The Bay City Blues is our weekly showcase of world class Blues music and superb instrumental talent. This event is a celebration of the Blues in all its forms and an adventure into the depth of a national genre. Hosted by the nationally recognized Chris Cain & his All-Star cast of Musicians, every week they invite a new special guest to accompany them on stage and present new, upcoming, & old talent from the blues world! Bay City Blues is our tribute and exploration into the Blues genre, it is a special event in which we all get to help, share, & “Preserve the Blues."
About Quique Gomez:
Harmonicist and singer born in Madrid, Quique starts playing harmonica at age 18 and assembles
his first band, Juan Bourbon, Juan Scoth & Juan Beer, at the age of 20. It's with this band I
travels the Spanish stages during the following decade, while studying and running a small club. In
2008, at age 31, I've visited Chicago and meets some of the Blues' greatest exponents with whom I've played
frequently on both sides of the Atlantic. Quique has stepped on stages from 4
continents, sharing them with artists such as John First, Eddie C. Campbell, Bob Stroger, Rockin
Johnny (with whom he's currently working on a new album), Jimmy Burns, Tail Dragger, Kenny
Blues Boss Wayne ...
His first work has been released in January 2017. Quique Gomez & His Vipers, the band he works
with regularly, are currently presenting with the Latin American tour that visits
Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
With 10 albums edited so far and 3 more on the way, Quique collaborates often with Luca
Giordano with whom he has accompanied numerous Blues Legends both in Europe and the USA.,
And with which he has recorded 2 LPs: Dead Mama Blues (2009 - Teramo, Italy) and 3011 Studio
Sessions (2012 - Chicago, USA).
On his trips to South America, Quique counts with his friend Netto Rockfeller on guitar with whom
he has toured several times and has also recorded an LP: Bahia Times (2014 - Sao Carlos, Brazil).
In addition to the recent Deal with the Blues, in Spain he has recorded two albums with Juan
Bourbon, Juan Scoth & Juan Beer and two more with the band Gatos Bizcos so far. He has also
recorded with Willie Buck and Lorenzo Thompson accompanied by JL Pardo on guitar.
Quique puts the harmonica aside on occasions to show us his most "crooner" side as the BOB
SANDS BIG BAND's singer. With this New Yorker's band, I have performed classics of Swing with
arrangements of Count Basie, Thad Jones accompanied by 18 other musicians on stage.
As a complement to his life on stage, he gives harmonica classes at the "School of Blues of
Madrid" (Madrid Blues School) since 2013 and is the director of the Intensive Blues Course in
Béjar, Spain, since 2009.
About Chris Cain:
Chris Cain's jazz-tinged, blues soaked guitar and deep, warm vocals have the maturity and authenticity of bluesmen many years his senior. His expressive style is the result of a lifetime of study and the relentless pursuit of music mastery. His passion and intensity are a blend of his mother's Greek ancestry and his father's soulful black heritage.
Cain was raised on stories of his father’s childhood upbringing on Memphis’ Historic Beale Street and attended his first B.B King concert at the tender age of three. Blues music played continuously on the home stereo and family outings were often trips to concerts. Cain recalls, “I remember when I was a kid, my Dad would be mowing the lawn with the stereo blasting Muddy Waters. When I look back, that was pretty cool! There was always music playing at our house, Ray Charles, B.B. King, Freddie King, Albert King, all the greats.”
Larry Nager (syndicated Scripts-Howard music critic) writes, “Nowadays most young blues players are Strat-wielding Stevie Ray Vaughan-a-bes. Not Chris Cain. With a voice that recalls B.B. King and a thick toned Gibson guitar sound reminiscent of Albert King, Cain is forging a unique style. With his own highly personalized songwriting, “Hall Of Shame” is a giant step in the development of one of the most compelling young bluesmen on today’s scene.”
Through his guitar mastery and remarkable songwriting ability, Chris Cain has established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with. And as San Jose Mercury News music reviewer John Orr writes, “more than anyone else, anywhere, Chris Cain represents the future of the blues.”