FunkBoneTxtWhen you ask someone to describe a performance by the Southwest Florida “Super Group” Mudbone, the response will likely include, “it is just plain fun.”  Thursday night, September 20, 2012 at 7:00pm, Mudbone will bring their bluesy brand of fun to the Center for the Arts café theater at the Promenade. 

Comprised of some of the area’s most notorious musicians including Rick Howard, David Johnson, Bill E. Peterson and Mario Infante , Mudbone brings together a vast collective musical experience with an eclectic take on The Blues, adding elements of Funk, Jazz, Latin, Zydeco, Reggae and everything in between! The Blues will never be the same when Mudbone hits the stage.

“Blues is a music that affects the listener cerebrally, emotionally and physically on a very simple level. It’s easy to feel, easy to relate to,” offers guitarist Rick Howard. Howard’s forty five years of guitar playing and vocalizing have put him into every situation and every musical genre. At age fourteen Rick was performing at local functions and by seventeen playing parties and weddings. By nineteen he was getting his Jazz legs playing nightclubs while teaching guitar in a Brooklyn music school.

Rick first attended college in his twenties. The local 802 program for professional musicians at KingsboroughCollege gave him a chance to hone his arranging, composing and orchestration skills. The late seventies saw Rick form a group called “Whapp.” This Zappa influenced ensemble mixed intricate music with a humorous theatrical approach.
In the eighties, Rick applied his talents to doing session work, playing guitar on movie scores and jingles. He contributed to recordings by King Sunny Ade, Betty Wright, Bob Marley, and Shania Twain to name a few.

Rick toured extensively with artists such as the Drifters and Chuck Berry, and he has shared the stage with Keith Emerson, Birelli Legrene, Jeff Baxter, John Entwhistle and others. Rick was heavily involved in the jazz and blues scene, performing with his group “The Wolfpack.” Rick recorded two albums with his Latin Jazz group IGUAZU…the first self titled “Iguazu” in 1998, and the second, “All You Need” in 2003. “All You Need” featured guests Paquito D’Rivera, Slide Hampton and Antonio Hart. Iguazu played at many Jazz festivals sharing the bill with Acoustic Alchemy, Alex Bugnon and David Valentin, to name a few.

Rick Howard is known by his peers to be one of the most diversified and eclectic guitarists on the scene. He plays every musical style with authenticity and taste. Rick considers his style to be the culmination of all his musical experience and influences. These influences include Kenny Burrell, Larry Carlton, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, Herb Ellis,Tal Farlow, David Gilmour, Alvin Lee, Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix and Joe Pass.

Rick now resides in Southwest Florida, enjoying the tropical climate and playing and singing as much Jazz and Blues as possible.  The first set of Mudbone’s show at the Promenade on Thursday will feature all acoustic instruments performing authentic old time Delta Blues, Country Blues and Zydeco.  The second set will take you on a journey through Chicago, New Orleans, Texas and other areas of The Blues….funky, gritty down and dirty Blues, Mudbone style! Refreshments including beer and wine will be available at the show.

You don’t have to be a member to enjoy all of the activities at the Center for the Arts of Bonita Springs.  Those who want to become members receive discounts on classes, shows and other events.  Those who join the Center for the Arts for the first time between May 1 and September 30, 2012 will receive a free 4-, 5-, or 6-week class to be used by December 31, 2012.  The Center for the Arts offers this promotion for first time members.  Call the Center for the Arts at 239-495-8989 for more information.

WHAT:  Live! at the Promenade “Blues with Mudbone”
WHEN: September 20, 2012; 7:00pm
WHERE: The Promenade at BonitaBay, Suite 114, 26821 South Bay Drive, BonitaSprings, Florida
FEE: $15 members/ $20 non-members
INFORMATION: 239-495-8989 or www.artcenterbonita.org

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