KXCI’s House Rockin’ Blues Review
at El Casino Ballroom, 437 East 26th Street
on Friday August 10th, 8pm
91.3 KXCI Community Radio returns to its roots with a “House Rockin’” party at historic El Casino Ballroom on Friday, August 10th at 8pm. KXCI’s popular concert series in the 1980′s helped get the station on the air beginning with the very first “Blues Review” benefit to raise scratch to buy the initial broadcast equipment.
On Friday, August 10th, KXCI pays tribute to this rich heritage with a “House Rockin’ Blues Review.” Confirmed artists include: Tom Walbank and Stefan George teaming up with a rocking rhythm section. Three members of Kings of Pleasure swing into blues with The Mike Hebert Band featuring vocalist Katherine Byrnes and saxophonist Jeff Grubic. (Mike Hebert first performed at El Casino with Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs.) The evening culminates with The Bad News Blues Band backing up Arizona Blues Hall of Fame members such as Hans Olson, Tony Uribe, Danny Krieger, Mike Blommer, Hurricane Carla, Steve Grams, Alex Flores, John Strasser, and Heather Hardy. Expect some smoking blues with tasty licks from an All Star line up.
The show starts at 8pm with doors at 7pm. $10 advance tickets are now on sale at KXCI, Antigone’s, The Folk Shop, The Parish Gastropub and www.kxci.org. $8 KXCI member discounted tickets are available at the KXCI Studios (Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm) $12 tickets will be available at the show. Local food trucks will have delicious cuisine available for purchase in the parking lot.
KXCI’s early years were peppered with House Rockin’ shows at El Casino with artists such as Queen Ida, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Lonnie Mack, Marcia Ball, Beausoleil, Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more. El Casino’s renowned dance floor provided the perfect atmosphere for these adrenaline fueled and dance crazed shindigs.
Filmmaker Daniel Buckley approached KXCI about producing a “House Rockin” in conjunction with the release of “Tucson’s Heart and Soul – El Casino Ballroom.” The documentary is set to premiere on August 5 at 2 p.m., Fox Theatre, Tucson, 17 W Congress St. $3 suggested donation.
Early KXCI Staff Member and concert promoter Jeb Schoonover teamed up with current KXCI Blues Review host Marty Kool to curate an evening of exceptional local blues music which celebrates the unique cultural crossroads of KXCI, Tucson and El Casino. Marty Kool’s Blues Review features 4 hours of blues music every Saturday from 5-9pm on 91.3 KXCI Tucson or www.kxci.org.
Daniel Buckley was a journalist/videographer at the Tucson Citizen newspaper before it shut down in May, 2009.
Contact Jeb Schoonover at 520-795-1420 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Randy Peterson KXCI GM at 520-623-1000 ext. 12 or email@example.com
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