Event Details

Blues & Bourbon: Wendy DeWitt & Kirk Harwood

Momo Sacramento Presents

Blues & Bourbon: Wendy DeWitt & Kirk Harwood

with Special Guest Steve Freund

Wed, July 17, 2019

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

$12

This event is all ages

Boogie Woogie Queen Wendy DeWitt & Kirk Harwood
Boogie Woogie Queen Wendy DeWitt & Kirk Harwood
Wendy DeWitt with Kirk Harwood, play boogie woogie and blues that is garnering national and even International attention. This powerhouse duo are two-time regional winners and International Blues Challenge Finalists. After a European tour in January of this year, the band’s latest album, Getaway made the top of the charts in Italy.
Chicago blues guitar star Steve Freund is joining the duo on this special night!

Wendy, a Santa Rosa High graduate, is a local girl made good story. She caught the attention of Western Swing Hall of Famer Tommy Thomsen (Sonoma) at age 10, and hasn’t stopped since. Former pianist for Hank Ballard and Steve Freund, Wendy has also played with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters, Charlie Musselwhite, Otis Rush and Jimmy Thackery. She tours national and international festivals and produces the annual Queens of Boogie Woogie and San Francisco International Boogie Woogie Festival, which draws artists from around the world.

“All the cool kids already know DeWitt is one smoking boogie woogie piano/organ gal and it’s time for the word to spread beyond her regional awards.”
- Chris Spector, Midwest Record

Jazz-trained drummer and vocalist, Kirk Harwood worked with Norton Buffalo (Steve Miller), Huey Lewis, Tommy Thomsen and Roy Rogers, before teaming up with Wendy in 2012. Kirk Harwood plays traps with a passion, precision and creativity that only comes from training, experience, and inherent soul. His early bands include Huey Lewis and Clover, Norton Buffalo and Roy Rogers and tours of major venues while opening for Steve Miller. Kirk is a veteran of West Coast blues, rock and soul and for 30 years accompanied Western Swing Hall of Famer Tommy Thomsen. You can hear Kirk Harwood on Norton Buffalo’s award winning albums “Loving in the Valley of the Moon” and “Desert Horizon”. He’s also recorded with Maria Muldaur and Tommy Thomsen and the Ambassadors of Western Swing. Kirk’s style is inspired by Buddy Rich, Joe Morello (Dave Brubeck), and David Garibaldi. Study with San Francisco’s legendary Johnny Markham insured that the finer points of musical expression and creativity are integral parts of his musical language.
with Special Guest Steve Freund
with Special Guest Steve Freund
"Steve Freund is one of the most consistently creative guitarists playing blues today."...a commanding, quite soulful vocalist."
-Lee Hildebrand, Living Blues Magazine

Guitarist, producer and bandleader Steve Freund, praised by Rolling Stone for his "masterful, no-nonsense guitar work,” continues to share his feeling
for the blues wherever he can. Steve has appeared on over 50 albums, and produced seven.His recording credits include work with Sunnyland Slim, Boz Scaggs, Koko Taylor,
Bonnie Raitt, Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins, Maria Muldaur, Saffire, and many other luminaries.
He spent 18 years in Chicago, working with the true legends of the blues. In 1994 Freund moved to the Bay Area. His 2017 Delmark Records album, Back To Chicago, released to great acclaim. As The Rockwell Ave. Blues Band, he is reunited with long-time friends in the their deep blues brotherhood: Ken Saydak (Johnny Winter, Lonnie Brooks, Big Shoulders), Tad Robinson (Big Shoulders, Dave Specter), Harlan Terson (Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor) , Marty Binder(Albert Collins, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy ). They made their Chicago debut as headliners at the world's largest blues festival, The 35th Annual Chicago Blues Festival.
Venue Information:
Momo Sacramento
2708 J Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816
http://www.momosacramento.com