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For over 20 years, The Breeze Kings have been one of the busiest and most respected bands in the Atlanta music scene. Their music - featuring complex guitar parts, explosive harmonica, and rock steady rhythms - is an exciting and authentic blend of 50's and 60's era blues styles with roots reaching out to Chicago, Memphis and the Delta region. Their performances draw in audiences of both blues purists and those new to the genre. The band has released four CD's on Atlanta's Veritone Records label, performed thousands of shows all over the Eastern USA and completed four tours of Europe. They have opened for, and played with, some of the biggest names in blues, performed live on television and radio, and their music is regularly played on local, regional, national and international blues radio and internet programs. The Breeze Kings have won Creative Loafing Magazine's prestigious Best of Atlanta award 11 times and were among the top 10 finalists at the 2005 IBC competition in Memphis TN.


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"The Breeze Kings hit you on every level. Driving rhythm, blistering guitar, and the fierce attack of Carlos the Breeze Capote's harmonica. This band holds the music close to their hearts. You have to see them to understand."
-Mike Kane, producer and host of Blue Sunday radio show on Z93 92.9FM (Atlanta)

  
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"Before I ever heard these guys I knew that they had been voted Atlanta's best blues band 3 years in a row. After I heard them, I knew exactly why and can only explain it like this... whenever these guys go to play a gig, they must take a spiritual detour through Chicago, Memphis and New Orleans. That's the only way that I can explain their show. They are original, authentic and entertaining as well as a lot of fun. You'll hear some of the best harmonica, guitar, bass, drums and blues vocals ever."
-Harty Wiedemann, Blues Pros Talent

 



Photo by Skipper Gibson @ Maxwell's Cigar Bar 7-26-2019

Carlos' recording credits include:
Atlanta Blues Vol. 1 ... LIVE!! at the Northside Tavern
The Breeze Kings - Tying One On ... For The People
WRFG Presents: 1st Annual Back Porch Blues Fest  Live @ Darwins
10 Fat Years: 10th Anniversary CD from Fat Matt's Rib Shack
Wabi Sabi - Plays Well With Others
The Breeze Kings - You Got To Bring Some To Get Some
Johnny Knox - Doin' What It Takes (songwriting credit)
Frankie Moates & the Atlanta Horns - You Got It, Now Get It
The Breeze Kings - Two Guys Live
The Breeze Kings - Can't Stay Home
Wizeguy - He Had It Coming
Larry Griffith - Get Up
Heather Wilson & A Theory of Now - Peace In Time
Betrayed By The Game - I'm Coming Home
Larry Griffith - (to be released)
Carlos "Breeze" Capote - Vocals, Harmonica

Originally from south FL, 'Breeze' grew up musically in the Atlanta blues scene and many locals still remember his first performances ever. Since then, his talent and reputation have grown far and fast. Blues fans everywhere take notice of his exciting harp style and passionate, natural vocals. Carlos has played with other local blues icons such as Mudcat, Slim Fatz, Shelton Powe, Smokestack Lightnin', Johnny Knox, Rough Draft, the Porkbellys and many of the celebrated blues legends from the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Carlos enjoys all of the following in excess : meat, cars, poker, tube amps, Coca-Cola, naps, gadgets & Discovery Channel.

Carlos is also one of the founders and the former musical director of the "Blues In The Schools" program of the Atlanta Blues Society. These programs are intended primarily for Atlanta area schools but are available to all community groups. The goal is to educate, enlighten and entertain students of all ages about the history, tradition, and cultural impact of American blues music through a presentation combining both live music and lecture.
Here's a nice Sept 2017 'Blues In The Schools' write up 

In 2016, Carlos was awarded a lifetime honorary membership to the Atlanta Blues Society.
Atlanta Blues Society honorary page

 

Trevor "Nature Boy" Roberts - Drums

Trevor was born & raised in GA. He plays drums and teaches drums. He likes beer, baseball, grilling and Ric Flair.

Trevor's recording credits include:
Patrick Vining - Atlanta Boogie
The Breeze Kings - Can't Stay Home


Photo by Skipper Gibson @ Maxwell's Cigar Bar 7-26-2019

 

 
Photo by Skipper Gibson @ Maxwell's Cigar Bar 7-26-2019 

Gregg "Tube Top" Shapiro - Bass

Gregg is everybody's buddy, but nobody's emergency contact. He's originally from New York, but we try and excuse that. He owns four shirts. He plays squash - whatever that is.

Whether you know him as Gregg, 'Schleper', 'Tube Top', 'Thumper' or 'The Dream', the end result remains the same. You think about him a lot and you can't figure out why.

Gregg's recording credits include:
Sonia Leigh - Angel On My Shoulder
The Beggars Guild - It Only Gets Better From Here
Soul Suga' & Diane Durrett
King Cake & the Boogie Woogies
Mike Rizzi - Appreciate What Remains
Diane Durrett & Soul Suga - Live

 

 


The Time:
The Breeze Kings were formed in October 1997 by Carlos Capote with a little help from Ellyn Webb, owner of Atlanta's famous Northside Tavern (RIP), and the inspiration & guidance of some of the very best musicians in Atlanta blues.

The Shows:
The Breeze Kings have steadily performed over 150 times per year since 1997, putting the band solidly around the mark of 3000 total performances. They currently appear regularly at clubs, festivals and private events all over Georgia and the southeast.

The Honors:
Voted Runner Up for S.L.A.B. (Southern Local Area Bands) 1999 People's Choice Award: Best Band in Southeast
Voted Creative Loafing's 1999 Critics Choice: Best Blues Band in Atlanta
Voted Creative Loafing's 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2015  Reader's Choice: Best Blues Band in Atlanta
Voted Creative Loafing's 2019 Critics Choice: Best Dance Band in Atlanta
Atlanta Blues Society representatives at 2001, 2005 and 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN
Top 10 Finalist at the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis TN
Featured instructors at the 2012 "Rencontres Music Blues" de Blues Station (blues school) in Tournon France
Annual honoree at the 2013 WRFG Labor Day Blues BBQ in Atlanta GA
In 2016 Carlos was made an honorary lifetime member of the Atlanta Blues Society

The Names:
The Breeze Kings have shared the stage with (in no particular order) Tinsley Ellis, Sean Costello, Anson Funderburgh & Sam Myers, Tab Benoit, Louisiana Red, Sleepy LaBeef, Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Jerry McCain, Chick Willis, Eddie Kirkland, Cootie Stark, Francine Reed, Sandra Hall, Sweet Betty, Luther 'Houserocker' Johnson and the Shadows, Eddie Tigner, Tommy Brown, Roy Lee Johnson, Robert Lee Coleman, Harvey Scales, Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Coy Bowles (Zac Brown Band), Donnie MaCormick, Joey Williams (Blind Boys of Alabama), Laur Joamets (Drivin N Cryin), Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow) and many more.
They have opened for Saffire- The Uppity Blues Women, Buckwheat Zydeco, Leon Russell, George Thorogood, Steve Miller, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Bo Diddley, Eric Bibb, Otis Taylor, Robert Cray, and John Hammond Jr.


Need to contact the Breeze Kings about booking, the web site, or just to say hello? Here's how:
us at BreezeKings@BreezeKings.com    
-or- call us at (404)315-8490


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