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September 11-17, 2006

BluesBeat Las Vegas Blues Events Calendar

Johnny A.

Chrome Showroom Santa Fe Blues - 8pm September 13th    Johnny A., guitarist extraordinaire, is scheduled for the Wednesday Night Blues series inside the Chrome Showroom. Much like the late Danny Gatton (whom the musician's fiery solos recall), Johnny A.'s musical styles range from blues to jazz to country. He will also appear at Boulder Station the following evening. See below for more information on these events. Check out Wednesday Night Blues at Chrome for a complete schedule of upcoming concerts. Santa Fe Station is located at 4949 N Rancho Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89130 Tel 702.658.4900    Santa Fe Station Map


Johnny A.    Thursday, September 14
Boulder Station Casino (702-432-7575)
Two Shows: 8 & 10 p.m. FREE

Johnny A.: Sometime Tuesday Morning Johnny A. draws on a more classic pantheon of American fret deity for inspiration, including Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore, James Burton, Nokie Edwards, and Wes Montgomery. -- Jerry McCulley,

Johnny A. is widely regarded as one of America's finest contemporary guitarists. Gibson thinks so – their Custom Shop designed a Signature Edition guitar per his specific requests which, when it was marketed in 2003, placed him in an exclusive club that included legends like BB King, Wes Montgomery, Chet Atkins, Joe Perry, Pat Martino and Les Paul himself. The public thinks so too - Johnny A.'s latest works have sold many thousands of copies as well as being his personal best. The most recent CD's - 2004's Get Inside and 1999's Sometime Tuesday Morning, are the critically acclaimed solo culmination of a lifetime of learning, sharing and bonding in a long parade of bands and players.

Coming Soon to Station Casinos    On Wednesday, September 20 Jimbo Mathus will perform at the Chrome Showroom, and the Railhead Lounge on September 21st. Go to the Station Casinos' Boulder Blues Page for a schedule of upcoming concerts. Boulder Station Casino is located at 4111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89121    Boulder Station Map

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Blues News from around the World: Copenhagen Blues Festival

Copenhagen Blues FestivalFrom Sept. 20. - 23. this year's edition of the Copenhagen Blues Festival 2006 offers more than 60 blues concerts at venues all over Copenhagen, and with best festival programme yet.

The festival has several new events at this year's programme, a special spotlight on the acoustic scene, and we have launched a whole new project with lots of blues in the daytime during all 4 festival-days.

Copenhagen presents this year a thrilling international line-up: The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Corey Harris, one of America's absolute best roots musicians - known to many from Scorsese's 2003 blues film, Sherman Robertson, a guitar-ace and a total explosion of energy on stage, Paul Lamb and Gary Primich, both masters of the harp.

Scandinavia is represented by Norwegian super-duo, Tommy Kristiansen & Eirik Bergene, Cajun du Nord, mixed DK & N, and Swedish Knockout Greg, Steve Grahn & Mattias Malm and Bottleneck John.

Among the Danish artists are: Mike Andersen Band, in a doubble-show with the T-Birds, SP Just Frost, Thorbjørn Risager, Cross, Schack & Ostermann, Organizers, Oernes Blues Band, and scores of wellknown, seasoned artists as well as talented newcomers.

It will be more female blues artist than earlier, among them Ladies Sing the Blues and Mama's Blues Joint, from the UK Kyla Brox, a young talent with great potential, and from the US Rose Hudson to perform her state-of-the-art blues-soul-gospel.

