A Celebration Of Life For Ron Thompson!

Sunday, July 26 @ 5:00PM |
Doors 4PM


Event has been rescheduled from Sun, April 5 to Sun, July 26
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Join us for an evening of live blues, as we celebrate the life and music of Ron Thompson! Connect with old friends and meet new ones. Ron’s never ending gift of bringing people together continues! The line up so far includes: Tommy Castro & The Painkillers, Nick Gravenities, Sonny Rhodes, Lady Bianca, Mark Hummel’s Harmonica Blowout, Gary Smith, Jim Pugh, Karl Severied, Artis Joyce, Gary Silva, Larry Vann, Pat Chase, JR Watson, West Starr, Richard W. Grisgsby, Scott Griffin, Don Bassey, Franck Goldwasser, Randy Bermudes Mike Henderson, Dave Earl, Steve Freund, Sid Morris, Gary Rosen, Henry Oden, Rudy Parris, Neil Barnes and more! Commemorative t-shirts will be available for purchase!

Tommy Castro & Painkillers, Nick Gravenities, Ladee Bianca, Gary Smith, Franck Goldwasser, JR Watson, Mark Hummel, Steve Freund, Mike Henderson, Karl Severied, Jim Pugh, Dave Earl, Gary Silva, Larry Vann, AJ Joyce, RW Grigsby, Sid Morris, Wes Starr & many more to be announced!!

Ron Thompson (born July 5, 1953 in Oakland, CA and died February 15, 2020 in Hayward, CA at 66 years old) was an acoustic delta blues, electric blues slide guitarist, singer and songwriter. Ron also played mandolin, harmonica and piano. Ron was part Native American and grew up in Newark, CA.
Thompson found employment separately working with a who’s who of talent-John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Tina Turner, Lowell Fulson, Etta James, Chris Isaak, Mick Fleetwood, Carlos Santana, Huey Lewis, Carla Thomas, BB King, Bobby Womack, Bonnie Raitt, Bill Medley, Jimmy Reed, Roy Brown, Jimmy Rogers, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy McCracklin, Hubert Sumlin, Robert Jr Lockwood, Snooky Pryor, Paul Butterfield, Nick Gravenities, Elvin Bishop, James Cotton, Mark Hummel, Charlie Musselwhite and Big Mama Thornton

His playing was as inspired as it was inspirational. As Blues Brother inspiration Curtis Salgado said” Ron was always the baddest cat in the room!”

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