David Smash Send Off Celebration

Photo from David Smash Website, davidsmash.net

The David Smash Band won the Central Florida Blues Challenge hosted by Orange Blossom Blues Society in Sanford and they will be representing Florida at the International Blues Challenge 2016 held in Memphis in the last week of January. Come out and show David your support on Friday, January 22, 8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.  Tickets are $8 in advance/$10 at the door.  Advance tickets are available at www.wslr.org.

David started playing guitar at the age of thirteen in Lithuania. Drums, bass, piano, xylophone and harmonica followed shortly after. He was heavily inspired by a blues CD that his dad bought in Germany entitled “Blues Giants Vol. 2”, a compilation of blues songs from John Lee Hooker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, BB King, Etta James, Buka White, Memphis Slim, and the like.   David says, “It was magic.  That CD with those songs was like having an invitation letter to Hogwarts. Not only the music was captivating and enchanting, they were singing in this amazing language, and they lived in this distant part of the world that I’ve only seen on television.”

David linked up with local Blues musician Steve Arvey and moved to Florida at the age of 19.  In his two years in Sarasota, he has expanded his musical repertoire and become well-integrated into the local music scene.  He has a high-energy performance style and a winning personality on stage.   Steve Arvey will make a guest appearance at this event.

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