Raise The Roof Benefit For The Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame - Hosted by Andy T / Nick Nixon Band

Raise The Roof Benefit For The Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame - Hosted by Andy T / Nick Nixon Band

JANIVA MAGNESS, ANSON FUNDERBURGH, DAVE RILEY & BOB CORRITORE, MIKE ELDRED TRIO, LEON J'S JUKE JOINT, SUGAR THIEVES, THE ROCKET 88s, Zach Zunis

Fri, February 14, 2014

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

$12.00

This event is 21 and over

ANDY T. & NICK NIXON BAND
ANDY T. & NICK NIXON BAND
Nick Nixon is one of those amazing artists that rarely surface today. This velvet voiced singer was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and was part of the thriving Jefferson Street blues scene of the 60′s. Nick was a Chess Records recording artist in the 70′s, and is a key figure in the reviving Nashville blues scene today. His latest, soon to be released CD was recorded with guitarist/bandleader “Andy T” Talamantez (Guitar Shorty, Smokey Wilson), and produced by Anson Funderburgh. This new CD will follow his successful 2001 release on the European, Black Magic label, No End to the Blues, and his acclaimed 2005 recording, Back Down South.

As a long-time member of The New Imperials, an act with a forty-five year history, Nick has performed with many of the top blues and R&B artists in the world.

Nixon is something of an institution in the Music City, regularly performing for civic functions and even singing before thousands at the Riverfront Park, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony. His blues duo, Nick and Bayou, is the only act to have ever sung in the chambers of the Nashville Metro Council.

Despite such a varied and successful career in the music business, Nixon is still remembered by many as a friend and sometime stage mate of the late, great Jimi Hendrix. Nick befriended Hendrix and his pal (and later to be Band of Gypsies member) Billy Cox when they arrived in Nashville in the early ’60s. To this day Nick often writes and performs with his good friend, Cox.

“Andy T” Talamantez was born and raised in Southern California, and relocated to Nashville in 2008. His guitar style is influenced by T-Bone Walker, BB King, Magic Sam, and Albert Collins among others, yet it remains his own. Andy has toured internationally with blues greats Guitar Shorty and Smokey Wilson, and has performed with a long list of major blues artists around the country.

After meeting James “Nick” Nixon, and watching him perform, Andy knew that they would make an unstoppable combination.
JANIVA MAGNESS
JANIVA MAGNESS
Following her multi award-winning songwriting debut on Alligators’ Stronger For It, now comes Magness’ eleventh recording, the new CD aptly titled ORIGINAL on Fathead Records, her own label. A collection of twelve Blues, Americana and Soul original songs. A record breaking eight are Co-writes for Magness, on what she feels is a collection of some of the most personal and empowering songs she has written.

“As I move forward,” says award-winning R&B and blues artist Janiva Magness, “It’s more important to put myself on the line. I’m less willing to be burdoned with unnecessary problems, less willing to worry what people say about me. As it turns out, the more vulnerable I allow myself to be, the more strength can be draw from that.” That vulnerability and strength is on full display on Magness’ moving new album, ORIGINAL.
Magness, through her passionate vocals and through her own original songs, delivers the most powerful and intimate album of her career.

ORIGINAL is Janiva’s true declaration of independence. “This was simply the most logical move for me as a writer and performer. A CD release of ALL original Blues Americana and Soul songs. It just had to be made, and in order to do so, it required me to be a fully independent Artist. Therefore the evolution onto my own label, Fathead Records made the best sense, period.” Magness continues to find new strength in her music. On these performances, she lays her soul bare, singing of the beauty of hope and heartache, resolve and redemption, looking back and moving forward. Writing and recording ORIGINAL was as cathartic for Magness as listening to it will be for her fans. “Every human being I know travels the crooked road. We all go through times of huge upheaval and personal transition. But always, the power of hope, of one person reaching out to help another is priceless. Sometimes, it is the very thing that allows us to carry on.” Magness says. “I think everyone can understand this.”

