Music Heals: A benefit concert for the community affected by the Camp Fire

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By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter

The devastation from the Camp Fire will be felt throughout the communities affected for a VERY long time.

MUSIC HEALS at Harris Center in Folsom is one of the many benefit concerts organized for the sole purpose of providing funds directly to the families that have endured the most destructive fire in California State history.

The proceeds from this concert will be sent directly to the North Valley Community Foundation – 501 (C) (3) in Chico.

Please visit the NVCF website at nvcf.org for information regarding the efforts being made to support the families impacted by this tragic disaster.

When the doors open for this event, beer and wine will be available for purchase prior to the show and during intermission. Our non-profit partner managing this beverage service will also donate these proceeds to NVCF!

Please join us for this fantastic night of music featuring some of the best Blues and Americana musicians from California! MUSIC HEALS welcomes: Laurie Morvan Band, Tom Rigney & Flambeau, Daniel Castro, Mighty-Mike Schermer and Special Guest Roy Rogers!

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Laurie Morvan Band is a 5-piece high energy, rockin’ blues band lead by its fiery female lead guitarist/vocalist. This tight-as-nails machine from Long Beach has fired up over 70 festivals and 700 shows together throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Laurie’s much anticipated 6th CD “GRAVITY”, released this year, was an immediate hit with both fans and critics. “Morvan has all the soulfulness of Bonnie Raitt and the swaggering, muscular guitar tone of Stevie Ray Vaughan” –News Gazette.

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Tom Rigney is one of the premier Roots Music fiddle players on the planet. His band–Tom Rigney & Flambeau– specializes in blazing Cajun two-steps, low-down Blues, funky New Orleans grooves, Boogie Woogie piano, and heartbreakingly beautiful ballads and waltzes. Much of the repertoire is composed by Rigney, but they mix in a few classics from the Cajun/New Orleans songbook. Along the way you may pick up a trace of Rigney’s Irish roots, or echoes of Eastern Europe — it just makes the musical gumbo that much tastier! Rigney’s high-energy showmanship pulls the audience into his performances and makes them feel they are a part of the music and the show.

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Describing Daniel Castro as a blues artist doesn’t begin to tell the whole story. A highly accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter with a strong musical point of view grounded in the very best blues traditions is more like it. Combine those talents with original blues-based material and you begin to understand Daniel’s strengths as an artist. “He’s got that real deal feel. Daniel Castro is a great musician and entertainer.” — Elvin Bishop

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Mighty-Mike Schermer was a fixture on the Bay Area blues scene for over 20 years when he relocated to Austin TX in 2009 and joined the touring band of swamp-boogie piano legend Marcia Ball. He carved out a solid solo career, with four critically acclaimed CD’s and award winning single and thousands of performances at festivals and nightclubs the world over. He also became the “go to guy” sideman for such heavyweights as Elvin Bishop, Maria Muldaur, Angela Strehli, Bonnie Raitt, Howard Tate, Charlie Musselwhite, Sista Monica, Shana Morrison and many more. Oh yes…we may be judged by the company we keep, but when the spotlight shines a solo artist must be able to bring the goods all on his own. Mighty-Mike Schermer delivers on all fronts.

Rogers

“Roy Rogers means the modern master in the art of slide guitar…His versatility with the technique is nothing short of astonishing.” — All Music Guide Virtuoso slide guitarist and Grammy nominated songwriter/producer and recording artist Roy Rogers remains defiantly upbeat on his 12th solo album Into the Wild Blue. Even though 64 year-old Rogers has lost longtime friends like blues legend John Lee Hooker, his recent recording partner of eight years, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, as well as his younger brother Robert – he says “life’s too short” to wallow in our grief or what we have lost. “I want to celebrate life through my music.” Into The Wild Blue wails, squawks, stomps and boogies with authenticity — ready for the open road and the live stage. Years of working with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar and Steve Miller has given him a pop musicality.

Tickets for the MUSIC HEALS benefit can be purchased at www.harriscenter.net. Tickets priced at $30, $40, $50 (Premium) and will go on sale Fri., December 14th. Doors open at 6PM, Show 7PM – Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at Harris Center for the Arts.

