7pm-Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind
July 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm$10 - $15
Jason Ricci is one of the most popular harmonica players on the planet today. Listed in almost every top ten list of players on the internet today Jason Ricci is a polarizing force always in the spot light and on the tips of critics, artists and fans tongue’s everywhere. Through two plus decades of endless touring, TV appearances, recordings and the internet Jason Ricci’s style of playing is so revolutionary and influential that there exists an entire younger generation of players imitating his music, clothes, gear, and even stage presence. Nick named “Moon Cat” (a street name he once used in Nashville and New Orleans to avoid police detection) Jason has been an almost constant force for decades in the studio, festivals, club dates and press.
Jason was a frequent guest at numerous Harmonica related educational retreats and started a free YouTube channel with hundreds of free harmonica lessons and over 15,000 subscribers. Jason’s use of Jazz harmonica superhero Howard Levy’s “Over Blow” technique (a technique allowing a diatonic harmonica to become chromatic) made him one of the first harmonica players in blues music playing chromatically. This style of playing got Ricci significant attention and work with other artists (jazz, rock, blues) who needed the instrument to play all twelve notes or change keys on their recordings. Alongside “overblowing” Ricci’s pioneering use of effects peddles previously only used with guitars made Jason an extremely talked about musician often celebrated by youth and often hated by purists. His punk rock appearance, sexuality, lightning fast harmonica speeds often compared to violinist/composer Paganini and electronic explorations were all polarizing elements of any Ricci show challenging all audiences. From 2000 to 2010 Jason Played over 3,500 shows all over the world, won numerous other awards and accolades not listed and established himself as a harmonica hero, educator, G.L.B.T. advocate, harmonica sideman to the stars and blues headliner.