RockTheBlues January 2014 Featured Artist, AL ROWE

January 2014, RockTheBlues Featured Artist: AL ROWE

By Gary Draper

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Al Rowe grew up in Chicago, Illinois where as a youth, his musical influences began early in life. On many occasions, as a child he would watch his grandfather and Sunnyland Slim (as well as several other veteran blues greats) jam in the family’s living room. Al learned how to play the guitar at the age of 7 years old and continued to evolve as a guitar player resulting from the countless hours of playing and experimenting. After discovering the playing style & arrangements of one of his earlier influences, the late Jimi Hendrix, Al went on to become the winner of the “National Jimi Hendrix Guitar Competition” in Seattle, Washington in the late 90′s.

Al Rowe is an extraordinarily gifted guitarist, song writer, vocalist, composer & arranger … having played R&B, Blues, Jazz, Funk and Soul with some of the great musicians of our time, To his credit, Al has written songs for the late Miles Davis, and has worked with many of the great musical legends such as:

James “Curley” Cook (Founding Member of the Steve Miller Band); 2001 – present
Willie Dixon (The Father of the Blues); Chicago, IL – 1981/82
John Lee Hooker; La Conner, WA – 1999
Pops Staples of “The Staple Singers”; Chicago Blues Festival – 1993
Joanna Conner; Opening Act/European Tour (Germany & France) – 1995
Edwin Starr/Studio Sessions; London, England – 1983-84

Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash)/Studio Sessions; London, England – 1983/84
Jimi Mc Griff (Hammond B3 legend); Chicago, IL – 1979
Bill Dickens (Bass guitar legend); Chicago, IL – 1982

Al Rowe continues to define and expand his own unique sound. His original compositions fuse blues, jazz, funk and rock & roll to create a tasteful and fully satisfying groove. A versatile showman who fully engages his audience, Al’s performances have been described as electrifying, soulful and full of power.

When not touring the United States or Europe, Al continues to actively mentor and teach music to kids through the nation-wide “Blues in the Schools” Program (a program he has been involved with since 2001). Otherwise, Al spends his time writing, composing & arranging new songs that always seem to have that “new edge & style” that is the signature to the Al Rowe sound. Al is able to bridge the generation gap, as his musical style appeals to not only the seasoned music aficionado, but he is also able to deliver his musical message to an appreciative, younger “college crowd”, as well.

For more info about Al Rowe, visit his website online at: www.rowehousemusic.com

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RockTheBlues December Featured Artist: PHOENIX

PHOENIX is a Classic Rock band based out of Las Vegas, Nevada
comprised of five world-class musicians whose individual résumés include extensive work with major recording artists; national and international performances; radio and television appearances; songwriting; and countless studio recordings.

This band has performed for audiences throughout Las Vegas, Arizona and California, including over two years of standing-room-only crowds at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino; extended engagements at Mandalay Bay, the Las Vegas Hilton and South Point main showrooms; and numerous corporate events.

They are known for delivering a powerful, exciting, and authentic rock performance that has resulted in one the most commonly heard comments from audience members…
“You’re the BEST rock cover band I have EVER seen.”

PHOENIX consistently receives rave reviews not only from its audiences and clients, but from property management and employees as well.

For more info visit: www.PhoenixRockBand.com


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RTB November, 2013 Featured Artist: GREGG FOX


RANDY HANSEN, ANTHEM, LANDSLIDE at A CLUB, Sat. June 16th in Spokane, WA

A night of Jimi Hendrix, Rush, and Fleetwood Mac music by


A CLUB – 406 W. Sprague ave.
Spokane, Washington

We are pleased to announce that  MAURICE BAILEY has agreed to come to Spokane and sit in with Landslide for a few songs. Maurice is an amazing drummer who toured with STEVIE NICKS, KENNY G, SANTANA, DAVID SANBORN, and CROSBY, STILLS & NASH.
A really great addition to an already great show!

KKZX 98.9 FM and RockTheBlues.com present a night of JIMI HENDRIX, RUSH, and FLEETWOOD MAC music performed by RANDY HANSEN, ANTHEM, and LANDSLIDE hosted by VICTORIA FREDERICK, KKZX’s 10am to 3pm radio show DJ. Only $12 advance ($18 at the door) for general admission. A $25 VIP ticket will get you in the door an hour earlier than General Admission ticket holders for a “Meet & Greet” photo/autograph opportunities with the bands and an exclusive gift pack including some really cool stuff. VIP ticket holders will also have the chance for best available seating. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available. Order your tickets now!!!

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RANDY HANSEN performs his world renowned Jimi Hendrix Experience. Don’t miss this chance to see one of the Greatest Guitar Players ever to pick up the Stratocaster!

Forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix is still leaving an impact on the music world. The recent release of Valleys of Neptune – a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings – rocketed Jimi to #4 on the Billboard 200 Chart, making it the highest-charting album of his career. While the legend of this true “guitar hero” lives on, no one celebrates it more than the remarkable Randy Hansen.

For over thirty years, Hansen has been building a reputation as the foremost Hendrix tribute on Earth. As one of the few players officially recognized by the Hendrix family, he has been successfully doing his act since the ’70s, stunning audiences worldwide as he channels the spirit of Jimi and perfectly recreates the stage presence and skill of the legendary axeman. Aside from his loyal fanbase, Hansen’s guitar work is respected throughout the music business. He’s played alongside some of the greats, including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Miller, Paul Rodgers, Herbie Hancock, and original Jimi Hendrix Experience members Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell… Also original Band Of Gypsies members, Buddy Miles and Billy Cox.

Randy’s band includes bassist, KEVIN JOHN ADAMS and drummer, RICK SPANO.

For more info about Randy Hansen, visit: www.randyhansen.com
ANTHEM is from the Seattle area and performs the music of RUSH. They are on regular rotation performing at two of the largest casinos in the northwest. “It is the closest thing I’ve heard to RUSH. You really need to hear these guys to believe it”. says GARY DRAPER, president of RockTheBlues.com and promoter of this event.

For more info about ANTHEM, visit: www.anthemrushtribute.com
LANDSLIDE (also known as SOULSTICE) performs the music of STEVIE NICKS & FLEETWOOD MAC . They are one of the most popular acts in the Bremerton / Port Orchard / Gig Harbor area. Lead vocalist, LEE ANN DAVIS, will amaze you with her powerful and beautiful voice. Not to mention, the band has incredible talent as well. You will be very impressed.

For more info about LANDSLIDE, visit: www.thesoulsticeband.com
“I hand picked these three acts for this show due to the many HENDRIX, RUSH, and FLEETWOOD MAC fans in the Spokane area. It is rare to have such a talented line up in one show for such little money. We at RockTheBlues.com are committed to ensure you leave our events knowing you have just seen and heard the best talent available at reasonable ticket prices”.

GARY DRAPER, president

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