Southwest Musical Arts Foundation Presents



Fri, March 29, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20.00 - $25.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

The Greatest Blues Band in the World Canned Heat were formed in Los Angeles in 1965 as a Jug band by Alan “The Blind Owl” Christie Wilson and Bob “The Bear” Hite.This was not very productive and Alan and Bob wanted to become a Blues Band so they recruited other personal Like Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine who had been kicked out of Frank Zappa’s Band because of his Drug Use.
Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine - Alan “The Blind Owl” Wilson - Bob “The Bear” Hite ALL BORN to Play in Canned Heat so by March 1967 Larry “The Mole” Taylor who had played Bass Guitar with Jerry Lee Lewis joined and later that Year the Band got signed to Liberty Records after playing the Monterey Festival in June 1967 - Canned Heat 1st L.P. came out to good reviews but as Larry Taylor said in an Interview “We were just Winging it”
By October 1967 it became clear that a New Drummer was needed so Skip Taylor spoke to Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra who was in the audience at a Canned Heat gig - Skip Asked Fito about Canned Heat and Fito’s Now Legendary reply “I WAS BORN TO PLAY IN CANNED HEAT” So Fito played his 1st Live show with Canned Heat on December 1st 1967 with the Doors and has been there Ever since nearly 51 years a major achievement staying in the same band for 51 years - Fito is Leader and Copyright owner to the Canned Heat name that Bob “The Bear” Hite handed him in 1981.
The Classic Line up was complete and even though the band had no intentions of having Blues Hits they made “On The Road Again” this a Floyd Jones Song Alan Wilson adapted and by September 1968 had come to Europe for the First Time to play their Hit on English Top Of The Pops TV Show and a Tour of Europe 11 nights in UK and Gigs in Denmark - Germany - France - Sweden from 5th September 1968 to 30th September 1968 - Albums with Fito on Drums “BOOGIE WITH CANNED HEAT” and “LIVING THE BLUES” Double L.P.In 1968 Bob - Alan - Henry all had big 78 Record collections and helped compile for Liberty Records a series of Urban Blues - Country Blues L.P.’s from their 78 Records.
Going Up The Country was the Next hit released November 22nd 1968 a 1927 Blues song by Henry Thomas which again Alan Wilson adapted to become a Massive Hit for Canned Heat and the unofficial Theme tune to Woodstock 1969 which the Bands performance was marred by the Fact Henry Vestine had fallen out with Larry Taylor. ”Time Was” from the “HALLELUJAH” Album Alan sang about this time - so just a few days before Woodstock there was a Gig which Mike Bloomfield played the 1st set and was asked to join Canned Heat but he turned it down because he was already burnt out through Touring with Paul Butterfield,however Harvey “The Snake” Mandel was there and he was invited to play the 2nd set and to join the band for Woodstock 1969.
1970 came and Canned Heat had recorded FUTURE BLUES with a Single“LET’S WORK TOGETHER” a Wilbert Harrison written song that Wilbert recorded October 1969 at Juggy Sound Studios,Liberty Records wanted to release Canned Heat’s version but Bob “The Bear” Hite said No let Wilbert’s version run to see how it goes. So Canned Heat’s version was Not released until August 1970.In March 1970 Larry Taylor and Harvey Mandel left the band for John Mayall’s Band.John Mayall had been friends with Canned Heat and had stayed at Bob “The Bear”Hite’s house in Topanga Canyon and John even released a Song called “THE BEAR” singing how grateful he is to the Canned Heat.John Mayall also plays Piano on our most experimental song “PARTHENOGENESIS” from “LIVING THE BLUES”
May 1970 and Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine Lead Guitar rejoins with Antonio “Olaf” de la Barreda on Bass for the HOOKER AND HEAT Session over 2 days at Liberty Studios this for me remains the BEST BLUES ALBUM EVER !
By July 30th 1970 Alan “Blind Owl” Christie Wilson Recorded for the last time with Canned Heat the Song HUMAN CONDITION recalls Alan’s visit to Doctors - Alan cared so much for the Planet and Trees and as most Canned Heat fans know Alan Recorded “POOR MOON” in July 1969 before Man landed on the Moon Alan was worried what Man might do to the Moon and he had written the Words in Poor Moon (They Might Test Some Bomb and Scar Your Skin) Well NASA did just that 40 years Later
September 3rd 1970 and Tragically Alan “The Blind Owl” Wilson passed away at the Back of Bob “The Bear” Hite’s House - Fito de la Parra quotes in his “LIVING THE BLUES” BOOK he asked Bob if he had checked Alan’s place up the hillside and Bob said he had,but it was a steep climb and Bob probably did not check and Alan was found by Bob’s Wife Verlie later.This was such a Shock to the Band the Canned Heat Heart had been torn out.
Jan 15th 1971 The Hooker And Heat Album was released with a Photo of Alan on the Wall in a New York Hotel.In Feb 1972 Canned Heat released a Single with Rock ‘N’ Roll Legend Little Richard called “Rockin’ With The King” which comes from the December 1971 L.P. Historical Figures And Ancient Heads.Throughout the 1970’s 3 more L.P.’s were released but with Disco music it was hard to sell many records and by April 5th 1981 Bob “The Bear” Hite had put on a lot of weight and had Drink and Drug problems and at The Palomino took to much and passed away later that night.
Bob “The Bear” Hite passed onto Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra the Copyright to Canned Heat in 1981 and since then to now May 26th 2018 has kept the Band together with many different members coming and going and also deaths of former members including Henry “The Sunflower” Vestine died October 20th 1997 - Richard Hite (Bob’s Brother) died September 22nd 2001 - Robert Lucas died 23rd November 2008 and the most recent James Thornbury on October 1st 2017.Other notable Members who have passed away Michael “Hollywood Fats” Mann died December 8th 1986 and “Blind” Jay Spell died December 30th 2010 - R.I.P BROTHERS.
Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra on December 1st 2017 had played 50 Years with Canned Heat and now in 2018 is embarking on a Tour which started in Feb on a Flower Power Cruise then onto Australia for Tour including the Classic Byron Bay Festival. Back to USA for a Few gigs and then onto Europe 1st Tour June 2018 and Canned Heat 2nd Tour of Europe in July also in September USA Gigs.
HANS OLSON is a veteran performing musician with over 50 years in the music business. He began his career as a lead singer in a Rock & Roll band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Hans had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.
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 100 of his songs on his 17 record releases.

Hans has been a full time performing musician since 1972. He has toured 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..
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014