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Event Photography: KXCI-FM 91.3 House Rockin’ Blues Review

In November 1991, a storm packing 60 mile-per-hour winds attacked Tucson. Among the casualties was one of our city’s most beloved concert and dance venues, El Casino Ballroom.

The storm blew half the roof off the building, and that ended any sort of performances at the Ballroom for nine years. The half that still had a roof eventually re-opened, and it’s quite the place. Oh, is it ever.

This past Friday night, Tucson’s community radio station, KXCI-FM 91.3, went back to its roots and hosted a House Rockin’ Blues Review that drew 800 people. The station once offered a full menu of El Casino events to fund its startup and operating costs. Those came to an end after the roof debacle.

KXCI asked me to photograph the House Rockin’ Blues Review, and, yes, I’ve done other shoots for the station. But there was something different about this one. The crowd snapped to attention as soon as KXCI Blues Review deejay Marty Kool stepped up to the mike…

Concert photography - KXCI-FM 91.3 deejay Marty Kool emcees the August 10, 2012 House Rockin' Blues Review at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

As soon as Stefan George and Tom Walbank struck up their band, the dance floor filled. And it stayed that way…

Concert photography - packed dance floor during the August 10, 2012 House Rockin' Blues Review at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

It was as if the crowd had waited a long time for this night, and they were going to enjoy every morsel of it.

Say, did I mention Stefan George? Well, here he is…

Concert photography - Stefan George in concert during the August 10, 2012 House Rockin' Blues Review at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

And here’s Tom Walbank…

Concert photography - Tom Walbank in concert during the August 10, 2012 House Rockin' Blues Review at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

Stefan George and Tom Walbank were accompanied on bass by Steve Grams…

Concert photography - Bass player Steve Grams accompanies Tom Walbank and Stefan George during their August 10, 2012 House Rockin' Blues Review concert at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

After Stefan and Tom finished their concert, the crowd headed to the bar and to the food trucks outside…

Event photography - Food truck and customers during the August 10, 2012 House Rockin' Blues Review concert at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

After intermission, it was time for the Mike Hebert Band…

Concert photography - Mike Hebert Band in concert during the August 10, 2012 House Rockin' Blues Review at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

Here’s Mike Hebert on a guitar solo…

Concert photography - Mike Hebert plays a guitar solo during his August 10, 2012 House Rockin' Blues Review  concert at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

Singing lead vocals with the Mike Hebert Band, it’s Katherine Byrnes…

Concert photography - Katherine Byrnes sings with the Mike Hebert Band during the August 10, 2012 House Rockin' Blues Review concert at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

Playing saxophone, it’s Jeff Grubic…

Concert photography - Jeff Grubic plays saxophone during the Mike Hebert Band House Rockin' Blues Review concert at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona

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