Miners Foundry presents guitar hero Johnny Winter in concert on May 17

The Miners Foundry is excited to present Guitar Legend Johnny Winter, who will make his first ever Nevada County appearance on Thursday, May 17, 2012, in a Dance Concert at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. His local appearance is one of only five shows on the West Coast before embarking on tours of Japan and Europe.

Best known for his late 1960s and 1970s high-energy blues-rock albums and live performances, Winter has also produced three Grammy Award winning albums for blues legend Muddy Waters. Since his time with Waters, Johnny Winter has recorded several Grammy-nominated blues albums and continues to tour extensively. In 1988, he was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and in 2003, he was ranked 74th in Rolling Stones magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

Johnny Winter is a guitar hero without equal. When Johnny Winter signed to Columbia Records in 1969, it was called the largest solo artist deal of its time. Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues, a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock (a la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.) Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

Today Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments such as a triumphant appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival with Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy and Clapton that has been immortalized on the Emmy award winning DVD. Always one for special appearances he recently performed with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan on the 40th anniversary of their debut.

In addition Winter has been headlining such prestigious events as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, Swedish Rock Fest, Warren Haynes X-mas jam and Europe’s Rockpalast viewed by millions just to name a few. Warner Bros. has now released a 40th anniversary DVD of Woodstock: 3 Days of Love and Peace the Director’s cut featuring, for the first time, Johnny playing his smoking classic “Meantown Blues.”

Grease Grit and Grime will be opening the show for Johnny Winter. Grease, Grit & Grime – Seth Miner, Mark “Booms” McCartney, Scott “Philharmonica” Hickman, Chad Conner Crow and Shelby Snow – have quickly become one of the busiest bands in Northern California. The group started as a three-piece drawing inspiration from Mississippi Delta greats, such as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Albert King and Ray Charles. Their sound grew naturally and expanded their dynamic to accompany blues styles similar to Cream, Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac.

Come to the Miners Foundry on Thursday, May 17, 2012, for a blues dance concert! Doors open at 7 p.m. and the opener, Grease Grit and Grime, go on at 8 p.m. Reserved seating will be in the first 11 rows in front of the stage in the Osborn/Woods Hall, and those seats are $40. General admission is $30 and will give Tickets are available at the Nevada City Box Office located in the Miners Foundry Annex (by phone or online) and at Briarpatch in Grass Valley. For more information, visit www.minersfoundry.org or call the Miners Foundry at 530 265 5040.

Who: Miners Foundry Presents
What: Johnny Winter in Concert
When: Thursday, May 17, 2012.
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street in Nevada City
Tickets: $40 Reserved (First 11 rows in front of the stage)
$30 General (dancing room only behind reserved)
Online (www.minersfoundry.org), in person or by phone (530) 265-5462 at the Nevada City Box Office, and at Briarpatch in Grass Valley.
Nevada City Box Office located in the Miners Foundry Annex at 325 Spring Street.

Contact Info: Miners Foundry (530) 265 -5040
Nevada City Box Office (530) 265 5462


Text and photo: Miners Foundry; video: JohnnyWinter.net