LET'S GET SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING TO MEMPHIS FUNDRAISER!

The Phoenix Blues Society Presents

LET'S GET SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING TO MEMPHIS FUNDRAISER!

SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING, NINA CURRI, R.D. OLSON, COMMON GROUND BLUES BAND, THE HOODOO CASTERS, TOM GRILLS, SANDRA DEE'S CREOLE KITCHEN

Fri, November 27, 2015

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

This event is 21 and over

All proceeds help pay for our showdown winner to represent Phoenix at the International Blues Competition!

Sandra Dee's Creole Kitchen will be serving food outside Rhythm Room from 7:00pm to 11:00pm

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.
NINA CURRI
NINA CURRI
Nina Curri is an outstanding singer/songwriter based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Her music is introspective and real while performing traditional roots blues and originally composed material. After years of performing as a blues singer, Nina has developed the ability to meld songbird-like vocals with a powerhouse blues range.
She has had the opportunity of sharing the stage and opening shows for legendary artists like Ian Moore, T-Model Ford, Hans Olson, The Rocket 88's, Steve D. Reynolds, Jesse Colter, Francine Reed and Delbert McClinton.
Nina is currently in the process of recording her original material which will be released in the Spring of 2013.

Living in Texas for several years allowed her to experience cities rich in music and diverse in talent. Houston’s eclectic venues and 6th street in Austin gave her opportunities to develop as a well-rounded artist. In the Houston blues scene,
Nina shared the stage with legendary artists such as Grady Gaines, Milton Hopkins (cousin of Lightnin’ Hopkins) and the nationally acclaimed, Delbert McClinton.

Nina often performs in benefits for many local organizations with legendary artists such as Francine Reed, Dennis Rowland, Andy Gonzales, Hans Olson and many more. Chico Chism frequently invited her onto his stage and encouraged her to pursue her music. For the better part of 2010, she frequently shared the stage with a fabulous jump, swing & rockabilly group, The Jump Back Brothers in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nina also performs around the Valley through an organization called Chicks with Picks. Since 2007, they have been showcasing local and national female artists in Arizona. Nina was a performer in the first Chicks with Picks festival in 2008 that was headlined by Jesse Colter, Sarah Buxton and Michelle Branch.

Some of Nina’s festival performances include: The Telluride Blues & Brew Festival in Colorado; The Phoenix Blues Society’s Charity Festival, Blues for the City in Arizona; The First Annual Chicks with Picks Festival in Cavecreek, Arizona; The Creamy Radio Acoustic Stage at The McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Arizona 2007; The Chandler Ostrich Festival in 2010 & 2011.
THE HOODOO CASTERS
THE HOODOO CASTERS
Mike Dotson, slide guitar and vocals:
Mike Performed solo acoustic blues in the 90’s. Mike is a former member of The Amazing Blues Wizards and The Blind Dog Band playing in the blues scene in and around Phoenix. He has performed at various clubs in the Phoenix area and also at the Payson, Tucson and Monterey Bay Blues Festival in 2000 and 2001. Influences are Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Robert Johnson. Mike has also been building guitars since the 90’s and currently makes several custom guitars a year.

Boyd White, harmonica and vocals:
Boyd became interested in blues music while living and working in the gulf coast. He frequented New Orleans and became close friends with Les Getrex a Crescent City native and Blues musician. Les was the inspiration Boyd needed to find his own voice and began what has now become his passion for the Blues. Boyd’s influences are Jimmy Reed, Lazy Lester, and Sam Myers.

Mike Simpson, guitar and vocals:
From 1995 to 2003 Mike was on The Board of Directors of the Phoenix Blues Society and was chairman of the Blues in the Schools Committee. The Phoenix Blues Society presented Mike with the "Keeping the Blues Alive" award in 2007. Mike is a former member of The Amazing Blues Wizards and The Blind Dog Band playing at various clubs in the Phoenix area and also at the Payson, Tucson and Monterey Bay Blues Festival in 2000 and 2001. Mike’s influences are Lightnin Hopkins Albert King and Freddie King.

Maury "Hooter" Saslaff, Bass, vocals:
Hooter started playing guitar in 1974 and switched to bass in 1977 and has only played bass since 1980. I've played all over the US, Europe and Canada and once did a tour in Israel. Toured for years with Big Jack Johnson, recorded 3 CD’s together and were nominated for 5 WC Handy Awards. Hooter has also played with Guitar Junior, Tabby Thomas, Johnny Heartsman, Earl King, Travis Haddix, Johnny Rawls, Phil Guy and many others.

Michael "Hutch" Hutchison, Drums:
Hutch Started in high school marching band at Van Nuys High School. Played in local bands for 10 years. And returned to playing professionally in 2009. Major Influences are Buddy Rich and John Bonham.
SANDRA DEE'S CREOLE KITCHEN
SANDRA DEE'S CREOLE KITCHEN
Food will be available outside from Sandra Dee’s Catering!

"Born and raised in Louisiana and we come to you with 'delicious Creole food', just like my mom, aunts and grandmothers cooked back home." ~Sandra Dee

Please follow the link to view a menu: http://www.sandradeescatering.com/#!menu/c24tf
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/