Capital Blues Stars Honored

Sacramento Blues Society’s Hall of Fame
Image courtesy of Sacramento Blues Society’s Hall of Fame

Five luminaries of the local live-music scene will be inducted into the Sacramento Blues Society’s Hall of Fame ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 25 at Harlow’s (2708 J St.). Doors open at 1 p.m. and the event runs from 1:45 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15–$20.

The inductees are Chris Fraire, Leigh Lunetta, Chris Martinez, John Noxon and Saxophone Zot.

“This is the 14th anniversary of the popular afternoon-into-evening event,” the SBS says. “The Hall of Fame honorees are chosen each year in recognition of their contributions to the preservation and promotion of the blues.”

Fraire, a bassist, is described on the SBS website as being “best known for the distinct way he wears his heart on his strings, and plucks soul from every chord. He continues to be a powerful force in the world of Blues with no end in sight.”

Lunetta began his professional career “as a drummer was when he was 12 years old, which was the beginning of a long and illustrious career of becoming proficient in playing a wide variety of genres of music, allowing his skills to be utilized in various venues and studios locally and in the Bay Area as well as Southern California.”

Martinez “has had a long career based in the blues, pulling together his own style of acoustic to ragtime, to bottleneck, and continuing into electric players.”

Noxon “initially created and chaired both the SBS Hall of Fame and the Gene Chambers Emergency Musicians Fund in the early ’90s.”

As a young man, Zot “saw a sax player in Toledo, Ohio, who, when asked to play a tune, walked through the crowd and climbed up on the bar while people put money in his horn. That was a big inspiration for Zot, and he’s been a bar walker ever since.”