The Empress Theatre Presents ALVON JOHNSON'S ROCK N' ROLL REVUE
One of the most versatile Musicians, Singers and Entertainers on the music scene today, Alvon Johnson has traveled the world singing and swinging Jazz standards with Big Bands. He also gallops the globe performing the songs that he sang while working with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Coasters. When he travels to Russia he is referred to as the "King of the Blues" and the "Ambassador of the Blues". His love and respect for the American art form is shared by large and enthusiastic audiences the world over.
• Recipient of the Music Icon Award from the Black Music Association & Academy of America in 2015
• Recipient of the Best Male Blues Artist from the Black Music Association & Academy Of America in 2015
• Former vocalist with the Rock and Roll Hall of fame group "The Coasters"
• Regional winner of the Guitar Centers "King of the Blues" national contest in 2006 and 2007
• His CD "The Blues Grew up was nominated for Outstanding Blues Album of 2004 Voted as one of the top ten CD's in Japan in 2005
• His incredible CD "Guitars and Cars", was voted in the top ten CD's of 2008 by the prestigious Blues magazine "Real Blues "
• Nominated for the Entertainer of the Year Award with the "International Music and Entertainment Association"
Mitch Woods and His Rocket 88s have been the torchbearers of a great American blues musical heritage, not for three years but three decades. Taking their inspiration from the great jump n' boogie outfits of the late 40s and early 50s, they breathe fresh life into the music that gave birth to rock n'roll. Woods styled his group after the jumpin' n' jivin', shoutin' n' honkin', pumpin' n' poundin' bands of Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris, Joe and Jimmy Liggins, Amos Milburn, and Roy Milton. Adding a healthy dose of New Orleans rhythm and blues, piledrivin' piano, and some of his own contemporary playful lyrics, Woods and His Rocket 88s forge their own brand of music they call "rock-a-boogie."
Public Information: Ticket prices are $25 general admission online, $30 general admission by phone or box office. Visit www.empresstheatre.org or call 707-552-2400.