PHOENIX BLUES SOCIETY FUNDRAISER
HANS OLSON, DAVE RILEY / BOB CORRITORE JUKE JOINT BLUES BAND, SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, JC & THE JUKE ROCKERS, ERIC RAMSEY, MIKE HOWARD & FRIENDS, ACME BLUES BAND, BLACK CAT BONES (TUCSON), TWO FLAVOR BLUES, LEON J'S JUKE JOINT, FLIP SIDE BLUES BAND, POP TOP
Sun, May 28, 2017
Doors: 1:30 pm / Show: 2:00 pmThe Rhythm Room
Tickets Available at the Door
This event is 21 and over
All Proceeds To PBS
An all day event featuring a huge line up of Arizona Blues Bands
He plays an amplified acoustic guitar and harmonica. He is known as one of the best "harp-in-a-rack" players in the world.
Hans' singing is very powerful. His voice is comfortable singing many styles of music ranging from mellow folk ballads to growling boogie blues.
Hans' songwriting is one of his most notable assets. He has recorded over 70 of his songs on his 13 independent record releases.
Hans has been a full time performing musician since 1972. He tours all over the world, but most of the time he travels the highways in Arizona where he has an amazing reputation of being a solo act that can rock a nightclub all night long..
the unmistakable sound of pain, triumph, loneliness and joy to get that
point across. They take the wisdom of the blues and the mesmerism of rock n roll to split tuneful atoms every time they hit the stage. Since they banded together in late 2009, they’ve
taken cues from their blues and rock forebears to create a truly American sound. The artists of this rising outfit are professionals of music and life. Bassist Mark Leos and drummer Pat Antone hold up the groove like twin Atlas’ supporting Smokestack Lightning’s world of rhythm and tempo. Guitarist Rik Leos and harmonica player Robert Jackson pounce on audiences with their fiery lead work.
In 2011 Smokestack Lightning was nominated for a 2012 Native American Music Award for “Best Blues Recording.”
In 2015 Smokestack Lightning won the Arizona Blues Showdown at the Rhythm Room. The event was hosted by the Phoenix Blues Society and featured several of the Valley’s top blues bands. In 2014, Smokestack Lightning came in second at the showdown.
Based in Arizona on the Gila River Indian Community, Smokestack Lightning has traveled beyond the reaches of their reservation and performed before a wide array of audiences at a variety of venues and events.
Inducted in the National Heritage Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame TM. - 2011, as Ambassador to the Blues & Great Blues Artist Arizona.
Leon's vocal prowess and talent are what you first notice when experiencing his music. His soulful vocals, slide and finger style guitar work, and smooth acoustic grooves, are what he is noted for in performances. He has a reputation for uncommonly entertaining and engaging performances with his story telling & moving the music and set to fit when the energy from his audience joins with his music.
Leon’s storytelling, & knowledge of the early bluesmen and their styles, and the
effect it has to this day on most of our popular music, takes you on a special
journey thru time.
When asked about his music mixing both original with
interpretive songs, he replies “ If I had to be completely truthful, I don’t view any
song I perform as anything other than my music. Simply because I didn’t write the song- say lyrics as an example,
does not make my performance of it any less an original expression... Original expression from the early legends of the blues when furthering
another’s song, is one of the things I love most about the Roots and Blues Music I am blessed to perform for many music lovers"
"Leon J's Delta Infused music was so fresh and original, our studio audience and our Television viewing audience raved about his live performance"
Good Morning Arizona ABC TV 15 March 2013
" A true musical artist - creative - passionate & extremely talented..."
AZ Entertainment Magazine 2012
Leon J's performance is a show you don't want to miss..... Leon J - Simply Good Music!
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014