Groove Now — A Tribute to Willie Dixon

Atlantis Basel
Saturday, 08 June

William James (Willie) Dixon (*1951) was not only one of the most important American blues musicians, but also one of the icons in the history of the blues. He was a pioneer of the blues, as well as a brilliant songwriter, singer, and bassist who had a decisive influence on the development of Chicago blues in the 1950s and 1960s. As a studio musician and house bassist at Chess Records, he can be heard on numerous recordings. As Chuck Berry's bassist, he also contributed to the triumph of rock 'n' roll. As a songwriter and producer for the Chicago blues labels Chess Records and Checker Records, Dixon was also a veritable song factory. He wrote many of the most important blues songs, such as “Hoochie Coochie Man,” “Evil,” and “Back Door Man,” which became famous mainly in the interpretations of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf. Other blues legends also picked up on his songs, and musicians such as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Cream, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and later the Black Crowes also interpreted his songs. In 1980, he was inducted into the U.S. Blues Hall of Fame, and the music magazine Rolling Stone named him one of the 50 most important songwriters of all time. On January 29, 1992, Willie Dixon died of heart failure at the age of 76.
Groove Now will be dedicating a never-before-seen tribute concert to this blues icon, which will feature two of the most important songwriters and singers of contemporary blues—Rick Estrin and Alabama Mike—which is why this concert will be recorded. Together with Estrin’s band The Nightcats, led by guitarist Kid Andersen, they will pay tribute to Dixon.
Tickets are CHF 76.90 and can be purchased through; seats are limited so come early or enjoy grooving to the music in standing room area.


Atlantis Basel
Klosterberg 13
4051 Basel

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