The Center for the Arts presents
with The Rayos Opening
Saturday, December 31, 2016, 9:00pm
Seated General Admission – SOLD OUT!
Pre-Show Dinner: SOLD OUT
Wine Pairings from Chacewater Winery and Olive Mill
Award Winning Organic Wines
Tray passed Hors d’oeuvres
Ginger Shrimp toast
Roquefort grapes rolled in candied walnuts
Pate on apple slices
Endive filled with boursin cheese
Family style dinner
Sauvignon Blanc Pairing
Composed salad with water cress, baby lettuces, sliced brie and candied pecans
Served with artisan bread basket and butter
Choice of Estate Merlot or Dry Reisling Pairing
Family style entrees and sides
Cornish Game Hens with a wild rice stuffing with a seedless black berry glaze
Roasted Butternut squash (thick cut) with ginger tomatoes and lime yogurt drizzle
Roasted carrots – Sautéed green beans
Muscat Canelli Pairing
Dessert and Coffee
Pineapple sherbet and Mango sorbet garnished with cookies – chocolate truffle
“Roy Rogers means the modern master in the art of slide guitar…His versatility with the technique is nothing short of astonishing.” – All Music Guide
“Thatʼs not a slide on Roy Rogersʼ pinky, itʼs a time machine. With it, Rogers transports you to the Mississippi Deltaʼs past and future. ……” – Guitar Player
“Pundits who bemoan the scarcity of guitar gods haven’t laid ears on Roy Rogers, whose slide riffs could peel a crawfish.” – USA Today
“Rogers is both a sensational and a sensitive blues guitarist – certainly among the finest slide guitarists playing today.” – San Francisco Chronicle
“Many guitarists dabble in slide guitar, but the number of modern masters can probably be counted on one hand – Roy Rogers is surely one of them…” – Guitar Player
“Rogers is an exceptionally articulate slide guitarist, either he’s scorching Robert Johnson’s ‘Ramblin’ Blues’ or taking a lovely, lyrical journey…or rockin’ it out. One of the rare guitar heroes who values feeling over flash.” – Rolling Stone
Roy Rogers is considered one of the world’s premier slide guitarists performing today. With 8 Grammy nominations as producer and performer, he is also an internationally acclaimed producer, having produced recordings for John Lee Hooker (4 Grammy Nominations and 2 Grammy Awards) and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (2 Grammy Nominations). He has received numerous accolades for his songwriting (Grammy Nomination for ‘Song for Jessica’, Grammy nomination for Bonnie Raitt for Best Rock Female Vocal on ‘Gnawin’ On It which he co-wrote), as well as his work on movie soundtracks and television. Split Decision, is his latest studio recording with his band, The Delta Rhythm Kings which was released in 2009. In May of 2011, Roy released a collaboration with The Doors Keyboardist, Ray Manzarek entitled ‘Translucent Blues’ which debut #6 on the Billboard charts, and reached #1 on the American Roots Rock Chart this past summer.
Born in Redding, California in 1950, he began playing guitar at twelve years of age. A year later at age 13, he was performing in a rock ‘n’ roll band that wore gold lame jackets and played Little Richard and Chuck Berry tunes. He discovered the great blues players early on, especially when his older brother brought home an album by Robert Johnson. Thus began his love of the blues, slide guitar in particular, which had an immediate effect on Roy, who was indeed named after the King of the Cowboys. Through the years he developed a distinctive style of playing slide guitar that not only emerged, but one that is instantly recognizable.
During the 1960’s Rogers frequented the San Francisco rock clubs where he saw many of the blues greats who inspired him. He performed with various groups until 1976, when he and harmonica player David Burgin formed an acoustic duo and recorded an album Rogers And Burgin: A Foot In The Door for Waterhouse Records. They also played on the “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” movie soundtrack before the duet ran it’s course. Rogers then formed his own band in 1980, the Delta Rhythm Kings, hit the club circuit, played a few more movie and television gigs, and toured Europe with the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival Revue (recording an album with that Revue in Paris).
