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."
Special Guest: Greg Rahn
Greg Rahn has played keyboards with a diverse range of artists: Rock guitar legend Ronnie Montrose; legendary blues guitarists Chris Cain and Jimmy Johnson; latin jazz greats Ray Obiedo and Pete Escovedo and hit pop songwriter Bill Champlain to name a few. He has also composed and recorded music for video games and national TV shows and ads including Hershey’s, Huggies and Rice a Roni.
Greg Rahn is a veteran of the video game industry with over 200 game soundtracks to his credit including Star Wars: Uprising, Marvel: Contest Of Champions (2014 G.A.N.G Award nominee), The Hobbit: Legends Of Middle Earth (2014 G.A.N.G Award nominee), The Godfather: Five Families and many others. He has composed music for everything from small ensembles to full blown 70 piece orchestras in Europe and the US. His soundtracks have been honored with various industry awards.
Greg is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and schools on the subject of game audio and is honored to be a member of the Game Music Grammy Committee, which began in 1998 and has now come to fruition with a Grammy category recognizing excellence in video game soundtracks. Greg has also provided consultation on the curriculum for Berklee College Of Music’s Electronic Production and Design program and provided artist consultation to the You Tube music team.
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.”