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The Golden Gate Blues Society's 1st Annual Fundraiser, Auction & Awards Ceremony


The Golden Blues Society's 1st Annual Fundraiser, Auction & Awards Ceremony with Fillmore Slim, Tia Carroll, Paula Harris, & Sean Carney.

Come enjoy a talent-packed blues concert, auction, award ceremony and raffle to raise funds for The Golden Gate Blues Society & their many programs.

Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Fillmore has been singing and playing blues for over 50 years. He is “The American Pimp” and famous for his exploits in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. Fillmore Slim's songwriting talents, and musicianship have garnered him several awards, including being inducted into the Bay Area's West Coast Blues Hall of Fame in 2008, and the Lowell Fulson "Jus' Blues" Award in Memphis in 2011. Since his musical resurgence, Fillmore has found his largest fanbase to be in Europe, where he's played the Zurich Blues Festival and the Blues Estafette in Utrecht, Holland, and France, among others.

Over the last twenty years, Tia Carroll has quietly accumulated one of the most impressive entertainment resumes in the Bay Area. She toured Canada, France, and Italy with legendary blues icons Jimmy McCracklin and Sugar Pie DeSanto and left such a great impression on the audiences that they asked her back under her own name. Tia Carroll was featured during the Jazzkarr festival in Tallinn Estonia, and the Switzerland at the Lucerne Blues Festival. She was awarded “West Coast Female Blues Vocalist of the Year” in 2007, the Jus Blues Music Foundation’s “Traditional Blues Woman of The Year” award in 2008, and the Jus Blues Music Foundation’s “Band Leader of the Year” award in 2009. For over a decade Tia has also toured to Brazil to sing at festivals with the Igor Prada Blues Band, and she has made several recent appearances on Brazilian TV. 

“A powerful singer with brassy, full-throated delivery, Carroll is no youngster, but in the past few years she’s quickly gained recognition as one of the most exciting new voices on the scene.” – Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News

Paula Harris burst into the scene when she brought home third place honors in 2012’s International Blues Challenge. She also won the Monterey Blues Festival’s “Battle of the Bands” competition the very same week. Her debut release, Turning on the Naughty from 2013, garnered her a Blues Music Award nomination, a Blues Blast Music Award nomination, the Sean Costello Rising Star Award nomination and an invitation to kick off the prestigious Blues Music Awards Ceremony that year. Notable appearances include two artist residencies at Canada’s “Blues on Whyte,” Regular performances at the Iconic “Top of the Mark” in San Francisco, multiple monthly appearances at “Savanna Jazz,” and a decade-long stint as the front person of the Carere Orchestras in Georgia.

"She's a sassy singer with a remarkably wide range, near perfect intonation and amazing breath control. She knows the value of subtlety when the material calls for it and she achieves an uncanny balance between tenderness and virtuosity." – Living Blues

The Sean Carney Band won the “Albert King Best Guitarist” award and took first place at the 2007 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Onstage locally he mastered his craft backing a wide array of local and national R&B greats such as Christine Kittrell and Jimmy “T-99” Nelson, and making it known that he was a skilled and tasteful guitarist and vocalist. He gained exposure and experience serving as vocalist Teeny Tucker’s musical director and co-writer, and offstage he was a tireless advocate for those same artists, writing articles, being a DJ, promoting concerts, and serving three terms as the President of the Columbus Blues Alliance. Sean has toured and performed with major historical figures in blues such as Big Joe Duskin, Duke Robillard, Charlie Baty, Columbus standby Willie Pooch, Hank Marr, Joe Weaver, Johnnie Bassett, “King Saxe” Gene Walker, & Sir Mack Rice. 

"Sean Carney is the real deal - echoes of T Bone Walker and Pee Wee Crayton permeate his tasty guitar solos, while his songwriting and singing reveal an artist of depth and class.” – Cam Hayden, Producer of Edmonton Blues Festival

Tickets are $25 general admission; $20 for TGGBS members. Children under 12 are free. Advance tickets are available at the link below or at the TGGBS website:, or you may purchase your tickets at the door the night of the show. Doors open one half hour before show time. We accept cash only at the door (ATMs are nearby).

The Back Room is an all-ages, BYOB (for those 21+) space, dedicated to (mostly) acoustic music of all kinds. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverage with no additional corkage fee. If you need more information or have any questions, please call us: #510-654-3808. Thank you for your support!

The Golden Gate Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate of The Blues Foundation, based in Memphis, Tennessee. Your donation is tax deductible. Our Tax ID # is 27-2191232. The purpose of The Golden Gate Blues Society is to enhance the appreciation and understanding of the Blues, especially in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

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