Produced by and collaborated with Dave Darling (Glen Campbell, Dominique Pruitt, Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Def Leopard, Motley Crew, Meredith Brooks, Dan Hicks, John Waite),
Magness, historically known as a musical interpreter, co-wrote eight remarkable, autobiographical songs for the album, including the poignant and melodic Everything is Alright, the riveting When You Were My King and the take-no-guff showstopper I Need A Man, and more. Of her songwriting, Magness says, “Writing songs for me is laying out more of my soul, thru the stories, for everyone to see and hopefully connect with. It’s much deeper level of vulnerability.”

Apparently the world is embracing that same vulnerability as Magness. She most recently garnered the 2013 Blues Music Award for “Stronger For It” and Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year (her fourth win in this category), bringing her to six wins with a total of twenty-two B.M.A. Nominations.

In addition to her outstanding originals, Co-written with Dave Darling, Tamara Silvera and they dynamic team of Benedict & Bliss from Austrailia, Janiva tells the rest of her story through her inspired articulations of songs by Dave Darling, Tommy Keenum, Scott Free & Jennifer Levy and Melissa Collins.

According to Magness, the ultimate message of the album is clear: “Everyone needs helping hand at some point in life. We can get through just about anything life will do especially when we have friends. Sometime help comes from the most unexpected and interesting places.”

Magness, is among the premier Blues and R&B singers in the world today. Her voice possesses an earthy, raw honesty born from her life experience. Having released 10 albums thus far, Magness is a charismatic performer known for her electrifying live shows. A dynamic musical powerhouse, Janiva has received 22 Blues Music Award nominations to date, winning the coveted Blues Music Award for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year (she is only the second woman to ever win this Award, Koko Taylor being the first). Additional wins include Contemporary Blues Female Artist Of The Year in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2013, as well as Song of the Year for her original composition “I Won’t Cry”, co-written with her Producer Dave Darling (Glen Campbell, Dominique Pruitt, Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Def Leopard, Motley Crew, Meredith Brooks, Dan Hicks, John Waite).

USA Today declared, “Magness is a blues star,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Magness sings superbly, with a scorching intensity.”

Magness’ fame has been hard won. Born in Detroit, Magness was inspired by the blues and country she heard listening to her father’s record collection, and by the vibrant music of the city’s classic Motown sound. By her teenage years, though, her life was in chaos. She lost both parents to suicide by the age of 16 and lived on the streets, bouncing from one foster home to another. At 17, she became a teenage mother who had to give up her baby daughter for adoption. One night in Minneapolis, an underage Magness sneaked into a club to see blues great Otis Rush, and it was there that she found her salvation and discovered that the blues were her calling. Magness recalls, “Otis played as if his life depended on it. There was a completely desperate, absolute intensity. I knew, whatever it was, I needed more of it.” She began going to as many blues shows as possible, soaking up the sounds of her favorite artists, including Johnny Copeland and Albert Collins. She immersed herself in records by James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and all the other R&B greats.

Watching these artists live and listening to their recordings sparked Janiva and gave her life new direction and purpose. Her first break came several years later, while studying engineering and working as an intern at a recording studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was approached by her boss to sing some supporting vocals on a track. Finding her voice, she soon began working regularly as a background singer. By the early 1980s, Magness made her way to Phoenix and befriended Bob Tate, the musical director for the great Sam Cooke. With Tate’s mentoring, she formed her first band, Janiva Magness And The Mojomatics, in 1985 and soon after the influential Phoenix New Times named her group the city’s Best Blues Band. She moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and slowly began finding work. She recorded her second studio album, It Takes One To Know One, in 1997 (her debut was the cassette-only release, More Than Live). After three more independent releases, Janiva signed with Northern Blues and recorded Bury Him At The Crossroads in 2004 and Do I Move You? in 2006. Both CDs were co-produced by Magness and Canadian roots star Colin Linden, and both garnered Magness a tremendous amount of critical and popular attention. Magness and Linden won the prestigious Canadian Maple Blues Award for Producers Of The Year for Bury Him At The Crossroads. Do I Move You? debuted at #8 on the Billboard Blues Chart and was the #1 CD of 2006 on Living Blues magazine’s radio chart. Blues Revue said, “Magness is a bold and potent artist with a powerful, soulful voice…impossible to forget.”

