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Cadillac Zack’s 6 Year Anniversary Blowout in So Cal

August 15, 2013

This Sunday and Monday, August 18-19, 2013 is “an extremely special week! This marks the 6-year anniversary of our world-famous, weekly blues concerts!” says host, Cadillac Zack. “Come party with us like never before as we throw more blues fuel on the fire than ever before!"

Sunday’s party will be at Malarkey’s Grill & Irish Bar (168 No. Marina, Long Beach), at 4pm. Monday’s party will be at Maui Sugar Mill Saloon (18389 Ventura Blvd. Tarzana) at 8pm. There’s a $10-$20 suggested donation per person, plus 2 drink minimum at both venues. 

This “huge, 6-year anniversary party is going to totally blow your mind,” Zack exclaims. The two-day celebration stars “a massive cavalcade of blues brilliance featuring unbelievable blues legends and wild performers including: James Harman, Cafe R&B, Jimmy Vivino, Nathan James and tons of surprise guests.”

Zack continues, “Friends, get ready to party like never before! In the last six years our anniversary parties have been absolutely epic! Last year, even blues-rock God, Joe Bonamassa made a surprise appearance and blew everyone away for 40 minutes! We've also had visits from John Mayall, Roy Gaines, Guitar Shorty, Kenny Neal, Kim Wilson, Albert Lee and scores of other legendary blues greats.  This year we are planning a major doozie never to be outdone!

Please join our huge musical family (of which you are an adored and celebrated member) this Sunday and Monday (Aug 18-19) in Long Beach and Tarzana! We promise you will have the best time of your life.
Can't wait to hang with you! Your blues pal forever, Cadillac Zack” Facebook Page

Cafe R&B * Monday in Tarzana!
Okay, we racked our brains to think of who the most exciting act we could possibly find to celebrate our massive 6-year anniversary was. We also wanted it to be someone really special who we've never had the opportunity to host before. It came to us immediately. Cafe R&B! This act puts on one of the most exciting stage shows ever. With a hot, sexy, energetic, soulful front-woman named Roach singing like "Tina Turner meets Junior Wells" and a tight kick ass band including searing guitarist Bill Carruthers, funky bassist Bobby Pickett, pounding keyboardist Chris Rhyne and pulsating drummer Don Swanson, this is going to be a spectacle to behold! Come celebrate with us this Monday, Aug 19 in Tarzana!

James Harman * Sunday in Long Beach!
Legendary Southern California-based blues deity, James Harman is one of the true beloved characters who has enjoyed rock star status for over 30 years.   These days his performances in Long Beach have become impossibly rare and must be celebrated at any chance!  Whether he's touring the world and headlining major festivals (on his massively busy schedule) or in the studio recording on one of ZZ Top's hit records, Harman has always been known as an exciting, enigmatic figure to behold.   His harp playing and singing are celebrated by everyone in the know.  We are wildly overjoyed that he accepted our invitation to bring his electric band, which includes brilliant guitarist, Nathan James, for a 60 min set @ Malarkey's in Long Beach this Sunday, Aug 18.  This is gonna be a doozie!

Jimmy Vivino & Friends * Monday in Tarzana!
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Jimmy Vivino has enjoyed a very high-visibility gig for the last two decades as lead guitarist for Late Night with Conan O'Brien and now bandleader for Conan on TBS.   Always a huge favorite of the fans, Vivino will be hosting the opening one-hour 8 pm slot on Monday, Aug 19 in Tarzana and putting on a massive all-star jam with some of the most amazing heavyweights in contemporary blues today: including Kirk Fletcher, Josh Smith and other surprise guests we can't mention!  Arrive by 7 pm for the best seats. Amazing!

Nathan James * Sunday in Long Beach!

Never one to follow convention, blues guitarist Nathan James has created a musical identity with his homemade instruments and idiosyncratic self-taught stylings. On this upcoming Monday night he is bringing his exciting trio, Nathan James & The Rhythm Scratchers and you are sure to be moved and impressed with the unique energy and soul that these guys possess.

When Nathan is on stage you are very, very good hands! Artists like James Harman, Kim Wilson, Pinetop Perkins, Billy Boy Arnold, Johnny Dyer, Janiva Magness, Rick Holmstrom, Mark Hummel and Gary Primich love Nathan!

Nathan will perform on Sunday, August 18 @ 5:30 pm @ Malarkey's in Long Beach, then he will also back the legendary James Harman for an hour set the same day!!!!

Kirk Fletcher * Monday in Tarzana!
What can we even say that hasn't been said before?  This is one of the world's greatest blues guitarists of all time.... period!  But we know you already know that too!   We are going to challenge Kirk reach new impossible height son this very special evening when he gets on stage with Jimmy Vivino, Josh Smith and others.

Josh Smith * Monday in Tarzana!
Slightly lesser-known, but equally phenomenal guitarist, Josh Smith, will completely blow you away with his precise and tasty chops.  Smith is one of the most astounding axemen on the contemporary blues scene.  Luckily he is off of his many world tours and accepted our invitation to throw down with Jimmy Vivino, Kirk Fletcher and many more this Monday in Tarzana!  Come check out this mind-blowing six-stringer with few equals.

Detailed Schedule:
SUNDAY, AUG. 18 - LONG BEACH

4 Pm @ Malarkey's Grill & Irish Bar, 168 N. Marina Dr., Long Beach, CA 90803
3 pm - RECOMMENDED SEATING
4 pm - TBA
5 pm - NATHAN JAMES & THE RHYTHM SCRATCHERS (1ST SET)
6:30 pm - JAMES HARMAN BAND (2ND SET)
They serve great food and drink at Malarkey's so come hungry and thirsty!

MONDAY, AUG. 19 - IN TARZANA
8 pm @ The Maui Sugar Mill Saloon, 18389 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, Ca 91356
7 pm - Recommended Seating!
8 pm - Jimmy Vivino & Several Legendary Blues Guests, Including Kirk Fletcher, Josh Smith And Big Surprises!
9 pm - Cafe R&B Rocks The Joint!
10:30 pm - Huge Open Blues Jam Til 1:30 Am!
You are welcome to bring your dinner into the Sugar Mill from any of the many various restaurants in the shopping plaza.

WORLD-CLASS BLUES JAM BEGINS AFTER THE CONCERT SET - IN TARZANA ONLY
This now-famous weekly blues jam has become very popular amongst the top blues musicians all over the world.  Every Monday a legendary blues artists drops by to play or just hang out, including: Joe Bonamassa, John Mayall, Kim Wilson, Coco Montoya, Arthur Adams, Finis Tasby, Robert "Bilbo" Walker, Barbara Morrison, Phil Upchurch, Deacon Jones, James Harman, Larry Taylor, Al Blake & Fred Kaplan, Roy Gaines, Albert Lee and many others!  If you are a great blues musician PLEASE come jam with us!

BRING YOUR WHOLE BAND! If you would like to bring your full band to do a 15-minute showcase we'd love that, but please e-mail us first so that we can schedule you and give you the details.  We have a limited amount of these slots.

Sign up begins an hour before each concert. Please note: Due to the popularity of this weekly event, musicians are only guaranteed to play if they sign up early.   Wait times vary from 1/2 hour up to 3 hours, depending on how early you sign up.  This past week, for example, we had 40 jammers.

*IMPORTANT NOTE TO NEW JAMMERS: If you have never been to this jam before, please email us a link to a video of you ahead of time, so we know who to pair you with when we call you up to jam.
CadillacZack@socalblues.org