Mayor Gavin Newsom has proclaimed today “Ron Thompson Day” to honor the great Bay Area rhythm and blues guitarist’s local musical legacy. The day will be capped off by blow-out concerts featuring Ron Thompson and His Resistors at 8 and 10 p.m. today at Biscuits and Blues, 401 Mason St., San Francisco.
Newsom is scheduled to be on hand to present Thompson with the proclamation; other Bay Area artists invited to the festivities include Chris Isaak, Kenney Dale Johnson (drummer for Chris Isaak) and Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship and Hot Tuna).
Thompson began playing music professionally while still in high school. When he was 17, he began participating in the Tuesday night jam sessions at the Fillmore West, at that time known as the “West Coast Mecca for rock music.” He played the first San Francisco Blues Festival in 1972, and continued to play many subsequent SF Blues festivals. His most recent appearance at SF Blues was two years ago, when he performed with the “Legends of Chicago Blues” (James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and more).
Tom Mazzolini, founder and producer of the San Francisco Blues Festival, said, “I’ve always felt Ron is the most talented blues guitarist I’ve ever seen. He can do it all. He’s extraordinarily gifted. What many folks aren’t aware of is that Ron was a huge asset in the re-emergence of John Lee Hooker — he was the foundation for that boogie sound.”
For information about today’s show, call (415) 292-2583 or visit www.biscuitsandblues.com.