Bay-Area Queen of Boogie Woogie!!



Sat, April 9, 2016

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Blues Piano and Boogie Woogie from the Bay Area!

Throughout a career that included touring the United States and Europe with rhythm-and-blues legend Hank Ballard and nearly a quarter century at the helm of a powerhouse blues combo called Blue Saloon, boogie woogie and blues pianist and vocalist Wendy DeWitt always worked with a bass player, except when doing the occasional solo piano gig. Then one night when her bassist didn't show up for a club engagement in San Francisco, she discovered she didn't really need one.

"Her left hand is as good as any bass player I've ever worked with," veteran drummer Kirk Harwood says of her bass patterns. Noted for his stints with Clover (a band fronted by Huey Lewis that also included future Doobie Brothers guitarist John McFee), harmonica virtuoso Norton Buffalo, and slide guitar great Roy Rodgers, Harwood has been performing with DeWitt in a duo format for the past three years.
Kirk Harwood plays traps with a passion, precision and creativity that only comes from training, experience, and inherent soul. His early bands include Huey Lewis and Clover, Norton Buffalo and Roy Robgers and tours of major venues while opening for Steve Miller. Kirk is a veteran of West Coast blues, rock and soul and for 30 years accompanied Western Swing Hall of Famer Tommy Thomsen.

Kirk has backed the Queens of Boogie Woogie on west coast dates for the last year and is currently a full time member of Wendy DeWitt - The Queen of Boogie Woogie. The band often appears as a duo and are recent finalists in The Golden Gate Blues Society's International Blues Challenge competition to represent the San Francisco Bay Area in Memphis, Tennesee.
You can hear Kirk Harwood on Norton Buffalo's award winning albums "Loving in the Valley of the Moon" and "Desert Horizon". He's also recorded with Maria Muldaur and Tommy Thomsen and the Ambassadors of Western Swing. Kirk's style is inspired by Buddy Rich, Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck), and David Garibaldi. Study with San Francisco's legendary Johnny Markham insured that the finer points of musical expression and creativity are intergral parts of his musical language.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014