Dennis Jones - Blues on the Coast 2012
Blues rocker Dennis Jones Turns Up The Heat at Arena Theater
"Dennis Jones is a helluva guitar player, vocalist, songwriter and great entertainer. And you can't beat him as a human being."
"Dennis Jones is a maverick blazing blues trails with great songs and blistering guitar."
Arena Theater and Blues on the Coast proudly present Dennis Jones and band on Saturday June 2, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. The concert is part of the annual series underwritten by Gualala Chevron and the Pier Chowder House and Tap Room.
Blues guitar heroes are like a major hurricane that blows down everything in their path, changing the musical landscape as surely as category 5 tropical storms alter the firma. Dennis Jones with his third release, Pleasure & Pain (Blues Rock Records) has the explosive guitar power, along with his voice and songs, to make his contemporaries quake in their boots.
Jones was born in Baltimore, Maryland. The drums were his first passion and they still inform his relentless grooves. He started playing guitar at 13, took a few informal lessons from a friend who taught him "House of the Rising Sun" and was rocking out with his Marshall stack two years later in a band with older cats. His tastes evolved in tandem with his skills and the rock of the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan and Santana influenced him profoundly, along with 60s guitar greats Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter and Jimmy Page.
Combined with R&B, Blues and Motown Sound, the result is "a human music machine that can fry the strings of his Strat while singing deep from his soul".
Spending a few years in Germany in his late teens Jones gained further experience with a variety of bands. In the mid 80s he made Los Angeles his home and headed a Led Zeppelin-meets-Funkadelic band called Blackhead that attracted industry attention. In the late 90s, Jones' formed the Dennis Jones Band and eventually made a commitment to house rocking blues.
Fronting a power trio, and playing an abundance of blues-edged rock and roll, how do you not compare the Dennis Jones Band to other notable three-piece groups like Cream, Stevie Ray's Double Trouble and especially the Hendrix Experience?
For Jones it's all about music, "Motown, Country it's all Americana to me," said Jones, with a smile. "I love blues, and if I had only one style of music I could listen to, it would truly be the blues. But I've been influenced by so many things. I love American Roots music. I love Rockabilly. I love things that touch me inside, not just the visual. They've got to deliver something."
Jones is a charismatic singer and a strong writer whose songs are anything but off-the-rack. As long as he continues to follow his heart, there's a bright future for Mr. Jones and the blues.
The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.
Arena Theater (View)
214 Main Street
Point Arena, CA 95468
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