“An Evening of Songs & Stories from the Trenches of The Blues”, with RJ Mischo, Franck L. Goldwasser and Fred Kaplan & special guests performing on Saturday June 8th at 8pm inside the Namba Performing Arts Space.
Ventura’s RJ Mischo is considered by critics and fans worldwide to be in the upper echelon of today’s great Harp players and singers. RJ started playing at the age of ten and by the time he was 19 he was working as a full-time professional musician. He began his career in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul, Minnesota an area that has spawned so many famous musicians. RJ cut his teeth with the legends of the Twin Cities’ Blues scene Percy Strother, Mojo Buford, Sonny Rogers, & Lazy Bill Lucas. He then formed “Blues Deluxe” quoted by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as “Minnesota’s hardest working Blues Band”.
In addition, RJ’s music can be heard on Independent movie scores, TV commercials, and documentaries on the Discovery Channel. He has contributed to two Mel Bay harmonica instruction books, and is acknowledged in The Encyclopedia of Harmonica. RJ is featured on David Barrett’s Harmonica Masterclass website, and is now on the staff at Jon Gindick’s Harmonica Jam Camps held in Clarksdale, Mississippi and Ventura California.
Mischo has performed at major festivals and night clubs throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, England, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, France, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Slovenia, Finland, Lichtenstein & Luxembourg,
Franck L. Goldwasser has earned a WC Handy Award nomination for his first recording, Blues For Esther, and has played alongside renowned musicians as Jimmy McCracklin, Percy Mayfield, Lowell Fulson, Charlie Musselwhite and The Mannish Boys with whom he received multiple Blues Music Award nominations and wins.
Fred Kaplan’s place in blues history is best known as a member of the immortal Hollywood Fats Band, but even more so, he belongs on the pedestal of Angeleno blues pioneers. Fred is currently continuing to record and tour worldwide, both as a solo pianist and as an integral part of the world-renown Hollywood Blue Flames group.
Here’s an excerpt of RJ Mischo performing at Namba on May 4, 2019.