Second Saturday to feature blues blend
Thursday, April 11, 2013 11:00 AM
RICKY NYE INC will perform as part of Vevay's Second Saturday events this weekend at 7 p.m. at the Historic Hoosier Theater.
The group features Ricky Nye, the leader of the group who plays the piano, organ and accordion. The other members of the band are Brian "Boss" Hogg, who plays tenor sax; Chris Douglas, who plays the upright bass; and Paul Ellis, who plays drums.
Nye, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, plays and sings tunes in the styles of the blues, boogie woogie and classic New Orleans jazz and R&B, Michele Thompson of Vevay Main Street said in a release. Second Saturday is presented by Vevay Main Street.
Nye's musical style is rooted in tradition, Thompson said in the release. All the various music styles he experienced through the years have helped to influence Nye's musical style today. The Saturday performance will be an entertaining and energetic performance.
He has helped coordinate the Blues & Boogie Piano Summit held in Greater Cincinnati since 1999. He was voted "Best Local Musician" by CityBeat Magazine's "Best of Cincinnati 2012" reader's poll and "Blues Artist Of The Year 2010" in Cincinnati's CEA Awards.
"It's not about awards for me, I just love to play. With that said, it is really an honor to be appreciated and acknowledged by my local community and musicians," Nye said in the release
Nye also continues to gain notoriety at the international level, performing his infectious blend of American roots music in solo, duo and combo settings in locales such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Vienna, England and Switzerland, according to the release.
He also celebrates a long-time performing and recording collaboration with "The Paris Blues Band," the very finest purveyors of swinging' blues and boogie in Paris, France, the release said.
Nye has performed with and accompanied many great blues musicians including James Harmon and Junior Watson, the release said. Perhaps his greatest accompanying experience was at an after party for the Cincinnati Blues Festival.
"Sugar Blue, the harmonica player that recorded with The Rolling Stones, was at the party. I had a chance to play a few spontaneous tunes with him. I was very proud of how well we played together," Nye said.
Reserved seating tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for youths aged 17 and younger. Tickets can be purchased at the Switzerland County Visitors Center by calling (812) 427-3237 or by visiting the office at 128 West Main St. in Vevay.
Tickets are also available the night of the show at the theater's box office. The Historic Hoosier Theater is located at 209 Ferry St. in downtown Vevay. For more information, call Thompson at (812) 427-9406.
More information about the band can be found at www.rickynye.com.