John Németh and the
Bo-Keys featuring Percy Wiggins
Tue, Mar 25 -
Doors open at 5:30 PM each night.
Thu, Mar 27, 2014
First sets begin at 7:30 PM, and second sets (when applicable) begin at 9:30 PM (doors: 9:15 PM).
The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou Jazz Alley welcomes blues singer and harpist John Németh with Memphis classic soulsters the Bo-Keys. Band members are John Németh (vocals/harmonica), Percy Wiggins (vocals), Daunielle Hill (vocals), Kirk Smothers (sax), Marc Franklin (trumpet), Hubbie (keyboards), Joe Restivo (guitar), Crott Bomar (bass) and Howard Grimes (drums). Show times Tuesday - Thursday at 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:30pm each night.
John Németh is a rising blues star. He is a singer steeped in the tradition and reminiscent of B.B. King, Ray Charles and Junior Parker and a harmonica player of riveting intensity and virtuosity. His decade long career has found him opening for Robert Cray, Keb Mo', and Earl Thomas. Performing major music festivals around the United States, Europe, Canada and Asia has brought him critical acclaim. John's origins are an unlikely breeding ground for such an impressive blues talent. A thirty year old native of Boise, Idaho, he grew up singing in a Catholic church and started playing in local bands as a teenager. Németh was a featured artist with Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets in 2005 and 2006 as well as a featured artist with The Junior Watson Band in 2002. The Cascade Blues Association selected Németh as a crowd favorite at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival in 2002, and the Washington Blues Society called him the show stealer at the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival in 2003. Greg Johnson of Blues Notes writes, "John Németh possesses rich harmonica tone that easily brings to mind Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter."
Lost in much of the soul revival hype is the fact that many of the originators of soul music are still performing up to their Black Power-era standards. In the early parts of their careers, members of The Bo-Keys performed in B.B. King’s orchestra, anchored the Hi Rhythm Section, nailed the unforgettable intro to “Theme From Shaft,” and survived the plane crash that claimed Otis Redding. This is a new, hard-hitting Bo-Keys lineup, featuring alumni both of Stax Records and Hi Records, plus younger musicians who’ve garnered an Emmy award and a Grammy nomination. Together, now, they play fresh Memphis soul. These kings of Memphis soul/funk/rhythm & blues combine young hotshot players with veterans of Stax/Volt and Hi Records and are roaring back with an album that's deep in the pocket, Got to Get Back! (2012). Percy Wiggins, vocalist with the Bo-Keys, cut classic Northern Soul sides in the ‘60s for ATCO and RCA with a Nashville studio band that included Billy Cox and Larry Lee, who later went on to become members of Jimmy Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies.
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