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Hamilton Loomis Moe's Alley welcomes back blues great HAMILTONLOOMIS. Hamilton will be performing 2 sets with his full live band starting at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pmIf blues, soul, and rock can be said to form a triangle, youll find Hamilton Loomis right in the center of it, says Guitar Player Magazine. An apt description, as young Loomis is one of the young artists at the forefront of bringing blues based American music into the 21st century and redefining it for a contemporary audience. Spanning youth and tradition, Loomis bridges the gap between generations of music-lovers both in the U.S. and around the world. Whereas similar aged acts like Black Keys, Robert Randolph and White Stripes play American rock music with heavy blues influences, Loomis plays the inverse. His is an undeniably blues based artist escalating into what All Music Guide calls a mixed bag of modern blues, modern funk, and slick soul. Much like fellow funkster Lenny Kravitz, Loomis played every instrument on his debut and Aint Just Temporary. The debut entitled Hamilton was under Grammy consideration, an impressive feat for a self-released debut indie record. Sure, Black Keys songs are in Levis commercials, but Hamilton landed a part in a VH-1 movie playing opposite Gene Simmons.Think about it. In a genre admittedly confined, how many blues artists claim to be Prince fans? How many blues artists today listen to metal and gypsy jazz from the 40s along with their B.B., Buddy, Kings and Collins? In a recent hometown Houston Chronicle feature Loomis and his band were succinctly labeled blues-rock-funk-groove-soul band. Hamilton Loomis December 1, 2009 Live In England release captures Loomis masterfully blending his myriad of influences into his live performance, at once forging ahead into hip musical territories while maintaining a strong connection to the blues legends that took him under their wings at a young age. Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, Loomis was first hooked on music through his parents extensive collection of blues, rock, and soul records. Loomis honed his multi-instrumental chops early, learning drums, piano, guitar, bass and harmonica by his early teens, and toured regularly as part of his familys doo-wop group. At age sixteen he went backstage to meet Bo Diddley, and before the night was over Loomis was onstage playing alongside the legend. Since that meeting, Diddley quickly became a friend, mentor, and supporter. INNOVATE, DONT IMITATEDiddleys words continue to inspire Loomis and fuel his desire for originality. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member said of Loomis, You got to put some seasonin in what youre doin, and this boys got the whole salt shaker! One of the young artists fondest memories was when Diddley took his iconic hat off mid-show and crowned it on his head, as if figuratively passing on the torch and proudly declaring Loomis as the legitimate heir in line. Bo Diddley first appeared on Loomis debut. And Diddleys last ever recorded song is You Got To Wait, from Loomis 2007 Blind Pig release Aint Just Temporary. The co-written track featured both Diddleys unmistakable voice and tremolo guitar for the last time. Other Texas blues legends such as Joe Hughes, Johnny Copeland, Gatemouth Brown and Albert Collins schooled Loomis early on in the finer points of the music, recognizing the youngsters talent and potential. By the time he turned eighteen, Loomis had performed in front of thousands at the Delta Blues Festival, and he was writing, arranging, and performing his own material. A series of self-released CDs followed, including 1996s Just Gimme One Night, 1999s All Fired Up, which the UKs Blues Matters said was so strong and confident that it has your vote two bars in. Loomis 2002 release, Live-Highlights, captured what his crowd-pleasing show is all about, and that is powerful Blues, Funk and Soul, according to Twelve Bar Rag magazine. There is not enough room here to point out all the good things about Live-Highlights! Loomis first Blind Pig Records release, Kickin It, released in 2003, presented his innovative approach to an audience hungry for something new in roots music. Said Blueswax, Loomis really gets it, and he is only in his twenties! Dont just dust off those old hackneyed Blues, create your own style of funkified soulful music. Southland Blues raved, Kickin It is one of the best CDs of the year. This kid's got most all of it and then some. More than worth a listen." And the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted, Loomis displays a polished vocal, guitar and songwriting knack that could win him the sort of crossover audience that Robert Cray and B.B. King enjoy. Within Loomis live show and thus the new record, listeners will enjoy funky rhythms, booming horns, powerful yet refined harmonica and Loomis soulful vocals coupled with his stellar guitar work. As has been his trademark, its another refreshing approach that manages to avoid blues clichs while staying true to the heart of the music. Touring non-stop since 2001, Loomis has brought his funk-i-fied Texas music to audiences all over the U.S. and the world, recently earning two "Best Artist" awards in England and Wales. Live In England captures Hamilton Loomis deft balance of his blues roots and exciting penchant for experimentation and originality. Loomis has guaranteed his place at the head of the pack of young artists changing the face of modern blues from within.Save