Friday 22.02.2019 / Saturday 23.02.2019
World Premiere: The Blues Star with his New Big Band Project

Mike Zito and his Big Blues Band feat. The B.B. King Horns (USA)

Blues Music Award Winner 2018

Groove Now fans are familiar with rockin’ Texas blues star, Mike Zito. Since 2010, he has been a regular guest of Groove Now with his bands, and his concerts always sell out very quickly. His last CD, “First Class Hero”, is a triumph. Blues, rockin’ blues, soul, and funk at its very best. 

For this occasion, we have come up with something very special: A Mike Zito Big Band with a second guitarist, keyboard, and horns.

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Mike has this idea already in his head. Together we have finalized the idea. The project will be world premiere.

Mike will present a pure blues show with a veritable big band, including  great sidemen and a sensational brass section, formerly the winds for  B.B. King! For 12 years, Eric Demmer was the saxophonist for B.B., and prior to that, for Clarence Goutemouth Brown. Similarly, trumpeter James Boulet also played for many years in the band of B.B. King. The second  guitarist coming to Basel in this all-star line-up will be the legendary Tom Holland, former guitarist of the late harmonica legend James Cotton. With Mike’s original rhythm section and Freddie King’s former keyboardist Lewis Stephens joining the band, it can hardly get better than that.

For ten years, Mike Zito has regularly been playing for Groove Now, which is why he feels so connected both to Basel and to our organization. At the same time, he may be the most inventive and musically mature representative of the whole Blues-Rock genre – garnering several of the most important awards in the world of blues and American roots music, playing with today’s most important blues musicians.

In January of 2017, Mike was part of Groove Now’s extraordinary line-up, The Blues Giants, created especially for our two triumphant sold-out concerts.

Mike Zito is not just a highly gifted singer, songwriter, and guitarist – he has proven himself to be a most convincing band leader and entertainer.

Mike Zito - Guitar /Vocals
Lewis Stephens - Organ/Piano
Terry Dry - Bass Guitar
Matthew Johnson - Drums
Tom Holland - Guitar
Eric Demmer - Saxophone
James Boulet - Trumpet

Concert details:
Friday/Saturday, February 22 & 23, 2019
Atlantis, Klosterberg 13, Basel
Showtime: 20.30 h
Doors: Friday: 20 h / Saturday: 19.30 h
Tickets: Friday: CHF 49 (Special price thanks to Basellandschaftliche Kantonalbank) / Saturday: CHF 59

No seating guarantee!

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