Carrera Productions proudly presents and thanks all who have attributed – especially the Dick Droese Fund…along with (as of the printing of this): Harris Center for the Arts, Marin Artists, Fifth Street Design, Style Media Group, Money Mailer, Gold Country Media, Mountain Democrat, Greater Folsom Partnership, Off The Vine Catering, Highway 101 Productions, MyFolsom.com, Marvelocity, Inc.

Blues ring true for Elvin Bishop, Marcia Ball and Roy Rogers

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by Tim Parsons - Tahoe OnStage

Hey, that was fun!

Elvin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio, Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings and Marcia Ball had everyone smiling, singing and dancing Saturday night in Lake Tahoe’s largest indoor music venue. The onstage setup was informal, with Bishop and his pals seated and improvising songs.

It might seem hard to fathom, but when Ball and Rogers played with Bishop’s trio, the tunes were unrehearsed. Then again, they are some of the best musicians in the land.

Percussionist and singer Willy Jordan and guitarist/keyboard player Bob Welsh are Bishop’s partners in the Big Fun Trio. Welsh and Bishop’s synchronized electric guitar harmonies were magnificent. Jordan, who Bishop calls a “soulful dude,” often sang high falsettos as he sat atop his cajon drum box. READ MORE

StringShot feat Roy Rogers, Badi Assad & Carlos Reyes

Just announced! StringShot will release their first album (self-titled) August 17th, 2018! Get ready for a brand new sound from three world class artists that is all their own. With Latin, Jazz, Roots, Rock, R & B, Blues and World components, prepare to be blown away! An exciting new musical realm awaits you with slide master Roy Rogers on vocals and guitar, Brazilian guitar goddess Badi Assad on vocals, guitar and vocal percussion, and stringed harp and violin virtuoso - Carlos Reyes. 

 

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Roy Rogers, Badi Assad & Carlos Reyes are Stringshot!

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Have to seen the new website for Stringshot? Badi Assad, Roy Rogers & Carlos Reyes at Stringshotband.com!  These three artists have joined together to form a musical “tour-de-force”, blending their artistry and talents to create a new synthesis of Blues and Latin music.  This unique combination of musicians – all virtuosos in their own right – features an amazing interplay and repertoire that will to dazzle audiences!

Roy Rogers is one of the world’s great slide guitarists – an 8 time Grammy-nominated producer and recording artist – renowned for his live performances around the world as well as his collaborations with John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt and Ray Manzarek, among others.

Badi Assad (from Brazil) was ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the world’s great guitarists. Classically trained, she has received numerous international awards in her prolific career. As a vocalist and percussionist, she is a true innovator, not only in technique but in performance. She has appeared in a variety of musical settings – from classical concerts with The Assad Brothers to jazz festivals with Pat Metheny and Larry Coryell.

Carlos Reyes is well known for his supreme virtuosity, not only on the violin but on the Paraguayan stringed harp. Classically trained as well, he has performed in many diverse genres of music worldwide – with his own band, in symphonies and featured with such artists as Steve Miller and Arturo Sandoval. 

“StringShot – Blues and Latin” features three highly acclaimed artists whose solo careers have garnered accolades around the world. This unique collaboration promises to create an exciting new musical realm. Stay tuned!

Mill Valley Film Festival turns 40 with Butterfield, Huey, Satriani

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By Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal
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On Oct. 12, slide guitar maestro Roy Rogers fronts a band that once backed him and the late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek. That show comes after a screening of “Third Mind Blues,” a behind-the-scenes look at the creative partnership between Rogers and Manzarek, the keyboardist’s last musical project before his death in 2013. MORE ...

California's Most Whimsical Holiday Festival Recreates an Alice in Wonderland Experience that is Magical & Enchanting to All Who Make Their Way Down The Rabbit Hole to The City of Vallejo

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The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival attracts thousands to the historic downtown district with its Mad Hatter Parade and fire-shooting Wonderland recreations that turns the city into a fantasy world for children and adults alike!

VALLEJO, CA, August 30, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Every year there are acclaimed Burning Man sculptures surrounding the Festival as well as participating in the Mad Hatter Holiday Parade as SOMA, which was created for the 2009 Burning Man event, an interactive stainless steel sculpture with 97 LED Lights by the Flaming Lotus Girls and Mahtusa, a Giant Mechanical Squid by Nevada sculptor, Barry Crawford (a hand crafted lighted robotic giant that flexes its mechanical tentacles and movements).

