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The WMNF programmer Reverend Billy C. Wirtz is also known as the Master of the 88 Key Disaster, a comic genius, gifted pianist and musicologist who defies easy classification; he describes himself as the Victor Borge of the blues! His songs delve into politics and social commentary, so be prepared for no theme being too extreme or taboo as long as it garners a laugh. In addition to starting off the evening solo, the Reverend will also join the Nighthawks for some of their set as well. Get ready to laugh, cry and enjoy great blues all the the same time.
The Nighthawks – Over more than four decades, The Nighthawks have earned a reputation as one of the best and hardest-working bands around. Their live shows are legendary. Founded in the Washington, D.C. area in 1972, the ‘Hawks’ were a roots band before anyone had come up with the term. Their mix of blues, rock, rockabilly, soul and swing appeals to a widely diverse audience, built over years of touring throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. The band’s current lineup features founding member Mark Wenner on harp and vocals, Paul Bell on guitar and vocals, Johnny Castle on bass and vocals and, on drums and vocals, Mark Stutso, who replaced longtime member Pete Ragusa.
$12, advance, $15 door
The Nighthawks with Reverend Billy C. Wirtz
March 9, 2018
8:00 pm - 11:50 pm