On January 28, 2017, the San Luis Obispo Blues Society will present Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers at the SLO Vets Hall (801 Grand Avenue). Opening the show at 8:00 p.m. is the Cliffnotes. Tickets are $20 for Blues Society members and $25 for the general public. Tickets are sold at the door, and may also be purchased at Boo Boo Records and Cheap Thrills in San Luis Obispo. The event is 21 and over.
Support the Blues Society – Volunteer
The Blues Society runs on volunteers to produce and staff its concerts. At the shows, volunteers set up, sell tickets and drinks, or clean up after the show. Volunteers get free admission to the show and two drink tickets. If you have extra time and energy to contribute, leave your name and phone number on their volunteer line: (805) 541-7930. Someone will contact you.
Born in the 1940s, Piazza’s infatuation with blues began at a time when many of his mentors (George “Harmonica” Smith, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Little Walter) were still in their prime years. By the 1970s, he had already released five albums and was one of the leading players on the West Coast Blues scene. In the early ’70s, he joined forces with Otis Spann disciple Honey Alexander (now his wife) on piano, and when they formed the Mighty Flyers his career really hit its stride. Rod and the Mighty Flyers have won just about every award that can be bestowed upon a blues band, played literally thousands of gigs around the world, recorded over a dozen highly acclaimed releases, and virtually created a new style of blues – a combination of low-down Chicago grit, suave West Coast swing, and the rhythmic drive of the best early R&B and rock & roll.
Besides Rod and Honey, the Mighty Flyers includes Henry Carvajal on guitar and David Kida on drums. Their most recent CD is Almighty Dollar (Delta Groove, 2011), which continues the Mighty Flyers’ tradition of playing jump blues styles from the 1940s & 50s, with songs like Jesse Belvin’s “Baby Don’t Go” and Little Walter’s “Confessin’ the Blues.”