Lil' Bayou will present another night of live music with one of the up-and-coming bluesmen, Kevin Selfe.
Selfe and his band will be performing at the Portland Blues Fest in July for thousands to see and hear, but others can see and hear him in Seaside up close and personal Saturday, May 26, at 8:30 p.m. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Lil Bayou is located at 20 N. Holladay.
Selfe is a man who has dedicated his life to the blues. After graduating from North Carolina State University with a degree in meteorology in 1995, Selfe felt there was something missing, something else calling him. He decided to abandon a lucrative career as a weatherman to pursue the music that consumed his soulthe blues.
In 1996 at the age of 22, he joined the regionally popular Fat Daddy Band based out of his hometown of Roanoke, Va. During his tenure, the Fat Daddy Band won the Charlotte Blues Society's 2001 talent competition and was a finalist at the Blues Foundation's 2002 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., thus being named one of the top six unsigned blues bands in the world.
After spending seven busy years touring the South with the band and recording three CDs, Selfe left Fat Daddy and joined forces with fellow Virginia bluesman Rodger Crowder, forming Little Rodger and the Cheap Thrills. Over the next two years Selfe continued touring, performing at some of the nations best blues clubs
Always searching for the next adventure, Selfe relocated to Portland in January 2007, where he looks to become part of a vibrant blues community and continue his lifelong passion of performing the blues.
His diverse style can best be described as a range of traditional Chicago blues to powerful Texas swing.
Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes released a CD titled "Selfe-Contained" in January 2006. The recording consists of 10 dynamic tunes and captures the bands uncontainable energy and creativity. Although Selfe is best known for his guitar work, he has also become an accomplished harmonica player and vocalist. Blues Matters (UK) says of Selfe on the CD, "Playing fine harmonica as well, it is his superb deep voice that resonates throughout."