Mike Zito & Friends: A Tribute To Chuck Berry and Rock ‘N’ Roll World Tour

Mike Zito has launched his Rock N’ Roll World Tour 2020 (it began January 30). The tour continues tonight (February 1) at The Shrine in Tulsa. February dates concentrate in the Midwest before Zito and crew jump on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea IV.

Of special note will be the show February 8 at Delmar Hall in St. Louis billed as Mike Zito & Friends: A Tribute To Chuck Berry, featuring Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Robben Ford, Joanna Connor, and Charles Berry III, all who performed on Zito’s Chuck Berry tribute album.

That album was released in November and topped the Billboard Blues Chart. The album boasts a stunning array of talent in honor of rock ’n’ roller Berry: Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout, Eric Gales, Robben Ford, Richard Fortus, Sonny Landreth, Luther Dickinson, Albert Castiglia, and Anders Osborne. Also performing on the album is Charles Berry III, Berry’s grandson. The album was produced by Zito and was recorded at his Marz Studios. Zito explained:

“This was a very special project for me. I lived in Chuck’s hometown of St. Louis for thirty-two years, and I worked at a small musical instrument store where his drummer also happened to be employed. Chuck’s son would drop by on occasion as well. He was an icon, and rightfully so. I’ve been playing his songs since I was a kid. Needless to say, he was a tremendous influence on my career, and, of course, on many other musicians’ as well.”

Zito then takes the tour across the Atlantic for a month’s worth of European dates before returning for more U.S. dates as the summer heats up.

 

MIKE ZITO’S TRIBUTE to CHUCK BERRY

02/01  The Shrine | Tulsa OK  w/ John Nemeth
02/04  George’s Majestic Lounge | Fayetteville AR 
02/05  Wave | Wichita KS 
02/06  Knucklehead’s Saloon | Kansas City MO 
02/07  Blue Note | Columbia MO 
02/08  Delmar Hall | St. Louis MO ***
02/09  Space | Evanston IL 
02/11  Zoo Bar | Lincoln NE 
02/13  Hook and Ladder Theater | Minneapolis MN 
02/14  Vangarde Arts | Sioux City IA
02/15  Winter Blues Fest | Des Moines Marriott Downtown | Des Moines IA
02/16  Veterans of Foreign Wars | Memphis MO
02/18-22  Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea IV | Nassau BHS

 

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL WORLD TOUR: EUROPE

03/11  Meisenfrei Blues Club | Bremen DEU
03/12  Scheuer | Idstein DEU
03/13  Blues Garage | Hannover DEU
03/14  Quasimodo | Berlin DEU
03/17  Merlin Kulturzentrum | Stuttgart DEU
03/18  Downtown Bluesclub | Hamburg DEU
03/19  Clubmusik Holzminden | Höxter DEU
03/21  Podium de Vorstin | Hilversum | NLD
03/24  Théâtre Charcot | Marcq-en-Baroeul FRA
03/25  Le Ferrailleur Club | Nantes FRA
03/26  Paul B. | Massy FRA  w/ Jessie Lee & the Alchemists
03/27  Musiktheater Piano | Dortmund DEU
03/30  Spirit of 66 | Verviers BEL
04/09  The Iron Road Live | Pershone GBR
04/11  HRH Blues VI | O2 Academy Sheffield GBR

 

MIKE ZITO and HIS BIG BLUES BAND

05/02  The Soiled Dove Underground | Denver CO
05/03  Moxi Theater | Greeley CO  w/ Vanessa Collier
05/16  The Vista Room ATL | North Decatur GA
05/23  The Funky Biscuit | Boca Raton FL
09/10-14  Big Blues Bender | Las Vegas NV

 

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