The Spirit Room in Jerome Arizona

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Welcome to the Spirit Room Bar!

The Spirit Room is your home away from home for spirits, music and fun.

Check out who is playing next at the Historic Spirit Room Bar in Jerome Arizona.

Nov
15
Wed
2017
Moondog Hosts Open Mic
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Moondog

Moondog

Dog of the Moon

Dog of the Moon is the stage name of singer- songwriter Aaron Carl Swensen of Jerome, Arizona. Inspired by the musical legends of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan & Neil Young, Dog of the Moon specializes in his own cosmic blend of ‘Country Folk Rock Blues with an Outlaw Hippie Attitude’. His unique collection of original tunes include slow, reflective ballads, mid-tempo country ramblers and heavy, outrageous rockers. Upon hearing Dog of the Moon, one may recall a time long ago when life was simpler, people were friendlier, and the music was much more meaningful…

Do not pass up this exciting opportunity to have the Dog of the Moon work his musical magic upon you….

http://www.dogofthemoon.com/home

Nov
16
Thu
2017
Hank Erwin
Nov 16 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Hank Erwin

Hank Erwin

 

The Story So Far…
My parents met at a dance on the 8th and were married a year and a half later on the 8th. I was born at home on the 8th, in what became my bedroom a few years later. We lived in northern Kentucky, directly across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. My dad was a mechanic, but by my first birthday started driving an 18 wheeler over the road. His routes were mainly in the Midwest, and I spent a considerable portion of my childhood on the road, cramped in his old cabover International, listening to the CB crackle, roadhouse jukeboxes, and occasional street jams. I mainly lived at my parent’s home in Kentucky, where I skipped school as often as humanly possible and skateboarded. I also lived with my grandparents in a small cabin on Lake Huron. It stood on an island with no roads, bridges, ferries, or general store. Mainland was a fifteen minute boat ride, weather permitting. I fished for salmon and explored as much of the Great Lakes as I could reach in my dad’s 14-foot sailboat.

My grandmother, grandfather and father were all dead before I turned 20, all having died on the 8th. My parents knew each other 30 years to the day. My grandfather died on 8-8-88. He was 88 years old.

I became obsessed with music and after a year of harassing my parents, finally got my first guitar on my 8th birthday. It was a red electric, a Strat knock-off. I immediately wrote a song called “You Light Me Up Like Spray Paint on a Strike-Anywhere Match, Baby.”

I stepped onstage for the first time shortly after moving to Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was a speakeasy-type bar with hot lights, and the audience wanted blues. The first song I played was with a slide on an acoustic guitar tuned in open G; a Robert Johnson cover. I’d been taught by Shari Kane. They applauded. I was hooked.

Music took me from Kentucky to Michigan to Los Angeles to Austin, Texas. I got to meet and collaborate with many of my heroes along the way including Philip Sayce of The Jeff Healey Band and Melissa Ethridge. Constantly challenged and inspired by Philip’s beautifully intense guitar style, we became jam buddies and co-performers. “Hank is a naturally gifted musician and a wonderful human being, whose talents shine brightly when he takes the stage. When he sings and plays his guitar, he lights up a room and leaves audiences charged up and wanting more.” – Philip Sayce. I also studied guitar with Stuart Ziff, lead guitarist of WAR!

I drove around the country so much that I wore a hole in my steering wheel, right where my palm rests. While visiting Arizona, I became involved in a songwriting contest hosted by producer Mike Latanzi (Wyclef Jean, Steve Vai, Jewel, and many more). I made it to the last round of a two-week selection process and Latanzi requested that I stay in the area to record with him. During one visit to my grandparent’s cabin, while strolling the rocky shores, skipping stones, and looking out at the water, my curiosity got the better of me and I applied for my Merchant Marine Document.

I spent a short jaunt on a line barge on the Ohio River, running between Paducah and Pittsburg. By 2008 I landed a job on a Great Lakes freighter, a 678-foot ore carrier built in Lorain, Ohio in 1949. I worked as a deckhand and relief wheelsman. I spent five years on the boats, documented over 600 days at sea, and was on board in 2011 to see the largest Lake Michigan wave ever recorded by the National Weather Service. My first year we hauled just shy of 3 million tons of cargo over more than 57,000 miles.

I’ve played all over the states of Kentucky, Michigan and Arizona, as well as in Denver, Colorado Springs, Los Angeles, Asheville, and Gainesville, to name a few towns, and over a hundred gigs in Austin, Texas.

