Anthony Gomes makes his Bluesdays debut in The Village at Squaw Valley on Tuesday, Aug. 8. The free show starts at 6 p.m.
Anthony Gomes is a cerebral man and a visceral player.
Born in 1970 to a Portuguese father and a French-Canadian mother, he was the recipient of the University of Toronto’s C.P. Stacey Prize for highest grade point average by a history student. His master’s thesis was on racial and cultural evolution of blues music.
He began playing guitar in his teens and moved to Chicago in the late 1990s to sharpen his skills, eventually moving to Nashville.
Onstage, Gomes is a fiery blues rocker. His sound includes elements of rock and roll, soul, R&B and country. His 12th album “Electric Field Holler” charted No. 1 on Roots Music Report’s Blues Rock and ReverbNation’s Global Blues. He was a sideman for Magic Slim and the Teardrops before releasing his first album in 1998.
Gomes’ trio includes drummer Freddy Spencer Jr. and bassist Carlton Armstrong.
“Gomes’ formidable guitar chops and authentic singing place him in the forefront of modern blues,” Blues Revue Magazine wrote.
This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the rock/blues circuit today, his online bio notes. Gomes has headlined concerts in 17 countries and has shared the the stage with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Joe Bonamassa, Heart, Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Believing that music can inspire the human spirit, Gomes founded the Music Is The Medicine Foundation in 2010. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music. Through private donations and winning sizable grants from State Farm Insurance and CVS Pharmacy, the foundation has funded songwriting scholarships, offered music education programs, and donated musical instruments to those in need.
Whether onstage or off, Anthony Gomes rocks it.