Coco Montoya headlines North Lake Tahoe seated show
If you go
What: Coco Montoya
When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 p.m.
Where: Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room
CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. — Iconic blues rocker Coco Montoya will bring his hits to the Crystal Bay Casino on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 9 p.m. for a free seated show in the venue’s famed Crown Room.
“From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top-drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, Montoya earned his status through years of hard work and constant touring,” states the artist’s online biography.
Albert Collins, a prominent bluesman in the 1970s, took Montoya under his wing, mentoring the upcoming artist and teaching him unique styles of blues guitar.
“Five years later, British blues icon John Mayall happened to catch Montoya at a jam session and was blown away. Mayall recruited him as his guitarist in the legendary Bluesbreakers, and Montoya spent the next 10 years touring non-stop, proving himself to be a world-class guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence,” according to the bio.
As a self-taught, left-handed guitarist, Montoya plays the instrument upside down like legendary musician Albert King.
“I never had a lesson in my life. I would watch other guitar players to catch what they did,” Montoya said.
The blues artist’s career spans multiple decades and his most recent release, “The Alligator Recrods Years: The Best Of,” debuted in December 2014.
Additional information about the artist is available at http://www.cocomontoyaband.com, or on his Facebook page.