Save the date…Wednesday April 24th I’ll be performing with my blues band, Kat and the Blues Hounds from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 am at the Melody Bar and Grill in Westchester!
Come on out and enjoy their fab happy hour which ends at 7:00pm and hang with us!!! The Show is FREE!
All the photos are shot by Steve DePena….Thanks Steve.
These veteran blues players can really rock out with the classics. Enjoy classic blues plus west coast swing and even some of my original strong woman blues too
Kat and the Blues Hounds includes musicians Nick Henry, Jon Derienzo, Tim McKean and Mitch Montrose.
Here’s some info on the band:
Kathy Leonardo, a native New Yorker, relocated to Venice, CA in 1999. A strong singer with a versatile voice she performs all over the Los Angeles area in various bands that feature Jazz, Blues and Country.
For years she worked as an actress on TV shows such as Cosby as well as on the Broadway stage. Leonardo also traveled the country with national touring companies singing and dancing in original musicals and revivals such as “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off” with the renowned actor/singer and composer Anthony Newley and Nightingale by Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie).
Lead guitarist, Nick Henry is also a music arranger. This blues veteran has played in many bands over the years, doing time with R&B Sax man Chuck Higgins, Lucky Wright, Guitar Shorty, Joe Houston, and the Coasters, just to name a few.
Tim McKean (Keyboards), grew up in rural Illinois, playing in rock and country bands at an early age. His music education included some formal training, as well as studying with folk and blues masters from Chicago and St. Louis, with the obligatory nights at the turntable, absorbing traditional jazz, British Isles folk music, Appalachian music and anything else he considered interesting.
Coming to Southern California in the late 1970’s, Tim has performed with many LA and Orange County bands as well as a solo act, playing a diversity of styles- folk, blues, jazz, country, reggae, Tex-Mex,world, etc.
His playing reflects these diverse influences and brings a unique color to the ensemble.
Bass player, Jon DeRienzo has played with the Porterhouse Bob and Down to the Bone band in the early 90’s.
Jon has also played with Nick Henry’s BlueZone from ’94 to ’06 and The Hightoppers ’06 to present.
Mitch Montrose (drummer), hails from the San Francisco Bay area, where he began drum instruction at the age of 11.
In his teens, Mitch studied with Forrest Elledge, and took an early interest in swing, and R&B. Mitch held the drum chair in the western-swing flavored Cornell Hurd Band at its inception, and the band continues to this day as Austin, Texas legends.
After a move to Southern California in the 90′s, Mitch took a keen interest in New Orleans second line drumming, and began studying with Chris Lacinak, a renown New Orleans drummer and educator.
At this time Mitch, along with Bob Johnson, formed the nucleus of what would become “Porterhouse Bob and Down to the Bone”. 13 years later, Mitch continues to play with the Porterhouse band in between gigs with the Blue Hounds.
Be sure to LIKE our FB Page – Kat and the Blues Hounds https://www.facebook.com/KatandTheBluesHounds?fref=ts
We will be playing for 3 hours starting at 7:00 pm on the dot. Get there early for HAPPY HOUR. It ends at 7:00 pm….it’s the BEST!!!
This is a FREE Musical Event!
Melody Bar and Grill is located between W 92nd St and Westchester Pky….If you are coming from the Westside, be sure to keep your eyes open and make a left turn before you see the In and Out Burger (on right)…if you miss it pull over and park, since you will end up past LAX, since you CAN’T turn left, due to a medium that divides the traffic on Sepeluveda.
The time for our gig was pushed back due to the Lakers Game.
What: West Coast Blues with Kat and the Blues Hounds
Where: Melody Bar 9132 S Sepulveda Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90045-4804
When: 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Phone: (310) 670-1994
Website: http://www.melodylax.com/ www.kathyleonardo.com
Parking: Free in the back