Coco Montoya headlines Crystal Bay Club Casino
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What: Coco Montoya
When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 p.m.
Where: Crystal Bay Club Casino
Iconic blues rocker Coco Montoya brings his hits to North Shore’s Crystal Bay Club Casino on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 9 p.m.
“From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring,” states the artist’s online biography.
Albert Collins, a prominent bluesman in the 1970s, took Montoya under his wing, mentoring the upcoming artist and teaching him unique styles of blues guitar.
“Five years later, British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session and was blown away. Mayall recruited him as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers, and Montoya spent the next 10 years touring non-stop, proving himself to be a world-class guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence,” according to the bio.
As a self-taught, left-handed guitarist, Montoya plays the instrument upside down like legendary musician Albert King.
“I never had a lesson in my life. I would watch other guitar players to catch what they did,” Montoya said.
The blues artist’s career spans multiple decades and his most recent release, “The Alligator Recrods Years: The Best Of,” debuted in December 2014.
Catch Montoya’s free gig at Crystal Bay Club Casino, located at 14 NV 28 in Crystal Bay, Nevada. Learn more at http://www.crystalbaycasino.com.
Additional information about the artist is available at http://www.cocomontoyaband.com, or on his Facebook page.
— Lake Tahoe Action