(Stevie Ray Vaughan, Muddy Waters, BB King)

Gregory Porter

Grammy-awardee Gregory Porter is a force to reckon with in the world of jazz and R&B music. Want proof? His latest release, Liquid Spirit, won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album. This LA-born and California-bred grew up as a football player until a shoulder injury sidelined his future as an athlete. Bad luck on his young self but good news for jazz aficionados out there as this little bend in the corner gave us this crafty and soulful singer.

Julia Haltigan: Julia Haltigan & The Hooligans

Raised among the oil and stain of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Julia Haltigan channels the unruliness of her hometown to her music, presenting to the stage a tough, sharp-edged rocker with a sultry voice. Julia Haltigan & The Hooligans is the songstress’ second release, which features twelve flirtatious and moving pieces that walks along the avenue of blues rock.