The Manzarek – Rogers Band, Mon. January 7, 2013
The Manzarek – Rogers Band
Featuring Ray Manzarek keyboardist for “The Doors” and slide guitarist Roy Rogers
Monday, January 7, 2013
At the Rio Theatre
“… true masters of their craft…” – No Depression magazine
Over the last five years, Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers have been receiving nonstop accolades for their dynamic style of roadhouse blues. Manzarek, keyboardist for the 60’s psychedelic rock band The Doors and Rogers, Delta Rhythm Kings slide-guitarist have forged together a sound, seasoned by decades of performing, that reflects their life-long musical influences. Drawing deep from the well of American roots music, their 2011 recording, Translucent Blues, has been hailed for its inspired creativity. Their latest album, Twisted Tales, represents yet another inventive step forward in their evolving sound. At first, what may have seemed like an unusual pairing of talent has proven to be a wonderful collaboration by two distinctive artists with long track records of making great music. An ace rhythm section of bassist Steve Evans (Elvin Bishop) and drummer Kevin Hayes (Robert Cray Band) keeps the band cooking at high temperature.
Manzarek’s signature keyboard sound, in the late ’60s, was a major part of the Doors music. Instantly identifiable, It set him apart from the other popular organists of the time. The Doors mixed together rowdy, raunchy blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and Kurt Weill cabaret songs, with open-ended improvisations. Manzarek’s penchant for blues and jazz, as well as his early classical piano training, made him the perfect foil for Morrison’s moody poetry. A native of Chicago, Manzarek had immersed himself in his hometown’s blues heritage as a budding musician. Eventually, he headed off to Southern California to study film at UCLA, where he met fellow film student Jim Morrison. The two shared an interest in music and started the Doors with drummer John Densmore and guitarist Robby Krieger. The Doors rose to prominence as part of the emerging ‘psychedelic,’ or ‘acid-rock,’ movement. The group was controversial, in part, due to Morrison’s alcohol-fueled stage antics. Morrison’s death, at age 27, ended the band’s meteoric rise, and Manzarek went on to perform in an eclectic range of projects with jazz drummer Tony Williams, Echo & The Bunnymen, poet Michael McClure, composer Phillip Glass, and Nite City, as well as with his ex-Doors bandmates.
California-born Roy Rogers grew up in Redding and started playing guitar at twelve years of age. At thirteen, he was playing in his first rock and roll band, but playing the blues was where Rogers felt most ‘at home.’ In 1980, Rogers formed The Delta Rhythm Kings, and immediately began to attract attention for his excellent slide guitar prowess. During the ’80s, he performed several years with blues icon John Lee Hooker, and recorded several classic albums with him. Throughout the ’90s, Rogers was best-known for his long-time musical partnership with harmonica-master Norton Buffalo, which lasted until Norton’s passing in 2009. Rogers has received eight Grammy nominations as a perfomer and producer for recordings by John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He also performed on the Grammy nominated soundtrack for The Hot Spot with Miles Davis and Taj Mahal. As his former boss, John Lee Hooker, says, “I just can’t say enough good things about Roy. He plays so good. Some of the best slide I’ve heard, best blues I’ve heard. He gets real deep and funky….” Whether performing electric or acoustic, Rogers’ mastery of the slide-guitar is awe-inspiring. And with the Manzarek – Rogers Band, he is proving that the blues is alive and well for the twenty-first century.
The Manzarek – Rogers Band
DATE: Monday, January 7, 2013
LOCATION: Rio Theatre
ADDRESS: 1205 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
TIME: 7:30 PM
TICKETS: $35/Gold Circle $25/General Admission
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227
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