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Coco Montoya - Blues on the Coast
Arena Theater
Point Arena, CA
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Coco Montoya - Blues on the Coast
Arena Theater's Blues on the Coast series will present Coco Montoya on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 8:30 p.m. This one night only event is underwritten by Gualala Chevron and The Pier Chowder House and Tap Room.
GuitarOne magazine calls guitarist/vocalist Coco Montoya "the hottest southpaw in the blues" and raves about his "master touch and killer tone." The Boston Globe succinctly states that Montoya's music is "hot, blistering soul." From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring. Over the course of his 30-year career, Montoya's explosive guitar playing and soul-driven voice have propelled him to the upper reaches of the blues-rock world. And it all started with a chance meeting in the mid-1970s with legendary bluesman Albert Collins, who offered Montoya a gig as his drummer.
Mentored by Collins, Montoya went on to become the guitarist for John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers and after years of toil under Collins and Mayall, Montoya was finally in the spotlight. His award as Best New Blues Artist of 1996 proved quite ironic, given his years of experience. His second album, Ya Think I'd Know Better, was followed by 1997's Just Let Go. At that point, Montoya and Blind Pig parted company and he signed with Alligator Records. Suspicion was released in 2000, followed two years later by Can't Look Back and by Dirty Deal in 2007. All three discs incorporated a definitive soul/R&B approach. I Want It All Back, produced by Keb' Mo' and Jeff Paris, appeared in 2010.
"With all the hallmarks of the classic rocky road to success as a blues musician, Coco Montoya's story is filled with its share of peaks and valleys. But no matter how you shake it, there always seemed to be a certain feeling of destiny attached to Montoya's rise to renown, as if he were placed on this earth to play the blues guitar whether he liked it or not. And so he does, bending those strings as though each bone-melting note could be his last."    - Boulder Weekly

The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.
Tickets are $20, available in advance online at and at Arena Theater's local ticket outlets: Sea Trader and Four-Eyed Frog in Gualala; Arena Market and The Pier Chowder House and Tap Room in Point Arena.
Arena Theater is located at 214 Main Street, Point Arena, California. Arena Theater is a member-supported community theater owned and operated by the Arena Theater Association, a 501 (c) (3) not for profit corporation. For additional information visit:



Arena Theater (View)
214 Main Street
Point Arena, CA 95468
United States

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Music > Blues

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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