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Anthony Gomes: Music Is The Medicine CD Universe Top Ten Blues Chart
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Blues Birthdays    This week's blues artists birthdays include:

Sep 11    Barbeque Bob (guitar, vocals), 1902-1931
Sep 12    Alger "Texas" Alexander (vocals), 1900-1954
Sep 12    Gus Cannon (banjo, fiddle, guitar, piano, kazoo, jug), 1883-1979
Sep 12    Maria Muldaur (vocals), 1943    [
Sep 13    Charles Brown (piano, vocals), 1922-1999
Sep 15    Silas Hogan (guitar, vocals), 1911-1994
Sep 15    Snooky Pryor (harmonica, drums, vocals), 1921
Sep 16    B.B. King (guitar, songwriter, vocals, leader), 1925
Sep 16    Fred Below (drums), 1926-1988
Sep 16    Little Willie Littlefield (piano, vocals), 1931
Sep 16    Billy Boy Arnold (harmonica, vocals), 1935

blues on the internet Danny Gatton

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Danny Gatton - Slide Playing
Danny Gatton, "the telemaster", playing some incredible slide guitar. Gatton, sadly, committed suicide in 1994. Runtime: 04:12

Danny Gatton    CD and artist biography brief:    Hot Rod Guitar: The Danny Gatton Anthology

Gatton was such a genre-jumper that he never found a commercial niche; instead, he was the guitarist's guitarist, fluent and fluid in various forms of rock, country, jazz, and blues. But he clearly had an innate fondness for country, especially bluegrass (perhaps that's what made him the fastest picker of his time). Among the country-oriented highlights here are the scintillating "Redneck Jazz," the rockabilly "Love My Baby" (with Robert Gordon singing), "Sun Medley" (with Delbert McClinton's Fogerty-esque barking), and "Linus and Lucy/Orange Blossom Medley," in which "Steel Guitar Rag" flashes by in a blur. But his country flair also manifests itself in more subtle ways (fingerpicking the blues, for example). If you don't mind a crash course in other American music mixed in with your country--it's not like being forced to eat beets with your burger, after all--then Gatton's your man. - John Morthland :: :: editorial review

This week's new blues releases and re-issues:

B.B. King: Best Of O.V. Wright: Into Something Tony Joe White: Uncovered
Aynsley ListerEverything I NeedRufSeptember 12
Carolina Chocolate DropsDona Got A Ramblin MindMusic MakerSeptember 12
Chris SmitherLeave The light OnSignatureSeptember 12
David BasseStrike When Your Iron Is HotCity Light EntertainmentSeptember 12
Deanna BogartReal TimeBlind PigSeptember 12
John MayallPicking The Blues: Boogie Woogie PioneersDocumentSeptember 12
Robert CrayLive From Across The PondVanguardSeptember 12

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Bluesin' Round Town

M o n d a y, September 11

Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Al Ek & The All Star Open Jam
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651

T u e s d a y, September 12

Bunkhouse Saloon 10pm-2am Open Blues Jam
hosted by Lipz & The Bunkhouse Blues Band
124 S. 11th St. 702-384-4536
E-String 8pm Katie Logan & The Songwriters Session
2031 W Sunset Rd. 702-437-8674
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Tailspin 9pm Open Mic & Jam
6295 S. Pecos Rd. 702-436-7925

W e d n e s d a y, September 13

Brendan's Irish Pub (inside the Orleans) 9:30pm-1am Pete Contino Band
4500 W. Tropicana Ave. 702-365-7075
Chrome (inside Santa Fe Station) 8 & 10pm Johnny A.
4949 N. Rancho Dr. 702-658-4900 [new]
E String 8-11pm Blues Chicago Style
2031 W. Sunset Rd. 702.437.8764
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 8pm-12am Rick Smith & The S.I.N. ners Band
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]

T h u r s d a y, September 14

Bootlegger Bistro 9:30pm Ruth Brown
7700 Las Vegas Blvd. South 702-736-4939
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Railhead (inside Boulder Station) 8 & 10pm Johnny A.
4111 Boulder Hwy. 702-432-7777 [new]
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Joey & Hur~Kane
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]

F r i d a y, September 15

Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-3am Big Daddy Chicago Billy Cade
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Squiggy's Lounge 9pm-1am Monk & The Po' Boys
3805 W. Sahara Ave. 702-871-4952
Tequila Cantina 10pm-2am Moanin' Blacksnakes
5486 Boulder Hwy. 702-457-3001/p>