This year's Grand Marshal is Roy Rogers, one of the premiere slide guitar players in the world with over 20 recordings to his credit and eight Grammy nominations for producing, recording and as a songwriter. He has collaborated with many renowned artists including John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana and Sammy Hagar among many others. He is known world-wide for his talent and continues to tour with his band The Delta Rhythm Kings. The Hatter's honorary community grand marshal organization is S.O.C.K. supporting our cancer kids: Amanda Ferron's son diagnosed with Leukemia said that she was touched by all S.O.C.K. does for their little cancer warriors.

The Mad Hatter Holiday Parade also offers romantic classical moments as well with the fully uniformed CAL Maritime Cadets and their beautifully dressed partners waltzing in the parade. Award winning high school marching bands and Color Guard each year wow the spectators with their outstanding choreographed holiday performance. Vallejo's schools shine brightly as they march down the tree lighted streets of Wonderland in Vallejo's historic district.
There are iconic characters that appear out of the rabbit hole to be in the parade and festival from Star Wars as well as from the Hatter's Tea Party including the celebrated Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, Lion King and other famed movie and comic book heroes that come out of the rabbit hole to Vallejo's Wonderland.

The Mad Hatter Holiday Festival, Parade & Tree Lighting is held Saturday, December 2, 2017.
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Sand City’s 16th annual West End Celebration doubles as Summer of Love’s last hurrah

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By Adam Joseph - Monterey County Weekly

Otis brought an infectious brand of Memphis soul. Janis wrenched hearts with raw vocals. And the gods made love when Jimi formally introduced himself to mainstream America.

Over that three-day period in 1967, Monterey Pop became a symbol for the Summer of Love and everything it came to represent, including freedom.

Before the summer of 2017 officially ends Sept. 21, Sand City’s 16th Annual West End Celebration will host a final tribute to the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary, beginning with its annual Guitar Not Guns Fundraiser Kick Off Party. Friday headliner It’s A Beautiful Day, featuring founding member David LaFlamme and his wife, Linda, emerged from the Monterey Pop era. Their opening harmonization on “White Bird (In A Golden Cage)” embodies a wispy, free-floating spirit that leads into David’s melody on violin, weightlessly reuniting listeners with what was right and wrong with the world then – before the tune suddenly opens up into a full-blown, all-inclusive electrified jam that runs up to 10 minutes live. Original drummer Val Fuentes will be on hand as the band delivers material spanning their expansive career, intertwined with personal stories about living in San Francisco during the seminal Summer of Love. Local acoustic singer-songwriter Amy Warren and Monterey rock supergroup Wild Card open for It’s a Beautiful Day.

Saturday and Sunday at West End deliver two days of non-stop music, all free and open to the public. The band that accompanied Janis Joplin, Big Brother & The Holding Company, closes the deep and diverse weekend of live music on the Independent Stage 4pm Sunday. Two original bandmembers remain (drummer Dave Getz and guitarist Peter Albin), as does a lasting connection to Monterey.

“[The Pop Festival] was a turning point for Big Brother,” Getz says. “It really marked the beginning of Janis becoming a star.”

Joplin’s one-of-a-kind croons, backed by Big Brother’s electrified technicolor blues, conjured a lightning-in-a-bottle moment best uncorked with their song “Ball and Chain,” which D.A. Pennebaker captured with his Monterey Pop documentary. As far as magical musical moments, slide guitar extraordinaire Roy Rogers – appearing on the Independent Stage 4pm Saturday – recalls a 1990 recording session in particular: Rogers performed in the same room with blues greats John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal and jazz legend Miles Davis for the soundtrack to the film The Hot Spot, which earned a Grammy nod.

“Every time Taj and I see each other we refer back to that time, because it was so special,” says Rogers, whose blues band Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings will make their West End debut.

Rogers’ slide style, which employs open-tuning and blues roots, has made him one of the recording industry’s most in-demand slide guitarists since the mid-’70s, when he was tapped to perform on the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest soundtrack. Eventually, Rogers’ professional path led him to join John Lee Hooker’s Coast to Coast Blues Band and produce four of Hooker’s albums: The Healer, Mr. Lucky, Boom Boom and Chill Out. “Our relationship went beyond making music,” Rogers says. “John and I were family.” Rogers recalls one of many nuggets of advice he received from the legendary bluesman: “Your music must connect and communicate something to people.”

