Society Hall Welcomes Back the Soul and R&B of Salt & Pepper! (with Don Richmond and Paul Pearcy)
Friday, Sept. 29th
Doors open at 6:30pm and show begins at 7:30pm
Society Hall, at 400 Ross Avenue in Alamosa, is proud to present the blues, jazz and Motown style music of the Salt & Pepper Band! Tony Nardi (Hammond B-3, piano, vocals) and Eddie Mobley (percussion, vocals) are the core of Salt and Pepper, but for this special show they will be joined by Paul Pearcy on drums and Don Richmond on guitar and fiddle.. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the show beginning at 7:30 pm.
Their latest CD "No Visible Scars" was recorded half in Tony and Eddie's old home of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and half at Don Richmond's Howlin' Dog Records studio outside of Alamosa. It features top players from both the Arkansas and Colorado/New Mexico areas. Richmond remarks, “This is just a superb record, with great songs and great playing throughout. Tony is an absolute master of the Hammond and Eddie's vocals are as soulful and captivating as they can be, and all the supporting cast just nail it.” All but one of the songs on “No Visible Scars” are original, with music composed by Tony and lyrics composed by Tony's wife Karla.
Tony Nardi & Eddie Mobley first met and recorded together as a group while serving in the Air Force and stationed in Thailand in 1969. The soul and R & B duo named themselves Salt & Pepper Band as a nod to their mixed color, a rarity at that time. Although the group broke up after their tour of duty, Tony and Eddie continued to play together whenever possible. Eddie decided to make a permanent move to join musical forces again a few years ago after their original recording, "Man of My Word" made a comeback in the Northern Soul Dance Clubs in Europe and was reissued on Kent Records as a new 45 and on a compilation CD. Due to the recording's quality, rarity and renewed popularity, the original 45 has become a collector's item and fetches thousands for the few remaining copies. In December 2012, Salt & Pepper Band was the subject of an article in the German pop-culture magazine, "Gethappy!?", and in 2013 were also featured in Samantha Goldie's article for NPR Magazine in Melbourne, Australia.
Society Hall Welcomes the West Texas Music of
Friday, Oct. 6th
Doors open at 6:30pm and show begins at 7:30pm
Society Hall is excited to welcome the west Texas music of Junior Vasquez and his wife Mickie! The concert will be Friday, October 6th at 7:30 PM at Society Hall, 400 Ross Ave in Alamosa. Door will open at 6:30 PM. Tickets are available online at www.societyhall.org and at the Green Spot at 711 State Ave in Alamosa. The concert will also stream live on the Society Hall Facebook page and You-Tube channel.
Calistro “Junior” Vasquez is a singer and songwriter, born in Lubbock and raised in West Texas, and will be performing along with his wife Mickie. He has been playing professionally for over 45 years. Junior began playing guitar at the age of ten and fronted his first band at age 11. From the early 70's to the early 80's, Junior fronted several bands, including Peyote, Texas Rain, Junior's Farm, and Rhema, and traveled throughout Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma. They opened for several national acts including David Alan Coe, Styx, Batdorf and Rodney and many more. Junior says, "Music is the universal language- it knows no boundaries. It reaches down to the soul and makes a person laugh, cry, reminisce, dance…. My hope is that my music will do just that."
Born and raised in Lubbock, Tx. Junior has been an integral part of the music scene in Lubbock and the surrounding area since 1973. His music is acoustic guitar driven folk/Americana influenced by the likes of America, Batdorf and Rodney, James Taylor, Dan Fogelberg, The Beatles etc… He and his wife Mickie have earned the respect of many fellow successful musicians who’ve encouraged them to take their music to the music lovers throughout! Here's some of what their musical friends and peers have to say -
“I’ve known Junior and Mickie Vasquez for over 50 years. Their songwriting and vocal goodness is second to none. Their live shows are stellar and compelling. And, besides all the talent, they are good Human Beings. I’m glad they are finally taking their music to the World”
Lloyd Maines- Musician and Producer
My friends and heroes Junior & Mickie Vasquez are consummate musicians. Brilliant singers and instrumentalists — Junior on guitar and Mickie on keys — the two bring years of experience to their gigs. Having a wide and varied repertoire, to include finely-crafted original works, they come prepared for any occasion. And “prepared” means in every way: practiced, rehearsed, technically-sound, musically knowledgeable, reliable, dependable. But of even greater importance, Junior and Mickie are consummate human beings. They bring a bright and genuine presence to their music, a cheery soulfulness which is the most important gift that music — and its practitioners — can bestow. They’re the real deal.
Andy Wilkinson Writer/performer/teacher.
"Junior and Mickie Vasquez is a husband and wife team I have followed for decades and proudly proclaim myself as a fan from the beginning. The perfect duet harmony, level of musicianship, and original compositions combined with selective choice of cover material guarantees to win you over as a new fan."
Jay Boy Adams- Singer/Songwriter- Producer
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