K.D. Bell     Photo: Kathe Molloy
To: Area Entertainment Editors
K.D. Bell is back and he’s wired to bring hour after hour of supercharged electrifying blues to the Newport Opera House in Newport, NH on Saturday, April 17th at 8 p.m.
K.D. Bell has the voice, the down home Delta voice, meant to croon the blues. He can slide back and forth between the blues and R&B. He sings them all, gospel blues, swamp blues, delta blues, New Orleans piano blues… K.D. does it all.

Born and raised in Alabama, Bell has been a musician since he was a child singing gospel songs in church. As soon as he was old enough he hit the road and, landing in Miami, began playing with legends like James Brown, LaVerne Baker, and The Coasters.

Decked out in swanky suit, he looks the part, talks the part, he is the blues man. Bell, a dynamic musician, has spent much of his career driving heavy drumbeats for many of the 60’s soul sensations such as Luther “Guitar” Johnson, Wilson Pickett, Benny Lettimore, The Drifters, Ben E. King, and Wayne Cochran.

Over the years K.D. Bell has had the honor of performing with a great many talents including Clyde McFadden, Mighty Sam McLain, Sam and Dave, The Marvelettes, Earl King, Shirley Lewis, Boston Baked Blues, Johnny Nash, Little Willie John, Toni-Lynn Washington, and many more.

K.D. Bell worked for three years with Amara Television and Sound Productions to host and star in the television music show Blues on Fire which was broadcast for 16 weeks on WGOT, reaching over 3.2 million viewers.

He has completed Driven To The Blues, a collection of original material released as part of the Blooze Hat label Raw and Live collection.

K.D. Bell performs at many blues functions including the “Hot August Night” Festival in Maryland and the Portsmouth Blues Festival in Portsmouth NH. He was also selected to compete in the battle of the Boston Blues Bands at Harper’s Ferry in Allston MA. In addition K.D. Bell was selected to represent New England at the Northeast semi-finals of the WKLON National Blues Contest held at Manny’s Car Wash in New York city. Bell was recently nominated for Best Blues Artist by Jam Magazine.

So flip, flop, and fly on down to the Newport Opera House and plug into the galvanizing, high voltage performance of K.D. Bell an electric blues man extraordinaire.

The seating for this event is at small café tables in a cabaret style resembling that of a dinner theatre. The setting is a beautiful old opera house dating back to the late 1800’s complete with a balcony and box seats graced with dark Victorian woodwork overlooking the stage. A full line of beverages and light snacks are available. Tickets are $8. And may be purchased at the door. Advanced ticket sales and reserved seating are also available.

For more information regarding this event, the Newport Opera House Association’s WINTER/SPRING PERFORMANCE SERIES please call NOHA at 603-863-0000 or Bill Wightman at Wightsteeple Productions, 603-763-0000.