Sparks/Reno, Nev. – In 1990, the all-female Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women burst on the blues scene at a time when male-dominated, electric guitar-fueled bands ruled the roost. Nearly two decades later, see them play as a group on its final tour on Saturday, June 13, in the Celebrity Showroom at John Ascuaga’s Nugget.
At one point in the early '90s, the ladies from Saffire just considered themselves blues historians, but since their performing career caught fire on the festival circuit, they've become much more than that. All three have developed into talented songwriters. Since blues fans are always looking for fresh themes or new twists on old themes, this trio is a sought-after club and festival act.
The core members of the Virginia-based group include pianist Ann Rabson and Gaye Adegbalola and while the trio was accompanied for a while by bassist Earlene Lewis, she has since left the group. Lewis was replaced by mandolinist Andra Faye McIntosh, also from the Washington, D.C./Virginia area. Rabson worked as a computer programmer and Adegbalola was an award-winning teacher before they gave up their day jobs to play blues full-time for a living.
With their infectious, acoustic blues Saffire reestablished and updated the long tradition of uppity women blues singers like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace and Memphis Minnie. Mixing first-rate musicianship with equal parts of sass, soul and humor, Saffire unleashes unforgettable originals - composed with humor and poignancy - alongside definitive versions of classic blues songs. Living Blues raved, “Saffire effectively bridges the gap between traditional and contemporary blues with grit, unpredictability and authority.”
Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women play one night, Saturday, June 13, in the Celebrity Showroom at 8 p.m. Tickets are just $22 and are available by calling (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300 or click here. Dinner and show packages are available. “Do the Nugget Tonight!”