According to the late Al Jarreau, “You have to make a decided effort to not get seduced by the Blues.” Accepting that, why not save a little wear and tear on your body and soul and just get into the blues. Arena Theater makes it easy. With the Blues On The Coast series, you’ll find some of the best players around, and June is no exception. This month Nick Schnebelen and his trio take center stage at Arena Theater Saturday, June 23. Doors open at 8:00pm, music starts at 8:30pm. Tickets are $20, and are available at Four-Eyed Frog, Sea Trader, Arena Market and and the Pier Chowder House and Tap Room. Tickets are also available online at www.arenatheater.org.
Kansas City native Nick Schnebelen has blues in his blood and, as founding member of the award winning popular family band Trampled Under Foot (TUF), he has quickly built a reputation as killer lead guitar player and impassioned vocalist. In 2008, Nick won the Albert King Award for "Best Guitarist" at the International Blues Challenge and TUF also took first place that year. Together with TUF Nick has traveled the world playing festivals such as Notodden, Montreal, and as fan favorites on the annual Legendary Blues Cruise. Today, Nick performs with his own band and continues to tour world-wide, bringing his raw blues energy guitar and vocals to many different styles of electric blues- funk/rock/blues as well as an Americana dobro driven sound for a real down home stomp feel, backed by a hot rock 'n blues band.
The band members are as seasoned as they come. Having been on the Missouri music scene for over 20 years playing with local and regional touring acts, bassist Cliff Moore knows how to bring his deep pocket groove to the masses. In 2009 Cliff jumped on board with Grammy nominated Alligator recording artist Michael Burks. After playing Michael's style of Blues all over the world he returned to Kansas City ready to join the Blues scene with a committed passion for the style that speaks to his heart. Creating the driving rhythm behind Schnebelen and Moore is rhythmic powerhouse Adam Hagerman. He, too, has been on the national touring scene for both Blues and Country music for many years. Having traveled the world with many notable acts such as Hadden Sayers Band, James Harman Band, Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois' King, Junior Watson, Big Bill Morganfield, as well as many others, Adam has the experience and the chops to really get a crowd moving with his solid rhythms.
The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.