In 2009 I wrote a song called “Snakes in the Shed.” It won me the girl I wrote it about. The following year she took me to the Kerrville Folk Festival, where the music and the audience’s approach to listening blew me away. Upon walking up to my first late night campsite showcase, I made a comment out loud to my friend as we took a seat and was immediately shushed by several audience members. Though embarrassed, I thought it was one of the coolest things I’d ever seen. We all shut up and listened….to the Love Leighs.

In deciding to take a stage name, I used my my father and grandfather’s first and middle: Henry Erwin, Jr. and Sr. Dad went by Hank, grandpa went by Erwin or “Er,” by those who knew him best.

February 2014 saw the release of my first full length album, Million Miles. The first release show was in my hometown of Newport, KY. The night of the show a wicked snow storm dumped several inches in the hours leading up to showtime. The roads were barely navigable and I thought no one would come. The place was packed. It felt amazing.

I’m always learning how to take things to the next level, be it the songwriting, the show, the business. I love it all.

http://hankerwinmusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/HankErwinMusic

Nov
17
Fri
2017
Dog of The Moon Friday
Nov 17 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dog of the MoonMoondog

 

Dog of the Moon is the stage name of singer- songwriter Aaron Carl Swensen of Jerome, Arizona. Inspired by the musical legends of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan & Neil Young, Dog of the Moon specializes in his own cosmic blend of ‘Country Folk Rock Blues with an Outlaw Hippie Attitude’. His unique collection of original tunes include slow, reflective ballads, mid-tempo country ramblers and heavy, outrageous rockers. Upon hearing Dog of the Moon, one may recall a time long ago when life was simpler, people were friendlier, and the music was much more meaningful…

Do not miss Dog of The Moon Fridays every week at The Spirit Room!
http://www.dogofthemoon.com/

 

Frizzy and Edgy
Nov 17 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Frizzy and Edgy

Frizzy and Edgy

 

Sally Stricker and Steve Botterweg were long time members of AZ band Major Lingo, as bass player and drummer (Steve still plays drums with Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe). Together they are Frizzy & Edgy (on bass and guitar), performing cover tunes from different eras and styles, ranging from old style country, oldies, and Americana to Alt Rock and British rock

 

 

Nov
18
Sat
2017
Combo Deluxe
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
COMBO DELUXE

COMBO DELUXE

A Spirit Room and Verde Valley Favorite, Combo Deluxe will have you dancing, smiling and laughing. Come join us!

Llory McDonald

Musical Background – Llory started her musical career on Clarinet at the age of 6, playing in the band until 8th grade, when her brother threw his guitar in the garbage and she rescued it.

She joined her first rock band in high school, playing guitar, slide guitar and singing at dances and proms in Phoenix. She started playing the clubs in Phoenix at age 17 and formed her own band, The Llory McDonald Band in 1979. They opened for Paul Butterfield, Deep Purple, Iggy Pop, Jerry Riopelle and others.

They were playing concerts and clubs throughout the state of Arizona until 1984, when she moved to Los Angeles. There, she was playing in her own band Odds and Ends and in Jerry Riopelle’s band as a sideman.
summer olympics

She signed to Arista Records in 1988. She recorded a single which appeared on the “1988 Summer Olympics” album, along with various other artist including Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston. She also sang background vocals on Lita Ford’s 1988 release “Lita” on Dreamland Records. She signed a 3-year music publishing contract (1988-1990) with Blue Rider Music, where she sang on various singles and demos.

Dropped by Arista in 1989, she left the music business for the film industry, working as a production assistant and driver on films such as “The Dark Wind” with Lou Diamond Phillips and “When a Man Loves a Women” with Meg Ryan. She moved back to Arizona in 1994 and helped form Combo Deluxe.

Musical influences – Slide guitar players, Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George, also Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and soul music of the late 60’s and 70’s were a big influence.

Favorite Artist – Linda Ronstadt, Deborah Harry, Sheyl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye. She could go on and on …

Equipment – Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster guitar, Fender Hotrod Deville 212 Amp, EV mic, Nady cordless unit, various slides.

Hobbies – Golf and pondering

Likes – Margaritas, Mexico, funky soul music, good films and N.P.R.

Luke Jarrett has been playing the harp for some 30 years, and it’s truly his second love.

