Dedicated to bringing the finest blues music to its audience, the Arcadia Blues Club is proud to present "A Great Night of Blues," featuring blues legend Guitar Shorty on February 25, 2017. The Bobby Bluehouse Band, a regular at the club, will be kicking the night off with classic boogie, Southern rock, and modern electric blues tunes. Its members have included musicians who have played with Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, and The Pointer Sisters.
Thought to be "Southern California's Best Place to be Friday and Saturday Nights" by many blues lovers, Arcadia Blues Club features local blues bands as well as national acts every Friday and Saturday. This time, it has the honor of having legendary guitarist and vocalist Guitar Shorty, a giant in the blues world with a distinguished on-stage style and explosive guitar work. He can often be seen doing backflips, somersaults, and even headstands on stage, and surprises his audience with unpredictable, off-the-wall guitar playing. Shorty's passion and talent for guitar-playing were already apparent when he was a child; he recalled, "I learned so fast I was always two or three pages ahead of my teacher." Growing up, he was inspired by the sounds of B.B. King, Guitar Slim, T-Bone Walker and John Lee Hooker. While he was still in his teens, his dreams came true - he had the opportunity to perform with Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, B.B. King, and Guitar Slim.
Shorty's guitar work was so inspired that Jimi Hendrix often referenced him as being one of his main influences, saying that Shorty was the first person he saw using a wah pedal. The late guitarist even confessed that he would go AWOL from his army base just to watch Shorty perform. Billboard Magazine has said of Shorty, "his galvanizing guitar work defines modern, top-of-the-line blues-rock. His vocals remain as forceful as ever. Righteous shuffles...blistering, sinuous guitar solos." Amazon likewise has raving reviews for him, saying that his guitar work "sounds like a caged tiger before feeding time. His molten guitar pours his psychedelicized solos like lava over anything in his path." Now at 82, Guitar Shorty is still touring more than 75% of the year in the US and around the world; later this year, he will be performing in Germany, Poland, Croatia, and Belgium.