Most regulars at the famous Blues Restaurant describe their first time there as serendipity; they were passing in a car, or stopping for some fries near Hurlingham centre when the sound of a guitar solo rose out of the night like a dream in the night and beckoned them closer. There are pieces of stained glass art welcoming you into the wooden comfortably cozy space, and images of Miles Davis, John Coltrane among blues legends look out at you from the walls. Softly, speakers spill out the sweet sounds of the blues as the band sets up in a space to the front of the room.
Forging and spreading the rhythm and spirit of the blues in Kenya, the Blues Restaurant, located in in the serene enclave of Hurlingham centre is dedicated to great food and heart racing blues. Lovers of blues legends like B. B. King, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson will find no other place in Nairobi with such dedication to the concept of blues as presented by the talented restaurant Band every Friday from 8:00 p.m. The members of the band are as fluid in performance as the genre is in style, with guest guitarists, saxophonists, and harmonica players as well as other musical professionals joining the band on stage each week to electrify audiences with dazzling blues renditions.
George Dyer hailing from Portland Maine brought his diverse collection of blues songs to Nairobi and for six months filled The Blues with Delta, Texas, and Chicago blues as well as Blues rock and the New Orleans shuffle. The few short months he spent at The Blues elevated the status of the restaurant to one now identified as having the best blues in Kenya. His bold gift continues in the hearts of the many musicians he touched and collaborated with as the great tradition continues with racy blues every Friday night. All blues lovers need look no further for great food, a chill time and a night of heart stopping blues.