September 9, 2011
Rhythm Room 20th Anniversary Celebration September 16, 17 18. Program expanded with Robert Cray added to the bill! Phoenix's Rhythm Room Concert Club opened it's doors on Wednesday, September 18, 1991 with a promise of delivering great music, with a strong emphasis on the blues. the Rhythm Room has kept that promise and has created a music institution and a legacy of great musical performances. Founded by Bob Corritore, the club has featured both national touring artists and home grown talent. Over it's 20 years many live recordings have come from the Rhythm Room including the Grammy nominated CD; Kim Wilson / Smoking Joint, the title track to R.L. Burnside's best selling album; Come On in, and the final albums by legends Robert Lockwood, Jr, and Floyd Dixon. The list of blues artists who have appeared at the Rhythm Room is a virtual who's who. To celebrate it's two decade anniversary, the Rhythm Room plans a weekend of blues parties with 3 full days of pure fun and music. Here is the lineup:Friday, Sept 16 (early) 5pm doors 6-8pm early show with Tommy Castro.Friday, Sept 16 (middle show) starting at 9pm and going to 11pm,, Soul Music Party with host band Cold Shott & The Hurricane Horns plus featured artists Jerry Lawson (of Persuasions fame) Stan Devereaux, Gloria Bailey, George Bowman, Lucius Parr, Kenneth Williams, Rochelle Whitehead, Andy Gonzales, Paris James K.T. (of the Repeat Offenders), Delmar Stewart, and more! Phoenix's rich soul music legacy will be on display this night!Friday, Sept 16 (midnight show) The ROBERT CRAY BAND. A rare opportunity to see this blues superstar in a small club setting!Saturday, Sept 17 Bob Corritore & His Blues Friends 7pm doors 8pm show with Mud Morganfield, Bob Margolin, Diunna Greenleaf, Dave Riley, Billy Flynn, Barrelhouse Chuck, Mookie Brill, Johnny Rapp, Brian Fahey and more!Sunday Sept 18 (the actual day of the 20th anniversary) All Day Blues and Rhythm Festival featuring 11 of the greatest Phoenix based blues and soul bands. Doors at 11am and music kicks at noon. Free Big Pete Pearson CDs will be given to the first 75 people. Acts in order of appearance includeChico Chism Tribute with George Thomas & The Flamekeepers (Chico's last band) with guest appearance by Gypsy!Hoodoo Kings Tribute with Mario Moreno, Jim Dorholt, Paul Thomas and other alumni of this historic Phoenix bandGeorge Bowman & Badness featuring Lucius ParrDiscount hotel room rates of $69.00 plus tax are available for out of town attendees from the Residence Inn Black Canyon. To make reservations call 602-864-1900 and ask for the Rhythm Room rate. The Rhythm Room thanks it's loyal clientele and looks forward to this forthcoming celebration. For more information and to purchase advance tickets to the 20 year celebration, click www.rhythmroom.com.
Rhythm Room All-Stars with special guest Dave Riley appear tonight and tomorrow at the Rhythm Room! Back at their home base, the Rhythm Room All-Stars play tonight and tomorrow, Friday, and Saturday, September 9 and 10 at the Rhythm Room. The Rhythm Room All-Stars feature Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey. Just added will be a guest appearance by Dave Riley! Look for a couple nights of houserocking down home blues!
Dave Riley & Bob Corritore appear Sept 15 at Kerr Cultural Center with famed blues author Bill Ferris! Arizona State University School of Liberal Arts and Sciences present a blues night at the Kerr Cultural Center on Thursday, September 15, 7:30pm. The presentation will include musical performance and conversation followed by Q&A with: Williams R. Ferris - Mississippi blues expert, author and professor at UNC Chapel Hill, Dave Riley, and Bob Corritore. Bill Ferris' book Blues From The Delta has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and is recognized as a "must have" of blues literature. To read more about this event click http://phoenix.showup.com/event/detail/441399446/ASU_School_of_Liberal_Arts_and_Sciences_Blues_Night.
To read an article on the ASU series click http://asunews.asu.edu/20110902_ProjectHumanities.
To read more about blues scholar Bill Ferris click http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_R._Ferris.
Johnny Dyer and Kim Wilson on YouTube! Please enjoy this performance by Johnny Dyer singing the Little Walter classic "Little Girl" with some great harmonica work by Kim Wilson and some great guitar by Junior Watson. Also in the band are Larry Taylor on bass, Richard Innes on drums and Barrelhouse Chuck on piano. This clip took place at the Rhythm Room in October of 2010 at Amanda's Roller Coaster. To see this great performance click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOezl-OlW6s