Shortly after returning from Europe, Rogers was asked to join John Lee Hooker’s Coast to Coast Blues Band. During the four years he toured with Hooker as a featured guitarist/vocalist, Rogers established a strong personal and professional relationship with the venerated blues legend. Said Hooker, “I just can’t say enough good things about Roy. He plays so good. Some of the best slide I’ve heard, best blues I’ve heard. He gets real deep and funky, and he masters whatever he plays.” Near the end of his tenure in Hooker’s band, Roy began to open shows as a solo act, giving him a chance to perform some of the classic country blues and original compositions he’d been perfecting for years. He then went on to produce the historically important four recordings for John Lee Hooker. “The Healer” “Mr. Lucky” “Boom Boom” “Chill Out” – some tracks involving co producer credits with Ry Cooder and Van Morrison.
In 1985 he released his first solo album, Chops Not Chaps on his own label, which received widespread radio play and was nominated for a W.C. Handy Award. In 1987, Blind Pig released his second solo album, Slidewinder. It includes fantastic duets with Hooker and New Orleans piano great Allen Toussaint, as well as songs with his own band. The rave reviews in the national press and extensive radio play that followed further enhanced Roy’s growing reputation. Roy’s third solo release, Blues On The Range was also issued on Blind Pig in 1989 and continued to win new fans to his incredible slide guitar, arrangements and songwriting skills.
Roy’s musical talents were featured on the soundtrack for the 1990 film “The Hot Spot,” which he recorded with Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal and which also garnered a Grammy nomination.
In 1991, Rogers hooked up with another Bay Area artist, harmonica virtuoso and vocalist Norton Buffalo to produce the highly acclaimed release R & B. The album is a true American array of acoustic tunes from blues to ballads capturing the incredible chemistry of these powerful performers. The cut “Song For Jessica” received a Grammy Award nomination in 1991 and another track, “Ain’t No Bread In The Breadbox” was made into a performance video which received airplay on many outlets, including The Nashville Network.
The duo came back in 1992 with the Blind Pig release Travellin’ Tracks, featuring live performances as well as studio tracks where they are joined by a rhythm section on several cuts. The dynamic interplay between the pair is undeniable and the release furthered the artist’s already outstanding reputations.
As a recording artist, as well as a producer and composer, Rogers’ has recorded not only on his own to critical acclaim, but with others including Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Miller, Sammy Hagar, Ray Manzarek and a slew of other great artists. He has been touring worldwide since 1982 and has performed in some of the world’s most prestigious festivals including Montreux, North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori, Pistoia, New Orleans Jazz Festival and more. He continues to tour worldwide with stirring live performances. His ability to electrify and move audiences is legendary. Always eclectic in approach, Roy Rogers is consistently stretching the boundaries of slide guitar.
On a beautiful small farm in the foothills of the Sierras, Saul and Elena greet each day to the sounds of chickens and animals needing breakfast. After the morning chores they head to the barn and rehearse the song of the day. Elena settles in on the ancient grand piano while Saul strums the chords of his new tune. As Saul lays down his heavy lyrics, Elena sings sweet harmonies to the melody.
This simple daily routine was something neither ever expected. Saul came from the streets of an immigrant community in San Francisco while Elena grew up in the academic environment of a large Midwestern University, where her father was a professor and her mother worked for the Art Museum. Saul worked on fishing boats, Elena went to graduate school to study ancient Greek. Saul taught himself country blues finger-picking guitar, Elena trained on classical violin from the age of five.
Saul and Elena met and became friends in their mutual musical community. Ten years later they fell in love. Individually they have released many albums of their original songs and performed countless concerts. As an artist of political scope, Saul has made it his mission to educate himself and his band members as well as his audiences with the results of his research into the counter-culture movements for many years.