The Bank & Blues Club
701 Main Street
Daytona Beach, FL
8:00 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013
On Friday, April 5, Daytona Blues legend Floyd Miles will team up with his friend Reuben "Lounge Lizard" Morgan and his band in a special one-night-only show at the Bank and Blues Club on Daytona's Main Street.
Miles started singing the Blues on Daytona street corners in the 1950s and later found his way into school dances and teen clubs like the Ocean Pier, where he met Gregg and Duane Allman. Over the years he remained close friends with the Allman brothers, who became regular visitors at his home.
At eighteen he won a talent contest and soon landed his first professional gig as a singer with the "Untils", a popular soul band founded by his friend Bob Greenlee, who later became the producer and owner of Kingsnake Records. Floyd later became the singer and drummer for the "Universals," eventually forming his own group to play local gigs behind artists like Arthur Connelly, Erma Franklin (Aretha's sister), Curtis Mayfield, Eddie Floyd and Percy Sledge.
His travels included playing with some of the best in the business, people like James Brown, the Drifters, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Rufus Thomas, Sam and Dave, Joe Simon, Edgar Winter, Root Boy Slim, Lucky Peterson, Winston Kelly, Alex Taylor, and Warren Haynes. He performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and his music was showcased on CBS's coverage of Daytona races.
Miles believes in giving something back to the town that supported his early days in music, and has worked with less fortunate residents of Daytona Beach, helping them plant vegetable gardens at their homes. But on one occasion Gregg Allman returned to Daytona Beach and insisted that Floyd join him on a tour, saying, "Put that shovel down, and come back on the road with me."
Floyd's published music on CD includes the 1992 Ichiban release "Crazy Man," followed by "Goin' Back to Daytona" in 1994, "Mountain to Climb," in 1999 and "Another Man Will" in 2001.
His friend Reuben Morgan will join him April 5 on the new stage at the Bank and Blues Club. They met about 15 years ago, when Morgan was hosting a popular Sunday Jam session at the old Marker 32 Restaurant, Bar and Marina, on the Halifax River under the Seabreeze Bridge. Floyd and Gregg Allman dropped by and the three of them enjoyed talking about the local music scene.
Floyd Miles and Reuben Morgan continued their friendship, often collaborating on new projects. "At the time I was the president of the Daytona Beach Musicians Guild, a group of around 300 to 400 local musicians," recalls Morgan. "As a part of our program to recognize exceptional contributions to the Daytona Beach music scene, we awarded Floyd with a plaque at one of his Bandshell shows."
"About six years ago, I started working with Floyd as his bandleader, arranging players for his concerts at the Bandshell, the Bank and Blues, Full Moon Saloon, Manatee Island Park, and the Port Orange Amphitheater."
On Friday night, April 5, Morgan's "Mighty Groove Machine" band will open for Miles, with Gerard Guida on the Hammond B3 organ, Courtney Girlie on Drums, and Reuben Morgan on guitar, along with Bob Dionne and the Miles Horn Section.
Info and reservations: Angelina Morgan (386) 506-6223,Dan Randolph (219) 712-9074.