Bob Corritore's new CD Taboo, which was released earlier this year, is unique. Why? The master harp-player's album is all-harmonica. Not a single voice appears anywhere on the album. In place of vocals are the sounds of Corritore's harmonicas.
Mona Lisa Watkins sang "Xanadu" with Tab Benoit, watched Dick Dale stand behind the bar telling stories to Rhythm Room employees, and watched Francine Reed sing "A Song for You" a cappella to the bar's staff. Those are some of the memories that she has after 17 years of working at the venerable Cent ... More >>
Imagine everybody in a blues bar laughing so hard they can hardly contain themselves. That's the case with Bob Corritore and Dave Riley's new CD, Hush Your Fuss. Internationally acclaimed blues musicians Corritore and Riley held CD release parties for Fuss, their third album, this past weekend at M ... More >>
The weekend before Thanksgiving can't help but disappoint you. It's trying as hard as it can, and it's perfectly happy to remind you that you've got a short week coming up, but really the only positive you can take from it is that you won't get trampled chasing down a really big Vizio TV at Wal-Mart ... More >>
Jennifer Pilates Pilates has been an advanced pilates instructor and celebrity trainer for more than 13 years. For more information, go here. What's the first album you bought? You have stumped me. It's a tie between Madonna and Michael Jackson. What's the first concert you saw? Bon Jovi. I'm alw ... More >>
Curious about what's going on around town this weekend? Need some suggestions where to rock, dance, or krump in the Valley of the Sun? Don't fret: These are our Five Shows to See This Weekend. Unable to get out of town and head to the massive Apache Lake Music Festival this weekend? Don't worry, t ... More >>
How's this for traditions? Since 1992 the Phoenix Blues Society has championed blues culture and heritage with their annual live music event, the Blues Blast Festival. Historically, the festival has taken place in the city of Mesa, but this year the event will be held at theMargaret T. Hance Park in ... More >>
Courtesy Rhythm RoomThe Rhythm Room opened in 1991, and this week the juke joint celebrates 20 years of operation by bringing in both the blues artists that have defined the place as well the local indie music that promoters like Psyko Steve bring to the room.
Thom Travisano loves the blues, and like one of those proverbial Blues Brothers, he's on a mission from God to document the music he loves.Okay, okay -- Travisano never actually claimed to be on a mission from God when I met with him Sunday afternoon at his short term lease, motel-style apartmen ... More >>
Johnny DI'm embarrassed that I didn't get to this story sooner, but Arizona music historian John "Johnny D" Dixon is back on the FM dial. Mostly Vinyl with Johnny D aired it seventh show Sunday night, on indie station KWSS 106.7. The show runs for three hours, and during this previous Sunday nigh ... More >>
Denver's Mr. Pacman is scheduled to perform tomorrow night at Yucca Tap Room.Blues Harmonica Showcase at Rhythm Room (Thursday): A virtual "who's who" of both local and nationally-know harmonica maestros will be working their blues harps all evening long at the Rhythm Room, filling the joint with al ... More >>
Bob Corritore, local blues extraordinaireThis week's music feature is on Bob Corritore, the supreme blues enthusiast. He discusses how leaving Chicago resulted in a series of fortunate events for him in Phoenix. Between being a disc jockey and co-owning the Rhythm Room, he has plenty to keep hims ... More >>
As Craig Outhier wrote in this week's paper Bob Corritore is a "self-contained synergistic event." So, considering the guy owns a venue, it's notable when he decides to elsewhere to stage something big, as he will with the Housrockin' Blues Bash at Tempe Center For The Arts on Friday September 25 ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries: Feathered Bastard: Steven Anderson's Three Alarm Baptist Church: Barry Lynn of Americans United for the Separati ... More >>
Calabrese is scheduled to haunt Atomic Comics during Fright Night on Sunday. Discount-priced distractions are in abundance this weekend, ranging from Faux Punks and real punks to fashionistas and freaks. Looking for some inexpensive adventure? Here's our weekly list of what's going on. Wes ... More >>
Shake! Fourth Year Anniversary at The Rogue William "Fucking" Reed with special guests The Rapture DJs brought the Rogue to the dance floor on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009. Weekend Out: Dear and the Headlights, Matsuri and Rhythm Room We got artistic with Dear and the Headlights at the Heard Museum, c ... More >>
Now that the chill of winter is starting to subside (temps are supposed to get into the high 70s) you've got little excuse to stay cooped up inside your domicile this weekend. Why not book it to the ongoing Renaissance Festival, or perhaps take a splendid moonlight hike? Better yet, spend your wee ... More >>
Travelin' the Dirt Road
House Rockin' and Blues Shoutin'
I'm Here Baby
(Blue Witch Records)
A legendary drummer should go out with a bang
Singing those less-blues blues
Eroticide cuts up on stage
McFarlane's got toys for tots and tools
A Chicago legend gives Phoenix the blues.
The Rhythm Room
It may not fit the genre, but Bob Corritore may be the jolliest blues advocate you'll ever meet
With Scorpion Kingz, two ASU radio DJs try to document the desert hip-hop scene
Rhythm Room Blues (Hightone)
1019 East Indian School
Venerable Valley roots club is on the move
Local blues crusader Bob Corritore turns his boyhood dreams into reality
Rhythm Room honcho Bob Corritore inks a deal with roots-music heavyweight Hightone Records
New state barrier regulation spurs a relocation for Toolies Country
September 24 - 30, 1998
Rhythm Room turns Tuesday night into celebration of seminal music
Let's just get right to it
Local blues scholar Bob Corritore has refined tastes guided by one rule: The music has to come from the gut.
A cocktail review of recent state releases