Charlotte Blues Society presents a blues show the first Sunday of every month, at The Rabbit Hole in Plaza Midwood, 1801 Commonwealth Avenue.
April 7: Tommy Z
$5 for non-members, free for members
The doors will open at 7 p.m. The show will start at 8 p.m., to be followed by an open blues jam.
From Tommy Z’s website:
Tommy Z is a contemporary blues artist and radio host from Buffalo, NY who has been described as a “blues treasure” by legendary 97 Rock/WBFO DJ Jim Santella, and “one of WNY’s best kept secrets” by Sarah French, Blues Matters Magazine. He is a guitar-driven electric blues-based stylist onstage, but in the studio Tommy composes a variety of music.
So while experienced and studied in traditional blues, jazz and rock styles, Tommy is an artist who puts that soulful blues feeling into all the different styles he plays. He’s been been recognized with numerous awards over the years, including being voted Top Blues Vocalist in Western New York 2003/2004/2006, Top Blues Guitarist 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2004, 2005, 2006 and his band has won the Top Blues/Crossover Blues Band categories 1994, 2005, 2006, and was honored with the Muddy Waters Award for “Artist of the Year” by the Blues Society of WNY in 2004.
In 2007 Tommy was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame, recognizing him alongside some of the best talent to ever come out of WNY (including Rick James, The Goo Goo Dolls, Billy Sheehan, etc.). He has had the opportunity to perform, record with/or co-bill with some of the world’s top artists in the blues/rock genre including: B.B. King (and daughter Shirley), Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jeff Healey, Colin James, Tinsley Ellis, Roomful of Blues, Blues Traveler, Derek Trucks, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Peter Frampton, Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Carey Bell, John Mayall, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Tommy Castro, Duke Robillard, Elvin Bishop and many more including a tour backing up Grammy-winning blues legend Pinetop Perkins (Muddy Waters Band).
Tommy has come a long way from playing the top bars and music venues in Buffalo to being an international and domestic festival headliner.
Charlotte Blues Society is collecting for Loaves & Fishes through 2019. Please bring at least 1 can non-perishable food item to every event.
Cans of any variety:
- Pasta (spaghetti O’s, Mac & Cheese)
- Cooking oil
- Paper towels
- Toilet tissue
- Tooth paste
- Tooth brushes
- The packs of plastic utensils you get with takeout food.
A little bit about Charlotte Blues Society, from their website:
The Charlotte Blues Society is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the American Blues tradition through the presentation of concerts, forums, educational programs and support of local musicians in Charlotte and the surrounding areas.
CBS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors and operated by an all-volunteer staff. CBS is an affiliated member of The Blues Foundation, the umbrella organization for a worldwide network of 165 affiliated Blues societies and has individual memberships around the globe.
Join the CBS for just $20 for a 1 year individual membership, $35 for a 2-person family membership, and $50 for a 3 or 4 member family. You can join at the monthly event or online.