Over the years he has performed with many popular regional bands from Newport, RIto Monterey, CA, & Orange County California to Western Colorado. While residing in Southern California, he was often heard playing with opening acts at The Crazy HorseSaloon in Santa Ana, CA which was voted the ”CMA Nightclub of he Year” for several years, as well as the famous Palomino nightclub in No. Hollywood. He has also played a host of club and concert venuesup and down the west coast.

While living in Colorado he was a member of Ralph Dinosaur & The Fabulous Volcanoes, a very popular band performing in the resort towns of Telluride, Aspen, Steamboat and Durango, CO. Over the years, his popularity among professional musicians has resulted in his often being asked to take part in opening act performances for national acts such as John Mayall, J.J. Cale, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobby Bare, Ed Bruce and Rick Nelson. His past experience playing with country rock, rock & roll, reggae and blues bands, has honed his ability and reputation as a fine multi-genre harp player. One of Luke’s musical influences is Lee Oskar whom he recently had the pleasure of playing with at the Spirit Room in Jerome.

He can now be heard whaling away with Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe, a band that has the well-deserved reputation as “the hottest band in Arizona.” Luke can also be heard on their CD “Haunted”. Besides playing music, Luke loves to remodel homes, being in Rocky Point, Mexico whenever possible, and sharing a good laugh whenever possible, something that comes easy when sitting in with Llory and the boys.

Billy D. Fox was born in Redwood City, California. Moved to Vancouver, Washington /Portland Oregon.

Bill started playing guitar in 1964 in a band called The Live Souls. The band could not find a “Good Drummer” so Bill’s dad took him out and brought him his first drum set. Six years later he found himself the opening act for bands like Joe Walsh and the James Gang, Tommy James and the Shondells (Crimson and Clover,) The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Elvin Bishop. His biggest moment was playing before Sly and the family Stone.

Bill went on the road tours through the 70s with bands such as the Sonics out of Seattle Washington and Merilee Rush and the Turnabouts (Angel of the Morning.)

Opening act for Sugar Loaf through the 80’s and 90’s. Toured the Hawaiian Island, Japan, Hong Kong, East Asia Jam Sessions and 1 Night Shows with Paul Revere and the Raiders, Robert Cray, Ann and Nancy Wilson (of Heart,) The Drifters, Motown Detroit’s The Arnold Brothers, Rod Price and Fog Hat.

In the mid 90’s Bill and his wife Annette opened up a small chain of Nightclubs in Vancouver Washington called Chicago Blues 1 & 2 and Pizza Blues. Bill performed with his band The Fox Network which was made up from a large group of musicians from the Portland music scene. He would call from a list of available musicians that were not on tour at the time.

One of their favorite local artists, Lee Garrett, co- wrote “Signed Sealed Delivered” with Stevie Wonder.

In 2003 they sold the Restaurants and Night clubs Moved to Arizona and Bill’s currently with Arizona’s favorite Recording Artist Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe and Bill has never been happier “The End.”
http://llorymcdonald.com/Welcome_here.html

Sugar Thieves
Nov 18 @ 9:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 12:00 am

the sugar thieves bandSugar Theives

The Sugar Thieves have a sultry blues roots foundation and powerhouse delta sound that will take you back in time. They also come equipped with a fresh new style, high-energy showmanship, and an original song list that brings music enthusiasts of any age, to their feet to shake that meat! The Sugar Thieves won the Phoenix Blues Society’s Arizona State Blues

Competition this year, for the third time. In 2008 and 2009, The Sugar Thieves won and went on to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (Feb. 2009/Jan. 2010) where they were voted one of the top ten unsigned blues bands in the world in 09, and won the “People’s Choice” award at the Old Daisy Theater in 2010. This Jan. 2013, The Sugar Thieves will be competing in Memphis once again, and are ready to take it all home.

The Sugar Thieves were also voted best Americana band in 2009 by the Phoenix New Times’

“Summer of Sound Series”, and were nominated for Best Local Band in Phoenix as well. The singular vision that drives this band is their plight to reintroduce what some call a dying genre, blues music, to younger generations and those that have simply forgotten. But don’t think you’ve heard anything like it before. The Thieves put on a show that’s worth writing home about.

http://sugarthieves.com

 

Nov
19
Sun
2017
Combo Deluxe
Nov 19 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
COMBO DELUXE

COMBO DELUXE

A Spirit Room and Verde Valley Favorite, Combo Deluxe will have you dancing, smiling and laughing. Come join us!

