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Late night fun at Manhattan

Blues Raiders played live last Saturday

Blues Raiders live at Bar ManhattanSorry to blog after the event, but the Blues Raiders played Bar Manhattan Cafe Copas last Friday the 20th Januay 2017. I didn't blog before as we were expecting it was only going to be an all Spanish audience as the start time was 11:30pm.

As it happens some non-Spanish people did brave the cold - thanks particularly to Brett and Patricia, whose dancing, cheering and heckles of encouragement were greatly appreciated!

In the tradition of 'here's what you would have one', this is the setlist from the gig:

Mercury Blues
Let the good times roll
Hoochie Coochie Man
Old Time Rock n Roll
Unchain my heart
Steamy Windows
Money For Nothing
Lets Stick Together
Jean Genie
Born To Be Wild
Black Magic Woman
Little by little
Whiskey in the Jar
Hotel California
Long Train Running
You Never Can Tell
Proud Mary
Get Lucky
Rockin All Over The World
Come on in
Johnny B Goode
Flatfoot Sam
I Saw Her Standing There
La Bamba
Mustang Sally

As you can see we've been been moving away from blues. Now that Bar La Noria has closed, we're having to find gigs in other places, and well to be honest, blues is not really in high demand here in Olvera. We've therefore decided to move away from blues for our main set and we're introducing lots of new numbers in more of a rock genre. As a result, we're not going to be needing a harmonica in every song, so Nigel and I are going to be moving forward as a due. Paco has done a fantastic job which we thank him for very much, and the door is open for us to play as a blues three-piece again if a suitable gig arises. But for now we're moving on with a new set and hopefully a new band name - T.B.A so watch this space!!

Last blast at La Noria

Come see us play the last gig of 2016 at our local bar La Noria

Blues Raiders in Bar La NoriaSaturday 17th of December 2016 will be the last Blues Raiders gig of 2016, and possibly the last time we will play there, at least while it is under the stewardship of Eva and Paco. As you may have heard, Paco has a job which takes him out of town during the week, and Eva is unable to handle such a big bar on her own, so they are putting the business up for sale.

The Blues Raiders were born in Bar La Noria, when Nigel and I started informal jams with Paco several summers ago. Things soon moved on and now we are playing in other venues. In fact Paco may have more time to play with us in future as he doesn't have to worry about who is manning the kitchen. So watch this space about forthcoming Blues Raiders gigs in the new year - we already have one penciled in for January but no names, no pack drill.

Adios Bar La Noria. Viva The Blues Raiders

Blues Raiders Ride Again

Blues Raiders play our first indoor gig of the season at La Noria

Blues Raiders Octoberfest!Straight from the Andalusia delta, the Blues Raiders ride again in a live indoor show at Bar La Noria.

With a 9 o'clock start, we'll be roaring into to some blues and rock numbers old and new. Our recent guest Andrew Derrick has gone back to blighty so Nigel resumes the role as lead guitar. Several die-hard fans are are back in town (Pauline, Bill, Lynda) so should be a good crowd. So why don't you come down and dance the night away.

As ever there is extra staff in the kitchen, allowing Paco to cover the harmonica, so feel free to indulge yourself with the full gamut of the La Noria menu.

Also we really want to hear from you if there are any favourite songs you want us to cover. Remember, we're a local band for local people!

Busy busy busy in October

Three weddings and a funeral sort of!

The Blues Raiders have two birthday gigs in October 2016 - the first on the 1 Oct 2016 in the Hotel Pino, the secnod on the 15th in Bar Manhatten. We will also be playing in our regular haunt, Bar La Noria on the 21st


All being well, we will also be hosting a Karaoke night at Bar La Noria on Friday 7th.


The Pino gig will feature a guest lead guitar player, Andrew, so even if you don'thave an invite, worth pitching up to the bar for a drink - you'll be able to hear us even if we're playing poolside, though forecast suggests we will be inside!

We're Back

Blues Raiders Ride Again Friday 9th September 2016

After a brief summer holiday, the Blues Raiders will be playing Bar La Noria from 10pm on Friday 9th September 2016.

As ever food is available and there will be the usual mayhem on the terrace. There will be a few new numbers in addition to the favourites in are traditional song set.

Technical problems prevented us from broadcasting the last set through periscope, though hope to rectify that this time. Details of the scope will be announced via Twitter @andaluciasteve

The Blues Raiders will also be playing at a private party in the Hotel Sierra Y Cal on 1 October. Those unlucky enough not to be invited can always turn up at the bar and 'cock an ear' in the direction of the terrace where we will be playing.