May 19, 2018
BONA FIDE BLUES REVIEW
FEATURING SCOTTY SPENNER, TRUE FLAVOR BLUES & ARIZONA’S KING OF THE BLUES, BIG PETE PEARSON
SATURDAY, MAY 19 @ 7PM
$25 ADVANCE / $30 AT DOOR – SOLD OUT
Musical artist Scotty Spenner is a vocalist, guitar player and teacher with a long-distinguished career. In addition to electric and acoustic guitar he also plays mandolin, ukulele and harmonica; with an extensive repertoire that ranges from original complex Ragtime tunes, pre-war blues, Irish fiddle tunes to Django Reinhardt-style jazz. His prodigious knowledge of musical and performance theory are paralleled by his first-hand antidotal historical knowledge of performers, vintage guitars and technical evolution.
Mr. Spenner’s professionalism, versatility and ingenuity garnered the 2017 City of Phoenix Mayor’s Award for the Arts and has allowed him to headline and share local and national stages with a diverse collection of iconic performers including: Big Pete Pearson, Dino Spells, John Hammond, Honey Boy Edwards, Buddy Guy, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Koko Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland and many others. In addition to his solo acoustic performances, Spenner moves adroitly between engagements with True Flavor Blues Band, The Saints of Eirinn and as a longstanding member of Big Pete Pearson’s Blues Band.
Mr. Spenner has recorded two solo CDs: “The First Thing Smoking” (1996) and “Hardscrabble Blues” (2014).
The True Flavor Blues Band is a traditional blues combo that can play a wide range of styles and includes Charles Smith on Piano, Scotty Spenner on guitar, vocals and harmonica, James Robertson on guitar and slide guitar, Curt Arndt on bass and Vince Curtis on drums and percussion.
Big Pete Pearson – Arizona’s King of the Blues
Born in Kingston, Jamaica on October 4, 1936. He was raised by his grandparents in St. John’s Baptist community just outside Austin. His grandfather was a minister and his grandmother was a missionary. Big Pete was only 9 years of age when he gave his first performance at a local bar. He was a regular at juke joints such as the Victory Grill, Charlie’s Playhouse, Big Mary’s Bar & Grille, Ernie’s Chicken Shack and Sam’s Showcase. “Playing in these juke joints was dangerous, real dangerous”, says Pete. “But I played them anyway and those were my growing up years.” Big Pete has not left the stage since and is a veteran performer/song writer of 71 years and has been on countless festival and club stages throughout the world.
His physical stature and strong voice have commanded attention for decades. He is a father figure to many bluesmen and women who have cut their teeth playing in his bands. Though he is a local legend Big Pete’s greatness is known throughout the world, frequently performing in Europe with his European band, The Gamblers. (You are invited to go to youtube.com and type in, “Big Pete Pearson and the Gamblers”). While in the States he performs with his other band, The Big Pete Blues Band, featuring long-time guitarist Scotty Spenner.
Big Pete has created and written many albums. His most memorable CDs include, “One More Drink”, “I’m Here Baby” (which hit # 1 worldwide and won Best Blues Album of the Year at the Independent Music Awards in 2007) “Finger In Your Eye”, his 2009 release, “The Screamer”. Since the Screamer’s release it has hit #1 worldwide on the blues charts. In April of 2012, Big Pete released his newest album entitled, “Choose”, his first album recorded with celebrated Italian blues band, The Gamblers. Today, Big Pete can be seen, more often than not, performing live in Europe with the Gamblers.
Important Information about your visit to The Listening Room Phoenix
The Listening Room Phoenix is centrally located in midtown Phoenix AZ and is open to audiences who appreciate great acoustic music. Some performances are pre-sale ticketed and some are at-door pricing. Your purchase will go a very long way in keeping each artist on their path to success and keeping The Listening Room a healthy destination for great music in Phoenix. Audiences are participating in a live video recording of the performance. Your entrance to The Listening Room Phoenix is consent to be photographed and filmed.
The Listening Room Phoenix shares its home with Mazvo Auto Car Care Center on 7th Street south of the traffic light at E. Highland Rd., tucked away from the street at 4614 N 7th Street, Phoenix 85014. Additional parking is available on E. Meadowbrook Road, only steps from The Listening Room Phoenix.