Strange Brew: The Keeshea Pratt Band
Keeshea Pratt has said festivals are her favorite places to perform. On Saturday morning the Houston-based, 8-piece Keeshea Pratt Band will play the main stage at Blues and Brews. The band is in the midst of an impressive tour schedule including playing the Big Blues Bender Festival in Las Vegas, the 22nd Annual Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, the Garvin Gates Blues Festival and the Crescent City Blues Festival in New Orleans. The tour comes in support of their debut album Believe, which they released in May of 2018.
Originally from Mississippi, Pratt grew up surrounded by music. Both parents are musicians and Pratt grew up singing gospel in the choir. She continued to study music at Tugaloo College in Mississippi. It was here that Pratt was introduced to the famous Prima Donna Grace Bumbry, a pioneer of African-American Opera singers in the 1907’s-80’s. As a mezzo-soprano, (other notable mezzos include Whitney Houston, Beyoncé and Madonna), Pratt toured with Bumbry, performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City, Switzerland and Germany.
Pratt has assembled an impressive group of musicians to support her powerful vocals. This past January, the band placed 1st in the Band Division for the 34th Annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. What is even more amazing is that the band had been playing together only 8 months prior to this impressive win.
The Keeshea Pratt Band will open the festivities Saturday the 15th at 12 P.M. on the main stage in Town Park.