Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Wellsville: The Nighthawks return to the Creative Arts Center May 21

WELLSVILLE,NY-The Nighthawks will be performing on Saturday, May 21st, at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center.  Show starts at 8p.m.  Advanced tickets are $16,  $18 at door.  Members save an additional $2.  Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Art Center Coffee House.  For more information visit the website or call (585) 593-3000.
Roots ‘n’ blues veterans the Nighthawks are a respected brand with a long and storied history behind the name. Formed in 1972 by singer/harp player Mark Wenner and guitarist Jimmy Thackery, the band was part of a thriving early 1970s Washington D.C. music scene that included talents like Roy Buchanan and Danny Gatton. Through the years, the band has released better than 20 albums and rotated through a number of musicians, but they’ve always been led by Wenner’s undeniable vision and love of music.
Some 40+ years later, the band is still rockin’ and earning new fans around the world. They are currently touring in support of their latest release, Back Porch Party.  Following up on their critically-acclaimed 2014 album 444, the Nighthawks – frontman Wenner, guitarist Paul Bell, bassist Johnny Castle, and drummer Mark Stutso – have put together another fine set of blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll with a bit of twang and R&B thrown in for good measure.
Back Porch Party was recorded “live and acoustic” in the studio, the band running through a dozen songs that include five originals as well as covers of classic tunes by Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Slim, Willie Dixon, Ike Turner, and Jimmy Rogers. A couple of performances defy expectations, even for a band as flexible as the Nighthawks – their own version of “Down In The Hole,” better known as the theme from the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, and the Patsy Cline gem “Walkin’ After Midnight.”
“After all these years, the Nighthawks continue to produce music bursting with exuberant energy and infectious vitality, rescuing forgotten gems, breathing new life into classics, and adding to the canon with catchy and contagious originals.”  -John Taylor, BLINDED BY SOUND
“This is what they talk about when they talk about making a joyful noise.” -Chris Spector, MIDWEST RECORD