In March 2007, Joel Lindsey left his hometown of London, England to explore the United States with nothing but a suitcase and an acoustic guitar. He performed everywhere from San Francisco to Washington DC, quickly making himself known among the public and local press. Joel was known for his British accent, flowing long hair, but most of all for the intensity of his songwriting and emotional singing style.
He found himself in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he was wowed by the quality of the vocalists and instrumentalists in the Steel City. Alongside Pittsburgh natives Jim Kurasch (bass), Tim College (drums) and James Graff (electric guitar), Joel formed the soulful pop-rock band Boulevard of the Allies. They combined British rock with American soul to produce a sound somewhere between The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.
As they gigged across PA and NY, Boulevard of the Allies were soon recognized as a group who had the potential to make an international impact with their crossbred sound and invigorating live performances.
Joel was invited to meet with the illustrious promoter Pete Bennett named the World’s #1 Promotion Man by Billboard Magazine and promoter of such bands as The Stones and The Beatles. This opened the door for him to perform at a special British Invasion concert. He shared center stage with British legend Denny Laine (Wings, Moody Blues) where he would play the role of legend Paul McCartney. Joel was given the opportunity to not only interpret songs by the great rock bands of the past, but also showcase his own songs with Boulevard of the Allies. This performance helped to further their increasing notoriety.
Joel’s song ‘Man in the Photograph’ was picked up by Barack Obama’s campaign marketing department in Pittsburgh and consequently the band were honored to perform the song at a special rally in Pittsburgh in 2008. Boulevard of the Allies were also invited to open for Elisa Toffoli, an Italian superstar who has performed with artists such as Pavarotti and is considered one of the best-known artists in Italy. The show was sold out and the band soon discovered they had an increasing following in Rome.
2010 saw Boulevard of the Allies release their debut album ‘Man in the Photograph’ which was presented at an electrifying sold out show at Club Cafe, Pittsburgh and later at New York’s famous Bitter End in Greenwich Village. The album has received excellent reviews and has reached all corners of the world through impressive internet sales.
The band looks ahead at 2011 as a year of great opportunities. They have already been invited to perform at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, and later in the year will travel to Europe to promote their new album and continue to build their international following.
Boulevard of the Allies is a band who will arrest your soul with their songs, their charisma and their passion. To hear their new album ‘Man in the Photograph’ and discover more about the band, visit www.boulevardoftheallies.com.
NOTABLE LIVE PERFORMANCES IN THE USA
San Francisco: Blondie’s, The Fisherman’s Wharf Stage, Hotel Utah
District of Columbia
Washington DC: The Grog and Tankard
Deep Creek: Black Bear Tavern
New York: Banjo Jim’s, Googie’s Lounge (The Living Room), PJ Carney’s East, The Red Lion, Sidewalk
Café, Tainted Blue Studios, The Trash Bar, The Bitter End
Beaver: Kelly’s Riverside Saloon, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center, Thursday’s, Jeffries Landing, Lock House Six
California: California University of Pennsylvania
Clarion: Clarion Spring Fling Festival
Johnstown: The Four Corners of The World
Washington: Silks Lounge and Pacers at Meadows Casino
Pittsburgh: Art All Night Festival, Mellon Square Summer Concerts, Zanafest, Brillobox, Buckhead Saloon, The Cabaret Theater, Charlie Murdoch’s Dueling Piano Bar, Claddagh, Club Café, Diesel, Hard Rock Café, Molly Brannigans, Nemacolin Woodlands, Pittsburgh 250 Celebration, Pittsburgh Rally for Obama 2008, Point Park University, Rhythm House, Rivers Casino, Robert Morris University, Sardonyx Music Conference, Southside Works Exposed Arts Festival, Three Rivers Arts Festival, University of Pittsburgh, City Council
Hall, Sewickley Hotel (Sewickley), Dvine (Wexford), Melange, Billy’s Roadhouse.
