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Mitch Woods' Boogie Woogie Blowout Featuring Muddy Waters' Legendary Blues Pianist Pinetop Perkins Plus Steve Lucky, Mitch Woods, and Caroline Dahl
November 19, 2009
8pm show $24
10pm show $10
World-renowned pianist Mitch Woods gathers his favorite piano pounders for a festival of the world's best boogie-woogie piano.
Mitch hosts and performs in this premier festival that features 3 of his favorite pianists in this foot stompin' style that is the root of rock n' roll, swing, blues, and much of American popular music.
Each pianist performs a 30 minute set solo, and with an all-star rhythm section featuring their very unique style and interpretation of this great musical form.
For the finale all 4 pianists jam together on two pianos culminating in a rousing finale as they jump from piano to piano while the audience applauds in rhythmic ecstasy and is mesmerized as the keys and fingers fly in a frenzy of boogie-woogie rhythms.
There are very few direct ties left to the golden age of post-World War II American blues – that seminal period in the 1940s and ‘50s when the acoustic sounds of the Mississippi delta migrated northward and gave way to the more electric groove of northern locales like Chicago and St. Louis. With the passing of John Lee Hooker and Robert Lockwood Jr. in recent years, almost no one can claim any first-hand connection to seminal figures like Muddy Waters or harpist Sonny Boy Williamson. Pinetop Perkins is among the few. Now in his 90s, Perkins has been playing blues and boogie piano for more than six decades – including a twelve-year stint with Muddy Waters’ legendary outfit from 1969 to 1980. In addition to Muddy and the other aforementioned legends, Perkins has also had numerous encounters and collaborations with titans like Robert Nighthawk, Earl Hooker, B.B. King, Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf.
Mitch Woods has been a torchbearer of a great American blues musical heritage, not for two years but two decades. Taking his inspiration from the great jump n' boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s, he breathes fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n' roll. Woods styled his group, the Rocket 88's after the jumpin' n' jivin', shoutin' n' honkin', pumpin' n' poundin' bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin' piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call "rock-a-boogie."
"Few pianists around have better captured the definitive boogie-blues, eight-to-the-bar styles of Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, Otis Spann, Meade Lux Lewis...and all the rest - Woods is one of them." ~ Philip Elwood, SF Chronicle/Examiner
STEVE LUCKY plays boogie woogie piano the way it was meant to be played. Solo as well as with his band THE RHUMBA BUMS he delivers '40s & '50s-style jumpin' R & B, blues, swing, vintage jazz and original tunes featuring Steve Lucky on piano & vocals and Miss Carmen Getit on guitar & vocals.
Caroline Dahl is a self-taught master pianist of the American roots styles of boogie woogie, blues, vintage R&B, country swing, and roots R&R. She's performed solo and with bands at music festivals across the U.S., Canada & Europe. Her CDs have received rave reviews. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Caroline has lived in San Francisco for the past 28 years where, aside from solo gigs, she performs regularly with the band, "Tom Rigney & Flambeau." More information at website www.carolinedahl.com