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      August 24, 2019

      Saturday   8:00 PM

      303 Southeast Mizner Boulevard
      Boca Raton, Florida 33432

      Matt Schofield

      Though he holds a British passport and is an inductee of the British Blues Hall of Fame, Matt Schofield has been making his mark globally as one of the top players in the new class of six string wunderkinds.The Los Angeles Daily News wrote, In Schofield, the UK has produced the best Blues guitarist from any country in decades head and shoulders above the herd, while Guitar & Bass Magazine rated him in the top ten British bluesguitarists of all time ranking him with icons Eric Clapton and Peter Green.Born in the industrial city of Manchester and raised amongst the idyllic countryside of the Cotswolds, Schofield began playing guitar at the age of 12. My dad relocated to America, but before he left he gave me a BB King video. I watched it before school every day; it was three or four tracks from a concert. Later, when I was in California, he showed me BB King with Albert Collins and Stevie Ray Vaughan on video.It was like; I've got to do this. There's something about the way the three of them were jamming. B.B. was so majestic. As an 11-or 12-year-old watching him, I was mesmerized but didn't think there was any way I could ever do that. It was too special. But when I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan playing with him, I thought maybe I could. Stevie made it seem accessible to people. I taught myself, working my way through my Dads great blues record collection. I did my first gig age 13, and Ive been doing it ever since.At age 18 he left the countryside and moved to London. There, as a sideman, he was able to hone his skills as backing a great variety of experienced and well known artists of the British Blues scene, visiting American artists, as well start touring internationally. The introspective, well read (lover of science, history and philosophy) and passionate Schofield said, this enabled me to stay close to my roots while learning my craft and exploring a variety of musical frontiers. By age 25 I was starting to explore my own band projects."Although my formative guitar influences are the largely the old school blues players, I never wanted my own music to be constrained by a rigid formula, or even genre. I just want to play Matt Schofield music. Classic Jazz, funk, soul and rockand all the music I love have all found their way into it. The process of writing and singing has become increasingly important to me, and I feel its those other aspects of creativity that helped define my own voice guitar. Its always been important to find a context for the guitar to be part of, so that its not just guitar solos for their own sake.I remain a music lover first and foremost. The recognition Ive received from both fans and peers is humbling and inspiring, and those pinch me moments where I found myself trading licks with heroes like Robben Ford and Buddy Guy are still the biggest thrill.Now after five studio albums and a solid 15 years of touring with my own band, I have definite broader concepts I want to explore. Remaining open to where the music might take me while maintaining the excitement that improvising andcollaborating with talented musicians allow is key to me. My inspiration and goals came from many places: My influences old and new, including musicians I have wanted to collaborate with for years. Things I still feel I hadn't fully realized on previous studio records, and a need to keep pushing myself. It all meets at the place where I'm heading now. Im always aiming to go as far as possible to capturing the same connection with the listener that I aim to make at a live show on record. Thats the goal. Capturing the moment.Matt is signed to the Mascot Label Group, which is home to some of the worlds most respected guitarists.Discography The Trio Live - 2003 (Nugene Records) Siftin Thru Ashes - 2005 (Nugene Records) Live At The Jazz Caf 2005 (Nugene Records) Ear to The Ground 2007 (Nugene Records) Heads, Tails & Aces 2009 (Nugene Records) Live From Archive 2010 (Nugene Records) Anything But Time 2011 (Nugene Records) Ten From The Road (live) 2012 Far I Can See 2014 (Mascot/Provogue)Awards and accolades: British Blues Awards Guitarist of the Year 2010, 2011,2012 which garnered him an induction into the BritishBlues Hall of Fame British Blues Awards Album of the Year 2010 Blues Album of the Year 2011 - Mojo Magazine Penguin Book of Blues Recordings cited as one of onlytwo living British artists to achieve the maximum four-star rating Guitar & Bass magazines Top Ten British BluesGuitarists Of All Time "In Schofield, the UK has produced the best blues guitaristfrom any country in decades." L.A. DAILY NEWS, USA "The best of this generation's European players. His feelfor the music is incredible." VINTAGE GUITAR, USA "Top ten British Blues guitarists of all time." GUITAR &BASS, UK "The UKs most exciting blues guitar player." GUITARIST,UK

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