Rocket Rached & The Fat City 8 / Press

“the only ‘big band’ playing blues in the Ottawa are a. In 2011, they released their second live CD, “Seven Years of Thur sdays recorded over two nights at the Elmdale House Tavern. An earlier live recording from Ottawa Bluesfest is no longer available, though the y promise streaming audio soon. A new studio recording is in the planni ng stages, along with an ambitious tour. The band features a horn section, typically with at least four members (and often more) – the current lineup includes Rick Rang no on trumpet, Sandy Gordon on alto saxophone, Frank Scanga on harmonica and baritone saxophone and Terry Owen on tenor saxophone. The Ro cket himself usually brings out his tuba and/or trombone to up the horn quotient. Steve Ridgley is in charge of keys – piano and organ – and veteran b assman George Pendergast teams up with the newest Fat City recruit, Steve Lu nd on drums in the rhythm section. Personnel change”

“If you're still craving the blues after the Bluesfest shows, Irene's Pub has a weekend lineup that will satisfy the need for an after party. Ottawa's Harley-riding, blues-growling institution Jed "Rocket" Rached rounds up his cohorts the Fat City 8 to deliver the goods on Friday night.”

“ Up until late last week, Jed "Rocket" Rached's world was very constant. Days, and nights, were filled with music, with excitement building towards Saturday’s CD release show. Then, his mother passed away after a prolonged illness. It’s enough to stop one in his tracks. But, only five days after his mother's funeral, Rached will take the stage as planned with his nine-piece band, Fat City 8. "It takes a lot of character to put on a performance after suffering a loss like this," says band member Frank Scanga. "I would support Jed show or no show, but I know all of us have been looking forward to performing after a three month break. I imagine it's the same for him." Rocket Rached and Fat City 8 was created over 15 years ago. When the combo first started out, the group counted five horns and a six-piece string section, and totaled 16 musicians.”