Photo courtesy of LeRoy Bell | LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will rock the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

Photo courtesy of LeRoy Bell | LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will rock the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

LeRoy Bell is back at the Treehouse Café

LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will rock the Treehouse Café at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6.

Tickets, $25 general admission and $35 for reserved table seating, are now available (entrance is 21-and-older only) at www.treehousebainbridge.com.

Having performed with B.B. King, Van Morrison, Etta James, Al Green, Michael McDonald, Colin Hay, Mavis Staples, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwhite and Los Lobos, not only has Bell grown as a touring artist, but the experience has given his music an edge that places him in a league of performers creating a sound that crosses many demographics.

In 2011, Bell finished in eighth place in the debut season of “The X Factor.”

The Bell family legacy extends from Philadelphia to Seattle.

Thom Bell, LeRoy’s uncle, opened the West Coast offices of Mighty Three Music in the late 1970s. As a young staff writer, LeRoy wrote songs that would be recorded by The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Temptations, Rita Marley and most notably Elton John, whose recording of Bell’s song “Mama Can’t Buy Me Love,” from the “Thom Bell Sessions,” went to number one in Adult/Contemporary in the fall of 1979 — earning John a Grammy Nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

That same year, Bell and James had their own million-seller with “Livin’ It Up (Friday Night)” on A&M Records.

LeRoy Bell’s “Only Friends” features Terry Morgan on bass who has played with Dee Daniels, Pat Wright & The Total Experience Gospel Choir, Dave Lewis, Thelma Houston and others. The mighty force on drums features Davis Martin, formerly of the band Maktub, and Daniel Walker on keyboards.

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