6th Annual Toy & Diaper Drive Hosted by Bluesman Mike & The Blues Review Band
HANS OLSON, Jay Morton, NINA CURRI, SIR HARRISON, GEORGE BOWMAN, BAM BAM, MIKE BLACK, Bryan Kuban
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
Doors 6:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
BLUESMAN MIKE & THE BLUES REVIEW BAND
The Blues Review Band was formed out of Bluesman Mike's passion for the blues. In New Year of 2007 he decided to go back to his roots by spending his birthday gift on a bass guitar and soon started jamming with a great friend and co-founder of the band, Doug Hill. It was one of those evenings while they're jamming that they decided to form The Blues Review Band. The 1st original members were Scott Stuk (drums), Avi Edelson (Keyboard), Doug Hill (Lead guitar) and Bluesman Mike on vocals and bass. Soon, they're all over the valley doing their love and passion - playing the blues and becoming one of the hottest blues bands out!!! They all had a blast playing all over town but Scott had to go to college and their full time jobs required both Doug and Avi to leave the band. Now Bluesman Mike is jamming and doing gigs with Bobby Nealy, a seasoned and veteran keyboard player from Phoenix, AZ who has been playing for the last 30+ years including playing with the likes of Archie Bell and the Drells, along with his new lead guitar player who is another veteran by the name of Sugar Bear, from Philadelphia who incidentally has been performing for the last 20+ years as a studio musician as well as on stage, a producer, and song writer. To round out, and keeping the band on the one, is his new but also a veteran drummer, Tim Robinson. Tim was born in Germany and has been playing drums all his life. He played with Koko Taylor, Joey DeFrancisco, & Darlene Love. Tim has performed at the Monterrey Blues Festival in 2003 & 2004.
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..
Nina Curri is an outstanding singer/songwriter based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Her music is introspective and real while performing traditional roots blues and originally composed material. After years of performing as a blues singer, Nina has developed the ability to meld songbird-like vocals with a powerhouse blues range.
She has had the opportunity of sharing the stage and opening shows for legendary artists like Ian Moore, T-Model Ford, Hans Olson, The Rocket 88's, Steve D. Reynolds, Jesse Colter, Francine Reed and Delbert McClinton.
Nina is currently in the process of recording her original material which will be released in the Spring of 2013.
Living in Texas for several years allowed her to experience cities rich in music and diverse in talent. Houston’s eclectic venues and 6th street in Austin gave her opportunities to develop as a well-rounded artist. In the Houston blues scene,
Nina shared the stage with legendary artists such as Grady Gaines, Milton Hopkins (cousin of Lightnin’ Hopkins) and the nationally acclaimed, Delbert McClinton.
Nina often performs in benefits for many local organizations with legendary artists such as Francine Reed, Dennis Rowland, Andy Gonzales, Hans Olson and many more. Chico Chism frequently invited her onto his stage and encouraged her to pursue her music. For the better part of 2010, she frequently shared the stage with a fabulous jump, swing & rockabilly group, The Jump Back Brothers in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nina also performs around the Valley through an organization called Chicks with Picks. Since 2007, they have been showcasing local and national female artists in Arizona. Nina was a performer in the first Chicks with Picks festival in 2008 that was headlined by Jesse Colter, Sarah Buxton and Michelle Branch.
Some of Nina’s festival performances include: The Telluride Blues & Brew Festival in Colorado; The Phoenix Blues Society’s Charity Festival, Blues for the City in Arizona; The First Annual Chicks with Picks Festival in Cavecreek, Arizona; The Creamy Radio Acoustic Stage at The McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Arizona 2007; The Chandler Ostrich Festival in 2010 & 2011.
Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine'). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry. He started playing music at the age of eight. The clarinet being his first instrument. It would not be until the early years of high school that Harrison would pick up his first guitar.
Harrison first took the stage in 1999 at a blues jam in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Every week he returned and the audience wanted more. This was the time for him to learn, grow and work with other musicians. His first band would take on the name, "Colorblind", a power trio that was complimented by the tasteful bass-lines of producer and recording engineer, Leo Okeke.
In the summer of 2000 Colorblind was called to fill a major time slot that opened up at the Tulsa Blues Festival at the historic Cain's Ballroom . Wanting the exposure, his the band played for free. That night they brought the house down.
Sir Harrison's music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He's been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison's guitar playing has his own unique sound.
His current band, "Sir Harrison and the Blues Kings," was formed in 2004 in Flagstaff, Arizona. The members are veteran musicians. Singer song-writer and bassist, Richard Neville who has toured with Poco, Vince Gill, Mickey Gilley, Tanya Tucker and guitar virtuoso Phil Brown. Drummer, Eddy Barattini has toured with Richie Havens, Stanley Jordon and is also an accomplished recording engineer and composer. Together their music is a combination of rhythmic patterns, all in a motion created by Sir Harrison's body language and soulful guitar riffs. It's smooth, funky, rock-in and whole lot of blues power.
George was born in Mississippi. Although he sang in the church choir, music became important in his life only after his family relocated to Phoenix in the mid 1960's.
Dyke of Dyke & The Blazers managed the apartment complex the Bowmans lived in. Thus, George met Dyke and the band close up. That experience left him in awe and inspired him to become a professional singer. He befriended singer Rochelle Whitehead and drummer Delmar Stewart in the late 60's and formed a show band "Memphis Soul" which enjoyed great popularity for years.
George continued as lead singer with various bands including: "Soul on Ice" (mid to late 70's), "Pyramid" (early 80's), "Nitekap" (mid 80's) "Spectrum" (early 90's) In the mid to late 90's he performed and toured with Lucious Parr's band "Street Life."
In 1999 George won the Arizona Blues Showdown.����
In recent years he has mainly focused on song writing and released 'Badd Boy' (2002) and 'Hoochie Coochie' (2004) which are selling well overseas.��
He has opened for many acts such as Charles Brown, Sweetwater, Taj Mahal, Dr. Hook, Buddy Miles and many more.
George continues to do occasional showcases featuring some of Phoenix' best musicians and R&B artists.
Tickets Available at the Door