Published : Friday, July 20, 2018 | 11:22 AM
It’s not every day you get to watch a true star perform in front of your very eyes. One that has spent her life working alongside the likes of Jimi Hendrix, and whose mentors were the legendary Etta James and Johnny Guitar Watson.
The Mixx in Pasadena will play host to a legendary performance by Empress Rosa Lee Brooks and the Brooks Project Band on July 27th, together with musical artist Holle Thee Maxwell. Together they will fill the air with music that will soothe the soul and bring back those sounds that moved a nation.
Rosa Lee Brooks’ talent for singing came at a young age. Around two years old, according to the vocalist. “My mom nurtured me and guided me along the way,” she told Pasadena Now. “I was able to pick up any instrument at the age of nine.” Johnny Guitar Watson took her to sing at her very first blues gig at the age of 15, and met Jimi Hendrix when he was touring with Little Richard back in the day.
The L.A. native has had her fair share of dealings with music icons. “Etta James was my mentor when I was six years old,” she recalls. And one fateful night at the California Club, Rosa met Jimi Hendrix and formed a bond that lives with her to this very day.
In fact, her set at The Mixx will comprise “…half of what I do as an artist and the other half will be what Jimi did,” says the Empress Rosa Lee Brooks.
Rosa’s band also features the stellar guitar performances and singing of Rockin/Bluesman Gregg Wright, who began his career in the 70’s playing to crowds in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. His shows often opened for the big names of the day like Albert and Freddie King. Gregg says, “I was privileged to work and learn around greatness,” and now he can count himself among them.
Gregg has toured and recorded with stars like Mick Fleetwood, Michael Jackson, the Gap band, Berlin, and the great Spencer Davis. Over the years he has developed an unrivaled stage presence, and his performances always leave the audience wanting more.
Another singer to watch out for on that night is Holle Thee Maxwell. Born and bred in Chicago, Illinois, she can perform almost any genre from jazz and soul to opera and country, and is famous for having taking Tina Turner’s place when she left Ike Turner’s band.
Make your reservations now to see the great Rosa Lee Brooks and Holle Thee Maxwell at The Mixx on Friday, July 27. The singing master class will begin at 8 p.m. sharp and finish at midnight. That’s four hours of utter musical bliss.
The Mixx is located at 443 E Colorado Blvd, in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 500-0021 or visit http://themixxpasadena.com.