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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Kofi Baker’s Cream Experience 

Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL Saturday, June 2nd | 8 PM

As the son of legendary drumming icon Ginger Baker, Kofi Baker has a name that’s synonymous with drumming excellence. And Kofi lives up to his name; with his outstanding skills, drive, and dedication he continues the great Baker legacy. Kofi’s first live performance was with his father on the UK television show “The Old Grey Whistle Test” – at just six years of age he proved he had inherited more than just his fathers name. In the early 80′s, Kofi and his father played drum duets throughout Europe, amazing audiences with complex African polyrhythms. Later, Kofi toured with John Ethridge (Soft Machine), and gigged in London with Steve Waller (Manfred Mann), and with Randy California (Spirit). He also toured Europe with Steve Marriot’s Humble Pie. During the 1990′s Kofi toured with Jack Bruce in Budapest; signed with Scotty Brothers Records when he recorded the album Lost City; recorded Abstract Logic with Jonas Hellborg and Shawn Lane; and toured extensively - including more drum duets with Ginger Baker


Robert Cray Band, Guests: NuBlu Band featuring Carlise Guy     

Arcada Theatre St. Charles IL   Friday, June 1st | 8 PM

Cray started playing guitar in his early teens. At Denbigh High School in Newport NewsVirginia, his love of blues and soul music flourished as he started collecting records. Originally, he wanted to become an architect, but around the same time that he began to study architectural design, he formed the band Steakface, described as “the best band from Lakewood you never heard of”.[2] Cray’s guitar and vocals contributed greatly to Steakface’s set list of songs by Jimi HendrixQuicksilver Messenger ServiceFleetwood MacThe Grease BandBlodwyn PigJethro TullSpiritand The Faces.
By the age of twenty, Cray had seen his heroes Albert CollinsFreddie King and Muddy Waters in concert and decided to form his own band; they began playing college towns on the West Coast. In the late 1970s he lived in Eugene, Oregon, where he formed the Robert Cray Band and collaborated with Curtis Salgado in the Cray-Hawks. In the 1978 film, National Lampoon’s Animal House, Cray was the uncredited bassist in the house party band Otis Day and the Knights. After several years of regional success, Cray was signed to Mercury Records in 1982. His third album release, Strong Persuader, produced by Dennis Walker, received a Grammy Award, while the crossover single ”Smokin’ Gun” gave him wider appeal and name recognition.
By now, Cray was an opening act for such major stars as Eric Clapton (who remains a friend to this day), and sold out larger venues as a solo artist. Cray has generally played Fender guitars (Telecasters and Stratocasters) and there are two signature Robert Cray Stratocasters models available from Fender. The Robert Cray Custom Shop Stratocaster is made in the United States in the Fender custom shop and is identical to the guitars that Cray currently plays, while the Robert Cray Standard Stratocaster is a less-expensive model made in Fender’s EnsenadaMexico plant.
Cray had the opportunity to play alongside John Lee Hooker on his album Boom Boom, playing the guitar solo in the song “Same Old Blues Again”. He is also featured on the Hooker album, The Healer; he plays a guitar solo on the song “Baby Lee”. The entire Robert Cray Band backs Hooker on the title track of Hooker’s 1992 album “Mr. Lucky”, where Cray plays lead guitar, sings, and banters with Hooker throughout the song.
Cray was invited to play at the “Guitar Legends” concerts in SevilleSpain at the 1992 Expo, where he played a signature track, “Phone Booth”. Albert Collins was also on the bill on this blues night of the “Legends” gigs.
Cray continues to record and tour. He appeared at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, and supported Eric Clapton on his 2006-2007 world tour. In Fargo, North Dakota, he joined Clapton on backup guitar for the Cream song “Crossroads“. In 2011, Cray was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame.

Shark City June 23rd 9pm

Jack Russells Great White
Faster PussyCat
Pretty Boy Floyd
Bullet Boys
Lillian Axe
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Thursday, April 12, 2012


