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Willie Painter Band @ The Blue Note Grill
June 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
$10 at the Door
Dance the night away! Playing a mix of danceable blues with a nod towards swinging jazz and an eclectic selection of rock and pop tunes, the Willie Painter Band consists of four veterans of the Triangle music scene.
Willie Painter (guitar) and Craig Dittmar (bass) were members of the Boomers, who played for over 20 years in the Triangle and eastern North Carolina. They have performed in the past with Lightnin’ Wells and the Real Gone Cats. Currently they also play with the Pigz Brothers, Mike Hamer and the Rhinoceroses, and the Tommy G Experience. Painter wrote a monthly music column for the Urban Hiker from 1999 to 2004.
Bill Newton (saxophone, harmonica) is a founding member of two Triangle musical institutions: Rebecca and the Hi-Tones and Bill Newton’s Big Blues Quartet. He has recorded with the Indigo Girls and Big Mama E and the Cool, among others.
Durham native, John Hanks (drums), is an in-demand musician who has performed with Triangle groups ranging from Blues and Rock, to Classical and Jazz. He has appeared recently with: Peter Lamb and the Wolves, the Atomic Rhythm Allstars, North Carolina Theater, Duke Chapel Choir & Orchestra, and jazz guitar great, Randy Johnston. John’s “day jobs” are music director for the Duke University Dance Program, and faculty musician for the American Dance Festival.