Rock 'N' Blues Fest

Rock 'N' Blues Fest

Sun, August 5, 2012

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Pearl Concert Theater

Las Vegas, NV

$40.40, $62.35, $72.35, $82.35

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Rock 'N' Blues Fest
Rock 'N' Blues Fest
Featuring The Johnny Winter Band, Edgar Winter Group, Rick Derringer, Mountain’s Leslie West and Savoy Brown’s Kim Simmonds.

Beginning in late July, the Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest will debut featuring five ground breaking players who were initially inspired to pick up their instruments due to their love for rock and blues.

“I think the blues will always be around,” says legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, who will be performing as part of the Johnny Winter Band and headlining the Rock ‘N’ Blues Fest tour. “People need it.”

At the age of 17, Johnny Winter went to see B.B. King in his home state of Texas, and requested a turn at the mic. King eventually gave in and handed his guitar to Johnny, who ended up receiving a standing ovation. Johnny released his first solo album, The Progressive Blues Experiment (1969) and the music world took notice, leading to his historic performance at Woodstock. Twenty years and several successful solo albums later, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. In the late’70s, he collaborated with another blues legend, Muddy Waters, on three separate albums, including the Grammy-winning Hard Again (1977). Over the years, he released about two dozen solo albums including his most recent highly-acclaimed recording entitled, Roots. Named as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Johnny remains one of the top blues/rock guitarists touring today.

Edgar Winter, best known for monster hits such as “Free Ride” and the hart-topping rocker, “Frankenstein,” will bring the Edgar Winter Band along for the series of Fest dates.

A multi-instrumentalist (keyboards/sax/percussion) whose music encompasses many different genres including rock, blues, jazz and pop, Edgar first hit the national spotlight with his early recording of “Tobacco Road,” featured on his 1970 debut album, Entrance. Edgar would soon form the band White Trash and release two hit albums in 1971 and 1972 respectively titled, Edgar Winter’s White Trash and Roadwork. Hot on the heels of the certified gold album, Roadwork, Edgar put together an entirely new outfit called The Edgar Winter Group, originally featuring guitarist Ronnie Montrose. The band’s first effort, They Only Come Out at Night, spawned hit singles, “Free Ride” and “Frankenstein,” and remained on the charts for an incredible 80 consecutive weeks. The pivotal album would eventually reach double-platinum status, selling more than 2 million copies.

Air guitarists will surely be out in force when Rick Derringer breaks into his well-known rock anthem, “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.” The song continues to be a staple on rock radio and was featured in several movies including “The Spirit of ’76,” “Rush,” “What A Girl Wants” and the cult classic, “Dazed and Confused.” Before his success as a solo artist, Derringer had a band at the age of 17 called The McCoys that had a #1 hit in 1965, “Hang on Sloopy.”.

Although perhaps best known as a founding member of the band Mountain, guitarist Leslie West began his musical career with an R&B/Blue-eyed soul rock outfit called The Vagrants. Shortly after the formation of Mountain in 1969, the band found themselves performing on day two of the legendary Woodstock festival. Not too long after, the band would release their first Billboard Top 40 single, “Mississippi Queen.” Mountain followed up with the Jack Bruce-penned, “Theme for an Imaginary Western,” one of the 11 songs they performed at Woodstock.

Considered one of the architects of British blues, Kim Simmonds began performing professionally in London in the mid-’60s after learning how to play guitar by listening to his brother’s blues records as a teenager. As leader and founder of the legendary blues rock band, Savoy Brown, Simmonds has 49 album releases currently available and continues to tour the world with the band, as well as a solo acoustic act. In 1967, the band would help propel the UK blues movement that brought blues music back to the U.S., invigorating the style forever. In the process, Savoy Brown became part of the framework that launched the rock ‘n roll music of the 1970s, with their vast influence stretching into modern rock as we know it today. Among the most loved, most respected and longest running of its genre, Savoy Brown is one of the magical names in blues rock.

With their close involvement with each other throughout their careers, it’s likely that various artists will unite on stage to perform some unexpected classic songs together.
Venue Information:
Pearl Concert Theater
4321 West Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV, 89103
http://www.palms.com/las-vegas-pearl-theater/