Ricky Nye To Perform at Benefit Concert For Homeless Youth on 9/8 At The Blue Wisp

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Ricky Nye
Ricky Nye

Photo by Scott Preston

A benefit concert will be presented on Sunday, September 8, at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club in Cincinnati to raise money for outreach programs that support Lighthouse on Highland, Interfaith Hospitality Network and Faces Without Places.  The concert will feature three outstanding musical groups Ricky Nye, Dick and the Roadmasters and The Greenhills Strings.  This exciting evening of music starts at 6 pm with a donation of $15 requested at the door.

Blues, boogie woogie and classic New Orleans jazz and R&B all come flying from the fingers of Cincinnati, OH pianist and vocalist RICKY NYE. The driving force behind the annual BLUES & BOOGIE PIANO SUMMIT held in Greater Cincinnati since 1999, Ricky has shared stages in the U.S. and Europe with the world’s leaders in blues and boogie piano. Recently voted “Blues Artist Of The Year 2013” in Cincinnati’s CEA Awards and “Best Local Musician” by City Beat Magazine’s “Best Of Cincinnati 2013” reader’s poll, Ricky also continues to gain notoriety on an international level, performing his infectious blend of American roots music in solo, duo and combo settings in locales such as France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Vienna, England, and Switzerland. Ricky also celebrates a long-time performing and recording collaboration with “The Paris Blues Band”, the very finest purveyors of swingin’ blues and boogie in Paris, France. More information can be found @ http://www.rickynye.com.

Dick and The Roadmasters (http://www.reverbnation.com/dickandtheroadmasters) are led by the guitar and vocals of Dick Buchholtz.  While grounded in the blues and American roots, they also play a wide range of musical styles.  Other Roadmasters include J Scarr on bass and vocals, Susan Baird on keyboard and vocals and Jimmy Clem on drums.  The band was winner of the 2003 Cincinnati Blues Challenge qualifying them to compete in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis where they made the semifinals.  They repeated a semifinal appearance in the IBC in 2009 after winning the Louisville Challenge.  They have made many appearances at the annual Cincy Blues Fests and have been a staple of Cincinnati’s blues scene for nearly a decade.  Dick and the Roadmasters is also a recipient of the respected CULAN “Flowers Award” (http://www.culan.org/).

The Greenhills Strings is a group of five musicians from the village that plays an entertaining and eclectic mix of songs from traditional folk, gospel, Irish and other genres.  They accompany their vocals with the acoustic sounds of guitar, banjo, standup bass and piano (google “ Greenhills Strings”).  The Greenhills Strings have appeared at numerous community and area events in the northern Cincinnati area as well as in our previous concerts.

Lighthouse on Highland of Lighthouse Youth Services is a multi-faceted program providing shelter, day services and outreach to homeless young adults to help them achieve success in the community through case management services, referral to housing, mental health, and substance abuse services, and access to harm reduction supplies. The Gathering provides meals to the young adults at the center.  Interfaith Hospital Network is the emergency shelter program for homeless families with children. The Gathering is among the congregations that assist with overnight sleeping space and meals for these needy families. Faces Without Places provides advocacy as well as specialized educational services and lifestyle enrichment opportunities for children who are homeless. The Gathering provides meals for students in this program

The producer and sponsor of the concert is The Gathering Church of 1431 Main Street in Over-the-Rhine.  The Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Cincinnati’s premier jazz venue, is at 700 Race Street in Cincinnati (http://www.thebluewisp.com/).