Join us at the Rio Theatre on Friday, January 11 for Delta blues legend Super Chikan and The Mojo Stars.
Friday, January 11
Doors 6:30 pm | Show 7:30 pm
Tickets $30 advance HERE | $35 at the door
*Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service.
Sorry, Rio Theatre Groupons and passes not accepted for this event.
Formed almost twelve years ago, The Mojo Stars quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with. With deep roots in the blues and soul combined with a rock driven edge, this multi-talented band has been collecting a dedicated following both in Vancouver and around Canada.
Most recently the band are supporting their latest release, Under The Influence, which debuted in the top ten of the Roots Music Reports’ Top 50 Blues Rock Albums, and in the top 20 Canadian releases. With rave reviews from a variety of international critics, the band is getting geared up to support the new album both in Canada and abroad.
Super Chikan bio:
James “Super Chikan” Johnson
James “Super Chikan” Johnson was born in the small Delta community of Darling in 1951 and grew up in rural towns around the area. With a family steeped in blues legend, Johnson saw everyone from Robert Johnson to Willie Dixon as they came through town and jammed on his grandfather’s porch.
He recorded his first album as a bandleader, Blues Come Home to Roost, in 1997. On the recording, Johnson first showcased his ability to meld the blues with a number of different musical styles, including country, funk, and rock. The record captivated the critics and blues audiences, earning him awards for Best Blues Album and Best Debut Album from the 1998 Living Blues Magazine Awards.
Since the success of his first record, Johnson has been busy performing solo and with his band, The Fighting Cocks, at festivals and clubs throughout the U.S. and Europe. He has also continued to release recordings at a steady pace. His CD, Chikan Supe, was released in 2005 on Clarksdale, Mississippi’s Knockdown South Records, produced by Hollywood Legend and Super Chikan fan, Morgan freeman.
In recent years, Johnson has also become known as a visual artist, hand crafting and painting his own guitars. His instruments have become highly prized by collectors throughout the south.
Despite his international travel, Johnson remains dedicated to his home region and state. He still performs in Clarksdale clubs on a regular basis and is a constant presence at music festivals around Mississippi. The state has recognized Johnson’s high level of artistry. In 2004, he was a recipient of Mississippi’s Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2006, he was a featured performer for the Library of Congress’s “Homegrown” series and also performed at the Kennedy Center as part of their Millennium Stage series.