February 14, 2016 6:00 pm
"Simply put, Andy T and James "Nick" Nixon have quickly risen to the top of many people's lists of great collaborations." --Blues Underground Network
The Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation and the Boondocks Lounge are pleased to present Nashville Blues and R&B legends Andy T- Nick Nixon Band. Nick Nixon is one of those amazing artists that rarely surface these days. This velvet voiced singer was born and raised in Nashville, TN, and was part of the thriving Jefferson Street Blues scene of the 60's. Nick was a long-time member of The New Imperials, a soul group with a 45 year history. Nick was a Chess Records recording artist in the 70's, and a key figure in the reviving Nashville Blues scene today. His vocals recall that of the great Blues singers like Billy Eckstine, or Jimmy Witherspoon. Nixon is still remembered as friend and sometime stage mate of Jimi Hendrix (and Band of Gypsies member) Billy Cox.
Andy T Talamantez was born and raised in Southern California and relocated to Nashville in 2008. His guitar style is influenced by T-Bone Walker, Magic Sam, Albert Collins and B.B. King. Andy toured with Guitar Shorty and Smokey Wilson, both nationally and internationally. During that time he played with many other Blues greats learning how to back up a vocalist with economy and perfection.
The band has two critically acclaimed CDs on the Delta Groove record label, and a brand new CD on Blind Pig Records. The first album, Drink, Drank, Drunk, was nominated for a Blues Blast Magazine award. The second release, Livin' It Up, was nominated for a Blues Music Award and a Blues Blast Magazine award. The new album, Numbers Man, was released last year. All three were produced by Anson Funderburgh. The band has been nominated for two Blues Music Awards, one for Traditional Blues Album, and one for Band of The Year. The awards ceremony takes place in Memphis this May.
Opening this special Valentine's Day event will be Tucson's own Tru-Composure. Lamar and Belinda White have over forty years of Blues and R&B experience playing with artists like Cuba Gooding, Jr, The Four Tops and Al Green. Tru-Composure kicks things off at 6:00 PM with the Andy T-Nick Nixon Band taking the stage at 7:30. Advance tickets are $9 at The Boondocks Lounge. On the day of the show tickets will be $12, but a $3 discount will be available for SABHF and KXCI members. Check with Cathy at The Boondocks Lounge for special couples pricing just for Valentine's Day.
For more info contact The Boondocks Lounge
at 520-690-0991, or Marty Kool at
February 19, 2016 6:00 pm
"Sugaray Rayford is a revelation as he powerfully moans the Blues..." Blues in Britain Magazine
Once again the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation brings the best of the Blues to Tucson fans. SABHF is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and education of Blues music and culture in Southern Arizona. We strive to keep the Blues alive!
This time around we are excited to present the great Sugaray Rayford in his first Tucson appearance. Texas born Caron "Sugaray" Rayford began his musical career at the age of seven singing and playing drums in church, and his Gospel influence can still be heard in his music. Rayford's phrasing is intimate and conversational and the soulful gravel in his voice hints at firsthand experience in hardship. When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. His voice and his presence is larger than life. His old school vocal style brings echoes of Muddy Waters and Otis Redding. Sugaray has three CDs, including his most recent "Southside" released in 2015. He also fronted The Mannish Boys, an award winning all-star West Coast line-up of Blues veterans. Sugaray Rayford has been nominated for four Blues Music Awards (formerly the W.C. Handy Awards) for 2016. One of those is the top B.B. King Entertainer of The Year award.
Sugaray Rayford brings his dynamic show to Tucson for the first time on Friday February 19, 2016. Showtime is 8 PM. Advance tickets are available at The Boondocks Lounge for $12. Tickets at the door, the day of the show, will be $15, but a $3 discount is available for SABHF and KXCI members.
For more information, or interview opportunities, call The Boondocks Lounge at 520-690-0991, or contact Marty Kool at email@example.com.
February 27, 2016 7:00 pm
"These are serious musicians out to have a
hotter than hot good time. It's tough to stay in
your seat when Estrin and his musical cohorts
Once again the Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation and The Boondocks Lounge get together to present the best of the Blues with Alligator Records recording artists Rick Estrin & The Nightcatsin a KXCI Presents show.
Rick Estrin, who holds the 2013 Blues
Music Award for Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica,
is, according to The San Francisco Chronicle,
"an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead
vocalist and a brilliant songwriter." His
work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of
harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and
Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time
pushing that tradition forward with his
unforgettable original songs. And his hipster,
street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for
driving those songs home. Blues Revue says,
"Estrin has created some of the finest blues
songs of any artist on the planet. His carefully
wrought lyrics penetrate human weakness with the
precision of a boxer, though more often than
not, he chooses to leave you laughing after the
blow's been struck."
Harmonica icon/vocalist/songwriter Rick Estrin, along with The Nightcats -- jaw-dropping guitarist Chris "Kid" Andersen, singing drummer (who plays standing up) J. Hansen and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and piano) -- serve up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock 'n' roll.
Opening the show at 7:00 PM will be Tucson's own Little House of Funk. The amazing energy of Connie Brannock leadsLittle House of Funk through a set of wild Soul, Blues and R&B. This will be a night of high energy fun with a packed dance floor and great music. Advance tickets are available at The Boondocks Lounge for $12. On the day of the show tickets will be $15 with a $3 discount for SABHF and KXCI members.For more information call The Boondocks at 690-0991, or e-mail Marty firstname.lastname@example.org.