March 2018 Events at the Nevada City Oustomah #16 Lodge



Aki Lawton final

Aki Kumar / Jon Lawton Blues Duo                             

Buy Tickets below:

Aki-Jon final final


When: Saturday, March 17, Saint Paddy’s Day

Time:  doors open at 7pm and music at 8pm

Venue: Nevada City Odd Fellows Lodge, 225 1/2 Broad St, Nevada City

Ticket’s: $20 online, Briar Patch and $25 at the door

Stuff: some goodies available plus wine and beer

More info: 265 3900 Ralph

Bombay (Mumbai) born, 38 year-old Aki Kumar has been described as a “rising star” in the harmonica blues scene however that is very old news as he has moved well beyond that to the journeyman/mentor stage. He gave up a software engineering career in Silicon Valley to dive full-time into many aspects of the blues world, performing, local and international touring (Europe, South America), sponsoring a highly touted weekly blues jam in Campbell, CA for several years, recording and most recently stirring the blues, Bollywood style with a new cd fusing Bollywood musical songs with the blues, described as a Mumbai/Memphis fusion. This is a groundbreaking recording which is a unique twist on the blues. Check out     and on KQED Arts,

Aki’s blues roots however began with listening to the great harpmasters such as George Harmonica Smith, Sonny Boy Williamson 2, Snooky Pryor, Little and Big Walters. However living on the West Coast the other immediate influences were Rick Estrin, Gary Smith, Mark Hummel and Charlie Musselwhite.

Aki has two fine cds, Don’t Hold Back and Aki Goes To Bollywood, yet he can be found playing on several other recordings. See   for more info.

Aki’s partner in blues, off and on, for many years now is Jon Lawton aka Little Jonny. Jon is a very talented guitarist who is adept at acoustic and electric playing. “He can fingerpick some old-time blues, frail a little banjo, slide some Dobro and lead a blues band…….” (Limnios).

Jon has been playing for over 45 years and has several recordings out with his bands Little Jonny And The Giants. He has released 7 self-produced CDs, toured Europe and the US, backed many major blues figures (John Hammond, Kim Wilson, Mighty Joe Young, Fenton Robinson, James Harman, many others), and his original songs have been recorded by many artists as well.

The Aki Kumar/Jon Lawton Duo will perform both acoustic and electric, touching on a couple of Aki’s Bollywood pieces, new compositions and blues standbys.

Check out Jon with Aki from their Tip Of The Top band from 2012.

and the recent Aki Kumar/Jon Lawton Blues Duo




The Aki Kumar Blues band with Jon Lawton



Odd Fellows Lodge 16 Events for November 2017



Red's Blues ticket sales

Red's Hummel
Red’s Blues                                                                                                                                       Mark Hummel


Red’s Blues featuring Mark Hummel

On Saturday, November 18, the Nevada City Odd Fellows Lodge 16 at  225 1/2 Broad Street in Nevada City, will feature Sacramento favorite, Red’s Blues, with special guest Mark Hummel.

Doors: 7pm

Music: 8pm

$20 online or at Briar Patch

$25 at door

Red’s is Beth Reid Grigsby, vocals, RW Grigsby, electric and standup bass and  Dave Earl, harmonica and guitar.  Red’s Blues often features a guest performer. Past guests have been Rusty Zinn, Rockin’ Johnny, Aki Kumar, Steve Freund, Kyle Rowland etc. For this show Harmonica Blowout creator, Mark Hummel, joins Red’s along with his bandmate from the Deep Basement Shakers, Dave Eagle on washboard/percussion.

Red’s has been playing regionally, regularly since they  formed a little over 5 years ago.
They have a new CD mastered at Greaseland Studios which will  be released soon and may be available for this show. It features Rick Estrin, Mark Hummel, Dave Earl, Mike Keller, Anson Funderburgh, John Cocuzzi, James Pace, Robert Sidwell, Steve Randall, Larry Carr, Wes Starr, RW Grigsby, and Beth Reid Grigsby.

Red’s Blues will be playing original and more obscure real deal blues. No rock blues, no pop! Think Chicago, the Delta and West Coast.

Mark Hummel will bring his own unique take on the blues, blowin’ up  a blues storm! Mark has been in the blues for the long haul since the 1970s and has over 30 releases. He and his band has been nominated for numerous blues awards, best harmonica, best bass player, best traditional recording harmonica, best blues band.

Check the artists out at the following sites.


For more info:      (530) 265-3900

Odd Fellows Nevada City Events for July 2017


Rockin' Johnny-Freddie Roulette


Odd Fellows Lodge 16, Nevada City, CA events for July, 2017.

On Saturday, July 22, Nevada County residents will have a very rare  opportunity to see and hear pedal steel,  blues pioneer, Freddy Roulette, featured with the incredible Rockin’ Johnny Burgin  at the Nevada City Odd Fellows Lodge at 225 1/2 Broad Street in Nevada City. Roulette started his career in Chicago in  the late 1950s and joined the Earl Hooker band in 1965, recording and performing with Hooker, Pine Top Perkins and  Carey Bell.  Roulette joined the Charlie Musselwhite band in the late 1960s, touring and recording with Charlie into the early 1970s. Roulette moved to the San Francisco Bay area at that time and currently resides in Oakland. He only performs occasionally so this is truly a rare event.

Rockin’ Johnny was a Chicago resident since the early 1990s, performing in the Windy City blues clubs with his band and hanging with and learning from blues icons such as Taildragger, Eddie C. Campbell (Little Milton’s little brother), Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawson, John Primer and more. He has absorbed the guitar vibes of many Chicago blues greats such as  Earl Hooker, Magic Sam, Muddy Waters, Luther Tucker and more, and reflects a magic synthesis of an unmistakable, classic Chicago sound along with his own unique take on the blues.

Since moving to California in late 2016 Johnny has recorded a new cd, Neoprene Fedora, which injects new, exciting sounds into Johnny’s Chicago blues lexicon. Think zydeco, new surf, guitar noir.

When Burgin hits the stage with Freddie Roulette at the Nevada City Odd Fellows Lodge on Saturday, July 22, 2017 it’s a no holds barred, Chicago and beyond blues  extravaganza!