We've been getting newsletters of upcoming events in Phoenix from noted harmonica player Bob Corritore about upcoming musical events in the Phoenix area. Not sure how many readers I have in Phoenix, but I'm putting his list out because it looks like some good things are heading there!
Bob tells us this is for the week of January 21st, 2011:
Mud Morganfield and the Rhythm Room All-Stars to appear Friday and Saturday January 28 and 29 at the Rhythm Room. Mud Morganfield is the eldest son of Muddy Waters (not to be confused with Muddy's other musician son, Big Bill Morganfield). Mud Morganfield's voice is so similar to his father it is hard to beleive. Mud makes his way from Chicago to Phoenix on Friday and Saturday, January 28 and 29, for 2 nights at the Rhythm Room. Mud will be backed by the Rhythm Room All-Stars with Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey plus special guest RRAS alum, Johnny Rapp! Expect some real deal Chicago Blues from this weekend.
RIP Fred Sanders - 1939 to January 17. 2011. Longtime Memphis blues guitarist Fred Sanders died on January 17th, at age 71, after a long battle with cancer. His album Long Time Coming was released just last year on the I55 Productions label, and Fred was a regular performer on Beale Street. A great guitarist and stirring vocalist, Fred was a beloved blues hero of his community.
Phoenix's Blues Blast Festival on Febrauary 19th! Preparty and Afterparty announced! Each year in February, the Phoenix Blues Society presents a great festival at the beautiful Mesa Amphitheater, with a wonderful mix of national and home grown blues talent. It is called Blues Blast (Not to be confused with the popular on-line magazine on the same name). It is a great excuse for blues fans to come visit one of the greatest winter climates in the US. This year the event takes place on Saturday, February 19th. Appearing at Blues Blast 2011 will be Tommy Castro Band, Deanna Bogart, Trampled Under Foot, Krimson Chord, and Cold Shott & the Hurricane Horns. The show will start at 11:00 am; gates will open at 10:00 am. The Rhythm Room will surround the event with a preparty on Friday, February 18 with The James Harman Band and opening set by Nathan James, and an Afterparty/Celebrity Jam hosted by Johnny Rawls!