Phantom Blues Band featuring Mike Finnigan

Phantom Blues Band featuring Mike Finnigan

Eric Tessmer

Sat, March 4, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$25 Advance - $30 Day of Show

This event is all ages

All seating is general admission. Table reservations are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316-722-4201. Nancy's A-Maize-N Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text BLUES to 49798 updates and chances at FREE tickets! The Check Room is open during events to check your coats, hats and purses.

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Phantom Blues Band featuring Mike Finnigan
Phantom Blues Band featuring Mike Finnigan
The Phantom Blues Band was formed as a studio band to backup Taj Mahal on his CD, ‘Dancin’ the Blues’. The association with Taj produced several more recordings including the Grammy winning ‘Senor Blues’ and ‘Shouting in Key’. Taj Mahal and the Phantom Blues Band were recipients of the 2001 W.C Hand Award as Band of the Year.

After circling the globe playing major Blues and Jazz Festivals in Europe, Japan and Australia with Taj Mahal, The Phantom Blues Band released their first CD, ‘Limited Edition’ in 2003. This was followed by ‘Out of the Shadows’ and the soon to be released ‘Footprints’, both available on Delta Groove.

Having spent many years as part of the Texas blues community, the members of the Phantom Blues Band backed and recorded with many blues greats including Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King, B.B. King, Jimmy Reed, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy and Otis Rush.

The Phantom Blues Band members are all in their own right successful session players, producers, arrangers, composers, songwriters and recording artists.

The Phantom Blues Band continues to work dates on their own and occasional special shows with Taj Mahal.
To learn more about the Phantom Blues Band visit their website: www.phantombluesband.com
Eric Tessmer
Eric Tessmer
Eric James Tessmer, actually named after guitar giants Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix, is an extraordinary guitarist, musician, singer and songwriter hailing from Austin, TX. He is widely considered one of the most vibrant guitarists to follow in the footsteps of blues-rock legends such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and his namesake predecessors. His live shows have captured audiences' attention across the United States as power-packed sessions of wickedly fast and precise licks that can light the house on fire without the need for lighter fluid.

Born and raised outside of the small town of Richland Center, Wisconsin, Tessmer began playing at a young age, inspired by his father and grandmother. In 2000, he moved to Austin at the age of 19 to play gigs with numerous musicians and bands, earning local credibility as he honed his craft of riffing with speed, power and control. He later formed his own power trio, the Eric Tessmer Band, in 2003. Through a battered '59 Fender Stratocaster producing vintage-correct tones, Eric has been kickstarting the engine left idling by guitar players of the past ever since.

Known as one of the hardest working musicians in Austin, Eric Tessmer continues to travel the U.S., Canada and Europe. Creating his own brand of blues-rock soul-chedelic sound, he has electrified festivals such as Montreal Jazz Fest, Summerfest, and MusikFest with dialed-in precision and delivered polished performances at clubs, pubs and venues across the land. Sharing the stage with notable musicians such as Dick Dale, Anders Osborne, Tab Benoit, Monte Montgomery, Gary Clark Jr. and Chris Duarte, Tessmer has created a buzz among the blues-rock community that is quickly swarming with devoted disciples.
Press:

"This guitar prodigy plays like a man possessed." – Boston Globe

"Tessmer holds a nightly clinic, a sermon if you will, in Strat manipulation." – Rank & Revue

"Tessmer is the real deal.' – Austinist