Spirit Room

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The World-Famous Spirit Room Bar is once again featuring live music.  Join us for select weekends:

  • Saturday/Sunday from 2 to 6
  • Friday and/or Saturday evenings

For the best, (and only) music and atmosphere in Jerome AZ!

Feb
12
Sun
2023
Llory McDonald & Combo Deluxe @ The Spirit Room
Feb 12 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
combo deluxe in front of the spirt room bar in jerome az

Photo by Susan A. Johnson

A local favorite! Rock n’ roller Llory McDonald & COMBO DELUXE. Catch Combo one weekend per month, (vacationing in the Rivera in August . . .) at Spirit Room for all your longtime favorite tunes & some of Llory’s rockin’ originals too!

You can find more information and their calendar on her website; https://www.llorymcdonald.com/.

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 PurpleIggy PopJerry 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.

She signed to Arista Records in 1988. She recorded a single which appeared on the “1988 Summer Olympics” album, along with various other artists 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. All were a big influence.

Favorite Artist – Linda Ronstadt, Deborah Harry, Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye. She could go on and on . . . and frequently does!  One of the funniest women on the rock and roll stage, without a doubt!

Llory’s 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.

Darryl Icard

Darryl Icard is a bass player/singer/songwriter. He has been playing and singing professionally since 1983 in every kind of setting imaginable.  He has performed and played all types of music from rock to reggae to punk and country.  He has also been writing and recording his own music since music came into his life.

While performing and learning his craft in live situations, he also attended college for theory and performance.

Darryl has recorded and performed music with Jesse Valenzuela, Gin Blossoms, Stevie Nicks, Marshall Crenshaw, J.D. Souther, The Rembrandts, Tommy Keene, Major Lingo, Poet’s Corner, and Los Guys and many other national and Arizona based acts.

Recordings performed on, to name just a few.

Gin Blossoms- No Chocolate Cake

Stevie Nicks-Enchanted the works of Stevie Nicks

Jesse Valenzuela- Tunes Young People Will Enjoy and Hotel Defeated

Major Lingo- All through My Body

Burning Sky-Enter the Earth

Darryl Icard is living in Scottsdale Arizona and has begun a New Journey in the band Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe.  An Arizona based band from Jerome, Arizona and is sure to take music to a new place with one of Arizona Legendary artist.

Steve Botterweg

Steve Botterweg is a native Arizonan and has been performing on drums in bands professionally since he was 13 years old.  In high school he started playing in experimental bands playing drums, marimba and synthesizers…arranging, producing and recording. One of the bands, Poet’s Corner (signed to Placebo Records) created a buzz in the early days of the punk scene with live shows in Arizona and California that had US and international radio air play.  He has performed on stage with the Red Hot Chile Peppers, Los Lobos, Derrick Trucks Band and many other performing artists.  Steve is also the co-owner of Ghost Town Recording Studio in Jerome Arizona.  He has recorded and produced many bands and artists.  He has worked in the studio with Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna), Steve Kimock (Steve Kimock Band) and a few other well-known artists.  More recently he had a twenty-year run as the drummer with Major Lingo, a popular Arizona highway band.  He is now playing drums with Llory McDonald, another well-known and respected Arizona musician, as a member of Combo Deluxe along with a musical cohort of many years, Darryl Icard, on bass.

 

Feb
18
Sat
2023
Tony Buck & The Cadillac Angels @ The Spirit Room
Feb 18 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cadillac Angels

 

 

 

Growing up with no computer, cell phone, Ipod or even a television, is just not that common anymore, anywhere, but for Tony Balbinot, bandleader and singer/songwriter, guitarist for the Cadillac Angels, that’s exactly how it was. Born in a small, rural farm town in Illinois, in a house without even a television, only a radio and an old record player, Tony’s connection to the big music world was limited to WLS Radio out of Chicago and used 45 rpm records from a jukebox in a diner where his single mother was a waitress.  Musical influences varied widely from Johnny Horton to Jimmy Reed, and when his small family packed up and moved to California the spectrum widened and bloomed.  With Tony’s growing interest in electric guitar, Link Wray, Dick Dale, BB King, and John Fogerty began to heat up his second hand stereo and his fingers.

