05-11-2010 | COCO MONTOYA
GC NEKKERSDAL E. Bockstaellaan 107 - 1020 Brussels
Concert: 20:00
Open doors: 19:30
Entrance: 15 €
Presale: 12 €
via or ticket FNAC 0900 00 600 (€ 0.45/min)
Brussels is a city of many different colours of music, but the blues has been neglected in recent years. The newly created Brussels Brussels Society has decided to take action. The opening concert on November 5 will take place at GC Nekkersdal, but other venues in Brussels are not to be excluded in the future. To prove that it is more than just an intention, the Brussels Blues Society has decided to open with a headliner: none other than Coco Montoya will do the honours.

Montoya was introduced to the business by blues legend Albert Collins. He played the drums in Collins' band during three years and got guitar lessons in between gigs. "Just play what's in your heart" was Collins' advice. In 1976 Montoya left the band and earned his money for several years as a barkeeper, but the guitar was always around. An accidental meeting with John Mayall in 1984 led to a new start. Montoya toured ten years with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and appeared on three albums.

Shortly before his death (1993), Albert Collins said to him: "Do your own thing". And, once more, Montoya successfully followed the advice of his mentor. His first album, “Gotta Mind to Travel "(1995 - Blind Pig Records), got praise and acclaim. A year later, he received the Blues Foundation's "Best New Blues Artist" award and things started rolling… He released this year his seventh album, "I Want It All Back" (Ruf Records). "His voice possesses as much soul as does his guitar", we read somewhere. Please come on November 5 to GC Nekkersdal to hear it for yourself.
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