KXCI’s 6th Annual House Rockin’ Blues Review
August 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm$15.00 - $20.00
KXCI’s 6th Annual House Rockin’ Blues Review takes place at historic El Casino Ballroom on Friday, August 4th with headliners Kid Ramos and the 44s and opener Mike Hebert Prison Band. Sponsored by the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation.
Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30pm
Kid Ramos is a renowned American electric blues guitarist who is also considered one of the most prolific purveyors of the blues on the West Coast. Ramos has released four solo albums since 1995 on Black Top and Evidence Records. You may have also heard his sizzling lead guitar work with such artists as The Fabulous Thunderbirds, James Harman, Roomful of Blues, the Big Rhythm Combo, The Mannish Boys, Bobby Jones and Los Fabulocos. Guitar Player magazine calls Ramos “a guy whose guitar style sounds like a cross between Freddie King, Guitar Slim, Jimmie Vaughan and T. Bone Walker.” In 2012 Ramos was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma, but with subsequent surgery and chemotherapy he has fully recovered. Also in 2012 Bob Corritore released “The Kid Ramos/Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions” CD to help raise money for his treatment. This album showcases the guitar work of Ramos with such great bluesmen as Nappy Brown, Big Pete Peterson and Henry Gray.
The 44’s are a Los Angeles-based band who play blues-roots-rock music. The 44’s are one the brightest rising stars on the American blues roots scene. Make no mistake about it. The raw rough and tough sounds generated by these four expert musicians during live performances demands to be heard by Blues music fans World Wide. They evidence a genuine gift for creating blues in the moment while at the same time showing loyalty to a remarkable blues-and-r&b tradition that goes back decades through the James Harman Band and the Red Devils to storied greats like Howlin’ Wolf, Albert Collins, and Muddy Waters. They’ve become a favorite band of club and festival crowds across North America.
- They play vintage instruments and channel a blues style of days past, but there is a distinct Rawness to this blues award winning quartet. Each band member is in fine form. Johnny Main grounds his outstanding singing and guitar playing in real experience – his talent’s as honest as the day is long. Tex Nakamura has forged his own stirring voice from studying Little Walter and other legendary harmonica mentors. Bassist Mike Turturro with his Gut String Bass and drummer J. R. Lozano’s Vintage Ludwig Kit are as solid a team as any you’ll hear, calibrating rhythmic flow with alertness and intelligence, never calling undue attention to themselves. For their one-of-a-kind blues, The 44’s successfully mine the tension. Kid Ramos say’s of his experience with The 44’s “They play like their life depends on it and you can quote me.”
Arizona Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Mike Hebert and his Prison Band play songs about the rural South, Texas, and Southeastern Arizona… honky tonk songs, prison songs, and Delta Blues. Joining Hebert, who plays both electric and slide guitars, will be his four piece band playing songs off their debut release. You may also know Mike Hebert from his swing band The Kings of Pleasure.
Doors open at 6:30, the show starts at 7:30 pm. Allyn Haynes Catering will be selling BBQ and sides. Advance general admission tickets are $20; $15 for KXCI and SABHF Members. General Admission tickets on the day of the show will be $25. Tickets can be purchased at all Bookmans locations and KXCI.org. KXCI’s own Master of the Blues, Marty Kool will emcee the show. All proceeds support KXCI’s mission to connect the communities of Tucson and Southern Arizona to each other and to the world with informative, engaging and creative community-based programming. Tune in at 91.3 KXCI Tucson, or listen on line at www.kxci.org.
Promoter Contact: Jeb Schoonover
KXCI Contact: Amanda Shauger
email@example.com, 520-623-1000 ext 17
Doors at 6:30, show at 7:30pm