Magness signed with Alligator in 2008 and released her stunning label debut, What Love Will Do, to massive critical acclaim. The Chicago Sun-Times raved, “Her songs run the gamut of emotions from sorrow to joy. A master of the lowdown blues who is equally at ease surrounded by funk or soul sounds, Magness invigorates every song with a brutal honesty,” while Blues Revue called her “a blues interpreter of the highest rank…punchy and tough…swaggering, incendiary vocal performances.” Fueled by all the positive press, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition profiled Magness, putting her in front of an audience of millions and expanding her ever-growing fan base. Her 2010 follow-up, The Devil Is An Angel Too, brought even more acclaim. The album was the #1 CD of 2010 on the Living Blues radio chart. The Wall Street Journal said she plays “hard-hitting blues and soul.” Living Blues declared, “Accolades come easy when you’re this good. Magness is blessed with smoky, seductive pipes that bend the blues into pure enchantment. Her steely conviction is authentic, soulful and playful. The emotion rings true.”

In addition to her musical accomplishments, Magness reaches out to help others. She is a Spokesperson for Casey Family Programs National Foster Care Month Campaign (her sixth consecutive year) and an Ambassador for Foster Care Alumni of America, promoting National Foster Care Month. “It is a huge honor and a daunting responsibility. But I am very excited to be a part of this important work, and I look forward to carrying the message of hope for youth in the foster care system, and to alumni,” says Magness. “Casey Family Programs does groundbreaking work, and I am deeply honored to work with them again. Foster Care Alumni Of America is an amazing organization that focuses on adult alumni of the system.” Magness has also reconnected with her daughter, and is now a proud grandmother. “Our fate doesn’t have to be our destiny,” she says. “I’m living proof of that. And I’m so very grateful.”

And her growing legion of admirers is grateful for Janiva Magness. With Stronger For It and non-stop touring, Magness, along with her world-class road band, will bring her dynamic live show to fans across the country and around the world. Live and on record, Magness’ level of intimacy and depth of emotion infuses her music with a power impossible to deny. Rather than succumb to hard times, with Stronger For It, Magness has created an album loaded with creativity and imagination, turning her own personal pain into timeless, exhilarating, soul-healing music.
ANSON FUNDERBURGH
DAVE RILEY & BOB CORRITORE
DAVE RILEY & BOB CORRITORE
The “Mississippi meets Chicago” blues partnership of Dave Riley and Bob Corritore is now in its 8th year. This is their 3rd CD together, and they have toured extensively in the USA, Europe and South America. Their stage show is a real down-home blues throw- down!

Dave Riley grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi before moving to the West Side of Chicago. He worked down South in later years was a close associate of Frank Frost, Sam Carr and John Weston.

Bob Corritore is a Chicago born and bred harmonica player. He won the 2012 Living Blues Award for Best Harmonica Player. Bob’s Harmonica Blues CD won a 2011 Blues Music Award, he is a recipient of the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award and performed on a Grammy-nominated album.

