Café R&B scorches One Colorado Friday

Café R&B scorches One Colorado Friday

John Sollenberger

08/03/2006

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The summer’s hot, and so is the music at One Colorado.

If you’re a newcomer to this area, the One Colorado courtyard, bounded on the east and west by Fair Oaks and DeLacey avenues and the north and south by Union Street and Colorado Boulevard, is home to a tasty mix of retailers and restaurants. This historic area formed the heart of Old Pasadena’s revitalization efforts in the 1980s and ’90s.

Year-round, the complex hosts an array of activities, like movies, art displays and kid-friendly events. In the summer, music takes centerstage, this month with the “Ladies Sing the Blues” series. Friday night, the action heats up as Café R&B blisters the stage.

Longtime music fans may remember Café R&B from an earlier incarnation known as Roach and the White Boys. The blues-based, hard-rocking LA band was fronted by the diminutive Roach, who could scream rock and blues with a force far beyond her size. Husband Byl Carruthers scorched the fretboard with his amazing guitar work; he’s also known as a walking encyclopedia of the blues.

They’ve been playing for at least a decade now as Café R&B, and they haven’t lost a thing musically. Along with the rest of their hot band (keyboardist Chris Rhyme, bassist Ken Dooley and drummer Steve Klong), they pound out a gritty mix of blues, R&B and a little bit of soul. Roach exudes a sexy, blues-goddess image like a young Tina Turner. If you only go to one blues show this summer, this should be it.

Music starts at 9 p.m. Friday at One Colorado, between Fair Oaks and DeLacey avenues and Colorado Boulevard and Union Street, Old Pasadena. Call (626) 564-1066.

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