Llory McDonald

Musical Background – Llory started her musical career on Clarinet at the age of 6, playing in the band until 8th grade, when her brother threw his guitar in the garbage and she rescued it.

She joined her first rock band in high school, playing guitar, slide guitar and singing at dances and proms in Phoenix. She started playing the clubs in Phoenix at age 17 and formed her own band, The Llory McDonald Band in 1979. They opened for Paul Butterfield, Deep Purple, Iggy Pop, Jerry Riopelle and others.

They were playing concerts and clubs throughout the state of Arizona until 1984, when she moved to Los Angeles. There, she was playing in her own band Odds and Ends and in Jerry Riopelle’s band as a sideman.
summer olympics

She signed to Arista Records in 1988. She recorded a single which appeared on the “1988 Summer Olympics” album, along with various other artist including Eric Clapton and Whitney Houston. She also sang background vocals on Lita Ford’s 1988 release “Lita” on Dreamland Records. She signed a 3-year music publishing contract (1988-1990) with Blue Rider Music, where she sang on various singles and demos.

Dropped by Arista in 1989, she left the music business for the film industry, working as a production assistant and driver on films such as “The Dark Wind” with Lou Diamond Phillips and “When a Man Loves a Women” with Meg Ryan. She moved back to Arizona in 1994 and helped form Combo Deluxe.

Musical influences – Slide guitar players, Bonnie Raitt, Lowell George, also Ry Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and soul music of the late 60’s and 70’s were a big influence.

Favorite Artist – Linda Ronstadt, Deborah Harry, Sheyl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye. She could go on and on …

Equipment – Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster guitar, Fender Hotrod Deville 212 Amp, EV mic, Nady cordless unit, various slides.

Hobbies – Golf and pondering

Likes – Margaritas, Mexico, funky soul music, good films and N.P.R.

Luke Jarrett has been playing the harp for some 30 years, and it’s truly his second love.

Over the years he has performed with many popular regional bands from Newport, RIto Monterey, CA, & Orange County California to Western Colorado. While residing in Southern California, he was often heard playing with opening acts at The Crazy HorseSaloon in Santa Ana, CA which was voted the ”CMA Nightclub of he Year” for several years, as well as the famous Palomino nightclub in No. Hollywood. He has also played a host of club and concert venuesup and down the west coast.

While living in Colorado he was a member of Ralph Dinosaur & The Fabulous Volcanoes, a very popular band performing in the resort towns of Telluride, Aspen, Steamboat and Durango, CO. Over the years, his popularity among professional musicians has resulted in his often being asked to take part in opening act performances for national acts such as John Mayall, J.J. Cale, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bobby Bare, Ed Bruce and Rick Nelson. His past experience playing with country rock, rock & roll, reggae and blues bands, has honed his ability and reputation as a fine multi-genre harp player. One of Luke’s musical influences is Lee Oskar whom he recently had the pleasure of playing with at the Spirit Room in Jerome.

He can now be heard whaling away with Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe, a band that has the well-deserved reputation as “the hottest band in Arizona.” Luke can also be heard on their CD “Haunted”. Besides playing music, Luke loves to remodel homes, being in Rocky Point, Mexico whenever possible, and sharing a good laugh whenever possible, something that comes easy when sitting in with Llory and the boys.

Billy D. Fox was born in Redwood City, California. Moved to Vancouver, Washington /Portland Oregon.

Bill started playing guitar in 1964 in a band called The Live Souls. The band could not find a “Good Drummer” so Bill’s dad took him out and brought him his first drum set. Six years later he found himself the opening act for bands like Joe Walsh and the James Gang, Tommy James and the Shondells (Crimson and Clover,) The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Elvin Bishop. His biggest moment was playing before Sly and the family Stone.

Bill went on the road tours through the 70s with bands such as the Sonics out of Seattle Washington and Merilee Rush and the Turnabouts (Angel of the Morning.)

Opening act for Sugar Loaf through the 80’s and 90’s. Toured the Hawaiian Island, Japan, Hong Kong, East Asia Jam Sessions and 1 Night Shows with Paul Revere and the Raiders, Robert Cray, Ann and Nancy Wilson (of Heart,) The Drifters, Motown Detroit’s The Arnold Brothers, Rod Price and Fog Hat.

