WHAT: Rick Estrin & The Nightcats in Concert
WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2012, 8:00pm
WHERE: Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 HWY 24, Woodland Park, CO
TICKETS: $18 to $38.
Rick Estrin, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, "is an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter." The award-winning musician, another critic said, "sounds like Little Walter playing and singing Leiber and Stoller." Along with The Nightcats-jaw-dropping guitarist Chris "Kid" Andersen, singing drummer (who plays standing up) J. Hansen and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and piano)-Rick Estrin serves up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock 'n' roll.
Rick Estrin ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward. The Associated Press calls his harp playing "endlessly impressive."
For more than 30 years and nine albums, Rick fronted Little Charlie & The Nightcats under the leadership of Charlie Baty's one-of-a-kind guitar acrobatics. The band won international acclaim and toured the world repeatedly. They were nominated four times for the prestigious Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year. With Charlie's retirement in 2008, Rick rededicated himself to his craft. Hansen and Farrell wanted to keep the band going. Estrin knew the only way to replace Baty's crazed and unique guitar style was to find someone with an equally insane and individual approach, and he knew that would be a tall order to fill, but that is exactly what Chris "Kid" Andersen did!
Anderson spent many years touring with harmonica legend Charlie Musslewhite. It was during those years he honed his skills backing the master “harp” player and received a Handy Award (now known as Blues Music Award) for best contemporary blues album for Musslewhite’s Delta Hardware album.
“Without a doubt, this will be one of the most exciting, riveting, raucous, powerhouse shows we have ever presented” exclaims Amy Whitesell of A Music Company In., promoter of the show. “It is the first time bringing in Rick Estrin & The Nightcats. We’ve waited a long time for this and I guarantee, it will be a sold out show. People had better purchase tickets early if they want to get in the door!”
Tickets are $18 in advance and $23 day of show. A special VIP ticket is available for $38 and includes a reserved seat and choice of catfish or prime rib dinner. Tickets are available on line at www.amusiccompanyinc.com or at the Crystola Roadhouse.