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Lance Lopez and All-Star Friends Rock Monday Night Blues at the Valley’s Hot Spot, Maui Sugar Mill

By DONNA BALANCIA – Lance Lopez has more in common with late friend Johnny Winter than a love for the blues.

Like the great Johnny Winter, Lance gives it his all while jamming with pals.

“I really had a great time tonight,” Lance said after a night of All-Star blues presented by Cadillac Zack at Maui Sugar Mill. “This is a great place to play and the fans are super.”

Dug Pinnick fronts for Lance Lopez; Kenny Aronoff on the kit - Photo by Donna Balancia

Dug Pinnick fronts for Lance Lopez; Kenny Aronoff on the kit, Fabrizio Grossi on bass – Photo by Donna Balancia

Lance Lopez Influenced by Johnny Winter

It doesn’t take much to be a super fan when the guitarist who’s performing is one of the hottest blues musicians around.  Lance, who recently released the hot album Lance Lopez Live in NYC, was mentored by Johnny Winter and it shows.

“It touches me to mention Johnny,” Lance said during a conversation about the legendary Johnny, who passed away two years ago at age 70.

Read the California Rocker interview with JOHNNY WINTER

One performance, and it’s easy to tell that Lance is one of the most talented young blues guitarists around. Period.  At the Maui Sugar Mill he brought on some of the most prolific musician pals, including Kenny Aronoff and Guitar Shorty. Dug Pinnick of King’s X also made a special appearance, fronting for Lance.

Lance Lopez and his all-stars - Photo by Donna Balancia

Lance Lopez and his all-stars – Photo by Donna Balancia

Supersonic Band

Lance has a band called Supersonic Blues Machine and Maui Sugar Mill patrons got a taste of what the band’s all about as Aronoff took his spot behind the kit and Fabrizio Grossi played bass. The band debuts album West Of Flushing, South Of Frisco featuring Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Warren Haynes (Allman Bros./Gov’t Mule), Robben Ford, Walter Trout, Chris Duarte and  Eric Gales

Lance’ latest work is the hot album called Lance Lopez Live in NYC that rips. Check out his website and the photo gallery below.

 

Pat Todd, Lights Out Levine, Rock Out at Hot Venue Maui Sugar Mill

Pat Todd and The Rankoutsiders - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Pat Todd and The Rankoutsiders – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

By DONNA BALANCIA – The Maui Sugar Mill was rockin with the likes of Double E, Johnny Travis Jr., Lights Out Levine and headliner Pat Todd and the Rank Outsiders.

Double E and The Great Western Cattle Co. has a cool country sound, not overdoing it, and was a good warmup for the night.

Lights Out Levine -Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Lights Out Levine -Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Johnny Travis Jr. is a heartbreaker in his own mind, handing out signed 8 x 10s of himself to the girls. Special guest Adam Bones of The Two Tens joined the band onstage for a song.

Lights Out Levine debuted his solo act, he’s a member of Prima Donna, the well-known group that has a pop appeal.  Lights Out didn’t disappoint and enjoys himself when performing. We will be hearing more from this talent.  Prima Donna has a gig at the Echoplex on Jan. 22.

Johnny Travis, Jr. signs up a storm for the girls - Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

Johnny Travis, Jr. signs up a storm for the girls – Photo © 2016 Donna Balancia

The headliner, Pat Todd and The Rankoutsiders are a great group of rockers, they’ve been around the block and their grizzled presence and talent shows it.

Pat Todd has a new record out that is pretty amazing.  One thing for sure Pat and his pals get you up and going. The band is comprised of Pat, Rick Rock, Nick Alexander, Kevin Keller and Bob “El Bingo” Deagle.  Pat Todd and The Rankoutsiders will be playing Loaded on Jan. 16, 2016.

Asia Muka was the talented promoter/booker on this show and we look forward to more from her.

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