TEXAS HARMONICA FESTIVAL AND CLINIC BLOWING SOME COOL SOUNDS INTO HOUSTON ON A HOT SUMMER NIGHT AUGUST 4TH AT DAN ELECTRO’S GUITAR BAR
Make sure you bring at least a C diatonic harmonica comparable to a Hohner Special 20
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Please regsiter now at www.texasharmonicafest.eventbrite.com or follow the link at www.houstonharmonicalessons.com To reach me by phone regarding any questions or group pricing please feel free to call at 713.822.0437 or 713.869.7746 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also register at the door the day of the festival/workshops. What ever we can do to make this a special day for harmonica lovers, we want to know.
Now in its third year after two very successful Texas Harmonica Festival and Clinics, this year, it's just a little bit bigger with harp players from Austin, Port Arthur, Houston and Dallas representing a large chunk of Texas well. "I try to bring in artists and workshop instructors who I think I can learn something from and inspire me with their talent", says Terry. "Houston is a known guitar town. My goal with the Texas Harmonica Festival is to put the spotlight on the Houston harmonica scene and hopefully help other aspiring harmonica players up their game." "I also like networking with harmonica players across the country and beyond. The guys who I promote in this region, if they can, bring me to their cities to teach or perform".
The idea is to mix afternoon workshops and an evening concert is to bring one national known artist to Houston to headline (This year it's RJ Mischo), a special workshop instructor (This year it's Mike Rubin of youtube's Meat and Potatoes Harmonica), along with regionally and locally known performers. Christian Dozzler plays piano with the killer elite blues musicians of Dallas is also a stellar blues harmonica player/vocalist so he will pull double duty fattening up the Sonny Boy Terry Band's sound with classic blues piano.
"I have always loved RJ Mischo’s blues," says Sonny Boy Terry, "He learned straight from Muddy Waters' harmonica player Mojo Bruford while living in Minnesota. Anytime a young player learns from someone like Mojo he gets my respect because he is carrying on the tradition. RJ was meant to do what he does"
Blues fans will also love Paul Orta who hails from Port Arthur, where more great musicians are born per capita there than anywhere else in Texas it seems. He is known by many as the "Mexican Little Walter" who is a deep traditionalist with a sound that is distinctly east Texas. He worked with everybody in Austin during that town's blues hey day. "I've been following Paul for years, Sonny Boy says, "We are putting a great band behind him reintroducing him to Houston so he can really shine. I know he is going to put on a great show". This year’s festival as a very special day of authentic American blues and harmonica. Everybody is just a little more bluesier, Sonny Boy Terry’s band super tight and with Christian Dozzler on piano, the blues is going to swing. It’s going to be sublime!”
Sonny Boy Terry will kick the day off with short orientation and a beginner/intermediate workshop just to get everybody up to speed and prepared for a full day of harmonica heaven. After Terry’s introduction, Austin’s Mike Rubin will take over for his highly anticipated workshop “Meat and Potatoes Harmonica”. After that, the extremely seasoned RJ Mischo steps and guides participants on “How to Lead a Blues Band and Other Tricks of the Trade”.
An extra added attraction to this year’s workshops is Lone Wolf Harmonica Pedals owner Randy Landry out of New Orleans teaming up with Houston amp tech Stephen “Fess” Schneider to demonstrate how to use effects and amplification for harmonica. Steve is Houston’s best harmonica technician and a full line of effects, Lone Wolf Pedals for harmonica have taken the industry by storm. After that participants are invited to join the Sonny Boy Terry Band for a conga line style blues jam where everyone can get their licks in with an authentic Texas Blues act.
Following the afternoon workshops and short dinner break (Food is available on site). Dan Electro’s Guitar Bar transform from classroom back to a nightclub for a night of what promises to be a night to remember of Texas Blues. With Sonny Boy Terry Band, Mike Rubin, RJ Mischo, Paul Orta, and Christian Dozzler the music is sure to be on fire.
To register for the Texas Harmonica Festival and Clinic, you can visit www.texasharmonicafest.eventbrite.com or www.houstonharmonicalessons.com . The cost is still reasonable. You can sign up for the afternoon workshop for 30.oo or the evening concert for 15.00. But if you purchase the entire day, it only costs 40 dollars. But if you register online in advance you can get an additional 5.00 discount by entering the access code 0202 whether it’s the showcase, workshop or entire day.
Here is the schedule of the day’s activities:
Ciinic times are a rough draft to provide a guide for the day's activities but
most likely will end before 6:30PM and include a short intermission.
2PM - Sonny Boy Terry - Intro. Beginner/Intermediate Harmonica
3PM - RJ Mischo - How to front a blues act workshop
4PM - Mike Rubin's Meat and Potatoes Harmonica Workshop
5PM - Lone Wolf Harp pedals Demo and Amplifying the Harmonica Workshop
6PM - Jam with a Pro blues Band (Sonny Boy Terry Band w/Christian Dozzler on
7PM - Movie Time! intermission/dinner. Fantastic Food Available On Site.
Texas Blues Harmonica Showcase
8PM - Mike Rubin
9PM - Paul Orta
10PM - Christian Dozzler
11PM - Sonny Boy Terry
12PM - RJ Mischo
1AM Grand Finale
DAN ELECTRO'S GUITAR BAR
1031 EAST 24TH STREET
Private, group or corporate harmonica instruction by one of Texas' most celebrated blues harmonica players and perfomers. Great fun for friends, couples or family, the novice or the serious players. Terry teaches courses for continuing education at local colleges, private lessons for young and old. Father/Son or parent/child. Sonny Boy Terry is also renown for his corporate and church group lessons in group of up to 300 offering a short lesson on how to get started playing simple blues, gospel or folk songs.
Regional harmonica clinics, private or group harmonica lessons and blues festivals produced by famed Texas bluesman and harmonica performer Sonny Boy Terry.