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Thursday, June 20, 2013
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50 Years of Eric Clapton Tribute Planned for FallSeveral years ago, ARMS began paying tribute to famous musicians whose songs were heavily influenced by American roots elements. We have honored Stevie Ray Vaughan, Robert Johnson, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers, and The Rolling Stones.
This year will be no different as we shift gears to honor 50 years of great tunes from Eric Clapton.
The Clapton tribute will be the final show of our ARMSchair series and will be held during the Fall. A date will be announced in late Summer.
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Rick Estrin and The Nightcats to perform June 20It is almost too much talent for one stage!
The California-based blues band, Rick Estrin and The Nightcats, will perform in Montgomery on June 20 at 7 p.m. at Kiwanis Park in Old Alabama Town.
Estrin, a long-time figure on the national blues scene, is considered one of the best blues harmonica players in the world. He is accompanied by three highly talented musicians, including Chris “Kid” Andersen of Norway, who at the age of 18 was backing most of the American blues stars who performed in his home country; J. Hansen, who is the only singer/songwriter standing drummer in the blues business; and Lorenzo Farrell, an accomplished jazz and blues musician who plays piano, organ and bass.
Blues Revue Magazine recently wrote: “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.”
He has won a Blues Music Award for his song My Next Ex-Wife and three of his songs have appeared on Grammy-nominated albums by Koko Taylor, Robert Cray, and John Hammond.
Estrin fronted the band Little Charlie and The Nightcats for more than 30 years and through nine albums. The band was nominated four times for the Blues Music Award’s Band of the Year.
After Charlie Baty retired in 2008, Estrin moved forward with his songwriting and worked with Hansen and Farrell to keep the band alive.
Estrin now ranks among the best blues singers, songwriters, and performers. His original songs have been compared to the work of Cab Calloway, Louis Jordan, and Willie Dixon. His major songwriting influences were Dixon, Lieber and Stoller, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Percy Mayfield, and Baby Boy Warren.
The Nightcats have had successful tours in Europe, South America, and Turkey, and have released two CDs, including the most recent One Wrong Turn. The band was recently named to The Alternate Root’s Top 30 Roots/Soul Artists.
Admission to the June 20 show is $2 per person, with children under 12 admitted for free. Bring your lawn chairs. Concessions will not be available on site.
A Special Thank You
Thank you to all the Live Music fans who come to our events. Thanks to the City of Montgomery for allowing our volunteers to work in the interest of keeping outstanding musicians playing their music live in the Capitol City.