Come join us on Wednesday, June 22nd as we welcome Blues musician Bill Sims Jr. to Dean Street Brooklyn. Come for dinner and drinks and get Happy Hour deals from 4 to 8 pm. Then enjoy live Blues played by Bill Sims Jr. afterward. If you can’t make it for dinner, make sure to be here by 9 pm to get a good seat!
After learning to play the piano at the age of four, Sims became a professional when he was fourteen years old, joining the Jacksonian Blues, one of the top rhythm and blues bands in Ohio at the time. While attending college at Ohio State, he had opportunities to play with a number of R&B and Blues legends when they performed at the University, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Freddie King, the Ojays and Jerry Butler.
Post-college, Sims joined the Four Mints, a doo-wop rhythm and blues group that scored hits with such songs as My Desire and Row My Boat. They also traveled the country, opening for such acts as Earth, Wind and Fire and Gladys Knight. Sims left the band after 5 years to explore his love for world music, founding an avant-garde jazz band, the Lamorians.
In 1988, Sims returned to the blues when he founded his current band, Bill Sims and the Cold Blooded Blues Band, where he is the lead guitarist and vocalist. Sims is known as one of the best Blues muscians in New York these days, touring extensively when he is not performing in New York and Brooklyn.
Ask him why he plays the Blues and Sims will answer “because my daddy played the Blues.” Simple as that.
Check out other upcoming performers on Dean Street’s Live Music page.