HUSH YOUR FUSS! features original songs, rootsy old-school storytelling blues that puts you in rural Mississippi by way of Chicago, all in the well- honed style of Dave Riley and Bob Corritore.
MIKE ELDRED TRIO
MIKE ELDRED TRIO
“Mike Eldred is among the rare breed of guitarists who is not afraid of blurring lines in American Music. By bending all of his favorite musical styles, Mike has created his own original voice in modern electric guitar playing. HE’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT, BABY!”
- Brian Setzer
“The deeper “The Mike Eldred Trio” digs into American roots music, the stronger they sound” - Goldmine Magazine
"It’s like listening to what the Clash might have done if they had been born 20 years earlier..."
- Blues Blast Magazine
“It's not so much raw chutzpah as sheer love — backed by unassailable musical chops — with which veteran Southern California blues musician Mike Eldred puts on display in “61 and 49,” referencing the fabled intersection in Clarksdale, Miss., that's essentially ground zero in the world of Delta blues.
What makes the album such a delight is the masterful way the guitarist, singer and songwriter paces his trek through a rainbow's worth of electric and acoustic blues workouts. It's the sign of a journeyman who has spent untold hours playing clubs and learning the old-fashioned way what flies and what doesn't”.
- Los Angeles Times
Voted one of the best guitarists in Americana / Roots / Blues music, The Mike Eldred Trio is a roots “Super-Band” with Eldred (formerly with Stray Cat Lee Rocker) and John Bazz and Jerry Angel both from The Blasters! Their first CD (The Mike Eldred Trio) sent shock waves throughout the Americana/roots/blues community with rave reviews from Brian Setzer among others, and gave Eldred the title “best unknown guitarist”. The band's second CD (61 and 49) was voted of the Top Ten CD releases of 2011 by the Los Angeles Times.
The band’s newest effort is a multi-layered blues journey through Mississippi juke joints, prisons, churches, and the small neighborhood called Baptist Town in Greenwood where the legendary bluesman Robert Johnson was murdered in 1938. The trio invited several guests into the famed Sun Studio to lend a hand, and David Hidalgo, Robert Cray, and John Mayer help to tell a story of the dichotomy of the ongoing struggle between poverty and affluence, love and hate, and sin and salvation.
The trio’s 4th album “Baptist Town” is a monumental achievement in roots and blues storytelling, and will undoubtedly grow the trio’s already large fan base that includes artists like ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons:
“El contenta completa”...! This is it. Enjoy this one, top to bottom, bottom to top. The Mike Eldred Trio makes the rounds through a blues-wrapped offering that is certain to satisfy. Rock it!”
LEON J'S JUKE JOINT
LEON J'S JUKE JOINT
From early in Leon's youth he was immersed in music. Traveling in his parents gospel tour bus as a child he performed his first vocal performance at age 4.
Inducted in the National Heritage Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame TM. - 2011, as Ambassador to the Blues & Great Blues Artist Arizona.

Leon's vocal prowess and talent are what you first notice when experiencing his music. His soulful vocals, slide and finger style guitar work, and smooth acoustic grooves, are what he is noted for in performances. He has a reputation for uncommonly entertaining and engaging performances with his story telling & moving the music and set to fit when the energy from his audience joins with his music.

Leon’s storytelling, & knowledge of the early bluesmen and their styles, and the
effect it has to this day on most of our popular music, takes you on a special
journey thru time.

When asked about his music mixing both original with
interpretive songs, he replies “ If I had to be completely truthful, I don’t view any
song I perform as anything other than my music. Simply because I didn’t write the song- say lyrics as an example,
does not make my performance of it any less an original expression... Original expression from the early legends of the blues when furthering
another’s song, is one of the things I love most about the Roots and Blues Music I am blessed to perform for many music lovers"

"Leon J's Delta Infused music was so fresh and original, our studio audience and our Television viewing audience raved about his live performance"
Good Morning Arizona ABC TV 15 March 2013


" A true musical artist - creative - passionate & extremely talented..."
AZ Entertainment Magazine 2012

Leon J's performance is a show you don't want to miss..... Leon J - Simply Good Music!
SUGAR THIEVES
SUGAR THIEVES
The Sugar Thieves have a sultry blues roots foundation, and powerhouse delta sound that will take you back in time. They also come equipped with a fresh new style, high-energy showmanship, and an original song list that brings music enthusiasts, of any age, to their feet to shake that meat! In 2008 and 2009, The Sugar Thieves won the Phoenix Blues Society’s AZ. Blues Showdown and were voted best blues band in the state. They went on to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (Feb. 2009/Jan. 2010) where they were voted one of the top ten unsigned blues bands in the world in 09, and won the “People’s Choice” award at the Old Daisy Theatre in 2010. The Sugar Thieves were also voted best Americana band in 09 by the Phoenix New Times’ “Summer of Sound Series”, and nominated for Best Local Band in Phoenix as well. The singular vision that drives this band is their plight to reintroduce what some call a dying genre, blues music, to younger generations and those that have simply forgotten. But don’t think you’ve heard anything like it before. The Thieves put on a show that’s worth writing home about.
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.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/