GOING TO MEMPHIS FUNDRAISER FOR AZ BLUES SHOWDOWN WINNERS R.D. OLSON BLUES BAND & STEVE RUSH

With Many Bands Soon To Be Announced!

GOING TO MEMPHIS FUNDRAISER FOR AZ BLUES SHOWDOWN WINNERS R.D. OLSON BLUES BAND & STEVE RUSH

COMMON GROUND BLUES BAND, SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, TOM GRILLS, WALKIN' CANE MARK, THE EFFECTS, HANS OLSON, PAUL CRUIZE & BLUES CREW, BUZZSAW & TOOLSHED, SALTY GRINGOS

Sun, December 21, 2014

Doors: 1:30 pm / Show: 2:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

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!
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.
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..
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/