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Blues and $2.00 Brews with The Legendary Ron Thompson & Sid Morris Gang featuring “New Belgium Brewery”
March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Blues and $2.00 Brews with The Legendary Ron Thompson and
Sid Morris Gang featuring “New Belgium Brewery”
Not many living blues musicians can say they have performed with and recorded for legends like Big Mama Thornton, Tina Turner, Bruce Willis, Luther Tucker, Jimmy McCracklin, Pee Wee Crayton, Carla Thomas, Booker T. Jones, Percy Mayfield, Etta James, B.B. King, and Jimmy Reed. Ron Thompson can, and that’s just the beginning!
Ron Thompson is a legendary rhythm and blues guitarist and master keyboardist whose career began in the rough and tumble world of East San Francisco Bay nightclubs and bars in the early 1970’s. During many years of touring coast to coast with John Lee Hooker, Hooker was quoted as saying, “Ron Thompson, he’s my main man!”
After serving as John Lee Hooker’s bandleader for seven years, Thompson went on to form his own group, Ron Thompson and His Resisters, which continues to tour extensively. Recently, Ron performed at the Jazz and Blues Sessions in Berne, Switzerland, and he has electrified stages in Poland, Mexico, Belize, and many other parts of the world. He is planning a tour in Panama in 2015, and will be appearing at the top blues festivals in the United States.
Ron Thompson was honored by the City of San Francisco for his decades of musical contributions. A few days after San Francisco Giants Home Run King Barry Bonds got “his day” in The City for breaking the all-time American baseball home run record, San Francisco celebrated its own musical home run king, Ron Thompson. By official proclamation of Mayor Gavin Newsom, September 5, 2007, was declared “Ron Thompson Day in San Francisco.”
Ron’s extensive roster of awards over the years include: Two Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies), the Colorado Blues Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, induction into the Blues Hall of Fame, and many more. Ron’s Resistor Twister album was nominated for a Grammy in 1987. [For a full list of Ron’s awards and honors, please see the list of awards at the end of this biography.]
THE MUSIC OF RON THOMPSON
In the early 1980’s, Ron met Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) and the two became musical partners and close friends. Ron and Mick formed the band, Mick Fleetwood’s Blue Whale. Blue Whale still occasionally performs when Ron and Mick’s busy schedules permit.
Thompson’s extensive discography includes five of his own albums, much studio work, and several European anthologies. Not only has he shared the stage with numerous blues luminaries, Thompson has performed or recorded with such musical greats as Bruce Willis, Fleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Tina Turner, Elvin Bishop, Bill Medley, Huey Lewis, Dr. John, songwriter Bobby Womak, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Cray Band, Z.Z. Top, and legions of others artists.
Ron Thompson released his first solo and acoustic album Resonator in 2007. All the tracks except two were written by Ron, and display his versatility—from bluesy to spiritual to jazzy instrumental. Resonator was greeted with critical acclaim the world over. Not only did Resonator demonstrate Ron’s ability to perform as a solo artist, it showcased his songwriting prowess and mastery of many diverse genres.
AWARDS AND HONORS
INFLUENCES: John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, Elmore James, Fats Domino, Pinetop Perkins
Ron Thompson performs both solo and as a three piece band with drummer and bass guitar.
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Pianist Sid Morris as a teenager in the 60’s he began playing piano in a blues band with South Bay blues pioneer Gary Smith. Gary later introduced him to pianist Alberto Gianquinto, a San Francisco native who was a member of the original James Cotton Blues Band. For a short time in the early 70’s, Alberto was his mentor. Currently residing in San Jose, Sid has been performing since 1970 and continues to be an active member of the San Francisco Bay Area music community. Raised in Houston, Texas before his family moved to the South Bay, Sid performed at the very first San Francisco Blues Festival in 1973 and subsequently appeared at four other SF Blues Festivals. During his early years on the scene, Sid was mentored by Alberto Gianquinto. In 1976, Sid participated in the now legendary recording of the album, Blue Bay, an anthology featuring the elite of Bay Area musicians.