THE ROCKET 88s

THE ROCKET 88s

NINA CURRI, DAVE PREZ, JOHNNY RAPP, GEORGE BOWMAN, LES MARRIHEW, PAUL GREEN, WILLIS WARREN, MIKE ELDRED

Thu, December 28, 2017

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$4.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

THE ROCKET 88s
THE ROCKET 88s
The Rocket 88s have been a solid fixture in the Arizona music scene since the mid 1970s and in the national blues scene...

The Rocket 88s cd "AZ Bootin" with legendary sax player Big Jay McNeely was a 1988 Grammy Award Nominee for best traditional blues recording.

The Rocket 88s are well seasons professional blues musicians touring most of the USA through the years and exciting European audiences. Bill Tarsha, playing harmonica since the mid 60s, is a nationally known world class player winning top harmonica acclaim since the early 1970s.
NINA CURRI
NINA CURRI
Nina Curri is an outstanding singer/songwriter based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Her music is introspective and real while performing traditional roots blues and originally composed material. After years of performing as a blues singer, Nina has developed the ability to meld songbird-like vocals with a powerhouse blues range.
She has had the opportunity of sharing the stage and opening shows for legendary artists like Ian Moore, T-Model Ford, Hans Olson, The Rocket 88's, Steve D. Reynolds, Jesse Colter, Francine Reed and Delbert McClinton.
Nina is currently in the process of recording her original material which will be released in the Spring of 2013.

Living in Texas for several years allowed her to experience cities rich in music and diverse in talent. Houston’s eclectic venues and 6th street in Austin gave her opportunities to develop as a well-rounded artist. In the Houston blues scene,
Nina shared the stage with legendary artists such as Grady Gaines, Milton Hopkins (cousin of Lightnin’ Hopkins) and the nationally acclaimed, Delbert McClinton.

Nina often performs in benefits for many local organizations with legendary artists such as Francine Reed, Dennis Rowland, Andy Gonzales, Hans Olson and many more. Chico Chism frequently invited her onto his stage and encouraged her to pursue her music. For the better part of 2010, she frequently shared the stage with a fabulous jump, swing & rockabilly group, The Jump Back Brothers in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nina also performs around the Valley through an organization called Chicks with Picks. Since 2007, they have been showcasing local and national female artists in Arizona. Nina was a performer in the first Chicks with Picks festival in 2008 that was headlined by Jesse Colter, Sarah Buxton and Michelle Branch.

Some of Nina’s festival performances include: The Telluride Blues & Brew Festival in Colorado; The Phoenix Blues Society’s Charity Festival, Blues for the City in Arizona; The First Annual Chicks with Picks Festival in Cavecreek, Arizona; The Creamy Radio Acoustic Stage at The McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Arizona 2007; The Chandler Ostrich Festival in 2010 & 2011.
GEORGE BOWMAN
GEORGE BOWMAN
George was born in Mississippi. Although he sang in the church choir, music became important in his life only after his family relocated to Phoenix in the mid 1960's.

Dyke of Dyke & The Blazers managed the apartment complex the Bowmans lived in. Thus, George met Dyke and the band close up. That experience left him in awe and inspired him to become a professional singer. He befriended singer Rochelle Whitehead and drummer Delmar Stewart in the late 60's and formed a show band "Memphis Soul" which enjoyed great popularity for years.

George continued as lead singer with various bands including: "Soul on Ice" (mid to late 70's), "Pyramid" (early 80's), "Nitekap" (mid 80's) "Spectrum" (early 90's) In the mid to late 90's he performed and toured with Lucious Parr's band "Street Life."

In 1999 George won the Arizona Blues Showdown.����

In recent years he has mainly focused on song writing and released 'Badd Boy' (2002) and 'Hoochie Coochie' (2004) which are selling well overseas.��

He has opened for many acts such as Charles Brown, Sweetwater, Taj Mahal, Dr. Hook, Buddy Miles and many more.

George continues to do occasional showcases featuring some of Phoenix' best musicians and R&B artists.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/