A Tribute to Howard Armstrong
Saturday October 21, 2017
2-4pm | $5 donation requested at the door
The Scarab Club and Detroit Blues Heritage Series presents “A Tribute to Howard Armstrong” featuring Ralphe Armstrong on Bass, Ray Kamalay on Guitar and John Reynolds on Violin.
Ralphe Armstrong is the son of Howard Armstong and a nationally known bass player who has played with artists as diverse as John McLaughlin, Frank Zappa and Carlos Santana, as well as, playing with his father Howard Armstrong on the W.C Handy award winning recording “Louie Bluie”. He will be joined by Ray Kamalay, who also played on the 1996 award winning recording, and John Reynolds, who knew Howard Armstrong personally and played with him for years. Howard Armstrong was declared a “National Treasure” by the National Endowment for the Arts. A Multi-instrumentalist (Violin, Mandolin and Guitar) who began performing in the 1920’s Armstrong ,along with Ted Bogan and Carl Martin, appeared at the 1933 World Fair backing Blues musicians such as “Big Bill Broonzy and Memphis Minnie. His association with Ted Bogan and Carl Martin was renewed in 1971 when the three reunited and began performing once again. Martin, Bogan and Armstrong (as they were billed) were considered the last great African American String band. The Detroit Blues Society and the Scarab Club are 501(c) 3 non-profits dedicated to the Arts. For more information please call the Scarab Club (313-831-1250) or contact Ed Schenk at woodsmanq @msn.com.