Courtesy Brian Bovenizer
ASTORIA — JJ Thames & The Violet Revolt perform at Fort George Brewery 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7. There is no cover for this all-ages show.
Dubbed the “Future of the Blues” by legendary “Misty Blue” recording artist Dorothy Moore, and a “Blues Trailblazer” by Living Blues Magazine, JJ Thames is the “leave-it-all-on-the-stage” frontwoman of the Violet Revolt, possessing the star quality of Tina Turner, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Koko Taylor and Ruth Brown — all in one raw, often wistful, always powerful voice.
JJ’s voice and stage presence is one that elicits goosebumps, tears, encores and standing ovations, commanding the attention of any room — from a 100-person capacity hole-in-the-wall Mississippi juke joint to a 20,000-seat stadium. She is a Billboard Blues album chart-topping artist and dynamic entertainer who quickly wins listeners’ hearts with her funny anecdotes and messages of hope, positivity, love and encouragement.
The Violet Revolt is composed of two women and two men: Justine Gardner (bass), Lauren Stockner (guitar), Roger Voss (drums) and Phil Silverberg (B-3/keys).
Underneath the juke joint stylings and waves of gospel is a mixture of elemental hip-hop, energetic 90s and southern rock and blues guitar licks, groovin’ soul melodies and a peek-a-boo of roots reggae.