February 18, 2012
Of course I love the blues! Thanks to my best friend from college he really awakened me to the blues with a comment he made about Muddy Waters. The first blues show I went to was James Cotton in a tiny little hole in the wall club in Boulder, CO for $3. And hardly anybody was there. But you could feel the vibe from the band he was with that these were true blues musicians. I've been listen to Those Low Down Blues probably from its inception from I believe a one hour show to now FIVE hours. I like to say I got my blues degree thanks to Bob Corritore and really felt I got my B.A. at an outdoor festival years ago when one group who played wasn't exactly what I'd call blues and Bob said to me that it wasn't all the pure blues I was used to at The Rhythm Room. I really felt like I was then a true blues fan. I'd have to say my favorites are Albert King, Muddy, Howlin' Wolf, Little Esther, and Johnny Adams. I think I lean more toward Chicago blues but I love it all.
I love to dance and a few years ago took Lindy Hop lessons but the teacher kept moving the venue further and further away so it was no longer convenient. And he was such a good teacher. And talk about a small world, turns out his brother and I went to massage school together back in 1989! We had a "reunion" one New Year's Eve a few years ago when my teacher had a party at a venue and taught a Swing class after which he was playing DJ and there at the booth was his brother. It was quite a surprise. I kind of lost my Lindy skills but still I love to get out on the dance floor and shake my thing!
The Rhythm Room is practically my home away from home!
One night a few years ago I believe The Rhythm Room Allstars were playing and out of nowhere in walks Kim Wilson! He just walked up on stage and played with the band for a few songs. What an honor! A friend of mine who also lives at The Rhythm Room told me that once when he came to hear Leon Russell that George Thorogood was in the audience. Bob brings in THE best talent and the giants of blues and to see them in such a small venue is such a privilege. I bet the artists love it too because those are the kinds of places they're used to playing. Blues isn't about large arenas like rock is; it's about small intimate clubs like The Rhythm Room. I thank Bob for having such a place and for being a major driving force behind the blues scene in Phoenix.
Why didn't I know about this group before? I'm a huge blues fan and have known Bob Corritore for over 25 years and LOVE The Rhythm Room. I'm a Licensed Massage Therapist and a Health Coach. And I love to dance. I have four kids who all have four legs
Love the idea of this meetup group. But it's hard to meet others that you're not sitting right next to or other than those you met at the door. Glad there's a meetup like this.