Wednesday Night Live – AJ Crawdaddy with Opener Greg Rahn
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm| $15
Doors open 7PM | Show starts at 8PM
$15 Online | $20 Box Office and Phone
Front Row Table $140
4 Seats Per Table ($35 per seat)
On his new album, Slow Cookin’, guitarist AJ Crawdaddy (Angelo J. Rossi) pools the talents of some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s finest musicians to blend an array of blues styles into a simmering stew of rock-solid songs studded with spicy riffs and savory solos. His greasy guitar seamlessly blends with honky-tonk inspired boogie piano, smoldering harmonica and powerful horns across the album’s 10 tracks to create a feast for the ears. From the sizzling instrumental opener, “AJ’s Shuffle,” with heavyweight lead guitar augmented by bursts of perfectly placed horns, through to the deep fried southern simmer of the album-closing title track, where you need a bucket of biscuits to sop up all that good blues gravy, Crawdaddy is a man on a mission. Building on the traditions of West Coast, Chicago and Jump blues to fuse a style all his own, he locks into one memorable groove after another while his core band — Baxter Robertson, Greg Jones, Jimmy Dewrance and Peter Booras — keeps things oh-so-tight, yet oh-so-loose; and the impressive array of special guests (“Kid” Andersen, Endre Tarczy, Jim Pugh and Nate Ginsberg) and the AJ Crawdaddy Horns send everything over the top. While Crawdaddy’s 2015 debut, Vaporized, garnered well-deserved critical acclaim it was only an appetizer. Slow Cookin’ is truly the main course. Larry Tate ~ NightTrain PR “AJ has delivered an excellent album full of quality Blues…. A great varied Blues album, right after the first number “Slow Cookin” already boiled!” Peter Marinus, BLUES MAGAZINE, Netherlands “AJ Crawdaddy is a real tasty, down home guitar player with great tone! I’m proud to call him a friend, and to be on this CD, which is a great sounding production!” Christoffer “Kid” Andersen, Multiple BMA Award Winner
Greg Rahn’s piano style is a silky smooth blend of jazz, blues and roots music. His compositions are dripping with honky-tonk, blues and blazing boogie-woogie influences from New Orleans pianists like Professor Longhair, Pete Johnson and Dr John. He’s been playing with legendary blues guitarist Chris Cain for the past 8 years and is currently working on his own solo piano release entitled Rent Party.