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James Howard Band – Blues @ Hoops

Join us for some Blues Music with the James Howard Band on the Patio @HoopsYakima on Saturday, August 3 from 7:00-10:00pm.

San Francisco Bay Area native James Howard brings his eclectic Blues-Rock to Hoops! Known for his award-winning eclectic blend of soaring lead guitar and inspirational singing and songwriting, James Howard’s live show is a satisfying mix of virtuoso guitar, soulful vocals, originals, instrumentals, and select covers, inspired by Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Jeff Beck and Pat Travers. He won the Washington Blues Society Finals in 2016 and 2023, and competed in this year’s International Blues Challenge, in Memphis Tennessee.

James has been lighting up the stage for over 40 years, delivering a unique blend of traditional blues and psychedelic progressive roots rock with a pinch of Latin and Jazz.

Band members:
Jack Dolan – Bass
James Howard – Guitar
Kevin Cook – Drums

Media Reviews::
“Guitarist extraordinaire…animated, energetic and intense performance… a breathtaking exhibition… pushed the crowd to the edges of their seats…simply awesome” -and – “…he mixes the intensity of Stevie Ray with the passion of Hendrix and plays some of the meanest blues this side of the Mississippi. He takes his phenomenal blues to places others have not, making the music his own. He has what it takes to bring the blues up to the next level.” ─ Bernard Bauer of Music Connection Magazine

“What Howard can do with a guitar is remarkable in a word …will have veteran guitar players wondering where the licks are coming from … Howard’s guitar is sweet and brilliant and laced with Spanish overtones and a fluid approach that is chilling. He knows his craft. .. deep in the well when it comes to guitar wizardry & creativity.” ─ Craig Ruskey of Delta Snake Daily Blues Online Magazine:

Lee Cotton of Rock and Blues News Magazine:
“… a Jimi Hendrix on guitar with John Lennon’s voice and vision … a songwriter with great depth.”

Learn more about their music on their website – https://jameshowardmusic.com/

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