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Tomas Esparza Blues Band

$5 online $10 at the door

Tomas Esparza was born in Mexico City in 1962. His father was known as a good singer, and the music of Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, and the guitar trio Los Panchos made an impression on young Tomas, along with the sounds of the streets and markets of Colonia San Rafel in Mexico city. He first heard blues music when B.B. King and John Mayall appeared on Mexican television. Relocating to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1985, Tomas saw harmonica great William Clarke play live, an event which proved to be a watershed moment for Tomas. "I knew at that moment that I had to do that", says Tomas. Years of practice and study of Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Rod Piazza and others, set him on his way. Receiving tips and advice from Junior Wells, Steve Guyger, and George "Wild Child" Butler, among others, Tomas began making his mark as one of the most energetic and exciting harmonica players, both working with local bands, and with his own band. Tomas has opened shows for Charlie Musselwhite, James Harman, and Harmonica Shah, and his band has served as a backing band for ex-Fleetwood Mac guitar great Jeremy Spencer. He performed at Bluesfest International in Windsor, Ontario, and at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, as well as at some of the most prominent blues clubs in Michigan. Tomas has succeeded at the rare task of creating something original, using the building blocks of the traditional harmonica greats of the 1950s, all the while being true to himself and incorporating the music he heard as a child in Mexico City. His passion for Chicago Blues, and his electrifying energy, have opened many listener's ears and eyes to the power of the Blues. Working his own band, the Tomas Esparza Blues Experience, or fronting Detroit area band the Boa Constrictors, few harmonica players can channel the energy and feeling of the greats, yet combine their own soul to create something so deep and individual. Tomas is a man who feels has found his true calling: "I really think I was born to play the Blues".

David Ludington has been playing Drums for over 50 years, He is an Institution in the city of Lansing and Beyond, David was part of The Now Legendary Uptown Band... David brings a smooth and solid rhythm to the band

Andy Callis has been playing B3 Hammond, Piano & Accordion Blues, Jazz, Zydeco for over 30 years ,performing with several band in the Lansing area and now he has join Tomas Esparza Blues Band adding the complementary sound of the of the 1950's Chicago Sound

Bob Arbogast Raised in The New England Area, Working as a Minister In Ohio and Michigan has not stopping from playing guitar whether is classic rock jazz and blues, Bob have a tremendous tone and a play style very unique helping Tomas Esparza Blues Band have a strong guitar presence

Earlier Event: August 22
Margherita Fava and special guests
Later Event: August 24
Orquesta RITMO