Doors open at 7:00 pm Shows start at 8:00pm – end at 10:30pm All Ages
Hong Kong Inn, 435 E. Thompson Ave, Ventura, CA
This well loved Santa Barbara duo exchanges licks on the guitar and harmonica, weaving a selection of mostly original blues and rags numbers that romp, rollick and tickle.
Drawing upon traditional songs, ragtime favorites and their own brand of latter-day bar blues numbers, Ball and Sultan–both of whom study and teach music as well as play it–showcase their remarkable skill as technical musicians. Sultan skips merrily and fluidly from finger-picking to slide to blues chords and around again. And Ball, with his throaty vocals and fine solo guitar ventures, plays the harmonica with healthy measures of soul, fury and flair.Whether their tone traverses to bouncy rag or slow, steady blues, Ball and Sultan remain energized and playful.
Superb Entertainment for everyone.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3rd $12
Whitey Johnson is a blues singer/songwriter/guitarist from Texas, now living in Tennessee and performing worldwide. There are various stories about Whitey’s past. He has made his living making music for well over thirty years, yet has remained relatively unknown, having only recently recorded his debut album. But one known fact is that under the psuedonym Gary Nicholson, his songs have been recorded by such blues greats as BB King, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Delbert McClinton, Gatemouth Brown, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Shemeka Copeland, John Mayall and many others. He also won a Grammy as producer of the Best Contemporary Blues Record 2001, Delbert McClinton”s “Nothing Personal”.
With one foot in the deep country music traditions of North Alabama and another in the telecaster twang of California roots and Americana, Grant Langston is an artist that defies the typical toe tag of modern music.
Born the textile town of Gadsden, AL Grant was raised singing and playing in the church. He spent his adolescence playing bass for the King James Version gospel quartet, and helped pay his way through Auburn University touring the dive bars of Alabama and Georgia with a rock band.
After a move to Los Angeles he began writing and playing the roots music that Nashville didn’t want – honky tonk and full of attitude. Five albums followed and countless tours of the US and Europe opening for Dale Watson, Band of Heathens, Wayne “The Train Hancock”, Ben Harper, and I See Hawks in LA. A multitude of placements in TV and Film, most notably HBO’s hit series True Blood.
“Channeling George Jones, Dean Martin, and Robbie Fulks, Grant Langston is making the country music that honky tonk people tell you isn’t being made anymore. Sheer Genius.” — No Depression
“Packed to the gunwales with booze, broken dreams, and busted marriages.” –R2 magazine
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17th $12
FRIDAY, AUGUST 24th $12
Friday. September 7th $12
Friday, September 14th $15
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Hong Kong Inn,
435 E. Thompson, Ventura, CA