Hooker’s advice led Rogers to some unlikely collaborations throughout the years. The Manzarek-Rogers Band, a duet featuring The Doors’ late organist/songwriter Ray Manzarek, ranks at the top of the list. The pair recorded three records together; BBC is in the midst of making a documentary about their partnership.

Currently, Rogers spends most days working on an atypical new collaboration with renowned Brazilian flamenco guitarist Badi Assad and longtime buddy and stringed harpist/violinist Carlos Reyes. Rogers describes the String Shot trio as a Latin-blues-jazz combo. “It’s a real interesting confluence of musical forces that I’m very excited about,” he adds.

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The Real Deal | Blues guitarist Roy Rogers

 

By Sean McAlindin June 21, 2017
Roy Rogers, named after the famous Western singer and movie star whom his parents adored, was born in Redding and raised in Vallejo. His mother’s piano playing influenced his decision to pursue a career in music from an early age.

“I started playing guitar at age 12 and was in my first band by 13,” Rogers says. “I was a little rock ‘n’ roller back in 1963.”

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His first band was called The Newports. They played classic tunes by Chuck Berry, Little Richard and bands of the British Invasion. On stage they wore matching gold lamé jackets.

“I was in junior high, but playing in bands with older guys,” says Rogers. “I learned the rock ‘n’ roll song book, as they say.”

By the time he was old enough to take the bus into Oakland and San Francisco on his own, Rogers was attending concerts by blues legends such as Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and John Lee Hooker.

“It’s people being absolutely real. They’re playing something that has meaning to both you and them.” -Roy Rogers

“I saw most of the great ones,” Rogers says. “Those were the days. It was the transition period when things were shifting culturally and musically, but I was never really a fan of the psychedelic music that was happening at the time. Years later I would open for Jerry Garcia Band, but I didn’t go to a lot of those kinds of concerts. I was more so into Robert Johnson and the roots stuff. I wanted to see all the R&B greats.”

As opposed to the imaginary trips worshiped by psychedelic rockers, Rogers saw the blues as a way to connect with visceral truth.

“It’s people being absolutely real,” says Rogers. “They’re playing something that has meaning to both you and them. I always loved looking at someone up on stage who’s wailing away because they just have to. They don’t care if you like it or not. They’re not trying to be something they’re not. It’s not to be arrogant, but just because that’s the way it is.”

Thanks to a confluence of inspirations, Rogers gravitated toward his now signature style of slide guitar.

“Underground FM radio was playing a lot of blues at the time,” he says. “I had an older brother who was already playing in bands and bringing home a lot of records. ‘The King of the Delta Blues Singers’ by Robert Johnson on Columbia Records blew my mind. He was playing in open chords with a slide. I believe it’s one of the most direct and emotional ways you can play the guitar because it’s like you are mimicking the human voice. You can get all those in-between tones. There’s an old story that the reason B.B. King developed his style of trilling was because he couldn’t get the hang of slide guitar.”

In the 1980s, Rogers became a member of John Lee Hooker‘s Coast to Coast Blues Band. He has produced more than 20 albums for a variety of artists including Linda Ronstadt, Ray Manzarek, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, Carlos Santana, Emmylou Harris, John Prine and Van Morrison. In 1989, he worked on “The Healer” with Hooker, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.

“I love collaborating,” he says. “I’m always looking for something I’ve never done. Sometimes it’s going to work and sometimes it won’t, but I’m always trying to put the elements together in a new way. Like the saying goes, our reach must always extend our grasp.”

Despite the advent of MP3s and digital streaming, Rogers still believes in the full-length LP as a viable art form

“I make records that are albums,” he says. “I want to make an artistic statement on how I do my songs, not just singles. I’m glad to see younger people going back to vinyl and listening in a different way. We’ve gone full circle. Pop music is about branding yourself as opposed to letting it all hang out. People get that this is the real deal.”

Rogers will be performing in the Village at Squaw Valley with drummer Kevin Hayes and bassist Steve Ehrmann, renowned musicians themselves who have played with Etta James, Coco Montoya and the Robert Cray Band.

“Steve is the reason that I met John Lee Hooker,” says Rogers. “We’re like brothers. These guys have been around so it’s not just two guys backing me up. It’s a great band and we love to interact, which is very important for a live show.”

For the full lineup of this summer’s Tuesdays Bluesdays, visit squawalpine.com.