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Featuring Skip Jones, Steve Arriola, Theo Halpert & Sylvain Duplant
Skip & his group, The Spirit of New Orleans, play a smattering of the great rhythm and blues hits of the ’50s and ’60s, as well as some great pop & rock organ classics of the ’60s and ’70’s. Add to that a bonifide New Orleans piano boogie-woogie and the party follows!
Over the last 20 years, frontman Skip Jones has enjoyed working with such bands as: The Coasters, The Drifters, The Platters, Joe Houston & Bo Diddley. He toured with the great Canned Heat in 1985-86 holding down Larry Taylor’s bass position. Skip has worked with The Etouffee Band, James Thornbury, James Bradshaw and Henry Vestine extensively. Skip can be seen performing at least 4 times a week in Eugene at the jams and with his own band The Spirit of New Orleans. He’s taken over for the Rooster Man hosting Eugene’s longest running Blues Jam.
For over 30 years, Stephen Arriola has made his music in nightclubs, theaters, hotel circuits, concert halls, festivals, and on recordings, using his musical skills to support songwriters as a Multi-Instrumentalist, Vocalist, Accompanist, and
He also employs his professional skills as a Consultant and Private Music Teacher.
Stephen studied guitar under GIT graduate Billy Paris, and studied Music Theory, Audio Engineering and Jazz at Lane Community College.
Currently, he performs as leader of The Steve Arriola Band, an Americana-Rock and Roll Band.
He divides the rest of his time as lead guitar for Skip Jones and the Spirit of New Orleans, a Piano driven Blues quartet, and The Concrete Delta Trio, a guitar driven collective of friends playing Old Country Music, Blues and pop. He is often employed in various duos, trios and full bands featuring Joanne Broh, an award winning vocalist in the Pacific Northwest.