In the mid 90’s Bill and his wife Annette opened up a small chain of Nightclubs in Vancouver Washington called Chicago Blues 1 & 2 and Pizza Blues. Bill performed with his band The Fox Network which was made up from a large group of musicians from the Portland music scene. He would call from a list of available musicians that were not on tour at the time.

One of their favorite local artists, Lee Garrett, co- wrote “Signed Sealed Delivered” with Stevie Wonder.

In 2003 they sold the Restaurants and Night clubs Moved to Arizona and Bill’s currently with Arizona’s favorite Recording Artist Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe and Bill has never been happier “The End.”
http://llorymcdonald.com/Welcome_here.html

Nov
22
Wed
2017
Christy Fisher
Nov 22 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Christy Fisher

Christy Fisher

 

Singer/songwriter/ukulele player/seamstress for the band
Christy started her “musical career” at the age of 15, working cleanup for
iconic fashion designer Michael Braun (Sonny and Cher, Prince) and sewing
for legendary musicians and bands such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and
Frank Zappa. “I was a rebel poet, a hippie, and a kid who stole her brother’s
guitar, learned 3 chords and drove my piano teacher crazy banging out
Beatles instead of Beethoven. Here I was hanging around with musicians
after school and getting into clubs underage because it was part of my
“sewing job”…. it was bound to happen. My boyfriend’s band needed a
backup singer, their manager heard me.. and the next thing I knew I was in
a recording studio and signing a contract with Decca…. It was then I found
out about the “industry part of the music business” as they tried to turn me
into a slick little package … long story short: I wouldn’t wear the dress. They
voided the contract…and this rebel was once again free.”
A “lyricist with a soundtrack”, Christy’s musical style is influenced by various
genres: old school R&B, pop bands from the 60s and 70s, and folk.
Christy went on to playing in various rock bands in Florida and Colorado all
while building her own jewelry and clothing design business. She moved to
Jerome in 1990. Always a strong supporter of the arts, she concentrated on
her wearable arts and put her music on the back burner, while continuing
to write songs for “sanity’s sake”.
Then…around Christmas 2014…she was given a ukulele…and
….everything….changed.
She is now a part of The Jerome Ukulele Orchestra, lead singer for the band
Mountain Stranded Time……..and still creates jewelry and clothing for
everyday rockstars.
www.christyfisher.com

www.jeromeukuleleorchestra.com

mountainstrandedtime.com

Nov
23
Thu
2017
Karl Jones
Nov 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

karl jones in concert
Karl Jones

Karl Jones is from Dublin Ireland and has been living and working as a tour guide in Sedona for 4 years. He is an accomplished singer / songwriter / guitarist with radio and television appearances in both Ireland and the US to his credit.

Karl had a chance meeting with Thomas Banyacya, a Hopi Elder, in 1996 after an American concert at George Washington University in Washington DC. Thomas was on a speaking tour of the East Coast, teaching the public about Hopi spirituality and world view. Their meeting led to an invitation to Arizona to visit the Hopi Reservation, and Karl discovered Sedona along the way.

Enchanted by the experience and incredible beauty of the American Southwest, Karl relocated to Sedona from Ireland in 2002, immersing himself in the geology, history and wildlife of the Sedona area.

Attracted to the Safari Jeep Tour company because of it’s special connection to the Hopi and it’s focus on wildlife, Karl divides his time between his passion for giving Jeep tours, and promoting his debut solo CD 1916, with regular performances in Phoenix, Flagstaff, and Sedona.

http://www.last.fm/music/Karl+Jones

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/karljones

Nov
24
Fri
2017
Dog of The Moon Friday
Nov 24 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Dog of the MoonMoondog

 

Dog of the Moon is the stage name of singer- songwriter Aaron Carl Swensen of Jerome, Arizona. Inspired by the musical legends of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan & Neil Young, Dog of the Moon specializes in his own cosmic blend of ‘Country Folk Rock Blues with an Outlaw Hippie Attitude’. His unique collection of original tunes include slow, reflective ballads, mid-tempo country ramblers and heavy, outrageous rockers. Upon hearing Dog of the Moon, one may recall a time long ago when life was simpler, people were friendlier, and the music was much more meaningful…

Do not miss Dog of The Moon Fridays every week at The Spirit Room!
http://www.dogofthemoon.com/