Big Head Blues Club Presents The Songs of Willie Dixon
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
with special guests
Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, and Ronnie Baker Brooks
Escondido CA— The California Center for the Arts, Escondido is proud to present platinum-selling artists, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, as they join forces with three second-generation blues stars on Thursday, September 29, 2016 for a special presentation of Big Head Blues Club Featuring Big Head Todd and the Monsters with Mud Morganfield, Billy Branch, and Ronnie Baker Brooks Presents: The Songs of Willie Dixon. This incredible evening of music will feature a stellar lineup of seasoned musicians, who will play in honor of one of the pillars of modern blues and an influential songwriter of early rock ‘n’ roll. Willie Dixon’s street-tough lyrics and ribald riffs have influenced the music of Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and The Rolling Stones.
Since high school, Big Head Todd and the Monsters have been big fans of the blues. In 1997, they recorded the song “Boom Boom” with John Lee Hooker for their album, Beautiful World. It wasn’t until 2011 that the band fully delved into the blues world with their project, 100 Years of Robert Johnson, which features guest appearances by B.B. King, Hubert Sumlin, Charlie Musselwhite, Honeyboy Edwards and more. To most music fans, Big Head Todd and the Monsters are widely known for their platinum-selling album, Sister Sweetly, which includes the hit songs, “Bittersweet” and “Broken Hearted Savior.”
Big Head Blues Club features a “who’s who” on the blues scene. As the eldest son of Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield has been around the globe, taking blues festivals by storm. He recently released an album featuring the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ front man, Kim Wilson. Billy Branch is a three-time GRAMMY Award nominee and played the harmonica in Willie Dixon’s Chicago Blues All-Stars band. Ronnie Baker Brooks is the son of Chicago blues master Lonnie Brooks whose headlined the 2013 Chicago Blues Festival and performed at the Notodden Blues Festival in Norway.
Big Head Blues Club comes armed with their own original blues material as well as the incredible playlist of “The Songs of Willie Dixon.” San Diego metro area audiences can expect an electrifying concert that is certainly not to be missed on September 29, 2016.
About the California Center for the Arts, Escondido
With a mission of bringing people together to discover, create and celebrate both the visual and performing arts, the California Center for the Arts, Escondido is the cultural center of North San Diego County.
The Center’s unique campus includes a 1,523-seat concert hall, a 404-seat theater, a contemporary art museum, art and dance studios, and a full-service conference center with meeting and banquet facilities. The Center also runs an extensive education program and produces free community events. San Diego Magazine named the Center the “Best Limited Engagement” in North County, and the Center was named in the Top Five for U-T San Diego’s Readers Poll for “Best Live Music Venue.” In 2016, the Center was named “Organization of the Year” by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce.
The Center is located at 340 N. Escondido Blvd. in Escondido. The Ticket Office can be reached at (800) 988-4253. Tickets can also be purchased online. To learn more, including performance dates, times and ticket information, visit artcenter.org.