Whenever Chuck Dunn straps on a Telecaster and steps his patent leather shoes on an ornate stage rug it’s a big gig.
Dunn and the band The Blues Monsters have opened every Bluesdays season in the 11-year history of the weekly summertime concert at the Village at Squaw Valley. Formed 28 years ago, the Blues Monsters have made a lot of friends, many of who jumped onstage and jammed along with them.
The stage was so full, it stirred memories of Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound. But in the snow-capped setting in the famed ski resort, it could have been called a Mountain of Soul.
The Groove Foundry Horns joined the Blues Monsters early on, and things got real funky. Then singers Matt Reardon and Kendal Naughton hopped on risers in the back. There were so many people onstage Dunn didn’t even see them for a minute. Guitarist Mighty Mike Schermer from the Marcia Ball Band also jammed. And Groove Foundy’s Glenn Campbell, who served as sound man, sang a couple of tunes.
The next 12 weeks will feature national bands, starting June 18 with slide guitar master Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings.
Related story: Roy Rogers talks about his first Squaw Valley gig — he was in middle school — and first major recording session: the soundtrack for the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s nest.”
6 -8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
The Village at Squaw Valley
June 18 — Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings
June 25 — Vanessa Collier
July 2 — Mark Hummel’s Golden State Lone Star Revue featuring Rusty Zinn
July 9 — Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
July 16 — Danielle Nicole
July 23 — Coco Montoya
July 30 — Chris Cain
Aug. 6 — Sugar Ray Rayford
Aug. 13 — Jimmy Thackery & The Drivers
Aug. 20 — Dennis Jones Band
Aug. 27 — Honey Island Swamp Band
Sept. 3 — Popa Chubby