3/25/2012 – Hollywood, CA - International '60s music legend and pop pioneer
Tommy Roe is back and better than ever with his first new CD release in many
years! In support of his new album Tommy will also be performing several select
dates in the US and Canada. A bona fide international star, Tommy Roe wrote and
recorded 6 "Top 10" hits between 1962-69, more than any other solo
American artist. To his credits he has 11 US Top 40 hits, 6 Top 10s, 4
Certified Gold singles, and 2 #1 Hits. He is a member of the Hit Parade Hall of
Fame, The Georgia Music Hall of Fame, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. On
September 2, 2012 Tommy Roe will be inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n' Roll Music
Association (IRRMA) Hall of Fame.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Tommy began writing songs at the age of fourteen,
and his first recording effort yielded the international #1 hit..SHEILA. In
1963, Tommy Roe headlined the now famous UK tour, in which a rising band called
The Beatles were a featured act on his tour.
“I will most likely call the new CD 'Devils Soul Pile', after a song I have
written and included in the line up,” explains Tommy. “The song is a departure
from my normal and expected style, and one that tells the story of
dysfunctional families, and the effect it has on our youth and our neighborhoods.
Lyrically, this song is a bit serious, and was inspired by the everyday news of
violence in our neighborhoods and cities. But a song that ends in hope.” Other
new songs include “LA I Belong To You”, “It's For You I'm Me” and “Water
Underneath My Burning Bridge” as well as a re-recorded version of “Kick Me
Charlie” from Tommy's 1965's 'Sweet Pea' album.
“Get Ready to party...Tommy Roe sounds better than ever!” LARRY KLEIN-Executive
Producer: Dick Clark Productions

AN EVENING WITH TOMMY ROE is a new show featuring all his hits, plus less
familiar tunes, and new material as well. The show features full band,
unplugged and solo segments. The band is led by veteran guitarist/music
director Rick Levy, who plays Epiphone guitars exclusively on tour with Tommy Roe.
“I am really excited about my new show,” says Tommy. “I will be featuring some
of the new songs I have written, along with some obscure material I have
recorded through the years, and get many requests to do. Of course I will
highlight the hits, like 'Sheila', 'Everybody', 'Hooray For Hazel', 'Sweet
Pea', 'Jam Up and Jelly Tight' and 'Dizzy', along with some of my favorite
covers. I will also do a Q&A session in the middle of the show while the
stage is being set for my acoustic set with band leader and lead guitarist Rick
Levy. This is a new addition to our show, and something I really enjoy. It
gives me a chance to get up close and intimate with our audience, kind of like
I do at home with family and friends.”

Tommy Roe will be performing on these dates:
April 7-8 – Riverside Casino – Riverside, IA
April 14 – Seneca Niagara Casino – Niagara Falls
May 25 – Century Casino – Edmonton, AB, Canada
June 16 – Fountain of Life Fair – Gray, TN
June 17 (tentative) Ponte Vedra, Fl.
June 18 – The Villages – FL
August 31 – DiamondJo Casino – Dubuque, IA
September 1 – Winnavegas Casino – Sloan, IA
September 2 – Hall of Fame Induction – Arnolds Park, IA

Tommy Roe promo video:
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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Psychedelic Surf Guitar Legend Merrell Fankhauser's 'Best Of Tiki Lounge' Volumes 1&2 DVDs
Now Available on Gonzo MultiMedia

3/21/2012 - London, UK - Hailed as the godfather of surf music, legendary Merrell Fankhauser, who has led one of the most diverse and interesting careers in music, has released 'Best Of The Tiki Lounge' volumes 1&2 DVDs, featuring performances from his famed TV show 'Tiki Lounge', on UK's Gonzo MultiMedia. Merrell Fankhauser is considered one of the main innovators of surf music and psychedelic folk rock, and is widely known as the leader of the instrumental surf group The Impacts who had the international hit “Wipeout”. His travels from Hollywood to his 15 year jungle experience on the island of Maui have been documented in numerous music books and magazines in the US and Europe. Merrell has gained legendary international status throughout the field of rock music; his credits include over 250 songs published and released.

Merrell Fankhauser has presented a number of television programs over the years including 'California Music', 'Route 66 TV Live', and in 2001 he began hosting a music show called 'Tiki Lounge' that airs on the California Central Coast, Southern California, Hawaii and parts of the East Coast. 'The Best Of The Tiki Lounge' volumes 1&2 feature highlights from Merrell's cable TV show. Volume One features Merrell performing alongside other music artists, such as Willie Nelson, Randy California, Dick Dale and Nicky Hopkins. The DVD also includes clips from Merrell's Birthday Boogie with Mary Ramsey of 10.000 Maniacs, Fito De La Parra of Canned Heat, Ed Cassidy of Spirit and many others! Joined once again by former Spirit drummer Ed Cassidy, along with John Cipollina, Mark Tullin and others, the 'Best Of The Tiki Lounge' Volume Two features new original songs by Fankhauser, including “The Whole Day Ahead of Us”. Also in this volume, Merrell takes an expedition into the Nevada desert to the edge of the secret airbase Area 51 in search of UFOs.

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