CRICKET'S CANCER BENEFIT

CRICKET'S CANCER BENEFIT

BLUEZONE WITH RAY RAY & UVON, SIR HARRISON, BLUESMAN MIKE & THE BLUES REVIEW BAND, RODNEY BROWN, BIG PETE PEARSON, GEORGE BOWMAN

Wed, September 2, 2015

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

This event is 21 and over

SIR HARRISON
Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine'). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry. He started playing music at the age of eight. The clarinet being his first instrument. It would not be until the early years of high school that Harrison would pick up his first guitar.
Harrison first took the stage in 1999 at a blues jam in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Every week he returned and the audience wanted more. This was the time for him to learn, grow and work with other musicians. His first band would take on the name, "Colorblind", a power trio that was complimented by the tasteful bass-lines of producer and recording engineer, Leo Okeke.
In the summer of 2000 Colorblind was called to fill a major time slot that opened up at the Tulsa Blues Festival at the historic Cain's Ballroom . Wanting the exposure, his the band played for free. That night they brought the house down.
Sir Harrison's music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He's been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison's guitar playing has his own unique sound.
His current band, "Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings," was formed in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The members are veteran musicians. Singer song-writer and bassist, Richard Neville who has toured with Poco, Vince Gill, Mickey Gilley, Tanya Tucker and guitar virtuoso Phil Brown. Drummer, Eddy Barattini has toured with Richie Havens, Stanley Jordon and is also an accomplished recording engineer and composer. Together their music is a combination of rhythmic patterns, all in a motion created by Sir Harrison's body language and soulful guitar riffs. It's smooth, funky, rock-in and whole lot of blues power.
BLUESMAN MIKE & THE BLUES REVIEW BAND
BLUESMAN MIKE & THE BLUES REVIEW BAND
The Blues Review Band was formed out of Bluesman Mike's passion for the blues. In New Year of 2007 he decided to go back to his roots by spending his birthday gift on a bass guitar and soon started jamming with a great friend and co-founder of the band, Doug Hill. It was one of those evenings while they're jamming that they decided to form The Blues Review Band. The 1st original members were Scott Stuk (drums), Avi Edelson (Keyboard), Doug Hill (Lead guitar) and Bluesman Mike on vocals and bass. Soon, they're all over the valley doing their love and passion - playing the blues and becoming one of the hottest blues bands out!!! They all had a blast playing all over town but Scott had to go to college and their full time jobs required both Doug and Avi to leave the band. Now Bluesman Mike is jamming and doing gigs with Bobby Nealy, a seasoned and veteran keyboard player from Phoenix, AZ who has been playing for the last 30+ years including playing with the likes of Archie Bell and the Drells, along with his new lead guitar player who is another veteran by the name of Sugar Bear, from Philadelphia who incidentally has been performing for the last 20+ years as a studio musician as well as on stage, a producer, and song writer. To round out, and keeping the band on the one, is his new but also a veteran drummer, Tim Robinson. Tim was born in Germany and has been playing drums all his life. He played with Koko Taylor, Joey DeFrancisco, & Darlene Love. Tim has performed at the Monterrey Blues Festival in 2003 & 2004.
GEORGE BOWMAN
GEORGE BOWMAN
George was born in Mississippi. Although he sang in the church choir, music became important in his life only after his family relocated to Phoenix in the mid 1960's.

Dyke of Dyke & The Blazers managed the apartment complex the Bowmans lived in. Thus, George met Dyke and the band close up. That experience left him in awe and inspired him to become a professional singer. He befriended singer Rochelle Whitehead and drummer Delmar Stewart in the late 60's and formed a show band "Memphis Soul" which enjoyed great popularity for years.

George continued as lead singer with various bands including: "Soul on Ice" (mid to late 70's), "Pyramid" (early 80's), "Nitekap" (mid 80's) "Spectrum" (early 90's) In the mid to late 90's he performed and toured with Lucious Parr's band "Street Life."

In 1999 George won the Arizona Blues Showdown.����

In recent years he has mainly focused on song writing and released 'Badd Boy' (2002) and 'Hoochie Coochie' (2004) which are selling well overseas.��

He has opened for many acts such as Charles Brown, Sweetwater, Taj Mahal, Dr. Hook, Buddy Miles and many more.

George continues to do occasional showcases featuring some of Phoenix' best musicians and R&B artists.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/