to our 2013 lineup. No matter how much crawfish and dancing fun you have scheduled at the fest you absolutely must make it a top priority to see the renown Bill Maggee Blues Band perform on Saturday May 11, 2013. Quite simply, you will not be disappointed.

Born in Collins, the backwoods of Mississippi in 1943, Willie (Bill) Magee grew up listening to and living the Blues. Orphaned as a teenager Bill was uprooted from his home in Mississippi to live with his brother in a one room flat in Harlem, New York. It was during this transitional time in Bills life that he discovered his love and natural born talent as a musician. While Bill’s musical start may have began slow in the beginning with him scrimping and saving for his first guitar that cost $29.99, by the late 60s his career was in full acceleration and since then he was had worked with many legendary artists including but (nearly) limited to: Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Otis Redding, and Bo Diddley.  Fast forward through the amazing years of travel and tours to the late 80s when Bill landed in sunny San Diego.  To date Bill has grown to be a San Diego staple in the local and international music scene and has consistently mesmerized us again and again with his timeless and soulful blues. It goes without saying that it is with amazing honor that we welcome the Bill Magee Blues Band to Gator By The Bay 2013.

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