Benefit For Gypsy (Early Show)

Benefit For Gypsy (Early Show)

THE ROCKET 88s, Phoenix Sojourn, Arizona Blues Company, THE HOODOO CASTERS, Bobcat Jack

Sat, October 5, 2013

Doors: 3:30 pm / Show: 3:30 pm (event ends at 7:30 pm)


Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Music has always been an influence in Gypsy's life. As a child she would attend at least three or more church services, just to hear them sing. She also loves to dance, once given a harmonica as a birthday gift, it all seem to fit.

She has had the opportunity to listen to some of the world’s greatest blues harmonica players. Many of them have been her mentors. Feature artist include, Bullet Bill Tarsha, Bob Corritore, Charlie Musselwhite, Rick Estrin, Lazy Lester, Mark Harman, Billy Boy Arnold, Johnny Dyer, Rob Piazza, Jr Wells, and many others.

She has been playing for about twenty five years, and been in several blues bands, from LA, Las Vegas, to Phoenix. Wild hair and high energy have become her trade mark.

Along with the cosmic talents of Mr. TJ (Tom Jennings) on guitar, New Orleans, Louisiana born Col.Dave DuPont on keys, Don Kolb from Albany, NY on bass, Anthony from Chicago on drums, it all makes for a fine mix.
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.
Arizona Blues Company
Come and experience the Arizona Blues Company's tribute to
The Blues Brothers
This high energy show features the two brothers in black,
backed by an amazing band with full horn section,
and even the Bluesmobile!
Mike Dotson, slide guitar and vocals:
Mike Performed solo acoustic blues in the 90’s. Mike is a former member of The Amazing Blues Wizards and The Blind Dog Band playing in the blues scene in and around Phoenix. He has performed at various clubs in the Phoenix area and also at the Payson, Tucson and Monterey Bay Blues Festival in 2000 and 2001. Influences are Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Robert Johnson. Mike has also been building guitars since the 90’s and currently makes several custom guitars a year.

Boyd White, harmonica and vocals:
Boyd became interested in blues music while living and working in the gulf coast. He frequented New Orleans and became close friends with Les Getrex a Crescent City native and Blues musician. Les was the inspiration Boyd needed to find his own voice and began what has now become his passion for the Blues. Boyd’s influences are Jimmy Reed, Lazy Lester, and Sam Myers.

Mike Simpson, guitar and vocals:
From 1995 to 2003 Mike was on The Board of Directors of the Phoenix Blues Society and was chairman of the Blues in the Schools Committee. The Phoenix Blues Society presented Mike with the "Keeping the Blues Alive" award in 2007. Mike is a former member of The Amazing Blues Wizards and The Blind Dog Band playing at various clubs in the Phoenix area and also at the Payson, Tucson and Monterey Bay Blues Festival in 2000 and 2001. Mike’s influences are Lightnin Hopkins Albert King and Freddie King.

Maury "Hooter" Saslaff, Bass, vocals:
Hooter started playing guitar in 1974 and switched to bass in 1977 and has only played bass since 1980. I've played all over the US, Europe and Canada and once did a tour in Israel. Toured for years with Big Jack Johnson, recorded 3 CD’s together and were nominated for 5 WC Handy Awards. Hooter has also played with Guitar Junior, Tabby Thomas, Johnny Heartsman, Earl King, Travis Haddix, Johnny Rawls, Phil Guy and many others.

Michael "Hutch" Hutchison, Drums:
Hutch Started in high school marching band at Van Nuys High School. Played in local bands for 10 years. And returned to playing professionally in 2009. Major Influences are Buddy Rich and John Bonham.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014