MVBS presents Studebaker John on Sunday Sept. 16 as part of East West Riverfest PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 August 2012 07:07

2012 MVBS Fun Run Wraps Up East West Riverfest by Presenting Studebaker John and the Hawks—Sunday, September 16

As part of the East West Riverfest, the Mississippi Valley presents Studebaker John and the Hawks on Sunday, September 16, at 5:30 at Martinis on the Rock (34th Street and Blackhawk Road, Rock Island).  Studebaker John played on the Bandshell stage at the 2011 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival , and now comes the opportunity to see him and his band, the Hawks, at Martini's on the Rock  September 16.   Admission is $5 for members of the Mississippi Valley Blues Society or $8 for non-members (membership applications will be available at the door), or FREE for all participants in the September 16 Bikes and Blues Fun Run.

September 16 is the last chance to participate in the 2012 Bikes and Blues Fun Run presented by the Mississippi Valley Blues Society. The Fun Run will start at Ducky's Lagoon (Andalusia, IL) and wrap up at Martini's on the Rock (Rock Island, IL) with stops at Buelahs (New Boston, IL), The Pub (Oquawka, IL), and Beer Belly's (Aledo, IL) in between.  Cost is $5 per rider entry and will include admission to see Studebaker John and the Hawks at Martinis.   All entrants will get a chance to win $100 with winning poker hand and door prizes.   Entry to Fun Run starts with check-in between 10:30 am - noon (last bike out at noon) at Ducky's Lagoon in Andalusia, IL.  Last bike must be in at 5:00 p.m. at Martini's on the Rock in Rock Island, IL to be eligible for card drawings and door prizes.  All vehicles welcome!

Studebaker John Grimaldi was born in an Italian-American section of Chicago and started playing harmonica at age 7. Under the spell of music he heard on Maxwell Street, Chicago’s famed blues melting pot, Grimaldi began performing as Studebaker John and the Hawks in the ‘70s.

John began playing guitar after a life-changing experience of seeing Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers perform. “Hound Dog started playing, hitting notes that sent chills up and down my spine. He was versatile and powerful and would play rhythm as well as leads. I left there knowing what I wanted to do. I had to play slide guitar.”

Although John has clearly absorbed the many blues influences his native Chicago has to offer, he is no imitator. With his fat, ringing guitar tone and full, snake-like harp runs, he has managed to forge his own distinct sound while remaining true to the spirit of the Chicago blues giants.

“A triple threat on slide guitar, harp and vocals, Studebaker John clearly has what it takes to get a barroom jumping. This is hard-partying, tough, working-man’s blues,” Blues Revue Magazine.

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