Cottonwood News – The Old Town Arts Center is pleased to announce the Blues Dawg Reunion Concert on Friday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Old Town Arts Center in Cottonwood. This concert is sponsored by Best Western Cottonwood Inn and Lee Worthen, and kicks off Saturday’s separate Bob Dylan concert at the OTCA.
Former Sedona/Verde Valley musician and concert producer Joe Neri, who now lives in Silver City, New Mexico, returns to the Old Town Center for the Arts for a special reunion concert by his blues rock band, Blues Dawg .
Neri founded Blues Dawg in Los Angeles in 1998 with guitarist Larry Hill and drummer Alan Albert, quickly establishing them as one of Southern California’s popular and authentic blues bands. The band has performed at many Southern California music venues including BB King’s Blues Club, Roxy Theatre, Baked Potato and many more. Blues Dawg has also opened for several national touring bands, as well as recording two studio albums and three live albums, featuring both covers and original blues songs.
blues review The magazine called Blues Dawg “a powerful quartet fronted by vocalist/guitarist Joe Neri” and “lead guitarist Larry Hill spins in super funk-blues”.
Shortly after moving to the Verde Valley in 2005, Neri reformed Blues Dawg with bassist Hutch Hutchinson to continue the Blues Dawg tradition. In addition to performing throughout northern Arizona, as well as a few gigs at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Neri and Blues Dawg hosted a hugely popular monthly blues jam in the Verde Valley for over 10 years, and he was a co-founder of the Old Town Blues Festival. During this time two live albums were recorded and Neri released a “Best of…” compilation album of his original blues songs.
Neri moved to Silver City, New Mexico in 2018, where Blues Dawg continues to thrive under her tireless leadership. Blues Dawg performs regularly in southwestern New Mexico, including at the Silver City Blues Festival. Neri also hosts a weekly blues show on local radio station KURU 89.1 FM in Silver City.
This special reunion concert at the Old Town Center for the Arts will feature Neri on vocals and guitar, Hill on guitar, Hutchinson on bass and Albert on drums. They will be joined by local vocalist and harmonica player JJ Corcoran.
Highlighting and complementing the show are two local and legendary guest musicians – Dan Bresnan, one of the finest guitarists in all of Arizona, master luthier and frontman of the internationally acclaimed Bresnan Blues band; and performer extraordinaire Suzie Schomaker, whose masterful voice and talented guitar work make her a highly sought-after member of several local bands.
All in all, it’s going to be a great night for the blues and for all you blues fans, a night of pure, unadulterated, toe-tapping music. According to Neri, “We’re going to blow the roof off OTCA!”
The Blues Dawgs Reunion Concert will be Friday, May 20 at 7:00 p.m. and the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration Concert will be on Saturday, May 21 at 7:00 p.m. Both concerts are sponsored by the Best Western Cottonwood Inn and Lee Worthen.
Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th Street & Main in Old Town Cottonwood. The tickets for the Concert Blues Dawg Friday Reunion are, $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and $25 for priority seats in the first three rows. Tickets for The Bob Dylan Birthday Celebration Concert Saturday, May 21 are $25 in advance, $28 at the door, and $30 for priority seating in the first three rows. A special combo package is available for both concerts, $35 advance general seating and $45 priority general seating. Tickets for both events are available online at www.showtix4u.com or in Cottonwood at Mount Hope Foods and Mysterium and in Sedona you can find tickets at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. For ticket prices and more information on these and other upcoming events, visit www.oldtowncenter.orgor call Elena Bullard at 928 634 0940.