Midwestern roots combined with a western migration spawned the guitar driven  musical and songwriting style that makes the Cadillac Angels music so special. Now, with over a million miles of touring, and over ten full length original CDs, the band has toured most of the USA and over seven countries in Great Britain and Western Europe. Their first recordings won them “Best Roots Demo” at Austin’s prestigious South by Southwest Music Conference, and their songs have been featured in major full length films as well as commercials.

The Gretsch Guitar Company recognized Tony’s talents and awarded him an artists endorsement. He was invited to perform at Gretsch’s 125th year anniversary celebration, where he shared the stage with legends, Dick Dale, Billy Gibbons, and Jimmie Vaughn.  Tony’s picture now hangs in the Gretsch Hall of Fame in Scottsdale, AZ right between Chet Atkins and Brian Jones. Not bad for a country boy from Illinois!

The Cadillac Angels have never caved to musical fads or commercial pressure. They have elected to remain a trio, feeling that the honest sound of one electric guitar, bass and basic drums best suits the integrity of their style…a style born out of the American heartland, traveling the world, yet still their music rings true Rock and Roll…American music.

http://www.cadillacangels.com/home.html

Feb
19
Sun
2023
Tony Buck & The Cadillac Angels @ The Spirit Room
Feb 19 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cadillac Angels

 

 

 

Growing up with no computer, cell phone, Ipod or even a television, is just not that common anymore, anywhere, but for Tony Balbinot, bandleader and singer/songwriter, guitarist for the Cadillac Angels, that’s exactly how it was. Born in a small, rural farm town in Illinois, in a house without even a television, only a radio and an old record player, Tony’s connection to the big music world was limited to WLS Radio out of Chicago and used 45 rpm records from a jukebox in a diner where his single mother was a waitress.  Musical influences varied widely from Johnny Horton to Jimmy Reed, and when his small family packed up and moved to California the spectrum widened and bloomed.  With Tony’s growing interest in electric guitar, Link Wray, Dick Dale, BB King, and John Fogerty began to heat up his second hand stereo and his fingers.

Midwestern roots combined with a western migration spawned the guitar driven  musical and songwriting style that makes the Cadillac Angels music so special. Now, with over a million miles of touring, and over ten full length original CDs, the band has toured most of the USA and over seven countries in Great Britain and Western Europe. Their first recordings won them “Best Roots Demo” at Austin’s prestigious South by Southwest Music Conference, and their songs have been featured in major full length films as well as commercials.

The Gretsch Guitar Company recognized Tony’s talents and awarded him an artists endorsement. He was invited to perform at Gretsch’s 125th year anniversary celebration, where he shared the stage with legends, Dick Dale, Billy Gibbons, and Jimmie Vaughn.  Tony’s picture now hangs in the Gretsch Hall of Fame in Scottsdale, AZ right between Chet Atkins and Brian Jones. Not bad for a country boy from Illinois!

The Cadillac Angels have never caved to musical fads or commercial pressure. They have elected to remain a trio, feeling that the honest sound of one electric guitar, bass and basic drums best suits the integrity of their style…a style born out of the American heartland, traveling the world, yet still their music rings true Rock and Roll…American music.

http://www.cadillacangels.com/home.html

Feb
26
Sun
2023
Heavy Soul @ The Spirit Room
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Heavy Soul @ The Spirit Room

Heavy Soul is a musical trio comprised of Nick Canuel on guitar, Darryl Icard from Combo Deluxe and Gabriel Rhodes from Well Dressed Wolves.  Two amazing bands that highlight both of their musical skills.

Nick Canuel plays it tough & dirty on that lead guitar while Darryl plays monster bass and adds vocals and harmonies as well.  Gabe kicks it on drums/vocals.

This should be an afternoon full of fun, dancing and creative musical choices.

