Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue

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Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue

For years the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise has set the standard as the world’s only fully-charted blues cruise, which sets sail annually to such exotic locales as the Eastern Caribbean and the Mexican Riviera. In addition to the virtual blues festival at sea, the nightly Pro Jams have become a staple and much talked about experience for would be sea goers. Out of this nightly ritual was born the inspired beginnings of what has now become the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue.

At the core of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue is renowned guitar slinger and vocalist Tommy Castro and his band. A native of San Jose, California, Castro has become a Bay Area legend over the last two decades, garnering countless awards for his infectiously rocking brand of blues, and earning a national spotlight leading the house band on NBC-TV’s “Comedy Showcase” for three seasons. Castro has released a series widely acclaimed CDs over the last decade, and was personally chosen as the opening act for two tours by the King of the Blues, B.B. King.

Blues and boogie-woogie pianist and vocalist Deanna Bogart has been leading her own band since the late 1980s, playing thousands of shows and establishing herself as an unforgettable live performer. Along the way she has shared the stage with a widely diverse range of artists, including Ray Charles, Spyro Gyra, Buddy Guy, Leon Russell, Robert Cray, James Brown, They Might Be Giants, Little Feat, Brian Setzer and many others in venues across North America and Europe. Bogart has released seven CDs and appeared on numerous compilations, highlighting an impressive musical range that includes jazz, western swing, roots rock and more, in addition to her deep blues roots.

Magic Dick (a/k/a Richard Salwitz) is best known for his many years as the harmonica man in legendary blues/rock band, the J. Geils Band, which he co-founded in 1968. As a member of that group, he toured the world extensively for over 15 years, headlining stadiums and festivals and releasing 14 successful major label albums on Warner Bros. and EMI, culminating in the certified-platinum album, “Freeze Frame,” which spent 70 weeks on the national Billboard album charts, including four weeks at #1. One of the most influential and highly respected harmonica players of his generation, Magic Dick has shared stages with many of the greatest names in blues music, as well as branching out into more adventurous territory with artists such as Patty Smyth, Debbi Harry, Full Circle, the Del Fuegos and others.

Guitarist and singer Ronnie Baker Brooks is the son of legendary bluesman, Lonnie Brooks, and is living proof that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. After establishing his reputation as a bluesman in Louisiana in the ‘50s, his father Lonnie embraced the sounds of rock & roll and can rightly be considered one of the first blues-rockers; Ronnie was absorbing this new hybrid literally from the cradle, and joined his dad’s touring and recordings band while still in his teens. Ronnie’s gone on to establish himself as one of the most exciting and forward-thinking bluesmen of the current generation, pleasing purists with his blues roots while bringing in younger listeners with his blistering guitar work and dynamic stage presence.

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