S a t u r d a y, September 16

Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-3am Moanin' Blacksnakes
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651 [new]
Squiggy's Lounge 9pm-1am Larry Travis Band
3805 W. Sahara Ave. 702-871-4952

S u n d a y, September 17

The Heights 4-8pm Blues Jam hosted by The Gonnerz
4655 S. Decatur Blvd. 702-870-7009
Nevada Palace 1-5pm Jimmy Limo
5255 Boulder Hwy. 702-458-8810
Sand Dollar Blues 10pm-2am Al Ek & The All Star Open Jam
3355 Spring Mountain Rd. 702-871-6651

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Blues Beyond the Neon

Arcadia Blues ClubJames Intveld banner
Rockabilly & Roots music this Saturday, September 16, 2006

"What I was doing wasn't commercial enough for anybody to take notice. I wasn't up for changing... Stuff I've been doing for years is kind of coming to the forefront as a style, and I haven't had to do anything about It. That's good, because I don't like to have to fit in any catagory." -- James Intveld

James Intveld A little rockabilly, a little country. Neither will hurt anyone. But then again Intveld's music, like the blues, can hurt you too, right along with making one down home happy. Call it what you will. This is Americana / Roots music at its best. - R.J. Bianchino, Bluesbeat Nevada

Anyone who knows anything about the Los Angeles country and roots scene knows who James Intveld is. Ask any truly hip Joe or Jane about Jimmy and you are likely to get replies ranging from "Oh yeah, he was the guy who came up with the idea of the Barn Dance," to "He's definitely one of the best singers anywhere," to the swoon and half giggle retort from a female fan that can only be translated into a breathless sigh of admiration. -- Jana Pendragon, Grindstone Magazine

The Arcadia Blues Club is located at 16 E Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91006 Tel: 626.447.9349    Arcadia Blues Club Map

'Nuff Said    Now it's your turn. If you have any information you would like to see in this column send an e-mail to We especially welcome club listings. Telephone numbers are supplied for all venues.

All shows, dates and times are subject to change. Call the club or venue for confirmation before diggin' any of the music. May all your Blues be minor. -- Bion

Hear The Blues With Russell

Russell Luzio is the nations only deaf DJ turn talk show host. With only 1% hearing Russell still hears the blues loud and clear. And "wow ee!" - as he's often prone to exclaim - he sure does play 'em on his internet radio show. Hear The Blues With Russell airs out of Los Angeles every Thursday from 7-9pm PST.

BluesBeat Profile

Chris Tofield in June Issue of Guitar Player Magazine

Chris Tofield Guitarist Chris Tofield received an article in the June issue of Guitar Player Magazine. Chris, as you probably already know, is a very talented singer/songwriter/guitarist and beyond a doubt one of the best musicians to ever grace the stage at The Sand Dollar Blues Room. Our congratulations go out to Chris on this prestigious article and best wishes on his upcoming tour of Tennessee, Georgia, Connecticut & Eastern Europe. Be careful out there Chris and keep on playing them Bad Ass Tofield Blues. PS. While Chris is out of town Al Ek will be handling the M.C. and Band Leader duties for both Sunday and Monday night's Open Jams. --

Chris Tofield
Mike Varney

Age: 41
Styles: Blues/rock
Influences: Roy Buchanan, the Allman Brothers, Santana
Main Guitar: Gibson ES-335
Location: Torrington, CT
Background: Known in international blues circles as the guitarist and musical director for legendary soul/blues singer Mighty Sam McClain, Tofield co-produced, arranged, and appeared on McClain’s 2003 release One More Bridge To Cross—which was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award for Best Soul/Blues Album of the Year. As a solo artist, Tofield has released two critically acclaimed CDs—Chris Tofield (1994) and Broken Strings (2000)—and is working on his third solo CD for release later this year. Tofield is one of the most formidable blues musicians on the scene today, possessing both a distinctive voice and an arsenal of chops that can be as subtle as B.B. King, as expressive as Roy Buchanan, and as blistering as Gary Moore.

