ARIZONA BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND FUNDRAISER

Featuring a huge lineup of Hall of Famers!

ARIZONA BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTION AND FUNDRAISER

BAD NEWS BLUES BAND, ANDY GONZALES, BOB CORRITORE, BRIAN FAHEY, GEORGE BOWMAN, CHUCK HALL, DAVE RILEY, DIANE VAN DEURZEN & LISA OTEY, FREDDIE CISNEROS, HANK TOMLIN, THE ROCKET 88s, HANS OLSON, JOHN TANNER, MIKE ELDRED, MIKE HOWARD, RD OLSON, ROCHELLE RAYA, RICKY LOCKHART, & MANY MORE!

Sun, January 20, 2019

Doors: 3:30 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

BAD NEWS BLUES BAND
BAD NEWS BLUES BAND
The Bad News Blues Band has been gaining a reputation for house burning live performances all over the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Turkey, Romania, Ireland, the U.K. and even Moscow Russia! With their latest ARV Records release, "Still Cadillacin'" produced by Richard Medek and mixed by Teddy Morgan, they're set to hit the road and spread the word with the fire and intensity that their live shows are renowned for worldwide.

In the Thirteen years since the band was formed they have won many local and regional awards including first place in the 1997 and 2002 Arizona Blues Shootout. Winning the shoot out earned them a spot at the International Blues and talent competition in Memphis Tennessee sponsored by the Blues Foundation. The band has the distinct honor of being the first blues band ever to be added to the artist roster for the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

After touring at length with Texas guitar legend Long John Hunter, The Bad News Blues Band is making a name for themselves with upcoming performances, club dates and festivals across the country.

This band is on the move with a smoking hot rhythm section, sweet smoldering horns, blistering guitar, and an impressive frontline of dynamic vocals, that is sure to Knock You Out!
BOB CORRITORE
BOB CORRITORE
Bob Corritore is considered among the top traditional blues harmonica players on the scene today. Additionally he is the owner of the Rhythm Room, the radio show host of "Those Lowdown Blues" on KJZZ, the founder of Southwest Musical Arts Foundation, the editor and main writer of the Bob Corritore Blues Newsletter, an official endorser of Hohner harmonicas, a Keeping the Blues Alive award recipient, a grammy nominated harmonica player and producer, an honorary member of the Collectif Des Radios Blues, and a great fan of and active participant in blues music in general.
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.
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.
HANS OLSON
HANS OLSON
HANS OLSON is a veteran performing musician with over 40 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 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..
RD OLSON
"I was raised in a little farm town called Zumbrota about 50 miles from Minneapolis, Minnesota," R.D. says. "It all started when I was about 16 years old. As a young boy working in the fields and at night in the barn he would hear the sounds of Nashville. Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Elvis...It was the style of Elvis that led R.D. to the Blues. "Then I heard Muddy Waters on this late-night show that used to come out of Little Rock (Ark.)," R.D. recalls. "That stuff really affected me and I had this friend who had a fabulous Blues record collection. He turned me on to all of the great Blues players and I was hooked for life.
"I moved up to Rochester (Minn.) when I was 17 and was playing in a Blues band," he says. During that time I met Mojo Buford, who was Muddy's harp player. "He started giving me harp lessons," R.D. recalls. "It was no big deal but I wanted to learn how to play and he was willing to teach me. I also got to meet Muddy which was a thrill.
Sometime later, I heard Stevie Ray and learned about the scene in Austin, Texas and spent some time there. I loved everything about the scene where one could listen to The (Fabulous) Thunderbirds and go to places like Sixth St. and Antoine's jam.

Next stop on the R.D. Olson odyssey was the Valley of the Sun and the Chico Chism experience. "I met Chico when I got to Phoenix and started playing with him and Bobby Dixon, Willie's son," R.D. says. "Everybody knew Chico used to be Howlin' Wolf's drummer. I played harp for a while and then switched to drums which let Chico get out front and do his thing. "Some nights I played both harp and drums.
After all the powerful influences in his Blues playing life, Kim Wilson is still his favorite harp player. R.D. Olson has been dubbed the "REAL DEAL" not by himself, but by those that that he's touched.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/