Moonshine Society

Moonshine Society

 Washington, D. C., Washington, D.C., USA

"Grabs a hold of your soul and rocks it!"- The Boston Herald. "A Don't Miss Show"- Delta Airlines Sky Magazine. American Blues Scene- Blues Top 5 Chart. Three members of the Blues Hall of Fame. Two Wammie nominations. Young acclaimed band redefining the blues genre for a new generation.


An international sensation often compared to Tedeschi Trucks Band, Albert King, and Teena Marie (Lady T), Moonshine Society was created by several young members of the Blues Hall of Fame featuring Berklee College of Music alumni and celebrity saxophonist Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes Band, Dizzy Gillespie).  Fans will tell you the band pays homage to the sounds of Mississippi blues, New Orleans funk, and Texas roots rock while keeping the sound fresh for a new generation of music lovers.

Since forming in 2008, the band has brought their twist on classic American music to China, Cuba, Japan, and throughout the US, breaking generational and cultural barriers, landing them as the #1 Blues Band in China on Reverbnation, "#1 Blues/Jazz Band in Shanghai" in TimeOut Magazine, "Top Don't Miss Show in Shanghai" from Delta Airlines Sky Mag, and more.  "I now have new respect for the Boston music scene," said Tony Van Veen, CEO/President of Disc Makers after the band brought down the house at the Disc Makers Boston Party.

Moonshine Society's debut album "Live in Shanghai" was released independently in late 2011. The full length album was recorded at the House of Blues and Jazz (Shanghai, China) after Chinese film star Lin Dong Fu (owner) personally selected and invited the band for a three month stay. The band and album have seen been nominated for three Wammies (for Best Blues/Trad. R&B Band, Best Blues/Trad. R&B Female Vocalist, and Best Blues/Trad. R&B album).

The band has performed with and opened for Johnny Winter, George Clinton & Funkadelic, Tab Benoit, Indigenous, Allen Toussaint, Snoop Dogg, Peaches, Roomful of Blues, Bernard Allison, Jimmy Thackery, WuTang Clan, Everclear, Puddle of Mud, Drowning Pool, and more.  Members of the Society have performed and recorded with artists such as John Mayer, The Allman Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Steve Ray Vaughn,, Susan Tedeschi, Brian Eno, and Gov't Mule, and more.

Past Show Highlights and Awards:

  • Musikfest (three years in a row)- Bethlehem, PA
  • Firefly Music Festival
  • House of Blues and Jazz (3 months, 2011)- Shanghai, China
  • Pregame performances for the Washington Nationals (Baseball)- Nationals Stadium, Washington, DC
  • Artscape- Baltimore, MD
  • Red, White & Blue Ball (Official Military Inaugural Ball)- Washington, DC
  • Reloaded at Gillette Stadium- Boston, MA
  • Memorial Day Festival- Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (USO)
  • Exotic Erotic Ball at the Cow Palace Arena- San Francisco, CA
  • Oak Barrel Blues Festival- Roanoke, VA
  • George Mason University Blues & BBQ Festival- Washington, DC
  • Colonial Beach Blues Festival (three years)- Colonial Beach, VA
  • Disc Makers Boston Party- Cambridge, MA
  • College Fest- Boston, MA
  • Celebrate Fairfax (three years) Fairfax, VA
  • Silver Spring Blues Festival 2009 and 2012- Silver Spring, MD
  • Berklee College of Music's New Music Festival- Boston, MA

Three Wammie Nominations (2013)- Best Blues/Trad. R&B Band, Female Vocalist, and Best Blues/Trad. R&B Band
American Blues Scene- Blues Top 5 Chart
Three members inducted into Blues Hall of Fame in 2012
WBZ-TV Channel 4 Boston- Nominated for Boston's Best Female Vocalist two years in a row
Pixy 103- Artist of the Month
Bostons Blues Challenge- Finalist
RJL Memorial Fund Battle of the Bands winner

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Blues enthusiasts, college kids, burlesque lovers, and even biker bar regulars come together on the dance floors of a Moonshine Society show. Established in Boston, MA in 2006, the group made appearances throughout the USA and Cuba and relocated to Washington DC at the end of 2008. Today, the Society can be seen at clubs throughout the East Coast and internationally at various festivals, sports stadiums, clubs, private functions, and USO bases.


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