Event Details

Bourbon & Blues: Red's Blues with special guest John Cocuzzi

Momo Sacramento Presents

Bourbon & Blues: Red's Blues with special guest John Cocuzzi

John Cocuzzi

Wed, February 14, 2018

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

$8 show - $30 dinner and show

Tickets at the Door

Red's Blues
Red's Blues
Red's Blues new CD, YOU KNOCK ME OUT is just out!
With some great special guests, Rick Estrin, Robert Sidwell, Larry Carr, John Cocuzzi, Steve Randall, James Pace, Mike Keller, Anson Funderburgh, Wes Starr and Mark Hummel!

"Tired of "blues albums" that sound like heavy rock disguised (poorly) as blues? You'll have no such problem with Red's Blues' sophomore effort, "You Knock Me Out,", . It's gritty and refreshing, striking a balance that will bring a smile to the lips of longtime blues enthusiasts. Beth "Red" Grigsby's understated vocal on Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth" is refreshing and real. Likewise, the delicacy of Jimmy Reed's "Ain't That Loving You, Baby" remains intact while sustaining a subtle driving rhythm. With RW Grisby's bass keeping it real throughout, the CD is graced by the participation of a number of blues stalwarts. No one overplays, but everyone gives their best on this obvious labor of love. "

-- Mick Martin

Red’s Blues has great feel and all the musicians are excellent. I liked everything I heard,
“Girlish Days,“ “Detroit Blues,” “Why Don’t You Do Right” and “Sally Lou” especially stand
out. “ ---- Grammy-winning blues legend Charlie Musselwhite


On their 2016 debut CD, the upbeat “Sally Lou” opens, one of five stellar originals. It’s a swingin’ ditty about being a working girl--her name is Sally Lou at night, but Betty Lee during the day. “We want to catch listeners by surprise—the attitude of the song. So many songs by and about women are “victim” songs, and that’s not me” says Beth. In fact, when she sings “let’s play it cool, let’s live by the golden rule--- just don’t be no fool, use what you learned in school” and follows with Memphis Minnie’s womanwise “In My Girlish Days” , Beth and band are doing what so many attempt and few succeed—engage the head and the feet. “Sherry & Ray” is a sassy, second line original winner about getting out of the South “cause the birds stopped singin’ and phone stopped ringin’, bought a sixty dollar ticket on an old Greyhound.” And on “Why Don’t You Do Right,” Sidwell, Cocuzzi and Reid-Grigsby would make Wes Montgomery, Charles Brown and Peggy Lee jealous. The phrasing and the late night world-weary elegance is perfect.

That Beth & R.W.’s original songs hold their own nestled in between gems by New Orleans’ Dave Barthomew (The Golden Rule”), Memphis’ Roscoe Gordon(“No More Doggin’”) and Memphis Slim(“The Blues is Everywhere”), and the aforementioned Kansas Joe McCoy(“Why Don’t You Do Right”) and Memphis Minnie (My Girlish Days”) makes for a great live show—part juke joint, part nightclub. Their combined personal history and harmonies, and love of the classic blues vibe pays off.

Beth, thanks to her older brother, grew up listening to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters and Mississippi John Hurt records and as a kid, learned from and sang songs at home with her Mom-- “ Summertime,” “God Bless the Child,” and "St. Louis Blues.” Across the street in her hometown of south Santa Barbara though, the shy 7 year old redhead was bold enough to go perch on the neighbor’s porch listening to a Cuban salsa band rehearse, and from that learned to love the rhythms, the bass and percussion in particular. She and R.W. met through the local Santa Barbara blues scene years later in 1977, and have lived in his home state of Georgia and then Texas before heading back to sunny Sacramento, California in 2006.

2014 Grammy-nominated and Blues Music Award (BMA) winner bassist R.W. Grigsby has been playing since he was 14 years old, and began his professional career when still a teenager. He's toured the U.S., Canada and Europe since the '80s, and currently juggles playing with Red's Blues, Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors and The Golden State/Lone Star Blues Revue. He played and recorded with Texas blues stars Gary Primich and Mike Morgan and the Crawl in the '90s. R.W. is the bassist on the 2014 Grammy-nominated and BMA-winning CD, Remembering Little Walter.

Beth Reid-Grigsby and Red’s Blues draw their audiences into a grown up music world—southern music with downhome simmer, dance floor fun and stellar, sophisticated players who know they have no need to blast at earsplitting volumes to make the biggest impact.
John Cocuzzi
John Cocuzzi
John Cocuzzi has New Orleans flavor and East Coast class, playing with passion
and intensity on piano, vibes and drums, entertaining crowds nationwide and in Europe. Dynamic style. Diverse rhythms. Swingin' & burnin' jazz.
Jumpin' blues & boogie-woogie.Lush & sultry balladss."Versatility, virtuosity and passion. This is what you need to know about the music of John Cocuzzi."
Venue Information:
Momo Lounge
2708 J Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816