Friday 08.05.2020 / Saturday 09.05.2020
10 Jahre Groove Now – Stars & Friends - Best Band In The Land & CD of the Year Candidate
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (USA)
Band of the Year 2018
There might not be a band that has won more blues awards than Rick and his Nightcats. This band is better than most of the rest. Kid Andersen is maybe the best blues guitar player on the planet. American 'Blues Magazine' desribes them as 'best band on the land' and the new CD as 'Album of the Year' candidate."Superior songwriting infused with wit, humor, and streetwise insights, a variety of grooves traditional and adventurous, impeccable musicianship, creative arrangements, harmonica tutorials, and savy production."read more
The lyrics of Rick stand out and can be compared with top-notch literature. Rick’s talent as showman with his vocals and especially his worldclass harmonica playing are just amazing. The new drummer reminds of the great Steve Jordan. And last but not least, Lorenzo Farrell is the quiet but steady but outstanding worker on bass and keyboards.
Once upon a time in the Eighties, «Little Charlie & The Nightcats» were among the most successful Californian exponents of classic electrified Urban Blues. Ever since 1987, no less than 13 albums on legendary Alligator Records document the Nightcats’ ultra-solid work. But when, in 2008, their flamboyant singer, harmonica player and songwriter extraordinaire Rick Estrin formally became the group’s leader, the combo took off for good. Not least thanks to Norwegian-born Chris «Kid»Andersen, rightfully acclaimed as one of the world’s best blues guitarists and repeatedly nominated as such for several Blues Music Awards, with The Nightcats equally honored as Band of the Year.
Rick Estrin himself, born in San Francisco in 1949, has garnered nominations as «Entertainer of the Year» at the very same Awards, and with very good reason: besides his original songwriting and his musical qualities, he continues to thrill audiences all over the world as a witty and thrilling stage personality, with his unmistakeable coiffure, his sharp dresses and his trademark moustache.
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats are coming back for the fourth time. And no wonder, their latest studio album «Groovin‘ at Greaseland» has reached the number one position in the American Roots and Blues Charts. Later in 2019, the band will release a new recording that also includes the new drummer Derek „D’Mar“ Martin. Derek reminds a lot of the great Steve Jordan. There is no better blues or live band around and therefore Rick & The Nightcats cannot miss when celebrating the 10th anniversary of Groove Now.
Not to be missed by any means.
Rick Estrin – vocals, harp
Chris ‚Kid’ Andersen - guitar
Lorenzo Farrell – bass
Derek „D’Mar“ Martin - drums
Friday/Saturday, May 8 & 9, 2020
Atlantis, Klosterberg 13, Basel
Showtime: 20.30 h
Doors: Friday: 20 h / Saturday: 19.30 h
Tickets: Friday: CHF 69
No seating guarantee!