Great music shows & open blues jams in the MD/VA/DC area ...
About Wolf ...
“Wolf” Crescenze began playing bass with various bands in the DC area during the garage band era of the 60s, most notably with Sassafras Tea. More recently, he has been seen onstage performing with Pinetop Perkins, Guitar Shorty, Zac Harmon, Tab Benoit, Steve Riley, Memphis Gold, Daryl Davis, Linwood Taylor, Robert Frahm, Pete Ragusa, Steve Jacobs, Nadine Rae, Clarence “The Bluesman” Turner, Bret Littlehales, Rusty Bogart, Matt Kelley, Lisa Lim, Wave Milor, Mike Westcott, Tom Maxwell, The Skyla Burrell Band, Hot Rods & Old Gas, The Idle Americans, Acme Blues Company, One Bad Jack and DrMove. Presently, besides gigging with his regular projects, Big Boy Little Band, Still Standing and Over the Limit Band, he hosts numerous blues jams in the Northern Virginia, DC and Southern Maryland areas. www.wolfsmusicweekly.com
Besides music, over the years, Wolf’s interests include building, painting and driving street rods and custom motorcycles. He is also considered one of the top carousel restoration artists in the country, having restored over 400 figures.
www.carouselrestorations.com He has a large Coca-Cola and country store memorabilia collection, as well as an ever-growing collection of left-handed Fender basses. www.wolfsmusicweekly.com/id45.html Stay tuned here for pictures of various collections.
Below are some of the calendar listings for various music projects (more coming soon), including:
Open Blues Jams
Big Boy Little Band
Wolf's Still Standing with Andy Hamburger/Mike O'Donnell & Special Guest
Along for the Ride with Bill Pappas & Special Guest
OPEN BLUES JAMS:
Open blues jams are a great way to connect with fellow blues lovers and musicians and a great way to hear a variety of local blues talent! And you never know who's going to show up - sometimes traveling musicians - so no two nights alike!
----> Wednesday Open Blues Jam hosted by Wolf's Still Standing w/ Andy Hamburger and Special Guests!
the Londontown Pub, 726 Londontown Rd., Edgewater, MD, (410) 956-9799, 7:30-11:30. Great sounding room, great food, new owners and a blues-loving crowd located close to Annapolis! No cover. www.facebook.com/blairspubandgrill
----> Thursday Open Blues Jam (NEW! 1st & 3rd Thursdays) hosted by Big Boy Little Band at
Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, MD 20715, (301) 464-8800 www.oldbowietowngrille.com www.bigboylittleband.com
----> Monday Open Blues Jam hosted by Wolf's Still Standing with Andy Hamburger with a special guest (such as Linwood Taylor, Big Boy Little & Baby Jake, Mike Westcott or Wave Milor) at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, VA, (703) 241-9504, 8:30 pm. Great homecooked food at famous honky tonk with live music every night! No cover. www.jvsrestaurant.com www.facebook.com/JVS
USEFUL LINKS/JAMS/BLUES SOCIETIES
www.wolfsmusicweekly.com - full calendar, music videos, lots of pics of shows and blues jams
www.bigboylittleband.com - music videos
Wolf's BLUES JAMS ARTICLES
Never been to a blues jam? It's fun for musicians and audience alike! Here's the scoop...
And a 4th article about Wolf's Blues Jams!
"Wolf's Southern Maryland Blues Jams"
-Christine Basham, Maryland Life, May/June 2009.
BIG BOY LITTLE BAND:
Bret Littlehales aka "Big Boy Little", Steve "Baby Jake" Jacobs, “Wolf” Crescenze & Andy Hamburger
Gigs and blues jams listed under Big Boy Little Band websites listed below.
Big Boy Little Band records 9 songs (8 originals) at Sirius XM Radio recording studio - hear them on XM Radio's "Bluesville" with Bill Wax! CD available on our website, CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, House of Musical Traditions (Takoma Park, MD) and Joe's Record Paradise (Silver Spring, MD).
Big Boy Little - Finalist (Top 11) - Int'l Blues Challenge, billed as the "World's Largest Gathering of Blues Bands" in Memphis, TN - out of 110 bands from 39 states and 14 countries!
Big Boy Little Band wins DC Blues Society Blues Challenge and represented the DC Blues Society and community at the Int'l Blues Challenge in the "Blues Capital of the World" Memphis, TN, Jan. 21-23, 2010!
Bret's opened for B.B. King, Koko Taylor, Junior Wells, and more!
About The Big Boy …
Big Boy Little may be the nom de blues of veteran harp player/singer Bret Littlehales, but then again it may not. If it is, then we can trace him back to the Northside Blues Band in 1968-69, with a young Bobby Radcliff on guitar. If not, then he might have been the mysterious harp player on Son House's extended recording of Death Letter Blues in Mississippi circa 1942. Then again, that might have been someone else.
This we know for sure: he's led the BBL Blues Band in DC for the last seven years, five in residence at the Zoo Bar, and that, much like the Duke of Earl, nothing can stop him. In fact, the brand new edition of the band debuts Thursday nights at the Zoo Bar Blues Jam.
Loved by some, including himself, reviled by some, also including himself, BBL keeps those blues keepin' on, whatever that means.
What they're saying about The Big Boy …
"Great job guys. You all sounded great." – Bill Wax, XM Radio
"This guy's a real blues player." - Huey Lewis of The News
“He was a major influence on shaping the Washington blues scene back then & he's still playing the real 100%, low down & dirty blues to this day." - Bobby Radcliff
“Now Bret's back. I guess I better tighten up." - Mark Wenner of The Nighthawks
"These guys play blues for grown-ups." - Bill Kirchen
new! www.bigboylittleband.com - videos too!
Wolf's Music Weekly Newsletter
Sign up for the weekly newsletter, "Wolf's Music Weekly" for the latest about the blues jams & gigs by emailing Wolf at
wolfsweekly at aol.com with "join" in the subject or join from the website, www.wolfsmusicweekly.com
Check out the newsletter (sample copy) ...
Howlin' & prowlin' for good music!