Club Fox Blues Jam

The Club Fox Blues Jam is heaven on earth for Bay Area blues fans. Through the efforts of a passionate group of local musicians, the hospitality of the Club Fox and local sponsorship, the jam has become the most exciting event in the area's fertile blues scene - and it's attracting both national and international attention. Most importantly, the jam is the catalyst for bringing out more and more blues fans to hear live blues at its spontaneous best.

Every Wednesday from 7 PM to 11 PM, the beautiful historic Club Fox opens its doors to the jam hosted by the elite of Bay Area Blues - Kenny Neal, Steve Freund, Elvin Bishop, Tommy Castro, Rick Estrin, The Ford Blues Band, Volker Strifler, Andy Just, E. C. Scott, Terry Hanck, Kenny Blue Ray, Sonny Rhodes, Daniel Castro, RJ Mischo and Mark Hummel just to mention a few. What follows is a jam like no other. For a mere $5.00 cover charge, folks get to experience some of the finest blues artists, national artists on tour, local luminaries and talented amateurs mixing it up. For the musicians, it's an opportunity to play the blues with peers of unbelievable talent. For the fans in the 240 seat capacity crowd, it's an amazing show every week with new talent and the unpredictable excitement that only a blues jam can bring.

If the music were not enough, appearances at the jam provide an unparalleled promotional opportunity for artists with upcoming area gigs. The buzz following the jam in the highly active local blues community often results in sold-out shows for participating artists. If you are a touring blues performer, drop in and you'll not only get a chance to "cut heads" with the best but also get the word out about your upcoming gig. If you are a member of the blues entertainment media, you'll experience a jam session like no other .

We invite you to come to jam and be a part of this phenomenal event, unequaled since the hay days of LA and Chicago blues.

Join us for the music and be a part of Bay Area blues history.

The Volker Strifler Band

California-based International artist stretches the blues envelope to all points of the compass.

He is probably best known as the OTHER guitarist in Robben Ford’s band. Though not exactly a household name (yet), Volker Strifler should be. As a longtime associate of the famous Ford brothers (Robben, Patrick and Mark), Strifler has proven his mettle as a guitarist and singer a long time ago and has become increasingly popular on the Northern California circuit as well as regionally and in Europe. He states "My goal is to give the listener a sense of hearing something they won’t hear anywhere else."

Those requiring any convincing will find all they need in the funky Allman Brothers-like opening tune "Going to Brownsville" on his new CD Let the Music Rise which includes some splendid horns and keyboard, and then in a nice sway from the gentrification of the Blues, the breezy "Redemption" with its Island strains and all the gusto of a Barenaked Ladies tune, to the slow, New Orleans style blues of "It's Getting Late" and the Beatles-esque take on Fleetwood Mac's "Jigsaw Puzzle Blues" (with tuba!).

Volker Strifler is a beautiful guitarist and a powerful singer! states Robben Ford


Strifler takes a risk with a freedom in his music that pushes his musicianship in an innovative direction, drawing from a broad palate of musical color to experiment with the Blues – taking the listener to the outer limits of the genre.

Strifler spent his childhood in Heidelberg Germany and didn’t start playing music until he sold his motorcycle at the age of 17 after he, and two friends, decided to start a band. They played a lot of rock & roll (UFO, Scorpions, the Sex Pistols; whatever was happening) on US Army bases. While he has recorded and/or toured with many of the top modern blues artists like Robben Ford, Chris Cain and the Ford Blues Band as well as shared the stage with BB King, Elvin Bishop, and Lowell Fulson, it was an ex-GI, living in Germany that hired him and his fellow band mates as a back up band to play traditional Blues Songs that forever instilled the love of Blues in him. A self taught musician he spent time at the local record and music stores seeking out whatever American Blues he could get his hands on; once moving to the states he continued his education by diving into Jazz, Pop and Americana music.

In 1996 Volker recorded his fledgling solo release titled "Full Moon" then in 2002 released his eponymous first CD on Blue Rock’It records to great reviews. It is compiled of mostly originals and showcases his talents as a player, singer, and songwriter. The release of his third solo CD "The Dance Goes On" showed just how gifted Strifler is as a guitar player, singer, songwriter as well as producer. As proof, the CD was added to play lists in numerous radio markets throughout the United States and abroad, including the legendary WWOZ in New Orleans, San Francisco’s KPFA, Santa Cruz’s KPIG

Volker Strifler follows up his highly acclaimed The Dance Goes On with his new CD Let the Music Rise on the VizzTone Label group.

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