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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Wednesday, September 4, 2024

Show | 8:00PM // Doors | 7:30PM

$25 to $39.5

Type: Concerts

When he was 12, Rick Estrin’s older sister gave him a copy of Ray Charles’ The Genius Sings The Blues, and he became infatuated with the music. Albums from Jimmy Reed, Champion Jack Dupree, Mose Allison, Nina Simone and others soon followed. He got his first harmonica at age 15, and by age 18 he was sitting in at black clubs around San Francisco. He first jammed with blues master Lowell Fulson and immediately was hired to open five shows for R&B giant Z.Z. Hill. He worked five nights a week for almost a year with guitar legend Travis Phillips in a band fronted by famed bluesman Fillmore Slim. Slim introduced Estrin to singer Rodger Collins, who would become Rick’s first real musical mentor. At 19, Estrin relocated to Chicago and worked with some of the city’s best bluesmen. He met and jammed with the legendary Muddy Waters, who told Rick, “You outta sight, boy! You got that sound! You play like a man!” Muddy wanted Estrin to go on the road with him, but Estrin missed Muddy’s phone call and it never happened. Estrin eventually moved back to the Bay Area, met guitarist Charlie Baty and formed Little Charlie & The Nightcats. With Charlie’s retirement from touring in 2008, Rick brought in guitar virtuoso Kid Andersen and formed Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, along with Lorenzo Farrell (piano, organ, bass) and Derrick “D’Mar” Martin (drums).

The band’s sixth release, The Hits Keep Coming, packs a powerful punch, with phenomenal musicianship and lyrics, both serious and humorous. The record captures the band’s chemistry and magic in what is certainly among their strongest, most urgent and most cohesive releases so far. The album is modern blues at its most potent, as Rick & The ‘Cats deliver twelve groove-heavy, hard-hitting songs - ten written or co-written by Estrin and two surprising covers (one obscurity from Muddy Waters and one from Leonard Cohen).

In addition to Estrin’s celebrated songwriting and peerless blues harmonica playing, he and the band are among the most entertaining and colorful showmen around. Estrin’s signature streetwise vocals and hipster-cool look, Andersen’s eye-popping, off-the-cuff guitar pyrotechnics, Farrell’s mighty organ, piano and bass work and D’Mar’s dynamic, acrobatic drumming make every one of their live performances a must-see event.

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