Kid Ramos' long-awaited 60th Birthday Bash is significant for a number of reasons.
One reason is that he is a cancer survivor, and was fortunate to be able to beat that challenge and play music to this day.
Another is that his longevity in the music industry is near legendary, a feat that many musicians strive for but few ever achieve. He is one of the most sought-after musicians in SoCal, and is still performing in international music festivals on a regular basis.
And the third significant reason is his ability to attract top players from the whole musical spectrum to play at his annual Birthday Bashes. As his birthday coincidentally happens during the NAMM convention in Anaheim, Kid has a smorgasbord of top-flight artists to invite to play on his stage. There are always surprises, and always a good time.
Since his teenaged years, David "Kid" Ramos was playing friend's parties and nightclubs on a regular basis, joining harmonica expert James Harman's blues-based band in 1980, playing up and down California alongside such punk bands as X, Oingo Boingo, the Blasters, and the Plimsouls. Kid played with the Harman Band for most of the '80s, and then filled in as the guitarist for the outfit Roomful of Blues.
Ramos formed the Big Rhythm Combo with singer Lynwood Slim (issuing The Big Rhythm Combo in 1994), in addition to releasing his first-ever solo album, Two Hands One Heart, in 1995. The same year, Ramos was invited to join one of his favorite all-time bands, the Fabulous Thunderbirds. He has had a successful career as a producer and a studio sideman, and recently released "Old School," a solid blues album for Rip Cat Records.
An extremely versatile artist, with projects ranging from delta blues to classical music, Pigat heads four diverse Vancouver bands and is in high demand as a sideman, having recorded and toured with the likes of Neko Case, Carolyn Mark, Michael Kaeshammer and Ndidi Onukwulu. Artists with whom he has performed include Jim Byrnes, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Big Sandy, Aaron Neville, The Sojourners and many more.
Paul’s central touring project is his rocking hillbilly trio, Cousin Harley, considered to be Canada’s premier rockabilly and roots band.
This extremely talented guitar bluesician heads a Chicago outfit known as the Chicago Blues Angels. He plays American Roots Music, Rock n Roll, Blues, Rockabilly, and a whole lotta soul.
Harkenrider is a blues & roots guitar prodigy who specializes in performing and teaching American roots music.
He has paired professionally with James Harman, Candye Kane, Lynwood Slim, Phil Alvin, Rick Holmstrom, Jeff Turmes, Junior Watson, Kid Ramos, Big J Mcneely, Ray Campi, Big Sandy, and Canada's Paul Pigat. He is currently bandleader for The Memphis Kings, a Southern California-based R&B band.
Johnny & Jaalene
Look for an appearance by the teenage heartthrobs Johnny and Jaalene who are making their mark as creative artists in their own right. Johnny Ramos learned to play guitar at his father's knee, and Jaalene Serenity has the voice of an angel. They have recently released a Rip Cat Records CD, the compelling "Johnny & Jaalene," on sale now.
Original Mike's new concert hall is located at 100 S. Main St. in Anaheim, about a 10-min. Uber ride from Anaheim.
The show kicks off at 7:30 and wraps at 10:30.
Free parking, full menu, dance floor and it is an all-ages event.