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Rick Estrin & The Nightcats
Appearing Live at Moes Alley
Sunday, July 19th
Afternoon Blues Series
4:00 PM, Doors Open 3:00 PM, $15 advance, $20 day of show,

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Moe's Alley welcomes back blues harp legend RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS for a special afternoon blues performance.  Doors open at 3pm and the show starts at 4pm.

Every night that award-winning harmonica player, singer and songwriter Rick Estrin and his cohorts The Nightcats perform live -- wherever in the world that may be -- a crowd of dancing, shouting, laughing and cheering people will be enjoying some of the best live music they've ever heard. On one of these nights -- October 5, 2013 at San Francisco's Biscuits & Blues -- the proceedings were captured live. The result is Rick Estrin & The Nightcats' irresistible new release, YOU ASKED FOR IT...LIVE!. The band was, as they always are, on fire. The hometown sell-out crowd was ready to explode, and the front man was celebrating his birthday. According to Estrin, "Cutting loose and stretching out in an intimate, nightclub type setting is the natural environment for the Nightcats to kick maximum ass. The fact that it was my birthday, in the town where I was born and raised, only added more fuel
to the fire."

YOU ASKED FOR IT...LIVE! has the immediacy, feel and fun of a true Rick Estrin & The Nightcats performance. "No matter how much fun we have and how relaxed we can be in the studio, there's still nothing like being in front of, and interacting with, our live audience," Estrin says. The album features some of Rick Estrin's best loved and most requested songs, dating back to his days as lead singer, songwriter and harmonica player of Little Charlie & The Nightcats, (featuring Little Charlie Baty on guitar). The album is an up-to-the-minute and totally accessible slice of original wry and witty blues with a simmering, funky rock edge fueled by Andersen's blazing genre-hopping guitar and Farrell's and Hansen's dazzling keyboard and rhythm work. One listen makes it clear that this is a group comprised of four world-class musicians, who together form one of the tightest and most original bands
in any genre.

Rick Estrin, who holds the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist-Harmonica, is, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, "an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter." He ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward with his unforgettable original songs. And his hipster, street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home. Blues Revue says, "Estrin has created some of the finest blues songs of any artist on the planet. His carefully wrought lyrics penetrate human weakness with the precision of a boxer, though more often than not, he chooses to leave you laughing after the blow's been struck."

For more than 30 years and nine albums, Estrin fronted one of Alligator's most popular acts, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, featuring Little Charlie Baty's one-of-a-kind guitar acrobatics. The band won international acclaim and toured the world repeatedly. They were nominated four times for the prestigious Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year. With Charlie's retirement in 2008, Rick rededicated himself to his craft. Hansen and Farrell wanted to keep the band going. Estrin knew the only way to replace Baty's crazed and unique guitar style was to find someone with an equally insane and individual approach, and he knew that would be a tall order to fill.

As luck would have it, Kid Andersen, who had been working with another harp legend, Charlie Musselwhite, became available. "Kid's a fearless nut on the guitar," says Estrin. "He's really the only guy who could fit in with us." With an unpredictable, no-holds-barred style that perfectly meshed with Estrin's wildly imaginative original songs, the new band charged out of the gate with TWISTED in 2009 and ONE WRONG TURN in 2012. Blues Revue raved, "Rick Estrin & The Nightcats are one of modern blues' most versatile and original bands."

As a testament to their talent, audiences at their performances are often peppered with musicians wanting to glean a lick from these dynamic musical masters. Fans ask to go home with a CD that reflects what they just witnessed. Now, with YOU ASKED FOR IT...LIVE!, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats can satisfy their fans' demands. Estrin recalls, "After shows, people are always asking, 'Are any of these CDs live? Which of your CDs is most like what you did tonight?' Now, I can tell them, 'This one right here. Thank you. We'll be happy to sign it.'"

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