Legendary blues man Geno ready to rock York

15 Feb 2013 @ 5.41 pm
| Entertainment

Geno and the Yo Yos. Photograph: Ian Rook
Feeling low? We may have found the antidote. Legendary blues man Geno Washington breezes in to York on Saturday night promising a “recession busting, kick ass, up-tempo, house rockin’” kind of show.

Originally scheduled to hit The Duchess last July, Geno’s rearranged gig brings him to the city in chilly February. But his uplifting brand of street soul should warm the cockles.

The cult performer was immortalised in the massive number one by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Vocalist Kevin Roland based the song on his memories as a youth of Geno’s gigs, when club-land used to echo to the chants of Geno! Geno! Geno!

R&B crew features members of the legendary Ram Jam Band who join him for a blistering set of street soul, rock ‘n’ roll and down and dirty blues and the joints are jumpin’! Geno’s ‘house party’ style blues is straight from the heart and uplifting. He was raised on the blues and has released 3 blues albums in recent years (‘Loose Lips’, ‘Change Your Thoughts You Change Your Life’ and ‘What’s in The Pot?’). And behind closed doors, Geno’s trio has also rocked many a house party for some very fancy individuals.
This is no time to sit crying into your beer… it’d time to get with the house rockin’ party!

“Geno was a contemporary of Alexis Corner, Gerogie Fame, The Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix (all of whom were his support acts back in the day) and he is as electrifying on stage today as ever,” said manager Danny Brittain.

“He’s a force of nature and a joy to behold.”

Ray Davies recently invited Geno to play as the main act at The Royal Festival Hall at his Summer Meltdown finale. He was also recently asked to present Dexy’s Midnight Runners with an award for longevity at The Mojo Music Awards!

Classics from typical Geno Washington song selections include Soul Man, The Midnight Hour, Knock On Wood and Jumpin’ Jack Flash.