Lil’ A and the Allnighters

Posted May 9, 2013 in Music
Members: Alex “Lil. A” Woodson (harmonica, vocals), Anthony “AC” Contreras (guitar), Bill Bates (guitar), Kenny Huff (bass) and A.J. Martel (drums).
Cities of Origin:  Ontario and Pomona.
Kindred Spirits / Influences:  Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Amos Milburn, Smiley Lewis.
Frequents: Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue (Claremont) and Grazies (Upland).

(WEB)BOTWIn today’s music scene, there is no such thing as a dead genre (except for disco). No one proves this better than Lil’ A and The Allnighters, the best and liveliest Blues band on the West Coast circuit. Even better, the band is locally grown (and good for you). We got to talk to the group about life onstage, and why they croon the way they do.
How would you describe your sound?

A modern interpretation on West Coast jump and Chicago blues.

Why the blues?

The original members were put together for a one time rehearsal, just to see if there was any chemistry, none of them had ever played together before. They jammed to some deep traditional blues that day and realized that with some work and practice that the band would be able to play to an audience. All the members had a blues background, playing with other bands. There was really no other genre of music. The band currently touches on west coast, jump, Memphis style and 50s R&B and blues.

Any crazy stories of recording or performing in the IE?

One does come to mind, at one of our early gigs, we supported the second stage in-between act for the big stage. This was a well known private party in Perris. After the first set some of the bigger performers started to come towards our stage and were into our set enough to want to jam with us, John “JUKE” Logan, and San Pedro Slim were honorary Allnighters that evening, since then we have backed some very well respected blues performers in the industry, Rod Piazza, Johnny Dyer, R.J. Mischo, and Mitch Kashmar. All have shared their insight and we as a band are better for it.

If you can collaborate with anyone who would it be?

Any of the modern day West Coast masters; Rod Piazza, James Harman or Kim Wilson. Cannot forget William Clark and Lester Butler.

Any shows coming up?

Yes! May 18, the Official Doheny Blues Festival, After-Party at Laguna Cliffs Marriot Resort and Spa in Dana Point—8PM; (949) 661-5000. May 25, the Second Annual Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival After-Party at Grand Vista Hotel Arena Complex in Simi Valley—8 PM; (805) 217-8229. The West Coast Blues Revue, we open for #1 European Blues Band B.B. and the Blues Shacks as part of their world tour on May 29, at Joes Great American Bar & Grill in Burbank—9PM; (818) 729-0805. May 31 at Hip Kitty Jazz and Fondue in Claremont—8PM; (909) 447-6700. June 1 at Chaparral Liveroom in San Dimas—8PM; (909) 973-8208. (Also on this Bill Mitch Kashmar & John Marx). June 2 at the Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa—2PM; (949) 270-6262.

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