Source: Guitar Player Magazine, June 2006

JazzBeat Nevada

2006 Monterey Jazz Festival September 15-17, 2006

Monterey Jazz Festival The Monterey Jazz Festival is a yearly festival of jazz music that takes place at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California the third full weekend in September. Founded by Jimmy Lyons in 1958, that year's festival included performers such as Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday. It is now the longest-running annual jazz festival in the world, and continues to feature world-class jazz performers, as well as workshops, exhibitions, and panel discussions.

This year's event continues the festival's grand tradition. It will feature performances by the Yellowjackets, Tierney Sutton, Roy Hargrove, Kurt Elling, and the legendary 88-year old pianist, Hank Jones. Blues will be represented by the Robben Ford Group, and the Duke Robillard Band featuring Hubert Sumlin.    read more

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Maria Muldaur Biography
Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Sunnyland Slim b. Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica d'Amato, 12 September 1943, Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, USA. Her name was changed to Muldaur when she married Geoff Muldaur, with whom she performed in the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Although her mother was fond of classical music, Muldaur grew up liking blues and big band sounds. Joining the thriving Greenwich Village music scene in the 60s, she played in the Even Dozen Jug Band alongside John Sebastian, Stefan Grossman, Joshua Rifkin and Steve Katz. After leaving them she joined Kweskin, remaining with him until the band splintered at the end of the 60s. She then completed two albums with her husband before they were divorced in 1972. Maria Muldaur, her first solo effort, went platinum in the USA. It contained the classic single "Midnight At The Oasis", which featured an excellent guitar solo by Amos Garrett. The album reached number 3 in the US charts in 1974, with the single making the US Top 10. A follow-up, "I'm A Woman", made the US Top 20 in 1975.

Muldaur toured America the same year, and shortly after played in Europe for the first time. The US Top 30 album, Waitress In A Donut Shop, featured the songs of contemporary writers such as Kate And Anna McGarrigle, and with the assistance of musicians including Garrett and J.J. Cale, saw Muldaur embarking on a more jazz-orientated direction. With sales of her records in decline, she was dropped by WEA Records, and subsequently concentrated on recording for smaller labels such as Takoma, Spindrift, Making Waves and the Christian label Myrrh, for whom she released 1982's There Is A Love. Muldaur has never been able to match the success of "Midnight At The Oasis", but her soulful style of blues, tinged with jazz is still in demand. During the late 90s and new millennium she enjoyed a critical renaissance, recording several albums for Telarc Records.

with Geoff Muldaur Pottery Pie (Reprise 1970)***, with Geoff Muldaur Sweet Potatoes (Reprise 1972)***, Maria Muldaur (Reprise 1973)****, Waitress In A Donut Shop (Reprise 1974)***, Sweet Harmony (Reprise 1976)****, Southern Winds (Warners 1978)**, Open Your Eyes (Warners 1979)***, Gospel Nights (Takoma 1980)**, There Is A Love (Myrrh 1982)**, Sweet And Slow (Tudor/Spindrift 1983)***, Live In London (Making Waves 1985)***, Transblucency (Uptown 1986)***, On The Sunny Side (Music For Little People 1990)***, Louisiana Love Call (Black Top 1992)***, Jazzabelle (Hypertension 1994)***, Meet Me At Midnite (Black Top 1994)***, Fanning The Flames (Telarc 1996)***, Southland Of The Heart (Telarc 1998)****, Swingin' In The Rain (Music For Little People 1998)***, Meet Me Where They Play The Blues (Telarc 1999)***, Music For Lovers (Telarc 2000)****, Richland Woman Blues (Stony Plain 2001)***, A Woman Alone With The Blues ... Remembering Peggy Lee (Telarc 2003)***, with Eric Bibb, Rory Block Sisters & Brothers (Telarc Blues 2004)***.

I'm A Woman: 30 years Of Maria Muldaur (Shout 2004)***.

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