FRIDAY 7:00 pm EUREKA THEATER Duke Robillard & Kid Ramos with Tommy Harkenrider & Mando Dorame SATURDAY 4:00 pm ADORNI WATERFRONT CENTER Kid Ramos & Tommy Harkenrider with the Memphis Kings He is a recipient of the Orange County (CA) Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award in addition to 14 Blues Music Award nominations. He produced legendary pianist Floyd Dixon’s final recording as well as the accompanying documentary, and has also appeared on numerous movie soundtracks. www.facebook.com/KidRamosMusic SPONSORED BY OWLSLEY ELECTRIC DAVID "KID" RAMOS is one of the great instrumentalists of the Blues. An electric blues and blues rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter, his distinctive style is a clear and unfiltered expression of his life, his passions and his soul. Born in Fullerton, California, Ramos inherited his love of music from his parents who were both professional opera singers. He began playing guitar at parties and night clubs locally in his early teenage years and joined the James Harman band in 1980. In 1994 Ramos joined forces with Lynwood Slim to form the Big Rhythm Combo. Ramos' debut solo album, Two Hands One Heart, was released in 1995. Invited by lead singer Kim Wilson, Ramos joined The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1993. As well as regularly recording and appearing with them up to 2002, Ramos also continued to release his own albums. In addition to working with James Harman and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Ramos has worked wtih Roomful of Blues, The Mannish Boys, Bobby Jones, Los Fabulocos and has released four solo albums since 1995 on Black Top and Evidence Records.
FRIDAY 5:30 pm EUREKA THEATER Oscar Wilson & Joel Paterson with Carl Sonny Leyland & Jonathan Doyle SATURDAY 11:30 am ADORNI CENTER Acoustic Blues with Mark Hummel, Joe Beard & Billy Flynn 8:30 pm EUREKA THEATER Mark Hummel's Chicago Blues Party The Cash Box Kings are one of the hottest new acts on Alligator Records. They previously recorded two albums for Blind Pig Records. Wilson joined The Cash Box Kings in 2007. Their newest release, “Oscar’s Motel” was number ONE on most radio charts for over two months.Oscar has been the star attraction in the band, thanks to his elastic range and natural showmanship. He is one of the most real sounding voices in the blues world and is quickly gaining a following world-wide! www.cashboxkings.com SPONSORED BY CHEVRON Born in 1953 on Chicago’s 43rd Street (aka Muddy Waters Drive), OSCAR WILSON was born in into a musical family: his father was a jazz, blues, and gospel musician and composer. Wilson grew up in the company of many famous blues artists. Junior Wells, Elmore James, Big Smokey Smothers and close family friend David “Honeyboy” Edwards were all regulars at weekly Friday night fish fries/jam sessions at the Wilson home. He taught himself guitar, piano, drums and harmonica, and remembers performing at the age of 11 at a neighbor's house party. Instead of having formal training as a new musician, Wilson is mostly self-taught, resulting in his own personal style and technique. Throughout his adulthood, Wilson held regular jobs but was always welcome sitting in with Chicago blues mainstays like Melvin Taylor and Johnny B. Moore. His vocal inspirations range from Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Albert King to Jimmy Reed, Jimmy Rogers and Little Walter, but he mostly sings like…Oscar Wilson.
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