Duke Robillard Band

Since starting his musical career in 1967 by founding and fronting Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard has been at the forefront of Blues, Swing and classic R&B/Jump blues for over 40 years earning him his legendary status while influencing and inspiring countless legions of musicians and fans worldwide.

He has been nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for traditional blues album of the Year in 2007/2010 and named Blues Music Awards Traditional male Blues Artist of the Year in 2010.  He has won the Blues Music Award for guitarist of the year 5 times, being the second most honored for that award and has garnered no less than 21 BMA nominations in various categories since 1989.   Duke’s new CD for Stony Plain Records in 2015, titled “The Acoustic Blues and Roots of Duke Robillard”, won a 2016 Blues Award for “Acoustic Blues Album of the Year”.

Leading his own group Duke has toured non-stop for the past 30 some years recording more than 20 critically acclaimed CDs under his own name. He has toured as guitarist with Tom Waits and the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Recorded with the likes of Bob Dylan, Ruth Brown, Jay McShann, Pinetop Perkins, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Rosco Gordon, Maria Muldaur and many, more. 

 

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

 

Every night that award-winning harmonica player, singer and songwriter Rick Estrin and his cohorts The Nightcats perform live a crowd of dancing, shouting, laughing and cheering people will be enjoying some of the best live music they’ve ever heard.

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.” He ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. 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.  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.”

 Rick Estrin & 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 Moog synthesizer)—serve up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock n’ roll and Estrin’s trademark philosophical wiseguy humor. 

 

Two Tone Steiny & The Cadillacs

“Two Tone Steiny & The Cadillacs” is a high energy West Coast blues band. It is a special event every time this highly polished group hits the stage, delivering their own brand of jumping, swinging, harmonica driven West Coast style blues. This award winning band Has Carved a name for themselves by recording and performing their own original music, While staying true to the blues roots that shaped their individual style.

•Winner 2010 Sacramento IBC challenge   •Winner Best Self Produced Blues CD 2010 & 2015  •Nominated for SAMMIE Award 2012-2013-2014-2015-2016

Mark Steinmetz - Harmonica, vocals         Paris Clayton - guitar, vocals         Pat Balcomrum - Drums                           Chris Akin - Bass, vocals
Gordon Groft - Keyboard, vocals

 

Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers

Grammy nominated, blues award winning musician Nathan James is forging a cumulative sound that combines elements of 1920's acoustic blues, amplified juke joint hill country, and 1950's uptown blues mixed with 1960's soulful R&B! Influences range from Tampa Red, to B.B. King, to James Brown and the Famous Flames. This is not your average blues power band that leans towards the much abused "blues rock" formula. Instead each member in the band knows all the nuances of the different feels and tones. Knowing how to get people's attention, Nathan will often go out solo from the bandstand and burst into a frenzied ragtime breakdown that can lead to a washboard solo on his custom LED lit 'Washtar Gitboard'! Although Nathan's band pays homage to these traditions and has the same quality of musicianship, there is an original and fresh new energy coming from musicians of a much younger generation