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The Nighthawks
Go Acoustic
Monday, February 12, 2018, 7:30 pm.
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church, 10701 Old Georgetown Rd, Rockville, MD, 20852 (Directions)
Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door
Students (with ID) $12 advance / $17 door
$2 per ticket box office fee added to all purchases.
Advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show.
All tickets are general admission.
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The Nighthawks The Nighthawks
l-r Mark Wenner, Paul Bell, Mark Stutso, Johnny Castle
Photo: Mark Pucci Media
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IMT presents the rocking blues band The Nighthawks in a special acoustic program.

The Nighthawks – Mark Wenner (harmonica/vocals), Paul Bell (guitar/vocals), Johnny Castle (bass/vocals) and Mark Stutso (drums/vocals) - recorded their 2015 CD, Back Porch Party, “live and acoustic” in the studio, the band running through a dozen songs that include five originals as well as covers of classic tunes by Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Slim, Willie Dixon, Ike Turner, and Jimmy Rogers. This followed up their Blues Award-winning "Last Train To Bluesville”

Although the band mostly continues its amplified style, they are quick to take advantage of situations that warrant the acoustic format,” says Wenner.

In early 2009, Sirius XM Radio blues guru Bill Wax heard that the Nighthawks were doing some acoustic shows and suggested the band come in and cut some live tracks. The last time the Hawks had done a Bluesville Live Homemade Jam Session, Pete Kanaras and Jan Zukowski were still in the band, and Hawks’ hero and occasional partner in crime Hubert Sumlin was included. So early one weekday morning, the band showed up at the incredible Sirius XM facilities in down- town D.C. After a short sound check with engineer Michael Taylor and a lot of coffee and bagels, Michael hit the record button and in a couple of hours, the Nighthawks proceeded to knock out all the songs on what became Last Train to Bluesville. In 2011 they garnered a “Best Acoustic Album of the Year” award from the Blues Music Association for this release, first ever for the group.

In the following years the Hawks have toured the world, including their first Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, and produced a steady stream of great recordings. Damn Good Time on Severn Records in 2012, 444 in 2014, and the latest release Back Porch Party in 2015.

“While these songs have been staples of The Nighthawks set list for decades, the sparkling acoustic arrangements pro- vide them, and the band, with a new lease on life...accurately captures the dynamics of one of roots music’s long lasting, dependable and often unsung, outfits. Long may they fly.” – Blues Revue

“I keep coming back to The Nighthawks. This acoustic session will cause you to come back to them often.” -–BluesWax

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The Nighthawks performing an acoustic tune at Hank Dietles Rockville, MD Mark Wenner - Harmonica & Vocals, Mark Stutso,-Drums, Paul Bell - Guitar, Johnny Castle - Bass