 

Mar
3
Fri
2023
Joe Baker @ The Spirit Room
Mar 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

joe baker with his guitarJoe Baker is an Arizona-based guitarist and singer performing 1920’s jazz, western swing, blues, and early country. Raised in Sedona, Joe first cut his musical teeth with a set of drum sticks, solidifying the deep-seated rhythm you hear in his music today. As he continued his early musical explorations, Joe got hooked on guitar and vocals and quickly dedicated his focus here at age twenty. Not long after, Joe moved to Portland, Oregon where he thrived playing the local club scene with his unique blend of blues and country-influenced rock, punk, and indie.

By the mid-2000s, Joe’s musical interests had honed in on early jazz, influenced by artists such as Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, and Bessie Smith. This resulted in the formation of his first trad-jazz-meets-country band, The Barefoot Brakemen, and their release of the 2007 album, “Shook, Broke, Hung.” As his captivation with early jazz continued, 2014 saw the collaboration with singer Joy Pearson to form the wildly popular High Water Jazz Band, playing throughout the Portland area and with appearances at the Waterfront Blues Festival, Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, and Alberta Rose Theatre.

After a few years Joe again felt the urge to sing as well as explore new musical directions. This led to the formation of The Kitchen Men, with regular monthly slots at the local honky-tonk, The Landmark Saloon, and cemented his ideas for the range of material you hear today – original renditions of classics with underpinnings from the earliest days of jazz to Hank Williams-era country.

Nearing the end of his time in Portland, Joe appeared with Thee Carney Bakers, a 1920s jazz band co-led with legendary saxophone player Ralph Carney (Tom Waits).

Joe returned to his beloved Arizona in 2017 and quickly put together both the 7-piece The Jumpin’ Cholla Band and the 3-piece Joe Baker Trio, opening for such national acts as Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys, Petunia & The Vipers, and Tav Falco.

Joe can also be found playing in the old-time country duo, Camp & Baker, led by fiddler/vocalist Carolyn Camp (Pick & Holler). Formed in 2018, the pair continues to perform throughout Arizona.

During the radical changes to the live music scene brought on by COVID, Joe took the opportunity to develop his solo act which now keeps him on the road, playing venues all over Arizona and the Southwest.

Take a listen to Joe’s newest 2022 solo releases, “Sugar Blues” and “Some Of These Days”, available on all digital platforms.

Mar
4
Sat
2023
Tony Buck & The Cadillac Angels @ The Spirit Room
Mar 4 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cadillac Angels

 

 

 

Growing up with no computer, cell phone, Ipod or even a television, is just not that common anymore, anywhere, but for Tony Balbinot, bandleader and singer/songwriter, guitarist for the Cadillac Angels, that’s exactly how it was. Born in a small, rural farm town in Illinois, in a house without even a television, only a radio and an old record player, Tony’s connection to the big music world was limited to WLS Radio out of Chicago and used 45 rpm records from a jukebox in a diner where his single mother was a waitress.  Musical influences varied widely from Johnny Horton to Jimmy Reed, and when his small family packed up and moved to California the spectrum widened and bloomed.  With Tony’s growing interest in electric guitar, Link Wray, Dick Dale, BB King, and John Fogerty began to heat up his second hand stereo and his fingers.

Midwestern roots combined with a western migration spawned the guitar driven  musical and songwriting style that makes the Cadillac Angels music so special. Now, with over a million miles of touring, and over ten full length original CDs, the band has toured most of the USA and over seven countries in Great Britain and Western Europe. Their first recordings won them “Best Roots Demo” at Austin’s prestigious South by Southwest Music Conference, and their songs have been featured in major full length films as well as commercials.

The Gretsch Guitar Company recognized Tony’s talents and awarded him an artists endorsement. He was invited to perform at Gretsch’s 125th year anniversary celebration, where he shared the stage with legends, Dick Dale, Billy Gibbons, and Jimmie Vaughn.  Tony’s picture now hangs in the Gretsch Hall of Fame in Scottsdale, AZ right between Chet Atkins and Brian Jones. Not bad for a country boy from Illinois!

The Cadillac Angels have never caved to musical fads or commercial pressure. They have elected to remain a trio, feeling that the honest sound of one electric guitar, bass and basic drums best suits the integrity of their style…a style born out of the American heartland, traveling the world, yet still their music rings true Rock and Roll…American music.

http://www.cadillacangels.com/home.html