Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series

Back by popular demand to the Broadway at Birdland concert series, William Blake performed an encore of his show  "Echoes of Etta," a musical tribute to Etta James, on Monday, August 20th. There wasn't an extra chair to be had at Birdland-every single space was filled with a screaming, stomping fans. Check out photos of Blake onstage below!

Blake played with musical director Michael Thomas Murray at the keys, Oscar Bautista on guitar, Steve Kelly on drums, Mike Preen on bass, Matthew Polashek on sax and "The Peaches" (Ashley Betton, Shira Elias and Stephany Mora) on backup.

From Etta James' first No. 1 hit "The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry)" to her quintessential "At Last," this concert gave a glimpse into the extraordinary career of an amazing artist.

William Blake is a native of Dallas and has been performing professionally since the age of 19. As an actor, his regional musical theater credits include The Who's Tommy (Cousin Kevin), Chicago (Mary Sunshine), and The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff). In 2004, William released his first studio album, DayDreamer. Shortly after the release, William auditioned for the fourth season of American Idol and went on to compete in Hollywood.

In early 2007, he made the move to New York City to continue his musical career and has since performed at such notable NYC venues as Don't Tell Mama, Uncle Charlie's, The Metropolitan Room, Feinstein's at the Regency, and Birdland Jazz Club. In 2010, William was honored to receive an invitation to sing at Carnegie Hall in "Standard Time with Michael Feinstein." He also shared the stage with Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Lucie Arnaz, and many others in "The Best of Jim Caruso's Cast Party" at Town Hall last February. In May 2011, he enjoyed the release of his first live album, Live From New York City (2012 MAC Award Nominee with Cavern Records), which was recorded at Birdland in September 2010 (now available on iTunes).

Photo Credit: Seth Walters

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
Band backstage

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
Band backstage

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake backstage

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and Jane Monheit

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
Band

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
Matthew Polashek and William Blake

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
The Peaches and the Band

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and the Band

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and The Peaches

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and The Peaches

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and The Peaches

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and Company

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and Company

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and Company

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and Company

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series
William Blake and the Band

Photo Flash: William Blake's ECHOES OF ETTA Returns to Broadway at Birdland Series

 

 

 

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