ARIZONA BLUES SHOWDOWN - FINAL ROUND (EARLY SHOW)

*NEW DATE* Phoenix Blues Society Presents

ARIZONA BLUES SHOWDOWN - FINAL ROUND (EARLY SHOW)

STEVE RUSH, SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, J.C. & THE JUKE ROCKERS, SINCLAIR HOLLAND DUO, R.D. OLSON BLUES BAND, KATHY DAVIS & THE GROOVETONES

Sun, October 5, 2014

Doors: 11:30 am / Show: 12:00 pm

$8.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

ARIZONA BLUES SHOWDOWN
The annual Arizona Blues Showdown is fast approaching and this is your chance to vie for a trip to Memphis in 2015 to compete in the International Blues Challenge, the biggest Blues event in the world.

There are two categories in which to compete: Band and Solo/Duo, with the winner of the band category taking home $1,000 toward expenses and the solo/duo category receiving $250.

Preliminary rounds take place Sunday, Sept. 21 and finals are Sunday, Sept. 28 at the Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road in Phoenix. Rules and regulations can be found at www.phoenixblues.org

This is a perfect opportunity for you to showcase your act and perhaps win a shot at one of the biggest prizes the Blues community has to offer. Past winners have reaped unheard of benefits for their efforts.

We’ve got some of the best talent to be found anywhere.

Let’s put Arizona Blues on the map!!
SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING
SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING
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.
J.C. & THE JUKE ROCKERS
J.C. & THE JUKE ROCKERS
From old school Chicago Style to West Coast Blues and everything in between...
J.C. & The Juke Rockers deliver Blues Music that makes you want to Jump Jive and Swing!

John (J.C.) Chavez fronts the band with his Smooth Vocals, Smoking Guitar and Hot Harmonica making him a Triple Threat.
Then when you add in the Rock Solid Rhythm Section of The Juke Rockers, you get a combination punch that is a sure fire knockout!

JC&TJR draw the audience in and make them feel like they are the 5th member of the band.

This group is truly "One Class Act" that will leave jaws dropping, people talking and asking for more...check em out!!!
R.D. OLSON BLUES BAND
R.D. OLSON BLUES BAND
Meet R.D.Olson, born and raised on a small 160 acre farm in Zumbrota Minnesota.One of sevin children born To Harris and Joan Olson.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.. Muddy Waters whom he would later meet and jam with B.B.King,Luther Allison,Buddy Reed,Chico Chism,Hans Olson to name a few. Singer,songwriter band leader R.D.Olson is the REAL DEAL dubbed that not by himself,but by those that that he's touched.R.D. Olson Blues band is just that, the REAL DEAL! R. D. and his band play blues with respect to the past and a good kick in the ass into the new millennium.

You can’t help but feel a live performance resonate in your soul R.D.’s 30 plus years of blues experience gained by stints with Luther Allison, Chico Chism and Buddy Reed.

All blues stalwarts. R.D.’s charisma and showmanship absolutely command the audience’s attention. Dynamics so vast they suck the air out of the room.

Make no mistake R.D. and his band are not just ‘players’ of the blues…they are top notch national level caliber performers and really ‘bring it’ to the stage.
Close your eyes and let the music seep into your soul. His play list is a nice mix of ‘dem muddy blues’ as R.D. would say, and contemporary blues!

Despite the genre of music you like, make sure to catch the R. D. Olson Blues Band. It’s a sure can’t miss evening of music. Mercy!
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/