Authentic blues comes to The Center for the Arts |

Authentic blues comes to The Center for the Arts

“Little Charlie and the Nightcats take a healthy dose of blues and make it shimmy and shake with hip jazz and rolling retro-rock riffs punctuated with sizzling guitar and harp solos.”

-New York Post

For those who love hard Chicago blues, jump and Texas swing mixed with rockabilly, proto-rock ‘n’ roll, jumping jive and bebop, Little Charlie & The Nightcats is your band.

Playing from their new CD “Nine Lives,” which features 13 original songs, three of which are smoking instrumentals, the Sacramento-based blues and jump masters do music that is fueled by Little Charlie Baty’s jaw-dropping guitar acrobatics and driven by Rick Estrin’s winning original songs, cutting vocals and deep harmonica playing.

It’s true that if you love great harmonica playing, Rick Estrin is your man. According to Down Beat, he “sings and writes songs like the brightest wise guy in all bluesland and blows harmonica as if he learned at the knee of Little Walter.” He’s been doing it for over 30 years.

And Baty, well, he’s a take-no-prisoners, one-of-a-kind guitarist you’ve got to see to believe.

The fun begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St. in Grass Valley. Buy tickets for $18 in Nevada City at Yabobo and Love Shack Records, in Grass Valley at Briar Patch and The Book Seller, and in Auburn at Cherry Records. Call 274-8384 or go online at for more information.

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