Come Support The Blues
Phoenix Blues Society Fundraiser w/ Hans Olson, Big Nick & The Gila Monsters and more!
BLUES HOUNDS, R.D. OLSON, Johnny Tanner's Aces
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
Doors 1:30 PM / Show 2:00 PM
Watch & Listen
HANS OLSON is a veteran performing musician with over 40 years in the music business. He began his career as a lead singer in a Rock & Roll band in Southern California in 1967. By 1970, Hans had developed a very unique and powerful solo act.
He plays an amplified acoustic guitar and harmonica. He is known as one of the best "harp-in-a-rack" players in the world.
Hans' singing is very powerful. His voice is comfortable singing many styles of music ranging from mellow folk ballads to growling boogie blues.
Hans' songwriting is one of his most notable assets. He has recorded over 70 of his songs on his 13 independent record releases.
Hans has been a full time performing musician since 1972. He tours all over the world, but most of the time he travels the highways in Arizona where he has an amazing reputation of being a solo act that can rock a nightclub all night long..
BIG NICK & THE GILA MONSTERS
John "Big Nick" Samora has been playing in Phoenix for the last 20 years. He is the lead singer and harmonica player in his band, Big Nick and the Gila Monsters. They are one of the finest Blues bands in Arizona, and have been together for the past 16 years.
Mike "El Rey" Lewis is the guitar player and he is considered one of the finest players in Phoenix, having cut his teeth with Chuck Berry in the late '60's after starting Phoenix Area Blues bands in their High School days with James Mason.
A Phoenix treasure, Bass player James "Muddy" Mason has been the cornerstone of dozens of landmark acts in the Phoenix area since the mid '60s.
Together since 1994, the stability of this group has been one of it's hallmarks. Bobby Whiteshoes, the founding drummer, passed the sticks to Pro drummer, Ricky J. Lockhart, after retiring in 2004. Ricky has picked up the torch, laying down the solid grooves this great Blues band is known for.
With 5 self produced CD's under their own label, Monster-Tone Records, these guys are the real deal!