2014 - 2015
Featuring Bo Wilson
July 11 7:30pm
This blues concert will include a
special tribute to the King of the Blues, B.B. King
who passed away on May 14, at the age of 89.
"B.B. King has been my blues hero for as long as I've been playing the blues, head and shoulders above all the other great blues legends, living and dead.. It will be an honor for us to perform some of his signature songs as a thank you and memorial to all he has given us through his lifelong devotion to the blues."
- Blues Dawg frontman, Joe Neri
BLUES DAWG is a contemporary electric blues band steeped in the traditions of American blues and roots music, a seasoned and professional band of musicians with decades of performance and recording experience.
Blues Dawg was founded by Joe Neri in the mid-90’s in Los Angeles, playing most of the Southern California venues and recording two studio and three live albums. After moving to Northern Arizona in early 2005, he re-formed the band with different musicians but kept the same basic sound of the original band. The Arizona band has recorded two live albums.
The band consists of Neri on guitar and vocals, Bo Wilson on lead guitar, Hutch Hutchinson on bass and vocals, and Gino Romeo on drums. Its repertoire consists of both originals and covers, greatly influenced by the great blues masters of Chicago, Memphis, Texas and California.
Joe Neri (guitar & vocals) traces his musical roots to Greenwich Village, where he bought his first guitar in the early ‘60’s during the folk music revival of the time. Virtually weaned on early rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues, he became a student of American blues music, and has devoted much of his music life to the genre. While in Los Angeles, Joe was mentored by blues master Fran Banish and there developed his ensemble approach to performing, with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band as his model.
Joe is the founder and producer of the Old Town Blues Fest, the Bob Dylan Birthday Party & Concert, and the Holiday Blues Revue, all very popular and long-running annual events in Northern Arizona. He also hosts a monthly blues jam in Cottonwood.
Joe is a member of the board of directors of the Northern Arizona Blues Alliance.
Bo Wilson (guitar) is a 40-plus year veteran of the music business. His legendary long hair and road-worn Stratocaster have entertained and amazed audiences throughout Arizona and have made him one of the most respected and sought-after guitar players in the area. Although he is a master of most genres, Bo is an extraordinary blues guitarist and has developed a respectful and soulful style that is distinctly his own.
Bo is also a singer/songwriter and released a nationally and globally distributed album in 2009 with Tom Kat Records/DSN Music - The Bo Wilson Incident - that continues to get airplay throughout the world
Hutch Hutchinson (bass & vocals) began playing guitar at age ten but switched to bass a couple of years later. He also can play keyboard and drums. He’s been gigging since the age of fourteen, strongly influenced by the playing styles of Paul McCartney, Jack Bruce, Jack Cassidy, Stanley Clark, Larry Taylor, Chris Squire, to name just a few of his bass heroes.
Hutch grew up in Kansas City and moved to Phoenix in 1969. During the ‘70’s he was a member of Whisper, managed by Neil Smith's (Alice Cooper's drummer) mother, June Smith. He has performed throughout the Southwest and as well as Texas and Kansas, and was a member of the legendary Northern Arizona blues/rock band, Dry Heat.
Gino Romeo (drums) has a long musical resume since moving to Arizona from New Jersey over a decade ago. He is an accomplished blues and rock ‘n’ roll percussionist, having performed with many Northern Arizona bands, including Robin Dean Salmon, Dan Bresnan, Cat Black and Sammy Davis. In addition to Blues Dawg, Gino currently also performs with the long-running Graffiti Gold Show with Tom Tayback and the Daddy O’s.
THE APPLESEED COLLECTIVE
August 15 7:30pm
THE APPLESEED COLLECTIVE
Based in Ann Arbor, MI, is a mix of the Hot Club of Paris with the sweaty soul of Dixieland, a couple blades of bluegrass, and a pinch of ragtime swinging swagger. Youthful energy combines with turn of the century influence to appeal to those both young and old. Notable Performances include the Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Wheatland Music Festival, supported the Duhks.
"This is music best served alongside a roaring campfire but also has the ability to challenge the rafters of any grand arena." -Beats Per Minute
"...dashed with Dixie ragtime, bluegrass, gypsy folk, and swing blues...enough to blow away the most creative kitchen cook" -Americana UK
See and hear music of The Appleseed Collective.
VIDEO: “Bad Man” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xT1k2TUcHtM
VIDEO: “Madly Crazy Darlin” - http://youtu.be/R5leQ_e5Ors