Fri, April 03

Get the Summertime Blues at OTCA

Joe Neri (center) leads Blues Dawg in the season's final concert at Old Town Center for the Arts.

Joe Neri (center) leads Blues Dawg in the season's final concert at Old Town Center for the Arts.

Hot time, summer in the city! Top off the music season at Old Town Center for the Arts with an evening of "Summertime Blues." Joe Neri and Blues Dawg play Friday, June 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Cottonwood.

Neri, front man for one of the hottest blues combos in Northern Arizona, has produced and performed in the Holiday Blues Revue for the past two years and the Bob Dylan Birthday party & Concert for the past five years.

"This year," claims Neri, "we need to get our hot Arizona summer off to a hot, rockin' start with an evening of good old fashioned blues."

Blues Dawg consists of Neri on guitar and vocals, Hutch Hutchinson on bass and Ed Tortorello on drums. Joining the band for "Summertime Blues" will be Keys Marsh on keyboard and J.J. Corcoran on harmonica and vocals. Special guest Don Whitcher, who headlined his own show at OTCA on June 5, will sit in with Blues Dawg to add his lap steel and slide 'Telecaster' work to the mix.

Blues Dawg is a contemporary electric blues band steeped in the traditions of American blues and roots music. Its repertoire consists of both originals and covers, greatly influenced by the great blues masters of Chicago, Memphis, Texas and California.

Founded by Neri in the mid-'90s in Los Angeles, the Blues Dawg played all of the Southern California venues and recorded two studio and three live albums. After moving to Sedona in early 2005, Neri re-formed the band, keeping the same basic sound of covers and original blues.

Don't miss this great evening of rockin' blues by some of the very best talent in all of the Verde Valley.

This will be the last event of the season for Old Town Center for the Arts. OTCA will open its third season in September. Stay tuned for upcoming concerts and events by visiting Old Town Center for the Arts is located at Fifth Street and Main in Old Town Cottonwood. Tickets for Summertime Blues are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, and $10 for Seniors. Tickets are available online at Tickets are also available in Cottonwood at: La Bella Café (right next to OTCA), Jerona Java Café, Desert Dancer; and in Sedona at: The Well Red Coyote, Crystal Magic, and Golden Word Bookstore.

For further information, contact Elena Bullard at (928) 634-0940.

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