Octavia: Born and raised in Phila. PA. On a stage at five yrs. of age. Started guitar in 1963, and harmonica in 1966. Octavia studied painting and sculpture at the Penna. Academy of Fine Arts.
Octavia toured with Etta James, opened for BB King, Delbert McClinton, Dr. John, Shamekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, The Muddy Waters Blues Band, Taj Mahal, and Mavis Staples. Octavia has had several return bookings at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Phila. and The House Of Blues in Atlantic City. Octavia headlined at Longwood Gardens, opened at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg, played at: B.B. Kings Club, NYC, Don Hills NYC, Village Underground NYC, The World Cafe Live in Phila. Lancaster Jazz and Blues festivals and first nights, and the Keystone in Berkeley, and Bimbo's in CA. Ebbits Field in Denver, CO. Octavia toured extensively in the UK for two years, and performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival, Kings Palace, Silky O'Sullivan, W.C. Handy Park, Blues City all on Beale Street in Memphis, TN, Ground Zero (Morgan Freeman's club) in Clarksdale, MS, Kingston Mines Blues Club, and Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago Ill., Festival International Du Blues De Tremblant, Canada, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC, Rehoboth Bandshell Concert Series, Delaware, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Canada.
Octavia Opened "Diva's Of Jazz" a Benefit for the Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition in Lancaster Pa. Octavia performed selections from her live Jazz CD "Infusion With Octavia Live At Lancaster Jazz Festival"
Octavia And The Earthblood Blues Band opened for International Blues Legend B.B. King @ the Mountain Laurel Center, Labor Day Weekend Festival in Bushkill Pa. Other Artists appearing on the same bill that day were: Dr. John, Elvin Bishop, Shemekia Copeland, Muddy Waters Tribute Band, and Willie "Big Eyes" Smith. Octavia And The Earthblood Blues Band "tore it up!"
Octavia is currently touring with both of her groups "Octavia And The Earthblood Blues Band" and her jazz band "Infusion With Octavia." By popular demand, her first CD (consisting mainly of original compositions) entitled "Driven By the Harp" has been reissued and is available at all of Octavia's performances and at CDBABY. Octavia is working on her second CD of original music with Earthblood and has completed a live CD featuring a remarkable 2003 jazz festival appearance from "Infusion with Octavia Live At Lancaster Jazz festival." Octavia performed several blues jazz mix shows at the Kimmel Center For The Performing Arts in Phila. She has brought this enriching show to the House Of Blues In Atlantic City.
It is rare to see an artist excel in two genres. Octavia does this with both ease and passion. Octavia is to be treasured! When you hear/see her performances you will understand!