Nashville: The Bluebird, The Commodore, Coco’s, The Hall of Fame
Austin: The Blind Pig, Chuggin Monkey, Gino’s
Houston: The Corkscrew, Christian’s Tailgate
Dallas: The Iron Cactus, The Opening Bell, The City Tavern
Morgantown: Lakeview Resort
WYEP 91.3 FM, WDVE,KDKA Radio (and television) AM 1020, WPPJ Point Park University, Radio AM 670, West Side Will Online Radio, westsidewill.com, Robert Morris University Radio, rmuradio.com, WPTS Radio
Joel Lindsey - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Jim Graff - Electric Guitar
James Kurasch - Vocals, Bass Guitar
Tim College - Drums
'Man in the Photograph' (2010)
Blackheath to Beaver, Vol. 1 (2007)
Blackheath to Beaver, Vol. 2 (2006)
Music streaming at www.BoulevardoftheAllies.com and many other sites.
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…Lindsey’s pitch and range were remarkable; convincing me he’s got one of the region’s best voices. ...…Lindsey’s pitch and range were remarkable; convincing me he’s got one of the region’s best voices. Even with tongue in cheek, he kept up with the vocal acrobatics of Christina Aguilera during his cover of “Genie in a Bottle.”
Lindsey proved to be a gifted guitarist, too, with a batch of catchy originals that give credence to his Web site’s lofty title — theReturnOfTheMelody.com. By the end of his 40-minute set, Lindsey had Coffee Buzz customers digging into their wallets to buy his self-made CD.
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Joel is a man of music. However, music is not the only thing that makes him a man. He has goals, amb...Joel is a man of music. However, music is not the only thing that makes him a man. He has goals, ambitions, ideals and values that go beyond that. Although London and Pittsburgh are almost night and day, he has remained true to his principles. Keeping music at the core of his motivation, he strives to be the best he can be. For now, take the time to read between the lines and stay abreast for elevation of musical prowess in the near future.
Stand-out Artists and What We Can Learn From Them
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Joel Lindsey is proof that you can make it as a full-time artist in your city, if you’re good at wha...Joel Lindsey is proof that you can make it as a full-time artist in your city, if you’re good at what you do. The British-born Pittsburgh artist has only been living in the United States just shy of 18 months and already he has networked his way to playing most of the major and minor venues in the city, established a non-profit that raises money for charities through a monthly artist showcase called Best in the Burgh, and hosts a weekly Open Mic Night at Pittsburgh favorite lounge, Club Cafe. I think my favorite thing about Joel is that he is extremely hard working…willing to do whatever it takes to be accomplished.
Aldo Coffee Blog
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Joel played here back in March and immediately became one of our favorite acts to ever play Aldo Cof...Joel played here back in March and immediately became one of our favorite acts to ever play Aldo Coffee.
Joel's music is upbeat and his performances are engaging. He's a happy dude for someone who moved from London to Pittsburgh ;-)
Remember these words: "My name's James. James the Cat. Chasing the birds and the butterflies. Yo. James the Cat." And sing along when Joel gets there.
Typical set: two hours of original music. Average song length: Approx 3.5 mins. Occasionally throw in a few covers. Also play 3-4 hr cover gigs upon request.
Book of Life
Could You Love Me
End of the Show
Far from a Disaster
Feel Much Better
Head to the Ground
I Don't Love You
If I'm Still Lost by August
I'm Gonna Write You a Song
James the Cat
Lost by August
Make You Smile
Man in the Photograph
Place Where We Belong
She Said No
So Close to Heaven
Some Kind of Fool
Still Can't Find Your Love
Think it Over
Watch My World Die
While You Were Sleeping
Why You Calling Me
You and Me, You and I
You're Leaving Me
Across the Universe
Ain't No Sunshine
Blowin' in the Wind
Blue Suede Shoes
Brown Eyed Girl
Can't Take My Eyes off of You
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Down on the Corner
Fly Me to the Moon
Fulsome Prison Blues
Genie in a Bottle
Have I Told You Lately?
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
I Want to Hold Your Hand
I Will Survive
I'll Stop the World
Let it Be
Lookin' out my Backdoor
Man in the Mirror
No Woman, No Cry
Ring of Fire
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World
Stand By Me
Stuck in the Middle
Sweet Home Alabama
Sweet Home Chicago
Plus others on request...
There are no upcoming dates at this time.