This show features Nik Simon Band at the 2002 San Diego Volkswagen Bluesfest at the Embarcadero Marina Park South at the San Diego downtown waterfront. Featuring Nik Simon on lead guitar and lead vocals, Karl Dring on guitar and harp, Mark Bentley on keyboards and lead-backing vocals, Val L’Heureux on bass and Mike Kirkpatrick on drums.
NSB can be characterized by its commitment to a musical style designed to move its audience. Although the band uses a solid and recognizable Blues foundation, much of its repertoire borrows liberally from funky rhythms that refreshingly update the traditional Blues grooves. The NSB players are all veterans with a heavy dose of musical experience. Players in the band have worked Internationally as well as throughout the U.S.
Among their credentials, are openings for such blues luminaries as Koko Taylor, Etta James, Gatemouth Brown, Dr. John, Jimmie Vaughan, Elvin Bishop, Coco Montoya, James Harman, Carey Bell, Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater, and the King himself, B.B. King.
With the release of their latest CD, “On a roll”, NSB is enjoying airplay on several Local and National radio stations. NSB can be seen monthly in the Gaslamp District at Patrick’s II and various other Southern California venues.