While more than a few steps from Beale Street in Memphis, Cliff Castle Casino’s Dragonfly Lounge still has the blues – Arizona style.
The Dragonfly Lounge offers a month-long blues series, "Arizona Blues Hall of Fame Night," every Sunday in February from 7-11 p.m.
Hosted by long-time local musician Danny Rhodes, this free celebration of class blues features Arizona Blues Hall of Fame inductees Big Pete Pearson (Feb. 11), Hans Olson & Bob Blasi (Feb. 18) and Tommy Dukes (Feb. 25).
"These acts highlight the best Arizona has to offer the local blues fan," said Sam Pettijohn, special events coordinator. "You don’t have to be from Memphis to know the blues."
Pete Pearson – Feb. 11: Big Pete Pearson received the distinction of Soundboard Magazine’s Best Vocalist in 1984, and his band was named Best of Phoenix in 1993 by New Times.
Hans Olson and Bob Blasi – Feb. 18: A veteran performer with over 30 years in the music business, Hans Olson is known as one of the best "harp-in-a-rack" players in the world. He tours the world with his very unique and powerful solo act, featuring an amplified acoustic guitar and harmonica.
Bob Blasi picked up his first set of drumsticks in elementary school and hasn’t stopped playing since. His awards include the St. Louis Blues Society Amateur Talent contest and the Phoenix Blues Society Amateur Talent contest.
Tommy Dukes – Feb. 25: As Northern Arizona’s authentic blues man, Tommy Dukes is famous for his lively and humorous interaction with his audience. He grew up making his living from a young age by playing music, first bass guitar and later, lead guitar and singing.