Rick Estrin and the Nightcats!

It’s always a great time when Rick Estrin and the Nightcats come to town. These talented international travelers will keep you rockin’ all night. There aren’t too many harp players around today who can honestly claim to have played with the legendary Muddy Waters and Rick is still going strong more than 40 years after Muddy paid him high compliments. You won’t want to miss this. Just remember, stay alert if you’re close to the stage or you might get high-kicked by the Kid.

Happy Birthday, Sonny Boy

March 30, 1914 – June 1, 1948  Williamson was born near Jackson, Tennessee in 1914.  He has been called “the father of modern blues harp”.  Sonny first recorded for Bluebird Records in 1937 and his first recording, “Good Morning, School Girl”, became a standard. He was hugely popular among black audiences throughout the southern United States as well as in the midwestern industrial cities such as Detroit and his home base in Chicago, and his name was synonymous with the blues harmonica for the next decade.

Beso Negro is here!

Gypsy, jazz, blues. This band transports you to another place and time, reminiscent of the soul of an international traveler who blends the sounds and experience of different lands into something unique, yet familiar. You think maybe you’ve been there before, but it’s not quite the same.

Con Brio cruises in from San Francisco

Just back from a tour of the Pacific Northwest, Con Brio brings their show to the ever-fabulous and edgy Torch Club. This hot band blends old-school grit with new-school sophistication for a sound that’s wholly their own. At just three years young, they keep things fresh by making each show different, but always featuring strong vocals, well-developed lyrics and a rich, full sound that is well beyond the basics. Find out more and experience the experience for yourself tonight.

Island of Black and White is back and right!

Looking for an especially eclectic mix of music to get you moving on a Tuesday? Come out to hear the return of Island of Black and White for what is certain to do the trick. Come a little early to get out of the rain and loosen up before the show. And don’t forget to tip your bartenders!

Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame

Making the trip from Modesto this evening is the Chicago Blues-based band Big Earl and the Cryin’ Shame. Although that’s their foundation, the players bring various styles to the table from jazz to rockabilly, funk, R&B, Motown, even bluegrass and rap. Their first CD was released in October, although they’ve been filling dance floors long before that. This will be a great way to close out your weekend and forget for a few hours that tomorrow is Monday.

It’s Shane Dwight on a Saturday night.

Ladies (and you gents, too), put some heat in your weekend with crowd favorite Shane Dwight. Just don’t be surprised when the room temperature goes up about 20 degrees shortly after 9:00. If you’ve been to the Torch Club for his shows before, you know what I’m talkin’ ’bout.

It’s Kevin Russell for your Friday night.

Kevin Russell makes a return appearance tonight for your listening pleasure. He’ll share some blues, some classic rock, maybe even some stories. He sure has some good ones. Ask him about the “No Product Tour” he did with Clarence Clemons back in the day,  when the Big Man had some time on his hands. And don’t forget to tip your bartenders.

Another Nite with Harley White!

Harley White Jr, that is. Get your bottoms out the door, downbeat is at 9:00! Guitar virtuoso Aaron King will be playing along with Harley and band for an unbeatable combination. What are you waiting for? Put those dancing shoes on and go! Now!

The Kerri Carr Band is back!

Tonight at the Torch Club, the Kerri Carr Band takes over the room. This year-old band features the former lead singer of Rowdy Kate and is packed with lots of talented singers  and songwriters. They have already developed quite a following and you should be among them. If you don’t know that yet, you need to come in and find out!