|Chuck Hall, May 23, 2014, Showcase XI
As a 35+ year veteran in the music business, Arizona Blues Hall of Fame member Chuck Hall has played with some of the best, opening shows for Albert Collins, B.B. King, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Willie Dixon, Robert Cray, Gregg Allman, the Fabulous Thunderbirds and many others. He has written more than 100 songs and won “Best Blues Guitarist” in Arizona two years in a row. His song, “Young Boy,” was selected Best Song by Soundboard magazine. His most recent offerings include a two-disc compilation CD and the Live in Sweden disc. Photo: Michael Ging.
|The Pistoleros, Dec. 6, 2013, Showcase X
Tempe-based roots-rockers The Pistoleros are comprised of front man Lawrence Zubia, his guitarist brother Mark, guitarist Thomas Laufenberg, bassist Scott Andrews and drummer Gary Smith. The Zubias are sons of a mariachi musician and first emerged as members of the Chimeras, which included the ill-fated future Gin Blossoms guitarist Douglas Hopkins. Hopkins' "My Guardian Angel" later surfaced on The Pistoleros' 1997 debut album Hang on to Nothing, which featured songwriting contributions from the Jayhawks' Gary Louris, the Smithereens' Pat DiNizio and Radney Foster.
|Jerry Riopelle, May 17, 2013, Showcase IX
In the 1970s, Arizona fell in love with singer/songwriter/producer Jerry Riopelle. Ever since, the rock icon has delivered a lineage of high energy performances to his loyal fan base. Riopelle has written several Top 40 hits and his songs have been covered by numerous artists including Herb Alpert, Joan Baez, Leon Russell, Kenny Loggins, Rita Coolidge and Meat Loaf. During his years in Hollywood, Riopelle wrote many songs and musical pieces for films and television shows. Profile The Air
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|Obadiah Parker, Dec. 1, 2012, Showcase VIII
Driven by a popular YOUTube video of a live performance, Obadiah Parker's cover of "Hey Ya" became a breakout hit in 2007, topping the iTunes singer-songwriter charts for the year. With the 2008 EP, The Tip Jar, Vol. 1, Parker built a strong Internet following with soulful vocals and his ability to cover a variety of tunes with a unique and singular style. In 2011, Parker released his first full length original material in The Siren and The Saint. Profile Red Handed If I Sing It The District Trampoline Baia da Santa
|Sugar Thieves, Nov. 30, 2012, Showcase VIII
The Sugar Thieves have a sultry blues roots foundation and powerhouse delta sound that takes listeners back in time. The band competed in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis where it was voted one of the Top 10 unsigned blues bands in the world in 2009. It won the "People's Choice" award at the Old Daisy Theatre (Memphis, Tenn.) in 2010. The band is coming off of a new CD and shows in Las Vegas, Denver, Omaha, St. Louis and more. Photo by Chadwick Fowler Profile I Got That Feeling Standing in the Shadows Live Wire Lullaby Come Now Broke Down and Lonesome Again Get Back Down
|Francine Reed, May 4-5, 2012, Showcase VII
Francine Reed has appeared with Miles Davis, Stanley Jordan, Smokey Robinson, Etta James and The Crusaders. In 1985, she began recording and touring with Lyle Lovett and His Large Band. Reed has also appeared on recordings by Delbert McClinton, Willie Nelson and Roy Orbison. Valley residents may know Reed best for performances alongside her sister, jazz singer Margo Reed. Profile "Trouble in Mind" "Wild Women Don't Get the Blues" "I'm a Handful" "Comin' Alive"
|Jesse Valenzuela, Nov. 16, 2011, Showcase VI
As a founding member of Gin Blossoms, Jesse Valenzuela was responsible for writing or co-writing several the band’s Top 40 hits, including the #1 single “Til I Hear it from You.” As a songwriter and performer he has sold in excess of 10 million records worldwide. Valenzuela has written, produced and performed with a wide-ranging variety of artists including Stevie Nicks, KISS, Judy Collins, The Calling, Los Lobos, The Rembrandts and many more. Photo: SAKI Profile "Unitl I Hear it from You" "Original Messed up Kid" "Hotel Defeated" "Bulletproof Jacket"
|William Eaton, April 29, 2011, Showcase V
William Eaton is one of the world’s acknowledged masters of innovative stringed instrument design and construction. Eaton’s unique and original sound has been captured on more than 16 recordings for the Canyon Records label, four of them as the leader of the William Eaton Ensemble: an eclectic “world chamber fusion” group whose releases, have earned Billboard Critic’s Choice awards as well as charting in the Top 10 World album category. To learn more about Eaton, visit: www.roberto-venn.com and www.oldtowncenter.org. Eaton was joined by Claudia Tulip and Ty. Photo by John Running Profile "Goin' Crazy" "Promises of a Desert City" "Find Your Way" "Holding on to the Wild" "If Lizards Dream"
|The AmeriCamera Project, Nov. 19, 2010, Showcase IV
AmeriCamera began as a conversation about American music and about poetry; it quickly became a collaboration between two artists with complementary histories and a shared goal: to explore the border between "poetry" (construed as a purely textual medium) and "song" (construed as a purely aural medium). Read about the show and watch "AmeriCamera" Photo by Michael Ging
|Walt Richardson and the Peaceful Warriors, June 2, 2010, Showcase III
Tempe favorite Walt Richardson, II, has been singing, writing songs and playing guitar as far back as he can remember. At one time in his life he was planning to pursue a career in bio-chemistry. That was when he learned the power of music and live performance. Through music he has traveled and shared the stage with bands ranging from Third World to Ziggy Marley. Photo: Michael Ging
|Joe Myers, March 5, 2010, Showcase II
Joe Myers has worked in film and on festivals and production projects. He has long worked in tandem with renowned composer Brent Michael Davids (Kronos Quartet, Joffrey Ballet), creating original scores for "Last of the Mohicans," and for Sherman Alexie's film, "The Business of Fancy Dancing," and performing live at the World Premier of "Silent Enemy" at the 1996 Santa Fe Film Fest. Photo: Skip Neeley
|Hans Olson, Dec. 2, 2009, Showcase I
Hans Olson is a well-known local and national solo performer and has opened for more than 100 bands and musicians, including The Allman Brothers Band, Chuck Berry, Blue Oyster Cult, Edie Brickell, Joe Cocker, Electric Light Orchestra, John Fogerty, Al Green, Allison Krauss, Dave Mason, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bonnie Raitt, Boz Scaggs, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Edgar Winter and Z.Z. Top.