This Friday the Shillelagh Club welcomes back Joe Taino to play our Happy Hour celebration. Joe is a veteran guitarist and has been doing what he does for a long time.
There are many great guitarists out there, but Joe has a “sound” that is uniquely his own. Joe says he got his first guitar when he was eleven growing up in Puerto Rico and he started learning “everything he could get this hands on.” His early influences were the Beatles, Elvis, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Santana, to name a few.
“I got hooked on the Blues,” Joe says, “and from that point on I did nothing but play records and listen to English speaking stations where they played rock and roll, jazz, rhythm and blues by artists like B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Etta James, T-Bone Walker and Taj Mahal.”
By the early 1980s Joe was doing well enough to open shows for artists like The Allman Brothers, Johnny Winter, John Myall, Robin Trower, and Ruth Brown. Joe has frequently toured Europe, Japan, Brazil and the Caribbean, and can be seen at the best Blues Clubs as well as the major Blues Festivals.
The kitchen will be open offering a great pub menu and specials and the deck will be available for your al fresco dining pleasure. The music starts at 6:00 followed by Team Trivia at 9:00. Free to play, no cover charge, open to the public and all are welcome!