ARIZONA BLUES HALL OF FAME CELEBRATION & INDUCTION

Inducting The Hoodoo Kings, The Rocket 88s & Dave Riley

ARIZONA BLUES HALL OF FAME CELEBRATION & INDUCTION

THE HOODOO KINGS, THE ROCKET 88s, DAVE RILEY, BAD NEWS BLUES BAND, TOM WALBANK, STEFAN GEORGE, BOB CORRITORE, MATT ROE, JIM GLASS BLUES BAND, CHUCK HALL, HANS OLSON, BIG NICK & THE GILA MONSTERS, BRYAN DEAN TRIO, JOHNNY TANNER & HIS ACES

Sun, January 18, 2015

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

$5.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Ticket proceeds go to benefit the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame.

ARIZONA BLUES HALL OF FAME
ARIZONA BLUES HALL OF FAME
ABHOF has been organized to educate the public about and promote the veteran Blues musicians and individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the Blues music culture in the State of Arizona.
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.
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!
TOM WALBANK
Englishman Tom Walbank was born in the town of Wells,1969, in the county of Somerset. Raised in Totnes, Devon, he discovered blues in his teens, beginning harmonica (which remains to this day his main instrument).
He studied the harp style of main influence Sonny Terry and played constantly through his twenties after moving to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here he joined blues trio 32-20 and then, with guitarist Steve O' Connor, the acoustic blues duo Hot Tamales.

After meeting and marrying his wife, Leia Maahs, he moved to California in 1997. He also started playing guitar around this time in the style of John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Son House and Big Joe Williams.

Moving to Tucson in 2000 he started playing constantly in the local bars and clubs, establishing himself as a force on the local music scene, either solo or with guitarist Doug Smith or with Dimitri Manos and Mike Bagesse, aka the Ambassadors.

He has recorded ten albums and appeared on twenty others, usually adding harmonica. In 2009 he scored the movie Good Boy. He has won best blues band in Tucson five times, best blues band in Arizona once and (with pianist Arthur Migliazza) best blues duo in Tucson once, representing Tucson in Memphis in the International Blues Challenge both times.
STEFAN GEORGE
STEFAN GEORGE
RIYL: John Hammond, Richard Thompson, John Prine and Loudon Wainwright III


"Stefan has... been named Best of Tucson since 1994 in songwriter, solo acoustic performer, and acoustic ensemble categories, and has been a finalist at Telluride and Kerrville, where he now hosts the annual Blues Summit. In addition to his solo acoustic work, he has an electric trio, The Conrads, a duo of guitar and hammered dulcimer, Arm & Hammer, and a folk band, Songtower." - Arizona Blues Hall of Fame
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.
JIM GLASS BLUES BAND
Jim Glass has it all. This versatile performer can be seen at concert venues throughout the Southwestern United States. Jim is an Az. Blues Hall of Fame member and an Arizona music legend with his vintage Les Paul guitar and soulful vocal stylings, having shared the stage with music icons such as Muddy Waters, Dr. John, Edgar Winter, Buddy Guy and Taj Mahal.

His Blues guitar and powerful vocals ooze of the raw emotion that so many imitate but never achieve. Jim has been on the scene for forty years making sure his music lives with a head-on collision of Blues you can use!!
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..
BIG NICK & THE GILA MONSTERS
BIG NICK & THE GILA MONSTERS
John "Big Nick" Samora has been playing in Phoenix for the last 20 years. He is the lead singer and harmonica player in his band, Big Nick and the Gila Monsters. They are one of the finest Blues bands in Arizona, and have been together for the past 16 years.

Mike "El Rey" Lewis is the guitar player and he is considered one of the finest players in Phoenix, having cut his teeth with Chuck Berry in the late '60's after starting Phoenix Area Blues bands in their High School days with James Mason.

A Phoenix treasure, Bass player James "Muddy" Mason has been the cornerstone of dozens of landmark acts in the Phoenix area since the mid '60s.

Together since 1994, the stability of this group has been one of it's hallmarks. Bobby Whiteshoes, the founding drummer, passed the sticks to Pro drummer, Ricky J. Lockhart, after retiring in 2004. Ricky has picked up the torch, laying down the solid grooves this great Blues band is known for.

With 5 self produced CD's under their own label, Monster-Tone Records, these guys are the real deal!
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/