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British Blues Explosion with John Mayall and Kim Simmonds

May 16, 2013
Maui Weekly

Affectionately known as the "Godfather of British Blues" and a living blues legend, John Mayall returns to the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, May 16, beginning at 7 p.m. with The Bluesbreakers and special guest Kim Simmonds, guitarist and co-founder of Savoy Brown.

Mayall, who has teamed in the past with rock and blues greats like Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jonny Lang, continues to tour with his talented powerhouse band--Texas guitarist Rocky Athas, Greg Rzab on bass and Jay Davenport on drums.

When John was introduced to Athas (a good friend of Stevie Ray Vaughan), he recalled how impressed he'd been with his playing. With the need for a rhythm section of dynamic strength, John then turned to bassist Rzab and fellow Chicagoan Davenport for percussion. As a four-piece, the band's concerts have escalated to new heights. The current Bluesbreakers have released two records, "Tough" (2009) and "Live in London" (2011).

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John Mayall returns to the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Thursday, May 16, beginning at 7 p.m.

At 80 years old this year, Mayall said he's never been happier with his band and long career.

One of the earliest British blues bands, Savoy Brown with Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 U.K. blues movement that brought the genre back to the U.S., invigorating the style forever.

In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock music of the 1970s with albums like "Raw Sienna" and "Street Corner Talking." In the late '70s, Simmonds moved the band to America and continued making the kind of records he wanted with a succession of musician lineups. Records as diverse as the bluesy "Let It Ride" and the hard-hitting "Rock 'n' Roll Warriors" have become his trademark.

Enjoy preshow dining from 5:30 p.m. in Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard catered by Fleetwood's on Front St.

Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 (plus applicable fees). Visit the MACC Box Office, call 242-SHOW (7469) or go online to MauiArts.org.

 
 

 

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