Mike Zito

Thu Nov 18 2021

7:00 PM (Doors 6:00 PM)

Cutting Room

44 East 32nd Street New York, NY 10016

Ages 21+

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Food/beverage minimums apply at tables.  
This is an all ages show with parent.

What You Need To Know /  Important Note:
 
Per current New York City mandatory health requirements, all attendees must present proof of a COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the venue and attend the show. As such, the Event Organizer requires fans agree to the terms below prior to ticket purchases & event entry. Please note these confirmations will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the event and to any users of the tickets purchased by you. For those under 12 years of age, the New York City Dept. of Health will require a mask to be worn for any indoor events requiring vaccines. By purchasing tickets for this event, I confirm that at the time of the event I will have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Mask wearing will be encouraged. Should the City of New York’s mandatory health guidelines change, an updated notification will be sent prior to the event date.
The following are acceptable for proof of vaccination: 
CDC Vaccination Card /  Excelsior Pass  /  
NYS COVID Safe App  /  NYC Vaccination Record

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this developing situation. For additional information about the regulations and for information on where to get the free vaccination, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

 

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CEG & Nolafunk Present
Mike Zito

  • Advance tickets are no longer available but tickets will be available at the venue for cash only at the door
  • Mike Zito

    Mike Zito

    Blues

    There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose 15th album ‘First Class Life’ comes out May 11 on Ruf Records. The rocking yet poignant title track explores his journey from addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition; he is a two-time 2017 Blues Music Award nominee. “Second chance at a first class life,” he sings, recalling the hard times. The Texas-based musician smiles and continues, “I grew up poor in St. Louis, and now I'm travelling the world to sing my songs.”

     

    Zito’s star has been on the rise of late both solo and as a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood, with bandmates Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott.

     

    As is fitting for a man with the word “Blues” tattooed across his picking hand, ‘First Class Life’ focuses squarely on blues with heart and chops to spare, not to mention wit and openness. The punchy “Time For A Change” conjures the tension in the world today while the exquisite Memphis-style song, “The World We Live In,” which recalls BB King in its world-weariness. The electrified blues bounce of “Dying Day” finds Zito swearing lifelong allegiance to his wife. “Old Black Graveyard” sets the scene of a bluesman’s final resting place and its disrepair, along with some possible supernatural influences, with Zito’s masterful slide guitar flourishes driving it home.

     

    Yet the record’s darker moments are offset by cuts like “Mama Don't Like No Wah Wah,” the funky crash-bang-wallop gem written with Ruf labelmate Bernard Allison about the late legend Koko Taylor. “Bernard told me about his first gig as guitarist for Taylor,” laughs Mike. “Koko didn’t like any effects on the guitar, she wanted it to sound natural. When Bernard made an attempt to use an effect on his guitar after playing with her for months, he got caught. ‘Mama don't like no wah wah’ is what he was told. That’s a song to me!” The two guitar slingers trade off, trying to one up each other atop a funky blues groove, including Allison pulling out his forbidden wah wah pedal. The tongue-in-cheek “Back Problems” is a showcase for Zito’s wit as a songwriter.

     

    In addition to the press and Blues Music Award love, Zito has earned from fellow artists. Anders Osborne says, "I love Mike Zito! He's got that rare kinda voice that resonates in your soul. All his hardship, life experiences and kind heart oozes out of every note his sings. His guitar playing dances delicately between a contemporary blues virtuoso and an old fashion soul man. Mike continues to impress me with his straightforward and honest songwriting. His joy and grace shine through every record he makes. "

     
CEG & Nolafunk Present

Mike Zito

Thu Nov 18 2021 7:00 PM

(Doors 6:00 PM)

Cutting Room New York NY
Mike Zito
  • Advance tickets are no longer available but tickets will be available at the venue for cash only at the door

Ages 21+

Food/beverage minimums apply at tables.  
This is an all ages show with parent.

What You Need To Know /  Important Note:
 
Per current New York City mandatory health requirements, all attendees must present proof of a COVID-19 vaccination in order to enter the venue and attend the show. As such, the Event Organizer requires fans agree to the terms below prior to ticket purchases & event entry. Please note these confirmations will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the event and to any users of the tickets purchased by you. For those under 12 years of age, the New York City Dept. of Health will require a mask to be worn for any indoor events requiring vaccines. By purchasing tickets for this event, I confirm that at the time of the event I will have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Mask wearing will be encouraged. Should the City of New York’s mandatory health guidelines change, an updated notification will be sent prior to the event date.
The following are acceptable for proof of vaccination: 
CDC Vaccination Card /  Excelsior Pass  /  
NYS COVID Safe App  /  NYC Vaccination Record

Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this developing situation. For additional information about the regulations and for information on where to get the free vaccination, please visit https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/covid/covid-19-main.page

 

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Mike Zito

Mike Zito

Blues

There may not be a more honest bluesman than Mike Zito, whose 15th album ‘First Class Life’ comes out May 11 on Ruf Records. The rocking yet poignant title track explores his journey from addiction to sobriety and then musical recognition; he is a two-time 2017 Blues Music Award nominee. “Second chance at a first class life,” he sings, recalling the hard times. The Texas-based musician smiles and continues, “I grew up poor in St. Louis, and now I'm travelling the world to sing my songs.”

 

Zito’s star has been on the rise of late both solo and as a member of the Royal Southern Brotherhood, with bandmates Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott.

 

As is fitting for a man with the word “Blues” tattooed across his picking hand, ‘First Class Life’ focuses squarely on blues with heart and chops to spare, not to mention wit and openness. The punchy “Time For A Change” conjures the tension in the world today while the exquisite Memphis-style song, “The World We Live In,” which recalls BB King in its world-weariness. The electrified blues bounce of “Dying Day” finds Zito swearing lifelong allegiance to his wife. “Old Black Graveyard” sets the scene of a bluesman’s final resting place and its disrepair, along with some possible supernatural influences, with Zito’s masterful slide guitar flourishes driving it home.

 

Yet the record’s darker moments are offset by cuts like “Mama Don't Like No Wah Wah,” the funky crash-bang-wallop gem written with Ruf labelmate Bernard Allison about the late legend Koko Taylor. “Bernard told me about his first gig as guitarist for Taylor,” laughs Mike. “Koko didn’t like any effects on the guitar, she wanted it to sound natural. When Bernard made an attempt to use an effect on his guitar after playing with her for months, he got caught. ‘Mama don't like no wah wah’ is what he was told. That’s a song to me!” The two guitar slingers trade off, trying to one up each other atop a funky blues groove, including Allison pulling out his forbidden wah wah pedal. The tongue-in-cheek “Back Problems” is a showcase for Zito’s wit as a songwriter.

 

In addition to the press and Blues Music Award love, Zito has earned from fellow artists. Anders Osborne says, "I love Mike Zito! He's got that rare kinda voice that resonates in your soul. All his hardship, life experiences and kind heart oozes out of every note his sings. His guitar playing dances delicately between a contemporary blues virtuoso and an old fashion soul man. Mike continues to impress me with his straightforward and honest songwriting. His joy and grace shine through every record he makes. "