Starting Out The New Year Paying Off Some Lingering Bills. Featuring An All-Star Lineup!



Sat, January 5, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:30 pm


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

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..
When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man. With his old school vocal style, echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6’5” he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy. His fluid dance steps will remind you of the Legendary James Brown.

Texas born Caron “Sugaray” Rayford began his musical career at the age of 7 singing & playing drums in church, and his gospel influence can be heard and felt in his music. Rayford's phrasing is intimate and conversational and the soulful gravel in his voice hints at his firsthand experience with hardship. He grew up in Texas, his childhood marked by poverty and loss. He remembered a sad game he played with his brothers, a competition that determined who was skinniest by counting the number of belt holes left unused. His mother struggled to raise three boys alone while battling cancer. When she died, it was a kind of relief. "She suffered and we suffered," Rayford said. "Then, we moved in with my grandmother and our lives were a lot better. We ate every day and we were in church every day, which I loved. I grew up in gospel and soul.”

His switch to contemporary music began about 12 years ago in the San Diego area, where he sang lead vocals with a R&B/Funk band called Urban Gypsys. With this band he had the privilege of sharing the stage with many notable artists such as The Average White Band, Dennis Quaid, Joe Luis Walker, Kal David, Super Diamond & Venice, to name a few. After dabbling in blues, Suga realized that the blues was where his heart and soul belonged. So after some soul searching he left the Urban Gypsys and became lead vocalist for Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz, a Temecula area blues band. Shortly after joining the band in 2004, they released their first CD “Trunk Full of Bluez”. This band was hungry and did over 200 gigs a year over the next few years and their popularity rose exponentially. Aunt Kizzy’z Boyz represented San Diego (Blues Lovers United San Diego) in Memphis Tennessee January 26th- 28th, 2006 at the International Blues Challenge (IBC), and brought home the 2nd place prize. The band began playing higher profile gigs and in 2007 released their 2nd CD “It’s Tight Like That”. In September 2008, the Boyz won the LAMN Jam Grand Slam Urban Artist of the Year title by a landslide; they beat out hundreds of competitors. The band was offered a distribution deal on the spot by RBC Records. Tabitha Berg wrote, “The band’s most valuable ingredient is that of the band’s dynamic front man Sugaray, he knows how to read and work a room. While most artists simply perform, exceptional artists are responsive to the mood of the crowd. The energy shifted when AKB took the stage, and they had the crowd on its feet within seconds.”

After moving to Los Angeles 2 years ago, Sugaray was asked to host a blues jam at Cozy’s in Sherman Oaks. It is through this venue that Sugaray has met and played with innumerable world-class musicians. Suga’s desire to explore and expand his musical vision has been nourished by these musicians. His solo career has flourished in LA.

As of May 2011, Sugaray is new lead vocalist for the Mannish Boys, who are under Delta Groove management. This international act performs 6-8 times a year and Suga joined them in Spain on July 9th at Hondarriba Blues Festival where 25,000 people were in attendance. He will be recording with The Mannish Boys in very soon and is working on his second solo CD for release 2012.

He has done studio vocals on several projects, such as the theme for Judge Joe Brown, the movie trailer City Lights and back up vocals for the band The Heavy Pets. He partnered with Chuck Kavooras, a long time LA guitarist and owner of Slide Away Studios. Chuck became the musical director of the Monday night jams. He began booking the artists for the band around Suga’s vocals and Sugaray and the CK All Stars were born. The first set of every Monday is performed by this house band, which is made up of rotating members of which are all cream of the crop musicians.
COLD SHOTT and THE HURRICANE HORNS started in Phoenix, AZ in 1990, as the 3-piece “COLD SHOT BLUES BAND” and is celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary in 2011.The band evolved, under the leadership of founder Ted Kowal (bass, manager) to become a powerful mainstay in the Arizona R&B, Blues, Funk and Soul music circuits. Adding a horn section and a formal name change to the band in 1991, COLD SHOTT and THE HURRICANE HORNS performs regularly at local clubs, community and municipal festivals, as well as music showcases and concerts.

The band features many veteran Arizona musicians most of whom have performed professionally since the 1960’s, not only in Arizona but all across the United States! Winning the 1999 Phoenix Blues Society Annual Blues Showdown sent the band to Memphis, TN to represent Arizona in the International Blues Challenge. The band was also chosen as the Year 2000 “Best Blues Band” as awarded by The Arizona Republic. They have opened up for or backed notable artists such as Delbert McClinton, Jerry Lawson, Guitar Shorty, Chico Chisum and Little Milton. 2010 saw them open for both Eddie Money and The Robert Cray Band and as an opening act for Curtis Salgado and The Tommy Castro Band in 2011!

This 8-piece group boasts a rocking rhythm section, powerful vocals and a 3-piece horn section…….the band is sure to make you get up and dance!

COLD SHOTT and THE HURRICANE HORNS performs Classic and Contemporary R&B, Soul, Blues, Rock, Funk and Jazz living up to its motto:

Gimmick-free pro performance with ‘Old School’ authenticity!
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.
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.
Smokestack Lightning is a band that gets right to the point, and they use
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.
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.
Gypsy is a band featuring members Cold World, Mother Of Mercy, and Stick Together. There's absolutely no info anywhere about this band except for the brief descriptions I've seen on the Six Feet Under Records website and other sites selling this album. The band has no formal webpage, tumblr, facebook, or bandcamp pages whatsoever. Judging by the band's pedigree, you'd think you'd be in for some heavy sounding music, but that couldn't be further from what's contained on Gypsy's debut ten song album. Gypsy play a great style of emotive and melodic music that's one part melodic punk, one part emo, and one part 90's alt. rock thrown in for good measure
As a self-contained vintage r&b and soul band, Soul Power has evolved into undoubtedly one of the hottest acts in the Metro-Phoenix area and has gained a tremendous base of loyal fans. With smooth vocal harmonies and tight rhythms, this group has what it takes to attract, excite, and sustain a crowd. Soul Power’s song list ranges from the soulful Motown sound (Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, etc...), and the “Sound of Philadelphia” (Ojays, Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, etc...) to the funk sounds of artist such as Sly & the Family Stone, Rick James, Cameo, Parliament/Funkadelic, as well as the classic Blues. Most alluring are the scorching renditions of unforgettable love ballads which add the finishing touch by way of this timeless outfit of Phoenix’s finest performers. Soul Power band approaches each performance with enthusiasm and professionalism which keeps audiences coming back for more. The goal of the Soul Power band is to grow in notoriety and become a touring band.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014