Evans’ repertoire runs the gamut from raunchy blues to jazz smooth as silk. One of New Orleans’ most popular jazz and blues vocalists, Evans has often been compared to Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson, and Etta James. She first performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 1990, and became a regular fixture as either a leader or featured vocalist for 14 consecutive years. She has toured Europe, Asia, and both North and South America as a headliner, and shared stages with a multitude of legendary artists from B.B. King and James Brown to New Orleans own “Queen of Soul,” Irma Thomas.
Samirah Evans and Her Handsome Devils play a mix of soulful, sultry jazz and blues sprinkled with a little New Orleans spice. Evans formed her electrifying band in 2009, just in time for the release of her second CD “My Little Bodhisattva,” which was recorded in New Orleans. Since then, the band has released a live performance CD, “Hot Club,” and has earned a regional following performing lively arrangements of jazz and blues standards and originals from the Berkshires to Boston.
The seven-concert series continues every other Friday through August 24. All concerts begin at 6:30 pm in downtown Putney on the Putney Tavern lawn (bring a lawn chair or blanket) or at Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in case of rain. The series is sponsored by the Town of Putney, Putney Food Co-Op, Putney Paper Company, The Putney Inn, The Stockwell Brothers, and many other Putney businesses and organizations. The concerts are free to the public, donations are accepted, and food will be available. For information visit www.twilightmusic.org or call (802) 387-5772.