Charlie and the Bluescats is much more than just another Blues band.

From the origins in the southern states of the U.S., deeply rooted in Africa and crossing the european scene, their's is an unique perspective over old and contemporary Blues.

For nearly a decade, Carlos and his band mates have played in several european stages developing their own sound and were lucky enough to cross paths with B.B. King, Carey Bell and Eddie Clearwater as well as with a number of relevant european musicians. They are the most representative, experienced and international Blues band from Portugal.

In 2005 the band released their first cd but live is their natural habitat so expect the unexpected when you hear and see them perform.

Charlie & The Bluescats are:

Carlos Pereira- Guitar and Vocal (Portugal)
João Luís Lobo- Drums (Portugal / Norway)
Fernando Sousa- Bass (Mozambique / Portugal)
Tiago Machado- Piano and Hammond (Portugal)


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"Deeply rooted, as they put it, in a long tradition remoting to Freddie King and Albert Collins, to mention just a few, Charlie and The Bluescats  is a very interesting band in the european Blues scene."
in VI Festival de Blues de Castilla e Léon press release

"If you think blues does not exist in a country like Portugal you are wrong. Charlie & The Bluescats are lead by 43 year old singer and guitar player Carlos Pereira who has become a real reference to all portuguese blues lovers. When he was only a teenager he was strongly impressed by Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Hendrix but soon totally got into the blues world when he discovered Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and other blues icons, although in this cd his real sound influences can be found in B.B. King, Freddie King and Albert King. If you want to discover the best blues that is being made in Portugal do not hesitate and get a cd copy. You will be surprised.

"...amazing Blues, I really love what they are doing..."
Vicente Zúmel
in 30/12/05
La Hora del Blues is a radio show hosted by Vicente Zúmel, president of the Sociedad de Blues de Barcelona (Barcelona's Blues Society). It's playlist is submitted every month since 1984 to Jim McGrath of Living Blues Mag. for Top 25 Living Blues Radio Chart and 'Roots Music Reports' among others.

"We present the line up for the VIII Edición del ciclo Ritmo Y Blues en Aragón.
This year's line up represents a strong increase in quality with the presence of artists from other countries including blues myth Sonny Rhodes. (...) We’ll also have Charlie & The Bluescats, the best Blues band from Portugal featuring singer/ guitarrist Carlos Pereira, to open this year’s Festival. (...)"

"The Blues knows only one frontier, one of quality. With the spirit and intensity generated by countless Bluesmen before him, deeply and consciously rooted in a tradition bigger than life, Carlos Pereira (Charlie) and The Bluescats honour the Blues…"

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17 May, Blues Tour Cuijk, Cuijk (NL)
18 May, Blues Live Nights Heimathaus Twist, Twist (D)
19 May, Breda Jazz Festival, Breda (NL)
20 May, Breda Jazz Festival, Breda (NL)
20 Jul, Festival de Blues de Stª Maria dos Açores (P)
27 Jul, Galeria ArtKafé, Setúbal (P)
28 Jul, Coruche (P)
Nov, Festival Blues-Sur-Seine, Bennecourt (F)
17 Nov, Festival Blues-Sur-Seine, Bennecourt (F)
22 Nov, Tunnel, Wien (A)
23 Nov, Blankenheim (D)
24 Nov, Blues Soc. L'Esprit, Rotterdam (NL)

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Cambrinus Muziek Podium  '06  Horst (NL)
Het Podium  '06  Geel (B)
Bluescafé Apeldoorn  '06  Apeldoorn (NL)
Café De Plaats  '06  Tilburg (NL)
Muziek Kafee De Bast  '06  Staadskanaal (NL)
Muziek kaffee De Kroeg  '06  Geldrop (NL)           
El Asesino  ’06  Valencia (E)
La Roca  ’06  Valencia (E)
Dub Club  ’06  Valencia (E)
La Linterna  ’06  Valencia (E)
Museu da Música - Fender’s 60th Anniversary  ‘06  Lisboa (P)
VIII Ciclo de Ritmo y Blues en Arágon  ‘06  Huesca, Zaragoza, Alcañiz (E)
Black Note Club  ’06  Valencia (E)
Stevie Ray's Blues & Jazz Bar  '05/'06  Lagos (P)
VI Festival Internacional de Blues de Castilla e Léon  ‘05  Béjar (E)
Teatro Santiago Aquimista  ‘05  Lisboa (P)
Blueswing  ‘05  Cascais (P)
OndaJazz  ‘05  Lisboa (P)
CD “Charlie & The Bluescats” released  ‘05  Setúbal (P)
McAffee annual party  ‘04  Lisboa (P)
Festival das Artes do Sabugal  ’04  Sabugal (P)
Festival de Música de Stª Iria de Azóia  ‘04  Stª Iria de Azóia (P)
Tasco do Kaneco (2 year residence)  ‘03/’05  Setúbal (P)
Festival de Verão de Sesimbra ’03  Sesimbra (P)
Semana Cultural das Caldas da Raínha  ’03  Caldas da Rainha (P)
Cine Teatro S.João  ‘01  Palmela (P)
Praça 1º de Maio  ’01  Grândola (P)
Música À Beira Rio  ’01  Alcácer do Sal (P)
Concertos do Mosteiro  ’01  Batalha (P)
Auditorio do Entroncamento  ’01  Entroncamento (P)
Casino Fundanense  ’01  Fundão (P)
Auditório Pluricoop  ‘01   Pinhal Novo (P)
Universidade de Aveiro  '00/’01  Aveiro (P)
I Festival Internacional de Blues GaiaBlues  '00  Vila Nova de Gaia (P)
Forum Luisa Toddy  '00  Setúbal (P)
Hot Clube de Portugal  ‘99  Lisboa (P)
Festa do Avante  ’99  Seixal (P)
Centro Cultural de Belêm  ‘99/’00  Lisboa (P)
B-Flat Jazz Club  ‘99  Matosinhos (P)
Jazz Bar  ’98/’99  Lisboa (P)
Ocean Blues-Expo 98  Lisboa (P)
Casino da Figueira da Foz  ‘98  Figueira da  Foz (P)
Festival de Blues de Lisboa  ‘98  Lisboa (P)
Stephanos Jazz Festival  ’97  Stephanos (G)
Argos Jazz Festival  ‘97  Argos (G)
Corinthos Jazz Festival  ‘97  Corinthos (G)
Universidade de Évora  ’97  Évora (P)
Coliseu do Porto (opening for B.B. King)  ‘97  Oporto (P)
Coliseu de Lisboa (opening for B.B. King)  ‘97  Lisboa (P)
Speakeasy (3 ½ years residence)  ‘96/2000  Lisboa (P)
Blues Café (9 month residence, opening for Carey Bell)  ‘96/’97  Lisboa (P)

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Charlie & The Bluescats (2005)

1. Ain't No Condition (Graham/Pereira/Pinhão/Lobo/Machado)    4.08
2. Fine As You Are (Graham/Pereira)    3.30
3. Corina Corina (Mahal)    5.43
4. Woke Up This Morning (Taub/King)    4.36
5. Two To None (Graham/Pereira)    4.19
6. Lucky Star (Graham/Pereira)    3.16
7. Long Time No See Blues (Pereira)    7.12
8. Old Pain (Pereira)    3.28
9. Would You Just (Listen To Me) (Pereira)    5.59
10. Going Down (Nix)    4.00

To purchase CD please contact us or:

Trem Azul Jazz Store
Rua do Alecrim, 21 A
1200-014 Lisboa
phone: (+351) 213 423 141

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Carlos Pereira: (+351) 919 531 629 / (+351) 964 963 716

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