GP Presents Walter “Wolfman” Washington in SF August 11—Win Tickets!

August 3, 2011
<a href=""><img width="290" height="435" style="float: left; margin-right: 4px; margin-left: 4px;" src="/Portals/0/WalterWolfman_Flyer4.jpg" alt="img" /></a>Walter &ldquo;Wolfman&rdquo; Washington is one of the funkiest players&mdash;and most impressive rhythm guitarists&mdash;on the blues scene. <em>GP</em>&rsquo;s coverage of the 2008 New Orleans Jazz &amp; Heritage Festival contained this insightful take on Wolf&rsquo;s singular rhythm chops:<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Walter &lsquo;Wolfman&rsquo; Washington&rsquo;s guitar playing on the Congo stage was a textbook study in left-hand positioning. Washington made a one-chord funk groove pop by wrapping his thumb around the neck in a tight grip while pumping his fretting fingers up and down on the fretboard. He got the most impact out of each chord hit, and then quickly released his grip for a muted effect. Imagine Morse code delivered with varying dynamics on a guitar with a percussion player&rsquo;s pulse. For jazzier stuff, Washington employed a traditional grip with his thumb way down behind the neck, allowing his long fingers to form a strong barre, as well as to cleanly reach notes several frets above.&rdquo; <br /> <br /> This is a rare chance to see the Southern swamp master on the Left Coast, and the Brick &amp; Mortar Music Hall (formerly the Coda Jazz Supper Club) is a hell of a place to do it. It&rsquo;s centrally located in the heart of San Francisco just south of Market Street at 1710 Mission Street between Duboce and 14th Street (practically under Hwy 101). It&rsquo;s a spacious room with a killer sound system. For those who went to Coda but haven&rsquo;t been since the change over, it&rsquo;s essentially similar but with a better stage and without all the tables in the middle, so now the band and the audience are free to cut loose. <br /> <br /> <br /> <strong>Event Details:</strong><br /> GP Presents Walter Wolfman Washington &amp; The Roadmasters<br /> Jimmy Leslie &amp; The Flow (opens)<br /> Thursday, August 11, 2011<br /> Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm <br /> Brick &amp; Mortar Music Hall<br /> 1710 Mission Street just south of Market San Francisco, CA 94103<br /> Daytime Office: 415.371.1636 After 6pm: 415.800.8782<br /> $10.00 - $15.00 tickets<br /> GP Presents promotions are sponsored by D&rsquo;Addario and Planet Waves<br /> Free Guitar Player magazines, D&rsquo;Addario strings, and Planet Waves accessories<br /> <br /> <strong>Contest Details</strong><br /> For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, click <a class="ApplyClass" href=""><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>HERE</strong></span></a><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong></strong></span> and put Wolfman in the subject of your email. Phone contact appreciated for confirmation. Winner must provide own transportation to the Brick &amp; Mortar Music Hall in SF, CA, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on August 11th.<br /> <br /> <strong>Links:</strong><br /> <a href=""></a><a href=""></a><br /> <a href=""></a><br /> <a href=""></a><br /> <a href=""></a><br /> <a href=""></a><br /> <br /> <br />
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