Kim Wilson Band
Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan, in 1951, but he grew up in Goleta, California, where he sometimes went by the stage name of “Goleta Slim.” He started with the blues in the late 1960s and was tutored by people like Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Eddie Taylor, Albert Collins, George “Harmonica” Smith, Luther Tucker and Pee Wee Crayton and was influenced by harmonica players such as Little Walter, James Cotton, Big Walter Horton, Slim Harpo and Lazy Lester. Before he moved to Austin, Texas, in 1974, he was the leader of the band Aces, Straights and Shuffles in Minneapolis, Minnesota; the band released one single. In Austin he formed the Fabulous Thunderbirds with guitarist Jimmie Vaughan. They became the house band at Antone’s, a blues club owned by Clifford Antone.
Wilson continues to perform up to 300 concert dates per year at blues music festivals and clubs all over the world, both as leader of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and with Kim Wilson’s Blues Allstars.
His powerful style of blues harp playing has been described as “loaded with the textures of a full-blown horn section.”
In 2015, Wilson made a guest appearance playing the harmonica on Karen Lovely’s album, Ten Miles of Bad Road.
In 2016, Wilson won a Blues Music Award in the ‘Instrumentalist – Harmonica’ category.
Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers
Born in 1947, Piazza’s infatuation with blues began at a time when many of the masters were still in their prime years, and in the mid 1960s when the first blues revival was picking up steam, he was in the thick of it. By the 1970s, he’d already released five albums, and was one of the leading lights of the West Coast Blues scene. In the early ’70s he joined forces with Otis Spann disciple Honey Alexander (now his wife) on piano, and when they formed the Mighty Flyers over three decades ago, his career really hit its stride. Since then Piazza and the Mighty Flyers have won or been nominated for just about every award that can be bestowed upon a blues band, played literally thousands of gigs around the world, recorded over a dozen highly acclaimed releases, and along the way virtually created a new style of blues – a combination of low-down Chicago grit, suave West Coast swing and jazz, and the rhythmic drive of the best early R&B and rock & roll. Quite simply, Rod Piazza and The Mighty Flyers are one of the best, most experienced, and most distinctive bands in blues today.
The John Clifton Blues Band
John Clifton from Fresno California is a blues harmonica player, guitarist, and vocalist with remarkable style and originality. He is a veteran of the west coast blues scene having traveled worldwide performing since the late1980’s.
He is best known for his work with the Central California blues group The MoFo Party Band. He formed with his brother in 1989. They’ve played many festivals and clubs all over the USA, Europe and South pacific regions.
John Clifton as a solo artist has performed notable shows with The Mark Hummell Harmonica Blowout that featured Huey Lewis, John Mayall, James Cotton and Other greats, The Austrian Boogie Festival in Vienna Austria, Blues Express Festival in Poland, and Blues Night in Fredrikshaven Denmark.
He is a producer and songwriter; many of his original compositions get regular worldwide radio airplay. As a record producer he has award winning recordings such as The Boogie Boy’s from Poland’s 2012 “Made in Cali” won Polish Blues Top Award for “Album of the Year”(featuring 3 of John’s original songs).
John Clifton is a consummate performer with a love for the stage, he is energetic and entertaining and a veteran at his craft. an avid record collector music historian and story teller,