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Mick Fleetwood Blues Band feat. Rick Vito

  • Veteran's Memorial Auditorium 255 South Auburn Street Grass Valley, CA, 95945 United States (map)

The Center for the Arts presents
with Achilles Wheel Duo opening
Friday, September 23, 2016, 8pm
at the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium


$90 Premium reserved seating including parking
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

$70 member/$80 non-member Tier 2 rows L –FF reserved seating
$52 member/$68 non member Tier 3 rows GG-LL reserved seating
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)


$42/47 rows MM-QQ, General Admission
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)


$42 member, $47 non member, Standing/Dancing Room only
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Mick Fleetwood VIP Meet & Greet Package(30 available):$350

. One reserved floor ticket in rows 1 – 5 (distributed day of show)
. Exclusive Meet & Greet with Mick Fleetwood
. Photo op with Mick Fleetwood
. Q&A session at Mick Fleetwood’s drum kit
. One Autographed 8×10 photo
. One Mick Fleetwood signature drumhead
. One specially designed Mick Fleetwood VIP tote bag
. One Mick Fleetwood VIP Meet & Greet laminate
. On-Site VIP Host

Veterans Memorial Auditorium
255 South Auburn Street, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, is celebrating his blues heritage with his new band, The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band. As well as their own material, the band pays tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, the all-male blues band that started it all in 1967. Bringing together four stellar Blues and Rock musicians, Mick Fleetwood presents a live album which is as current as it is nostalgic.

At the front of the group is Rick Vito, veteran Bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist. Rick adds his personal touch while staying true to the styling of early Fleetwood Mac front man Peter Green. “A lot of guys can play the licks but Rick has the tone and that’s so important in real blues,” says Mick Fleetwood. With Fleetwood anchoring the band on percussion, the “other half” of the rhythm section is Lenny Castellanos on bass. As Mick points out, “I’ve played with John McVie for 40 years, any bassist who plays with me has big shoes to fill.” Lenny does a great job filling those shoes while complimenting Mick’s unique and revered drum style. Mark Johnstone ties everything together on the keys and backup vocals, infusing a vibrant energy to the group. The band is led, of course, by the legendary Mick Fleetwood, providing a backbone with his unmistakable power-house percussion and persona. The band pays tribute to the Mac’s early days, when it drew heavily on American blues music and produced hits such as “Rattlesnake Shake,” “Albatross,” “Oh Well” and “Black Magic Woman” (which was later covered by Santana).

Paul Kamm and Jonny Mojo are singer/songwriters and frontmen of the Northern California Roots and World music/Rock and Roll jam band, Achilles Wheel. As an acoustic duo they bring the same high energy and engaging stage presence to a quieter place, combining a bit of Country and Bluegrass to the band’s famously hard driving sound. But it’s the infectious quality of their songwriting that really shines in this setting, and the diverse nature of it as well. Paul and Jonny work off of each other like two sides of the same coin, actively looking for and pushing each other to find the most in whatever song they’re playing.

Achilles Wheel is a California based rock and roll band that blurs the lines between genres and fuses an infectious blend of Roots and World Music Rockadelia.

Their sound comes across as both Old School and New School and is riddled with great songwriting.  The one thing that rises to the surface as you get to know this band is that supporting the benefit of our human condition is foremost in their work.  They play hard as a way to break down walls and celebrate life.  The idealism that they embraced as younger men has not diminished in the harsh light of the modern world as we struggle to live freely and have a good time, and in the end, hopefully matter.  Achilles Wheel fearlessly sings out to these times.

With the release of their third studio recording, ‘Devil In The Yard’ Achilles Wheel is also waving the flag for Ben Jacobs (Poor Man’s Whiskey, Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Rusty Stringfield), who came to the AW studio in Nevada City to record a couple of songs, but after playing on every track he left as the new Achilles Wheel keys man.  He joins Jonny Mojo Flores on lead guitar and vocals, Paul Kamm on guitar and vocals, Shelby Snow on bass and vocals, Mark McCartney on drums and vocals and Gary Campus on drums and percussion.

Earlier Event: September 23
Atumnal Equinox Sale
Later Event: September 25
Crystal Bowersox